There's a man behind the decks who looks somewhat like Rasputin, had Rasputin been born an Edwardian dandy. He goes by the name The Gaslamp Killer and sports a comically oversized handlebar moustache, a mop of curly hair, a long beard and a T-shirt with a large print of himself emblazoned upon it ('it's good to act as your own billboard,' he says).The "Magical Properties Tour" is underway. LA DJs/producers The Gaslamp Killer and Daedelus are co-headlining dates across the country with fellow LA Flying Lotus associate and 8-bit video game inspired hip hop beatmaker Samiyam. The likeminded Teebs is currently fourth on the bill, but will be replaced by fellow Californian Free The Robots when the tour hits Le Poisson Rouge in NYC on November 4th. Note that the lineup on LPR's website is reportedly wrong - Teebs is not on the bill, and Free the Robots is.
From a tangle of equipment at the DJ booth, he starts to emit strange, hypnotic noises - stuttering beats, Oriental scales, psychedelic sound effects and horror movie samples -punctuated with touches of dubstep and drum'n'bass.
The dandy Rasputin starts leaping around, headbanging, freaking out and playing air drums to the music, sometimes getting so excited that he forgets to cue in a sound effect.
'You know that feeling when you hear that sound that drives you nuts?' he says later. 'You want to push people out of the way so you can dance to it. And I try to play songs that turn people into dancing maniacs as soon as they hear it. That's what I want to do when I hear it. I go a bit... nuts.' [Metro]
If you do hit one of the shows, make sure to also hit the merch table because their you'll find a tour-only 7" single for the song "Impulse" Side A is "Impulse" and Side B is the Free the Robots remix that you can now exclusively grab as an MP3 above. That's three of the four artists on the bill, all contributing to the one song.
All tour dates below...
The Gaslamp Killer & Daedelus - 2010 Tour Dates
11/2 - Le Belmont, Montreal, QC +
11/3 - Harpers Ferry, Allston, MA +
11/4 - Le Poisson Rogue, NYC, *
11/6 - Bourbon Street, Baltimore, MD *
11/7 - DC9, Washington, DC *
11/9- Club 828, Asheville, NC *
11/12 - The Masquerade, Atlanta, GA *
11/13 - The Howlin' Wolf, New Orleans, LA *
11/14 - Barcelona, Austin, TX *
11/16 - Trees, Dallas, TX *
11/17 - Ground Hall, Houston, TX *
11/18 - Club 101, El Paso, TX *
11/19 - Club Red, Tempe, AZ *
11/20 - House Of Blues, Los Angeles, CA + *
+ w/ Samiyam & Teebs
* w/ Free the Robots & Samiyam