Tag Archives: Brooklyn

Blogaroo: Day 8: Das Racist

29 May

Brooklyn’s Das Racist is composed of MC Himanshu “Heems” Suri, MC Victor “Kool A.D.” Vazquez and hype man Ashok “Dapwell” Kondabolu.

Known for their humor and unconventional style, the group made it big with the 2008 hit Combination Pizza Hut and Taco Bell. They produced mixtapes Shut Up, Dude and Sit Down, Man just two years later, after which MTV named it one of the 25 best new bands in the world. Spin named Das Racist one of 50 acts to watch at the 2010 SXSW Festival, and Rolling Stone reported that hahahaha jk? was one of the 50 best singles of 2010.

Das Racist’s first commercial album, Relax (2011), landed on many annual “best of lists” and was Spin’s fourth best rap album of the year.

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Blogaroo: Day 14: Charles Bradley

23 May

Charles Bradley, or “the Screaming Eagle of Soul,”  was born in 1948 in Gainesville, Florida, where he lived with his grandmother until he was 8 years old. It was then that Bradley moved to Brooklyn, New York to live with his mother, where his sister took him to see James Brown perform at the Apollo Theater in 1962. And the rest, as they say, is history.

After running away from home — living in the streets and on subway cars — Bradley joined the Job Corps and worked as a chef in Maine for 10 years. While he performed with a band about five or six times, he went solo after his fellow bandmates were drafted into the Vietnam War.

Following the break up of his band, Bradley moved west — hitchhiking across the country and moving to upstate New York, Seattle, Canada and Alaska before settling in California, where he worked odd jobs and played small shows for 20 years.

While he was known to work as a James Brown impersonator, Bradley eventually signed with Daptone Records, where he became known for his funky yet soulful R&B style.

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Blogaroo: Day 25: Sleigh Bells

15 May

Sleigh Bells originated in 2008, when lead singer Alexis Krauss and guitarist Derek Miller crossed paths at a small Brooklyn eatery. Krauss was taking her mother out to lunch and Miller was busy waiting tables when he happened to mention that he was searching for a female lead for a project he was working on.

Since that first project, Krauss and Miller have performed at the CMJ Music Marathon and Film Festival in New York and Pitchfork in Chicago. They’ve been signed to M.I.A’s N.E.E.T. Recordings and are working on their second studio album, to be released next year.

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