Less than two months after ending his tenure at FM 94/9, local DJ John Reis (aka Swami) has found a new home on Slacker Radio.
Reis spent seven years hosting FM 94/9’s weekly Swami Sound System show, which showcased his encyclopedic knowledge of underground punk, reggae, psychedelic, blues, and soul. He decided to hang up his turban back in January, citing fatigue and time constraints. But those who were dismayed by his sudden departure now have cause to rejoice.
San Diego-based Slacker Radio today announced its new, all-caps SWAMI SOUND SYSTEM station, which will be programmed and hosted by Reis. The resurrected SSS promises the same musical obscurities and “zany monologues” that fans have come to expect, but will usher the show into the 21st century, thanks to the online station’s newfangled ability to stream to any computer, smartphone, or other internet-connected device. Continue reading…
San Diego’s Mrs. Magician have announced the release of their full-length debut, Strange Heaven, on John Reis’ Swami Records label. The 13-track album — which was produced by Reis — will drop on April 17, but if you can’t wait until then, a digital download will be available beginning on March 6.
In support of Strange Heaven, Mrs. Magician will be embarking on a cross-country tour with Cults, whom you might remember from our fancy Best Albums of 2011 list or the writings of lesser-known publications like Spin, Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, etc.
The tour will begin on the East Coast and move west, but Mrs. Magician will actually play two San Diego dates: the first with Cults at the Belly Up on March 21, and the second with Reis’ band Hot Snakes at the Casbah on March 27. If you like good music, you’ll probably want to catch both shows.
You can view the tracklist for Strange Heaven below, along with Mrs. Magician’s complete list of tour dates. Continue reading…
L.A. guitar rockers The Henry Clay People just released their third full-length, Somewhere on the Golden Coast. It follows in the footsteps of their previous releases, but this time around, the album has a more freewheelin’ feel. When recording the album, producer Aaron Espinoza wanted to capture the band’s renowned live show, so he encouraged them to do away with the headphones and overdubs, drink some beers, and record live to tape.
It’s clear that they were thinking about sound when recording Golden Coast, so it should come as no surprise that they sent us a list of “Best Sounding Guitars.” The Henry Clay People will open for Silversun Pickups and Everest tonight at Soma. Their Poetic Memory is below.