Today’s song of the day is “We Are Young” from another new album I shared yesterday, “Some Nights” by Fun. I’d like to dedicate the song to all the Leap Day babies out there on this Leap Day who really ARE young, (sort of) no matter how old they actually are. Actually one of my coworkers turned 9 (36) today!!! Happy Birthday, Leap Day babies!!! Anyway, the song features one of my favorite female singers, Janelle Monae, even if it is just for a moment, she’s what drew me to the group in the first place, but I stayed for the “Fun.”. This song is so great and anthemic, oh, and so darn catchy. I’ve had it stuck in my head for about a week now!!! Now it’s your turn. Have “fun.” getting it out of your head.
I haven’t shared much new music since starting my blog about a month and a half ago, because, well, honestly there hasn’t been much to speak of, but in the last week or so, I’ve discover a few new albums that have ranged from really friggin’ great to intriguing.
My favorite of the three albums I will be sharing is Gotye’s “Making Mirrors”. This album actually came out back in August, but I was just put on to it by a couple co-workers and boy am I glad they did. He is an experimental indie Rock musician from Australia. I am totally obsessed with this album right now. I like it so much because it’s just so different and experimental, all while being so damn catchy (all my favorite aspects of good music). As the album progresses it get’s more and more bizarre, but never so much so that it just gets weird. It always stays grounded and stays sounding amazing the whole way through. Needless to say, this album comes HIGHLY recommended and will not disappoint.
The second album I would like to share is Fun.’s “Some Nights”. Fun. is a New York City based band that’s been around for a few years now. I was told about this album early last week and how their single “We Are Young” featured one of my favorite female singers, Janelle Monae. So I gave the album a spin and I must say it’s not a bad little album. It’s young and hip and has huge, catchy choruses. The album even gets a little operatic at times (very Queen). A couple days after getting into them, I started hearing “We Are Young” on the radio, so I guess these guys are coming up and I think they deserve it. They don’t sound like anyone else, really and make some pretty catchy, “fun” tunes. This album is definitely worth checking out too. It looks like they might be big in the not too distant future.
And the third and final album I’d like to share on this New Music Tuesday is Frankie Rose’s “Interstellar”. This is Frankie Rose’s 2nd album. She is pretty underground, but you may know her from a group called the Dum Dum Girls. The album is well concieved and executed. It ranges from quite, soft tracks to upbeat 80’sish songs. I haven’t had the oppurtunity to listen to this album too many times yet, but I did like it quite a bit from the few times that I did get to listen to it.
Over the next few days, I’ll be sharing some songs from these and other new albums for songs of the day. Have you heard any of these albums? If so, what do you think of them? If not definitely take a listen and let me know what you think.
At least a guy can dream huh? I and every OutKast/Andre 3000 fan has been waiting for a new album from both OutKast and Andre 3000 (solo) for almost 6 years now. The has been a very draining experience for the Kast faithful. For about 4 of those 6 years we were dragged along in the belief that Big Boi would release a solo album just about every month until it was FINALLY released back in July 2010 and boy was it worth the wait!!! Big Boi’s album “Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty” was in my opinion the best, most sonically charged and different album of that year along with Janelle Monae’s “The ArchAndroid”. Both albums were highly praised by critics and fans alike, yet got snubbed at all award shows for the big awards. They were among the top 3 highest rated albums of the year on Metacritic, a website that aggregates a score based off of all reviews that have been submitted on the alum from all major sources.
Anyway, I digress. In 2010 we finally got Big Boi’s album, but now we are still waiting on Andre 3000’s solo album……and OutKast’s album, but if Dre can drop his solo album, I can wait a little longer on an OutKast joint. Over the past 6 years, Andre hasn’t been totally in hiding. He has been featured on 21 tracks to date, teasing us 1 song at a time.
Here is a complete list of every song that has attempted to hold me over till Andre’s grand return:
1. DJ Unk – Walk It Out (Remix) feat. Andre 3000 & Jim Jones
2. Devin The Dude – What A Job feat. Andre 3000 & Snoop Dogg
3. Jay-Z – 30 Something (Remix) feat. Andre 3000 & Ice Cube
4. Lloyd – I Want You (Remix) feat. Andre 3000 & NaS
5. Rich Boy – Throw Some D’s (Remix) feat. Andre 3000, Jim Jones, Nelly, Murphy Lee & The Game
6. UGK – International Player’s Anthem (I Choose You) feat. OutKast
7. Fonzworth Bentley – Everybody feat. Andre 3000, Kanye West & Sa-Ra
8. Big Boi – Royal Flush feat. Andre 3000 & Raekwon
9. John Legend – Green Light feat. Andre 3000
10. OutKast – Da Art Of Storytellin’ (Part 4) feat. Marsha Ambrosius
11. Andre 3000 – All Together Now
12. Big Boi – Lookin’ For Ya feat. Andre 3000 & Sleepy Brown
13. Chris Brown – Deuces (Remix) feat. Andre 3000, Drake, T.I., Kanye West & Fabolous
14. Ciara – Ride (Remix) feat. Andre 3000 & Bei Maejor
15. Ke$ha – Sleazy (Remix) feat. Andre 3000
16. Beyonce – Party feat. Andre 3000 & Kanye West
17. Lloyd – Dedication To My Ex feat. Andre 3000 & Lil’ Wayne
18. Lil Wayne – Interlude feat. Tech N9ne & Andre 3000
19. Drake – The Real Her feat. Andre 3000 & Lil Wayne
20. Young Jeezy – I Do feat. Andre 3000 & Jay-Z
21. B.o.B – Play The Guitar feat. Andre 3000
Now don’t get me wrong these songs……at least Andre’s verses on them have all been awesome, but it’s not the same as having just him and an album of his genius. Big Boi and other sources close to Dre have alluded to the release of this long awaited solo album for years now, always saying it will be out this year and then the year comes and goes……and nothing, but I think this year is FINALLY the year. Andre seems to be everywherwe lately!!! Aside from ramping up his featurings lately. He has been appearing in commercials for Gillette. The commercials are below:
It seems to me he’s using these commercials and the increase of featurings to get himself back into the spotlight after so many years of laying low. Also Gorillaz, James Murphy and Andre himself have a song called “DaYaThing”, as part of a Converse “Three Artists. One Song.” campaign, being released on February 23rd!!! I REALLY think he’s coming back and SOON. I CAN’T WAIT ANYMORE!!! I have sat around SO many nights……and days imagining what his new album might be like, knowing that whatever I could think up would never touch the awesomeness that Andre 3000 has been cooking up and it seems that I will soon be able to feast my ears on the Dre Buffet!!! I just NEED some real music from one of my only living idols. Come on 3 Stax and hit us with what you got!!!