Video: Das Boton – “Reggie Is It?” (Live in Portland, 6/9/10)
I know I’ve waxed a bit on this in the past, but there’s an album from my musical past that continues to have a firm place on my iPhone these days and I’m convinced that not enough people were ever converted to its genius. The album was a self-titled debut from Heroic Doses, put out on Sub Pop in the late ’90′s, and ever since relegated to the Chicago post-rock blues scene graveyard daring never to return to see the light of day. That is, until axe-wielding “front man” Billy Dolan decided to team up with Ryan Rapsys again to ressurect two-thirds of the band under a new project called Das Boton. Then they did a West Coast tour with Tortoise and I caught their set at Great American Music Hall. I was chasing this music for years and was finally happy to get to catch it closer to my new home out West, but I was thrown off that they didn’t play my favorite track off that original release, “Reggie Is It?” It’s a space rock ditty that still provides a catchy, pop-hook backdrop to the exploration, and it’s easily the strongest flow on the album coming in after two strong opening tracks.
Turns out they played it a few nights before I saw them…
For the folks that hadn’t heard this but just caught this video, I’m curious as to what you think this sounds like. I haven’t discovered much other music in this same vein besides 5ive Style, Tortoise, maybe a few others….and I’d really like to go deeper. Drop some comments if you think of a project or two that you think sounds similar…Trans Am at times? “First Tube” from Phish? Lotus’ journey into post rock?
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Justin Ward is the Editor at Live Music Blog and has been with the site from the very beginning. He currently lives in San Francisco and regularly tweets other stuff over @justinpward.
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