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EV2BK’s CMJ 2010 Selections – Thursday, October 21

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Selected Shows – Thursday, October 21, 2010

03:00PM -03:30PM
Savoir Adore
Public Assembly
Website: http://www.myspace.com/savoiradore
Home Town: Brooklyn New York USA

 

05:30PM -06:00PM
Keepaway
Public Assembly
Website: http://www.myspace.com/keepaway
Home Town: Brooklyn New York USA

 

06:00PM -06:30PM
Braids
Arlene’s Grocery
Website: http://www.myspace.com/braidsmusic
Home Town: Montreal Quebec Canada

 

08:00PM -08:30PM
Apache Beat
Rock Shop
Website: http://www.myspace.com/apachebeat
Home Town: Brooklyn New York USA

 

08:00PM -08:30PM
Crayon Fields
Glasslands Gallery
Website: http://www.myspace.com/thecrayonfields
Home Town: Fitzroy North Victoria Australia

 

08:00PM -08:30PM
Penguin Prison
Webster Hall
Website: http://www.myspace.com/penguinprison
Home Town: London United Kingdom

 

09:00PM -09:30PM
BRAHMS
Public Assembly
Website: http://www.myspace.com/brahmsisaband
Home Town: Brooklyn New York USA

 

09:00PM -10:00PM
Eli “Paperboy” Reed
Le Poisson Rouge
Website: http://www.elipaperboyreed.com/
Home Town: Allston Massachusetts USA

 

09:45PM -10:15PM
Bottle Up and Go
Spike Hill
Website: http://www.myspace.com/bottleupandgoband
Home Town: Brooklyn New York USA

 

10:30PM -11:00PM
DJ Premier
Le Poisson Rouge
Website: http://www.djpremierblog.com/
Home Town: New York New York USA

 

11:15PM -11:45PM
Motel Motel
Spike Hill
Website: http://www.myspace.com/motelmotel
Home Town: Ridgewood New York USA

 

11:30PM -12:00AM
Das Racist
Santos Party House (Downstairs)
Website: http://www.dasracist.net
Home Town: Brooklyn/Queens New York USA

 

11:30PM -12:30AM
The Pains of Being Pure At Heart
Music Hall of Williamsburg
Website: http://www.myspace.com/thepainsofbeingpureatheart
Home Town: New York New York USA

 
 
-EV2BK

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EV2BK’s CMJ 2010 Selections – Tuesday, October 19

Well it’s that time of year again when the CMJ Music Marathon & Film Festival takes over downtown NYC and Brooklyn for a week of official showcases and boatloads more unofficial parties/DJ sets/booze giveaways featuring around 1,200 bands from all over the country and world. It’s always kind of a headache figuring out which shows to go to, so we wanted to offer up a hand-picked selection of shows for each of the five official days of the marathon (starting today, October 19, and running through Saturday, October 23).

Selected Shows – Tuesday, October 19, 2010

08:15PM -08:45PM
Old Wives
Bowery Electric
Website: http://www.listentotheold.com
Home Town: Weston Florida USA

 

10:00PM -10:30PM
Red Wire Black Wire
Spike Hill
Website: http://www.rwbw.net
Home Town: Berkeley California USA

 

10:15PM -10:55PM
Monogold
Lit Lounge
Website: http://www.myspace.com/monogoldmusic
Home Town: Mt. Vernon New York USA

 

11:25PM -11:45PM
9th Wonder & Buckshot with Special Guest
Le Poisson Rouge
Website: http://www.9thwonder.com/
Home Town: Raleigh North Carolina USA

 

11:30PM -12:30AM
Class Actress
Cameo Gallery
Website: http://www.myspace.com/elizabethharper
Home Town: Brooklyn New York USA

 

12:25AM -12:45AM
Pharoahe Monch
Le Poisson Rouge
Website: http://www.myspace.com/pharoahemonch
Home Town: Queens New York USA

 

12:30AM -01:00AM
Das Racist
Pianos
Website: http://www.dasracist.net
Home Town: Brooklyn/Queens New York USA

 

01:45AM -02:00AM
Pete Rock & Smif N Wessun
Le Poisson Rouge
Website: http://www.myspace.com/peterock
Home Town: New York New York USA

 

 

-EV2BK

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Jams of the Weekend – Das Racist Mixtape: It’s the Future, Get Down

Das Racist dropped their first mixtape about two weeks ago via Mishka and Nah Right, and also in association with their self-owned label/management group Greedhead Entertainment. You can download it for free from either site, or here if you’re lazy. Here’s the cover art, designed by Aakash Nihalani:

The Shut Up, Dude mixtape has already been getting some great reviews, like this one in The Village Voice.

Basically, Das Racist is so contemporary that without a close read/listen some of it can just sound like a bunch of advertising copy and sloppily-delivered lyrics about fast food. But maybe that’s because you only heard “Combination Pizza Hut/Taco Bell?” As Heems raps on “You Oughta Know,” (which samples the Cam’ron track of the same name), Das Racist is “sick of arguing with white dudes on the internet.” But then again, are they really sick of arguing with white dudes on the internet? Either way, basically I don’t think that anyone can step to them after this release: “A rich interior world is a joy to own.” Word.

So many tracks that make me think Das Racist has the pulse on contemporary culture (self-described “culture vultures”), in a really tangible and influential way. Apart from being so publicity-savvy, part of the appeal of Das Racist has to do with a real rap talent, playing with words in an interesting, intriguing, integral way that begs comparison to a lot of great rappers and rap groups – Eric B. & Rahim, Slick Rick, Ghostface Killah (peep Victor as Kool A.D. in “Nutmeg” dropping that Raekwon/Tony Starks ish), too many to list.

There are also moments that seem kind of played out, like the fake gun sounds in “Hugo Chavez,” which is already well-worn territory for anyone who enjoys Flight of the Concords. But at other times the dudes can be reflective (“I Don’t Want to Deal With Those Monsters”), provocative and maybe a little pissed about being misunderstood (“I Don’t Owe Nobody Shit”), and softer even, seeming about to leave the irony behind for some possible self-reflection in “Ek Shaneesh:”

“My pops drove a cab holmes,
Now I drop guac
just to bop in the cab home.”

But more often than not they’re dropping some hilarious lines and talking about “beers for years,” Rumi, taking pills of “various hues dude,” free associating and morphing the phrase “Nancy Drew” to “Nancy Who” to “Nancy Reagan in a fancy pants-suit.” Or, one of my favorites, from “Rainbow in the Dark” with Heems transiting to Victor:

“We could eat the flyest cave-aged cheese fo sheez, ma.
Yeah we could eat gruyere,
As if we care; we could eat roquefort.”

All I’m saying is that you need to download this mixtape and listen to it yourself, and then if you still think these guys suck then you’re just never going to get what Das Racist is about. Check out this dope video for “Rainbow in the Dark,” directed by Jordan Fish.

Das Racist – Rainbow in the Dark:

And just because I want to underscore the diversity of what they have to offer, here’s a bonus jam of Chairlift featuring Das Racist, called “Fashion Party,” which I think was part of an Urban Outfitters compilation or something like that.

Chairlift ft. Das Racist – Fashion Party:

-Drew

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Jam of the Day – White Rabbits with Guns

The beginning drum beats of this song sound suspiciously like Marilyn Manson‘s “Beautiful People,” but once the guitar line drops in on “Percussion Gun” from New York City band White Rabbits, it’s clear that we have a great track on our hands here. There was kind of a reason not to write about a song with guns in the title today, but I can’t really tell what’s going on with this story. And then I stumble upon this live version of a song called “Rudie Fails” that White Rabbits performed at the SPIN offices. This is a good joke and another good song. This is a band that really knows how to rock out on the drum set. So White Rabbits wins. Jam of the Day.

White Rabbits – Percussion Gun:

And if the image of white rabbits gets you in the mood for a little magic this weekend, go check out Paper Garden Records Presents: Multiverse Playground on Saturday Night at 3rd Ward. It’s getting all sorts of press coverage, like even in the NY Post, and should be a great time with shows from Boy Crisis, a guest appearance from Das Racist, and sets from a bunch of other great bands. Come check it out!

-Drew

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ev Live Music – Das Racist Join Boy Crisis at Pianos for Combination Jam

Last night at Pianos, we caught a set from Boy Crisis, who were joined onstage near the end of their performance by the other half of Das Racist, Himanshu Suri (along with Boy Crisis frontman Victor Vazquez), for a “live remix” of DR’s “Combination Pizza Hut and Taco Bell” and BC’s “Dressed to Digress.” Check out a live video of the combination.

Boy Crisis ft. Das Racist – Dressed to Digress (Combination Pizza Hut and Taco Bell Remix live):

Not sure what happened to the video during filming, but at least the audio gives you an idea of what went down. “Combination Best of Times and Worst of Times.” Word.

-Drew

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Jam of the Day – Shorty Said This New Das Racist Video Is

BONKERS/AWESOME.

This is the YouTube video from @bobweiszsucks for the Gordon Voidwell remix of Das Racist’s track “Shorty Said.”

Das Racist – Shorty Said (Gordon Voidwell remix):

-Drew

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