Monday, August 31, 2009

DIY Fest Coming Up!

September 18-20th, Ferndale hosts its second annual DIY Street Fair on E. Troy! The musical line up for all three days looks great! I'm personally super excited to GLMS for the first time in months! Friday's big draw seems to Lucero, an alt-country band from Memphis. Of course, there's The Hard Lessons, and Lightning Love, and the Beggars....well you get the idea.

Saturday we have Johnny Headband, Lee Marvin Computer Arm, Child Bite, Zoos of Berlin, Copper Theives and more. Sunday, there's the Hentchmen, Friendly Foes, Pinkeye, Champions of Breakfast, Dan John Miller (of Blanche) and much much more!

What I'm trying to say here is this is going to be a damn good festival. And not only because of the music. Two, count em, two meaderies will be in the beer garden, plus food from your favorite Ferndale restaurants as well as a huge marketplace of artisans and artists.

Bike on down to E. Troy Street September 18-20 for the last party of the summer!

What to See This Week

Thursday 9/3/09 - Matt Jones - Vandaveer - Blair & the Boyfriends @Lager House (Detroit)

Friday 9/4/09 - The Intelligence - Terrible Twos - Child Bite @Majestic Cafe (Detroit)

Friday 9/4/09 - JSB Squad - The Decks @Lager House (Detroit)

Saturday 9/5/09 - Gardens - Golden Boys - Brimstone Howl - Spider Bags @Painted Lady (Hamtramck)

Saturday 9/5/09 - Autolux - The Frustrations - Mini Mansions @Magic Stick (Detroit)

Saturday 9/5/09 - Frontier Ruckus - The Great Unknown - Cotton Jones - White Pines @Blind Pig (Ann Arbor)

Sunday 9/6/09 - Polvo - Titus Andronicus - Tigercity - The So So Glos @Magic Stick (Detroit)

Sunday 9/6/09 - Tyvek - White Mystery - Mickey - Kommie Kilpatrick @Painted Lady (Hamtramck)

Monday, August 24, 2009

August 24, 2009: Not from Around Here

So, believe it or not, I listen to music that is not local sometimes. Don't everyone rush to cut off my head yet. You can check a few of these out at the library now, and some of them I will be doing my very best to add to the collection ASAP.

Imogen Heap - Ellipse

I've been listening to this online and I love it. It's officially released tomorrow, and I would recommend adding it to your mp3 player or CD collection. Heap's ethereal voice, helped out by her atmospheric arrangements seeps into you brain. The first track "First Train Home," fills me with this odd sense of wistfulness that keeps me hitting replay to try to discover why. As soon as I get the chance, I'll be ordering this one for the library's collection.

Phoenix - Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix


I'm sure everyone that I talk to for more than five minutes knows that I've gone completely nuts for this album. Its opening track, "Lisztomania" kind of makes me crazy in my head. If I'm anywhere where there's at least three feet of space, I'm on my feet dancing. Beautifully layered pop music complete with sing-a-long hooks and shiny guitars are present throughout, with a few moodier tracks in the middle.

Grizzly Bear - Veckatimest


At least some of these tracks remind me of the band America, and in a good way. This beautifully produced album needs to be enjoyed on a good stereo or through a good pair of headphones. There's a lot going on here, and you don't want to miss any of it, especially the gorgeous harmonies which I've heard they perform equally well live.

Brendan Benson - My Old Familiar Friend

Here's another one I'll be getting for the library as soon as possible. Marvelously well-written lyrics, high production values and genre-hopping pop make this a great listen all the way through...again and again. My favorite track is "Garbage Day," a melancholy little tune that has the sweeping orchestral arrangements of a 60s motown song.

What to See this Week

Thursday 8/27/09 - Smith Westerns - Johnny Ill Band - Pizazz @Belmont (Hamtramck)
Friday 8/28/09 - The Von Bondies - 800beloved - The Juliets @Magic Stick (Detroit)
Saturday 8/29/09 - Child Bite - DD/MM/YYYY - Prussia - Lightning Love @Lager House (Detroit)

Saturday, August 22, 2009

August 22, 2009: Psychedelic Freak Out

The bus system and a bad mood made me miss the first two bands at the Belmont last night, but I did get to see Screen Vinyl Image and SikSik Nation. I also got some freaky psychedelic pictures. Here they are:

Screen Vinyl Image

SikSik Nation

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Silent Years Remixed by Deastro

All the other blogs are doing it...

The Silent Years - "Vampires Bite the Hands That Feed Them (Deastro Remix)"

August 20, 2009: It's Time to Freak Out!

This looks like it should be a good time, and I forgot to write about it in this week's What to see portion. So go check out some psychedelic bands tomorrow!

Also, if there are any local bands, labels, recording studios or connected type people who think the idea of a compilation with a Maltese Falcon theme sounds like a good idea, drop me a comment or an email at

Monday, August 17, 2009

August 17, 2009: F'n Awesome Fest Days 2 & 3

What a weekend! The festival lived up to its name, with lots of great performances all crammed into a little bit of space and time. Friday, I saw Esquire, Lightning Love, The Mahonies and Thunderbirds Are Now! Esquire was good for a laugh and some booty shaking, and you know how I feel about Lightning Love. The Mahonies are a love it or hate it kind of act, and I'm on the love team. The anticipation for the TAN! set was palpable as everyone crowded up toward the stage. I'd never seen them before so I was kind of excited. I was not disappointed. The floor literally shook with a combination of audience stomps and sheer volume. I continued my tradition of going up on stage, and rocked out with a tiny toy tambourine that Scott Allen threw at me.

Friday Pictures

Saturday the day began earlier, as the Alley Deck was utilized for BBQ and yet more bands. I slid in at the tail-end of SikSik Nation's set. I finally got to see Millions of Brazilians, but maybe my previous bad manners were getting paid back to me because their set lasted three songs before they broke too much equipment to carry on. Later on that evening I was treated to Jesus Chainsaw Massacre's dramatic reading of a blogcentric article that 30 people in the world understood the significance of. They also jammed with SikSik Nation and Leaf Erikson and it was good! I also saw Noman and Silverghost, but my camera died so I didn't manage to get pictures.

I skipped out Sunday, figuring that God created the day of rest for a reason.

Saturday Pictures

What to see this week (besides the inside of your eyelids)

Friday 8/21/09 - Terrible Twos - The Guinea Worms - Kommie Kilpatrick @Lager House (Detroit)

Friday 8/21/09 - Night Shall Eat These Girls & Boys - Marco Polio & The New Vaccines @Vernors Room (Pontiac)

Saturday 8/22/09 - Timmy's Organism - Daily Void - Dimeras - Fashion - Druid Perfume - The Frustrations @Lager House (Detroit)

Saturday 8/22/09 - Blasé Splee - Running With Panthers - Macrame Tiger @Painted Lady (Hamtramck)

Saturday 8/22/09 - Brendan Benson - Annie Rossi @The Blind Pig (Ann Arbor)

Friday, August 14, 2009

August 14, 2009: F'n Awesome Fest - Day 1 Recap

So, I'm just now waking up even though I've been at work for three hours. The reason is that I had a total blast (I really need another phrase that means "a good time". Suggestions?) and stayed at Fucking Awesome Fest well past last call. There was this great friendly atmosphere at the Majestic Complex last night, a kind of easy, "this is the first night of a HUGE weekend" feeling in the air. I ran into way more people than I expected to, and therefore only really caught three bands.

First, I watched The Beggars play the cramped Garden Bowl Bar. Front man Steven James needed about twice the room he had to really do his stuff, which is fling the mike around, flail around on the ground and use his laser beam eyes to convince the audience to yell just about anything his heart desires. Their music is highly danceable and is as fun to sing along to as it is to witness. Oddly enough, I can't remember seeing the actual Beggars before last night, but I did see a fairly rare incarnation of the band, Impostors of the Deep Society at the Zombie Dance Party 2006.

After The Beggars, I tromped upstairs to see the Muldoons, a punk band made up of one teenager, one tween and the boys' dad. This is the kind of thing that makes you wish you kept up guitar lessons when you were a kid. These guys are good. The youngest (Shane) growls his lyrics like a seasoned professional, and he and Hunter both play guitar very well. Dad (Brian) bangs the drums.

I finished my night with Charlie Slick. Charlie's set is a glittery, bubbly dance party. His songs are catchy and funny, and there really is nothing quite like hollering "Let's have a sushi party!" along with everyone.