The Natural History Museum in Los Angeles is undoubtedly host to a collection of oddities, but probably none so unusual as the pairing of the genre-bending Brooklynite Tim Fite with Los Angeles machine-gunning MC Busdriver at the inaugural 2009 "First Friday" series on April 3rd. The two will each play a set following a lecture by Dr Michael Ryan entitled "Darwin's Other Great Theory: Sexual Selection, or Why Men are from Mars and Women are from Venus." In other words, going to this will make you a cultural god...
Tim Fite's most recent studio album Fair Ain't Fair brought comparisons from the Washington Post to Beck and Sufjan Stevens, who wrote "[this is ] the type of project that marries whimsical surrealism with singalong melodies, witty satire with bouncy beats," while NPR's "Bryant Park Project" said "it's one of those records that just makes you smile." Fite has spent the past year touring in support of the record with the likes of the Watson Twins, Man Man, Constantines, Adam Green and Les Claypool.
Busdriver, who was most recently featured in the film This is the Life, a documentary about the hip hop scene surrounding the Good Life restaurant in South Los Angeles, is the rare hip hop artist who can bridge the divide between that scene and indie rock. He has toured with everyone from Deerhoof and Cocorosie to EL-P and Dizzee Rascal. His new record Jhelli Beam is set for release June 9.
The "First Fridays" series celebrate "Darwin Year" in honor of Charles Darwin's 200th birthday and the 150th anniversary of his world-altering On the Origins of the Species by Means of Natural Selection. Often considered one of the two or three most important - and misunderstood - texts published in the sciences, The Origin of Species is also one of a handful of scientific works that has reverberated beyond science, shaking the foundations of art, literature, philosophy, religion and society.
This season's First Fridays honors Darwin through entertaining and fascinating conversations with six of the world's foremost authors and experts on the life of Darwin, the science of evolution, and the revolutionary impact of the man and his work.
The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles presents:
Friday, April 3, 2009
Featuring Busdriver and Tim Fite
w/DJ sets by The Phatal DJ and T-Kay
Tour and discussion begins at 5:30 PM
Music begins at 7 PM