Since yesterday was a holiday, we turned #MusicMondays into #TuesdayTunes, so you can get your VTV listening fix!
Now and again, you hear the odd person complaining about how there’s nothing new and exciting in music. Dig a little deeper and I’m sure that opinion would change. Three years ago, Janelle Monáe released a gem of a debut album. The Archandroid was a buffet of old school funk, soul, hip-hop, and Motown mixed with new age sounds making the entire record sound groovy and futuristic. Janelle Monáe is a perfect display of a true musical artist. The music stands alone as a work of art, especially with her killer voice.
When I saw her play at the CMW (Canadian Music Week) Indie Awards in 2011, she was rocking a sweet pompadour, wearing a cape as if to carry on the spirit of James Brown and, to top it all off, she painted on a canvas for one song making everyone in the room realize how happy we were to be watching this. Monáe’s second album, The Electric Lady will be released September 10th and personally, I cannot wait. Check her out on Facebook and Twitter.
Any Canadian music lover has a soft spot for Arcade Fire. Most music lovers I know have loved this band from the beginning back in 2004 when they released their first album Funeral. Then came Neon Bible in 2007, which was a solid sophomore album. With that release, it was clear that the band is full of talented musicians creating baroque, orchestral-like pop. The sounds of Arcade Fire are something so intriguing to the ear.
Listening to a record of theirs is like holding something very special in your hands. In 2010, their third album The Suburbs was released and in 2011, the band was nominated for three Grammys, winning Album Of The Year. The Canadian music industry was thrilled and very, very proud. It’s been three years since The Suburbs and fans can be happy to mark October 29th on their calendar as the release date for Arcade Fire’s next album. Keep your eyes peeled for a tour announcement, as I’m sure this next record is one not to miss. Check the out on Facebook and Twitter.