Monday, February 22, 2010

Get your BIG READ ON...and more!

This is going to be a big month, especially for the library. This Saturday, we're having the Kick-Off party to a month of events surrounding the Maltese Falcon. There'll be a costume contest. Stop in the library for the code word to take to Mother Fletcher's and receive 50% off costume items!

I know it says live music over there, but it'll probably be olde tymey records instead, which is pretty cool, especially if it's your boss spinning them.

The Big Read is a big deal, y'all. There's a ton of book discussions, movie showings, panel discussions and don't forget that Loren Estleman will be speaking and signing on March 25th at Ferndale High School.

So be a part of the first of many big events we've got up our sleeves! Let us know if you're coming on Facebook!

I'm going to this. I know it's the bands I always see, but there's a reason for that. It's always fun. So have some guaranteed fun and come out to the Elbow Room...on Wednesday.

The Blowout Schedule is up! Holy cow. That's next week! I'll have some picks to talk about soon!

Friday, February 19, 2010

Just What the Doctor Ordered

Local music for a local cause. I like it. This is a worthy one, too. I'll quote from their website. "The mission of FernCare is to provide no-cost medical care to the medically uninsured or under-insured residents of the area. We define under-insured as those who do not have office visit coverage as part of their insurance policies." I've been there, and I bet you have, too. How great would it be to have a resource like this at your disposal when you're sick? Pop in and check it out next weekend!

Saturday, February 13, 2010

52 Week High

The 52 Week High Release party was a blast. I think I'll let the pics speak for themselves.

Darling Imperial

Human Reunion

Dale Earnhart, Jr. Jr.

52 Week High

Friday, February 12, 2010

In the Moment

I figured I would write about tonight's show while the sweat was still damp and the memory was fresh. At the last minute, I decided to catch the Polysics/Marco Polio & The New Vaccines/Bad Party show. Sometimes it feels like things are meant to be. I couldn't have picked a more perfect weeknight show to risk my hearing at.

Bad Party, with attitude and plenty of feedback got the astonishingly young crowd going. People were dancing from the moment they got on stage.

Next, Marco Polio did what they do best: create an event. I hesitate to use the term "happening" because that feels old and trite, but it would be the best way to tell someone who wasn't there about it. Dancey, electronic music with a noise edge, Marco Polio is there to get you moving. But it's the performance that really sells the audience. Steve, the lead singer is off stage more often than on. And while he's off, he's literally connecting with the audience. Dancing with them, putting his arms around them, and tying them all together...with yarn. By the middle of their set, we were all prepared to do their bidding. When umbrellas were passed out, they weren't discarded or destroyed, they were opened to let a rain of glitter fall, and waved in the air to the music. During the last song, a bass drum was set on the floor and drumsticks handed out. People played, tried out rhythms, passed sticks to new people. In other words, they joined in. Which is why it didn't feel hokey, when we were all asked to put our hands together in a "go team" type cheer and holler "Six Million as One!". I was right in the middle of it, and I gotta say, this curmudgeon didn't even mind being almost crushed to death, if it meant being a part of this event.

Polysics, who hail from Tokyo, were a bigger draw than I thought they would be. Their brand of punk-on-Red Bull/dance does something to people. It makes them jump. fast. Seriously, these guys are amazing musicians and performers. They come out in matching orange jumpsuits and black strips across their eyes and scream and play and entertain. They want, more than anything for you to join in, be it singing, jumping, or jazz hands. I can only imagine that playing a small show in the US is totally different from the stadium shows they play in Japan, but there must be something they like about it, because they keep coming back to Detroit. Look for their CD at the library soon!

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Some Ideas

Hello loyal readers who aren't yet irritated by the fact that I almost never post on Monday anymore!

First, I finally saw a show again! Tim Monger/Flatfoot/The Hounds Below/Scarlet Oaks last Saturday.

This was the second time I saw Tim with a band (well, that wasn't GLMS) and I really like it. Especially the trumpet. It just seals the deal.

I'd never seen Flatfoot before. I really liked their genuine country sound. I liked it so much that I bought their latest CD for the library. Look for it soon.

I also hadn't seen The Hounds Below before. I gotta say, I was blown away. The place was packed, and for good reason. There's a lot of classic rock feel in this band, but it didn't feel old hat to me. Maybe it was the fact that I haven't really listened to anything else Jason Stollsteimer, but I was not prepared for his voice, his delivery, his maniacal conviction. He's assembled a Frankenband of awesomeness which is apparently changing frequently: Ben Collins (Lightning Love), Molly Jean Schoen (The Decks), Mick Bassett, and Ben Luckett were all there Saturday and it sounded amazing. Really, people, see this band.

Poor Scarlet Oaks came on after this bombastic set, and while I liked what they were doing, their quieter, more folky sound was sort of lost on me after what I'd just seen.

I know this is going to get lost here between a show review and my "hey go to these things" thing, but I'm going to give it a shot. I've got an idea for a kind of "band/new musician resource" section. Imagine you're a guitarist in a band and you want to maybe start an electronic side project. You'd like to learn some keyboard skills or maybe how to use Pro Tools. Come to the library and get some books, or maybe a DVD to show you. Anyway, my point here is, what would you want in a collection like that? Comments are welcome and encouraged.

Now some things to see.

This Friday is busy. Well, in my mind, there's two choices.

1. High-Speed Dubbing, which blew the crowd away at DIY, finally has a full-length release, entitled, Way of the World out on Loco Gnosis. The release party is this Friday at The Berkley Front. Spattoon and Extra Large Childe are also playing.

2. 52 Week High has a 7" coming out on Five Three Dial Tone Records, their second release and the show supporting it is free at the Pike Room. 52 Week High is a project of Keith Thompson's (Johnny Headband, Electric Six) and Jonathan Weier's and the tunes will be played live by Thompson, Weier, Steven Tuthill, Jon Babich, Mike Alonso and Pan!c.

You should also know that I'm doing my best to buy new national music that people in this town will like. Recent acquisitions include:

Lady Antebellum - Need You Now
Vampire Weekend - Contra
Beach House - Teen Dream
Neko Case - Middle Cyclone

As always, if you think I should buy something, send me an email or fill out this form. Or drop by the library and let me know. I love visitors!

Monday, February 1, 2010

On the Eve of Destruction

So, the list of Blowout participants is up: 

It's time to request the week off work!

Also, Five Three Dial Tone Records are releasing another 7" by a band called 52 Week High which consists of Keith Thompson, Jon Weier, Steven Tuthill, Jon Babich, Mike Alonso and Pan!c. It sounds like the release party is going to be crazy awesome. So be there on February 12 at the Pike Room. It's Free!