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The music world hasn’t heard much from Himanshu Suri since late 2012, when the release of Wild Water Kingdom, his second solo mixtape of the year, was followed quickly by the announcement that his pioneering rap group Das Racist had broken up. Suri is about to break that silence. In recent months, the man best… More »

Considering that New York City — the place where most of the indie label/publicist/writer infrastructure calls home — spent the entire week in a state of Deep Impact disaster, it’s remarkable how little Hurricane Sandy affected the endless march of bloggable music items. Maybe we didn’t see quite as many new music videos this week… More »

I wasn’t too fond of Relax, the 2011 Das Racist album that, I guess, was supposed to launch the group into a whole different realm, but they’re quietly having a pretty great 2012. Kool A.D.’s The Palm Wine Drinkard mixtape was a bit of an unfocused mess, but it had some deeply fun moments, perha… More »

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Governors Ball 2011 In Photos

The single day, two stage Governors Ball brought Big Boi, Girl Talk, Empire Of The Sun, Pretty Lights, Neon Indian, Das Racist, and a Passion Pit DJ set to NYC’s Governors Island on Saturday. It was the first year for the fest, which featured no overlapping sets. There was also sanctioned beer pong. Check out… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / June 20, 2011 - 5:12 pm

Scenes From Sasquatch! 2011

Sasquatch! took place over four nights this Memorial Day Weekend. The Washington Festival included some very anticipated shows, including Wolf Parade’s next to last show, new tracks from Modest Mouse, and one of Death From Above 1979’s reunion appearances. That’s Das Racist’s Victor Vazquez getting a kiss from an audience member (not a moment anyone… More »

By: jessica / May 31, 2011 - 5:30 pm

Das Racist’s Himanshu Suri On Post-Bin Ladin Racism has given Das Racist’s hyperactive Himanshu Suri space to unleash a straight think piece titled “Post 9/11 All Over Again,” on the race-related hatred he encountered on the internet the day after U.S. operatives killed Osama Bin Ladin. “Straight” as opposed to the irreverent, risible wit that colors his band’s raps; he’s called that… More »

By: Amrit Singh / May 12, 2011 - 5:17 pm

SXSW Saturday: Featuring Das Racist, Owen Pallett, Gold Panda, Puro Instinct, Cults

On the last night of SXSW there were riots at Death From Above 1979’s “secret” show, there was Kanye and the G.O.O.D. roster and Jay-Z electrifying a converted power plant, and there was our Last Night party, featuring Cults, Gold Panda, Puro Instinct, Owen Pallett, Das Racist, birthday cake, and this whole thing. Tomorrow we’ll… More »

By: Stereogum / March 21, 2011 - 8:10 pm

32 Must See Bands @ SXSW 2011

Come March every year, the same questions are asked, retreaded thought pieces get pitched: What does it mean to have a music industry festival in the decrepit climate of 2011? Does anyone actually get discovered at SXSW? What’s the point of signing to a label? What happened to that taco truck on Red River near… More »

By: Stereogum / March 16, 2011 - 9:10 am

Stereogum Last Night In Texas Party

In addition to eating tacos, we’re doing a couple of unofficial shows at SXSW 2011. We announced our FREE all day/all night Beerland collaboration with Sacred Bones & Chaos In Tejas on Thursday. To help you ease into your post-SXSW existence, we’ve also put together a free Last Night In Texas party. It takes place… More »

By: brandon / March 2, 2011 - 1:18 pm

Neon Indian, Das Racist, CREEP Model Mishka

NYC-based label Mishka just released their lookbook for Spring 2011, and as with past lookbooks they recruited their favorite bands to model. Included in this year’s roundup are Das Racist (the label also presented their two mixtapes), Suckers, Neon Indian, and CREEP, among other acts. Photographer Marley Kate kept the musicians in their natural environment… More »

By: jessica / February 24, 2011 - 2:10 pm

Das Racist – “Swate” (Feat. Lakutis)

Here’s a quick stopgap track from the Das Racist crew, whose mixtape muscle flexed from from Dudes II Men last year, and are some number of tracks into their proper full-length debut apparently titled RELAX. “Swate” is produced by Mike Finto with a verse from constant DR-periphery presence Lakutis, and Heems’s lines about dropping fact… More »

By: Amrit Singh / February 2, 2011 - 4:31 pm

Dismemberment Plan Cover Das Racist

The Dismemberment Plan have always covered songs at their shows — medleys and non-sequiturs and riffs that take place at the finale. Things haven’t changed much for their current reunion tour: On Friday in Boston Travis Morrison & Co. affixed an expanded version of Das Racist’s “Combination Pizza Hut And Taco Bell” to “OK Joke’… More »

By: brandon / February 1, 2011 - 9:49 am

Das Racist Detained And Deported In The UK

Das Racist posted an apology to their London fans for a show they missed last night at Cargo. According to the blog post, they made it to the UK, but weren’t allowed to leave the airport. Instead they were detained for over eight hours then sent back to Switzerland. The room where they were kept… More »

By: jessica / December 14, 2010 - 2:03 pm

Keepaway Release Free Kompetitor EP, “Zoo Too” (Feat. Das Racist)

When we posted Brooklyn trio Keepaway’s “Sideways Smile” I mentioned it came from a forthcoming free digital-only EP, Kompetitor, said to feature “some music from what’s next, some music from the last few months, some visuals, some ‘remixes’,” etc. (For instance, you’ll recognize opener, “100.”) It’s up for streaming and downloading now and the band’… More »

By: brandon / November 18, 2010 - 2:13 pm

Das Racist – “I’m Up On That” (Feat. Homeboy Sandman)

Very prolific (two mixtapes, editorials, etc) rap crew Das Racist just Tweeted this new track with Homeboy Sandman. He’s doing a show with Das Racist this Friday at Southpaw in Brooklyn. (Himanshu Suri also recently did a Guest List for Pitchfork, where he mentions that Outsourced is still not his favorite show.)… More »

By: jessica / November 3, 2010 - 12:00 pm

Stereogum Monthly Mix: October 2010

This weekend in Las Vegas, Matador Records is celebrating 21 years of shaping the ship of independent music with a fearsome deepdive through its roster, headlined by the reunited “classic” lineup of lo-fi progenitors Guided By Voices. Awesome. Amrit’s at the Palms right now, repping team ‘Gum, emptying his wallet into Crazy Bill’s Gold Strike… More »

By: Stereogum / October 1, 2010 - 12:41 pm

Op-Ed By Das Racist’s Himanshu Suri: “You Know That’s Saag Paneer, Dude”

Better known as Heems and lesser known as Young Cocoa Butter all over two witty, multiple pop-cultural referencing mixtapes Shut Up, Dude and the recently released Sit Down, Man, Himanshu Suri is Indian-American, a writer of a blog called Nehru Jackets, and a writer of raps in a band called Das Racist. And so itMore »

By: Himanshu Suri / September 24, 2010 - 9:59 am

Das Racist @ Santos Party House, NYC 9/16/10

Earlier this week Das Racist dropped their Mad Decent & Mischka co-presented Sit Down, Man mixtape for free on the internet, last night they celebrated with a free show at Santos Party House, with Keepaway and M. Decent artists Maluca and Tecla. Amongst the many spirits these dudes are under at any given time, that… More »

By: Amrit Singh / September 17, 2010 - 5:42 pm

The Very Best – “Julia” Video (Stereogum Premiere)

Still with the brightest smile/voice in the game, Esau Mwamwaya’s audio/visual charm make him particularly well suited for the video format, as demonstrated in the Esau + Ezra clip, and why there shall be no stink made about the fact that this video is coming an internet age after the still-great Warm Heart Of AfricaMore »

By: Amrit Singh / September 15, 2010 - 12:19 pm

Das Racist – Sit Down, Man Mixtape

Plenty more on this new Das Racist .zip later, surely, if our posts on the last mixtape and this one’s trailer/tracklist and everything else we know about Das Racist are any indication. For now though we finally conquered a sluggish download rate spat by a server buckling under the strain of many downloads by a… More »

By: Amrit Singh / September 14, 2010 - 2:34 pm

Das Racist – “Ek Shaneesh” Video

Back on the day the internet was ruled by DR’s funny Nintendo-NES mashup “Who’s That? Brooown!” video, which, much like Das Racist’s culture vulture/nature nurture pop-referential rap schemes, was perfectly calibrated for dominion over blogspot proprietors and the A.D.H.D. minds they feed, casual acquaintances of the Shut Up, Dude mixtape learned how important hypeman/spirit guru… More »

By: Amrit Singh / September 8, 2010 - 4:42 pm

Das Racist – “Who’s That? Brooown!” Video, Sit Down, Man Mixtape Trailer

Our love for Das Racist’s dadaist dipthongs, pithy wit raps, and punched-up Amitabh Bachchan-referencing rhyme schemes conclusively established in a love letter to the Shut Up, Dude mixtape (and bowling also), news of its powered-by-Diplo sequel Sit Down, Man’s imminent arrival is a highly exciting prospect. Plus, it features production from Chairlift and Class ofMore »

By: Amrit Singh / September 2, 2010 - 10:20 am

The ‘Gum Bowl: The Outtakes Reel

After rolling out this video series in which we met the bowlers, watched the first round of the tournament and championship match, there’s only one respectable place to go: all the tequila shots and genitalia euphemisms that for some reason our video editors felt weren’t germane to clips about charitable bowling. Might wanna plug i… More »

By: Amrit Singh / June 9, 2010 - 10:13 am