Santigold Invites You to a Terrifying Family Dinner

In her latest video for “The Keepers,” Santigold dons a platinum blonde wig that sets the stage for a nightmarish, neon vision of mid-century life. It’s clear that nothing is quite normal or idyllic for the singer and her similarly-coiffed family as soon as they sit down at the dinner table, as the past collides with the present. The clip features cameos from GZA, Trouble Andrew, and Kick Kennedy.

“The Keepers” features on Santigold’s second album Master of My Make-Believe, out now on Downtown/Atlantic.

Santigold: The Golden Woman

Santigold’s show last night, at Terminal 5 in New York City, was packed with a sea of fans who had trickled in throughout the evening during both Trouble Andrew and Amanda Blank’s supporting sets prior to Miss Santi taking the stage at 10pm. I trekked uptown solo in a jiffy – with my friend, the lovely Amy Gunther joining me later on — making sure to catch Trouble Andrew’s performance at 8pm sharp. Trevor Andrew (his real name) is an old friend from my days with Burton Snowboards. (Long story short, I’ve been involved with the snowboarding world for 15 years. No need to get into that right this sec.) So of course arriving promptly was a must. Just in time, phew, and amazing per the usual. Nice one Trev! Amanda Blank was next up. She had on one of the craziest getups I’ve seen in quite some time — black legging with white Christmas tree lights attached. Sorry I don’t have a photo. Just Google it!

Between Amanda Blank and Santi set’s, Amy arrived and I ended up meeting, of all people, Lil Jon. Yup, that Lil Jon, sans crunk cup unfortunately. (Bummer. I’ve always wanted to see one of those things up close.) I asked him why he came and what he’s been up to. “Well, Trev is my boy, so I had to come. As for me, I’ve just been in the studio.”

Santi (who bought her first pair of snowboarding boots from me back in 2001 — true story) finally took to the stage donned in a shiny black and gold metallic suit. Her performance was jaw dropping; Terminal 5’s energy reached an all-out high when she, her band, and backup singers suddenly burst into Soulja Boy’s “Turn My Swag On.” Santi said to the audience, “This song is so bad, it’s good! We love it and had to just throw it on for ya!”

Before the show’s end, I bumped into someone I’ve respected for years: Lyor Cohen, of Warner Music Group. Lyor is the man! Anyone who’s toured with Run DMC, the Beastie Boys, and launched careers of a slew of notable artists for the past 25 years certainly deserves props. And always the gentleman … Lyor stood up from his seat and gave me a kiss on both cheeks to say hello.

Miss Santi’s closing song involved around five audience members, Naeem Juwan from Spank Rock, and Amanda Blank singing and dancing along. Hot Hot Hot! Thank you Santi for yet another incredible show. I’m already ready for your next one.

Santogold Helps Trouble Andrew Find His Second Calling

What happens when a Burton-sponsored Olympic snowboarder irreparably tears his ACL (knee) at the height of his career? My guess is that most boarders would just retreat to the backcountry for a while to hole up in haze of frustration, and eventually open up an overpriced snowboard camp for kids in Tahoe. However, if your best friend and fiancée is the hotter-than-hot musician Santogold, and she helps you rehab by channeling your rebellious snowboarder mentality into songs, you might end up finding your second calling. That’s exactly what Trevor “Trouble” Andrew did a little over three years ago, and now his group is shredding stages (and the occasional slope) with their fresh crunk-rock sound. After a show last week at the Mercury Lounge, members of Trouble Andrew sat down with us in the venue’s bunker-like basement. Amongst beer boxes filled with empty bottles, Trouble Andrew, guitarist Joao Salamao, and bassist Masa took us behind the music.

So, Masa, let’s start with you. Is your head sweaty under that fedora? Trouble: You should see his hair under that. We told him not to cut it off. It looks like a helmet. Masa: It’s Lego hair. Trouble: You know, the little Lego guys. That’s what Masa’s hair is like.

Joao, I see a wedding ring. Masa, are you married? Masa: Yes and no. Trouble: Not married, but Santi and I have been engaged since last Christmas.

Do you ever feel like you are cheating on your wives or girlfriends with your art? Like music as your mistress? Joao: What a weird question … Maybe? Trouble: No, because my partner is a musician and she totally gets it.

How did you meet Santogold? Trouble: We met at an event six and a half years ago, when she was in the band Stiffed. After that, we would talk every day by phone. Then, when I injured my knee snowboarding in 2005, I had to stop boarding and rehab it for nine months. So I moved to Philadelphia where Santi lived, and she encouraged me to write down the lyrics in my head and helped me work them into songs.

If the universe hadn’t provided her inspiration and practical help, do you think you’d be here now? Trouble: I think it would have happened a lot later, that’s for sure. Originally, I only wanted to make music for myself and the snowboard kids. I wasn’t looking for success in the commercial sense. I already had that kind of success from snowboarding. But as I continued writing and performing, I now understand that the hustle is so the music can reach people. I mean this crunk rock won’t stop, you know?!

How does training for a professional sport compare to training for music? Trouble: You’ve got to really love what you do in order to succeed in it. I’ve been snowboarding since I was very young, and I remember way back, Shaun White’s mom being at the top of the half pipe being like, “Let Shaun drop in.” I consider skateboarding and snowboarding like art and in that sense. Shaun is a fucking great athlete and artist. For musicians and athletes, to succeed it takes great determination and dedication.