Tuesday, May 29, 2012

City Slang: Weekly music review roundup

Posted By on Tue, May 29, 2012 at 2:30 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 mt.cityslang@gmail.com.

C.N. Pratt & the Rose Cult has a new single out, “About a Convict’s Daughter”, which follows hot on the heels of the Cultivation EP. This is great too; there are hints of Brit post punk bands like Wire and the Fall, as Pratt wails and croons his way through the title track and the b-side, “When the Game got Rough”. Think the Water Boys after a breakup.


The KodaksNight Surfing album is an awesome, solid slab of moody indie rock reminiscent of very early Radiohead and Teenage Fanclub. The verses tease with occasional whispers and echoes, leading to low-key chorus’s that do just enough to satisfy. This isn’t anthemic pop rock, not in the slightest. This is “cool” rock for those with patience and the capacity to enjoy what isn’t there as much as what is.

Moaning Dwarf’s recent Coral Reef Orgy was given a nice review on here a few weeks back, so the good dwarves saw fit to send us a copy of their fucked up ’99 release, The Coke Years. And it is fucked up. It’s like listening to a sex party involving animals going on in a church thanks to some creepy-ass Hammond organ and what sounds like sheep bleating (but probably isn’t). It’s the soundtrack to a student horror movie, and I mean that in a good, no great, way. It’s the sound of a hobo’s nightmare. Fucking love it.


Moaning Dwarf couldn’t be more different to Johnnie Bassett’s I Can Make That Happen, out on Sly Dog/Mack Avenue and the coolest release of the week. Bassett is a Detroit blues legend, and this new album is spectacular. His band (basically the Brothers Groove and the Motor City Horns) is flawless, but it is Bassett’s delivery of pride-inducing tunes like “Motor City Blues” and “Proud to be From Detroit” that makes this release so special. I could listen to that drawl all day.

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