DAILY RECORDS : Janelle Monae, Melvins, & We Were Promised Jetpack

by | May 26, 2010 | MUSIC

Janelle MonaeThe ArchAndroid (Bad Boy/Atlantic)
Retro-soul (featuring non-synthesized instruments!) meets ambient sci-fi production on this slice of futuristic funk by P. Diddy’s latest protege. Straight-up dance tracks like “Tightrope” are the immediate hits, but psychedelic curiosities like “Mushrooms And Roses” reward repeat listens. The most intelligent, creative R&B record in recent memory.

MelvinsThe Bride Screamed Murder (Ipecac)
Their legacy long since assured, the Melvins are free to be bizarre. To that end, this album veers rapidly between legit rockers and total weirdness–extended drum fills, ridiculous vocalizations, etc. Can you enjoy having your mind messed with? The answer will determine your enjoyment of this album.

We Were Promised JetpacksThe Last Place You’ll Look (Fat Cat)
This EP is somewhat insubstantial. The songs it contains are more like skeletons than finished songs. And yet, it’s hypnotic at points, even strangely beautiful. I’m not sure if there’s really enough there to make it worthwhile as a whole, but it’s certainly not a complete waste of time either.

Janelle MonaeThe ArchAndroid (Bad Boy/Atlantic)
Retro-soul (featuring non-synthesized instruments!) meets ambient sci-fi production on this slice of futuristic funk by P. Diddy’s latest protege. Straight-up dance tracks like “Tightrope” are the immediate hits, but psychedelic curiosities like “Mushrooms And Roses” reward repeat listens. The most intelligent, creative R&B record in recent memory.

MelvinsThe Bride Screamed Murder (Ipecac)
Their legacy long since assured, the Melvins are free to be bizarre. To that end, this album veers rapidly between legit rockers and total weirdness–extended drum fills, ridiculous vocalizations, etc. Can you enjoy having your mind messed with? The answer will determine your enjoyment of this album.

We Were Promised JetpacksThe Last Place You’ll Look (Fat Cat)
This EP is somewhat insubstantial. The songs it contains are more like skeletons than finished songs. And yet, it’s hypnotic at points, even strangely beautiful. I’m not sure if there’s really enough there to make it worthwhile as a whole, but it’s certainly not a complete waste of time either.

R. Anthony Harris

R. Anthony Harris

I created Richmond, Virginia’s culture publication RVA Magazine and brought the first Richmond Mural Project to town. Designed the first brand for the Richmond’s First Fridays Artwalk and promoted the citywide “RVA” brand before the city adopted it as the official moniker. I threw a bunch of parties. Printed a lot of magazines. Met so many fantastic people in the process. Professional work: www.majormajor.me




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