Janelle Monae is one of the coolest artists out there right now. She’s like Erykah Badu’s brilliant and slightly off-kilter little sister, a comparison that makes sense when you consider the fact that the two artists have been touring together this year. You might remember, earlier this year, when Janelle Monae took to Twitter to express solidarity with girls like Constance McMillen and Ceara Sturgis, who just wanted to wear their tuxes and go to their proms in peace. Janelle, of course, often wears a tux when she performs, and she looks damn good. I guess there’s some speculation out there about her sexuality (who cares?), but she did an interview with Rolling Stone the other day where she explained, “I only date androids. Nothing like an android — they don’t cheat on you.” The answer might not make sense if you’re not a fan, but Janelle has created an entire world around her music, and yes, it involves androids.
“Mushrooms & Roses” is one of my favorite songs from her new record, The ArchAndroid, and it’s more evidence that Janelle Monae can write and perform any genre of music you want, and it will be awesome. So let’s start the shuffle with that. More videos after the jump. Open thread slash confessional booth below.
1. Rufus Wainwright – “April Fools”
2. The Beatles – “Fool on the Hill”
3. Frank Sinatra – “Luck Be A Lady”
4. Glen Phillips – “Crowing”
5. Cry Cry Cry – “The Kid”
6. Jane Siberry – “Jesus Christ the Apple Tree”
7. Josh Ritter – “The Curse”
8. Ron Sexsmith – “One Last Round”
9. Tori Amos – “Almost Rosey”
10. U2 – “Ultraviolet (Light My Way)”