Love my cousin for being just as musically inclined as I am. My kinfolk Marie put me on to this pimpin a few days ago. Mayhem will ensue in San Fran this weekend once again. Check out the rundown below for more on Wallpaper.
Who: A-1, Parentz, plus DJ Jaysonik (Hottub)
When: Fri, March 23, 2012 @ 8:30 pm
Where: Rickshaw Stop Rickshaw Stop
155 Fell St
San Francisco, CA, 94102
Bio & background below…
Wallpaper. is led by the sleazy, excess-obsessed Ricky Reed, who is also a gifted producer, multi-instrumentalist songwriter, viral media hustler and disco ball-busting crowd destroyer. Whether crafting his own electro-steeped future beats or cleverly skewering pop culture via his remixes, he effortlessly fuses a long personal history of music-making with bold showmanship and a love for trunk-rattling thump.
Wallpaper. evolved from a clever jab to, as S.F. Weekly put it, “a rebuttal against pop music as simple window dressing,” but boomed beyond the satire. Wallpaper.’s debut, Doodoo Face, was a clever offering that quickly surpassed the irony and gained attention for the legit songwriting and masterful production. It gave a knowing nod to the early greats who offered their influence – P-Funk, Afrobeat, Bay Area rap, perhaps even some Prince – built around sweaty, swaggerful beats with a real musicality.
The Bay Area took notice, namely Wallpaper.’s visceral live shows where Reed lords over the scene with thundering live drums to his back, all manner of instruments in his hands, cut-up YouTube video collage beaming overhead, sassy back-up singer cooing… offering something incomprehensibly funky.
Wallpaper.’s presence was soon felt beyond his stomping ground, as his Lynchian video blogs (a little David and a lot of Liam), remixes and mashups earned him props, including the elite bloggerati such as Pitchfork. They praised his sax-blazing remake of Das Racist’s “Pizza Hut & Taco Bell” as well as his salute to Jay-Z – a cleverly mashed “99 Problems” with “D.O.A.”
Needing to quell the anticipation for his sophomore album due this fall on The Boardwalk Entertainment Group, Wallpaper. unleashed the car-bouncing anthem, “#STUPiDFACEDD.” The beat-heavy pop ditty has penetrated college and specialty radio while the accompanying video launched mtvU’s “31 in 31” campaign, as part of MTV’s Indie Music Month.
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