Tuesday, January 22, 2013

City Slang: Weekly music review roundup

Posted By on Tue, Jan 22, 2013 at 12:57 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.

The Science Fair’s Odd Years EP is a pleasant surprise. Isn’t this the band that used to play funky disco rock? That was cool, but they seem to be reaching for atmosphere nowadays, and pulling back handfuls of melodic mist. Darker and deeper, this is a Science Fair with far more appeal than the “cool Timberlake” of old.

Mack Avenue Records has launched a new, all-local subsidiary called Detroit Music Factory, and we received three releases from them this week. The first is Scott Gwinnell’s Cass Corridor Story. That’s an awesome album title, and if the mood of the music is to be believed, the Cass Corridor is a very relaxing, smooth place. The musicianship is awesome but, while there are songs called things like “Pain” and “Duality”, there are no tunes that inspire thoughts of crack whores.

Planet D Nonet’s Swingin’ in the D is an upbeat little gem that recalls the big bands of yesteryear. Led by RJ Spangler of Sun Messengers fame, this is album that makes you want to do exactly what the title suggests.

Sean Dobbins and the Modern Jazz Messengers features Dobbins, a local jazz drummer who has played with the likes of Johnnie Bassett, Tad Weed and Fathead Newman, amongst many others. Blue Horizons is described by Dobbins as “traditional hard bop with a modern edge”, which is about right. It might not all sink in at once, but it’s worth the effort.

Click here to join the City Slang Turntable community!!!


We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Detroit Metro Times. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Detroit Metro Times, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at letters@metrotimes.com.

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Detroit Metro Times Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Metro Times Press Club for as little as $5 a month.

Read the Digital Print Issue

December 1, 2021

View more issues

Newsletters

Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Best Things to Do In Detroit

© 2021 Detroit Metro Times - Contact Us

Website powered by Foundation