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…

Das Boton ” Reggie Is It ? ” Portland, OR. 06-09-2010 [YouTube]

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?

  • http://www.whitperson.com whitperson

    Nice, love this tune and this album (thanks to your rec). I sure wish they’d add a NYC date…they’re coming so close, but not close enough. doh.

    Some artists that sound somewhat similar:

    Maserati (RIP Jerry Fuchs)
    The Mercury Program
    Precious Fathers

    • http://www.justinward.org Justin Ward

      thanks for the reco’s.

  • http://www.whitperson.com whitperson

    Nice, love this tune and this album (thanks to your rec). I sure wish they’d add a NYC date…they’re coming so close, but not close enough. doh.

    Some artists that sound somewhat similar:

    Maserati (RIP Jerry Fuchs)
    The Mercury Program
    Precious Fathers

  • Mike

    I agree with whitperson.

  • Mike

    I agree with whitperson.

  • http://www.posthumouse.blogspot.com PosthuMouse

    http://listen.grooveshark.com/#/search/songs/?query=jeweled%20handles

    Same label as Das Boton (Sixgunlover). Pretty similar style. The other bands on that label are good as well, though none resemble Das Boton quite as closely as this band. I also strongly suggest that everyone on the face of the earth get really into Ghosts & Vodka.

  • http://www.posthumouse.blogspot.com PosthuMouse

    Oh, almost forgot, they toured with a band in the UK for awhile called Cissy. That’s pretty similar as well.

    http://www.myspace.com/cissysound