It’s Official: Das Racist Is Over

The first time we heard (and loved) them:

And now they’re gone.

“I was bummed when we actually broke up, when it was done, mostly because it was a way to make money really easily. Now, I probably won’t be able to make money that easily ever again… But we had a plan to break up around May. We had just signed this record deal and we were going to put out one proper album and then go on a farewell tour, release a proper breaking up statement that could have been really funny, maybe a weird, stupid video. Now, all of that has gone to shit.”

‘Dosa Hunt’ To Debut in Williamsburg

Members of Vampire Weekend, Das Racist, Yeasayer, and Neon Indian appear in the film which will debut at Nitehawk Cinema on Friday 10/5, Saturday 10/6, and Monday 10/8! Dosas and samosas provided by Anjappar. From the Nitehawk:

“The Greatest Hunt For South Indian Food In NYC Ever Committed To Film!”

DOSA HUNT is an independent short documentary featuring Vampire Weekend’s Rostam Batmanglij, Das Racist’s Himanshu Suri & Ashok “Dapwell” Kondabolu, Yeasayer’s Anand Wilder, Neon Indian’s Alan Palomo, jazz pianist Vijay Iyer, and Stereogum’s Executive Editor Amrit Singh — a group of music-world friends on a quest for their hometown’s best dosa. The traditional South Indian crepe is delicious enough to make a movie about, though our heroes’ journey doubles as an exploration of the shared and respective cultures of a vibrant group of NYC artists in the wilds of their city. DOSA HUNT is a snapshot of a transitional generation in America’s immigrant/art experience, in hot pursuit of good food.

The film’s premiere and opening run are at Nitehawk Cinema on Friday 10/5, Saturday 10/6, and Monday 10/8. Each ticket comes with dosa and samosa provided by Anjappar, while each screening will be followed by a Q&A moderated by music television great John Norris and an afterparty with free beer compliments of Kingfisher and DJ sets by DFA Records artist REWARDS (Friday), Jagjaguwar Records’ artist Small Black (Saturday), and Quinn Walker of Frenchkiss Records outfit Suckers (Monday).

Friday and Saturday doors and drinks start at 11PM, seating and food service is at 12:15AM, the screening is at 12:30AM, and the Q&A panel commences immediately thereafter. (Monday’s doors are at 1PM with the same schedule of events.) It will be a lot of fun, you should consider coming.

Get tickets here.

Today’s Best Rap Recap of the Bourne Trilogy

Heems, known best for being 1/3 of Das Racist, released a mixtape earlier this week entitled Nehru Jackets. It is jam-packed with his very specific brand of offbeat vocal rhythm, slow flow, political awareness, and cultural irreverence. One stand out track is not particularly political but it has enough irreverence to kill a water buffalo. “Jason Bourne” is a two-minute recap of the Bourne film trilogy set to a sample of the B-52’s “Rock Lobster.” I’m going to just rewrite that sentence so you can fathom how absurd it is: “Jason Bourne” is a two-minute recap of the Bourne film trilogy set to a sample of the B-52’s “Rock Lobster.” Listen below:

Kool A.D. released The Palm Wine Drinkard Mixtape

Kool A.D. aka Victor Vasquez aka @veeveeveeveevee, member of one of 2011’s stand out rap troupes Das Racist, released a mix tape last night. It’s called The Palm Wine Drinkard. In the course of self-promoting (and flooding everyone’s Twitter feeds) Vasquez reached the Twitter daily post limit and is now in Twitter jail. But if you are heading back to work today still a little hungover but wanting to start 2012 off right, download this and put it on your headphones for your commute.

FREE Download: Small Black’s Moon Killer Mixtape

It’s no secret that we’re fans of Small Black here, and we’ve been anxiously awaiting a new release to solidify our love and kick off our longing for next summer — but doused with reverb and hearbreak, the Moon Killer mixtape has us feeling less “let’s hit the beach” and more “it’s too cold to smoke on the fire escape.”

But it’s not all down-tempo introspection, we promise. In addition to the laid back flows from Heems of Das Racist this 11 track gem is, according to the band, “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” — and there’s no better example than “Love’s Not Enough,” a track that’s worthy of hand-holding at the roller skate rink. Remixes from Phonetag and Star Slinger close out the record to remind us that after the winter, we’ve got sunshine to look forward to once again.

“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,” says the band, so download Small Black’s Moon Killer Mixtape here. And be sure to check them out at the Moon Killer Release Party at Glasslands on Friday, Nov. 18th!

Listen to this: Small Black f. Heems “Two Rivers”

The song is called “Two Rivers” and comes courtesy of the forthcoming Small Black mixtape called Moon Killer. Heems from Das Racist gives a relaxed, mellow freestyle over the reverb-ed out Small Black synths. Could this be the Indian Summer jam of 2011?
(via The FADER)

Das Racist present: Chillin Island episode 1

Talkin’ pizza blogs, Hawaiian history, drunk haircuts, Queens rappers. On the heels of their new release Relax, Das Racist present this new thing called Chillin Island, which is the same name as their weekly show on East Village Radio (2pm-4pm). As if you needed further proof that these guys are DIY rap and having fun doing it.

Listen to Relax

Das Racist have a new record coming out September 13 (the same day as apparently every late summer/fall jam drops). The record is called Relax. It’s now available streaming right here if you have Spotify. Put it on and enjoy clever lyrics, convoluted pop (and sub-pop) culture references, slick production and (most of all) relaxing vibes. If you don’t have Spotify yet, hit up your friends for an invite.