Raised on punk and then hooked on electronic music and hip hop as he start to create music, Books on Tape is the moniker of Los Angeles based artist Todd Drootin.
Books on Tape became well known for the eclectic mash-ups and frenetic stage presence that were a staple of assault like performances. Loaded with a sense of humour and AKAI MPC2000, Drootin’s live show
Drootin isn’t Kid 606, Four Tet or Manitoba, he’s a cut and paste collage soloist that is the most perfect example of the term Beat Punk. Drootin keeps things simple with Books On Tape, he’s able to mine a vast number of genres from ammo and samples while still keeping things decidedly punk and playful.
He returns to Halifax for the third time on December 12th and 13th after a brief retirement which saw Drootin work as a grader of vinyl for collectors. Drootin works 9-5, five days a week, listening to, comparing and grading records, determining which press of Abbey Road sounds the best. Drootin is in Halifax for an exclusive set of reunion shows (Can you reunite with yourself?) alongside former tour mates, A/V, Windom Earle and Mark Black.
He has number of releases on labels including Alien 8, Deathbomb Arc, and Grey Day. He has shared the stage with everyone from Prefuse 73 to Shonen Knife to the Brutal Knights’ Nick Flanagan.
Dec 12th at the Seahorse
Books on Tape (LA)
Ruby Jean and the Thoughtful Bees
Dec 13th at Gus’ Pub
Books on Tape
Myles Deck & the Fuzz