There’s still time to nominate local icons for Best of D.C.
Amon Tobin may be the David Lynch of drum ‘n’ bass. Why not the Angelo Badalamenti? Though Lynch’s favorite scorer’s lush, atmospheric music complements the director’s vision well, it lacks the moral chiaroscuro that Tobin is able to suggest with his meticulously arranged array of sampled drums and cinematic string sounds. Tobin prowls the record shops armed with his Japanese portable turntable, looking for bits he can parse and recontextualize. Imagine making a mosaic out of odd jigsaw puzzle pieces, and you have some idea what he’s up against; imagine making one that induces a mood and makes you want to move, and you have some idea of his accomplishment. Permutation, Tobin’s second LP for Ninja Tune, dissolves together the atmospherics and aggression found in disparate tracks on last year’s Bricolage to precipitate a jazzy neo-noir nightmare. He DJs tonight with labelmates Mixmaster Morris and Space Time Continuum at 10 p.m. at the Ballroom, 1015 Half St. SE. $9-12. (202) 828-1984. (DS)