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LOVVLIFE / Tim Harrington / The DMV / TBOI @ Brooklyn Rock Lottery 5
2014 Rock Lottery
2014 Rock Lottery
2014 Rock Lottery
2014 Rock Lottery

The fifth annual Brooklyn Rock Lottery took place on Saturday (12/6) at Baby's All Right. Members of bands convened that morning, with names being drawn out of a hat by five drummers to make the ad-hoc bands, who then spent the rest of the day writing and rehearsing original songs that would be performed that night at the venue. It was a sold out show and proceeds from the evening went to the Harmony Program, "a non-profit organization that brings after school music programs to communities with limited access to instrumental music education." We've got pictures from the whole day, rehearsals and everything, in this post

I've been to a few of the past Rock Lotteries and this was by far the most stacked line-up of participating musicians which also yielded some good music that worked beyond the novelty of seeing these supergroups. (It was also a lot of fun.) The luck of the draw also gave us some strange/awesome bands: LOVVLIFE featured four bassists (from Parquet Courts, Mutilation Rites, St. Lucia and more) which made for a lot of "could I get more bass in the monitor" jokes as well as a cover of Spinal Tap's "Big Bottom."

The DMV (Dave Matthew's Vibe) featured Rick Froberg (Obits, Drive Like Jehu), Drew Citron (Beverly), and Annie Hart (Au Revoir Simone). They worked up a krauty vibe and I'd go see them play again if they were a real band. And TBOI (The Beatles on iTunes), which featured Dismemberment Plan's Travis Morrison and members of So So Glos, Jukebox the Ghost and Wet Illustrated, pretty much played like a real band with songs that some "real" bands probably would've gladly had in their arsenal.

The evening began and finished with the two most eclectic groups. Fraud Stewart included members of TEEN, Spirit Family Reunion, Crocodiles, Sebadoh and the styles of their songs varied depending on who was singing; and then Friend of a Friend, which included Yeah Yeah Yeahs' Brian Chase, trumpeter Carter Yasutake, cellist Julia Kent, marimba player Mauro Refosco and Neighbors' Noah Stitelman, finished the evening with a cohesive-but-avant-garde pop set that would've been at home at The Stone.

Hosting the evening was Les Savy Fav's Tim Harrington who interviewed the bands, helped give away raffle prizes (he made winners rub noses and other body parts with him) and also made videos of him singing long versions of "Jingle Bells" and "99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall" and generally yukked it up.

More pictures from Brooklyn Rock Lottery 5 below...

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by Andrew Sacher

John Shake

The great John Reis (Rocket from the Crypt, Drive Like Jehu, Hot Snakes, etc) has teamed up with hard-hitting garage rock trio The Blind Shake to pay tribute to classic surf rock instrumentals on a new collaborative album, Modern Surf Classics, coming out on January 27 via John's Swami Records. Get a taste of the album from the appropriately hazy and vintage-looking video for the single "Brown Room" below. Artwork and tracklist below too.

The band, dubbed Swami John Reis & The Blind Shake, will also be hitting the road in support of the album in February, playing NYC on February 25 at Saint Vitus and February 26 at Mercury Lounge. Tickets for Merc go on sale today (11/20) at noon, and a tickets for Vitus are on sale here. All dates are listed below.

John's had a busy year with a one-off Drive Like Jehu reunion, and continued reunions from Rocket From the Crypt and Hot Snakes.

The Blind Shake have a brand new album out and will be in Montreal for M for Montreal this weekend, before bringing their tour to NYC on November 25 at Cake Shop with Caddywhompus (tix at door) and November 26 at Baby's All Right with Wax Witches (tix here). They're also on board once again for SXSW.

Video, LP artwork, tracklist and list of dates for Swami John Reist & The Blind Shake below...

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Rock Lottery

The fifth annual Brooklyn Rock Lottery is taking place this year on December 6 at Baby's All Right. In case you're not already familiar, here's the premise:

The Rock Lottery premise is simple, but effective. Twenty-five hand picked musicians meet at 10:00AM at the evenings performance venue. These volunteers are organized into five groups through a lottery-based chance selection. The five separate groups are then released to practice at different locations. The musicians have twelve hours to create a band name and three to five songs (with a one cover-song limit). The groups will then perform what they have created that evening in front of a waiting audience.
This year's lineup includes members of Drive Like Jehu, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The Dismemberment Plan, Parquet Courts and more, and looks like this:
Annie Hart (Au Revoir Simone)
Bob D'Amico (Sebadoh / Fiery Furnaces)
Brandon Welchez (Crocodiles)
Brian Chase (Yeah Yeah Yeahs / Drums & Drones / NYC Improv)
Carter Yatsutake (Midnight Magic / Bad Credit No Credit / Played with Macklemore & St. Vincent)
Drew Citron (Beverly)
Jesse Kristin (Jukebox the Ghost)
Julia Kent (Antony & the Johnsons)
Matt Schulz (Holy Fuck)
Mauro Refosco (Forro In the Dark / David Byrne's Band)
Olly Peacock (Gomez)
Rick Froberg (Drive Like Jehu / Hot Snakes / Obits)
Sean Yeaton (Parquet Courts)
Teeny Lieberson (TEEN)
Travis Morrison (Dismemberment Plan)
Tickets are on sale now, and all proceeds this year go to Harmony Program, "a non-profit organization that brings after school music programs to communities with limited access to instrumental music education."

Check out pictures of last year's Rock Lottery here.

"Drive Like Jehu set was great. Hoping for more gigs & that this is not a one off despite what John Reis says. Worth 3.5 hour drive. sinews!" - Toddrick Spalding

"Drive Like Jehu, best show of the summer man." - Madison Woodward

"Wow Drive Like Jehu just sounded amazing. Like no time had passed. And with Rob Crow from Pinback joining. They need to tour. No question" - P Squared

"Words I never thought I would ever get to say: 'Drive Like Jehu sounded amazing live.'" - Luke Sigler

"drive like jehu concert was short but they sounded tight as hell" - Justin Hogg

"Pretty sure Drive Like Jehu just played the loudest show in the 99-year history of the Spreckels Organ Pavilion. " - Matthew T. Hall

"OMG drive like jehu!!!! jk I dunno who the fuck that is lol" - Tennie Marie B.

Drive Like Jehu in San Diego's Balboa Park - 8/31/2014 (photo by Tod Seelie)
Drive Like Jehu

Legendary, influential post-hardcore band Drive Like Jehu reunited for their first show in 19 years last night (8/31) in their hometown of San Diego. The free show, which they're saying was a one-off, happened in Balboa Park and was a chance for them to perform with the outdoor venue's Spreckels Pipe Organ (played by organist Carol Williams), one of the world's largest pipe organs and one that's been used for concerts since 1914. Their 5-song set included four songs from their final album, 1994's Yank Crime, as well as one from their 1991 self-titled debut. For their closing track, "Luau," they were joined by Rob Crow of fellow San Diego band Pinback. The show streamed live online last night, and you can now watch videos of the entire show, with the setlist, below.

Though they're saying that's the only Drive Like Jehu reunion show (but our fingers are crossed that it won't be!), the band has members in other bands including Hot Snakes who play Riot Fest Chicago in September, Rocket from the Crypt who play Fun Fun Fun Fest in November, and others.

Videos and setlist below...

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Drive Like Jehu

The great Drive Like Jehu recently announced a reunion show, and now guitarist John Reis has discussed what exactly this reunion will be in a Kreative Kontrol podcast. Here's an excerpt, via Pitchfork:

The show isn't so much a show as it is a chance to collaborate with the Spreckels Pipe Organ located in Balboa Park, San Diego. The pipe organ is a massive, outdoor instrument. I've been going to the organ concerts in the park there for years.

A friend of mine....got on the board of directors for the Spreckels Organ, and pretty much immediately the conversation turned to, 'Dude, how are you gonna hook us up and get us in there to play? Can you arrange that?' So, since February there's been a dialogue about trying to get this to happen and over the last month or so, things have slowly been edging towards where this is going to be reality.

I reached out to the other guys in the band and everyone was really intrigued and excited to not only play again but to see what this was about. I'm super stoked that everybody in the band has embraced it and I can't wait to do it.

...We're just doing this one show. There's nothing else going on. The idea to play came about because of playing with the organ, because of this opportunity. There's definitely no plans to do anything else after this. And there's no plans to do anything before it, Y'know people are like, 'Oh cool, are you gonna do a warm-up?' or this or that. No, we're really stoked to do this thing. As for the future, I don't know. I mean, I didn't think we'd necessarily be playing again at all. I'm not going to say it's out of the question but there's nothing planned.

The podcast also points out that the show will only be a half hour long with about five songs.

Drive Like Jehu

In the past few years, we've already seen Hot Snakes and Rocket from the Crypt reunite, and now another revered band in the Rick Froberg/John Reis family will be getting back together, Drive Like Jehu! The band only put out two albums during their short career, 1991's self-titled and 1994's Yank Crime, both highly influential on various types of post-hardcore, emo and indie rock to come. Now, the band launched a website listing a free, all ages show happening in their hometown of San Diego on August 31 at Balboa Park. They'll be playing "a short set accompanied by San Diego Civic organist Dr. Carol Williams," according to Swami Records (John's label). It's the only date announced, but fingers crossed that more will be added!

Rocket From the Crypt also play Fun Fun Fun Fest and PBR Fest.

Watch a full-set live video of Drive Like Jehu from 1992, below...

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DOWNLOAD: Obits - "You Gotta Lose" (MP3)
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Rick of Obits on stage with Hot Snakes at ATP NY 2012 (more by Erik Erikson)
Obits

Though Rick Froberg has been playing his fair share with Hot Snakes as of late, he's still left plenty of room for Obits. The band recently released a fresh pair of jams on a tour-only 7" during a Spanish tour. They've also curated and posted a a YouTube playlist of "random tunes kicking around in our heads" that you can watch below. And now comes word that the band has announced a pair of shows for us NYCers, the first of which will go down on 1/18 at Rock Shop with Browns & Wrong Dots. Tickets are on sale.

The second Obits date will go down on 1/19 at Cake Shop as part of a benefit for Norton Records. Joining the band will be sets from The Psyched, Flying Teeth, and Entartete. Tickets are on sale. If you can't make it to the 1/19 show, then you can give directly to help out Norton.

Head below for the Obits video playlist, as well as a video on some of the devastation at Norton Records.

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DOWNLOAD: The Night Marchers - "In Dead Sleep (I Snore ZZZZ)" (MP3)
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The Night Marchers @ Mess With Texas 2008 (more)
The Night Marchers

The Night Marchers (featuring John Reis of Hot Snakes) are playing a show with Obits (featuring Rick Froberg of Hot Snakes) at Santos Party House in NYC on Dec 17th. Here's hoping for a Hot Snakes or Drive Like Jehu-filled encore. Tickets are on sale. aloha!

The Night Marchers, currently on tour in Europe, recently dropped See You in Magic on Vagrant. You can download the track "In Dead Sleep (I Snore ZZZZ)" from that record above. Check out their also-recent AOL Spinner podcast (download also available above) and video from a performance they did on FuelTV (below).

And though they're not playing their CMJ showcase, Obits did recently sign to Sub Pop for their debut album. They also have another show coming up at Music Hall of Williamsburg for which tickets are still on sale. All dates for everyone below...

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The Night Marches @ SXSW

John Reis (b. 1969 and also known by the pseudonyms Speedo, Slasher, and The Swami) is an American musician, singer, guitarist, record label owner, and disc jockey. He is best known as the singer and guitarist for the rock band Rocket from the Crypt, which he formed and fronted (as Speedo) for the entirety of its career from 1990 to 2005. Prior to this he was the guitarist in the post-hardcore band Pitchfork, and also played in Drive Like Jehu during the early 1990s. In 1999 he formed the Hot Snakes, and in 2000 also formed the Sultans, in which (as Slasher) he sang and originally played bass before switching to rhythm guitar. He played in both these bands until their breakups in 2005 and 2007 respectively. He also released a solo recording under the name Back Off Cupids, which was recorded in 1994 but not released until 1999. Over the years he has performed in many other musical acts including Conservative Itch, Stacatto Reads, Custom Floor, and Beehive and the Barracudas. He is the owner of Swami Records, a label he founded in 1999 (he uses the title The Swami in this capacity). He frequently works with bands in a studio capacity and releases albums by many southern California groups through his label. He also hosts the "Swami Sound System" program on San Diego radio station 94.9 (KBZT). Reis remains an influential figure in the San Diego underground music community and is currently performing with a new band named The Night Marchers. [Wikipedia]
The Night Marchers have been on tour for a while and tonight (May 7th) is the night they play their show at Mercury Lounge in NYC. In honor of that, here are some photos I took of them on March 15th in Austin (as the Mess With Texas festival.... that many comedians and bands including The Breeders also played).

The Night Marchers' new album See Your In Magic is out now on Swami/Vagrant.The rest of those SXSW pics are below...

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