Sunday, July 26, 2009

July 26, 2009: The Boys are Back in Town

I think I'll just cheat and add the "What to see this week" list to the bottom of this post. Please note, for some real fun, you should come to the Alley Deck on Friday night to hang out with me for my birthday. Or I guess you could go see one of the quadrillion bands that are playing that night.

Yesterday, Office, The Pop Project and Johnny Headband played at Small's. Johnny Headband hadn't played in ages, so there was a kind of Welcome Back atmosphere. I've never seen Office, but love their stuff. I was not disappointed by their live show, and felt myself geeking out at the back of the room, singing along softly. Therefore, I forgot to get pictures. Sorry.

I haven't seen the Pop Project in awhile, so it was nice to have them back, and with new songs to boot! #fire I did get pictures of those guys.

I really, really liked Johnny Headband. A fun, interactive performance and this kind of can't-take-your-eyes-off-them charisma that is born not made. I didn't know a single song they played (I was vastly outnumbered by big fans and friends, though) and I still had an amazing time. The latest incarnation of the band is Chad and Keith Thompson, drummer RGS and Panic! from Pas/Cal and it's something you want to see, fo sho. Enough of my praise, here's some pics!

What To See This Week

Monday 7/27/09 -- Tyvek -- Coconut Coolouts -- Personal & the Pizzas @Lager House(Detroit)

Tuesday 7/28/09 -- Cursive -- The Love Language -- Javelins @Pike Room (Pontiac)

Wednesday 7/29/09 -- Fontana -- Kommie Kilpatrick -- Estrogen Highs -- Dialtones @Lager House (Detroit)

Thursday 7/30/09 -- Marco Polio -- Jack Topht -- Pewter Cub @Trowbridge House of Coffee (Hamtramck)

Friday 7/31/09 -- 800beloved -- SikSik Nation -- The Juliets -- Almost Free @Lager House (Detroit)

Friday 7/31/09 -- Chris Bathgate -- Hezekiah Jones -- This is Deer country -- Chris Kasper @The Elbow Room (Ypsi)

Saturday 8/1/09 -- Serenity Court -- Computer Perfection -- Hidden Ghost Balloon Ship @Small's (Hamtramck)

Saturday 8/1/09 - The Satin Peaches -- The Nice Device -- The Fifty @Blind Pig (Ann Arbor)

Saturday 8/1/09 -- Frontier Ruckus -- White Pines -- That's Him! That's The Guy! -- Greg McIntosh @The Elbow Room (Ypsi)

Thursday, July 23, 2009

July 23, 2009: A Contest!

I promised a contest, so here it is! If you would like to win a copy of Black Jake and the Carnies' Where the Heather Don't Grow all you have to do is answer two of the following three questions correctly! Send your answers as well as a mailing address to It's a library blog, what can I say! Knowledge gets you free CDs (here at least).

1.Black Jake and the Carnies hail from Ypsilanti. Who was the city named after, and where was he from?

2. Black Jake and the Carnies call their unique music crabgrass. To what genus does crabgrass belong?

3. What does the Carnies' drummer Kingpin Billy Lalonde always have strapped to his chest?

Please also go see Black Jake and the Carnies at the Ark in Ann Arbor this Saturday!

Monday, July 20, 2009

July 20, 2009: Whatchoo say?

Please note: The Carnies/Frontier Ruckus show at the Ark in Ann Arbor on the 25th! Also, be on the lookout for a Carnies related contest/giveaway later this week!

So, the Majestic Theatre Industrial Complex is putting on a festival August 13-16. It's got a name. It's called the Fucking Awesome Fest. I didn't make it up, but so far the name sounds appropriate. Eighty bands, seven stages, four nights. All within walking distance of my apartment. Thanks Majestic. Tonight, I'm on the list for The Dutchess and the Duke Alley Deck show. Thanks AGAIN Majestic!

That's sorta all I got at the moment...

What to see this week (shamelessly copied from here

Tuesday 7/21/09 -- The Datsuns -- Turbo Fruits -- Silverghost @Majestic Cafe (Detroit)
Thursday 7/23/09 -- I, Crime -- My Device -- The Library Is On Fire
Friday 7/24/09 -- The Dead Weather @Fillmore (Detroit)
Saturday 7/25/09 -- Black Jake and the Carnies -- Frontier Ruckus @ The Ark (Ann Arbor)
Saturday 7/25/09 -- The Satin Peaches -- The Decks -- Augie & Korin @Magic Stick (Detroit)
Saturday 7/25/09 -- Mick Bassett & The Marthas -- The Nice Device -- Anna Ash @Belmont (Hamtramck)
Saturday 7/25/09 -- Johnny Headband -- Pop Project -- Office @Small's (Hamtramck)

Monday, July 13, 2009

July 13, 2009:

Nothing like going on vacation when you have no car, no money and nowhere to go. I guess it is nice to wake up whenever you want, read all day and ride the bus to the mall. Anyway, before I left, I put all the stickers and stuff on a HUGE batch of new CDs for the library. With any luck, they'll go into the collection sometime this week or early next week. There's Thunderbirds Are Now!, Noman, The Summer Pledge, Deastro and that's just the local stuff! I've been doing my best to start getting in some more critically acclaimed indie rock from the rest of the country/world too. Soon you'll find Grizzly Bear, Phoenix, St. Vincent and The Dead Weather.

As always if you think I'm missing something, let me know or go here and fill out a recommendation form.

What to see this week

Tuesday 7/14/09 - Chris Bathgate - Javelins - Charlie Slick @Elbow Room (Ypsilanti)

Friday 7/17/09 - Darling Imperial - Serenity Court - The Jaye Thomas Band @Belmont (Hamtramck)

Saturday 7/18/09 - Four Hour Friends - Solitary States @Belmont (Hamtramck)

Saturday 7/18/09 - Child Bite - Big Bear - Javelins - Man At Arms @Lager House (Detroit)

Saturday 7/18/09 - Yo La Tango @Concert Of Colors (Detroit)

Saturday 7/18/09 - Tickled Fancy Burlesque Co. - Charlie Slick - Stone Crazy Pirates @The Blind Pig (Ann Arbor)

Monday, July 6, 2009

July 6, 2009: What a Weekend!

I don't know about yours, but my weekend started on Tuesday, with the Black Moth Super Rainbow/Deastro/Sik Sik Nation show. I know some of the guys in Sik Sik Nation and I know they were really surprised and delighted at the turnout. There were kids all over the place a good hour before anyone even played. And while they were there to see Black Moth Super Rainbow, they got up front early and stuck around. I know both Sik Sik Nation and Deastro won some new fans Tuesday, even if I'm only judging by an empty CD trunk and a large wad of cash.

Wednesday was my calm before the storm. The storm being Thursday night MOFO Karaoke at the Elbow Room. They've got the best selection of songs you'd actually like to sing and you get to do it on the Elbow Room stage. Which kind of made me feel like a rock star. That and singing Pearl Jam's "Alive". Also, it's a damn good place to embarrass yourself in front of actual musicians. That and watch them do the same.

On Friday, I hopped the 53 toward Grand Blvd (for free because their cash box was broken)and Cityfest. The Pure Detroit Stage was the place to be Friday afternoon/night. Marco Polio and the New Vaccines, The Rogue Satellites, Childbite, Deastro and Silverghost played back to back to...well you get the idea.

Marco Polio really knows how to engage an audience, no matter what the make up of that audience. Toward the end of their set, they handed out hand painted umbrellas. There were no instructions, just a "You're now in the band! Welcome to Marco Polio and the New Vaccines!"

Keeping with the two-man band theme, The Rogue Satellites were up next. Solid rock with a bit of electronic help, these guys definitely had me tapping my toes and shakin' it.

This was the first time I've seen Childbite since their sojourn to Alaska and the beard competition. Some of them have gone clean cut, while some have augmented their facial hair. No matter what they look like, they sounded great. They played a few new ones, so hopefully that means there's a new record on the horizon.

I saw Deastro three times in six days. This was the second time and my favorite of the weekend I think. Randy and the gang were high energy and friendly, though they seemed frustrated by how far away the audience was because of the barriers. Randy manically tugged on the fencing to bring people closer, but this was not enough. During the last song, he hopped up on the stage extension thingie and began pulling people up onto it. Myself included. Before too long there had to be 25 of us dancing on this thing. The part of me that worries about self-preservation nagged at the part of me intent upon thrusting my hand in the air, but did not win. We all survived.

Silverghost capped off the night. I really like this band. They make me move. They made a lot of people move, enough so that folding chairs began being piled up simply to make room.

Saturday, I enjoyed the company of my family and lots of grilled meats.

Sunday, I dragged myself the half a mile to the Garden Bowl for JRC's Birthday Party. Deastro whipped out Happy Birthday for Jay and some never before played stuff, so it was worth being completely exhausted. I ran off after that because I'm afraid of getting mugged.

Stay tuned for this week's "What to see". It's sitting on my computer at home!