Thursday, March 27, 2008


Posted By on Thu, Mar 27, 2008 at 11:55 AM

Or Plymouth band name, to be exact... The Jesus Chainsaw Massacre And they're playying this weekend -- Saturday, March 29th, again to be exact -- at the New Way Bar in Ferndale....

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Posted By on Thu, Mar 27, 2008 at 11:42 AM

In case anybody still cares, Eminem will be publishing his memoirs on October 16th, which his publisher has described as "every bit as raw and uncensored as the man himself." Titled Eminem: The Way I Am, the book will be published by Orion Publishing and feature previously unseen photographs, journal...

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Posted By on Thu, Mar 27, 2008 at 11:20 AM

On the horizon for lovers of jazz with twist is the The Third Annual Festival of Jazz and Improvised Music at Bohemian National Home, happening May 30-31. Performers include the Matthew Shipp Trio (hard to pigeonhole or describe, but he sometimes evokes the pianist evokes the volcanic energy of Cecil...

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Wednesday, March 26, 2008


Posted By on Wed, Mar 26, 2008 at 11:04 AM

The nominees for this year's Detroit Music Awards have been announced. The awards ceremony will be held Friday, April 25th at the Fillmore. Go here for more info. (And please don't lobby me to vote for you; I haven't received a ballot nor am I expecting one...) Here's a full...

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Hot Water Music

Posted By on Wed, Mar 26, 2008 at 12:00 AM

The career trajectories of Charles Bukowski and the Black Crowes are pretty damn similar. Here's how: Bukowski was already famous when he finally learned how to write, how not to lift from chroniclers of losers like David Goodis; by 1982's Ham on Rye and the next year's Hot Water Music,...

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Red of Tooth and Claw

Posted By on Wed, Mar 26, 2008 at 12:00 AM

Indiana's Murder By Death has long drawn from the darker side of the human experience, toying with ideas of death and vengeance and regret while playing dusty, imposing music that only helps to accentuate the inherent lawlessness of lead singer Adam Turla's voice, the group's most memorable asset. Their 2006...

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Live 1969

Posted By on Wed, Mar 26, 2008 at 12:00 AM

So are Simon & Garfunkel — or at least Paul Simon — suddenly "hip" again? It seems that Vampire Weekend's similarity to at least one of the short guy's classics gets mentioned in nearly every other story on that current buzz band (though I'm not sure I hear it). On...

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Saturday, March 22, 2008


Posted By on Sat, Mar 22, 2008 at 11:42 AM

Over at WHFR-FM (Henry Ford Community College's broadcast outlet at 89.3 and on the Web at, DJs Pat Frisco and Terrence Tyson are teaming up for a six-hour marathon of the music of pianist Cecil Taylor in honor of his 79th birthday. That's TUESDAY, MARCH 25, from 5-11 p.m....

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Friday, March 21, 2008


Posted By on Fri, Mar 21, 2008 at 1:32 PM

From time to time I’m reminded of Leon Trotsky’s invective against writer Dwight MacDonald: “Everyone has a right to be stupid, but Comrade Macdonald abuses the privilege.” I was specifically reminded yesterday when I realized I’d abused my stupidity privileges and was responsible for a bad date in this week's...

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Wednesday, March 19, 2008

The Bee Made Honey in the Lion’s Skull

Posted By on Wed, Mar 19, 2008 at 12:00 AM

Earth was one of first bands to re-create droning musical concepts in a rock or metal context. Heirs to all preceding drone-metal acts, they forgo their low-tuned metallic sludge for drawn-out cinematic slow-burners. Earth recruited veteran jazz guitarist Bill Frisell as producer and collaborator for this one, with intriguing results....

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