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HELLFYRE CLUB on West Coast Tour : Nocando, Dumbfoundead, Intuition & Open Mike Eagle

Posted in Events, Music News with tags , , , , , on April 26, 2010 by worldromper

Passion of the Weiss Presents: The Knux, Nocando, Shadowboxers & The Holloys 4/9

Posted in Events, Music News with tags , , , , , on April 6, 2010 by worldromper

Passion of the Weiss is one of my favorite LA music blogs and is taking over Spaceland in Silver Lake this Friday night to showcase several fat local talents of different- way different- genres, hoping to reflect more truly the music lover’s palate. No one eats 100% sweet rap or salty IDM or deliciously sour rock and roll; people like many types of music, and Passion of the Weiss presents wants to give you a plate overflowing with a balanced diet of beats. Continue reading

JIMMY THE LOCK: Nocando’s Record Release Party @ Low End Theory (Review)

Posted in From the Front Lines (Show Reviews) with tags , , , , , , , , on February 17, 2010 by worldromper

Gaslamp Killer holds it down upstairs

Busdriver & Nocando

Daddy Kev lays it on us

This chick got on stage and went crazy, it was awesome!

Nobody likes to get down!

Looking back on the crowd and balcony sorry for the flash dude

Nocando!

I knew last Wednesday night was going to be special; well MORE special than usual at Low End Theory with all the excitement in the air and the big stage open. It was the release party for Jimmy the Lock, the new album by resident host and LA rap sensation Nocando.

Haven’t heard it? Get on the fucking train. The album is being hailed as “one of the best and most forward-thinking L.A. hip-hop records in years” (LA Weekly), “a delight” (URB Magazine), “brilliantly unpredictable” (Boomkat), and features beats from Nosaj Thing, Nobody, Daedelus, Free the Robots and Thavius Beck amongst others. Click here to listen and buy Jimmy the Lock.

I stood in the line outside over and over while waiting for my friend, clowning around next to Free the Robots and Randy who carried a blue crate of records as ammunition for his set later that night. The line was jumping and we were amped!

Inside of course: I am immediately at home. The night was young and so were we, fresh out in the space with room to dance! The party got started upstairs with Dntel and Gaslamp twitching about and then we all moved outside to bask in the sweet LA night.

It felt so good. Nobody backed up Nocando for most of his set, playing his own beats for “Hurry Up and Wait” (click here to download it for free) and “21.”

Nocando lovingly dedicated his track “Skankophilia” to the ladies in the crowd who cheered while those of us who knew the name of the song laughed our asses off. The people behind me were singing along to tracks that had been out two weeks; pretty much the whole crowd yelled along on cue: “SWAGNOSTIC!!

Busdriver jumped up to rap with Nocando for the duet “Two Track Mind” and it was sometime around this time that the front of the dance floor erupted a hottie who jumped up and went nuts getting freaky on stage for a bit. There seems to always be at least one person going batshit crazy on the dance floor at Low End Theory. Sometimes it’s a guy in a headband and tube socks spinning and lunging, other times it’s a teenage girl with a hipster haircut jerk-dancing in the middle of the floor to Nobody’s set until she wears herself out. Sometimes it’s the pop-and-lockers or the breakers. Sometimes it’s me.

Gaslamp Killer loves to jump on the mic and scream random shit. With Nocando the star of the show, he gladly lept up with his freak self and kept the crowd entertained as MC, ghosting around on the side of the stage in a white hoodie while Daddy Kev slapped down the bass in the giant room:

“Low End Theory…Theory…Theory…

“Daddy Kev…Kev…Kev…

“OH SHIT…OH SHIT…OH SHIT!!”

“Do you wanna hear some more dope shit?!?” (APPLAUSE)

“Is LA in the HOUSE?!?” (MORE APPLAUSE!)

“IS LOW END THEORY IN THE HOUSE?!?” (MASSIVE APPLAUSE!!!)

Now- that is something, because the people of LA love the dope shit, and they REALLY love their city. But the cry for Low End Theory was the most inspired and held in the air the longest, like the heavy smoke of peach blunts.

Boom! It was over. Gaslamp directed us back upstairs for MURDER BASS where Ninja Tune’s King Cannibal went on to bring the house down and then drive over the wreckage. Here is gets a little crowded on the dance floor and in my brain, but once again we walked away from a simple night together in an scratchy club with a monstrous sound system and the earth had shifted a little off its course again.

Jimmy the Lock: Debut Album from NOCANDO

Posted in Artists, LISTEN TO THIS, Music News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 26, 2010 by worldromper

If you have been losing faith in rap lately, you might just want to crack open that brain and give it a taster of what Nocando has offered up, because it is absolutely delicious- a pristine blend of the filth of modern life, the funk of doing it Cali-style and the fun inherent in the whole goddamn thing. Nocando’s debut album is the first major release on Alpha Pup Records for 2010 and is already receiving love and praise from many corners of the music universe.

First the business:

BUY THE ALBUM on iTunes and Boomkat (more to come throughout the day)

DOWNLOAD the first single “Hurry Up and Wait” for free here.

Now the fun:

With creative and entertaining lyrics on top of exquisite beats from some of the most talented producers of 2010, Nocando takes us on a bumpy ride filled with a mad variety of emotions- the good, the bad, and the crazy. The mood of the album is fresh as a slap, hardcore and so SoCal, with Nocando’s rhyming ruminations an apt reflection of day-to-day life: wild nights, girls, love, drugs, parties, getting fucked up, fucking, vodka in water bottles, house parties that get shut the fuck down, stumbling into orgies and masturbating with a gun in your hand.

Well maybe not YOUR day-to-day life.

But Nocando’s not just talking shit. He also speaks the truth, in the manner of exploits and glitches. Loud-mouthed MCs have taken the place of the court jester today, and Nocando does not waste his lauded position. Crammed in and in-between his words, bouncing between the beats and filling your head are inescapable truths, like LA’s finest offerings to the world: blue collars, bright lights, brown skies and bullshit.

Some tracks like “Two Track Mind” are more contemplative and insightful, others like the ode to skanks “Skankophelia” have an old school R&B feel to them, and “Flight Risk” sings the sad, sour side of love. Stripes of dark circus parties, tales of freaks and Nocando’s amusing words are backed up by a all-star cast of producers on the beats: Nobody, Nosaj Thing, Thavius Beck, Th’ Corn Gangg, Free the Robots, Maestroe and Daedelus all offer their unique musical visions to the album. I can see these producers’ personalities shining through their tracks, and the result is an engaging collection of perspectives from the groovy to the grimy.

Add in the guest vocalists: Busdriver, Nick Diamonds, VerBS and Iron Mike Eagle and you have an album brewed to perfection on the hot slice of reality we call life on the West Coast – amusing, entertaining, inspiring, and most of all:

FRESH! I love it, ten points. I have been listening to Jimmy the Lock in high rotation since I received it! THIS SHIT IS FIRE!

Buy the album on iTunes and Boomkat.

Come to Low End Theory every Wednesday night and hear resident MC Nocando here.

Read the piece on Nocando in the LA Weekly here.

Excellent interview with Nocando in LA Record here.

Nocando on Facebook

Nocando on Twitter

Read more about Nocando below the cover art.

MORE ABOUT NOCANDO:

The LA underground has many voices, some covered in grit and dirt, some slapping the asphalt, some hitting high and brassy- but none ring truer than that of Nocando. A seasoned member of the hip hop community who isn’t content to count his battle scars by the dozens, Nocando brings fresh rhymes week after week at the world-renowned club night Low End Theory where he is the resident host, as well as to a variety of steazy joints all around the West Coast.

With a witty style and open voice, Nocando’s raps are unpredictable, funny and lean towards social commentary, although this MC is just as likely to tell you about a wild night on the streets of LA as to make a point about the fallacies of the music industry. Brash and confident while also being laid back, Nocando’s lyrical delivery is an apt representative of the California attitude. Winner of the MC Battle at the 2007 Skribble Jam, the largest hip hop festival in the nation, Nocando’s mouth often seems to have a life of its own, throwing an excited energy onto any crowd he meets and providing an important connection between the music and the dance floor.

Nocando has held his own performing on bills with Snoop Dogg, Cypress Hills, Flying Lotus, MF Doom, Supernatural, Cee-Lo Green, Souls Of Mischief, Typical Cats, The Chicharones, Grand Buffet, The Visionaries, Nancy Sinatra, The Fucking Champs and Autechre. The MC has also released a myriad of collaborations with artists such as Subtitle, Aceyalone, Murs, Lucky I Am, Busdriver, Abstract Rude, 2mex, LMNO, Pumpkinhead and many others.

Never afraid to get dirty, Nocando has won (and lost) numerous rap battles. Countless Thursday nights spent spitting freestyle in Leimert Park in the Crenshaw District of South Central LA established him as Project Blowed’s new school poster boy and a Customer Service hard hitter. The tireless MC has traveled to New York City, Boston, Canada, France, England, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, Colombia, Japan and many other locations giving international music fans a taste of Los Angeles’ main exports: blue collars, brown skies, bright lights, and bullshit.

With almost a decade of active duty in the LA beat scene and plenty of battle trophies under his belt, Nocando has earned the respect of peers, veterans and newcomers alike. Unpredictable and vivacious, Nocando will light any night and every crowd with his clever words and dynamic delivery style. With the continued convergence of the hip hop and electronic music communities in Los Angeles and around the world, Nocando is poised to shout his drops from the peak of the movement all the way to the vibrating dance floor of the underground.

Low End Theory wins BEST PROMOTER in 2009 URB Magazine Readers Poll

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

Thank you to all who voted! 2009 was a revolution and 2010 is going to be even better!

Click here for all the URB Magazine Readers Poll results.

And see you at Low End Theory tonight! We have Robot Koch, the beat brain behind Jahcoozi and the artist responsible for one of my favorite tracks of 2009, MatthewDavid of Leaving Records fame and Co.Fee from one of the tightest producing crews in town, My Hollow Drum.

Also on hand of course is the resident lineup so sick you might as well come to the party in an ambulance: Daddy Kev, Nobody, Gaslamp Killer and MC Nocando.

Photo by Barbara Talia

10 DJS I AM IN LOVE WITH THIS WEEK

Posted in 10 DJS I AM IN LOVE WITH with tags , , , , , , , , , , on December 3, 2009 by worldromper

DJs, Producers, Live Mad Scientists, MCs, Beat Addicts, you know…

In no order, and I am going to update this once a week-ish:

  1. Silkie
  2. Joker
  3. Nosaj Thing
  4. Nalepa
  5. Eskmo
  6. Nobody
  7. Daddy Kev
  8. Gaslamp Killer
  9. Nocando
  10. Claude VonStroke

Shilo’s December Events

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 1, 2009 by worldromper

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

Low End Theory Winter Lineups

Posted in Events, Music News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 19, 2009 by worldromper

Calling it winter when the forecast is 77 and sunny this weekend is kind of crazy, but then again I live in the Capitol of Crazylvania and that is how we roll- under blue skies and palm trees, baby!

Low End Theory has an intriguing blend of artists filling in the Wednesday nights this season, in addition to the superstar resident lineup of Daddy Kev, Gaslamp Killer, Nobody, D-Styles and Nocando:

  • Nov 25:            Daedelus (Extended Set)
  • Dec   2:            Dark Party & Mux Mool
  • Dec   9:            Jeremy Ellis, Bossasaurus & more TBA
  • Dec 16:            Sole & The Skyrider Band
  • Dec 23:            Ras G, SamIYam, Lorn & Teebs
  • Dec 30:            6Blocc & Tokimonsta
  • Jan   6:            Carlos Niño “Special 360” Night
  • Jan 13:            Free Moral Agents
  • Jan 20:            Odd Nosdam & more TBA
  • Jan 27:            1320 Records Showcase featuring Nalepa Dub Orchestra, Virtual Boy, St. Andrew & Fuzz
  • Feb 24:            Flugeance & Deru

Stairway to Heaven

From the Front Lines: Low End Theory (11/11)

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

Another crackin’ week in the center of the universe! The electronic arts scene here in Los Angeles is thriving; any given night you can throw a rock (or a flaming trash can) and hit a party with beats going off like wild animals. And I’m not talking about the plethora of horrific meet-market clubs packed to the gills with people who don’t give a flying shit about the music, dancing to 1998’s greatest house hits and trying not to spill an $11 vodka tonic on their shiny shirts.

I am talking about forward-moving music that engages your brain as well as your body. I am talking about the good shit. Puff puff give:

Low End Theory this week was a bit of an anomaly as all the residents were in route to Japan, but that didn’t stop the Low End community from doing it up proper and partying like it was Wednesday night or something. I arrived after 11PM half expecting a half-full room, but the upstairs dance floor was bouncy with head-nodders all the way back to Sharky’s bar.

While the absence of Daddy Kev, Nocando, Nobody, D-Styles and Gaslamp Killer was definitely noticeable, the people don’t come to Low End for the faces, but for the beats. And we got them. Devonwho was twisting minds with Tully of My Hollow Drum taking up as MC, and the MHD crew was rotating in and out of the DJ slot, keeping the energy lit. The crowd at Low End is always pretty young, and I love it. Seeing all those minors with X’s on their hands who are there for the music is so inspiring; it makes me wonder what beats are brewing in their heads tonight that I will dance to tomorrow.

I was thinking wow, this is a great night and I should write it up, and then who walks up to the stage but Flying Lotus. I should have recognized his laptop from the Obama sticker. A slap of excitement hit the crowd as we knew we were in for a real treat. As always FlyLo played some shit you have never heard before and that you can’t imagine existing until it does, right there in your ears and undeniable. We heard new beats from his new album no doubt, as well as a track that he and Thom Yorke had just made in NYC. I was swimming in the beat love, we all were, and Wednesday night confirmed for me that indeed Low End Theory is greater than the sum of it’s parts. It is a community but even more than that, it is an energy, a mental place of feral creativity where the normal rules of music and nightlife do not apply- because we are making new ones.

See you next week.

Dear readers: sorry for the astounding lack of photos on my recent posts. My camera has bit the shit.

Every Wednesday

Shilo’s October Events

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 1, 2009 by worldromper

Festie season may be drawing to a close, but the new shows and sounds keep rolling in! Starting with the crisp brush of autumn breeze and ending with a Halloween nightcap, October is one of my favorite months- you can smell the mischief in the air! Or maybe that’s a grape blunt.

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.”

Here’s what’s going down on Planet Shilo:

  • 1: Respect presents 12th Planet vs. Infiltrata @ Dragonfly
  • 2: Pure Filth presents Bassface w/MRK1, The Professionals, DLX, Remo, Gaslamp Killer & more
  • 3: LA Decompression Festival
  • 3: Space Island Decom After Party/ Oscure, Braden, R/D, Propa Tingz, Henry Strange, Imagika & more
  • 7: Nosaj Thing & Fever Ray @ Henry Fonda Theatre
  • 7: Low End Theory w/Thavius Beck, Waajeed, Geology, Blu Jemz & residents
  • 7: House of Dub @ House of Blues w/Pablo Hassan, Sam XXXL & more
  • 10: Dynagroove w/Drumcell, Smog Stage @ Nucleus
  • 10: Fantasia
  • 14: Pretty Lights @ Key Club
  • 14: Low End Theory w/Dirty Digital Mestizo, Mike Gao & more
  • 15: Smog @ Respect w/Pawn, DLX, Pablo Hassan, MC XYZ & more @ Dragonfly
  • 16: 16Bit & Beyond w/Random Rab, Braden & Mr. Caparro @ AC Supper Club in Venice
  • 17: DROID Behavior 7-Year Anniversary w/Chris Liebing, Kid 606, Drumcell, Deru, Derek Michael, & special guest from Alpha Pup/Planet Mu
  • 20: Pitch Black @ Zanzibar (Santa Monica)
  • 20: Dubtroit w/Seven, DJ Evol, Pawn & Q.45
  • 21: Low End Theory 3-Year Anniversary! Flying Lotus, SamIYam, Dibia$e, Jneiro Jarel, Free the Robots, My Hollow Drum, MatthewDavid, Kutmah, Nobody, Nocando, Daddy Kev
  • 22: The Do Lab presents: Beats Antique, Deru & Jupiter @ King King
  • 24: Droid Behavior presents Acid Circus
  • 24: Smog w/Distance, Noah D, Emu & more
  • 25: I LOVE LA
  • 28: Low End Theory: Jogger Record Release Party with Jogger, Dr. Strangeloop & Ana Sia!
  • 30: Kraak & Smaak @ The Roxy
  • 30: Calling All Kids w/Flying Lotus & friends
  • 30: Hard Haunted Mansion w/Deadmau5, 2MANYDJS & more
  • 31: Halloween 3-D w/Daedelus, Jogger, Tokimonsta, 6Blocc, & more
  • 31: Hard Haunted Mansion w/Justice, Major Lazer, Modeselektor, & more
  • 31: HALLOWEEN! BEST HOLIDAY EVER! I am gonna dress up as a DJ.

AF000801

Alpha Pup Records: Sounds Like the Future

Posted in Music News, Note to Readers with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 9, 2009 by worldromper

I want you guys all to know about Alpha Pup Records, one of the most avant-garde, creative and future-oriented record labels in the world, and my very favorite.

ALPHA PUPAlpha Pup Records & Digital Distribution is a boutique digital music distributor located in downtown Los Angeles that represents over 40 of the world’s top independent labels. Bold and forward-thinking, Alpha Pup is an outlet for daring and experimental sounds from some of the world’s most creative musical minds, spanning all popular genres. From the classic funk and soul catalog of Westbound Records (Funkadelic, Ohio Players, P-Funk All Stars) to the screaming punk rock of Gold Standard Laboratories (The Mars Volta, !!!, The Locust) as well as the Alpha Pup label artist roster (Glitch Mob, Daedelus, Nosaj Thing, Free The Robots, DJ Nobody, Carlos Niño, Nocando, AWOL One & Daddy Kev) and Brainfeeder (Flying Lotus, SAMIYAM, Ras G), the Alpha Pup catalog includes some of the most vital and important albums in independent music history.

Recently released on Alpha Pup is the debut album for Gaslamp Killer called My Troubled Mind, and up next are albums by the Glitch Mob, Free the Robots, Daedelus and Nocando. Wow.

Alpha Pup is also behind the world-renowned club night Low End Theory in LA which also issues a monthly podcast; this month’s version is from Mary Anne Hobbs and Gaslamp Killer and you can find it here. With many big-name artists active in the West Coast community and around the world, expect to see talent from the Alpha Pup roster in sweaty clubs, massive shows, and outdoor art festivals all season long.

Stay up to date with Alpha Pup events and new releases on Twitter, Facebook, Myspace, the Alpha Pup website, and of course, right here on DF5K.

10 DJS I AM IN LOVE WITH THIS WEEK

Posted in 10 DJS I AM IN LOVE WITH with tags , , , , , , , , , on August 13, 2009 by worldromper

DJs, Producers, Live Mad Scientists, MCs, Hooligans, you know…

In no order, and I am going to update this once a week.

  1. Boreta (Always & Forever)
  2. Pretty Lights
  3. Chase & Status
  4. Mary Anne Hobbs
  5. Daddy Kev
  6. Nocando
  7. ESKMO!
  8. Boy Crisis
  9. Kora
  10. TTC

TTC!

    Low End Theory: Nosaj Thing

    Posted in From the Front Lines (Show Reviews) with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 16, 2009 by worldromper

    There are artists, and then there are artists. I think you know the difference.

    Jason Chung is an artist.

    Yesterday at Low End Theory we had a re-do; the last time Nosaj Thing was out (for his record release party on June 10), the LAFD shut down the outdoor stage a skoch early because shit was getting too crazy up under those wooden rafters and tin roof, like the Airliner was having some sort of structural seizure. Bitches! WE DON’T NEED NO WATER LET THE MOTHER FUCKER BURN! Don’t you know how we roll, LAFD?

    So last night we all pushed into the upstairs room which has been madly improved with sound and paint; the lighter hue behind the stage works well with the rolling visuals, and the massive amount of bass coming out of those speakers rattle your eyelids- even proper speaker freakers like me can’t stand up front for too long.

    The crowd was thick and sweaty and young and beautiful yesterday evening, a gorgeous hot city night in the summer of love. The resident MC Nocando seemed to be particularly on, spitting mad rhymes on the dance floor’s heads like bouncing bricks and obviously loving it. D-Styles, Daddy Kev and Nobody once again delivered: as always these masters sling top choice tracks, expertly read the crowd’s energy, and mix seamlessly and clean. I think they may have done this once or twice before. Daddy Kev in particular always seems to throw these insane new tracks I haven’t heard yet; what underground track railroad is he part of? The best one, I am sure.

    Along with Nosaj another guest last night was Dak, his more-abstract set lost the crowd a little bit, although I enjoyed watching his efforts and mutli-multi-approach to IDMy hip hop. The more abstract you go with your music, the more you risk losing the dance floor, as more minds will not be able to distinguish between the looser music and crap. It doesn’t take a special mind, but it does take hours and hours of listening to all kinds of sounds and some brains just aren’t there yet; their owners aren’t quite obsessed with music enough.

    There is nothing elitist about being able to appreciate more abstract music, like jazz. It has little to do with some “natural music brain” and much more to do with how many hours you have listened to music in general. Good music, not Top 40 pop crap, which is the music that people who don’t listen to music listen to.

    Now, people have said that no one dances much at Low End Theory. Okay, I have said that. And once again in life I find myself on the wrong side of being right, because last night people were getting down! From the back of the room by Sharky’s bar to the sticky-floored front in the glowing waves of bass, hipster chicks and gangsta boys and X-handed minors and freaks like me were all lovin’ it, spilling beer on each other and spanking the airspace above our heads and shaking ass like we liked it or something.

    And then: Nosaj Thing. WOW. What a freaking set. What a freaking artist. I love the golden experience of listening to a producer mix and remix his own tracks live, adding in extra tweaks and bleeps, making you catch your breath up near your throat before it escapes and he slams down the drop like a whale tale on a parking lot. And I love it when DJs tease you with a hint of a track long before they drop it, a sneak peek that some people consciously recognize and others viscerally respond to. Oh don’t we humans just love that mix of the new and the familiar!

    Nosaj Thing wove in some melodramatic pop songs and a little sticky dubstep as well, but by far the greatest response from the crowd was always when he let loose tracks from Drift, his new album (BUY IT NOW). We knew we were in the presence of greatness, and we sweated like it. Nosaj is fun to watch; he knows his shit and he loves his shit, and his movements on stage are filled with the grace of someone who is in the process of creating something beautiful.

    The only word coming out of my mouth last night was “YEAH!” and besides being soaking wet with sweat, THAT is how I know I am experiencing transcendence. It only happens two places in this world, and the dance floor is one of them. Some people may go into spasms, some roll their eyes back in their head, some talk in tongues, some scream and yell. But for this wordy bitch, I know I am having a moment when for once in my life I can form no words but only a whimper of affirmation, like all my energy is processing the music, like I am experiencing something that reaches back far beyond language, like I am touching god, with an eyes-closed mouth-open ‘YEAH‘.

    Ok you guys. Nosaj Thing restored my faith in humanity last night, in myself, in my home which is the dance floor, and in LA. This is a hard town to take on alone; there is a lot of shitty music out there and a lot of stupid people. But if you look a little harder and search with a little more soul, you can find artists and inspiration greater than any place I have ever known. God I am in love.

    NOSAJ THING IS ON TOUR shortly with the Glitch Mob and Daddy Kev all up and down the West Coast from San Diego to Canadialand; check dates here and for the love of God, do not miss these artists when they come to your city! Experience for yourself what the hell I have been blathering on and on about; I guarantee you will not be disappointed.

    ALSO: Next week at Low End Theory we have more local music pioneers Daedelus and Free the Robots, both of whom continue the trend of evolutionary revolutionary experimental electronic hip hoppy brain music. And oh yes, there will be bass.

    Photo by Alex BotwinPhoto from Myspace by Alex Botwin

    10 DJS I AM IN LOVE WITH THIS WEEK

    Posted in 10 DJS I AM IN LOVE WITH with tags , , , , , , , , , on July 16, 2009 by worldromper

    DJs, Producers, Live Mad Scientists, MCs, Werewolf Babies, you know…

    In no order, and I am going to update this once a week. 

    1. Boreta
    2. Henry George
    3. ill-esha
    4. Daddy Kev
    5. Nobody
    6. D-Styles
    7. Nocando
    8. Flying Lotus
    9. Nosaj Thing
    10. Jahcoozi

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    Shilo’s JULY EVENTS

    Posted in Events, Lists, Note to Readers with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 30, 2009 by worldromper

    Hello fair readers!

    Hot July = Hot Parties. Hope your sum-sum-summaTIME is going well!

    As usual, I will update this post frequently as the month goes along, and you can always find my current list of events on the left-hand side of my blog’s home page under the links for “FIND LA EVENTS“.

    JULY:

    • 1: Low End Theory w/Exile, Mono/Poly & Egadz; Hell and the Lake of Fire Release Party #1 for Gaslamp Killer’s Mix CD
    • 2: Hell and the Lake of Fire Release Party #2 for Gaslamp Killer’s Mix CD with SamIYam @ TBA in Venice
    • 3: Planetary Series: Red Planet w/Octave One, Robert Hood, Developer and Robtronik @ TBA (and until 7AM, baby!)
    • 7: Arena Bass w/Smog feat. Evol, Pablo Hassan, Unit, Steady & Kemst @ The Arena
    • 8: Scion House Party w/Kode 9, Spaceape, Martyn & 12th Planet @ Roxy
    • 8: Low End Theory: Blank Blue Combine EP Release w/Andy Votel & Massa
    • 9: Free the Robots, KnifeDreams, Austin Speed & Tealong @ The Crosby
    • 10: Space Island @ the Echoplex w/ VIBESQUAD, Knowa Knowone & Henry Strange
    • 14: The Do LaB presents: Bonobo @ King King w/Of Porcelain and R/D
    • 15: Nosaj Thing Revisited @ Low End Theory
    • 16: MIDDLEGROUND by Space Island w/HEYOKA, Ruff Hauser, Stephan Jacobs & Heavenly Father @ TBA
    • 17: BASSFACE w/DZ, Kozee, Sam Supa, Ras G, SamiYam @ TBA
    • 18-19: Wildlife presents: Magical Sunshine Festival w/David Starfire, Pawn, Emu, Skandar, Osal8, Austin Speed, Philly B, lots more
    • 22: Daedelus and Free the Robots @ Low End Theory
    • 23: SMOG @ Respect w/Katz, DLX, Evol, Dustmite & Kemst
    • 24: More Voltage Tour: GLITCH MOB w/Nosaj Thing & Daddy Kev @ Roxy
    • 24: Cut Chemist @ The Getty: FREE!
    • 25: Master P on Atari Tour w/Mochipet, [a]pendics.shuffle, Boom Bip, Sodapop, Oro11 & New Berlin @ The Silver Echo Gallery
    • 28: DUBTROIT w/Sukh Knight
    • 28: BassScience @ Zanzibar in Santa Monica

    I am thinking that July should look something like this:

    j'adorelaplage