Josh Bis

Everything I can remember from Das Racist's gig at the Comet last Friday:

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• Doors were at 9:00 p.m., and by 9:30, the Comet was at capacity. I've never seen a show there more crowded.

• Das Racist opened with their two Sabzi-produced cuts, "Who's That Brown?" and "All Tan Everything," both fire, the latter of which they said they'd never played live before. Toby Crittenden from Washington Bus was DJing. I got tinnitus in my right ear.

• They played maybe eight or ten songs, including: "You Oughta Know" (which samples a Billy Joel song about immigrants and economic struggles), "Rainbow in the Dark" (the synths sounding all frosty and double-time), "Amazing" (the chill, Keepaway-produced joint with the spoken breakdown about the "old Nautica jacket from '96"), and "Rapping 2 U" (which contains, line-for-line, some of my favorite couplets in rap right now).

• They encored with the obligatory "Combination Pizza Hut and Taco Bell," switching in "Best of times/Worst of times/Combination best of times and worst of times" and chanting "You like this song/We hate this song," all in a bored deadpan.

• After the show, at the house party, Victor "Kool A.D." Vazquez opened the host's fridge, skipped the beers, and went straight for somebody's leftovers. Moral: If you invite dudes who rap this much about weed and food over to your place, they're probably going to raid your kitchen.

A few great moments from last Thursday's Dirty Projectors show at the Showbox:

• Their drummer broke his snare on the first song, which led the band to shift gears into an acoustic number for their second song, with the bassist (who was wearing a Sonics jersey as town gown, showing off some guns) hauling out an upright bass.

• During an acoustic duet between bandleader David Longstreth and keyboardist/vocalist Angel Deradoorian—the latter was singing lead in her usually high, arcing voice—a couple people held lighters up in the front of the crowd, and she said to them, her voice suddenly brusque, "That's right."

• On the chorus of "Temecula Sunrise," when the guitars were spidering down and the female vocalists' synchronized "AAAAH" was rising and Longstreth was singing the chorus, the lights did this thing where one bright white flash went off over the band and then an orange glow sank down across the stage lights behind them—weirdly, it was more of a sunset, really.

• During one typically fractured and acrobatic chorus, one of the vocalists pointed her mic out at the audience, as if to say, "C'mon, guys, you can totally do this avant–Mariah Carey vocal run—no problem!"

• When "Useful Chamber" hit its climax ("Bitte Orca/Orca Bitte!"), the bass stomped, the lights erupted, the red and blue spermatozoal/ovarian circles projected behind the band flickered and vibrated, the guitar shredded the song out—it was awesome.

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• They played "Rise Above" for the encore.

• They promised, "This is the end of the tour we're gonna do on this album—then it's time to make some more stuff." recommended

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