Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Gilded eternities

Posted By on Tue, Dec 29, 2009 at 3:01 PM

Without spoiling too much of the current thrill-a-minute Subterraneans column, which puts to rest a bloodstained year in a fractious imperial democracy and looks ahead to even stranger days ahead, I thought I'd jot down some essential tunes to take with you to the island of your choosing, when you...

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Wednesday, December 23, 2009


Posted on Wed, Dec 23, 2009 at 2:53 PM

Merry Christmas to all our loyal readers. Let's dance around the Christmas tree, next year, we'll still (hopefully!) be making rock 'n' roll history. (Check out the Roy Wood video below for an explanation and to see that's not just our ego speaking)... Please click here for a much cooler...

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My Roaring 20's

Posted By on Wed, Dec 23, 2009 at 12:00 AM

A person's early 20s are an often frustrating time, full of bewildering possibilities and significantly fewer real opportunities, particularly in this current economy. Cheap Girls, a Lansing trio, capture the emotional tenor of this time like a snapshot, channeling the angst and indecision through chunky two- to three-minute paeans inspired...

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Monday, December 21, 2009


Posted on Mon, Dec 21, 2009 at 4:37 PM

Late last week, PJ's Lager House, one of D-Town's favorite rock haunts, was spotlighted in an incredibly interesting feature story on CNN Money, titled "How To Lose Money Fast, Start a Business." The story deals with the trials and tribulations of running a bar and musc venue, especially in the...

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Thursday, December 17, 2009


Posted By on Thu, Dec 17, 2009 at 5:11 PM

*In case you aren't aware yet, the annual Detroit Sounds and Spirits benefit show is scheduled for this coming Wednesday, December 23rd. at the Magic Stick, and not the earlier date we mentioned in our annual Christmas music roundup in the issue two weeks ago (that's what we get for...

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Posted on Thu, Dec 17, 2009 at 4:43 PM

We're approaching the end of the year -- and, of course, the end of the decade -- so the next several weeks will be nothing but lists, lists, lists, and more lists all over the place. But as our city continues to get a bad rap via the national media...

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Wednesday, December 16, 2009


Posted By on Wed, Dec 16, 2009 at 12:00 AM

This is quite odd. Novada has spent the past six years developing an epic sound that assaults the senses through a lavish and infectious combination of early U2, such '80s Brit electronica as Depeche Mode and New Order, classic indie rockers like Echo & the Bunnymen and the Psychedelic Furs,...

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The Leftovers Unmixedtape

Posted By on Wed, Dec 16, 2009 at 12:00 AM

Fans who were complaining about the sparse output from Slum Village member eLZhi were forced to eat those words these past two years. In 2008, the slick-tongued Detroit emcee circulated a CD titled Europass to coincide with his then-upcoming tour before releasing his official debut solo LP, The Preface. He...

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... A Little More Time: The Very Best Of

Posted By on Wed, Dec 16, 2009 at 12:00 AM

Spotlighting the yearning, brrr-ning, clenched-throat vocal stylings of Norman (a.k.a. General) Johnson — who wrote and sang the 1961 rock anthem "It Will Stand" and the title-tells-all cult-jam "39-21-46" back when he fronted the Showmen — this two-CD, U.K. import sports 36 songs, cherry-picked from the four albums that the...

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Piece Of Her Heart

Posted By on Wed, Dec 16, 2009 at 12:00 AM

Erma Franklin is best-known for singing the tower-toppling, original 1967 Top 10 R&B version of "Piece Of My Heart" that Janis Joplin — then fronting Big Brother & The Holding Company — turned into a No. 12 pop hit in '68. She's also Aretha Franklin's eldest sister, and it's she...

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