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October 4, 2010 at 8:50 AM

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Das Racist's October '10 Seattle adventure

Posted by Andrew Matson

Das Racist at Dexter and Denny, L-R: Himanshu Suri, Ashok Kondabolu, Victor Vazquez; photo by Kyle Johnson via Suri's tumblr

For Das Racist's just-completed Seattle jaunt, the NYC rap trio sold out their Comet Tavern concert, slurred through a day-after in-studio performance at KEXP, and received the gift of photographic portraiture by local ace Kyle Johnson.

Rumor has it Das Racist will be back in Seattle soon, probably at a bigger venue.

The Comet was flesh-on-flesh mobbed, with crowds milling and moping outside the dive bar, unintentionally doing the best PR possible, talking about, "I didn't think it would sell out." Actually a little crazy: owners of other Capitol Hill nightclubs haggled with security guards to get in.

Not enough songs from outstanding new freely downloadable mix-album "Sit Down, Man" were performed, but that's a personal gripe (read my "Sit Down, Man" review here). It was a nice touch early in the set when Das Racist acknowledged its Seattle connection and played back-to-back tracks produced by part-time Beacon Hill resident Sabzi, "Who's That Brown" and "All Tan Everything."

Rapper Victor Vazquez wore local clothes — a crisp pink beanie purchased from a Seattle corner store, and a Seahawks t-shirt shirt from a vintage shop — and partner-in-rap Himanshu Suri sometimes wore his jacket only on one arm, a pretty cool hiphop move I'd forgotten about.

"Combination Pizza Hut and Taco Bell" was the encore, and the song made me laugh for the millionth time, down to the same non-recorded lyrics Das Racist rapped at the Showbox last March: "It was the best of times. It was the worst of times. It was the combination best of times and worst of times."

Throughout the evening, sound quality was bad and the rappers' words largely indecipherable, but packed shows at the Comet are all about noise and vibe, and the room felt right.

The last thing I heard leaving the Comet was a fan shouting to another fan: "I'll see you on the Internet."

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