Monday, November 30, 2009

Thanksgiving Hangover

I hope no one else was prepared to go back to work today. And by prepared, I actually mean, prepared. Like have all the stuff they need to do their job. Because that's where I stand today. That's why you get a photo-less blog today good readers.

On Wednesday, I drove to Ann Arbor to see Great Lakes Myth Society, The High Strung and Zoos of Berlin. It was an awesome show and I got lots of pictures which I will post in the next day or two. I even got video of GLMS lapsing into "Everybody Wants to Rule the World" in between songs. I'm going to try my hand at some sound editing before I subject you to that, so keep an eye out.

The next big thing on the horizon (in my opinion) is Mittenfest. This is a four day festival held in Ypsilanti's own Elbow Room December 31st through January 3rd that benefits 826 Michigan. I went to this thing every day last year and it was an amazing mix of the variety Michigan's music scene has to offer. So here's my official opinion on this year's Mittenfest: Don't miss it!

Monday, November 23, 2009

Biggest Bar Night of the Year

It's a Wednesday night like no other...the day before Thanksgiving! And every band on earth is playing a show that night. Below are some of the options I know about. I'll be heading out to the Blind Pig to see GLMS play because I'm under some kind of unbreakable spell they've cast on me that makes me have to see them every time they play.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Science Rocks!

Here's how great I think this Science Rocks! thing is: I'm going to promote it even though our Book Party @ The Emory is tonight. Actually, you might be able to swing both. Give it a try!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Art and Music All in One Place

This looks cool! 7 Million Jigawatts apparently have a song (“(I’ve Got You) Covered”) in the 2010 Mustang advertising campaign, which is a really sweet thing for any band. Enjoy art, music and food from Little Tree right here in Ferndale!

Monday, November 16, 2009

More Carjack, plus Book Parties!

There's another Carjack EP up on his site. Collect them all!

Reminder about this month's Book Party at the Emory. We had a great turnout last time and we'd like to make this time an even bigger success! We'll be discussing Fight Club. Don't forget to bring your library card and show it for a free drink. The Emory will be providing free appetizers, too!

Monday, November 9, 2009

Several Recaps

First off, I want to thank all the MLA conference attendees who dropped by my poster session last week. Your comments, enthusiasm and curiosity not only made me feel great but also renewed my passion for the local music project at the library.

Secondly, I was lucky enough to catch the Juliets, Social Studies, Kittens Ablaze and Tim Monger at the Lager House on Friday. There's nothing like going out with your friends when you've had a successful week and there's nothing worrying. Pictures at the bottom.

Thirdly, the library's favorite robot-smashing, mask-wearing, fun-time creator Carjack is doing something amazing...again. Go to his website and download a FREE EP every Monday for the next 4 WEEKS! You know you want this stuff. It's from handmade releases, and other super-limited stuff you probably don't have.

Timothy Monger

Kittens Ablaze

Social Studies

The Juliets

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Off to MLA!

Hey folks, I'm off to the Michigan Library Association Conference in Lansing! On Thursday I'll have a poster session on our local music collection in Booth 325. Follow me on Twitter ( @stomper4x4) for updates!

Monday, November 2, 2009

Halloween and Beyond

I'm not sure if I should start with the positive or the negative...I'm gonna go with negative, so I can get it out of the way. I'll keep it short.

Saturday, I chose to spend my Halloween at the Crofoot in Pontiac. The line-up as well as the concept was great. So you can imagine my disappointment when during Bars of Gold (covering Talking Heads) a mosh pit erupted behind me. Long story short: it got worse during the next two bands (Prussia as Velvet Underground and The Cold Wave as Weezer)and I and my friends went to find someone to complain to. I got some serious attitude from the door guy and what amounts to a shrug from a security guy. So, we left. Pits are fine for shows where they are appropriate. They are not appropriate when women hit the floor, glass is broken and the people around them get so mad that they leave the venue. Also inappropriate: security simply watching it happen and waiting for blood to be spilled. Nice job, Crofoot. I can think of two people that won't be coming back.

If you would like to let the folks at the Crofoot know that your experience was less than stellar, here's the contact info:

Phreddy Wischusen, General Manager
The Crofoot
1 South Saginaw
Pontiac, MI 48342

On to the positive. Despite the terrible crowd, the music was awesome. The School of Rock covered Kiss and it not only adorable to see, but quite good! Makes me wish I had stuck with guitar lessons. Next I saw Silverghost as Devo. I'm not sure I can even articulate how fun this was. The costumes were great, the attitude was dead-on and the music was perfect. You'll see what I mean when you get to the pictures.

Then there was Bars of Gold as The Talking Heads. These guys knew which songs to play. They sounded great, and their front man had David Byrne's mannerisms down to a T. Prussia played a really good set as Velvet Underground, and the needn't have worried about mellowing out the place. The last band I saw was The Cold Wave as Weezer, and what I was most excited to see. They did not disappoint. With their matching outfits and classic Weezer song selections, they could not go wrong. Ryan Allen's apologies for Weezer's last three albums cracked everyone up.

Scroll all the way down for pictures!

This looks cool, eh? A great line-up at an awesome and unique venue, plus you can poke around the museum. I love me some science, so I'll probably see you there.


Silverghost as Devo

Bars of Gold as The Talking Heads

Prussia as Velvet Underground

The Cold Wave as Weezer