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9/3/15

Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats: 'The Night Creeper'


Photo by Ester Segarra


On July 15th of this year, I received an email which contained the latest release from one of the world's greatest and yet still underrated cult bands today, Uncle Acid & the Deadbeats. What did I do to deserve this? No, really. My moonshine consumption's gotten out of hand and I really have no idea. Anyway, digression out of the way, I listened to the album repeatedly, all while keeping it secret from my Uncle Acid loving friends about the magic that laid within my Gmail account.

Throughout the album, the band continues too ooze along the path of the 60s and 70s golden age of heavy rock. The tightly wound harmonies of Kevin Starrs aka Uncle Acid and Yotam Rubinger were clear, as if I was listening to this jam on my record player instead of the computer.

Although "I'll Cut You Down" from 2013's goosebumps-producing release, Blood Lust, remains one of my favorite tracks of all time (seriously); "Waiting for Blood", the album's first track, is now a close second. It meekly begins with guitar feedback, then the intro booms into what I can only call the soundtrack of a good trip, or to be honest, that of a thunderous storm.

I only took issue with two tracks on the album. The title track, "The Night Creeper", was probably the most uninteresting songs from Uncle Acid's discography, and unfortunately sits at six minutes and 23 seconds. I kept waiting for the slowly building tension to boil over, but unfortunately what I craved was never satisfied. The eighth track, "Inside", is quite honestly a rip-off from one of my favorite band's, Queens of the Stone Age. Listening to this song, the first, second, and third times, I always seemed to place Josh Homme's voice inside of the song.  "Tangled Up in Plaid" and "Inside" seemingly both have relatively the same opening, which was such a disappointing discovery that I had to get a second opinion.

The outfit continues to spread their psychedelic doom message to to listeners as The Night Creeper, follows "a street-creeping homeless figure, whose story unravels over the course of the album". I can never tell if their albums are potential soundtracks to a torturous murder or a bad LSD trip, but as we all know, one can't only listen to one track from Uncle Acid and move on to something else.

Listen to this one all the way, as a light "Black Motorcade" lies ahead.

Although this album is solid, it is no Blood Lust. With all of that said, it is still worth making the trip to see the band perform on their North American tour (the closest tour date is in September at Metro in Chicago).

Track Listing:
1. Waiting for Blood
2. Murder Nights
3. Downtown
4. Pusher Man
5. Yellow Moon
6. Melody Lane
7. The Night Creeper
8. Inside
9. Slow Death
10. Black Motorcade (hidden track)




NEXT MONTH: COLOROSITY: The Annual Science Soiree @ Michigan Science Center



The Michigan Science Center presents

Sat., October 24, 2015
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm

General tickets: Adults $125, Kids $50
VIP tickets: Adults $200, Kids $75

Colorosity: The Annual Science Soirée is an all-ages evening event – for families, grown-up geeks and the curiously young at heart. This event features color and sparks curiosity through new exhibits, exclusive experiences, and interactive art and design adventures. Colorosity benefits the Michigan Science Center’s high-impact programs.

For more tickets and more information about the event, contact: 313.577.8400, ext. 442 or Events@Mi-Sci.org.

The Michigan Science Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.


CALL FOR PROPOSALS: Dia de los Muertos Ofrendas at DIA


The Detroit Institute of Arts, in collaboration with the Mexican Consulate of Detroit, extends an open call for proposals that celebrate the Mexican tradition of Ofrenda altars. This program is designed to educate and encourage audiences to engage in dialogue about and in celebration of Mexican-American heritage and traditions. We are excited to reach out to local artists and community members for their ideas. The Artist demonstration will commence with the installation of panel-selected Ofrendas from October 19th – 21st, which will then be on display for the public from October 23rd – November 1st. On Sunday, November 1st from 3 pm to 4 pm, all Ofrenda artists will participate in an artist talk in order to provide insight into the inspiration behind the display.

The DIA invites proposals to create contemporary Ofrendas within the museum’s Rivers Galleries.

See the DIA's website for full details.

UPCOMING: 10th Annual Motor City Haunt Club HAUNTED GARAGE SALE at Wayne County Fairgrounds in Belleville on Sat. Sept.5

 

The 10TH Annual Motor City Haunt Club Haunted Garage Sale takes place on Saturday, September 5.

 
To kick-off the Halloween shopping season, local haunters will be unloading their collections of props and decorations. Are you looking for a Shrunken Head, a Horror Movie Poster, or a Barrel Of Toxic Waste?

Over 30 vendors will gather to sell new, used and homemade spooky merchandise.

Fill your shopping bags with rats, spiders, bats, and skulls. Look for tombstones, yard decorations, costumes, masks, jewelry, clothing, artwork, books, DVDs, magazines, and so much more! From small one of kind handmade props to a full-sized skeleton or coffin, this is a must see event for any Halloween enthusiast.


There will also be a bake sale for those with a sweet tooth. 


Canned goods will be collected for Gleaners.

The Haunted Garage sale is taking place at:
Wayne County Fairgrounds
10871 Quirk Rd. Belleville, MI 48111

Free admission and the event takes place between 9AM-2PM

For more information please visit: Motor City Haunt Club.



9/1/15

STRONG ARM: Making the Ultimate Vigilante Film right here in DETROIT. An interview with MAIN ANTAGONIST ROBERT SMITH by JEFF HOWITT


With relative crowd funding from their Indigogo campaign met to supplement what Musician-singer for Friends of Dennis Wilson, Impresario-founder of the FiberGlass FreakOut, collector and restorer of the classic and vintage and now Filmmaker, Anthony Moran is already bringing into this production. I’ll let the man himself say a few words before we get to the interview with Robert.






Independent American Pictures was founded in 2014 by myself Anthony Moran.  It consists of a small group of dedicated film lovers from Detroit, Michigan who have the experience and desire to make the ultimate "Vigilante" film.  Inspired by all of what we here at IAP consider classics such as, Death Wish, Rolling Thunder, Vigilante, and Ms.45.   The city of Detroit is unlike any city in the world!  Anyone who knows anything about Detroit knows that the city is rapidly changing.  Our goal is to encapsulate the grit and grime of the "Real Detroit" and use it as it the background to our film STRONG ARM;  a revenge thriller about a mentally troubled ex-Iraqi American war vet named Sgt. Ramsey, who returns to his hometown only to see it ravaged by violence, death, and drugs.  When Ramsey's sister gets killed by a group of local drug dealers & snuff filmmakers, he then unleashes all the anger contained within him, extracting revenge on his sister's killers.  There are no good guys in this film.  In Strong Arm the dirt is so deep, that no one is clean.  In order to fight well, you have to play dirty. Ramsey is prepared and willing to do what it takes and more to avenge his sister's death.”




MCB: Hey Robert. Thanks for sitting down with MOTORCITYBLOG for a chat. You've been a familiar face in the Detroit Music community for a number of years with your own bands, most notably PAIK and your current steady DARK RED. You’ve also been an accomplice in some long running institutions like The Detroit Cobras. During what period did you play with them and did you get on any recordings? 

RS: I played with the Cobras from 2000-2001. I was on bits of the second album and we had “Shout Bama Lama” on the “Sympathetic Sounds of Detroit” compilation.

MCB: Your pre-Garage Boom band PAIK is seen as a progenitor to the Space Rock and ShoeGaze scene around here. In the mid '90's was there much of a peer group for you or were you pretty much in true innovative Detroit fashion an anomaly amongst the bands? 

RS: We brought PAIK here in ‘99 and at that time the Garage thing was getting so big there really weren't any local bands aside from Windy and Carl that were doing Space Rock.

MCB: Didn’t PAIK also tour with Sonic Youth at one point? 

RS: Actually we only opened for Sonic Youth in Boston, which was still incredible. Meeting your heroes and having them be extremely nice is always a great feeling. We did tour with BMRC a few times and went out with Stephen Malkmus. Those were definitely very memorable tours.

MCB: In the upcoming independent film, STRONG ARM, you are playing what is described as the Main Antagonist in this vigilante tale. Chris Turner, drummer in DARK RED, also is acting along you as a henchman of sorts. What do you think Anthony Moran saw in you for the part?

RS: Since Tony is making a film that looks like it could be from the ‘70's, he liked the look we have that could be easily described as "retro". 

MCB: What made you want to take on the character ? 

RS: I've always wanted to try my hand at being a screen villain. I've always been a huge fan of film and a huge fan of film villains. 

MCB: This isn't your first appearance in a film. You also had a part in the feature, TO KILL THE IRISHMAN.  How did that come about ?

RS: My friend Dave Krieger was working on that film and got me involved.

MCB: Abel Ferrera at one point also asked you to be in a film. That's pretty interesting company to keep...

RS: Yeah, when he was filming Game of Death here I was almost hired to play one of the assassins. Apparently he has a very volatile personality and was eventually booted off the project.

Even though the crowd funding campaign for this film is officially closed and will be made by Whatever Means Necessary, any independent effort truly is that. It’s own island. Please consider making a donation directly to the filmmakers. 

TONIGHT! Mac Sabbath with Sros Lords & Bronze Mambas at the Majestic Theatre in Detroit


Mac Sabbath's first show on their 2015 East Cheeses Tour kicks off in Detroit TONIGHT!
The self-appointed founders of "Drive Thru Metal", the band is primarily a parody of English heavy metal group Black Sabbath, utilizing lyricism and imagery centered around fast food.

Performing in elaborate costuming, the band's line-up consists of vocalist Ronald Osbourne, guitarist Slayer MacCheeze, bassist Grimalice and drummer the Catburglar, alternately known as "Peter Criss Cut Fries". Mac Sabbath's concerts are described as a "multi-media show with video, theatrics, audience participation and sing alongs", featuring an array of food-related props which tie into their overall theme.
The band's repertoire includes such parodies as "Pair-a-Buns" ("Paranoid"), "Frying Pan" ("Iron Man"), "Sweet Beef" ("Sweet Leaf") and "Never Say Diet" ("Never Say Die"), while the band's T-shirts read "We Sold Our Soul for Cinnamon Rolls" (parodying the compilation We Sold Our Soul for Rock 'n' Roll).



The lineup for the evening shapes up like this:
Upstairs of The Majestic Theatre on 4140 Woodward in Detroit.
on
Tuesday, September 1 
8pm 
$10 in advance/$15 at the door
All Ages. 
You can purchase tickets at HERE.
 



8/31/15

JEFF GERMAN & THE BLANKETY BLANKS CD RELEASE PARTY!

Americana artist and former Detroiter, Jeff German & the Blankety Blanks will celebrate their new record release when they return for a hometown show on Saturday, September 19 at 9 pm at PJ's Lager House in Detroit. Their second album, “12 Packs, 8 Tracks, and Black & White TV” is set for release on September 18. 

The Blankety Blanks will headline the Detroit show which features two local acts kicking off the night of music.

Matt Dmits (9:30 pm) - Americana singer-songwriter Matt Dmits brings his soulful country tunes to the stage. Facebook.com/mattdmitsmusic

Petals of Power  (10:30 pm) - Quirky power rock from this new Detroit band by musician Kevin Perri formerly of the Junk Monkeys. Facebook.com/petals-of-power

Jeff German & the Blankety Blanks  (11:30 pm) - The band hails from Columbus, Ohio but guitarist/frontman Jeff German is a native Detroiter from Lincoln Park. He is known around these parts for his previous work fronting the rockabilly trio The Flyin' Saucers, who regularly performed here. He also fronted The Curdogs and was the sideman to Bloodshot Records artist Lydia Loveless and americana singer Amy Black.

The band released their debut album "12 Rounds" in 2014 on Wisconsin indie label Slothrop Records. Describing his music as "Midwest music for the working class," the album received airplay and accolades around the world. They released a maxi single “Woodshed” in spring of this year to preview the upcoming album.

The second release for Slothrop Records is titled “12 Packs, 8 Tracks, and Black & White TV.” The songs recall a simpler time when entertainment was all about lazy afternoons sittin' and drinkin' on the front porch listening to your favorite tunes and later gathering around a black and white television to catch your favorite performer on one of the three channels of variety shows.

The band took a more organic approach to recording this album, shunning the studio for the great outdoors. German talks about the recording process for “12 Packs…,” “We recorded the record at a campground that a friend let us use for a number of days. We just lived there and made music. It was completely relaxed. I think the record reflects that. It's a diversion from our first record, which was very guitar driven. This record is warmer and full of interesting and really beautiful sounds and melodies.” 

The CD will be available at the show for $10 and vinyl LPs will be forthcoming and available on the bands website. 

For more information on Jeff German & The Blankety Blanks check out www.jgblanketyblanks.com

The show is on Saturday, September 19, 9 pm at PJ's Lager House located at 1254 Michigan Avenue, Detroit, 48226. 313-961-4668, www.pjslagerhouse.com 21 & over are welcome and cover is $6.

GANG OF FOUR KICK OFF THEIR U.S. TOUR IN DETROIT!



U.K. post-punk stalwarts Gang of Four will kick start their 25-city tour to promote their new album,
“What Happens Next” on September 28 at The Loving Touch in Ferndale. The band just released a video for the song, “The Dying Rays” which features German star Herbert Gronmeyer, who starred in the critically acclaimed film “Das Boot.”

The highly influential band made its debut in 1977 playing a mix of punk and funk with heavy social and political themes. They are widely considered one of the leading bands of the late 1970s/early 1980s post-punk movement. Their debut album, “Entertainment” ranked at Number 483 in Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time, and is listed by Pitchfork Media as the 8th best album of the 1970s. David Fricke of Rolling Stone described Gang of Four as "probably the best politically motivated band in rock & roll."

The mid-80s found the band digressing from their early sound into electronic territory, but the darker themes remained. The new album, “What Happens Next” continues to explore this electronic fare, but still retains the signature edgy guitar sound. The album also features guest vocalist Alison Mosshart of The Kills and The Dead Weather singing on two songs.

The current line-up of the band consists of sole original member guitarist Andy Gill. Gill's influence can be heard in music by the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Nirvana, and Rage Against The Machine's Tom Morello told Rolling Stone that, “there's no one more influential on my guitar playing than Andy Gill.”

Gill is joined by musicians John Sterry (vocals), Thomas McNiece (bass) and Jonny Finnegan (drums).

The show is on September 28, 8 pm at The Loving Touch located at 22634 Woodward Ave. in Ferndale.

Tickets and event information is available at www.thelovingtouchferndale.com

For more information on the band check out www.gangoffourofficial.co.uk

8/30/15

Show Review: The Chuch/Psychedelic Furs at Royal Oak Music Theater


The recent package tour of The Church and The Psychedelic Furs had '80s music fans out in full force for a sold out show at the Royal Oak Music Theater this past Saturday night. Some may call this pairing of bands a nostalgia tour but can it really be considered a 'nostalgia' tour if one of the bands has continued to release music since their inception?


Celebrating their 35th anniversary as a band, the Australian psychedelic rock band The Church played first. They treated the packed house to a select set of songs from their 21 album career and highlighted  three songs off of their latest album, 2014's “Further/Deeper”. Their most recognizable hits, “Reptile”, “Metropolis,” and “Under The Milky Way” brought the biggest cheers of course, but the band's energy and enthusiasm was also duly noted on this night. The band's performance far outshined the headliners on this particular show. This was mentioned by more than one attendee I spoke to after the show. This was my first time seeing the band live and I was glad I had the chance to finally see them.


This is the first time the two post-punk, neo-psychedelic bands have shared a bill after an attempt at a dual tour in 1988 fell through. But while The Psychedelic Furs have continued to tour playing their hits, they have not released any new material since the 1991 album "The World Outside." Not content to rest on their laurels, The Church have not only produced a recent album but a video for the song "Laurel Canyon." 


The Psychedelic Furs have always been one of my all-time favorite bands. I have seen them live just about every time they have toured thru Detroit so this reviewer has seen enough shows to compare them!  The show started off strong with the one-two punch of “Heartbeat” and the rousing “Mr. Jones” off their second album (one of my favorite songs), followed by “Heaven,” seemed promising. The energy was there at the onset but they quickly changed pace, slowing it down and delivered mid-tempo songs from the “World Outside” album throughout the middle of the set. They featured two unreleased songs; “Little Miss World” and  “Wrong Train.” Only two songs from their debut album showed up in the set list, “Susan's Strange” and an encore of “Sister Europe.” The back half of the show they played the hits “Pretty in Pink,” “Love My Way,” and “Heartbreak Beat,” but by then the energy in the room diminished. The second encore was the song “Sleep Comes Down,” but sleep came down midway thru the show for this reviewer. It should be noted however that Mr. Butler's voice is still as strong as ever.

According to their website they have “hinted” at a new album but no new songs were introduced at this show, the latest being the 2012 unreleased “Little Miss World”. While I'm not giving up on the band and it is always nice to hear the hits, it would be nice to hear what new songs they could come up with now and I would love to hear them mix it up with a better paced set at the next show.

For more info on The Psychedelic Furs visit their website at www.thepsychedelicfurs.com
For more info on The Church visit their website at www.thechurch.net

8/28/15

Detroit City Art Walk FREE This Weekend in Corktown


The Detroit City Art Walk is happening this weekend, August 28th and 29th, 2015, up and down Michigan Ave. in the Historical Corktown district of Detroit. 


This two day/night event will feature both local and international artists from Detroit and surrounding cities, states and countries. 

The Detroit City Art Walk will happen in various establishments including bars, cafes, clubs and restaurants along Michigan Ave. in Detroit's Corktown district during the businesses normal hours. 

Bodies of work will be composed of such mediums as glass and metal sculpturing, fashion, drawing, painting, watercolors, wood, poster art, mixed media, pottery and video installations.


Featured Artists:
Gary Grimshaw 60's, 70's poster iconic artist of the Grande Ballroom
Leni Sinclair Photographer 60's through 80's 
Carl Lundgren
Mark Arminski
Michele M Crimi
Micheal Palmer
Designs by RebeccaMich
Lyman Woodard
Moosey Moose
Cokko Swain 
Pauly M Everett
Jade Ashmore
Ashley McFadden
Brian Sheehan
VJ StrokeNfold
Samantha Curry
John Juan
Marcus Concernicus
Shawn Michelle Scott
Tyler Vosgerchian

The Detroit City Art Walk Locations: 

(Hours will be consistent to businesses normal business hours)

McShane's
PJs Lager House 
Motor City Wine
Corktown Tavern
LJs Bar 
Ottava
Mercury Bar
The Works

Sponsored by:
The Afterhours Network
Detroit Dungeon 
BUZZ TV 
Detroit Ink Art For Life
Fred's Unique Vintage Furniture & Antiques
Facilitec 
Eve's Downtown Gourmet
Klever Designs
Zipr Magazine
Start Gallery
Detroit Art Collective
DJVJ4Hire

8/27/15

TICKET GIVEAWAY!!! Mac Sabbath at the Majestic Theatre in Detroit on Tuesday, September 1


Mac Sabbath's first show on their 2015 East Cheeses Tour kicks off in Detroit on Tuesday, September 1 and MCB has your free ticket in!
The self-appointed founders of "Drive Thru Metal", the band is primarily a parody of English heavy metal group Black Sabbath, utilizing lyricism and imagery centered around fast food.
Performing in elaborate costuming, the band's line-up consists of vocalist Ronald Osbourne, guitarist Slayer MacCheeze, bassist Grimalice and drummer the Catburglar, alternately known as "Peter Criss Cut Fries". Mac Sabbath's concerts are described as a "multi-media show with video, theatrics, audience participation and sing alongs", featuring an array of food-related props which tie into their overall theme.
The band's repertoire includes such parodies as "Pair-a-Buns" ("Paranoid"), "Frying Pan" ("Iron Man"), "Sweet Beef" ("Sweet Leaf") and "Never Say Diet" ("Never Say Die"), while the band's T-shirts read "We Sold Our Soul for Cinnamon Rolls" (parodying the compilation We Sold Our Soul for Rock 'n' Roll).



The lineup for the evening shapes up like this:
Upstairs of The Majestic Theatre on 4140 Woodward in Detroit.
on
Tuesday, September 1 
8pm 
$10 in advance/$15 at the door
All Ages. 
You can purchase tickets at HERE.
And MCB is giving away a three pair of tickets to the show!!!  
Just drop a e-mail to ambervillainfilm@aol.com with "Mac Sabbath" as the subject and along with your "full name" and your "favorite fast food place" in the body of the e-mail  for your chance to win. Winners will be sent notification on Friday!



8/26/15

TONIGHT: Aux 88: Portrait of an Electronic Band at MoCAD

This self-produced documentary is a culmination of Aux 88's hard work and commitment to the art of electronic music. Aux 88 are an electro group from Detroit, composed of Tom Tom (Tommy Hamilton) and Keith Tucker (DJ name DJ K1). As pioneers of Detroit Techno, they recognize that, as global leaders of this genre, it is critical to share their history and, in a sense, the history of electronic dance music. 

The documentary, and accompanying soundtrack, was completely created and produced by Aux 88, the first group in Detroit Techno to create their very own documentary, with input from other artists around the world. 

Directed by Aux 88. 

Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit 
4454 Woodward 
Detroit 

DOORS AT 8, FILM AT 9! 

$8, $5 for members

Tickets available at the door, 

8/18/15

THIS SATURDAY - THE CHURCH TO PLAY ROYAL OAK MUSIC THEATRE



Australian rock band The Church play the Royal Oak Music Theatre as part of their U.S. Summer tour. The concert is on Saturday, August 22, at 7:30 p.m. on a dual tour with the U.K. band The Psychedelic Furs.

The band started making music in the early '80s and first gained attention in the U.S. for the song "Unguarded Moment" from their debut album. The 1983 album "Seance" had our own Creem magazine singing their praises and hailed the band as "one of the best in the world". The band may be best known here for their late '80s hit songs "Under The Milky Way," or the song "Reptile," both off the 1988 album "Starfish". But The Church is not just on a "retro tour" as the band has continued to produce music over the past decades and this year celebrates their 35th anniversary! 

They have just released their 21st studio album "Further/Deeper" in the fall of 2014. They are touring throughout Europe and the U.S. in 2015 to promote the twelve new songs as well as old favorites. They promise to include some "surprising choices from their 35 year catalog" on this tour which will surely please longtime fans of the band.

This is the first time the two post-punk, neo-psychedelic bands have shared a bill after an attempt at a dual tour in 1988 fell thru. But while The Psychedelic Furs have continued to tour playing their hits, they have not released any new material since the 1991 album "The World Outside." Not content to rest on their laurels, The Church have not only produced a current album but a video for the song "Laurel Canyon."

For the first time ever, The Church will be offering VIP tickets to their fans for almost all of their upcoming shows:

All VIP tickets will include:
·      One premium reserved or general admission ticket
·      Early entry into the venue
·      Meet & Greet and photo with The Church
·      Pre-Show Soundcheck Event
·      Exclusive Tour Shirt, lithograph, laminate and more 

Visit: http://bit.ly/THECHURCHVIP to purchase these very limited packages.

For more info on The Church visit their website at www.thechurch.net

Royal Oak Music Theatre is located at 318 West 4th St. in Royal Oak, MI 248-399-2980. 7:30 p.m. doors and all ages are welcome. Tickets are available at royaloakmusictheatre.com