Monday, March 30, 2009

March 30, 2009: Sik Sik Nation

It’s about time for me to write about a rock album, and that’s what Sik Sik Nation’s Eight Styles to the Unholy is. Or should I say a psych-rock album, because the slowly building atmospheres, spiraling beats and moods created on this album definitely fit the definition of psychedelic. These songs give you room to move around and explore; spaces fashioned organically by flowing and changing sound, distorted guitars and a forceful heartbeat. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not all swaying trippiness, there’s plenty of rock to be had on this album. It’s just nicely tempered by these “spaces”.

One of the first things I noticed about this band was their dynamic rhythms. Eric Oppitz’s thrumming bass and Rick Sawoscinski’s swinging percussion produce the heartbeat of their songs, present even when it seems like chaos might ensue. Because of these steady rhythms, Sean Morrow’s guitar has the freedom to bend and cry in the matrix, distorting and ringing out. At the center, are Morrow’s quintessentially rock vocals. His voice fits this music like a glove with just enough growl to its smoothness.

Let’s highlight some tracks:

Eight Styles to the Unholy’s third track is “Lock Me Up” and it starts with one of those “spaces” I was talking about earlier. A steady beat (one which I’m sure my downstairs neighbors are sick of feeling) and whining guitar start off, letting you look around a bit before the vocals kick in. When they do kick in, they are delivered with a kind of fast drawl. The chorus is quite catchy and it’s leading by example when the other guys join in with “when you lock me up, just throw away the key”; you just can’t fight doing the same.

Another of my favorites is “Reflection Romancers”. At first you may think you’re not listening to the same band, what with the first few seconds sounding like an 80s pop song, but then comes the tell-tale guitar solo. Then a thudding beat and humming bass. This is one of those songs that makes me look crazy when I’m listening to it because I can’t help bobbing my head, especially during the chorus. I have almost no idea what this song is about, but I can’t help but feeling I do for just a few seconds when Morrow roars “Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, satiate!”.

Finally, there’s the eight and a half minute “Oh So Hazy,” which is what you should listen to first if you’re looking for a definition of psychedelic. Something that sounds an awful lot like a sitar and droning noises float around your head while the driving beat keeps the song grounded. There’s also this great drumstick-y cadence that I find myself listening for throughout the whole song. About halfway through, there’s another “space” and I like this one the best because there’s so much going on in it. That sitar sound, the bass running around all over the place, cymbals ringing, and these ambient noises sliding over everything. You kind of never want it to end. Vocals slide in and fade out, pulsing distortion is punctuated by high guitar…and then it’s over.
I think what I like best about Sik Sik Nation is that they’re different from most of what I usually listen to. For me, they’re best at creating an atmosphere especially when I see them live. I’m not trying to sing along, I’m just enjoying and experiencing the sound.

Speaking of seeing them live: You should do that. They’ve got a couple of local gigs in May. Go and enjoy the music as well as their 60s style overhead-projector-with-colored-oil light show.

5/1/2009 @The Lager House (Detroit)
5/2/2009 @The Blind Pig (Ann Arbor)

Eight Styles to the Unholy is CD-1385 at the Ferndale Library. You can visit Sik Sik Nation at their myspace: http://www.myspace.com/siksiknation (check out their new song “Lord is My Gun”).

Things You Should See This Week

Wednesday 4/1/09 -- Wavves -- Carjack @Magic Stick (Detroit)

Thursday 4/2/09 -- Champions of Breakfast (Tour Kick Off) -- Cougar The Tiger -- Kommie Kilpatrick @ The Belmont (Hamtramck)

Friday 4/3/09 -- Crippled Black Phoenix -- Wildcatting -- Ganon @Magic Stick (Detroit)

Saturday 4/4/09 -- Deastro (Spritle 7" Release Party!) -- Terrible Twos -- F'ke Blood -- Lightning Love @The Pike Room (Pontiac) FREE / ALL AGES
More about this later! I may have something up my sleeve…

Saturday 4/4/09 -- Spring Fling Craft Thing @Loving Touch (Ferndale)

Sunday 4/5/09 -- Deastro -- The Muggs -- Pop Project -- Hentchmen -- Silent Years -- Friendly Foes -- Spitting Nickels -- The Displays @Magic Stick (Detroit)

Sunday 4/5/09 -- Great Lakes Myth Society -- These United States -- Lightning Love -- Big Mess @Lager House (Detroit)
Are you seeing this? TWO awesome shows on a Sunday? What is the world coming to?

Monday, March 23, 2009

March 23, 2009: A Break from the Usual

Attention: Your regularly scheduled review/album highlight of the week has been postponed. Due to transportation-related stress, this blogger has been unable to make up her mind as to what album to talk about. In lieu of a review, I have pictures, and if all goes well, a video.


For those of you who might be curious about what flavor of Bathgate the audience got on Saturday, I can tell you it was Hail Mary. Or rather, The Hail Marys: an assemblage of eight (plus Chris Bathgate himself) of the finest Ypsi/Ann Arbor musicians to be had. They all crowded on the stage and blew our socks off. As I said last week, Bathgate transcends his genre (folk) and this performance was just more evidence to prove my point. There was actual head-banging going on around me during “I Know How You Are Going to Die Tonight”! The full-band-extravaganza-of-instruments is frankly my preferred version of the band because of the overwhelming “wall of sound” quality it inevitably achieves. Let’s face it, no one needs two bassists and two trumpeters, but it’s pretty cool to see and hear.

Opening for CB & THM (that’s never going to catch on) were Charlene Kaye & Her Heroes and Frontier Ruckus. Kaye and her band put on a fun, poppy set complete with a bassist sporting a cast (which in turn sported the band’s set list) who played his bass with a drum stick. Plus, the 80s/90s keyboards gave the right amount of lo-fi to make you rock back and forth with a big grin on your face. Frontier Ruckus was amazing as always, and I must say it’s easier to sing along when you’ve listened to their album 200 times (which I know I’ve done because my Zune Bronze listener badge tells me so).



On to the pictures:

















Zach Nichols on trumpet and Chris Bathgate




















That's Matt Milia on slide guitar to the left





















The Hail Marys do their thing.



And my first foray into video:






Stuff You Should See This Week

Tuesday 3/24/09 -- The Decks -- Hammer No More The Fingers -- Steve McCauley @Lager House(Detroit)

Thursday 3/26/09 -- Child Bite -- Young Windows -- My Disco -- The Summer Pledge @Lager House (Detroit)
Friday 3/27/09 -- SikSik Nation -- Qualia @Belmont (Hamtramck)
Friday 3/27/09 -- Frustrations -- Necropolis -- Bad Party @Lager House (Detroit)
Friday 3/27/09 -- New Thrill Parade -- Marco Polio & The New Vaccines @Trumbullplex (Detroit)
Friday 3/27/09 -- Satin Peaches (CD Release) -- Starling Electric -- Mick Bassett & The
Marthas -- Lightning Love @Blind Pig (Ann Arbor)
Friday 3/27/09 -- ‘DAP Fundraiser -- Misty Lyn & The Big Beautiful -- Frontier Ruckus -- Tone & Niche -- DJ Bouget @Pike Room (Pontiac)
Friday 3/27/09 -- Pink Spiders -- The Word Play @Paychecks (Hamtramck)
Saturday 3/28/09 --The Von Bondies -- Nico Vega -- Millions of Brazilians @St. Andrews Hall (Detroit)
Saturday 3/28/09 -- The High Strung -- The Hat Madder -- The Dirty Birds @The Elbow Room (Ypsilanti)
Saturday 3/28/09 -- National Ghost -- Flop House -- Lucky Brown @New Way Bar (Ferndale)
Sunday 3/29/09 -- The Juliets -- Slow Giant -- Lull Tucker @Cliff Bell's (Detroit)

Monday, March 16, 2009

March 16, 2009: Chris Bathgate Throatsleep

What is there to say about Chris Bathgate that hasn’t already been said? Not a whole lot. Therefore, my mission here today is not to lavish praise, but rather to tell you why you should check Throatsleep out. I chose this one instead of A Cork Tale Wake (which the library also owns) for one simple reason: it’s my favorite.

What Chris Bathgate manages to do on this album is make folk songs fierce. In fact, the first sound you hear is highly distorted electric guitar. His unique drawl may sometimes be soft, but it’s never weak. This along with his themes of coldness and loss make the album quite forceful and emotionally potent. Another thing Bathgate has mastered is sparseness. A single piano, a trumpet or a few notes plucked on a banjo focus the ear for a moment, drawing us in closer, making us anxious for what may come next.

And now, as usual, a little about a few of my favorite tracks. “Buffalo Girl” feels a lot like a traditional folk song with its bent guitar notes, harmonica and mostly soft vocals. The real magic (as is often the case with Bathgate) lies in the lyrics. “The one thing worse than nothing said/is two hearts howling like they’re going mad/And I know that I can’t handle that/’cause I’m a fumbling fake and a fucking fool/and that’s why I can’t fall in love with you/and why to and fro are all I do”. This is a sentiment you’ll hear a lot in Bathgate’s music, but I’m not sure it’s ever expressed quite so plainly anywhere else.

My favorite Chris Bathgate song is “I Know How You Are Gonna Die Tonight”. It’s actually kind of an odd song for him, in that it’s kind of jokey and a tinge novelty-y. Piano and guitar set a vigorous and slightly spooky beat and the vocals are stilted to match, declaring, “I thought it was common knowledge, way back when we were in…love”. The best line in the song is, “Sold my guitar for a diamond ring/so don’t you fret you pretty little thing/ ‘cause the simplest song for a corpse to sing is I know how you’re gonna die tonight”. The whole song seems like a gypsy spin on a murder ballad. It’s a tight song, with all its parts in place, including a wonderful banjo solo and a line delivered with what alternately sounds like laughter or indignance.

Finally, we have “Yes I’m Cold,” a perfect example of the beauty of sparseness on this album. The track starts with a simple melody played on a bell and spare percussion. Then the vocal, “Yes I’m cold, cold as ice and so now you know/how our story is supposed to go/ I say yes and then I say no”. This establishes the motif, which is played throughout by different instruments and voice. Noise, other voices and sirens drift in and out, but we’re always grounded in the motif established at the beginning.

Throatsleep is going to last the test of time for me. Every few weeks I’ll get the urge to hear it again, even if it’s to decipher a few more lyrics or to get that twinge in my heart from hearing that someone else feels like a “fumbling fake”. Bathgate’s voice, beautiful words and clear musical genius always keep me coming back.

You can find Throatsleep under the call number CD-1329 at the Ferndale Public Library. Visit Chris Bathgate at his myspace page: www.myspace.com/chrisbathgate and his artist page at Quite Scientific: http://www.quitescientific.com/chris1.htm

When Chris Bathgate plays live, you never really know what you’re going to get. It could be the one-man-band-version, with a guitar, two mikes and a loop pedal; or the nine piece band with brass, drummer, keyboard and backup singers. No matter which version you see, you’ll be seeing one of Michigan’s finest musicians.

Chris Bathgate’s upcoming gig:


3/21/09 -- Blind Pig (Ann Arbor) with Frontier Ruckus and Charlene Kaye & Her Heroes


What You Should See This Week:



Monday 3/16/09 – Duende -- Canja Rave -- Dale Beavers -- Lager House (Detroit)

Tuesday 3/17/09 – Bill Grogan’s Goat – The Blue Leprechaun (Ann Arbor)

Thursday 3/19/09 -- Tokyo Police Club-- Born Ruffians -- The Honorary Title Crofoot Ballroom (Pontiac)

Friday 3/20/09 --Charlie Slick -- Champions of Breakfast -- Luna (Royal Oak)

Saturday 3/21/09 -- The Jesus Chainsaw Massacre -- The Esperantos – Smalls (Hamtramck)

Saturday 3/21/09 -- The Darts -- Big Mess – Prussia -- Divine Comedians -- Lager House (Detroit)

Saturday 3/21/09 -- Broken Spindles -- Marco Polio & The New Vaccines -- Rogue Satellites -- Croff Family Band -- Magic Stick (Detroit)

Monday, March 9, 2009

March 9, 2009: Black Jake and the Carnies

Apologies that this is posted so late! There was lots to do in the library today!

First a little news: The Ferndale Library is currently closed so we can move to our temporary location at 642 E. Nine Mile Road. We'll be closed for at least two weeks to move and get our occupancy permit. Stay tuned to http://www.ferndale.lib.mi.us/ for re-opening details.




Today I'm gonna talk about a CD that is like nothing else in our collection. Black Jake and the Carnies' Where the Heather Don't Grow is populated by demons, monsters, crooks, phrenologists, spree killers and the disobedient. The stories are told in the unique voice of Black Jake and backed an equally distinctive band playing what they've dubbed "crabgrass". Black Jake and the Carnies have been making feet stomp in the Ypsilanti/Ann Arbor scene for awhile and their CD (which came out last year) was long awaited.

One of my favorite tracks happens to be the first: "Paper Outlaw". First of all, God bless you Black Jake for putting a lyrics sheet in this CD. Otherwise, I might not be able to appreciate the cleverness due to the speed with which you sing. Case in point, "His keen and driven mind put forth to gain ascendancy he set his younger brother up to fall through guile and subtlety". This song is an uptempo tale of Phineas Philistine Pratt, and his short-lived career as an outlaw. The banjo picking is superb and by the end you'll find yourself smacking your knee along with the beat.

Another favorite of mine is "Hunters' Moon," the story of the prideful Henry who promised his wife that he would bring her the pelt of the "Loup Garou, an evil injun spirit half-man half-wolf stealin' brides before their honeymoon". I don't have to tell you how this story ends. Listen for the kazoo and washboard and learn the chorus, because you'll be singing along with it when you see them live.

"Jasper Watkins" is one of the more haunting tracks, as it seems that this fallen character had no evil influence, he just realized "what God had made him to be". And that was apparently a spree killer. The crying fiddle and sparse percussion in this track give it a spooky atmosphere.

The unifying theme of Where the Heather Don't Grow seems to be punishment for various forms of pride or disobedience. And we're not talking slaps on the wrist here. Souls are at stake. Eternal damnation. But somehow, despite the grimness, it's all superbly enjoyable and fun. Seeing Black Jake and the Carnies live is always a good time. So grab the CD, learn the words and come out next time they play. You might even win a prize (I've got a Magic 8 Ball).

Where the Heather Don't Grow is CD-1387 at the library. You can use the online catalog to look it up and place a hold on it.

You can visit Black Jake and the Carnies at their website: http://www.blackjakeandthecarnies.com/ or their Myspace http://www.myspace.com/blackjakeandthecarnies

Check out Black Jake and the Carnies at some of these local gigs:

April 9 -- The Bling Pig (Ann Arbor)
April 10 -- Trumbullplex (Detroit)
May 9 -- Elbow Room(Ypsilanti)
Jun 20 -- Trinity House Theater (Livonia)
Jul 17 -- Beaver Island Music Festival (Beaver Island)
Jul 18 -- Beaver Island Music Festival (Beaver Island)
Jul 25 -- The Ark (Ann Arbor)

Stuff You Should See This Week

Wednesday 3/11/09 -- Childbite -- DD/MM/YYYY -- Lay of the Cid -- Elbow Room (Ypsilanti)

Thursday 3/12/09 -- The Pink Noise -- The Clapp -- Isles of E.S.P. -- Old Miami (Detroit)

Thursday 3/12/09 -- Matt Jones -- Hana Malhas -- The Juliets -- The Blind Pig (Ann Arbor)

Thursday 3/12/09 -- FASHION -- The Johnny Ill Band -- John Barrett's Bass Drum of Death -- PJ’s Lager House (Detroit)

Friday 3/13/09 -- BLUE BLACK HOURS -- KEG -- WAR HORSES -- STAIR INTO THE SUN -- The New Way Bar (Ferndale)

Friday 3/13/09 -- The Codgers -- Phonotropic in the Vernors Room (Pontiac)

Friday 3/13/09 -- The Trachtenberg Family Slideshow Players -- DIA (Detroit)

Friday 3/13/09 -- Black Lips -- Gentleman Jesse & His Men -- Timmy's Organism --Magic Stick (Detroit)

Friday 3/13/09 -- PJ's Birthday! -- The Muggs -- Tres Bien -- Mumpsy -- PJ’s Lager House (Detroit)

Friday 3/13/09 -- The Darts (CD Release) -- Mick Bassett & The Marthas -- Wild Years -- Bird Dog -- Elbow Room (Ypsilanti

Saturday 3/14/09 -- New Grenada -- Beard of Bees -- Small's (Hamtramck)

Saturday 3/14/09 -- Handsome Furs -- Silverghost -- Childbite -- Blind Pig (Ann Arbor)

Sunday, March 8, 2009

March 8, 2009: Saturday Blowout Recap

Wow. What a weekend! It's sort of a good thing that Blowout only happens once a year, because it really is exhausting. That being said, I wouldn't miss the frantic running, split-second decision madness for the world.

Saturday felt like a more typical Blowout day for me. I caught some of eight bands. They were: Julie Nager, Red China, Blue Black Hours, WAR. (Warn Defever of HNIA), The Frustrations, The Meltdowns, Detroit Cobras and Carjack.

The two standouts for me were The Meltdowns and Carjack.

The Meltdowns play this amazingly fun brand of surf rock. I saw people of all ages, including guys I would have thought were hardened punk rockers loving this band. The best part was that they all look like your high school principal. Whenever it is they finish their album, I will be getting it, and it will be at the library.

I finished the night with Carjack. I've seen him a few times, and it's always more than just music. It's performance. This time, there were more animal masks than I had ever seen. By the time I got into the K of C lounge, drums were being rolled out into the audience and drumsticks handed out. People were pounding along to his electronic beats...it really felt like some sort of happening. You should always go to a Carjack show when you can.


Now, a couple of pictures.



My one and only Frustrations pic

The Meltdowns


Carjack with a little help from his friends


Carjack.

See you tomorrow for your regularly scheduled music post!

K.

Saturday, March 7, 2009

March 7, 2009: Metro Times Blowout Friday Recap

Let's not talk about how I only saw three bands last night. You should just know that I had fun, ok? Those three bands were Elle and the Fonts, Allan James & The Coldwave and Great Lakes Myth Society. I liked them all. Last night was more about networking, really and I kept ending up in places where everyone was. It was cool. Here are some pictures:







Elle at Kelly's Bar



GLMS at the unbelievably packed Atlas



Tim Monger of GLMS showing off the band's beer cozy

Tonight, well I really hope to see more than last night. Come out and see all the tired people muster up their energy for just one more night of Blowout fun!

Saturday's picks are below!

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Saturday 03/07/09

9:20 PM -- Bar Carbon
Motor City Sidestrokers

9:20 PM -- Jean's
Romeo Flynns

9:20 PM -- K of C Lounge
The Displays

9:20 PM -- Paycheck's
Red China

9:40 PM -- Baker's Streetcar
Old Empire

10:00 PM -- The Belmont
Leaf Erikson

10:20 PM -- Bar Carbon
The Polish Muslims

10:20 PM -- Painted Lady
The Frustrations

10:20 PM -- Paycheck's
Oscillating Fan Club

10:30 PM -- Record Graveyard
Johnny Ill Band

10:40 PM -- Atlas
Black Jake and the Carnies

10:40 PM -- Small's
Wolfbait

10:40 PM -- Whiskey in the Jar
Misty Lyn and the Big Beautiful

11:00 PM -- The Belmont
Lightning Love

11:00 PM -- K of C Hall
Magic Shop

11:20 PM -- Jean's
The Crooks

11:20 PM -- Kelly's
Cougar the Tiger

11:20 PM -- Paycheck's
Duende!

12:00 AM -- Trowbridge House
Decibilt

12:20 AM -- Jean's
Satori Circus

12:20 AM -- K of C Lounge
Carjack.

12:20 AM -- Paycheck's
Pinkeye with John Sinclair

12:40 AM -- Atlas
Scotch Bonnet

12:40 AM -- Small's
Bluesong

1:00 AM -- The Belmont
Friendly Foes

1:00 AM -- K of C Hall
The Detroit Cobras

Phew! See you this weekend!

K

Friday, March 6, 2009

March 6, 2009: Thursday recap of Blowout

Well bummer! I forgot my camera last night! And the camera phone pictures aren't looking too promising either. I guess I'll have to paint pictures with words.

So last night I saw Fields of Industry, Sik Sik Nation, Deastro and Timmy's Organism. Fields of Industry rocked it way more than I thought they would, given the mellower feel of their album. I definitely enjoyed it and wished I could have stayed longer. Instead I speedwalked a mile up to Small's to see Sik Sik Nation, who I see so infrequently that I always find myself saying to my friends "wow! I really like these guys". Deastro was playing the GIANT Knights of Columbus Hall which was very echoey. I always love Deastro and he didn't disappoint. Especially when he was throwing little gifts out to the audience, including a ceramic cat that looked like an alien. Which broke. I finished my evening with Timmy's Organism. It's worth the trip simply to see Timmy Vulgar duct tape his head and contort his face. You would think that when someone like Timmy asks for three shots of Jager, that he'd get them immediately...but alas he didn't until the end of the set.

Please come out tonight! It's going to be awesome. I can guarantee that I will be at the Atlas at about midnight for Great Lakes Myth Society. Join me in seeing just how many people will fit in that postage stamp-sized bar!

Don't worry, my picks are still below!



Friday 3/6/09

9:20 PM -- Atlas
Matt Jones

9:20 PM -- Painted Lady
The Blueflowers

9:20 PM -- Whiskey in the Jar
Moonsqualler

9:40 PM -- Kelly's Bar
Elle and the Fonts

10:00 PM -- New Dodge Lounge
Detroit Pony Express

10:20 PM -- Painted Lady
Allan James and the Cold Wave

10:40 PM -- Small's
Running With Panthers

11:00 PM -- K of C Hall
Terrible Twos

11:00 PM -- Trowbridge House
Madame XD

11:20 PM -- Painted Lady
Scarlet Oaks

11:40 PM -- Small's
The High Strung

11:40 PM -- K of C Lounge
Aran Ruth

12:00 AM -- K of C Hall
Lee Marvin Computer Arm

12:20 AM -- Atlas
Great Lakes Myth Society

12:40 AM-- Kelly's
The Hadituptoheres

12:40 AM -- K of C Lounge
City Center

12:40 AM -- Paycheck's
Dutch Pink

1:00 AM -- K of C Hall
The Dirtbombs

1:00 AM -- New Dodge Lounge
Broadzilla

1:00 AM -- Trowbridge House
Blackreign and Ohkang

Saturday 03/07/09

9:20 PM -- Bar Carbon
Motor City Sidestrokers

9:20 PM -- Jean's
Romeo Flynns

9:20 PM -- K of C Lounge
The Displays

9:20 PM -- Paycheck's
Red China

9:40 PM -- Baker's Streetcar
Old Empire

10:00 PM -- The Belmont
Leaf Erikson

10:20 PM -- Bar Carbon
The Polish Muslims

10:20 PM -- Painted Lady
The Frustrations

10:20 PM -- Paycheck's
Oscillating Fan Club

10:30 PM -- Record Graveyard
Johnny Ill Band

10:40 PM -- Atlas
Black Jake and the Carnies

10:40 PM -- Small's
Wolfbait

10:40 PM -- Whiskey in the Jar
Misty Lyn and the Big Beautiful

11:00 PM -- The Belmont
Lightning Love

11:00 PM -- K of C Hall
Magic Shop

11:20 PM -- Jean's
The Crooks

11:20 PM -- Kelly's
Cougar the Tiger

11:20 PM -- Paycheck's
Duende!

12:00 AM -- Trowbridge House
Decibilt

12:20 AM -- Jean's
Satori Circus

12:20 AM -- K of C Lounge
Carjack.

12:20 AM -- Paycheck's
Pinkeye with John Sinclair

12:40 AM -- Atlas
Scotch Bonnet

12:40 AM -- Small's
Bluesong

1:00 AM -- The Belmont
Friendly Foes

1:00 AM -- K of C Hall
The Detroit Cobras

Phew! See you this weekend!

K

Thursday, March 5, 2009

March 5, 2009: Blowout Kick off Pics!

Don't worry folks, the rest of my Blowout picks will appear below. I just wanted to share some of the pictures I got at tonight's Kick off party!




















Lo-Fi Bri and Ms. N of The Electric Fire Babies kick it off!






















Lo-Fi Bri tellin' it like it is!




















Justin shredding.






















Child Bite. Did Ace really have a beard like that?

















More Child Bite. Sax is so punk rock.












That guitar is transparent and wireless.








Thursday 3/5/09

8:40 PM -- Kelly's Bar (Hamtramck)
The Pantones

9:00 PM -- New Dodge Lounge (Hamtramck)
Fields of Industry

9:00 PM -- K of C Hall (Hamtramck)
Rogue Satellites

9:20 PM -- Painted Lady (Hamtramck)
Fontana

9:20 PM -- Jean's (Hamtramck)
The Codgers

9:20 PM -- K of C Lounge (Hamtramck)
Devilfish

9:40 PM -- Small's (Hamtramck)
Sik Sik Nation

9:40 PM -- Baker's Streetcar Hamtramck)
Philo-San

10:00 PM -- New Dodge Lounge
Millions of Brazilians

10:20 PM -- Paycheck's
The Prime Ministers

10:40 PM -- Baker's Streetcar
Much Too Much

11:00 PM -- K of C Hall
Deastro

11:00 PM -- Trowbridge House of Coffee
Charlie Slick

11:20 PM -- Paycheck's
The Decks

11:20 PM -- Jean's
The Juliets

11:40 PM -- Kelly's
The Dial Tones

11:40 PM -- Small's
Mick Bassett & The Marthas

Friday 3/6/09

9:20 PM -- Atlas
Matt Jones

9:20 PM -- Painted Lady
The Blueflowers

9:20 PM -- Whiskey in the Jar
Moonsqualler

9:40 PM -- Kelly's Bar
Elle and the Fonts

10:00 PM -- New Dodge Lounge
Detroit Pony Express

10:20 PM -- Painted Lady
Allan James and the Cold Wave

10:40 PM -- Small's
Running With Panthers

11:00 PM -- K of C Hall
Terrible Twos

11:00 PM -- Trowbridge House
Madame XD

11:20 PM -- Painted Lady
Scarlet Oaks

11:40 PM -- Small's
The High Strung

11:40 PM -- K of C Lounge
Aran Ruth

12:00 AM -- K of C Hall
Lee Marvin Computer Arm

12:20 AM -- Atlas
Great Lakes Myth Society

12:40 AM-- Kelly's
The Hadituptoheres

12:40 AM -- K of C Lounge
City Center

12:40 AM -- Paycheck's
Dutch Pink

1:00 AM -- K of C Hall
The Dirtbombs

1:00 AM -- New Dodge Lounge
Broadzilla

1:00 AM -- Trowbridge House
Blackreign and Ohkang

Saturday 03/07/09

9:20 PM -- Bar Carbon
Motor City Sidestrokers

9:20 PM -- Jean's
Romeo Flynns

9:20 PM -- K of C Lounge
The Displays

9:20 PM -- Paycheck's
Red China

9:40 PM -- Baker's Streetcar
Old Empire

10:00 PM -- The Belmont
Leaf Erikson

10:20 PM -- Bar Carbon
The Polish Muslims

10:20 PM -- Painted Lady
The Frustrations

10:20 PM -- Paycheck's
Oscillating Fan Club

10:30 PM -- Record Graveyard
Johnny Ill Band

10:40 PM -- Atlas
Black Jake and the Carnies

10:40 PM -- Small's
Wolfbait

10:40 PM -- Whiskey in the Jar
Misty Lyn and the Big Beautiful

11:00 PM -- The Belmont
Lightning Love

11:00 PM -- K of C Hall
Magic Shop

11:20 PM -- Jean's
The Crooks

11:20 PM -- Kelly's
Cougar the Tiger

11:20 PM -- Paycheck's
Duende!

12:00 AM -- Trowbridge House
Decibilt

12:20 AM -- Jean's
Satori Circus

12:20 AM -- K of C Lounge
Carjack.

12:20 AM -- Paycheck's
Pinkeye with John Sinclair

12:40 AM -- Atlas
Scotch Bonnet

12:40 AM -- Small's
Bluesong

1:00 AM -- The Belmont
Friendly Foes

1:00 AM -- K of C Hall
The Detroit Cobras

Phew! See you this weekend!

K

Monday, March 2, 2009

March 2, 2009: Some News, Metro Times Blowout Picks

Hello dear readers! This week things will be slightly different, because there's a big event I want to tell you about...in a minute. First I want to let all the folks who visit the Ferndale Library that it will be closing on March 6th so we can begin moving! We're not sure when we'll open back up, but keep your eye here and on our website http://www.ferndale.lib.mi.us/ for news!



Alright, on to the Blowout!



For the uninitiated, The Metro Times Blowout is an annual local music event that takes the city of Hamtramck by storm. This year there are over 200 bands at 15 venues. The Blowout is all about running around Hamtramck in the cold trying to hear as many bands as possible. It's fun, it's crazy and it's exhausting.



Below are the bands I'm going to try to see this weekend. I've decided this is the year to try to see some new music, so a lot of my picks are based on a few songs on the bands' myspace pages. You can find the full Blowout schedule at http://metrotimes.com/blowout/schedule.asp

Wednesday 3/4/09 -- Blowout Pre-Party

8:45 PM -- Magic Stick (Detroit)
The Electric Firebabies

9:30 PM -- Magic Stick (Detroit)
Child Bite

11:30 PM -- Majestic Theatre (Detroit)
Outrageous Cherry

11:45 PM -- Magic Stick (Detroit)
Silverghost

12:30 AM -- Majestic Theatre (Detroit)
The Meatmen

Thursday 3/5/09

8:40 PM -- Kelly's Bar (Hamtramck)
The Pantones

9:00 PM -- New Dodge Lounge (Hamtramck)
Fields of Industry

9:00 PM -- K of C Hall (Hamtramck)
Rogue Satellites

9:20 PM -- Painted Lady (Hamtramck)
Fontana

9:20 PM -- Jean's (Hamtramck)
The Codgers

9:20 PM -- K of C Lounge (Hamtramck)
Devilfish

9:40 PM -- Small's (Hamtramck)
Sik Sik Nation

9:40 PM -- Baker's Streetcar Hamtramck)
Philo-San

10:00 PM -- New Dodge Lounge
Millions of Brazilians

10:20 PM -- Paycheck's
The Prime Ministers

10:40 PM -- Baker's Streetcar
Much Too Much

11:00 PM -- K of C Hall
Deastro

11:00 PM -- Trowbridge House of Coffee
Charlie Slick

11:20 PM -- Paycheck's
The Decks

11:20 PM -- Jean's
The Juliets

11:40 PM -- Kelly's
The Dial Tones

11:40 PM -- Small's
Mick Bassett & The Marthas

Friday 3/6/09

9:20 PM -- Atlas
Matt Jones

9:20 PM -- Painted Lady
The Blueflowers

9:20 PM -- Whiskey in the Jar
Moonsqualler

9:40 PM -- Kelly's Bar
Elle and the Fonts

10:00 PM -- New Dodge Lounge
Detroit Pony Express

10:20 PM -- Painted Lady
Allan James and the Cold Wave

10:40 PM -- Small's
Running With Panthers

11:00 PM -- K of C Hall
Terrible Twos

11:00 PM -- Trowbridge House
Madame XD

11:20 PM -- Painted Lady
Scarlet Oaks

11:40 PM -- Small's
The High Strung

11:40 PM -- K of C Lounge
Aran Ruth

12:00 AM -- K of C Hall
Lee Marvin Computer Arm

12:20 AM -- Atlas
Great Lakes Myth Society

12:40 AM-- Kelly's
The Hadituptoheres

12:40 AM -- K of C Lounge
City Center

12:40 AM -- Paycheck's
Dutch Pink

1:00 AM -- K of C Hall
The Dirtbombs

1:00 AM -- New Dodge Lounge
Broadzilla

1:00 AM -- Trowbridge House
Blackreign and Ohkang

Saturday 03/07/09

9:20 PM -- Bar Carbon
Motor City Sidestrokers

9:20 PM -- Jean's
Romeo Flynns

9:20 PM -- K of C Lounge
The Displays

9:20 PM -- Paycheck's
Red China

9:40 PM -- Baker's Streetcar
Old Empire

10:00 PM -- The Belmont
Leaf Erikson

10:20 PM -- Bar Carbon
The Polish Muslims

10:20 PM -- Painted Lady
The Frustrations

10:20 PM -- Paycheck's
Oscillating Fan Club

10:30 PM -- Record Graveyard
Johnny Ill Band

10:40 PM -- Atlas
Black Jake and the Carnies

10:40 PM -- Small's
Wolfbait

10:40 PM -- Whiskey in the Jar
Misty Lyn and the Big Beautiful

11:00 PM -- The Belmont
Lightning Love

11:00 PM -- K of C Hall
Magic Shop

11:20 PM -- Jean's
The Crooks

11:20 PM -- Kelly's
Cougar the Tiger

11:20 PM -- Paycheck's
Duende!

12:00 AM -- Trowbridge House
Decibilt

12:20 AM -- Jean's
Satori Circus

12:20 AM -- K of C Lounge
Carjack.

12:20 AM -- Paycheck's
Pinkeye with John Sinclair

12:40 AM -- Atlas
Scotch Bonnet

12:40 AM -- Small's
Bluesong

1:00 AM -- The Belmont
Friendly Foes

1:00 AM -- K of C Hall
The Detroit Cobras

Phew! See you this weekend!

K