Well We have the infamous Hamtramck Blowout this week. Im going to get away from the everything is sunny revues as of late and get into the nitty gritty of who I would see and not see in the upcoming 3 days. And away we go....
I will be arriving at the Whiskey In The Jar at roughly 9:45. The interim between when I get there and when we play will be spent constructing the set and coreographing the dancers. Afterwards, I will leave Metro behind for teardown and head to G of C Lounge to catch Darling Imperial or to The Painted Lady to catch Black Irish. Black Irish is the new consternation from Elliot who was the frontman/lead guitarist for The Universal Temple of Divine Power and the lead guitarist for The Kingsnakes. I have not had a chance to see them yet but if it is anything similar to his previous projects, it will be some great southern-esque rock. Darling Imperial is a band I have played with and seen several times. They are a solid blues based rock band with catchy songs.
Bands I will be sure to miss (on Thursday):
--The Grande Nationals-The frontman is obsessed with taking his shirt off (after talking about it for 3/4 of the set) and fixated upon showing off his new pumas...
--Selfsays-They recently opened for us at The Majestic Cafe. They are probably the worst rap outfit I have ever seen. They were unable to keep their rhymes on beat with the dj. It is all schtick with no follow through.
Bands I would catch (Thurs 3-4) if I weren't performing:
--Carradine-90s era pop rock. They are very reminiscent of Jesus Jones to me. I'm sure they don't feel that way. Anyways, they've put on a sold show the few times I've seen them.
--Carjack-1 man electro clash dance rave. Where else can you see Milo going nuts, running in place? Where else will you almost get hit with a flying robot?
--Decibilt-The heaviest metal you will find at Blowout. I caught these guys at the Magic Stick's Haiti Benefit. At first they were very off-putting due to the different genre they were emphasizing. After awhile they provided me a venue to display my Wild At Heart Nick Cage dance.
I will be performing at the Belmont as a Font with Elle & The Fonts at 9:20pm. Adam from the JCM will be playing drums as well. After our set I plan on staying put at The Belmont to catch Rogue Satellites. Rogue Satellites are a comprised of a guitarist/singer and a drummer. They are an electronic based semi-pop group. Then, I will be headed to The Painted Lady to catch The Spaceheaters. I've seen the name many times and listened to a song here and there. Basically, they are the garbage that is the Detroit Rock N Roll sound a la the late 70s. To cap off the night, I will wind up at Kelly's Bar to see High Speed Dubbing. I saw them for 1 song at The Loving Touch during DIY Fest. From what I can hazily recall, they were good. I want to get my hands on the new cassette they just put out via Loco Gnosis.
Bands I will be sure to miss (Friday):
--The Juliets-Remanufactured pop drawl. Their set was 1 long roll of the eyes for me at The Haiti Benefit. Each song was followed by myself or Metro yelling, "Play Something Fun!" Go see this band if you feel like getting really depressed
--Beekeepers-Lame pop wannabee Belle & Sebastian with a Moby lookalike. They cleared the alley stage at Dally this year. Boring and unoriginal. Plus they have an awful name.
--Friendly Foes-There are 3 reasons you should miss this band: 1. Ryan Allen 2. Metro will be rapping on stage with Ryan Allen 3. It's the same pop garbage that is killing the music scene in Detroit.
Bands I would catch (Friday - 3-5):
Blase Splee-You couldn't miss this band (or 1 of their CDs) at last year's Blowout. Since last year I have seen them several times. For they type of music they're doing (country/rock/pop/dance) they are really good at it. Each song is exclamated by an emotional swing from soft to fast or low to high. Really a good, talented band with great songwriting capabilities.
Trash Camera-This band was completely off my radar until about 1 1/2 months ago. Blues driven rock at its best. They know how to work a crowd, and the frontman, Sean can really work a guitar.
Marco Polio & The New Vaccines-Over the past 4 months, Marco has added a new drummer. He plays over the electronic beats. Its really great. The sound is disco electronic no wave. I caught them about a month ago at The Berkley Front and they played a set comprised mostly of new songs. This band is probably the most entertaining band to see live right now in Detroit.....next to The Jesus Chainsaw Massacre of course.
Woodman-A famliy band playing a cross between 60s rock and jam band music. They have always put on a great show everytime I have seen them. They just put out a great new 7'' that you should pickup. One has a golden ticket in it where you can win a vintage 45 player.
I will arrive at The Atlas Bar to catch The Mahonies. They put out a great 45 about 2-3 years ago through X-Records. Spaz rock with a singing drummer and guitarist. After their set, Ill be at Paycheck's to catch Duende!. Mostly because they are my new favorite Detroit band that have been around for quite awhile that I just became acclamated to. After Duende! Ill try and see Silverghost at G of C. For as much as they have been playing out (every day) I have not had a chance to catch one of their sets yet. I will cap off blowout with The Beggars at Paycheks. It's been a couple of years since I've last seen this band. The few times I did catch them, the live show was incredible and a ton of fun.
Bands to avoid:
--The Sights-The 2nd coming has not yet lived up to the 1st incarnation
--The Hard Lessons-You alread know why
--The Cold Wave-3 reasons: 1. Allen James 2. Ryan Allen 3. The bass player looks like he is going to defecate on stage whenever he plays
Bands to catch (Saturday):
--Sisters of Your Sunshine Vapor-Right now they are the spearhead of the Detroit Psych Scene. They put out an awesome record last year and have accompanied it by some really great shows.
--Spitting Nickels-I constantly joke that they are my dad's band; but they are pretty good. Straight ahead rock and roll done very well. Plus they're the only band with a member taller than me.
--Los Minstrels Del Diablo-This act is fucking crazy. A set of 2 VJs dressed as Skeletors in suits. They pulsate video to align with their array of synths, theremins, and drum pads. This is a truly unqiue experience and something noone else in Detroit is even close to touching yet. Truly original.
--Rue Moor Counts-Used to be The Bird Dogs. Blues rock n roll awesomely done. Rob Buxton is probably one of the best guitarists in the scene right now. They have a split single out right now on No Gold Records that had a redone tune off their 1st album called "On The Run". The redux is 10 times better than the original and this band has really progressed over time in terms of performance and songwriting.
Hopefully this doesn't get my credentials revoked from MCB but hey, this city needs a better class of criminal. - YOU ARE FIRED - EDITOR
-jr is a musician/dj/blogger/writer from Detroit, MI. He performs in the band The Jesus Chainsaw Massacre and writes a cultural blog under the same moniker. When Dj'ing he uses the handle DJ JCM. He has been an integral part of the Detroit Music mechanation for the past 10 years. He knows just about everything about music on both a local and national level. His opinon is gold and is infallible.