Music Hall of Williamsburg
Santigold

Santigold

Spank Rock

Tue, January 17, 2012

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

Music Hall of Williamsburg

Brooklyn, NY

$25

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Santigold
Santigold
"I don't make music for myself," says Santigold, matter-of-factly. "I pay a lot of attention to that-making music that's liked by more people than just myself." In a scene driven by bravado, few musicians would ruminate on the Zen-like balance behind creating truly gratifying art. But exploring that intersection between integrity and intrigue has always been central to this idiosyncratic musician's appeal. That, in turn, has culminated in her latest release, 99cents, an often-playful satire on the singer's "brand."

"When I got off the Master of My Make-Believe tour, I got home and said, 'I want to do something completely different,'" she says. So she created a post-apocalyptic makeup line for Smashbox, designed head-tripping socks for Stance, and popped-up in acting gigs on The Office and Adult Swim's NTSF:SD:SUV::. "I think if I hadn't done all that," she says, "I wouldn't have been prepared to do more music."

She also spent time with her new son, who's responsible for much of 99cents's markedly sunnier disposition. "He kinda forces me to go with the flow. That's completely, absolutely the opposite of my natural tendency," she says, laughing. That new perspective is evident right from the album's optimistic, lilting opening track, "Can't Get Enough of Myself." "I was very careful to write lyrics that were bright and worked really hard on that," adds Santigold. "It sometimes doesn't come easy to me, because my sense of humor can get dark."

99cents came together primarily in New York City and Los Angeles, with a stint in Jamaica, where Santigold likes to do her lyrical heavy-lifting. "I have a place there in a tropical forest, with a balcony overlooking endless trees, and in the horizon, the ocean," she says. "You get up at seven in the morning, and the lyrics just pour out." Her vantage may have shifted, but 99cents remains grounded in her aural anchors: bold rhythms, glitched-out melodies, and morphing global sounds.
Spank Rock
Spank Rock
Naeem Juwan AKA Spank Rock draws immediate influence from the Baltimore Bass movement. He met with the Diplo-helmed Hollertronix crew and began crafting the type of live performances that have become underground legend in the early 2000s. With production partner Alex "XXXChange" Epton, he released the seminal LP YoYoYoYoYo on UK label Big Dada in 2006, the album that many credit as the progenitor of the electro/rap/booty phenomenon. Since then Spank Rock has toured with everyone from Beck to Bjork to the Beastie Boys, made records with Santigold, KylieMinogue, Mark Ronson and Mos Def, and remains one of the most enigmatic and electrifying performers in music today. His sophomore album,Everything is Boring and Everyone is a Fucking Liar, which is almost entirely produced by Boyz Noise and features a litany of guest talent includingBig Freedia, Santigold and Mark Ronson, will be released September 27th, 2011 on his own imprint, Bad Blood Records.
Venue Information:
Music Hall of Williamsburg
66 North 6th St
Brooklyn, NY, 11211
http://www.musichallofwilliamsburg.com/