Something strange is happening.
I slowly but surely am edging toward O, The Oprah Magazine territory.
"Why Tolly, you're only 28!" you protest.
"Yes," I nod solemnly. "It's true."
But the fact remains that I truly enjoy 'remembering my spirit,' as Oprah says. And, sometimes, when Oprah or 'O,' as I affectionately call her, knows something for sure, I know that same thing deep in my heart too.
Is anyone else willing to confess that they enjoy - and perhaps purchase - O Magazine from time to time?
It's like my dirty little hip Austinite secret. In a town of cool irony, I enjoy it's earnest, yet upbeat pages. I love to read it in airports especially, and chuckle along to myself in the Books-A-Million. "You said it, Martha Beck!" I'll cry. "Amen girlfriend!"
Anyway, two weekends ago, my beloved O was nowhere to be found in the Houston airport, so I settled for Elle. And whom did I spy in its pages? Why, indie rapper / hip-hop darling, Amanda Blank.
Amanda appears a few times, but the best part is at moment 9:24, when they ask her where she sees herself at age 50:
"I would like to think at 50s I'm a mom. Have babies. And a man."
And THEN, continues at moment 9:42:
"Please do not have me, like, wearing a g-string on stage, rapping sassy-ass little girl lyrics...'cause that's just not cute.
It's so endearing, because if you know any of Amanda Blank's music, you know she dirty. But. As is turns out, she has this sensible, domestic side too.
MAYBE AMANDA BLANK ALSO READS O THE OPRAH MAGAZINE!
Anyway. This is a very long introduction to GARY!'s post about a party tomorrow night, where Amanda Blank shall be, reader. Enjoy!:
If you’ve been in Austin for at least a year then chances are you’ve heard the name Knuckle Rumbler mentioned before; either on our site, the pages of Tribeza, or on one of AE’s fav sites, Republic of Austin.
These guys have come a long way in the almost 2 years they’ve been in existence, from throwing the occasional monthly mash-up party at the Scoot Inn, hosting the KR Lounge during SXSW, to bringing acts like Questlove and Janelle Monae to town. They are now booking bigger names and throwing more parties than they ever have before, which brings me to the reason of this
It was around a year ago that co-founder Jill Sorrels mentioned to me that she really wanted to bring Amanda Blank back to Austin. Blank, to my knowledge had only been here twice before; at SXSW in 2009 and then later that year when she opened up for Santigold at Stubbs. Hearing Jill talk about it gave me the impression that this would be her dream gig to book, which is why I'm extremely happy to report that Ms. Blank will be returning to the ATX tomorrow to play an unofficial ACL After Party on Friday night at The Scoot Inn.
Blank first blew up when her song “Might Like You Better” lit the blogosphere on fire, and then later again with a Diplo rework of Santigold’s "I'm a Lady." Probably best known for her fast and often luxuriously filthy mouth, Blank’s music, at least to me, is the equivalent of watching that scene from Pretty Woman with your mom when you were 12, where Julia Roberts starts talking about why she doesn’t kiss johns on the lips. Basically: What I'm trying to say is that you’ll never see Blank open for Miley Cyrus or Jars of Clay.
Blank's music is a blend of sultry singing and acrobatic rap, laced with the appropriate amount of wit and humor. I dig the hell out of her, and am definitely looking forward to this show.