Janelle Monae

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1 month passes...

anyone heard this seeming grab-bag of pre-spacey songs that's about? (includes 'lettin go', 'time will reveal' and so on.) on wiki it is masquerading as a 2003 album called the audition but i dunno, the whole thing is a bit fishy to me

anyways historical suspicious aside it is quite impressive (on levels i havent thought about too hard yet)! raving about the song 'cindi' would only go and show up my weakness for musicals a bit overfar so check my other jam 'my favourite nothing' instead - it sounds like some passable 'hey ya' shit at first but pay attention to the lyrics cos i don't wanna spoil it

r|t|c, Thursday, 26 June 2008 14:03 (7 years ago) Permalink

(sort of the lol/waaah audio version of that cat w/ no face blog if it's any incentive)

r|t|c, Thursday, 26 June 2008 14:04 (7 years ago) Permalink

3 months pass...

"Many Moons" video is absolutely amazing:

After The Hurricane (The Brainwasher), Wednesday, 1 October 2008 07:51 (7 years ago) Permalink

Full Length Album is coming out January 20th.

After The Hurricane (The Brainwasher), Wednesday, 1 October 2008 07:51 (7 years ago) Permalink

I must say Diddy is doing a pretty good job promoting her... and obviously he's putting a lot into her project because the "Many Moons" video looks like it had a pretty big budget..

After The Hurricane (The Brainwasher), Wednesday, 1 October 2008 07:55 (7 years ago) Permalink

man i've seriously never heard one bad thing about her but i kind of think she's really corny

poetry unit (J0rdan S.), Wednesday, 1 October 2008 07:58 (7 years ago) Permalink

she is laying it on thick in that video

it's really too much

poetry unit (J0rdan S.), Wednesday, 1 October 2008 07:59 (7 years ago) Permalink

Really? What don't you like about her?

I think she is soooo fly... the voice, the music, the lyrics, the style, and if you watch interviews with her she's really intelligent and thoughtful. She's just such a breathe of fresh air, and I love this whole sort of Afro-Futurist aesthetic/movement that she's kind of a part of (along with J*Davey, Sa-Ra, etc.).

After The Hurricane (The Brainwasher), Wednesday, 1 October 2008 08:09 (7 years ago) Permalink

well i actually like the futuristic american bandstand vibe, but i just think she could deal to lay off a bit. it's like when wayne plays the guitar and you just wanna scream WE GET IT BRO. i feel bad hating cuz it's so singular and vibrant and she is obviously having the time of her life hamming it up, it's just gets to a point where it's too much for me

i mean the song is okay but i don't get excited about it the way i don't get excited about solange. it's a nice piece of retro-pop and i'd probably be way more receptive to it if i just heard an mp3 or whatever

poetry unit (J0rdan S.), Wednesday, 1 October 2008 08:15 (7 years ago) Permalink

Muthafuckas act like they forgot about Imani Copolla.

Tim F, Wednesday, 1 October 2008 08:59 (7 years ago) Permalink

3 months pass...

So I'm listening to Metropolis right now and it's making me smile a LOT

Barack You Like A Husseincane (HI DERE), Friday, 23 January 2009 17:31 (6 years ago) Permalink

i <3 JM despite her overplaying the space alien angle at times (esp when the music is not always as imaginative and more conventionally rock). but all i have is the EP. theres must be more out there.

uk grime faggot (titchyschneiderMk2), Friday, 23 January 2009 17:39 (6 years ago) Permalink

I like this girl's voice and ideas, but the songs don't quite live up to them yet.

chap, Friday, 23 January 2009 18:31 (6 years ago) Permalink

titch, sk out "The Audition", her unreleased demo or album or something from 03-ish

The Reverend, Saturday, 24 January 2009 07:15 (6 years ago) Permalink

I take back my earlier comment, 'Sincerely, Jane' is absolutely terrific, and the other tracks on the ep have grown on me as well. Really looking forward to the full album now.

chap, Thursday, 29 January 2009 13:28 (6 years ago) Permalink

5 months pass...

saw her live at bonnaroo, one of the best performers i've ever seen...painted a painting with her hands while singing a creepy ballad, handed it to someone in the audience still singing...climbed up on a bar stool to sing 'smile', had 1000+ sweaty white people in tears

guitar hero sparklehorse (nickalicious), Tuesday, 21 July 2009 20:19 (6 years ago) Permalink

she did a song there called 'atl' that people in the audience were yelling for that isn't on her album?

guitar hero sparklehorse (nickalicious), Tuesday, 21 July 2009 20:19 (6 years ago) Permalink

she's fucking mindblowing live. i'd never heard of her before i saw her open for an act i was seeing in april and i've been a huge fan since...she's such a fucking star. i will say that the jordans of the world who find her corny probably wouldnt have been swayed, it's quite over the top.

k3vin k., Tuesday, 21 July 2009 20:35 (6 years ago) Permalink

1 month passes...

talking to a friend who works at a club in atlanta:

mce: babysitting janelle monae audition drummers omg kill me
somedude77: hahaha
somedude77: they can't be as annoying as janelle monae herself
mce: no but i have to listen to 20 drummers in a row play over her stupid music
somedude77: lol
somedude77: you have my sympathy dog
mce: its awful. 2 down and 18 to go
mce: oh great her heinous is here
mce: its so gay she made all her people like get dressed up
mce: what a cunt
mce: no wait she sent a clone!
mce: roffles
mce: she's a "representive of janelle monae"
somedude77: hahaha
somedude77: and the representative is dressed up like her?
mce: yes she is wearing what id imagine janelle monae would wear on a saturday morning.
mce: and i do think its her and she lied.

some dude, Saturday, 29 August 2009 15:30 (6 years ago) Permalink

1 month passes...

rock lobster?

The Brainwasher, Sunday, 25 October 2009 21:59 (5 years ago) Permalink

Such a great voice.

His skin is eroding. His suckers have divots. (chap), Monday, 26 October 2009 02:11 (5 years ago) Permalink

3 months pass...

After a series of sci-fi-soul EPs, funk futurist Janelle Monáe is finally ready to drop her debut album, The ArchAndroid, which is due out May 18 courtesy of Wondaland Arts Society/Bad Boy. According to a press release, the LP is not merely another collection of songs but an "EMOTION PICTURE"

nagl wayne (J0rdan S.), Monday, 15 February 2010 23:29 (5 years ago) Permalink

She sounds like Liza Minnelli to me. I don't get the appeal.

neither good nor bad, just a kid like you (unperson), Tuesday, 16 February 2010 00:22 (5 years ago) Permalink

still love 'many moons' but i can see this chick grating like nellie mckay quick fast

average gangsta rap from average gangstas (deej), Tuesday, 16 February 2010 01:09 (5 years ago) Permalink

She's coming to DC shortly (with the presumed winner of the drummer audition mentioned above)

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 16 February 2010 18:22 (5 years ago) Permalink

I would rather listen to lady gaga than this bullshit

the-fream (Curt1s Stephens), Tuesday, 16 February 2010 18:30 (5 years ago) Permalink

i like what i've heard of janelle a lot.

i hear a lot of her sound in Beyonce's Radio

you have to forgive me (surm), Tuesday, 16 February 2010 18:43 (5 years ago) Permalink

realizing that r&b'ers will be forced to listen to of montreal if they listen to this record ^_^

vag gangsta (k3vin k.), Tuesday, 16 February 2010 18:44 (5 years ago) Permalink

What was the "song of the century" at the top of this thread? The Youtube link's broken and I'd like to hear it!

Chris, Tuesday, 16 February 2010 18:46 (5 years ago) Permalink

I love this woman so fucking much.

Turangalila, Wednesday, 24 February 2010 20:08 (5 years ago) Permalink

i think this new song is kind of missing a chorus -- and comparing it to "1 thing" is pretty much blasphemy in my eyes

suge knight btw (J0rdan S.), Wednesday, 24 February 2010 20:09 (5 years ago) Permalink

it sounds mostly like raphael saadiq throwback soul way more than it sounds like rich harrison

average dump from average gangsters (deej), Thursday, 25 February 2010 00:42 (5 years ago) Permalink

it's definitely not missing a chorus but idg the "1 thing" comparison either

idgi, mon (k3vin k.), Thursday, 25 February 2010 00:49 (5 years ago) Permalink

sounds like james brown schtick with neo-retro production. more than anything it reminds me of that one christina aguilera record, or cupid '369'

rinse the lemonade (Jordan), Thursday, 25 February 2010 01:08 (5 years ago) Permalink

james brown schtick with neo-retro production

That pretty much describes the two tracks I heard from the forthcoming album. She seems to have so much potential, but it's almost like she's trying to be as unoriginal as possible on these two songs. If it weren't so retro maybe I would like it less, but is it really necessary to clobber us over the heads with the retro references?

_Rudipherous_, Thursday, 25 February 2010 01:27 (5 years ago) Permalink

the poster upthread was closer with the liza minelli reference - 'tightrope' et al is twee retro, obviously, but theatrically framed in way that i think is different to its soundalikes. i do agree with the general criticisms here though in terms of it being of tiresomely little use as a single per se, but since nearly everything she's done so far has been album-orientated i'm not taking it as such just yet.

plus the production's pretty admirable for this kinda thing, especially for the second half.

i dunno, monae and her fans can & do often lean toward being pretty annoying, but all things considered there's many worse cases of those same annoyances flourishing in other popular artists that i'd much sooner rather stfu. for the moment, anyway.

r|t|c, Thursday, 25 February 2010 01:57 (5 years ago) Permalink

Plus, even if Tightrope isn't your cup of tea, "Cold War" is straight fire.

Alex in Montreal, Thursday, 25 February 2010 02:06 (5 years ago) Permalink

And ends with a fade out that could lead into Boulevard of Broken Dreams, oddly enough.

Alex in Montreal, Thursday, 25 February 2010 02:06 (5 years ago) Permalink

no, that one actually is dire whatever context you put it in.

r|t|c, Thursday, 25 February 2010 02:12 (5 years ago) Permalink

1 month passes...


wakaflockapitusberry (The Reverend), Thursday, 1 April 2010 15:20 (5 years ago) Permalink

wakaflockapitusberry (The Reverend), Thursday, 1 April 2010 15:20 (5 years ago) Permalink


wakaflockapitusberry (The Reverend), Thursday, 1 April 2010 15:21 (5 years ago) Permalink

monae got heat

wakaflockapitusberry (The Reverend), Thursday, 1 April 2010 15:21 (5 years ago) Permalink

I'm ridiculously excited to see her next week

The Brainwasher, Thursday, 1 April 2010 15:22 (5 years ago) Permalink

Same here in two weeks -- though for her EMP talk rather than a performance!

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 1 April 2010 15:39 (5 years ago) Permalink

I watched this video before bed and had dreams about it. Been in my head since...

kate78, Thursday, 1 April 2010 17:12 (5 years ago) Permalink

Yeah, Tightrope is awesome (and I maintain that Cold War is too, even if it's a little messier structurally).

Digging the video and hoping that this means that Monae isn't just hanging out with Big Boi and Diddy and of Montreal and Solange (and by extension Grizzly Bear and Dirty Projectors and Beyonce) but also with Yeasayer, since they've both put out videos this year with the creepy mirror-face dudes.

Like, WKIW ^^^

Alex in Montreal, Thursday, 1 April 2010 18:30 (5 years ago) Permalink

yep, so pumped for this.

borntohula, Thursday, 1 April 2010 20:48 (5 years ago) Permalink

I love that video. Cool dancing!

Adam Bruneau, Thursday, 1 April 2010 21:55 (5 years ago) Permalink

janelle money amirite

Arctic Noon Auk, Wednesday, 29 April 2015 18:20 (5 months ago) Permalink

Just looked up the lyrics, it's "break you in" not "breaking wind", which would have been better for a song nominally about yoga

Leonard Pine, Wednesday, 29 April 2015 18:32 (5 months ago) Permalink

xp I just don't hear anything interesting here Lex. I don't automatically prefer outre stuff to straightforward club jams - it depends on the song - but to go from one to the other so drastically, and so feebly, is depressing. Re: Monae's fans, I was listening to Blackheart this morning - isn't Dawn Richard's appeal similarly based on "weirdness"/originality/big ideas?

Continue your brooding monologue (Re-Make/Re-Model), Wednesday, 29 April 2015 19:21 (5 months ago) Permalink

stop being so invested in ~weirdness


rushomancy, Thursday, 30 April 2015 00:33 (5 months ago) Permalink

xp dawn richard has mainstream-trend songs on all her albums. different situation sure - not lead singles, v much the exceptions - but no one's reacted harshly to "faith", "riot" or "phoenix" simply because of the style she employs

i guess i don't hear how this is a particularly feeble example of rnbass-ish sounds...i'm sure we can all name rnbass songs this year which are much better at conveying interesting ideas/distinct personalities (starting right here with jidenna's own song!) (and peaking with HONEY COCAINE <33333333) but this is fine to me, obviously it's no "q.u.e.e.n." but i prefer it to the majority of her album trax. maybe because i had lower expectations because as many have pointed out, songwriting hasn't been her forte so any sort of hook i remember is a step up?

lex pretend, Thursday, 30 April 2015 14:58 (5 months ago) Permalink

janelle's album trax aren't that "weird"

insufficiently familiar with xgau's work to comment intelligently (BradNelson), Thursday, 30 April 2015 15:30 (5 months ago) Permalink

they're mostly all stylistic exercises

insufficiently familiar with xgau's work to comment intelligently (BradNelson), Thursday, 30 April 2015 15:30 (5 months ago) Permalink

where did this "Janelle Monae is a bad songwriter" delusion come from

DJP, Thursday, 30 April 2015 15:58 (5 months ago) Permalink

when she hit me across the head w/the blackjack called The ArchAndroid.

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 30 April 2015 16:05 (5 months ago) Permalink

yeah I don't understand this, outside of like "Mushrooms and Roses" I don't think she's really 'weird' at all

frogbs, Thursday, 30 April 2015 16:13 (5 months ago) Permalink

they're mostly all stylistic exercises

yeah if anything they're too straight imo. which qualifies as bad songwriting

Οὖτις, Thursday, 30 April 2015 16:34 (5 months ago) Permalink

"Yoga" is growing on me, the lyrical content maybe not so much but the melody in the verse is great as is Monae's delivery!

find this youtube comment p hilarious

and for the people who say don't put her in a box, my response is SHE WAS IN FUCKING BEAUTIFUL DIVERSE UNIQUE BOX!!!!!!

niels, Thursday, 30 April 2015 16:44 (5 months ago) Permalink

2 months pass...

"yoga" becomes her first ever hot 100 entry

J0rdan S., Thursday, 2 July 2015 16:58 (3 months ago) Permalink

other than the time she was featured on a #1 obv

some dude, Thursday, 2 July 2015 17:12 (3 months ago) Permalink


Nhex, Thursday, 2 July 2015 18:53 (3 months ago) Permalink

other than the time she was featured on a #1 obv

― some dude, Thursday, July 2, 2015 1:12 PM (2 hours ago) Bookmark

right, yes

J0rdan S., Thursday, 2 July 2015 19:24 (3 months ago) Permalink

Still can't decide what I think of "Yoga"

curmudgeon, Monday, 6 July 2015 14:11 (3 months ago) Permalink

Likewise. I hate it more in theory than in practice.

The New Gay Sadness (cryptosicko), Monday, 6 July 2015 14:50 (3 months ago) Permalink

that means you like it

J0rdan S., Monday, 6 July 2015 15:02 (3 months ago) Permalink

1 month passes...

Three days into the whirlwind “Eephus” tour, featuring eight concerts in such cities as Philadelphia, D.C. and Los Angeles, it’s become pretty clear that Monáe and her labelmates are turning the Toyota-sponsored tour into a political roadshow. So far, they’re three for three, leading public protests before each night’s show. The tour stops — and subsequent marches — began in Philadelphia on Wednesday and continued the next day in New York, where the group led a rally against police brutality in Times Square. The group moves on to Chicago on Monday, then Los Angeles, San Francisco and Portland, Ore., before wrapping up in Atlanta at the end of the month


curmudgeon, Monday, 17 August 2015 14:05 (1 month ago) Permalink


I Am Curious (Dolezal) (DJP), Monday, 17 August 2015 14:35 (1 month ago) Permalink

eh, I'm not a big fan of the implications of that article. not saying it wasn't on purpose but she wasn't "immediately" cut off nor was this something out of the ordinary, performers who stay on to say a few words about whatever routinely get cut off

frogbs, Wednesday, 19 August 2015 15:15 (1 month ago) Permalink

yeah, i get why people look at that clip and feel mad or disheartened, but a show like that is timed within an inch of its life, they were gonna cut to the next segment when they were gonna cut no matter what. if she's said that stuff over the bridge of the song during their scheduled time, i doubt they would've cut away.

some dude, Wednesday, 19 August 2015 21:30 (1 month ago) Permalink


sleeve, Thursday, 20 August 2015 05:50 (1 month ago) Permalink

not a great song exactly, but something i can imagine being really great at shows/rallies. and actually its better than some over earnestly political attempt to Say Something about what's happening. could do with a little more colour in the music but its maybe the first time ive heard JM break a sweat vocally too (though i think i prefer her sounding cooler).

StillAdvance, Thursday, 20 August 2015 09:59 (1 month ago) Permalink

I appreciate "Hell You Talmbout," but I don't think I want to listen to it again. Prince's "Baltimore" is perhaps less angry, but a lot more tuneful.

The New Gay Sadness (cryptosicko), Thursday, 20 August 2015 11:59 (1 month ago) Permalink

for such a spare track, the drums sound really cold/thin.

StillAdvance, Thursday, 20 August 2015 12:50 (1 month ago) Permalink

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