Damn you Solange Knowles. How dare you tease me with only a mini music video for “Locked In Closets.” The track (and me) deserve so much more. It’s my favorite cut from her EP True which she released last year.
In conjunction with Absolut Tune and Refinery29, the 26-year-old neo-soul singer shows off her hipster cred as she takes us on a colorful journey in her South Brooklyn hood. From flower shopping, to playing around with some candy-colored balloons to posing in front of the famed bubblegum pink brownstone in Park Slope, Solange shows why she’s the hipper and funkier Knowles sister. Check out the too-short colorful visual directed by Alan del Rio Ortiz below.
Just short and sweet, I find it a fine line between artistic integrity, videos that were on repeat at friends’ (Donovan‘s) house, and things that just made me happy despite popular concensus when considering what makes my list. But covering and considering all those bases, here we go. Agree or disagree, here were some great visuals to great songs this year that made it 2012 for me, and maybe you, but mostly me.
Love it or hate it, over a billion hits on YouTube can’t be wrong. We may never want to hear it again, but it will definitely, always remind me of 2012. Two words: Invisible. Horse.
I have to premise this by saying I am a huge Beyoncé cheerleader and no party at Donovan’s is the same without my personal rendition of “Dance For You” (fan and all). But I think I just fell in love with the other sister.
Now I haven’t followed her career closely, but know that commercial success has somewhat eluded the shadow she may or may not have allegedly lived in (how’s the for PC?). I do know that Donovan wrote about a single she released that was made with Chromeo. This is where my knowledge of Solange remains, until, that is, tonight.
Thanks to the magic of the internugget, I find that she’s soon releasing her third studio album under an independent label that is new to her. And it seems at first glance, that it is really working for her.
This new single is “Losing You“, and everything comes together in a magical and original fashion for Solange’s sound and image. I feel like she hit the nail on the head. This organic and urban Velvet Rope/”Doo Wop” Lauryn Hill-style 60′s inspired video combined with a vaguely late 80′s early 90′s sound is screwing with my head in the best way possible. And good for her for doing something out of the box. She could have kept pounding the pavement with the Knowles family pop legacy or found a label that is clearly making sense for her.
This song has been on repeat all night and is on my iPod for tomorrow morning. A big win for Solange.
The latest video from Canadian band Chromeo brings a whole new meaning to the term “baby-making music.” In the Solange Knowles assisted track When The Night Falls, the boys find themselves quite the precarious situation with a gaggle of pregnant ladies. Absolutely hilarious. The duo begins playing a small club with a few female fans when suddenly, a gal in a tight silver number grows a big booty and an explosive baby bump. Insert cameo of Solange here. The afro’d songstress turns around on a stool at the bar and falls victim to the pregnancy curse.
The boys are chased through the streets by the mob and proceed to ward them off with the powers of their guitar and synthesizer. In the end, we discover it was all just a dream and the singer heads over to his baby mama’s house to check on his little one. Such a great concept and a seriously great song. If you weren’t a fan of Chromeo before, this song and clip may change your mind. Check it out below.
I think hell might’ve frozen over. I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I actually like a song by Miss Solange Knowles. I never thought I’d like anything Beyonce’s sibling aka “The Other Sister” sang. Based on previously released tracks from her, it was a pretty safe bet. Her DJ’ing skills on the other hand are amazing. I heard her spin during an industry party in Los Angeles in the Spring and she was phenomenal.
Teaming up with the Canadian boys of Chromeo was a wise move on her part. Her vocals sound amazing on the duo’s second single, “When The Night Falls“, from their “Business Casual” album. The original album version already sound amazing enough, but with the new remix by Breakbot, it’s beyond EPIC. It has a retro funky feel that sounds great with today’s hot electro sound. It’s very reminiscent of a track Justice would do mixed with a bit of classic Earth, Wind and Fire.
With Kelly Rowland finally stepping out of Bey’s shadow due to her string of wise decisions, hopefully Solange will follow suit. If she continues picking solid projects like “When The Night Falls“, I have no doubt she will. Check out the newly remixed track below.
Starlets, models, divas, and legends all brought their fashion A-game to last night’s 2011 Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute Gala Benefit in New York City. The night celebrated the unveiling of the “Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty” exhibit at the museum. Sarah Burton, who designed Kate Middleton’s wedding dress was on hand to honor the work of the late designer and unveiled the exhibit. It was the biggest night of the fashion calender.
With all these ladies fighting it out for top fashion honors, you knew there were would be as many hits as there would be misses. Thankfully, they didn’t disappoint on either fronts. Check out a few of the ladies who looked stunning and those who stunned, and not for a good reason.
Leighton Meester: Louis Vuitton
Blake Lively: Chanel
Jessica Szohr: Topshop
Normally Blake doesn’t disappoint, but this was not good. It didn’t compliment her banging body. Jessica looked a little too clubby for a gala. Loved Leighton’s dress and shoes, but not together. As a whole, the Upper East Siders didn’t fare so well.
SVEDKA Vodka really knows how to throw a party. After covering the red carpet at Logo’s NewNowNext Awards, Alex and I jetted over to SVEDKA’s “Night of a Billion Reality Stars” to join in on the fun. Thankfully, Lexington Social House was literally across the street, so we didn’t have to worry about getting stuck in LA traffic. Being a huge reality television fan, I jumped at the chance to be in a room full of reality TV’s most familiar faces. While there wasn’t a billion, if certainly felt like it. Every time I turned around, I was bumping into a reality star I loved. I’m talking to you Kyle Richards and Lo Bosworth.
The celebration marked SVEDKA Vodka’s partnership with FunnyOrDie.com on three comedic shorts which spoof the outrageous and inevitable future of reality TV and star Joan Rivers, Brian Austin Green, talking dogs and Jeff Probst, among others. The first video in the series, which will roll out over a period of three consecutive weeks, premiered today, April 8, 2011. Here it is below:
“The Planet’s Most Extreme Model, Designer, Chef, Lover, Dancer, Drag Queen, Alien, Fish Wrangler From Outer Space,” a future competition show mash up, starring E!’s Gastineau Girls Brittny and Lisa Gastineau, The Bachelor’s Vienna Girardi and Real World Las Vegas roommate Trishelle Cannatella, hosted by Survivor’s Jeff Probst.
Joan Rivers kicked off the evening by premiering the off-color comedies to a room full of unscripted superstars. They all watched and laughed as they accepted the inevitable: in the future, everyone will be famous! After the films rolled, DJ Solange Knowles took to the turntables to spin for the gorgeous gala-goers. Who knew Beyonce’s sister was such a great DJ? I didn’t. At one point, I even went up to her and gave her a thumbs up for playing Whitney Houston’s “I Wanna Dance With Somebody“. Naturally, she laughed.
The entire venue was decorated with dozens of life-sized cutouts of reality stars. Every where you looked it was a reality television explosion. The restrooms were labeled Smush Rooms, books by reality stars riddled all the seating areas and there was even a confessional booth to take a picture. Check out Alex and my pic here. Special shout outs go to the delicious SVEDKA Vodka cocktails (Future Famous and Joan In a Jar were my favorite). Maybe I’m getting old, but the vodka sno-cone was toats strong. I couldn’t believe I had to nurse it. The duck confit was also quite tasty.
While watching the latest episode of Pot Psychology over at jezebel.com I noticed that the song playing in the background was slightly familiar. I couldn’t put my finger on it at first, but after a couple of minutes I figured it out! It’s an R & B cover of the Dirty Projector’s “Stillness is the Move”!
I did a little internet searching and discovered that the cover is by Beyoncé’s little sister Solange. I’m a huge fan of the original of this song. The tiny guitar plucks, mixed with haunting groovy female vocals is quite engaging.
Solange gives it the R & B treatment by changing up the guitar, and adding a slow beat. The vocals of the song really do transfer well to Solange. Although the original is more indie rock, it has this certain cadence that fits naturally in the cover version.
Solange seems to have her ear into the indie rock scene. She previously sampled spacey instrumentalists Boards of Canada. I don’t really like the BoC sample, but if she continues to cover less mainstream songs with the success of “Stillness is the Move”, I’ll be listening.
Check out both versions.