What can you expect from an of Montreal show 14 years into their bizarre career? Well, pretty much for bizarre to be … expected. At first, the collaboration between Janelle Monae and Of Montreal remained as the only link between the two bands, that is, until the show was over. This entire tour’s purpose was seen through the stage presence of both of these festival-headline-worthy acts, as the False Priests Meets the ArchAndroid tour hit Numbers, a Houston venue that is on its gradual descent into one of the city’s oldest, most historic (and equally disgusting) venues.
For the record, we didn’t want to pin the duties of this post to one bear, and seeing as how two were in attendance and Sunbear’s Fun Fun Fun Fest work will become demanding over the next two days, this is a joint venture.
both janelle and cee-lo happened to stop by the studios (you can even see ‘lo in the background of this video at times) and shut it down. monae surprisingly didn’t play “tightrope” or “cold war,” which is definitely a plus.
go listen to the archandroid if you haven’t already.
janelle monáe is one of the few artists that all three of bears see eye to eye on. from the first time i had heard “sincerely jane,” i knew she’d become a staple in my personal taste. i had little doubts that the archandroid would disappoint, and it’s always nice to have your expectations met. the record is janelle’s debut LP, and will definitely be turning heads in the months to come.
also worth noting is that this is my first review since november’s review of attention: deficit so pardon any rust that’s quilted these fingertips since then. it’s just a real pain in the ass to do album reviews. if all goes according to plan, i should have reflection eternal and distant relatives reviews in the coming week. don’t count on it though.
the album is in stores today, and the review is after the jump.
the ever-elusive janelle monae is getting ready to unleash her incredibly prolific and ambitious debut upon the world. in the meantime, if you feel the need to give it a nice run through before purchasing, you can do so at her myspace. the archandroid is definitely an album you will need to sit down and devote some attention to. it has that old ‘gift and a curse’ – you know – the ‘you gotta listen to the whole record’ type thing. the album plays a single unit, even though the singles were chosen very carefully. i see this one landing on a lot of year-end lists.
while you’re at it, read this informative and extremely quirky interview with the pitchfork camp here.
ruby hornet got the chance to chop it up with ms. monae for a solid three minutes to discuss everything that’s important about her upcoming record, the archandroid. the album’s out there (and pretty incredible, at that), but you should definitely go and support her come may 18th.
this is a record that you should definitely NOT be sleeping on.
this is a very very highly anticipated effort from the songbird who has more of an ‘empowering woman’ vibe than a gaga or a beyonce. i mean, she rocks a pompadour (deemed ‘the monae’) and wears a tuxedo nearly every time she’s on screen, and still knows how to shut shit down. first off, 17 songs? i wish people still made albums with 17 songs. second, saul williams, of montreal and an executive producer credit from big boi are all reasons to love this record without hearing it.
in stores may 18th.
1. Suite II Overture
2. Dance Or Die f. Saul Williams
4. Locked Inside
5. Sir Greendown
6. Cold War
7. Tightrope f. Big Boi
8. Neon Gumbo
9. Oh, Maker
10. Come Alive (The War of The Roses)
11. Mushrooms & Roses
12. Suite III Overture
13. Neon Valley Street
14. Make The Bus f. Of Montreal
16. 57821 f. Deep Cotton
17. Say You’ll Go
soon enough, janelle monae will be hi-jacking the female aspect of the music industry and giving it a hell of a run for its money. with her visuals for her first single off of the archandroid, she manages to pull off a music video with merely elements of choreographed dance (in a tuxedo mind you) with a small crew of folks and a big boi cameo; and i couldn’t be more satisfied.
yes!!!! new single from the always lovely janelle monae. this song is her first single off of the upcoming the archandroid, which is due out may 18th. the album will feature an executive producer credit from outkast’s big boi, and spots by kevin barnes via of montreal, deep cotton and the wondaland arch orchestra.