City Slang: Weekly music review roundup

Sep 24, 2013 at 8:17 am

Send CDs, vinyl, cassettes, demos and 8-tracks to Brett Callwood, Metro Times, 733 St. Antoine, Detroit, MI 46226. Email MP3s and streaming links to [email protected].

Goldbricksorgohome sent in a CD-R with a strip of masking tape across it bearing the web address, the whole thing wrapped in clear plastic and labeled Blue Ray Baby. We think that’s the name of this four-track EP, though we could be wrong. There’s no press release, and very little info on the internet, but the music tells us that this is an 8-bit influenced hip-hop project, featuring some sharp lyrics and Pac-Man-esque chirps. Very cool.

We didn’t get anything else in the mail this week, but we had a bit of a tidy around the MT office and found a few little gems that we haven’t played in a while. Remember the Muldoons, the family garage rock band led by a pre-teen Shane Muldoon? Their self-titled 2007 album was lying under a bunch of discarded promo material, and it sounds better now than it did six years ago. “Destruction Boy” is a truly great punk rock tune. How about a reunion? It’d be cool to hear them now.

We first heard Madame XD at Blowout 2009 – classically-trained Xiao Dong Wei and a bunch of other great local musicians. They blew out mind then, and the two-track CD (which apparently came with a 45) says exactly why. Combining Eastern music with hip-hop, electronica and indie rock, “Black Silk” and “Liar Liar” need to be rediscovered and reheard.

The Streetwalkin’ Cheetahs might be an LA band, but they named themselves after the opening line from the Stooges’ “Search & Destroy,” and the live cassette tape that we found in the office (besides being warped to shit) features the MC5’s Wayne Kramer on a handful of demos. Ok, they’re alright by us. The proto-punk is sonically very Detroit-influenced, and those Kramer demos are awesome. Fast and furious stuff, and apparently they recently reformed.

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