Monday Musings: News from Santigold, Toro Y Moi and The Black Lips

It always seems like our inbox receives quite a bit of love on Monday mornings. Here are some things to sink your teeth into for this week.

Santigold "Girls" via 'GIRLS - Volume 1' soundtrack on Brooklyn Vegan!

Check out a sequence of lip-singing, dancing, femmes, in the new music video for Santigold’s “Girls,” an exclusive single release on the soundtrack for the freshly Golden Globe award winning HBO series Girls, which premiered on Brooklyn Vegan this morning!

The video depicts the essence of New York women, showcasing a variety of shapes, sizes, ages, and personal styles, all accompanied by Santigold’s hard-hitting, light-hearted “Girls” lyrics.  The track is embraced on the ‘GIRLS – Volume 1’ soundtrack among an array of luminaries, including fresh tracks and fan-favorites from Robyn, Icona Pop, fun., Sleigh Bells, Grouplove & Fleet Foxes.

'Girls' OST tracklist:
1) ROBYN "Dancing On My Own" 
2) FUN "Sight Of The Sun" 
3) HARPER SIMON "Wishes And Stars" 
4) SANTIGOLD "Girls" 
5) WHITE SEA "Overdrawn" 
6) GROUPLOVE "Everyone's Gonna Get High" 
7) SLEIGH BELLS "Infinity Guitars" 
8) TEGAN & SARA "Fool To Cry" 
9) THE ECHO-FRIENDLY "Same Mistakes" 
10) ICONA POP "I Love It" 
11) BELLE & SEBASTIAN "I Don't Love Anyone" 
12) THE TROGGS "With A Girl Like You" 
13) FLEET FOXES "Montezuma" 
14) OH LAND "White Nights" 
15) GENERATIONALS "Yours Forever" 
16) THE VACCINES "Wreckin' Bar (Ra Ra Ra)" 
17) LIA ICES "Love Is Won" 
18) MICHAEL PENN "On Your Way"


Stream Toro Y Moi's new album, Anything In Return, over at Pitchfork

Third LP, Anything In Return, due on  Carpark Jan. 22

STREAM: Toro Y Moi - Anything In Return -


01/30 Phoenix, AZ - The Crescent Ballroom +
01/31 El Paso, TX - Tricky Falls *+
02/01 Dallas, TX - Trees *+
02/02 Austin, TX - Emo's East *+
02/04 Houston, TX - Fitzgerald's *+
02/05 New Orleans, LA - One Eyed Jacks *+
02/06 Atlanta, GA - Masquerade (Heaven Stage) *+
02/08 Carrboro, NC - Cats Cradle *+
02/09 Richmond, VA - The National *+
02/10 Washington, DC - 9:30 Club *+
02/11 Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer *+
02/13 New York, NY - Webster Hall *+

02/14 Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg *+
02/15 Boston, MA - Paradise *+
02/16 Montreal, QC - Club Soda *+
02/17 Toronto, ON - Lee's Palace *+
02/19 Chicago, IL - Metro ^+
02/20 Minneapolis, MN - Fine Line Music Cafe ^+
02/21 Lawrence, KS - The Granada Theatre ^+
02/23 Denver, CO - Bluebird Theater ^+
02/24 Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge ^+
02/26 Vancouver, BC - Biltmore Cabaret ^+
02/27 Seattle, WA - The Crocodile ^+
02/28 Portland, OR - Wonder Ballroom ^+
03/03 Los Angeles, CA - The Fonda Theatre ^+

* w/ Wild Belle
^ w/ Sinkane
+ w/ Dog Bite




Black Lips have just announced their intention to dominate the 2013 chapter of Austin's definitiveSXSW Music Festival, immediately followed by a run of dates throughout California, marking their first extensive tour in the area in well over a year (full dates below).

While the tour promises to be as frenzied and frenetic as the band's rabid US fanbase have come to expect, it will be a return to safer territory for the band, who recently wrapped up a trailblazing tour of the Middle East including shows in LebanonEgyptUnited Arab EmiratesCyprus, and more.VICE's music channel Noisey sent a camera crew with the band to document the unpredictable results of their international journey of rock diplomacy. The resulting 10 minute clip surfaced on their website today (spoiler: kids in the Mideast like fun rock music, too).

Additionally Bill Cody, documentary filmmaker and friend of the Black Lips, also travelled with the band overseas and is presently working on an independently produced feature length film. A brief trailer for that project, along with info on how Black Lips fans can help contribute, can be viewed below.



Mar 13-17   Austin, TX    SXSW  

Mar 18    San Francisco, CA    Great American Music Hall  

Mar 19    Felton, CA    Don Quixote's International Music Hall 

Mar 20    Santa Barbara, CA    SoHo

Mar 21    Los Angeles, CA    El Rey Theatre  

Mar 22    Santa Ana, CA    The Observatory

Mar 23&24    San Diego, CA    Casbah

Apr 6    Phoenix AZ     Marquee Theatre

Glowing House with Anthony Ruptak and Exit Ghost | Unit E | August 29

If you haven't ever been to Unit E, it is a great little venue on Santa Fe and 12th.  It is a quaint, fun place to see some local music.  The owners got together and decided they wanted to create a venue-gallery space that they had complete control over, hosting a full range of music genres and the art hanging on the walls is just as dynamic. On August 29th I got a chance to see three bands play, two local and one from the midwest.  

Anthony Ruptak (Photo credit Matt Smith)

The opener was Anthony Ruptak and the Midnight Friends. They are a local group with an amazing Indie/ folk sound.  Anthony writes heartfelt folk melodies that make you bob your head along to the song.  His powerful lyrics and vocal range paint a wonderful folk picture in your mind as you listen along.  The fifth track on his album "C'est La Vie," he sings about better times/ "the grass is aways greener" and mentions the Wyatt Towing company and making a payment for having his car towed. Anthony new to the folk scene in Denver, but I expect to be seeing a lot more of him very soon.

Exit Ghost (Photo credit: Matt Smith)

Next up was Exit Ghost, they hail from Chicago and are on a Middle America Tour along side Glowing House. Exit Ghost is a indie pop rock band who's catchy tunes make you want to dance along. Their stage presence was fun and light hearted. The whole band seemed happy to be on tour and having a good time. Exit Ghost sounds a bit like My Morning Jacket combined with Wilco. The Indie pop sound along with lyrics such as "I don't want to move to another big city if it means I am going to move alone" make for very enjoyable songs. 

Glowing House (Photo credit: Matt Smith)

The last band to go on that night was Glowing House. This folk-indie group finished up the night with their slow melodic songs about life. The husband and wife combo that make up Glowing House work wonderfully together. Their folk sound and the wonderful harmonies drift through the air like an elegant bird in flight.  Steve Varney, the lead singer and guitarist, sings of new love and love lost.  "This is a song about heartbreak," was the introduction to the song "Any Part of Her".  Glowing House's current album, Days Run Out, is a needle in a haystack. It is hard to come by an album these days that almost every track is worth listening too. Days Run Out is the kind of CD that you take some time to listen it entirely because you just can't stop listening.  

Matt Smith