Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Hail to the chef...

Top Chef has started once again and tonight is another new episode. i've also been getting into a new show that comes on after called, Work of Art: The Next Great Artist. i like this show because the characters remind me so much of the art school kids i got to know everyday for over four years. it's laughably familiar for me...

at some point great music comes along to save us from the excretion that satan unleashes unto the world everyday. (Nickleback, Justin Beiber, The Jonas Brothers, Areosmith, Brokencyde... ect) sometimes it's hard to notice great stuff, but then sometimes it's not. for instance with this post i'm mentioning a young female artist that just took me by surprise. it was so fast and brilliant that i was left pondering her merit and eventually wanting a lot more. that artist is named, Janelle Monáe and she is here to save us.

janelle monáe is from kansas city, kansas and started her career in music back in 2003. she eventually moved to atlanta georgia where she met Outkast member big boi and collaborated on the Idlewild soundtrack songs, "call the law" and "in your dreams". she eventually recorded her debut ep, Metropolis Suite I (The Chase) and was nominated for a grammy with the song, "many moons" back in 2009. in 2010 she dropped her debut full length, The ArchAndroid (Suites II and III). if you were wondering why the suites, she is high on the "concept" idea and shows her inspiration from such aspects as the writings of Phillip K. Dick, the music of Claude Debussy and the films of Alfred Hitchock and Fritz Lang. the latter of which inspired her album artwork. (see the 1927 film, Metropolis...)

to describe her music i would have to say it takes elements from Little Richard, James Brown, Al Green, The Smiths, Joy Division, David Bowie, Prince, Depeche Mode, Sly and the Family Stone and Rick James. sorry, but for a sort of explanation i'm probably failing at really hard right now, that's the best i can do for her. you just have to listen to the song below and check out even more from her because it legit. i'm super cereal, the music this young woman makes is truly awesome and her performance is stellar. no wonder No Doubt asked her to open on their 2009 summer tour!!!

so, for the music you will find those two already mentioned albums. first is the ep, Metropolis Suite I (The Chase) and second is the full length, The ArchAndroid (Suites II and III). i HIGHLY suggest you all give this girl a shot and give her lots of praise amongst your friends because more people need to hear this stuff. oh, and go see her open up for Of Montreal on their current tour. dig it!!!

slicing onions...

1 comment:

  1. I only have ArchAndroid, but goddamn! That shit is hot.