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].

Julian Paaige likes his second name so much, he added an extra ‘a’. Or something. Actually, there’s something very special about this guy. Remember Manchester punk poet John Cooper Clarke? Throw him in with some Ian Dury, a splash of Lou Reed and a dash of Ian Curtis. Even some Iggy. See, the lyrics are more important than the tunes. However, there’s optimism about Paaige that sets him apart from those guys. He snarls about pink diamonds, sweet honeybees and reflections in the water, but his album’s called Dismal Ditty and that’s the dichotomy of the guy. Try to figure him out – the game is fun.

Those with a good memory will remember the Flutter & Wow, an Americana band that was the subject of a full City Slang column over a year ago. Led by the inimitable Tasha Lord, the band caught our attention thanks to a shit-load of great songs and some amazing musicianship. They’re back – the band just sent us a new track called “Black Train” and it’s incredible. Lord croons through as the band just purrs away, never going overboard with the widdling but always ready to pull some out when necessary.

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