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Top 10 Bands With Members Who Don’t Play Anything

In today’s Listomania, we unveil our favorite 10 bands who have a member that doesn’t play or do anything, and that’s no intended sleight to these critical players, whether they be hypemen, “vibes managers,” or just token old dudes to round out a musical family. Honorable mention goes out to Broken Social Scene’s fourth guitar… More »

By: Stereogum / January 12, 2012 - 3:44 pm

Download Kool A.D. The Palm Wine Drinkard Mixtape

All three members of Das Racist plan to release solo mixtapes in 2012 — and yes, that includes hypeman Dapwell. One of those D.R. boys, impressively bearded California-native mutter-rap wonder Kool A.D., has already cranked one out. It’s called The Palm Wine Drinkard, and it’s up for free download right here. More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 3, 2012 - 9:33 am

The 10 Best Late Night TV Performances Of 2011

Our annual list of late night television’s best performances has quickly become an annual exercise in big-upping Jimmy Fallon’s music talent booker. Way to go, person responsible for pointing those Studio 6B HD-cameras at our tag cloud: Bang the Fallon gong (btw, there should be a Fallon gong), a full 70% of this list come… More »

By: Amrit Singh / December 22, 2011 - 10:37 am

Heems – “Alien Gonzalez”

Das Racist member Heems has posted a new track called “Alien Gonzalez” on his Tumblr, and it reimagines Clinton-era political chess piece Elian Gonzalez as a grown-up party dude. Heems once again raps in his newfound hoarse style; the Queens is really coming out of him lately. Listen to it below. More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 20, 2011 - 10:51 am

Das Racist – “Brand New Dance” Video

Compared to the rest of their visual canon, Das Racist’s clip for “Brand New Dance” is relatively sober and unusually devoid of meta-commentary. A spare clip that fixates on tight shots of Heems and Victor Vazquez rapping paired with a lucid depiction of a typical Das Racist live performance, it depends on the group’s sizable… More »

By: Corban Goble / December 9, 2011 - 12:55 pm

Download New Mixtapes From Lakutis, ModreM.A.N., And Young L

Das Racist associate Lakutis, a rapper just as clever and snark-addled as Heems and Victor, has just released his very own solo mixtape, a short affair called I’m In The Forest. On one songs, he raps over a sample of the Prodigy’s “Breathe.” On another, entitled “Ja Rule,” he sweetly croons the chorus of “Put… More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 1, 2011 - 3:09 pm

Watch Das Racist Make Their TV Debut On Conan

Last night, New York rap group Das Racist appeared on late-night TV for the first time ever, doing “Michael Jackson” on Conan, and their performance involved the following things: An inexplicable podium, voice-warping effects, presumably-intentionally under-the-breath mumbled rap verses, two cute girls who just sort of flailed at cymbals for no reason, instrument-switching, self-bleeping, a… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 29, 2011 - 9:05 am

Remixtape Vol. 6

It’s the return of Remixtape, the feature where I listen to a tremendous amount of shitty blog-bait “X Remixes Y” tracks and weed out those worth your weed-out. (Right?) Volume 6 opens with this month’s undisputed champion of tracks bearing Remix in their title: the indomitable “Huzzah!” featuring a fierce set of relatively underground rapper… More »

By: Amrit Singh / September 30, 2011 - 4:00 pm

Under The Influence: Das Racist Relax

Thanks to a couple of excellent hype-generating mixtapes, Das Racist’s debut Relax instantly became one of the most greatly anticipated releases of 2011. And, awesomely enough, the release delivered on its promise, pursuing a more pop-minded attitude without sacrificing the group’s charm or satiric bent. We spoke with Dap and Victor about the influences that… More »

By: Corban Goble / September 30, 2011 - 3:15 pm

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

We actually got a ridiculous number of strong, visually striking music videos this week: everything on this week’s list is pretty much must-see. And it does my heart good to see that two of them come from my two favorite albums of 2011 thus far, Past Life Martyred Saints and Father, Son, Holy Ghost. (There’… More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 23, 2011 - 4:32 pm

Mr. Muthafuckin’ eXquire – “The Last Huzzah (Remix)” (Feat. Despot, Das Racist, Danny Brown & El-P) Video

Slurry up-and-coming Brooklyn MC Mr. Muthafuckin’ eXquire ended Lost In Translation, his free online album (and our inaugural Mixtape Of The Week last week), with an all-star remix of “Huzzah,” his grainy breakout anthem. The remix features the ridiculously talented underground rap lineup of Das Racist, El-P, Danny Brown, and Despot, and now all those… More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 21, 2011 - 12:36 pm

Heems – “Computers”

Though Relax just came out, here’s a quick joint from Das Racist’s Heems, and the subject matter is computers, an obvious fascination for the group (See: “I’m on the Internet ’cause I’m an Internet thug“). The song, which is produced by Mike Finito and samples ELO’s “Yours Truly, 2095,” will be featured on Heems’s upcoming… More »

By: Corban Goble / September 19, 2011 - 10:22 am

Premature Evaluation: Das Racist Relax

To anyone on the Internet with even the slightest music nerd inclination, abstract Brooklyn rap group Das Racist has long been a giant, glowing orb to our mosquitolike existence; it was against our nature to avoid it. And, it’s largely been a great experience — they’ve released a pair of wicked mixtapes, yukked it upMore »

By: Corban Goble / September 9, 2011 - 3:13 pm

Das Racist – “Michael Jackson” Video

Local video clique Weird Days directs this lurid clip for Das Racist’s “Michael Jackson” that’s almost as reference-heavy as your average Das Racist song. The things touched on: the Last Supper, The Simpsons, the Chris Farley Chippendales SNL skit (Heems and Victor re-enact that one), and a “Black And White” style montage featuring the morphing… More »

By: Corban Goble / September 9, 2011 - 9:27 am

Das Racist – “Michael Jackson”

After giving away their two great, name-making mixtapes for free, Das Racist try an even more novel approach for this forthcoming, proper debut LP Relax: they want you to BUY it. It’s an innovative mission in music monetization begins straight out of the gates with the relatively hyped lead single “Michael Jackson,” a track their… More »

By: Amrit Singh / August 2, 2011 - 8:14 am

Stereogum Presents… STROKED: A Tribute To Is This It

The Strokes’ debut album Is This It was first released on 7/30/01. To help us celebrate this 10th Anniversary, we asked some of our favorite indie bands to cover each track. The resulting collection, STROKED: A Tribute To Is This It, is in the spirit of our previous free tribute albums for Radiohead’s OK Computer,More »

By: Stereogum / July 26, 2011 - 9:30 am

TV On The Radio Cover Fugazi, Remixed By Das Racist

Fugazi’s “Waiting Room” is one of my favorite songs, a punk anthem that found me at the right time and led me down a particular path. TV On The Radio covered it at the Pitchfork Festival. This is what their take looked and sounded like — from a distance:… More »

By: brandon / July 20, 2011 - 9:30 am

Pitchfork Festival 2011: Friday Recap

The beautiful thing about a festival like Pitchfork is the genre-spanning curating: The principal principle is a commitment to independent-minded music, and from that viewpoint Pitchfork succeeds in booking the year’s best lineup for those whose RSS feeds are dominated by MP3 blogs and Google searches most frequently include the term “.rar”. The difficulty come… More »

By: Amrit Singh / July 16, 2011 - 1:52 pm

Das Racist Relax Details

On September 13th, Himanshu K. Suri aka Heems’s Greedhead Music label will release Relax, the debut full-length from Brooklyn-based rapscallions Das Racist. This builds on two celebrated mixtapes — Shut Up, Dude and Sit Down, Man — with an album cover that again features a couch, but this time it’s ON FIRE. It also build… More »

By: Amrit Singh / July 8, 2011 - 2:33 pm

Heems – “WOMYN aka HITCH (Demo?)”

The prolific Twitter handle @heems sometimes doubles as a notification system for when the film Hitch is on TBS, which it turns out is very often. Now that love for discussing the Will Smith film and its special way of understanding the female species has inspired a full-length feature of Heems’s own, a very funny… More »

By: Amrit Singh / June 24, 2011 - 10:41 am