Entries tagged with: Das Racist
by Bill Pearis
Southern California's sample-happy indie popper TV Girl has dropped his first full-length on the world on last Friday. Out via Das Racist member Himanshu Suri's Greedhead label, they're calling The Wild, The Innocent, The TV Shuffle a "mixtape" but it sounds like an album to these ears. (16 songs, all originals.) Like 2010's "If You Want It" single which borrowed a chunk of Todd Rundgren's "Hello It's Me" (and got them in a little trouble for doing so), Trung Ngo and Brad Petering work in some clever samples into their songs this time around, including Love's "Alone Again, Or" and the frenetic intro to Billy Joel's "Angry Young Man," as well as a voicemail from one of their approving mothers.
The mixtape is a free download that comes with a snarky activity book, and well worth the click to do so. You can stream it below.
#Guitarmy w Tom morello leaving the park (via)
"The Occupy movement that mobilized thousands of protestors last fall was mostly quiet through the winter in New York, as both the cold and the NYPD chased demonstrators out of their makeshift camp in Zuccotti Park. But the movement officially relaunched on May 1st in honor of International Workers' Day, with organized protests taking place throughout the U.S. and with Tom Morello, Das Racist and other musicians staging a May Day concert in downtown Manhattan.How was your May Day? Pictures and videos of the May 1st party in Union Square, below...
"I traveled 3,000 miles to march with you today," Morello told a diverse crowd of Occupiers during a ceremonial "mic check" in Bryant Park. "It is an honor to march these streets with you, to sing these songs with you, letting the powers that be know that we will be heard."
Morello led a "guitarmy" of hundreds along Fifth Avenue from Bryant Park down to Union Square. An Occupy Tumblr had already supplied the setlist - including Woody Guthrie's "This Land Is Your Land" and tunes from Morello's own World Wide Rebel Songs LP - and many had cheat sheets taped to the sides of their guitars, as they strummed and sang protest songs along with the rocker. As the band of marches inched its way into Union Square, a much larger rally commenced featuring Das Racist, Dan Deacon, and Immortal Technique on stage...." [Rolling Stone]
May Day flyers & posters @ Terminal 5 (more by BBG)
As you may have heard, the Occupy community has organized a protest to strike on May 1st as part of May Day. In solidarity with that sentiment, the Occupy Guitarmy organization is calling on musicians of all shapes and sizes to meet the group in NYC at Bryant Park....
All strings, shakers, and voices welcomeOnce Occupy Guitarmy reaches Union Square, they'll kick off a free, amplified rally at 4PM (with the correct permits) featuring long-time supporter Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine/Audioslave etc) and performances from Immortal Technique, Das Racist, Dan Deacon, and the Bobby Sanabria Band. More details are available via Occupy Guitarmy and below.
Bring your guitar (or other portable string instrument)
All levels of musicians from complete beginner to shredder needed
Assemble at noon @ Bryant Park by the Gertrude Stein statue
March from Bryant Park to Union Square
Later that night head to UCB East to protest some more and laugh while you're at it.
You can also catch Das Racist this summer in Red Hook Park.
AraabMUZIK @ Moogfest 2011 (more by Diana Wong)
AraabMUZIK says he is not and can't play Red Hook Park with Das Racist on June 19th. Summerstage still lists him on there though, but he would know. Stay tuned for updates. Check out the full Red Hook Park concert schedule HERE.
All of AraabMUZIK's confirmed tour dates, including the Catalpa Festival in NYC in July, are listed below...
Deer Tick (more by Tim Griffin)
As part of SummerStage 2012, Red Hook Park in Brooklyn will host free shows for a week in June including, AraabMUZIK, Das Racist, Deer Tick, and a Comedy Central showcase featuring Hannibal Buress, Kevin Barnett, and Josh Rabintowitz. Check out the full schedule below...
photos by Julie Schabel
Danny Brown, Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire, Heems & Despot @ Santos Party House
Danny Brown, who was just added to the Pitchfork Festival, was joined by guests Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire, Heems of Das Racist, Despot, Fools Gold DJ Nick Catchdubs, openers World's Fair, Young Zee, guest Rah Digga & more at his sold out headlining show at Santos Party House on Thursday (3/22). Here are some pictures (and a few cell phone videos). More below...
Neon Indian @ Fun Fun Fun Fest (more by Tim Griffin)
Neon Indian, who has a label and is throwing a showcase at SXSW this year, announced a tour a while back with a mysterious Museum of Modern Art show on the schedule. That museum show is TONIGHT (3/7), and here's the latest info:
THE ARMORY PARTYTickets are also still on sale for Neon Indian's upcoming show at Terminal 5. All dates HERE.
MARCH 7, 2012
Performance by NEON INDIAN
Thank you for your interest in purchasing tickets to the MoMA Armory Party. Tickets are no longer being sold online. You may purchase tickets on March 7th in person at The Armory Show (Pier 94 or Pier 92) or at the door of the event at MoMA starting at 8:00PM. Tickets may sell out and are first come first serve.
Neon Indian's Alan Palomo recently hooked up with Rostam Batmanglij (Vampire Weekend), Vijay Iyer (Vijay Iyer Trio), Ashok Kondabolu (Das Racist), Alan Palomo (Neon Indian), Amrit Singh (Stereogum), Himanshu Suri (Das Racist), and Anand Wilder (Yeasayer) to go on a hunt for good South Indian food in NYC. Their "Dosa Hunt" has been made into a film produced by Amrit. You can watch the trailer below....
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
"Not even kidding. lou reed watched @dasracist perform tonight & flipped the fuck out. at carnegie hall. how was your night?" - El-P
"The night wrapped up with Lenny Kaye leading the Patti Smith band through a brief tribute to the garage-rock compilation Nuggets, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, and Lou Reed, who performed three songs. Reed conducted the string quartet and the drummer to improvise with him at moments, which felt awkward in the beginning; the ending, however--as the string quartet jammed in tandem with Smith's guitarists and Reed himself--was pretty impressive. At the very end Laurie Anderson and the whole evening's cast returned to the stage for a curtain call, during which the room sang "Happy Birthday" to Philip Glass." [Village Voice]Video of the Happy Birthday moment and pictures from all of last night's benefit at Carnegie Hall, below...
"Superfly Presents and A.C. Entertainment are excited to announce the initial lineup for the 2012 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival. The 11th annual four-day camping and music festival will be held on June 7 - 10 on the same beautiful 700-acre farm in Manchester, Tennessee, 60 miles south of Nashville. A full list of confirmed acts follows, and more will be announced in the coming weeks. The final Bonnaroo 2012 lineup will total over 125 bands and over 20 comedians performing on 13 stages over four days.Tickets for the event will go on sale on this Saturday, February 18, 2012 at 12 noon EST exclusively at bonnaroo.com."Radiohead, Beach Boys, Phish, Little Dragon, SBTRKT, The Antlers, Bad Brains, Laura Marling, St. Vinent, Tune-Yards, Flying Lotus, and many more are playing Bonnaroo this year. Full list below...
Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire at Southpaw 2/9 (via)
Action Bronson at Southpaw 2/9 (via)
Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire and Action Bronson shared a bill at Southpaw last night (2/9) with support from Soul Kahn and Kyle Rapps, and included special guest Illustrate. They were joined on stage by El-P, Despot, and Kool AD & Heems of Das Racist, who are all featured on eXquire's "Huzzah" remix (where was Danny Brown?!). Action Bronson has a show tonight in Austin, where he will return in March for SXSW.
Last night's show was one of the last at Southpaw, which is closing this month. Their website lists shows happening through February 19, including M.A.K.U. Soundsystem and I Jah Bones TONIGHT (2/10). Tickets for tonight' show are available. There's also a huge show presented by iHeart Dilla taking place on February 15, billed as "One Song: A Forever Fresh Farewell to Southpaw," with Nitty Scott, Illustrate (who was a guest at last night's show), Warren Britt, Jesse Abraham, Top $ Raz, MC Eleven, Tanya Morgan, and many others. The flier for this show with all the performers listed is below.
This thing just keeps growing:
WHO: Philip Glass, Lou Reed, James Blake, Das Racist, Antony, Laurie Anderson, Stephin Merritt, Rahzel and Dechen Shak-DagsayPREVIOUSLY: Antony & Stephin Merritt join Tibet House benefit lineup
WHAT: 22nd Annual Tibet House Benefit Concert
WHEN: Monday, February 13, 2012 at 7:30pm
WHERE: Carnegie Hall - Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
TICKET INFO: Concert-only tickets ($33 - $95) are available through Carnegie Charge at 212.247.7800, on www.carnegiehall.org, or in person at the Carnegie Hall Box Office (57th Street and Seventh Avenue). Benefit package tickets (prime concert seats and entrance to a post-concert dinner party) are available exclusively through Tibet House US at 212-807-0563 and www.tibethouse.us.
In related news, Philip Glass turned 75 yesterday (1/31). Happy Birthday Phil!
Maybe you went to the birthday celebration at Carnegie Hall last night, or to the one held at Le Poisson Rouge two days earlier. The NY Times has a review of the LPR event. If you missed 'em, you still have more chances to join the celebration.
And for more Philip Glass, check out NPR's "Philip Glass At 75: Listening With Heart, Not Intellect", NPR's "Ira Glass Interviews His Cousin, Composer Philip Glass", and NY Mag's "Had I Never Listened Closely Enough? On trying to like Philip Glass, again and again and again."
To quote Pitchfork: "The Weeknd's follow-up to House of Balloons and Thursday is here. Grab the nine-track Echoes of Silence-- featuring a cover of Michael Jackson's "Dirty Diana" and production from Clams Casino-- for free over on the-weeknd.com or here,"
House of Balloons, the first mixtape, was #1 on a list of albums that Heems from Das Racist submitted to Pitchfork. Check out Heems' full list of 'Top Albums of 2011' below...
Santacon in NYC yesterday (photo by Ryan Muir)
today in NYC
* Whiplash @ UCB
* Brain Cloud @ Barbes
* Hot Tub @ Littlefield
* Chicha Libre @ Barbes
* Melanie Moser @ Zebulon
* Wyclef Jean @ City Winery
* !!!, Slowdance @ Maxwell's
* Lou Reed & the Raven @ Book Court
* Mike Birbiglia @ Comic Strip Live
* Darlene Love @ B.B. King Blues Club
* Futurebirds, Grass Giraffes @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Jim Campilongo Electric Trio @ The Living Room
* The National, The War On Drugs @ Beacon Theatre
* Oh Land, Friends, Savoir Adore @ Bowery Ballroom
* Steve Moakler, Graham Colton @ Rockwood Music Hall
* Reverend Vince Anderson & His Love Choir @ Union Pool
* Sonya Kitchell, Carrie Manolakos @ Rockwood Music Hall
* Rocket From The Tombs, Abstract Artimus @ The Bell House
* Black Onassis, Spirit Animal, Our Mountain @ Mercury Lounge
* Freelance Whales, Ximena Sarinana, Deer Tick, MNDR @ Openhouse Gallery
* The Hairs, Small Reactions, Pale Lights, We Can't Enjoy Ourselves @ Cake Shop
* Tony Scherr Trio with Anton Fier and Rob Jost, Chris Riffle, Dive Bar Dukes @ The Living Room
Das Racist's new video for "Brand New Dance" below...
photos by Dominick Mastrangelo
As predicted, Rostam Batmanglij from Vampire Weekend and Das Racist's Heems were both surprise guests at Small Black's mixtape release celebration at Glassands on 11/18 with Heavenly Beat. Download your copy of Small Black's Moon Killer FREE mixtape at their site. Check out Das Racist on Conan O'Brien tonight (11/28).
More pictures from the Glasslands record release show are below...
photos by Ryan Muir
The last official date for the Relax tour [was] Wednesday's sold out date at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, but that's just a bugged-out coda for me.That message by Das Racist was actually written the day before Wednesday's show (11/16) at Music Hall of Williamsburg last with Despot and Mr. Muthafuckin' Exquire. The show ended a tour with Despot that began at Bowery Ballroom with the same lineup. Pictures from the homecoming gig are in this post.
I'm writing this in my apartment in Brooklyn while watching a live stream of Zucotti Park/Occupy Wall Street. The window is getting increasingly dominated by cops wearing riot helmets. The whole Occupy movement started less than ten days before the beginning of the tour, and other than a few run-ins (mostly accidentally) in other cities, I've barely acquainted myself with the movement, and now it looks like I won't get the chance. Not so sure what else to say about that right now other than the people running shit, and cops, suck.
It's been a weird six weeks, my knees are completely shot, my voice is shot, I feel we might have disappointed as many fans as we've entertained and I didn't make very much paper at all. We're working on a few tricks for our Europe tour coming up in a few short weeks and then I think it's time for us to start working on some awesome and new shit, collectively and independently, for 2012. Before we kill ourselves (or the world ends, anyway).
Catch Mr. Muthafuckin' Exquire again at Glasslands on 12/6 with G-Side and Cities Aviv. Tickets are still available for the BrooklynVegan presentation. In the meantime, check out a new Exquire video for "Lou Ferigno's Mad" alongside pictures from Music Hall, below...
Brooklyn chillwavers Small Black released a free 11 song mixtape on 11/11/11 called Moon Killers. The band says:
It features a bunch of new original tracks, 2 collaborations with Heems of Das Racist and remixes by Star Slinger & Phonetag and other goodies. Its full of samples from and homages to songs we love and the city that we live in. Something we could never do on a record.You can download it HERE or just listen to it below.
After 2 years of non-stop recording and touring, this project was a chance to give people who've supported us something free to enjoy. Hope you enjoy it.
Though released exactly a week ago, the band will officially be celebrating in Brooklyn tonight (11/18) at Glasslands. The band says they'll "be playing tons of material from the tape, along with a few other VERY SPECIAL surprises and guests." I'm pretty sure one of those guest is mixtape contributor Heems and that another is Rostam from Vampire Weekend. Heavenly Beat is also on the bill and tickets are still on sale. Note: doors at are 11:30PM.
DOWNLOAD: Lushlife - "Back On My Slang" [Feat. Quest] (MP3)
a misleading sign @ Bowery Ballroom last night (photo by ladyyvonne)
Das Racist recently hosted a party at Santos with ASAP Rocky and Spaceghostpurrp. The party was a few days before their record release show for 'Relax' at Bowery Ballroom with Despot last night (9/12).
Danny Brown, who appears on the album and was initially scheduled to play the Bowery show, cancelled at the last minute and was replaced with Mr Muthafuckin eXquire who just released a free album via Mishka (the label) which you can download at bandcamp. Complex also recently filmed a video of Mr. Muthafuckin eXquire at Mishka (the store) in Brooklyn. You can watch that below.
Das Racist also just dropped an uncensored video today for "Michael Jackson" which you can watch, along with some videos from the Santos show below. Listen to "Relax" on Spotify if you have it.
Missed the Bowery show and can't wait for the end-of-tour Brooklyn show to see Das Racist again. Well, you can see them at S.O.B.'s on Thursday (9/15) for the "Hot97 Who's Next Back 2 School Drinkfest Prep", THOUGH NOTE: we have no idea what Das Racist are doing at this event - performing, DJing, just standing there, hosting, who knows.... But the fest includes an album listening session for Relax, beer pong and flip cup tournaments, and performances by Maffew Ragazino Kassa Overall. Tickets are on sale now. The flier is below. Tickets for the 11/16 MHOW show go on sale Friday (9/16) at noon.
In related news, Philadelphia rapper Lushlife is working on a new mixtape which will be out this October. The tape features Heems (of Das Racist), Andrew Cedermark, Dice Raw, Cities Aviv, STS, Jabee, Sun Glitters, and others. You can grab the track, "Back On My Slang" above.
Video, flier, and updated dates below...
Das Racist at Pitchfork Fest (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
As mentioned, Das Racist are touring with Despot and Danny Brown in support of their upcoming LP Relax. The tour kicks off with an album release party in NYC on Monday (9/12) at Bowery Ballroom. That show has sold out but Das Racist have added another NYC show at the end of their tour on November 16 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. No openers have been announced for this show yet. Tickets go on sale Friday (9/16) at noon.
Updated dates and their new crazy video for "Michael Jackson" (released today) below...
UCB East (photo by the Apiary)
The UCBT officially unlocked its East Village expansion Tuesday night, The UCB East (aka The Beast). But judging by the utter lack of wacky inflatable arm tube dudes and the three random people in the crowd for its first show (a screening of Wild Girls Gone), it's not ready for a Theater Magazine feature story yet. I strolled through, snagging shots of the new space. It seats a 100 maybe and is both long-ish and narrow. You'll need to speak with your diaphragms inserted to reach the lurkers in the back. Oh, and the stage is small, probably 12-14 feet wide? UCB West devotees will be majorly disappointed by the clear, unobstructed view from every seat. The venue has a foyer and a roomy spillway, which means you'll be able to shotgun PBRs before and after a performance without getting rained on. BYOB for now though til the liquor license fairies come by.The Beast is located at Avenue A and 3rd Street. Initial schedule, including Totally JK with Joe Mande, Noah Garfinkel, Eugene Mirman AND DAS RACIST tonight (9/8), below!
Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire
"Shortcuts" is a new party being thrown by Heems of Das Racist, Dean Bein of True Panther Sounds, and Despot at Santos Party House. The first edition goes down on September 8 with Spaceghostpurrp, ASAP Rocky, Das Racist (DJ), and Venus X & $hayne (Ghe20 G0th1k). Tickets are on sale now and the flier is below.
LA Weekly recently spoke to 19 year old Miami rapper/producer Spaceghostpurrp, who plays the Shortcuts party. He talked about how he's friends with Kreayshawn, Syd tha Kyd playing his song "Suck a Dick" at a show, and how people need to stop comparing him to Tyler, the Creator and Lil B (even though he fucks with the Based movement). You can listen to the track "Suck a Dick" below.
In related news, Mishka, the store/label who put out material by Das Racist, Stalley, and more recently Main Attrakionz, will release Brooklyn rapper Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire's debut album Lost In Translation on September 11 as a free download. The album will feature production by El-P (who also contributed production to the new Das Racist album), Necro, Esoteric, BoweryBeats, Constrobuz and Charli Brown Beatz. Check out Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire's excellent (and slightly NSFW) video for "Huzzah" with the full new album tracklist below.
According to Toro y Moi and Das Racist, this weekend's free Afro-Punk festival is unfortunately cancelled due to Hurricane Irene. That said, as of this post, the festival itself hasn't said a word about it.
UPDATE, it's official:
The City of New York has rescinded all event permits for Saturday, August 27th and Sunday, August 28th because of the impending Hurricane Irene. The Afro-punk festival has been barred from holding any public assembly in Commodore Barry Park this weekend. Afro-punk staff have been meeting with officials and sponsors to try and avoid cancellation but have had to cancel this weekend's festival due to safety concerns. The event organizers are regrouping to plan the next steps and will keep the public updated.---
That's a picture of the set times for this year's free Afro-Punk Fest Festival taking place on 8/27 & 8/28 in Brooklyn's Commodore Barry Park. Click the image for a bigger view.
Cerebral Ballzy play on Sunday, one day before they strangely play a Daytrotter show at the Living Room.
Das Racist play this a few weeks before they launch a proper tour at Bowery Ballroom.
Kool Keith at APW 2009 (more by Tim Griffin)
Hip hop oddity and favorite Kool Keith will play 285 Kent on Saturday (8/13), a rare appearance that will also feature Spanish Broads (a Das Racist noise set), New Optimism (Miho of Cibo Matto), Nine 11 Thesaurus, and DJ Marty McSorely. Tickets are on sale, as well as available at Desert Island Bookstore.
Kool Keith will join up with Ultramagnetic MCs to play ATP New Jersey in late September.
Das Racist have two upcoming NYC dates before they hit the road, August 27th at Brooklyn's Commodore Barry Park as part of the Afro-Punk Fest and at Bowery Ballroom on 9/12. The 8/27 show is free, and tickets for Bowery Ballroom are still available.
More show details and the Brooklyn show flyer is below.
Das Racist, who DJ'd PS1 this past weekend, are releasing their first official album Relax on September 13 via Greedhead (artwork above). The album is the followup to the two mixtapes they released lat year, Shut Up, Dude and Sit Down, Man. Relax features production from Das Racist themselves, Patrick Wimberly, Anand Wilder (of Yeasayer), El-P, Diplo, Rostam (of Vampire Weekend), Blood Diamonds (who are playing Glasslands soon), and others. The album also features guest spots from Danny Brown, Despot, and Bikram Singh. Check out the lead track "Michael Jackson" along with the track's artwork below.
Das Racist at Pitchfork Festival (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Das Racist have some upcoming dates this summer, including the free Mad Decent Block Party in Philly and the free Afro-Punk Fest in Brooklyn's Commodore Barry Park on August 27. The two day Afro-Punk Fest, which Das Racist were recently added to, also has Cee Lo, Janelle Monae, Toro y Moi, Fishbone and many more. Schedule still TBA.
Das Racist will kick off a fall tour with Despot and Danny Brown at Bowery Ballroom in NYC on September 12. Tickets for the Bowery show, which is also the record release show, go on sale Friday (8/5) at noon.
All Das Racist dates, "Michael Jackson", and tracklist below...
PS1 last Saturday (more by Amanda Hatfield)
The final lineup for Warm Up @ PS1 Saturday:
Prince Language / The No Comprendo / NegroClash & Stretch Armstrong / Plant Music / New York, NYItal replaced Holy Other who cancelled.
Das Racist (DJ set) / Greedhead / Brooklyn, NY
Vockah Redu / C2K Entertainment/ New Orleans, LA
Ital / 100% Silk, Lovers Rock / New York, NY
XXXY / Ten Thousand Yen / Manchester, UK
Das Racist will be DJing and not performing.
Vockah Redu will be performing some Bounce. We may need to fight about it, but Bill went to the other Brooklyn show and said, "i like Big Freedia, but Vockah Redu is a step up if you ask me. Great show at Glasslands."