City Slang: Weekly music review roundup 

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 [email protected]

Eliza Neals’s Messin’ With a Fool (E+H Records) is the record that people who have seen Neals live will have been hoping she would release. Neals, for the uninitiated is the sultry swingin’, croonin’ jazz Queen of the D. She’s like Amy Winehouse without the obvious addiction issues or the hair. The songs are certainly in place. Oh, and she has a tune called “Rainin’ in Detroit”, which is appropriate because she was performing when the storm hit the Arts Beats & Eats Festival back in the summer of last year.

Hungry For Death is the catalog that accompanied the art show by Destroy All Monsters in November and December. There is a CD inside the book, and there is some incredible, challenging art rock on there, from an insane cover of the Bee-Gees’ “I Started a Joke” (recorded at the LA All Tomorrow’s Parties in 2002) to DAM classics like “I Love You But You’re Dead” and “Godzilla (Monster Ah-Go-Go)”

Finally (because this is a slow week, but only for quantity, certainly not quality), I received a bootleg from 1973 in the mail that isn’t for review but it deserves an honorable mention. It is from a band called Ascension, recorded somewhere in Detroit in ’73. The band featured the MC5’s Fred “Sonic” Smith, Dennis Thompson and Michael Davis, plus a bass player called John Heft (I think, although the sleeve notes are tough to make out). Davis is singing, and it’s an interesting, though rough, listen. It’s probably not available, but it made for a fascinating Friday night for me.

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