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John Reis & the Blind Shake @ Mercury Lounge 2/26/2015
Swami John Reis and the Blind Shake

Post-punks in Hawaiian shirts Swami John Reis & The Blind Shake played their second of two NYC shows last Thursday (2/26) at Mercury Lounge, in support of their collaborative Modern Surf Classics album. With February being one of the coldest months NYC has seen in ages, the Pacific wave vibes were especially welcome, and these guys bring an intensity to their performance rivaling the Banzai Pipeline. Pictures from that show are in this post. Their tour wrapped up over the weekend, but The Blind Shake will be putting back on their signature jumpsuits to play Austin during SXSW later this month.

The So So Glos, like at Saint Vitus the night before, opened the show. Their only upcoming show scheduled at the moment is at Asbury Park's Skate & Surf Fest in May. Pics from their Mercury Lounge show, plus more of John Reis & The Blind Shake, below...

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by Keith Marlowe

Swami John Reis & Blind Shake @ Saint Vitus, 2/25/2015
Blind Shake

On tour from Minneapolis, a city with a rich surfing tradition, Minneapolis' The Blind Shake played St Vitus last night (2/25) with John Reis (RFTC, Hot Snakes, Drive Like Jehu, the Sultans, Pitchfork, etc) who recorded an album called Modern Surf Classics with the band last year and is on tour with them. Pictures from the show are in this post.

They blasted an hour's worth of blistering surf rock at the packed crowd. The band consists of three guitars, a sax, and drummer. No bass, no vocals, just serious riffs and a rolling drumbeat. Reis introduced a few of the songs with their origin stories, one of them called "Kooks on the Face". He told about being in Hawaii on tour with a band. They were on a beach without a change of clothes, so they stripped down to their underwear and were "frolicking " in the waves. Some kids were bodysurfing on plastic food trays from a restaurant, and as they rode in, one kid asked another if he wanted to go back out to catch another wave. The kid looked at the almost naked band and replied, "naw, there's too many kooks on the face." Reis announced, "that was us, we were the Kooks on the Face."

Tonight (2/26), they play an early show at Mercury Lounge (tickets), again with The So So Glos who opened at Vitus. They play D.C. on Friday and Philadelphia on Saturday. The Blind Shake will will also be heading to Austin for SXSW again (maybe you caught them there last year?).

More pictures from the Brooklyn show below...

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by Andrew Sacher

John Reis

As discussed, Rocket from the Crypt/Drive Like Jehu's John Reis and garage rock trio The Blind Shake are releasing an instrumental surf album, and they've now released a new single from the record, "Sea Saw." First single "Brown Room" was a little more traditional sounding, but we weren't exactly getting songs as heavy as "Sea Saw" from The Ventures. Modern Surf Classics indeed. Check out the new song below (via Noisey).

As discussed, John and The Blind Shake's tour includes NYC shows happening on February 25 at Saint Vitus and February 26 at Mercury Lounge. Since we last spoke, NYC punks The So So Glos, fresh off their NYE two-night run with The Hold Steady, were added as openers. Tickets for Vitus and Merc are still available.

In related news revealed earlier this week, the Drive Like Jehu reunion continues at Coachella.

Full list of tour dates, with the new song stream, below...

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Drive Like Jehu
Drive Like Jehu
Drive Like Jehu 2014 reunion concert -- photos by Tod Seelie

Drive Like Jehu reunited to play their first show in 19 years in August. It happened in San Diego with a special pipe organ, and they claimed it was just for one show, but I guess someone convinced them to rethink that part. Drive Like Jehu are in fact on the Coachella 2015 lineup that was just announced. More dates on the way?

Meanwhile, catch DLJ member John Reis on tour playing instrumental surf rock with the Blind Shake.

Rick Froberg's current band Obits just played a show at the Acheron on New Year's Eve. How was that?

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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"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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Rocket from the Crypt

After teasing the reunion earlier this year, Rocket From The Crypt have announced a string of European dates but so far none in the US. The band has also taken time out to answer a few pertinent questions regarding the reunion. That FAQ list, the 2013 lineup, and more is below alongside a list of all dates.

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by Fred Pessaro // BBG

Rocket From The Crypt

Rocket From The Crypt have posted the above image on their official Facebook page, leading to specualtion that the John Reis project, which called it quits in 2005, will apparently rise from the grave for more shows or recorded output next year. Reis recently reunited with Hot Snakes to play shows, so a RFTC reunion can't come as much of a surprise, but it is still very, very welcome.

Check out some RFTC video below, including one of Speedo with Petey X playing the RFTC favorites "Young Livers" with The Aquabats at ComicCon in San Diego this year.

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by Black Bubblegum

DOWNLOAD: Cloak/Dagger - "I Don't Need A" (MP3)

Cloak/Dagger

You know what separates a John Reis project from almost every other punk band out there? The man has soul. Richmond punks Cloak/Dagger understand the power of the groove and are back to prove it with a new album due this fall! Lost Art is due on 11/3 and the band has dropped of the first taste of the LP in the form of "I Don't Need A" available for download above! Preorder Lost Art at their label, Jade Tree.

Cloak/Dagger fit in the fold between punk and garage, and the band aims to prove it when they hit the autobahn (aka Europe, and specifically Germany) this week starting in Berlin. They currently only have one US tour date, at The Fest in Gainesville, FL with a plethora of killer punk bands such as Coalesce, Torche, Asshole Parade, Kylesa, Coliseum, Iron Lung, Light Yourself on Fire, Magrudergrind, Pulling Teeth, Trash Talk, and about 150 others! If you can't make it down to The Fest, no worries. Although Cloak/Dagger doesn't have any additional US dates currently scheduled, knowing their habits in the van, expect that to change soon. Tour flyer, full tour dates, and track listing is 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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