On Wednesday night, Earl Sweatshirt and Lionel Boyce became one. They were no longer the Odd Future MC behind the incredible Doris album, and the twisted mind that co-created and stars in Adult Swim's Loiter Squad. Nay, they morphed into DJ Billy Jole, and SPIN was there to witness the transformation. It happened at Haus of Strauss, the annual Levi's party that takes place between Coachella weekends at the spacious Levi's Haus in Hollywood. The "DJ tandem" (don't call 'em a duo) wore excess amounts of acid wash and rocked headsets in stark contrast to the space's dark wooden floors and animal-skin rugs. And if you ask them how their debut performance went, there is only one possible answer.They won.But how much did they win over the course of the evening? DJ Billy Jole started their night finalizing their playlist and launching a Twitter account.
"Blow Your Head" is an interactive art exhibition created by DJ/producer/Mad Decent founder Diplo and New York-based photographer/filmmaker Shane McCauley. Combining music, photography, and video, it's billed as a "musical journey." The exhibition opened last night (September 4), complete with an artist Q&A (more on that later), and runs through October 6.What awaits gallery visitors? A large, beautiful, monochromatic room — dark wooden floors, white walls, and a ceiling layered with blackened acoustic foam. Visitors can select songs from Diplo's favorite music blogs via music blog aggregator Hype Machine.