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Friday, July 16, 2010

Bradford Cox Says 'Janelle Monae is the New Bowie'

Posted By on Fri, Jul 16, 2010 at 11:50 AM

There's still plenty of juice left in the "Janelle Monae is the new [amazing artist here]" meme -- Lady Gaga comparisons are so earlier-this-week -- and lotsa big names that have yet to weigh in on which of their androgynous musical heroes the Atlanta songstress most closely resembles.  Enter Deerhunter/Atlas Sound wizard Bradford Cox, who posted a salivating endorsement of Monae's Letterman appearance (and the phenom in general) to his blog:

This performance is mindblowing and recalls Young

Americans-era Bowie with obvious James Brown hypnotic mindlock reference

points. The coda even recalls Stereolab with its warped Brazilian

chords. The whole second half is such a rush that the fucking guitar amp

falls over (at around 3:15) seemingly a result of radness overdose.

Agreed, although Bowie seems a pretty out-there comparison. (I wouldn't expect anything less from the dude.)

Cox also says he's "surprised [Monae] is not Lady Gaga level by now," which is a good point, although I fear that the reason may have something to do

with the fact that Monae wears tuxedos (and capes!) onstage instead of,

you know, pretty much nothing.

And do allow me to remind you that the Monae will

bring all of her Bowie-flavored, James Brown-inspired, Lady

Gaga-eclipsing, Brazilian chord-warping awesomeness to the All Shook

Down Festival in North Beach next weekend.

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