WWUP 8/11/16: NEW: Zombie Jesus (New Video) / Messenger Birds & Kickstand Band (New EPs) / Breathe Owl Breathe (New Audiotree Session)

. August 11, 2016.
Zombie Jesus and the Chocolate Sunshine Band
Zombie Jesus and the Chocolate Sunshine Band

Hi everyone. The first thing I’ve got to show you is an ode to oral fixations starring a cast of local music luminaries and scene regulars, celebrating mental silliness to the sounds of Zombie Jesus & The Chocolate Sunshine Band.

The Ypsi based quartet have 22 songs that are just about wrapped up and ready to be released, provided they can get just a bit more scratch for production/distribution purposes. (I mean, if you’re a fan, you might consider the deal they’ve got going, where you can get all of their previous recordings for just $7, here…)

Hopefully these maestros of murky Americana and punked-out country have edited together an eerily mesmerizing video, just a taste of what’s to come… One album is tentatively titled: 夢, or if that doesn’t translate immediately, rest assured it’s Japanese for “Dream…” (This was recorded with Jon Berz in Ferndale). Meanwhile, their other is Thank God for Mental Silliness, and “Hussy” will be featured on that album. Follow ZJCSB on Facebook for more info.

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Looking forward to the weekend…

Breathe Owl Breathe
Friday
The Ark (Ann Arbor)
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Breathe Owl Breathe wrote the anthem of my nostalgia-stung summer daydreams…

The art-folk trio from rural northern Michigan have put out seven devastatingly beautiful/minimalist melody treasures (i.e. albums) since they formed in 2004, where they imbue an ineffable charm to whimsical wanderers curiously peeking in at the edge of the woods.

Last month, Breathe Owl Breathe performed a breathtaking four-song set for Audiotree Live, check it out here. And swing over to the Ark’s site for info on their show, Friday night.

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And if you’re up for a road trip over to Detroit…

Hey, Lansing locals Joe Hertler & The Rainbow Seekers are headlining the Royal Oak Music Theatre. This band keeps getting bigger and bigger, it seems…and haven’t lost a shred of their signature charisma. Also, speaking of Audiotree, again, the Rainbow Seekers will also be playing later in the month, in Kalamazoo, at the Audiotree Music festival. But anyway, on Saturday, the Rainbow Seekers’ Royal Oak concert will also be a fundraiser for children’s cancer research, benefitting Team Kendall. Their currently working on new songs, so stay tuned for news of their next release.

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Finally, in Ferndale…

Detroit-area blues-rock duo The Messenger Birds made it their mission to celebrate the current prevalence of pairs when it comes to bands. Yep, Duo Fest is this Saturday night at the Loving Touch. The reason we’re letting you Washtenaw readers know about it, is that you should consider showing up to cheer on local duo JUNGLEFOWL. If you haven’t already clicked any of the several hyperlinks in this paragraph, then you can try this one, to read the schedule and lineup info for Duo Fest. The veritable headliners of the evening, both the Messenger Birds and The Kickstand Band, will be releasing brand new EP’s of music online tomorrow night!

 

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Laith Al-Saadi & Friends – Annual Birthday Bash

It goes without saying that Laith Al-Saadi is a treasure of the Ann Arbor music community. But if you haven’t yet experienced this bipedal force of nature with his signature beard, shredding guitar, and astonishing singing voice, then clear your schedule next Saturday… Laith Al-Saadi’s Annual Birthday Bash Sept 29 The Michigan Theater 8pm INFO

Grove Studios Grand Opening

If you’ve been following the pages (printed or online) of Current this past year, then you’ve probably heard a bit about Grove Studios already. Grove is a grassroots effort to provide musicians and artists from all around the Detroit metro area and western Washtenaw County a rehearsal and creative space for their work and development.

Audiotree Music Festival (Kalamazoo) – Sept 22/23

The Audiotree Music Festival returns to Kalamazoo’s Arcadia Creek Festival Place next Saturday and Sunday. The lineup features more than 20 artists, including Father John Misty, Khruangbin, Chicano Batman, Diet Cig, and many more! While the names we dropped in the previous paragraph are nationally renowned artists signed on to notable labels like Sub Pop or

saajtak featured among a genre defying lineup at blind pig – sept 13

  Genres are irrelevant. No one proves that assertion better than Detroit’s saajtak. Formed five years ago at U-M’s School of Music, saajtak’s made quite an impression with their stormy fusion of free jazz, noise experimentation, electronica, space-rock and opera. Their newest EP, Hectic, came out earlier this summer. Hectic EP by saajtak Thurs, Sept 13 saajtak