Entries tagged with: Rocket From the Crypt
by Andrew Sacher
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.
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...
by Andrew Sacher
Austin's Fun Fun Fun Fest went out on a high note on Sunday (11/9) after two previous days of fun fun fun. While I spent the first two days hopping from stage to stage, I spent the entire final day on the punk/metal-centric Black Stage, besides taking one brief break from the distortion to catch Angel Olsen's always-mesmerizing folk rock early on at the Orange Stage.
First up for me was Iron Reagan, the crossover thrash "supergroup" with members of Municipal Waste, Cannabis Corpse and Darkest Hour. You couldn't have asked for a better start to the day as Iron Reagan made good on their promise to play more songs than any other band on the festival and still be off stage before they were supposed to. With only minimal breaks for banter, they ripped through songs from both of their albums and various EPs and included a cover of Cannibal Corpse's "A Skull Full of Maggots." These dudes definitely look and act the part, with no lack of '80s thrash hair swings and stage moves. They almost never smiled on stage, but if a song like "Your Kid's An Asshole" doesn't give it away, nobody was taking themselves too seriously.
After catching that Angel Olsen set, the next band on Black Stage was Deafheaven. Though you'd think the they would really be better fit for a dark room, they looked readymade for a festival set under the sun. The band's black metal/post-rock blend was tight as ever, but in daylight frontman George Clarke is even more of a sight to see. He's all about showmanship and crowd interaction and spends so much of the show reaching his hands out Nick Cave-style over the eager fans who can't wait to reach back.
Then came Hot Water Music, as much veterans of the '90s punk/emo scene as Mineral and Knapsack who played two days earlier, just with many more albums and only a two-year breakup period. They sounded awesome as always, with the highlights off their 2012 comeback album Exister sounding as great as their more classic material. Like they did at The Fest the weekend earlier, they brought out Loved Ones frontman Dave Hause to split lead vocals on "Trusty Chords" and you can check out a short clip of that below.
After Hot Water Music, the veteran punk continued on the Black Stage through the end of the festival. The next band up was New York hardcore OGs Gorilla Biscuits. I caught their set at the festival and their FFF Nites show at the very tiny Mohawk Indoor later that night. Both were great but needless to say the late show was the one to be at. It's hard to believe this band formed over 25 years ago because they were still one of the freshest sounding bands of the weekend. Civ said on stage at both shows never to lose yourself, to stand up for and believe in the same things you did when you were 16 at 20, 30, 45. If anyone can preach that at a show he can, he's living it. GB played just about every song you wanted to hear -- "High Hopes," "Big Mouth," "No Reason Why," "Degradation" and so many more favorites. The Mohawk show didn't have a mosh pit so much as the entire room was a constantly-moving swarm of bodies both on and off stage. It was the kind of show where everyone left grinning and covered in each other's sweat. And after midnight on Sunday (or Monday morning by then), it was the best possible way to wrap up the weekend.
After GB on the fest was Rocket From the Crypt, one of the many bands of John Reis (Drive Like Jehu, Hot Snakes, etc), who made it seem like their short reunion was over before this but luckily they had more in them. RFTC were great -- their many-membered lineup, two horn players included, took the stage in their matching outfits and delivered plenty of fan faves. We got "Middle," "On A Rope," "Heart of a Rat," "Im Not Invisible," "Glazed" and plenty more from their initial 10+ year run as a band.
Following them and headlining the Black Stage for the night was Murder City Devils, who were pretty much the perfect match for RFTC given they were around at the same time for a while in the '90s/early '00s and shared an approach to blending rock n' roll and punk. One difference though is Murder City have a new album out and they played some of that but we also got plenty from their prime era like "18 Wheels," "Press Gang," "Idle Hands" and more. Whether it was an old one or a new one though, Murder City were on fire. They were incredibly tight, loud, and full of a serious amount of energy. Catching their set was my personal biggest conflict of the weekend (I had to miss Neutral Milk Hotel), but with a set like the one they played I have no regrets.
FFF NITES @ FUN FUN FUN Fest - November 7-9 2014
With less than 2 months to go, today Fun Fun Fun Fest release their FFF NITES lineup:
FUN FUN FUN FEST (FFF Fest) is excited to announce today the lineup for FFF Nites, the after shows free to festival wristband holders, during this year's festival November 7--9, 2014, at Auditorium Shores. The Nites performances--including over one hundred FFF performing artists and a roster of artists playing exclusively during Nites--are only available to FFF Fest wristband holders; no tickets will be sold at the door.If you're on the fence, this might be the final push. More than seventy (74 so far if I counted correctly) of the one-hundred-plus above mentioned artists are exclusive to FFF Nites, including Meat Puppets, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, The Jazz June, Power Trip, Tombs, Single Mothers, Into It Over It, The Hotelier, Le1f, The Pizza Underground, MSTRKFT and many more. Access to the night shows is FREE with your FFF wristband.
You can still get FFF passes here.
Check out more of the announcement including the full FFF Nites lineup below...
"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)
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...
Pabst Blue Ribbon, or PBR if you prefer, is throwing their first-ever music festival this year in various Portland, OR venues from September 26-28. The fest, dubbed Project Pabst, will feature Modest Mouse, Tears for Fears, Guided by Voices, Rocket from the Crypt, Violent Femmes, Constantines, GZA (performing Liquid Swords), High on Fire, Red Fang, Shabazz Palaces, Phosphorescent, Menomena, The Thermals, Speedy Ortiz and more, Tickets, including single-day passes, weekend passes, and individual show tickets, are on sale now. More info at the fest's site.
Full lineup below...
The 2014 lineup of Austin festival Fun Fun Fun Fest, happening NOV 7 . 8 & 9 at Auditorium Shores, is here. In the poster above and listed below....
Like FYF Fest, they've got a Blood Brothers reunion show.
This is also Austin's show on the growing Failure reunion tour.
Ditto for emo vets Mineral
So much more greatness listed below....
Chain of Strength at Acheron in 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Hardcore vets Chain of Strength, who were briefly around from 1988 to 1991, reunited in 2012 for Revolution 25 (pics) at Irving Plaza and a much smaller Brooklyn show at Acheron (pics). They've since played LA in 2013 and it turns out the reunion isn't over yet, as they'll be going on a short Northeast tour in June with Turnstile, Strife, Mindset and Praise which brings them back to Brooklyn's Acheron on June 15. Tickets for that show go on sale via Ticketfly on May 8. All dates are listed below.
The brief tour is leading up to their appearance at Canada's Amnesia Rockfest (6/20-21) with blink-182, Motley Crue, Weezer, Alice In Chains, Megadeth, Primus, Danzig with Doyle, Mastodon, Cock Sparrer, Black Flag, Fear, Dead Kennedys, Misfits, Joan Jett, Brand New, Taking Back Sunday, Meshuggah, Henry Rollins, Rocket from the Crypt, Judge, Strife, Glassjaw, Dying Fetus, Cannibal Corpse, Title Fight and many more. Tickets for that fest are on sale now.
Full Amnesia Rockfest lineup, with the list of Chain of Strength dates, a video of their 2012 Acheron show and the tour flyer, below...
photos by P Squared Photography
Rocket from the Crypt / Ex Hex @ Bowery Ballroom - 4/2/14
Punk 'n' roll greats Rocket from the Crypt are currently on a reunion tour which they brought to NYC last night (4/2) at Bowery Ballroom for their first of two sold out shows here. RFTC is one of the many groups that frontman John Reis (aka Speedo) has been in, also including Hot Snakes (who reunited not long ago), Drive Like Jehu, the active Night Marchers and more, and it's great to see him back in this one, even if it's only for a short time (he made it sound like on stage that the reunion ends after this tour). Last night, the band played favorites from throughout their career, including "On A Rope," "Young Livers," "Born in '69," "I'm Not Invisible," "Straight American Slave," and tons more. The full setlist is pictured below (though it may not have been played in the exact order).
Last night's show was doubly great, because it also featured an opening set from Ex Hex, the newest band of indie rock veteran Mary Timony (Wild Flag, Helium, Autoclave), who also played two NYC shows last month after we caught them at SXSW. The band are prepping their debut LP for Merge, and from the many times they've previewed those songs live, our hopes for it are high. Mary's got riffs and solos for days in this band, and they're always a thrill to watch. Pictures of Ex Hex and RFTC from last night are in this post.
Rocket From the Crypt do it again in NYC TONIGHT (4/3) at The Bell House, and this time they'll be supported by The So So Glos. The short US tour wraps up this weekend.
More pictures below...
Though the 2013 Sled Island Festival got flooded out, it returns to Calgary, AB this year from June 18 - 22. The full line-up will be announced on April 29, but artists appearing include St. Vincent, Spiritualized, Neko Case, Rocket from the Crypt (who play NYC tonight), Rhye, Touche Amore, Bob Mould, Mission of Burma, The Julie Ruin, Killer Mike, White Lung, and more. Festival passes are on sale now, with tickets to individual shows going on sale April 11.
Full initial line-up of Sled Island 2014 artists, and a teaser video, below...
Rocket From the Crypt at Riot Fest Chicago 2013 (more by Kirstie Shanley)
Rocket From the Crypt, the great punk 'n' roll band fronted by John Reis (also of Drive Like Jehu, Hot Snakes, Sultans, Night Marchers, etc), have been reunited for about a year now, and though they've toured Europe and played Riot Fests, they still haven't come to NYC. That's finally changing, as the band are set to come here for a show on April 2 at Bowery Ballroom and April 3 at The Bell House.
UPDATE: They're playing Boston, Philly and DC too.
Tickets for the Bowery show go on sale Friday (12/6) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (12/4) at noon. There is a link for Bell House tickets but no on sale date yet. A limited number of tickets are on sale right now for all the East Coast shows through this RFTC tour site.
All currently known dates are listed, along with some classic song streams, below...
photos by Cory Dewald
The Replacements / Pixies
For a band that thrived on an anything-goes approach to performing, the Riot Fest show ran with relative precision, with barely a pause between songs. Despite tossing the clock, [Paul] Westerberg and the boys finished precisely at 10:30 p.m. Everything on the set list was at least 23 years old. But the 25-song, 75-minute performance brimmed with energy and heart. Nostalgia it was, but there was nothing formulaic or phoned-in about it.Chicago's Riot Fest (the second of three Riot Fests happening this year) wrapped up this past Sunday (9/15) with sets from The Replacements, Pixies, Rocket From the Crypt, Bob Mould, Mission of Burma, Quicksand, Touche Amore, Peelander-Z, Brand New, Best Coast and more. One set of pictures from that day is in this post, and a second set with more bands
Looking like thrift-shop dandies with their splashy mismatched clothes and spiky hair, Westerberg and Stinson cracked jokes, blew a few lyrics, and laughed like they were just banging out tunes in their garage. They stayed loose but kept the pace brisk, with plenty of help from Freese's dynamic drumming and the bow-tied Minehan's concise lead guitar.
Westerberg's voice sounded appropriately rough and gritty on the opening "Takin' a Ride," the first song on the first Replacements album, "Sorry Ma, Forgot to Take out the Trash" (1981), and the sneering "Tommy Gets His Tonsils Out." But he also found the tenderness in a song ("Androgynous") that rhymes "kewpie dolls" with "urine stalls." [Chicago Tribune]
Iggy and the Stooges at SXSW 2013 (more by Greg Cristman)
The Toronto one happens from August 24-25 in Fort York and features sets from The Replacements, Iggy and the Stooges, The Weakerthans, Rocket from the Crypt, Dinosaur Jr., Best Coast, The Flatliners, and Single Mothers (who all play day 2). Tickets for that day are on sale now. Flyer below.
The Denver one happens from September 21 to 22 at May Farms and features sets from The Replacements, Iggy and the Stooges, AFI, Brand New, Rocket From the Crypt, Guided by Voices, The Dismemberment Plan, Superchunk, Against Me!, Best Coast, Minus the Bear, Chuck Ragan, Bosnian Rainbows, This Will Destroy You, Touche Amore, Single Mothers and more on day 1; and blink-182, Rancid, Public Enemy, Matt & Kim, FLAG, Bad Religion, Yo La Tengo, Naked Raygun, Stars, Peelander-Z, Off With Their Heads, and more on day 2. Tickets (2-day passes and single day tickets) are on sale now. Full day-by-day lineup below.
Blonde Redhead @ FFF 2011 (more by Fred Pessaro)
As mentioned, Blonde Redhead are among those you can catch at the Surf Lodge in Montauk this summer. The band isn't the most active but they pop up sometimes, like for that New Year's Eve show at Irving Plaza with Beach Fossils whose new album Blonde Redhead's Kazu Makino sings on. We last caught them at Fun Fun Fun Fest in 2011.
Their Hamptons show is 7/13 and FREE, and it's the first of 7 dates they currently have scheduled around the country. Four of those dates are in California and one of those is LAUNCH which is a two-day September Sacramento fest that also features Girl Talk, Rocket from the Crypt, Dredg, Washed Out, Minus the Bear, Van She, Cults, Surfer Blood, P.O.S., Doomtree, Turquoise Jeep and more on the bill. The poster is with all BR dates below...
Quicksand @ Webster Hall recently (more by Rebecca Reed)
We get a lot of great free shows here in NYC (like The Walkmen and Solange as part of Northside this weekend) but we have to admit this week of free all-ages shows Converse has lined up at San Francisco club Slim's later this month is pretty crazy (though they may be pretty hard to get into). We'd happily spend the whole week there if we could. The line-ups are:
Converse Represent series in San FranciscoThe only way to go is to fill out the entry form before June 18 and "winning ticket holders will be notified via email soon after with instructions on how and when to retrieve their tickets." All events, "which lead up to the grand opening of the Converse San Francisco retail store on June 28", will take place at Slim's in San Francisco.
Jun 23 - Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, DIIV, Metz, Tamaryn, The She's
JUN 24 -Deltron 3030, Juicy J, Blackalicious, Angel Haze, Special Guest
JUN 25 - Hot Chip, Tycho, Blackbird Blackbird, Social Studies
JUN 26 - Quicksand, Mastodon, High On Fire, Saviours, Hot Lunch
JUN 27 - Suicidal Tendencies, Rocket From The Crypt, Ceremony, Special Guests
by Bill Pearis and Andrew Sacher
Ex Cops DJing at Other Music, RSD 2012 (more)
We're about a week out from Record Store Day 2013. When it began in 2008, RSD was a celebration of brick-and-mortar stores in the face of digital downloads, offering up exclusive releases to get people out to stores. It's blown up considerably since then, with hundreds of RSD-only releases. (Many of which fall into the hands of folks who turn it around on Ebay that same day, but what can you do?) While it is a mob scene these days, there is no doubt it helps what record stores there are left -- though not enough, as Record Store Day will be the last day for Williamsburg's Sound Fix. Participating stores around the country are listed here.
There are always some pretty cool exclusives too, items that may have never seen the light of day without RSD. With that in mind we've gone through the list of North American RSD exclusives to highlight a few things to keep an eye out. This isn't comprehensive, just stuff we wanna get. What records are you trying to get this year?
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.
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
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.
Jagjaguwar announced the addition of Dinosaur Jr. to their label family earlier this week. Not many details were released, but they said, "Its not often that the shiny reveries of our younger, more formative years get to coincide with the psyche of our professional lives. Let's call it castle building, start making plans for a new tower, muse on it in our quieter moments, then move on. WE'RE STOKED!" Other Jagjaguwar artists include Okkervil River, Bon Iver, Women, Black Mountain, and Swan Lake who just released their new album along with some free MP3's.
The Secretly Canadian/Jagjaguwar/Dead Oceans SXSW showcase takes place at Mohawk in Austin on Thursday, March 19. Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band, Julie Doiron, Foreign Born, These Are Powers, Women, Richard Swift, Bishop Allen, Phosphorescent, BLK JKS, Akron/Family, and "Special Guests" are on that 2-stage bill. I can't say for sure who the special guest is, but Dinosaur Jr. will be at SXSW. They have a publicized SXSW show just one night later. Apparently BlackBerry (yes, the phones) have taken over the Court Street Courtyard for a couple of nights. Dinosaur Jr. are playing that. They go on after Grizzy Bear (one of two shows they're playing) who go on after Peter Bjorn and John.
Phosphorescent is playing two official shows at SXSW. They're doing a normal set at the above-mentioned showcase, and they're performing their new Willie Nelson tribute album from start to finish at the BrooklynVegan showcase at Club DeVille one night earlier which is exactly what they're doing at the Bell House in Brooklyn this Saturday night.
Lou Barlow is also playing at least one show at SXSW. The Dinosaur Jr. bassist is listed as ""Lou Barlow w/ Imaad Wasif" on the Merge/Barsuk showcase at The Parish on March 21st. Telekinesis, The Wooden Birds,, Say Hi, The Rosebuds, and Ra Ra Riot are also playing that show.
J Mascis's other band Witch is currently on tour with Earthless. That tour brings them to Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn TONIGHT (2/25). Children open up and tickets are still on sale. If you go, don't miss San Diego's Earthless.
Earthless is the brainchild of Mario Rubalcaba, Mike Eginton & Isaiah Mitchell. Rubalcaba a prolific drummer has worn the alias of Ruby Mars during his stint with Rocket From The Crypt, went on to bang away for the Hot Snakes, was the drummer for hardcore art-punks Clikatat Ikatowi and previously was in the Black Heart Procession... and prior to that? Mario was a member of Tony Alva's Alva Team skateboarding crew. He now finds himself, along with bassist Mike Eginton and guitarist Isaiah Mitchell, knee deep in the near opposite direction of all things punk rock, ensconced in the world of jam, space and "cosmic nodding" a.k.a. Earthless.They're playing SXSW too.
Speaking of Hot Snakes, and the Bell House and SXSW, Obits kick off a tour on March 15th.
Video of Earthless performing at Roadburn 2008 (the performance they just released as a live album), below...
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...