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Daedelus & Gaslamp Killer @ I AM A LASER (Thurs. Jan 14)

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 6, 2010 by worldromper

Taking place at the chi chi Club Nokia Mezzanine Bar the second Thursday of every month and coinciding with the Downtown LA Art Walk, I AM A LASER brings fresh sounds to a new crowd, uniting wandering art communities in the search for great music and a good time.

Cover is $5 all night when you RSVP to rsvp@iamalaser.com or $10 otherwise.

This month on January 14 we have two of LA’s finest beat manipulators as well as fat visuals from Dr. Strangeloop (from Brainfeeder Sessions) and Timeboy:

DAEDELUS creates soundscapes ripe with emotion, from fast dance bangers to tracks that breathe romance, always delivering a unique and inspiring set and sometimes causing the walls to drip with sweat. He makes “rich deep dance music, the past 300 years slammed into one hour.”

GASLAMP KILLER has a rep for being crazy in a city known for crazy- that’s quite the accolade. With animalistic beats, a slamming track selection and wild stage presence, you never know quite what you will get when you step onto Gaslamp’s dance floor- but his music will no doubt move your body and mind.

Also at the party:

Photography by LA Weekly’s Curious Josh and sexy live painting by John Park and Michael Pukac; I have always been quite impressed by the quality of work on display at the show.

It all goes down at Club Nokia Mezzanine Bar (enter on Figueroa across from Holiday Inn) and there are several $5 parking lots a couple of blocks down, and I even found street parking last month. Click here for more information on parking and for all the details, please visit IAMALASER.COM.

And don’t forget to RSVP at rsvp@iamalaser.com for $5 entry all night!

I AM A LASER DEC 10: DERU & ANA SIA

Posted in Events, Music News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 3, 2009 by worldromper

***all photos by the amazing Curious Josh***

I AM A LASER returns to the Club Nokia Mezzanine Bar on Thursday, December 10 with two of my favorite beat tweakers (and I am really excited about this):

DERU

and

ANA SIA

For $5 entry all night, just RSVP at rsvp@iamalaser.com with your full name and those of your friends coming with you; otherwise it’s $10.

I AM A LASER is a post-Downtown LA Art Walk night of future culture celebration at the swank Club Nokia Mezzanine Bar that brings together wanderers, live painting and visual arts, and copious amounts of bass heavy glitch, dubstep, electro, urban hip hop, indie and gypsy. I AM A LASER is about cutting-edge exploration and expression, no matter what community you call home.

Also on the lineup: L. Croskey, and doing live painting will be Michael Pukac of Think Space Gallery  and from Cannibal Flower, John Park:

More art from last month (and you can read my review here):

Another great shot from last month of R/D & the dance floor:

Please go to IAMALASER.com for artist bios and more information; for parking by Club Nokia, don’t pay $20- drive a block or so away and there are heaps of parking lots for $5.

See you on the dance floor!

***all photos by the amazing Curious Josh***

Shilo’s December Events

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HOLY FRICKIN’ HOLIDAZE I can’t believe 2009 is almost gone. This time last year, I wasn’t even considering moving to LA. And yet here I am now, smack in the middle of the most creative and exciting underground electronic scene in the world!

December is always party season, and this year is no exception. I keep this post updated and added to throughout the month and you can find it by looking in the right-hand column on my main page under “Shilo’s Event Calendar.”

  • Dec 2: Low End Theory Family Reunion w/Gaslamp Killer, Daddy Kev, Nobody, Nocando + special guests TBA
  • Dec 3: The Do Lab presents Solvent, Michna & Kether at King King
  • Dec 3: Respect presents Genr8 & Kuru
  • Dec 4: Culprit & Throne of Blood presents DJ Kaos, Soul Clap, TK Disko & Droog @ TS2
  • Dec 4: BWOMP presents Dubstep.FM Invades LA w/Dopelabs, HD4000, EMU & SURPRISE GUEST @ TBA
  • Dec 4: Nosaj Thing & Low Limit of Lazer Sword @ The Changing Same (San Jose)
  • Dec 4: CONTROL @ Avalon w/AC Slater & DJ Craze
  • Dec 5: Mark Farina @ Vanguard
  • Dec 5: KRS-One @ The Roxy
  • Dec 5: Winter Fresh Festival w/Datsik, The Toxic Avenger & much more @ the Pico Rivera Sports Arena
  • Dec 9: Low End Theory with Busdriver, Oscar McClure, Bossasaurus, Asura & residents
  • Dec 9: Lucent Dossier Experience @ H.Wood (every Wednesday)
  • Dec 10: I AM A LASER with Ana Sia and Deru @ Club Nokia Mezzanine Lounge
  • Dec 10: Made to Play with Jesse Rose, Riva Starr, Zombie Disco Squad & more @ the Roxy
  • Dec 10: Respect w/Everfresh, Whizard B2B Circuit, Machete, MC XYZ @ Dragonfly
  • Dec 10: Dopelabs, Them Cargo Pants, Knorsq & Tealong @ The Crosby
  • Dec 11: Chicks with Decks: Michele Bass, Imagika, Porter Tinsely & more @ Area 33
  • Dec 11: CONTROL @ Avalon w/Etienne de Crecy
  • Dec 11: Ewan Pearson & Droog at TS2
  • Dec 12: Pantheon pres. Elves and Hos Xmas Party w/Mimosa, Jesse Wright, Porter Tinsley & more @ Area 33
  • Dec 12: Gaslamp Killer @ The Echoplex
  • Dec 12: Derick Carter, Luke Solomon, John Graham @ Avaland @ Avalon
  • Dec 12: Hear 008 1-Year Anniversary w/Mark Henning, Drumcell, Jeremy P. Caulfield @ TBA
  • Dec 12: Love Fix w/Mark E Quark, Xavier de Enciso, Alex Villalobos, Victor Carrillo & more @ TBA
  • Dec 13: BRAINFEEDER Sessions w/Nosaj Thing Visual Show Premier, Eskmo, Mono/Poly, Gaslamp Killer, Strangeloop, Kutmah, Teebs & more @ the Downtown Independent
  • Dec 16: Low End Theory w/Sole & the Skyrider Band, Mono/Poly & residents
  • Dec 18: BLVD, Souleye, AdamandEvil, Mid City West @ The Stronghold Building (Venice)
  • Dec 18: Out of Asia w/Reid Speed, Gridlock, HD4000 & more @ TBA
  • Dec 18: CONTROL @ Avalon w/Armand van Helden
  • Dec 18: Obey pres. Brainfeeder & MHD takeover of the Crosby w/SamIYam, Ras G, Tokimonsta & My Hollow Drum (OC)
  • Dec 18: Ugly Sweater Party with BOUNCY HOUSE arriving at 5AM
  • Dec 19: Sqysh Fysh: A Nightmare Before Xmas w/Knowa Knowone, Pumpkin, Brion Charles & Gabe (BM Art Car fundraiser)
  • Dec 19: LA Record Christmas Party with Daedelus, Daddy Kev, Nobody, Take, MatthewDavid & LOTS more @ Bedrock, FREE w/TOY & RSVP here.
  • Dec 19: Infected Mushroom @ Avalon. Read my interview with Infected Mushroom
  • Dec 20: Winter Solstice Party w/Jega, Deru, Kraddy & Tom Burbank @ Air Conditioned Supper Club in Venice
  • Dec 22: Plug Research 2010 w/Daedelus, J.Rocc, Kutmah, surprise guests & more @ Echoplex
  • Dec 23: Low End Theory w/Ras G, SamIYam, Lorn, Teebs & residents
  • Dec 24: A Kilowatts Kristamas Eve feat. Kilowatts live, Treavor, Brian Saitzyk, Stephan Jacobs, Bartek @ Area 33 (Culver City)
  • Dec 25: MERRY CHRISTMAS SMOKE A FATTIE
  • Dec 26: Pure Filth presents BASSFACE w/DLX, Flying Lotus, Daedelus, Daddy Kev, 6Blocc, The Professionals, Magi, Remo, Metaphase, Kemst & MC1
  • Dec 29: Dubtroit 1-Year Anniversary w/DJ KMO, 12th Planet & more TBA
  • Dec 30: Low End Theory w/Tokimonsta, 6Blocc, Mr. Fantastic & residents
  • Dec 31: Sea of Dreams in SF w/Glitch Mob, Ozomatli, Bassnectar, Ghostland Observatory, Yard Dogs Road Show, EOTO, Lynx & Janover, Random Rab, Marty Party, Ana Sia, an-ten-nae, David Starfire & more
  • Dec 31: Gaslamp Killer, Chromeo & Peanut Butter Wolf @ Club Nokia
  • Dec 31: New Year’s Eve 2010 Together As One w/David Guetta, John Digweed, Dubfire, Sander Kleinenberg & more @ Los Angeles Sport Arena
  • Dec 31: HARD New Year’s Eve w/Boys Noize, A-Trak, DJ Mehdi, Destructo & more @ The Palladium
  • Dec 31: Lunar New Years Eve @ TBA w/Cesare vs. Disorder, Mikael Stavostrand, Acid Circus, Drumcell & more

I AM A LASER: Downtown LA’s New Monthly for Fresh Beats, Live Art & Urban Freaks

Posted in Events, Music News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 3, 2009 by worldromper

I AM A LASER TAKE RD LCNov. 12 featuring Take, R/D & LC

***SOULEYE JUST ADDED TO LINEUP***

Online magazine I AM A LASER along with Los Angeles events team The Service Company (Destroy LA, We The People Festival) has created a new night of cutting-edge cultural expression. Hitting Los Angeles on the second Thursday of every month, I AM A LASER aims to connect seekers from different scenes with a love of visual arts, beat purity, festival ethos and urban gypsies.

Coinciding with the Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk and picking up where the evening hours end, I AM A LASER is a showcase of fresh electronic beats, live artwork and an eclectic mix of wanderers from the LA area, yourself included. A perfect nightcap to the city’s Art Walk, I AM A LASER brings people together under an umbrella of gritty beats in a Blade-Runneresque environment, a slick and swanky setting for the fine future sound whose many miscreant children run amok in our fair city, beats flung out to the far reaches of mindspace and beyond.

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Club Nokia Mezzanine Bar

Held at the upstairs Mezzanine Bar of Club Nokia, the first installment of I AM A LASER takes place Thursday, November 12 and features the beat mastery music of Take (AKA Sweatson Klank), R/D and LC. At the forefront of this new and innovative era in experimental beat music, Los Angeles’ own Take fuses instrumental hip hop and outer space to create intricate melodies that are wrapped in bass and infused with a laid-back, psychedelic flavor.

Take

Take

R/D is a favorite of the festival crowd who brings a unique perspective to West Coast lean: danceable downtempo tracks that are bright and funky yet still laid back- just like LA.

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R/D

Finally LC comes from the Cannibal Flower & Think Space Gallery and will bring some of the city’s finest painters to create live artwork, further uniting this new night of music with the city’s larger arts culture.

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LC

Entrance to I AM A LASER is free before 10PM, $10 after and is 21+. Club Nokia is located in downtown Los Angeles at 800 W. Olympic Street; enter on Figueroa Street across from the Holiday Inn, and click here for parking information.

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Live Art

To find out more on this event, please visit IAMALASER.COM/LIVE where you will also find more information on West Coast sound, vision and style: get free exclusive mixes and tracks, check out videos and artist interviews, and read fashion and art editorials!

I AM A LASER!

Are you?

Shilo’s November Events

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Samhain, November 1, always indicates new cycles and fresh beginnings in my life, and this year seems to be no different. Here’s to autumn in LA!

As always, I keep this post updated and added to throughout the month and you can find it by looking in the right-hand column on my main page under “Shilo’s Event Calendar.”

  • 3: Wisp, Naha, Schlage & more @ Technique @ Zanzibar
  • 3: Jogger, Daedelus, Buraka Som Sistema, Jokers of the Scene & more @ Cinespace in Hollyweird. Free vodka 10-11PM.
  • 4: Low End Theory Special Ableton Event w/Thavius Beck, Sweatson Klank, MatthewDavid
  • 6: Kraddy
  • 7: Other People’s Money w/Vibesquad, Datsik, Subvert, Excision, Propa Tingz & more @ Nucleus Events Center
  • 8: Brainfeeder Sessions @ Downtown Independent w/Daedelus, Jogger, Gaslamp Killer, Dr. Strangeloop, Jeremy Ellis, Teebs & Kutmah
  • 10: Random Rab, Imagika & Electric Dandelion @ Zanzibar
  • 11: Low End Theory: My Hollow Drum, Kutmah, Devonwho
  • 11: Deru, Blockhead, AmpLive & Yppah @ The Echo
  • 12: The Do Lab presents Bluetech, Mimosa & Electric Dandelion @ King King
  • 12: I AM A LASER with Take, R/D, LC & Souleye at Club Nokia upstairs
  • 13: Compression w/Robtronik, Drumcell, Vic Carillo @ King King
  • 14: BWOMP presents: Attack of the BASS w/Anitserum, Puppykicker, Ev-1, J-Viz & more @ TBA
  • 18: Low End Theory w/Ghislain Poirier, Rob Luis & Lanu
  • 18: Scion House Party w/Plastician, Mary Anne Hobbs, SCUBA & 12th Planet, FREE w/RSVP
  • 20: Culprit & Hear w/Anthony Collins, Sammy Dee, Droog, Deliquent Frequency @ new venue TS 2
  • 20: Fat Freddy’s Drop @ The Roxy
  • 20: RUSKO, 12th Planet, Mr. White @ Avalon
  • 21: WE THE PEOPLE w/Bad Religion, Glitch Mob, Flobots, LA Riots, Jogger & much more @ Los Angeles Center Studios, downtown
  • 24: Dubtroit w/Pawn, Druley, Rudelgin & more
  • 25: Low End Theory: Daedelus special extended set
  • 25: House of Dub @ House of Blues w/DLX, Pawn, Steady, Kelly Dean, Evol, Pablo Hassan & more
  • 26: HAPPY THANKSGIVING = drinky drinky!
  • 27: Compression 4-Year Anniversary w/Claude Von Stroke & SF Dirtybird Crew
  • 28: Dysfunctional Family w/[a]pendics shuffle, Death by Acid, Alex Villalobos & more @ TBA
  • 28: Pure Filth presents BASSFACE with: JOKER & NOSAJ THING, The Professionals, Novocaine9, Heru!, Kemst, Nomad @ Lot 613

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Photo by Tap Tap Productions.

Pendulum & Glitch Mob @ Club Nokia

Posted in From the Front Lines (Show Reviews) with tags , , , , , , , , on March 15, 2009 by worldromper

You have to take LA for what it is; you cannot try to make this city into something that it is not. Los Angeles is flash and lights and beautiful women, sunshine-crammed days and loud laughing nights, shiny surfaces and vapid smiles, sexy cars, hard skyscrapers and defiant dreams. This city is over the top, this city is too much, this city is madness. You must take it for what it is.

The same goes for Pendulum. You have to take them for what they are, and for what they are today, not yesterday.

Last night I decided to what-the-hell give myself to the city’s mania and go see Pendulum with their new sound, more rock than drum and bass. I had heard hella shit talk from hard core electronic music fans about how Pendulum has sold out and mainstreamed their music to make more money; how their old sound was no more. Well, I like new shit (I’m an addict, actually), so I thought I would at least check them out, and the openers just happened to be these four guys called the Glitch Mob.

So yeah- last night I went to a rock concert for the first time in a while. The venue? Club Nokia. HOLY GOD, is that place fucking serious? Is LA serious? Nobody answer that.

Walking up to the complex surrounding the Staples Center in downtown LA from my free parking space (SCORE!) I was truly taken aback, eyes up and jaw down like a tribesman in Times Square. The avenues leading up to this massive public party arena and collection of venues is lined with dozens and dozens of trees, all glistening with periwinkle lights that don’t just twinkle but drip sparkles from the branches. It is an awesome effect.

The central plaza is dominated by no less than ten enormous screens blasting corporate-hip music and images of pretty young faces that we are supposed to want to be, and the modern altars burn so brightly it seems like daytime. I put on my shades. The scale of the open square is dazzling, and even though you know that those flashing screens are trying to sell you something, you can’t help but be amazed at this circus mecca of entertainment we have created for ourselves. The place was CRACKing, tons of young people out to see or be seen in the scene, to make out with their hot boyfriends up against posts, and to rock out to Pendulum.

“Where’s Club Nokia?” I asked, to be pointed down a hallway where giant images of cellphones led the way. Duh. Follow the mobile gods. 

I always blah-blah on about how much I love dive bars and shitty gritty dance clubs, but last night in the ridiculously slick Club Nokia, I was all about the modern, purpose-built, sound-focused venue. I loved it. The shape is traditional theater-style with a big main stage and surrounding dance floor, flanked by bars and open space, and topped with balconied seats. It is huge, but somehow they have managed to create a true feeling of intimacy in this giant space. Club Nokia seems smaller than it is and you feel more engaged and closer the stage than you actually are. The visuals were absolutely stunning, the sound was balanced and pure, and the vodka-sodas were $10. Hey, you gotta take it for what it is, right?

Though the venue is about fifteen minutes away from my apartment, it took about an hour for me to traverse the LA madness and actually get inside. The Glitch Mob was on and I headed to the front of the dance floor, only to find that I had arrived too late to obtain the required wrist band for entry into the front section.

What! The back of the room does not work for Shilo. I want to be in the front. I am short, I have shit vision, I dance like a maniac and dammit, I earn my place next to those speakers. I want to be up front!

I was pouty for a quick minute before remembering that rules don’t apply to me, and I snuck right past the burly bouncer the second he turned his back and claimed my rightful place under Kraddy’s bobbing head.

The Glitch Mob was in fine form last night; these gorgeous boys clean up so well and anyone has to love playing in an epic venue like that. Every one of their live shows are different and I always hear sounds and mixes and tracks that I have not heard before, which makes me wish the guys would put some of their live shows out as mixes. I have a few but they are over a year old.

Glitch Mob fans who don’t live in LA and who don’t get to see them all the freaking time like moi would love to share the sounds of these sets and get in on the new shit these guys are throwing down. Fans would pee themselves to get copies of these live performances.

Now, the bad thing about sneaking up front or into a show is that once you are there, you can’t leave to go to the bathroom or get a drink or have a smoke or wander around. Unless, that is, you think you can sneak back in again. So after the Glitch Mob I left to relieve my bladder and check out the venue; the music they were playing between acts was actually really fresh and plenty of people just continued their dance madness all around the club. 

The lights went off and Pendulum came on. GOD I love that moment when the lights drop to nothing and the screams go up into the night and the antici…pation is at its height! People really started freaking out at this point; this show was obviously a big fucking deal for a lot of the fans. I love sharing in the passion of other human beings, even if it isn’t my favorite music on earth, it is somebody’s, and I love being brought into that circle of love. It is warm and it bounces.

I snuck past another bouncer and arrived back down front so I could better see Pendulum prancing around. Now, I must say- I had a great time last night. I danced my ass off, and I really enjoyed Pendulum’s music which surprised me. I had judged their new sound based on talk and a listen of a few songs on their Myspace page, and I was stoked to be wrong.

Hard, dark, and dirty d&b flavored rock, delivered with all the pomp you would expect of a rock band, guitars stretched high in the sky from crotches like dicks to the moon, dramatic waving arm action, epic Jesus-poses, and lots of coerced crowd interaction. GET YOUR HANDS UP!!!

The lead singer kept imploring the crowd to “raise the roof” and get all crazied-out in “Club Nokia.” Ah, someone should tell these guys that no one says “raise the roof” anymore and no one gives a fuck about “Club Nokia.” We like the venue, for sure, but no one is ever gonna chant out “Nokia!” in the crowd, no matter how much those giant cell phone images would like it. But Pendulum obviously loves playing rock star, and why not? They are good at it, and the crowd loves it too.

Pendulum’s driving sound was a heavy mix of rock and electronica, distorted with a squeeze of evil and an nth of industry, danceable with the potential to make kids go nuts. I think more rock bands should try it. Yeah, Pendulum is not the same D&B megastars they were a few years ago. Their music is different and their show is different. So what. I will take them for what they are now, and they obviously have a lot of fans who feel likewise. 

I was surprised to enjoy their new music so much, though there was a bit too much rock star posturing for me, too much division between the performers and the audience. I like it when we are one. I don’t want to have screaming contests with the audience on the other side of the venue, I don’t want to be told how hyped up the energy in the room is, and I sure as hell don’t want to give a shout out to Nokia.

But the verdict is: I would definitely see Pendulum again, and maybe even pay next time.

See, at Low End Theory this week I was talking to some guys from Perth out on the balcony. One of them, Gareth, said they were in a band, Pendulum, and needed girls to go on the Jimmy Kimmel show with them. “What the fuck ever, you guys are messing with the blond girl. If you are Pendulum, put me on the list for your show and go back to drum and bass already.” 

So yeah. My bad. It was totally them. And you know what guys? Forget what I said. Play whatever the hell you want to play. Your show rocked and I had a killer time. Thank you.

The next time I meet someone in LA who claims to be a celebrity or in a band or on a reality TV show, I won’t be so quick to call bullshit. I will take them for what they are, just like this crazy fucking city I call home.

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True to form, I have one shitty iPhone picture for you guys! Hey at least it’s from the front!