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Das Racist (Beastie Boys Paul’s Boutique covers set) at Cameo, 8ish
Atlas Sound and Memory Tapes at the Bell House, 8ish (and Thursday at Kimmel Center/NYU with Neon Indian)
Ari Up (The Slits), Lady Miss Kier (Deee-Lite), Kim Ann Foxman, Allison Wolfe (Bratmobile/Partyline), and more (Benefit for Doctors without Borders) at (le) Poisson Rouge, 11ish
Cold Cave and Nite Jewel at Mercury Lounge, 9:30
Twin Sister, Big Troubles, Alice Cohen, Pigeons, Run-DMT at Studio at Webster Hall, 8ish
Those Darlins, So So Glos at Bowery Ballroom, 8ish
The Soft Pack at Cake Shop, FREE! 7ish
Tanlines, Acrylics at Brooklyn Bowl, 8ish
Teengirl Fantasy at Market Hotel, 8ish
tUnE-YaRds, Takka Takka, A Rose Parade at the Bell House, 8ish
Shellshag, forgetters, Screaming Females, JEFF The Brotherhood at Bowery Ballroom, 7ish
Hot Chip at Music Hall of Williamsburg, 8ish
Class Actress, The Morning Benders, Blood Orange, Acrylics, Twin Shadow at Glasslands, 8ish
Yeasayer, Light Asylum at Bowery Ballroom, 8ish
Das Racist, Brooklyn Bowl, Free, 9 INFO
Alex Bleeker and the Freaks, Karl Blau at Ash’s Place, 8ish INFO
Trevor Wilson, Horse’s Mouth at Pete’s Candy Store
Lightning Bolt and Black Dice Above the Auto Parts Store, 8ish INFO
Mt Eerie, Tara Jane O’Neil, Market Hotel, 8ish. INFO
Wooden Shjips, Vivian Girls, Crystal Stilts, Religious Knives, 171 Lombardy, 8ish. INFO
Deer Tick (as the Sex Pistols) at Brooklyn Bowl, 9ish
Girls and Real Estate at Maxwell’s, Hoboken, 8ish INFO
UPDATE: Discovery featuring Rostam Batmanglij and Wes Miles is not playing. It’s another band by the same name. Cake Shop linked to the wrong one. Sorryyyy.
OK, so judging by all the press lately (most of it bad) of joke (?) rap group Das Racist, I thought it an opportune moment to discuss coverage. If these guys stink (I’ve never seen them, so I can’t really say) then why are so many people/blogs/outlets covering them? And if the band is a joke, which is a little unclear as of now if they are or not, then again, why are people going to see them and why do all the cultural arbitrators care? The thing is, people are interested in music, art, whatever for various reasons. And that reason is not always because said cultural product is worthy. A lot of times people are intersted in something for the exact opposite reason, because it stinks. And when people are interested, whatever is is deserves coverage.
Brooklyn Vegan just posted a review of the Das Racist free for all “show” at Public Assembly. The writer said it was “one of the worst live shows” he’d ever seen, but then proceeded to write in detail about it, and post MANY pics of it. There are tons of comments building up complaining about the amount of coverage Das Racist is getting. Most complaints focus on the fact that the band seems to not take itself seriously- instead of performing their songs they invite all their friends on stage, for what should really happen in private, not in a live performance setting. Those complaints I agree with. No one wants to see a group jam session by people who don’t know what they’re doing. Unless the people in the band are your friends too. Wait- is that what’s happening here? Audience members should be jealous that they’re not “friends” and therefore not cool enough to be on stage?
The number of comments, however vitriolic, and no matter how much they all say they don’t want joke bands covered, will effectively keep this band (and others like it) in the news.
The cuteness in Melena Ryzik’s UrbanEye email today is just way, way too much. She’s a very crafty writer but even I can’t appreciate this. Here it is:
Today in ironic music appreciation: Hall & Oates for free at Asser Levy Park in Brighton Beach and Das Racist for money at the Bowery Ballroom. Don’t pretend you don’t know the former duo’s hits (you’re singing along to “Maneater” in your head right now); as for the latter, they’re parody hip-hop (see “Combination Pizza Hut and Taco Bell”) whose “rhymes are smart and funny and delivered with a lazy loquaciousness that’s instantly appealing,” Amanda Petrusich writes. I can go for that?
Gosh! Alright already! What is she trying to do? Make me choke on my iced coffee?? Also, does anyone really think this Das Racist duo is any good? So corny, in my opinion. They are the perfect example of a gimmick. They’re not trying to be a band with fans, they’re trying to create a cool scene. Anyone agree?
That said, the staccato rhyming is a little bit interesting.
And Hall and Oates? I won’t even touch that. (Can you tell i’m not a fan?)