May 29, 2009


I had been looking forward to this show for a couple of weeks–it didn’t disappoint. The First Ave. crowd was great, everybody was really into it and it only took four songs to make us all stinky and sweaty. It was empty during Trouble Andrew, but people seemed to know what was up when Amanda Blank came up.

I knew Amanda Blank would be fun. It was hearing Diplo’s endorsement, seeing that he was producing her debut album featuring a few of our favorite artists at Chucks?, and it was hearing the remix of “I’m A Lady.” There’s not a lot of white rapper girls that I like; I hadn’t heard many tracks of hers before, but she put on a great set. She came out without any pants, and somehow by the end of the set she was wearing less. Just her CHUCKS and a shirt.


Amanda Blank – Might Like You Better

One of the reasons I’ve loved Santigold’s album was its versatility. It’s not crossing genres but most songs can stand on their own. Half of her play list feels like singles and the others fill in around them. It kept things interesting and there were only a couple of brief moments where I could stop to think about being sweaty or tired. Santigold mentioned her mixtape with Diplo a few times during the set so I got really excited late in the show when she called Amanda Blank back on stage. They did “I’m A Lady” together and Trouble Andrew (who is on the original track) came out for the end of it. The highlight of the night for sure.



Santigold featuring Amanda Blank – I’m A Lady (Diplo Remix)

Here’s a post I did a couple months back with another track from the Diplo mix tape.


2 Responses to “SANTIGOLD/AMANDA BLANK @firstave”

  1. Ke Says:

    “It’s not crossing genres but most songs can stand on their own.” Hm, what about mixing genres?

    Gosh, I love Santigold. I only got to see her on the Rock The Vote tour so she pretty much did most of her songs from her album, excluding My Superman. Being able to see and hear her do the remix for I’m A Lady with the others sounds incredible. Glad you had a great time!

    I need to check out more by Amanda Blank and Trouble Andrew, though Santigold’s album will always be awesome for me.

  2. geoff Says:

    Yeah I love Santigold’s album, Amanda and Trouble seem more like role players–I don’t know if I’d enjoy a full album from either. The Trouble Andrew set was not my thing.

    That’s great you got to see her at Rock The Vote. I definitely want to catch her again.

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