Posted by Billyjam, April 10, 2008 02:00am | Post a Comment

The always innovative and funky LA club Low End Theory -- at The Airliner every Wednesday -- has taken the show on the road to New York City, where in March it began a new monthly at the Knitting Factory there.  It held its second night at the downtown Manhattan club over this past weekend where, judging by both nights' charged performances plus the warm audience reactions, it seems that Low End Theory NYC is a hit.

I attended the two Low End Theory NYC parties, including the first night last month when most of the resident DJs from LA flew east for the night.  Onstage were Daddy Kev, Nobody, Gaslamp Killer, Nocando, Eliot Lipp (resident NYC) Flying Lotus (special guest) and the always amazing D-Styles (who did two skratch sets). This past Saturday (4/5)  Daedelus (pictured left), edIT, DJ Nobody, Nocando, and Eliot Lipp put on another great night's entertainment -- especially Daedelus, who clearly stole the show. What a performer! Check the video from his performance below.  And check this space in the coming days for when Irish guest Amoeblogger Johnny Doobs will write a review of Daedelus's scheduled lecture in Limerick, Ireland on Friday (April 11).

Meantime, I asked Peter Agoston, who among many other things in the music biz, books hip-hop related shows at the Knitting Factory NY, how he came to bring the Low End Theory to the Big Apple?  "Daddy Kev and his squad created and cultivated the Low End event for Wednesdays in L.A. I've been to it a few times and even DJ'ed at it once," said Agoston, who spins under the alias DJ Thanksgiving Brown. "It's a fun atmosphere and the line-ups were always unique and very strong. I've known Kev for a while as a contemporary in the hip-hop game -- when I took the job as Talent Buyer for The Knitting Factory NY one of the first things I did was reach out to Kev to bring Low End to NYC.  It took about six months of planning, but it proved to be a good idea!"

I asked Agoston if he thought that the overall sound presented by the DJs and performers from LA was something different for New York audiences. "In this particular setting, yes. Legit live-music venues are rarely as adventurous. Thankfully, given the history of the Knitting Factory NY as a trend setting experimental club, this concept works perfectly," he replied. "The sound of the Low End Theory may be something slightly different for NY audiences but it's wholly needed and respected to the utmost. The crowd yells, pumps their fists, dances and gazes in awe. It's a beautiful experience."

Video above of Daedelus @ Low End Theory NYC (4/5/8) by itslainey

Low End Theory NYC is first Saturdays at the Knitting Factory, 74 Leonard St. ($10/$12. All ages. 10-4AM), but the next one is on a Friday, May 2nd and features the return of D-Styles along with Megasound, Blank Blue, GLK, and Eliot Lipp. Meanwhile, back in SoCal, Low End Theory happens Wednesdays @ Airliner, 2419 N. Broadway ($5/$10 18+ 10-2am). Also recommended is Daedelus' new album Live At Low End Theory (on Daddy Kev's great label Alpha Pup -- CD cover shown to the left), which is available at Amoeba Music. There is also a documentary on the club in the finishing stages --see preview clip below. And for all up-to-date information on the Low End Theory club click MySpace  or website.

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