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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

City Slang: Weekly music review roundup

Posted By on Tue, Oct 18, 2011 at 3:44 PM

Remember – if you send it, it will get reviewed. That’s the City Slang promise. It doesn’t matter what genre the music is – as long as it has a Metro Detroit connection, it’ll get in. Preferably, we’d like to concentrate on new releases but, while we’re getting warmed up here, feel free to send back catalog material too. Send CDs, vinyl, cassettes, demos and 8-tracks to Brett Callwood, City Slang, Metro Times, 733, St. Antoine, Detroit, MI 46226. Email MP3s and streaming links to

Staggolee’s Dirty World (Funky D) is the latest release on Howling Diablos man Tino Gross’s label, and it’s a real gem. Filthy, riffy, bluesy rock ’n’ roll, songs like the title track and “Spittin’ Cussin’ Woman” say everything you need to know about the subject matter. Booze, chicks and cars, this is the heavy, decadent , delicious sound of Detroit on an EP.

Local jazz label Mack Avenue sent us the new album from big bass maestro Christian McBride, Conversations with Christian (Mack Avenue), this week, and there is much to enjoy for jazz fans and newcomers to the genre alike. McBride is a hugely respected musician, and that is reflected by those that chose to guest on the album, from Sting to Chick Corea. McBride really is the star though, his double bass pulsing through the whole thing like a heartbeat. Warm, earthy and passionate, this really is a beautiful album.

Paul Gaughan is a Ferndale-based singer / songwriter, and his new Invisible Man (self-released) album certainly has its moments. There seems to be a Peter Gabriel influence in there, plus a nod towards some of Jagger’s solo work. The over-riding feeling is that the album never achieves its obvious potential, but that Gaughan is inarguably a talented musician with much to offer. Watch this space.

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