Head Cheese

Aug 2, 2006 at 12:00 am

Jere Stormer knows the meaning of multitasking. An occasional WDET DJ and a sometime actor, his MySpace page says he's in at least four bands. Now that's Detroit. Fortunately he had enough free time to burp up his monomanias, which cover some of his own outlets — he must get confused about which one is which — as well as local favorites:

5. IF MOJO WAS ROOTS: Moonsqualler play music from a bygone era: Jimmie Rodgers, Louvin Brothers, early Johnny Cash. So how Carl Craig is producing our first record is a beautifully twisted tale.

4. HUMANS ARE ANALOG: People exist in the spaces between the ones and zeros of digital technology. We're analog, just like acoustic music.

3. SPACE IS THE PLACE: It's a title from Sun Ra, but it's also how I describe the songs of David Nefesh, who I'm collaborating with in a band called Astronauts of Love.

2. DINOSAURS IN THE GARAGE: We named our band Plum Street after Detroit's original counterculture community. Whether the Earth swelters in global heat or shivers through an ice age, this bunch of graybeards will keep our amps cranked to 11.

1. HERE'S WHERE THE STRINGS COME IN: Laurence Juber, Ed Gerhard, and such locals as Nick Schillace and Nathan Montgomery are the faces that grace guitar geeks' refrigerators. These guys just smoke on the acoustic guitar, and probably shouldn't be as niche or underground as they are.


Aug. 4 at the Blue Note Café, 7 N. Saginaw St., Pontiac; 248-338-9389. With David Nefesh and the Astronauts of Love.

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