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Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Saturday Looks Good to K

Posted By on Wed, Feb 28, 2007 at 10:52 AM

Saturday Looks Good to Me have signed to OG indie fave label K. Fill Up the Room, the combo's new record, is slated for a Sept. 11 2007 release; tour dates below. Take it away, SLGTM (from the press release): "We're beyond thrilled to be working with K, a label...

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Surviving Death/Alive Why?

Posted By on Wed, Feb 28, 2007 at 12:00 AM

"One Step Forward, Two Steps Back" fades in on a whine of feedback, and also the tinny waver of what sounds like an electric guitar played with a violin bow. It's the opening track on the live disc of Surviving Death/Alive Why?, and, at first, it's what you'd expect from...

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Sex Change

Posted By on Wed, Feb 28, 2007 at 12:00 AM

Washington, D.C., instrumentalists Trans Am have made a career out of being Kraftwerk-obsessed indie rockers who, instead of disco-ing out their rock urges, rock out their disco urges. The trio has always drawn on New Order as much as ZZ Top or even the spazzy soundtracks of Atari 2600 games....

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The Destroyed Room

Posted By on Wed, Feb 28, 2007 at 12:00 AM

Their no-wave noise-punk 1980s pioneering was Chapter 1, and their early '90s attempts at grappling with pop stardom in a post-Nevermind world was Chapter 2. Those have been lauded. But it's Sonic Youth's recent oeuvre with Jim O'Rourke — Chapter 3 — that's proven most difficult to contextualize. As this...

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The Autumn Defense

Posted By on Wed, Feb 28, 2007 at 12:00 AM

Nose-raised indie attitude inevitably leads certain musicians to reclaim musical ground irradiated by disdain or indifference. And so it is that the Autumn Defense (Wilco bandmates Pat Sansone and John Stirrat) join singer-songwriters from Joe Pernice to Josh Rouse in supping on the dulcet, narcotizing sounds of 1970s soft rock....

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Monday, February 26, 2007

Keweenawesomefest.

Posted By on Mon, Feb 26, 2007 at 5:36 PM

A nice writeup on Keweenawesomefest, which took place this past weekend on the Michigan Tech University campus in Houghton, Mich. Detroit-area types like Terrible Twos, Mason Proper, and Annie Palmer made the trip up north for the event, and I really wish I could've, too. I've been in and...

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Thursday, February 22, 2007

Tila monster.

Posted By on Thu, Feb 22, 2007 at 3:02 PM

EXACTLY. When it debuted sometime in 2006 — I’ve forgotten when and don’t care to look it up — Brooke Hogan's single “About Us” was probably the worst song I’d ever heard, ever. (Ever.) “I’m just trying to live but you’re all up in my grill,” she sang, and...

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Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Cass Tech's finest.

Posted By on Wed, Feb 21, 2007 at 10:37 AM

“The music industry needs more young female rappers,” teenage Detroit emcee Lady Te says. “I keep it real. I write my own songs and I write from my heart when I’m happy, sad or mad. I am a young lady and I can’t say everything that I want to...

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Backwash

Posted By on Wed, Feb 21, 2007 at 12:00 AM

On the kitsch-meter, Peruvian singer Yma Sumac buries the needle deep into the red. Her intergalactic records from the 1950s and '60s offer ample evidence that the Incas really were from space. With her "Sun Virgin" persona and costumes that rivaled Parliament Funkadelic in their weirdness, she represented sublime exotica...

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Monday, February 19, 2007

Disco D Benefit.

Posted By on Mon, Feb 19, 2007 at 11:58 AM

Pitchfork reports on a Disco D tribute show to be held in Brooklyn this Wednesday. Proceeds from the door will be donated to The Neutral Zone in Ann Arbor. In our Jan. 31 issue, Hobey Echlin and Robert Gorell, two Detroit music writers who had known Disco D and covered...

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