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I AM A LASER ON THE ROOF w/Reid Speed & SamIYam – April 8

Posted in Events, Music News with tags , , , , , on April 2, 2010 by worldromper

***Just added to the lineup: DR STRANGELOOP to administer your dose of visual stimulation***

I AM A LASER, the monthly Downtown LA Art Walk afterparty of live art, fresh music for urban gypsies and wandering spirits, is shaking things up for April.

Now curated by none other than Daedelus Darling, this month’s episode of I AM A LASER will have drink specials and features goddess of bass Reid Speed and one of my favorite (and one of the funniest!) LA beat freaks SamIYam – and we are taking the party TO THE ROOF! Continue reading

I AM A LASER FEB 11: Govinda, Tokimonsta, Ora N Gina and Shee

Posted in Events with tags , , , on February 3, 2010 by worldromper

Join us for a special edition of the monthly art and music event I AM A LASER on February 11 when the focus is on the fairer sex. That’s right, it’s ladies’ night at the Club Nokia Mezzanine Bar and we have some fine examples of female artistry on the luscious lineup for you to enjoy.

More than a monthly, I AM A LASER is also an online magazine chock full of free downloads, artist interviews and profiles, music reviews, fresh videos, fashion galleries and more. Check out the website and see the inspiration for our monthly event, then join us February 11 after the Downtown LA Art Walk for a pre-Valentines celebration of beautiful beats:

Govinda, a smooth and modern artist from Austin, Texas likes to induce states of bliss and ecstasy with mystical beats, described as “erotic” and “sensual.” Govinda’s music goes well with chocolate and satin sheets; expect more downtempo, lounge-laden beats, perfect for some easy grooving on the dance floor and a snuggle in the corner of the club.

Tokimonsta is LA’s reigning Beat Queen and a member of the Brainfeeder family, home to Flying Lotus, SamiYam, Ras G and Strangeloop. Her avant-garde beats have a hip hop soul, and with a combination of digital manipulation and live instruments she will take you on a dusty voyage through a vast musical soundscape.

Completing the lineup are Ora N Gina from Chicks with Decks and local dubstep DJ Shee.

Creating the live art for the night are Yuki Miyazaki of Cannibal Flower and Ashley Bowers, and as always Curious Josh will be on hand taking pictures for the LA Weekly. Check out some of his shots from a previous show here.

I AM A LASER combines bass heavy glitch, dubstep, electro, urban hip hop, indie, and gypsy for your pleasure along with live art painting, digital media, and who knows what else. The party goes down at the Club Nokia Mezzanine Bar @ 800 W Olympic Blvd (enter on Figueroa across from the Holiday Inn); street parking is a possibility, there are $5 lots around, and you can find more parking information here. Cover is $10 or $5 with RSVP to rsvp@iamalaser.com. Event is 21+; click here to go to the Facebook event page.

Click here for Curious Josh’s photos of last month’s event.

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***

From the Front Lines: I AM A LASER

Posted in From the Front Lines (Show Reviews) with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 13, 2009 by worldromper

Last night I made my way downtown to the ridiculously over-the-top Staples Center to reach the Club Nokia Mezzanine Bar for I AM A LASER, a new monthly that seeks to unite a wide variety of urban gypsies in the quest for cultural expression on the edge: future sound, live art, and good times.

This area of Los Angeles is flat out stupid. There are so many lights you can probably see it from outer space, flashing TV screens eighty-five fucking feet high blare out mediated mania into the night and wild-eyed revelers run around everywhere yelling and laughing. It is LA’s answer to Times Square, but without all those claustrophobia-inducing high-rises trying to corral the energy; after all, this city has enough moxie to set the freaking desert on fire and burn it down. Last night was the Downtown LA Art Walk so the streets were thick with crawlers and the parking was $25. Are you fucking kidding me?

Luckily a few blocks away the parking was only $5; I am pretty sure I can walk two blocks for $20. Entering off the street into the metal-detector, the front door cats were searching hardcore although it is funny what you can get away with if you just straight up tell them: Oh well I have ____ in my bag. “Okay, go in.”

Riding the elevator up, I asked the button-pusher what it was like inside the venue. “I don’t know,” he said. “I have never been out of the elevator.” Ever?

Well, I will tell you what Club Nokia Mezzanine Bar is like: it’s swanky as all hell. Curving walls slide down into cushy round seating areas stacked with velvet cushions, and there is plenty of room to wander around or fall down. Reds, blues, pinks, purples and silvers skate around the venue, a bar shilling $6 MGDs (not bad) lines one side and deep into the space rests the DJ stand with tight little dance floor, albeit with a few columns in the way (hey something’s gotta raise the roof besides our hands). It was one of the nicest clubs I have ever been in, and everyone was kind of looking around like, “shit this is fancy,” and brushing our shoulders off like we were Jay-Z or something.

Right after leaving the elevator is a good-sized outdoor smoking section with a fat view of the surrounding downtown area; however this being Swankland there are security people and video cameras watching your every puff, and you can’t actually get to the side of the balcony as they have it roped off, in case anybody gets too drunk and rowdy and tries to fall off.

Super cushy VIP booths line either side of the bar in the lengthwise venue, and in the first sunken area as you enter were the live artists from Think Space Gallery, who were both creating some really eye-pulling art. On the right a guy was airbrushing a face onto a piece of natural wood, and on the left my new friend John was doing somewhat of a figure drawing reminiscent of Basquiat with scrawled text and plenty of textured details. Like the edge of the balcony, the artist area was roped off lest the crowd decide to mutiny and go apeshit with the oil paints. It must happen a lot.

Playing on the many flat screen TVs around the venue was one of the trippiest movies I have ever seen, Holy Mountain, and the crowd consensus was “Man I am glad I am not on mushrooms right now with that crazy shit on.” Neat visuals and indeed lasers swept the room, and a giant black and white “I AM A LASER” graphic welcomed you at the door. This ain’t no fucking dive bar.

To the music: on arrival I wondered for a second if I was in the right club; I was expecting some beat music and instead was hearing “Milkshake” and “Push It.” The dance floor was grinding, however more than a few of us recoiled to the smoking area until R/D went on. “What the fuck is this?” people were asking me. Just wait, I said. It is about to get good.

Sure enough R/D came on and gave Club Nokia Mezzanine Bar a taste of sticky sounds the likes of which much of the crowd had never heard before. Although many of us were there for the music and knew what we were in for, there was a contingent who had wandered in after the Downtown LA Art Walk, just in for some booze and some beats. Boy did they get it. I LOVE SEEING THE FACES of people who are experiencing my kind of music for the first time ever. Intially they are a little confused, as the music doesn’t fit into any preexisting category in their heads. Then the “huh?” look in their eyes changes to a spark of excitement, and they start twitching a bit as the new sounds flood into their limbs. Finally they give in and just start freaking out on the dance floor beside me. Oh I love it. R/D makes and plays amazing music and I hope to see him out more often in LA.

Souleye was in the house last night, jumping around the room rapping, weaving in and out of the dance floor, giving random people high-fives, popping behind the DJ booth and in general adding quite a bit of positive energy to the night. I was stoked to see so many people having a great time together on the dance floor, and an MC who can uplift you with his rhymes AND his lyrics is always welcome in my head. Sometimes we need to be reminded that indeed we are all living a dream.

My friend Take aka Sweatson Klank was on next; if you don’t know who that is then go to his Myspace page and listen to his “Sleeping Bear” remix for Architeq, it is one of my favorite tracks this year. He is a regular performer and part of the gang at Low End Theory, and neither of us were too sure how his brain-bending no-limits beats would go over as we smoked outside together listening to “Push It.” The crowd definitely seemed a bit more electrohouse than experimental.

But maybe that was the whole point: lure in the crowd with a milkshake (it does bring all the boys to the yard) and then when they are dancing and drinking and having a good time, slowly evolve their musical brains by gradually progressing to richer and more experimental beats. I am not saying there is no value in “Milkshake,” God knows I’ve shaken my milkshake to that song before, but there is just such a vast ocean of electronic music, and the normal populace is exposed to maybe 1% of it. Let’s change that.

One of the goals of I AM A LASER is to unite people from different scenes with the love of live art and new beats, and to try to create a community atmosphere, to bring a little of the festie-feel into the big city. And it worked. There was a very diverse range of people there last night: beat purists, burners, club kids, art walkers, local producers and dancing freaks. It was refreshing to see the music I love landing on new ears and infecting new minds. I will be back.

To check out what went down last night, click here for a free media pack of the artists R/D, Souleye and Take. Enjoy! And for photos check back bere, I will add the link to Curious Josh’s pics when he posts them!

Next I AM A LASER: December 10. Stay tuned!