Shlohmo Live in SF, CA (05/24/12)

Up and coming 21 year old Los Angeles native producer Shlohmo recently brought his woozy beats of goodness to San Francisco’s Clift Hotel for an intimate show, and yours truly was there for the whole set and able to capture a few moments for your viewing pleasure.

I only took a few videos (wish I had taken more) as a result of Shlomo switching (about halfway through his set) into some more upbeat trap style music (if you don’t know what that is yet, you will in the near future) and I just had to put the camera down and let my body do its thing. Shlomo played a great set overall, I highly recommend checking him out if he comes to your neck of the woods.

If you’re interested in hearing more of Shlohmo’s sounds, check out his Soundcloud here. Below you’ll find the two live videos I took  from his set, enjoy.

Black Moth Super Rainbow “Sun Lips” Live in SF (05/11/12)

Black Moth Super Rainbow returned from somewhat of a brief hiatus to play a live show in San Francisco late last Friday May 11th at 103 Harriet. Their show was great to say the least but since it ended up being so late at night I didn’t end up taking much video. Luckily I at least got some decent footage of the entire BMSR choice song “Sun Lips”, so enjoy that below.

Lotus Plaza Live in SF, CA (05/09/12)

Best known for his work at the lead guitarist for Deerhunter, Lockett Pundt recently embarked on his first major tour for his solo project Lotus Plaza in support of their magnificent 2012 LP “Spooky Action at a Distance”. Along that tour Lockett and the Lotus Plaza band made a stop at the Rickshaw Stop in San Francisco and played a wonderful show that I managed to capture a few videos from.

The band only played eight songs and after a crowd encouraging an encore effort, Lockett came out to apologize saying “sorry we only learned eight songs. next time, we’ll have more”. However, despite the limited amount of songs played, the set was really enjoyable as each song sounded great live and fit in well in the context of all the others.

As mentioned previously, I took live videos of three Lotus Plaza songs: “Come Back”, “Eveningness”, & “Jet Out of The Tundra”. Take a watch/listen below for yourself, it’s worth it.

Flashflooder DJ Mix: Schizo

After looking at my Soundcloud account the other day and noticing the fact that I haven’t posted a mix up there since last year, I got inspired to impulsively just set up my dj equipment and record myself dj’ing (for the first time in a while) without any thought or pretense going into it just to see what would happen. After an hour and a half of messing around, what I am now calling my “schizo” mix came to life.

The process of the mix was really refreshing in that I just went back to playing whatever random song came into my head (like when I started out dj’ing) without paying much attention to maintaining dj staples such as a complimentary tempo, key, genre, style, sound that people expect or want to hear, or much of anything at all. If anything, at times I tried to purposely do the opposite by making continually large tempo shifts and drastic genre changes to challenge myself and take the sound in a strange direction. As a result, you know you’re probably going to make some mistakes and it’s not going to be as clean and seamless as if you planned out a playlist and practiced all the transitions, but that’s the point. The experience makes for a great improvisational practice tool; and not to mention, it’s a lot of fun.

For a while now I’ve been wanting to make a few different genre and/or sample based mixes (and still plan to) but recently I just haven’t had the time to make them happen due to being so busy (and a little bit of procrastination too). Ironically though, thinking about that got me motivated to just try this new schizo dj’ing concept out which may have ended up spawning a mix series. Hopefully there will be more to come in the future; but for now, try it out for yourself and see what happens. You might be surprised.