Jim And The French Vanilla- Afraid Of The House LP. Jim And The French Vanilla is a spin off project by Jim Blaha, more famously known as one half of the Blind Shake's Blaha brothers. The dudes in the Blink Shake have stockpiled so much good will with me over the last few years that it was a no brainer to pick this up. I wasn’t sure what to expect from this, but ‘Afraid of the House’ defied my expectations. I guess the most surprising aspect of this album to me is how much it sounds like pieces of the Blind Shake. The first two Jim And The French Vanilla albums were a Jim Blaha one-man-band affair. But on ‘Afraid Of The House’ Jim adds his brother/bandmate in the Blind Shake (Mike Blaha) expanding Jim And The French Vanilla to a full band sound.The jagged downstroke guitars are there as are the otherworldly solos and the drowned surfer vibe that has been creeping in on the more recent Blind Shake records. So if you’re a Blind Shake fan, you’re going to love this. And I'm happy to have something with a similar vibe to the Blind Shake as this album doesn’t disappoint.