Editor’s note: When we read Sasha Frere-Jones’ recent piece on the death of hip-hop, we didn’t have a witty comeback. What we did have was one name on the brain: Das Racist. A favorite here at Flavorpill HQ, the Brooklyn-based rap duo is one of the most exciting new acts on the scene. And as the New York Times recently said, “Das Racist’s lack of piety has become an aesthetic of its own, with songs that are as much commentary on hip-hop as rigorous practice of it.” We’ll turn it over to them now.… Read More
New York’s CMJ music marathon is an epic display of music journalism and indie street cred. From October 20-24, over a thousand under the radar bands will perform, hundreds will be blogged about, and a dozen will be become semi-obscure household names (see: Passion Pit) in the aftermath. The 22 initial showcase artist have been announced today, and so we have compiled a guide for your listening pleasure. Six word artist descriptions and song downloads — enjoy!
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Today at Flavorpill, we discovered our new favorite iPhone app. We made a mental note never to land on Shepard Fairey’s bad side. We lusted after this colorful calendar. We argued about this list of the worst blockbusters ever. We wished we hadn’t thrown away all of our old cassettes. We laughed out loud over Frank Bruni’s top 20 one liners. We knew this wouldn’t end well. We wondered how The Awl got Ryan Adams to write their theme song. And more importantly, who we can get to write ours (we’re looking at you Das Racist). We were stressed. We met the real family Evelyn Waugh based Bridehead’s Revisited on. And finally, we weren’t sure what to think about this Tiesto/Tegan & Sara collab.… Read More
It’s tempting to try to explain away Das Racist, the music project of recent Wesleyan graduates Himanshu Suri and Victor Vazquez. Their unalloyed enthusiasm for lyrical non sequiturs and literal wordplay has invited comparisons to “Eddie” Said, outer borough shit-shooting, and Sonia Sotomayor. Das Racist has made most of these comparisons themselves, which is kind of the whole point.… Read More
Today the New York Times reviewed Das Racist, the Flavorpill favorites who brought you the aural magic that is “Combination Pizza Hut and Taco Bell.” After reading the smarty pants lyrics above, we’re not surprised to learn that the group formed at Wesleyan. Also: Remember when we interviewed Egpytian Lover?