You've likely heard the stories about Major Lazer, the Rastafarian military commando who lost an arm in the Zombie Wars and had it replaced by a gun that shoots lasers and has an album of dancehall reggae songs coming out Tuesday. At least that's what the record label, Mad Decent, says in its official bio. If you didn't know, Mad Decent is a collaboration between producers Diplo and Switch, the duo behind songs by M.I.A. and Santogold, as well as their zombie-vampire-killing alter ego, Major Lazer.
Lazer, or at least Diplo and Switch, will be preforming in store at Other Music Monday night at 8 p.m. promoting their album "Guns Don't Kill People...Lazers Do." The show is free, but capacity is, of course, very limited, so arrive early. You'll also be able to buy the record a day before it comes out, which will impress all your zombie-dork and electonica-loving friends.
Major Lazer played a sold-out show to a crowd that was nothing if not diverse (between the white gilrs in what looked to be clown suits, dudes in purple skinny jeans and neon Reeboks, and an entire crew outfitted by Supreme, there was fodder for a year's worth of New York mag Look Book pages) on Saturday night at SOB’s. Diplo and Switch's Jamaican-influenced techno-pop album takes every left turn imaginable -- with cameos by a patiosspewing Andy Milonakis ("Me a fake Jamaican and me smoke cocaine) and Santogold; Black Flag samples; and an accompanying video for the first single that is basically an '80s cartoon featuring the laser-slinging, zombie-killing superhero, complete with a built-in action-figure commercial.