Monday, January 25, 2010

Modern Music

Let me get this out of the way: I'm listening to Kraftwerk's Trans-Europe Express right now, and I can't believe how awesome it is. You, too can enjoy the awesomeness by checking it out from the library (CD-1749).


Have you heard that WDET has hired Jon Moshier back? He's got a new show called Modern Music that airs Friday nights from 9 -11 PM. He plays a good mix of new indie music and local music in a town and time that could really use this kind of thing. Also, and I do not take full credit for this view (thanks Leah, for making me see sense), this is a perfect time slot. All the people getting ready to go out can turn the radio on and listen to new music that you can't hear anywhere else on the dial. Join this Facebook group to be friends with the show. I'm assuming that the show will have it's own webpage soon. You can listen to archived shows here.

Don't forget that this weekend is the Detroit Rocks for Haiti benefit. This lineup is fantastic, and for a fantastic cause. It's also a great way to see some new bands.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

A Show You Should See

Here's a show you should see. I love Deastro, and Shooting Spires is my best friend's cousin's band. He's from New York, so it's your job to show him that Detroit rocks. It's at MOCAD and it's $5. Do it!

Thursday, January 21, 2010

When Worlds Collide

Jesus Chainsaw Massacre remixed Sisters of Your Sunshine Vapor's "Two Thousand Nine". Listen here:

Also, Detroit is doing its part to help out the victims of the earthquake in Haiti. Let them know you're coming HERE

The Ferndale Blues Festival starts next Friday! In conjunction with this annual event, the library has tagged all our blues CDs with the Blue Pig. Come on in and get in the mood for blues!

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Slow Week...Fast Weekend

So this weekend, there's a lot going on. Check some of these things out.

Customer Appreciation Night @ The Magic Stick - 1/15/10

I like being appreciated, especially when that means free beer and food and music. This would be a good chance to catch some bands that I've never heard.

White Mystery - Ameobas - Kommie Kilpatrick @ The Lager House 1/16/10

As soon as I read that White Mystery was a brother/sister act and that they're both redheads, I was sold. And then I listened to them, and was sold...more. Front woman Alex White has got the pipes and her brother Francis has the rhythm. The Amoebas hail from Grand Rapids and from a listen of the tracks they have on Myspace, they've got the sneering punk style down. Lyrics you could holler and a beat you could bob your head or pogo to. I've already professed my love of Kommie Kilpatrick here once, and I'm going to do it again. Simple, snotty and funny, they're a breath of fresh air in the Detroit punk scene. All in all this is a well-matched lineup, and worth spending your Saturday on.

Motor City Blog's 5th Anniversary Party w/Ken's Loud Band - Electric Fire Babies - Mick Bassett & The Marthas - The Lincolns UK - Satori Circus - Kinetic Stereokids - Blase Splee @Music Hall Center For Performing Arts - 1/16/10

Well lookie here. This is what one might call a hell of a line-up. And at a fancy venue. I love the Firebabies and Mick Bassett. I am also curious about Satori Circus who I've heard good things about.

So there you go, people, a few ideas for the weekend. Decisions, decisions.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Hey Newbies!

I've had a lot of new visitors in the last few days and I would like to say, "Welcome"!

Also, for those who don't know what this place is, here's a little rundown. This is a blog run in association with the Ferndale Public Library. Awhile back, I got the idea to start introducing local music CDs into the library's collection. They're labeled so that people know they're getting a local artist's work. Up there near the top of the right column is a current list of all the local CDs we have.

If you are a local musician, label or fan please feel free to send me CDs. I've had donations mailed to me or simply brought into the building. We do buy what we can, but are on a limited budget. Please mail CDs to:

Ferndale Public Library
ATTN: Kelly Bennett
642 E. Nine Mile Road
Ferndale, MI 48220

Another thing we've started doing is having local bands play some of our big events. We've only done this three times, but it's been quite a success. If you are interested in playing the Library, drop me an email ( or call me at 248-546-2504.

I swear I'll get the rest of the pictures and videos uploaded soon! Until then please enjoy the ones in the entry below.

Monday, January 4, 2010


What a weekend. I spent New Year's Eve at the Magic Stick where I finally saw Kommie Kilpatrick. This is the kind of band you didn't know you needed to hear until they start yelling "get punched in the face tonight!" and you feel this weight leave you as you laugh and yell along. I also saw Secret Twins who everyone's been talking about. I really dug them. Sisters of Your Sunshine Vapor rang in the new year with their song "2009," which was perfect and Silverghost finished off the night with a bang.

Friday I went to the Elbow Room for the second night of Mittenfest IV. While it's always hard to get yourself out the door to an early show (especially after New Year's Eve), once I got to the venue and heard Tim Monger's solo set, I remembered why I came. The community of musicians in Ypsi is tight-knit and friendly and the mood is contagious. Seeing old friends play together and be amongst a crowd that is happy to see that happen just feels good.

Tim Monger played with a newly assembled band. I was super happy to hear that he is working on another solo album. Next up was Ghost Heart, from Grand Rapids. They set up the stage with two drummers facing each other and a bicycle wheel between them. The result was visceral and rhythmic. Probably the most unique thing I saw the whole weekend.

After a dinner break, I came back in time to see the Juliets. What they do has been dubbed chamber pop, and it consists of well-crafted songs played by excellent musicians. Can't wait for their album.

As 10 PM arrived, I was in for the long haul. I stationed myself at the front of the stage and prepared to have my face blown off by awesomeness. Silverghost refreshed my fuzzy memory of the night before. Their new songs "I Want to be Your Star Child" and "Little Baby Fell Into a Music Machine" are great and I hope there's some kind of CD that I can get for the library so you can all hear them! Next, Lightning Love came on and played all my favorites. After that, Champions of Breakfast put the hurt on my dancing feet. They've got a new song too that has something to do with a cybernetic arm. And finally, Great Lakes Myth Society played. At shows like Mittenfest, you can barely hear the band sing over everyone singing along, which is a testament to how well-loved these guys are. After some dancing and good-bying, it was off to get some rest before the next day of Mittenfest began.

Saturday, I was back at the Elbow Room by 5 PM to hear Nathan K. His jokes and stories are just as entertaining as his music. Again, I headed out for some dinner and got back to see Greg McIntosh's solo set. At one point he invited members of Misty Lyn and the Big Beautiful up to sing a song with him and I captured it on video. After some tweaking I'll upload it and link. From 9 PM on it was no-holds-barred excitement for me. First, Black Jake and the Carnies, who I haven't seen in probably close to a year, gave everyone a lesson in crabgrass. Jake's light-up banjo, the balloons, and Joe's dancing out the devil brought the energy WAY up in that place. They covered "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" and a Misfits song (I can't remember which!) and finished up the set with "Ypsitucky," the chorus of which you can learn and belt out before the song is over. Next was Jim Roll who is known mostly as a producer around these parts, but who is also an excellent guitarist, bassist and song-writer. I had never seen his band before and really dug the bluesy set. After that, Drunken Barn Dance played like they were headlining at Woodstock. The energy and the love in that room when Scott Sellwood is onstage is palpable and catchy. I feared for The Friendly Foes, who were up next, because it was a hard act to follow. I need not have worried. They took the challenge and beat it to a pulp, and people noticed. I found it particularly great to look around and see all the folkies banging their heads along to the band. Nice work Foes. And finally, Child Bite came on and finished the job. From the bizarre face paint to the spastic dancing to the trips out into the audience and beyond they tore the place up.

I just found out today that Mittenfest IV made $12,000 for 826 Michigan. That is truly amazing.

So, that was my weekend. I have about 300 pictures to sort through, and will be editing and posting them soon. I will leave you with two pictures that kind of say it all.