Thursday, November 27, 2008


Posted By on Thu, Nov 27, 2008 at 9:49 AM

OR "A THANKSGIVING TURKEY STORY".... I've lived in cities in various parts of this country, as well as parts of Europe, but for some reason, after 17-plus months back in the D, it unfortunately strikes me that this kind of "controversy" would only be "controversial" in a place like Detroit...

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Wednesday, November 26, 2008


Posted By on Wed, Nov 26, 2008 at 8:01 PM

We were sorry to hear of the death earlier this week of local musician Sean Fitzgerald, who was killed in an automobile accident and who our good friend Eve Doster Knepp described as "a beloved local singer/songwriter and the host of a million open mic nights." There will be a...

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Posted By on Wed, Nov 26, 2008 at 2:55 PM

Bert's Marketplace, which kick-started the jazz jam scene in Detroit nearly a decade ago, is pulling back from two nights to one. Bill Meyer, who's been the pianist throughout the sessions, sent us an e-mail Tuesday (Nov. 25), saying that an improved economy might help bring Wednesday's back. We don't...

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Autumn chills

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

It makes perfect sense that Frontier Ruckus' debut LP would be released during the waning days of autumn. More so than any other group in the current Ann Arbor folk scene, this band's music evokes ruddy cheeks, frosty breath "smoke" and the encroaching darkness of post-Daylight Savings Time in the...

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Here’s the Whirlwind EP

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

Mick Bassett sounds a lot like Bob Dylan. Let's get that out of the way right up front. But Bassett doesn't sound like Dylan in 1966, or 1975, certainly not 1980, and probably not 2008 either. Mick Bassett sounds like some sort of über-Bob, a condensed and compacted amalgamation of...

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Wednesday, November 19, 2008


Posted By on Wed, Nov 19, 2008 at 9:55 PM

And it most certainly is... This video from Detroit's own T-Baby is Number 9 on the current MOJO Magazine's Top 10 Playlist of editor's picks. Guess it's caught on worldwide via its, well, "catchiness." Can't figure out, though, if this is indeed like the hip-hop version of the Shaggs meeting...

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Posted By on Wed, Nov 19, 2008 at 9:21 PM

For the first time in probably two years, WDET -- Wayne State University's community radio statiion -- has a new fulltime general manager. Following a national search, J. Mikel Ellcessor has been selected to fill the position, beginning December 15th. What's perhaps even more interesting is that Ellcessor has a...

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Wednesday, November 12, 2008


Posted By on Wed, Nov 12, 2008 at 10:52 AM

Sorry to hear of the death of Greg McCormick, better known as Itchy, who was one of the mainstays of Shock Therapy, a Detroit band that never had a lot of success locally, despite opening shows here for the Jesus And Mary Chain and Gang Of Four, among others, but...

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5 The Hard Way

Posted By on Wed, Nov 12, 2008 at 12:00 AM

On Aug. 15 of this year, while opening for Blue Oyster Cult at Hart Plaza with his band Spitting Nickels, 43-year-old guitarist Tom Furtaw collapsed onstage and passed away. Medical examiners ruled heart disease to be the cause of death. In light of such a tragedy, the release of this...

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The Villain

Posted By on Wed, Nov 12, 2008 at 12:00 AM

Detroit rapper Trick Trick's reputation precedes him. Being linked to beatdowns or chain-snatchings involving the likes of national stars Trick Daddy and Yung Berg, the towering, imposing figure has become the stuff of Motor City legend. Fortunately, his sophomore disc, the aptly titled The Villain, shows that he's got the...

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