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Wednesday, August 25, 2004

Gimme Some Action

Posted By on Wed, Aug 25, 2004 at 12:00 AM

The Denizens “Danger in Disneyland” b/w “It’s Gotta Be Her,” “I Know You Hate Me” Young Soul Rebels   The severe lack of competent and ambitious local Detroit record labels supporting the initial wave of punk rock means that only now, a quarter of a century later, do we...

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"Danger in Disneyland" b/w "It’s Gotta Be Her," "I Know You Hate Me"

Posted By on Wed, Aug 25, 2004 at 12:00 AM

The Ramrods Gimme Some Action Young Soul Rebels   The severe lack of competent and ambitious local Detroit record labels supporting the initial wave of punk rock means that only now, a quarter of a century later, do we get to hear the best Detroit had to offer back...

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Hollywood Potato Chips

Posted By on Wed, Aug 25, 2004 at 12:00 AM

Ranking right up there with the Arrogant Worms, these thrash punkers are one of North America’s greatest satirical groups. But then again, with song titles like “Don’t Make Me Get My Fat Lazy Ass Off The Couch” and “Christian Or Canadian” (lyrics available upon request), how can they not...

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High Dials

Posted By on Wed, Aug 25, 2004 at 12:00 AM

At what point does the Beatles’ influence stop becoming a reference point and just become a given? Revolver is the first thing that rushes to mind when listening to (and looking at) High Dials’ Fields in Glass EP. But then you remember Jet’s shitty album cover and all the...

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Blunt Raps

Posted By on Wed, Aug 25, 2004 at 12:00 AM

Thankfully, producer Iggy Ignotius and part-time Abolitionist crew standouts Tenacity and SA, know how to hold down an album, and keep hip hop progressive. From the first eight bars, this album attempts to chart a new course for Michigan’s underground sound. The surprisingly ill Micro-Korg effects and bugged-out electronic...

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Wednesday, August 18, 2004

Let’s Make Our Descent

Posted By on Wed, Aug 18, 2004 at 12:00 AM

The difference between great and bad psychedelia? Great psychedelia always sounds like someone has slipped you a mickey — bad psychedelia sounds like it’s the band that’s drinking out of the wrong glass. It’s the subtle shade of difference between The Easybeats and Lothar and the Hand People, the...

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Resolution

Posted By on Wed, Aug 18, 2004 at 12:00 AM

How can you not love a band that subliminally embeds a picture of a naked woman into the front cover of their new album? Now that I’ve got your attention, lemme tell ya that the BoDeans’ Resolution is nothing short of extraordinary. I mean, how often do you hear...

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Saturday, August 14, 2004

Binary Soul

Posted By on Sat, Aug 14, 2004 at 12:00 AM

“I’m the only lyricist that has frostbitten lips/finger tips so cold, I wear mittens when I spit” raps Versiz in the chest-puffing “Have You Ever Heard Of Me.” But don’t hold 22-year-old Jamaal “Versiz” May accountable because he says he’s so hot he’s cold. The guy has exploded on Detroit’s...

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Wednesday, August 11, 2004

Nomo

Posted By on Wed, Aug 11, 2004 at 12:00 AM

When you invite 17 musicians — including a four-piece percussion section featuring a Ghanaian master drummer, a six-piece horn section and a collection of music students and indie rockers — you’re inviting eclecticism. And let’s face it: The ambitious pursuit of musical eclecticism can equal an undisciplined mess. And...

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Live at Max’s Kansas City

Posted By on Wed, Aug 11, 2004 at 12:00 AM

Ignore the all-encompassing five-CD Peel Slowly and See boxed set and each VU album still seems to eventually be individually reissued with bonus cuts, alternate mixes and various other collector-nerd hard-on generators. Throw another one on the pile. More than thirty years after being recorded, Live at Max’s is...

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