May 4, 2012
Once called “the chief of the Los Angeles beat scene” by the LA Times Music Blog, LA’s Flying Lotus is coming to SF to blow all of our minds tonight, 5/4/12, at the monthly Low End Theory throwdown at 103 Harriet.
Flying Lotus’s bass-heavy, experimental beats have been winning him a lot of fans the past few years. Hell, Thom Yorke has shown up to play with him at not one but two Low End Theory nights down in LA. Video or it didn’t happen, you say? Well here you go:
Here’s Flying Lotus’s Independent Music Award-winning video for “MmmHmm” to further get you in the mood:
Flying Lotus, Dibiase, 14KT, Dnae Beats, Taurus Scott, Daddy Kev, Nobody, Gaslamp Killer, D-Styles, Nocando
May 4, 2012
December 26, 2010
Part One: Michael Tapscott
1. Kanye West â€“ My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (DefJam)Kanye West - 'Runaway'
The most controversial and real public figure almost caused a fist fight between Joshua and I at this yearâ€™s Thanksgiving. While Josh contended, correctly so, that Kanyeâ€™s public persona ruins his art, I contended, also correctly, that it heightens his palette and that the persona is in and of itself a fine work of art. We worked it out, but I was prepared to never speak to one of my best friends again for the cause.
2. Jerry Lewis â€“ Cracking Up (1983)/Tex Avery Cartoons
In one willful and lonely Saturday this year, I went too far in my quest for entertainment and am now a great believer that the French were right all along about Jerry Lewis. His comedy is just as fascinating and mind-blowing as Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton or Jaques Tati, if youâ€™re in to that sort of thing. Watching old MGM and Warners Bros. cartoon shorts by Tex Avery that same day, I realized these guys are human cartoons. I sort of like the cartoons better though.
3. Deep Magic/Deep Tapes/Dreamcolour
One of my favorite collectives of the new age/experimental/ambient scene is the Bay Area label Deep Tapes. The Deep Tapes producers released or were connected in someway to some heavy classics out of this increasingly rich and expansive field in 2010. Deep Magicâ€™s Planetary Roots and Soul Vibrations were favorites, as well as work by uber-group Dreamcolour, Olympus Mons and Psychic Handbook. Iâ€™m a Facebook fanâ€¦.
4. Donovan Quinn & The 13th Month – Your Wicked Man (Soft Abuse)
San Franciscoâ€™s Donovan Quinn is weathering a moment in time when his music is a little out of fashion, and we are all at a loss for this. In my year, it was the best singer-songwriter record Iâ€™d listened to and had an urgent poignancy for my own lost generation. I hear all the bad and lovable things about my friends in this area of the world throughout this record. It comes on a real healthy slab of vinyl too.
May 23, 2010
By: Joshua Rampage
As we approach mid-2010, the situation can be described as languid at best; adventures have been put on hold while I pace slowly up and down this long hallway, stirring up dust bunnies. Snoozy weather and sinus infections have the weird ability to cull the right kind of music for the moment, and I’ve been submerged in hazy ambiance ever since Die Antwoord depleted all of the serotonin in my brain with their impeccable taste. I’ve since grown comfortable within these walls of soft interiors. Set adrift in the haunted depths of The Caretaker, I’ve made myself at home in room 237. (YouTube video features the art of Andrei Polushkin).
Mike doesn’t care for rhythm-based music any more than I give a shit about the genre Americana. He says “BE A PATRIOT” and bangs the steering wheel like a dictator would his fist against a podium. I say, “I’m moving to Switzerland to go skiing and eat chocolate.”
I suggested that Flying Lotus is picking up where a long-forgotten DJ Shadow left off. The sampled textures are even dustier and the layers of poly-rhythms make me think of elephants dancing with their trunks, swaying in a way that makes people want to bounce their shoulders. Flying Lotus’Â new album, Cosmogramma, hurtles into an electronic oblivion, creating new constellations with its staggered production.
By: Michael Tapscott
The album art is ridiculous, the “found” sounds are the same as they were six years ago, and perhaps the joke is still on us.Â CocoRosie, congratulations: you made another good album.
As I become re-acquainted with the long, lost friend that Josh scared me off of years ago (itâ€™s a plant, dude), I only see myself as a fly on the wall, or better yet, like GOD in the sky. And what does GOD the bug see? He sees Michael repeatedly watchingÂ Randy Newman YouTube videos of a concert with the Rotterdam Philharmonic from 1979.
See, itâ€™s not that the two of us canâ€™t haveÂ fun anymore Joshua, but it’s all so serious now. These decisions that we make have lasting impressions on the quality of our shriveled 70 year old bodies. You should be tired friend, you should be listening to ambient music. What daily use do you find for Flying Lotus anyway?
Men as brilliant as us should not have been expected to take an uncomplicated path. Next month, more drinks, more pictures, no other obligations. Deal?
AsÂ evidenced below,Â we took some pictures to commemorate this opaque portion of the season: [More...]