Friday Jukebox: FIRST!
So, I’m sort of a big deal. I kind of singlehandedly discovered Santigold. Who is Santigold, you ask? This is Santigold.
Okay, that’s not exactly true. But it’s sort of true. True enough for me. Santigold has been a factor on the music scene for some time now, with writing credits as far back as 1999 (GZA’s Beneath the Surface) and her first solo album released in 2007. I was not involved in any of that work. But I did hear Santigold perform on The Colbert Show during his 2012 Stephest Colbchella series. And I liked her. It was pop, but not the same drivel that dominates the airwaves today.
You have likely heard Santigold, more recently. You might not have realized it. But you did. Check out this song.
Does the beat sound familiar? It has since been featured in numerous commercials in late 2012 and 2013.
But I heard her first. Probably. Maybe.
In all seriousness, I am often the last person to know about new music and my taste tends to skew mainstream, as evidenced by my recent contribution to the Mindless Diversions Hip Hop symposium. But every now and then, I know about something before other people do. And it sort of feels good. Not so good as to motivate me to be a hipster douche like the many people who pride themselves on what I call “dog whistle” music*. But it gives me a little smile whenever I hear the song. “Hey… I liked that before I knew I was supposed to like that.” Another band that fills such a gaping chasm in my heart is Of Monsters and Men, a band I was introduced to via another blog before they exploded on the scene. A similar sense of happiness and superiority washes over me whenever they are on the radio, which is often. Should you ever feel unexplained pangs of smugness raining down upon you, that is probably me listening to OMaM on Z100.
Do any musical acts do such for you? Maybe you weren’t the first on their bandwagon, but you were slightly ahead of the curve such that you “claim” them, even if only in your own head? DISCUSS!
* I derive this term from this meme, which I enjoy a bit too much:
It’s the scarf that really brings it all together.