Wednesday, March 31, 2010


Something spectacular has happened. Kommie Kilpatrick and Champions of Breakfast are putting out a split cassette with five Champions of Breakfast songs covered by Kommie Kilpatrick and five Kommie Kilpatrick songs covered by Champions of Breakfast. And tomorrow night, they'll be selling the 50 copies they have and (I presume) playing these songs. Be there.

For awhile now, I've been pumping our CD collection with goodies. Here's some recent additions I think you'll dig!

Astro Coast - Surfer Blood (CD-1878)

Not surprisingly, this is surf rock. There's ringing guitars, a nearly punk delivery of the lyrics and a pleasant 80s feel to this record. It's one of those albums that you can either have on in the background, or listen to intently, with about equal enjoyability.

Fleet Foxes - Fleet Foxes (CD-1876)

Apologies for living under a rock for so long. This album is quite simply, gorgeous. Harmonies that pierce your heart. There's this sense of "biggness" that makes me feel like I'm hearing it in a cathedral where I'm the only other one present.

Electric Ladyland- The Jimi Hendrix Experience (CD-1872)

This remastered classic comes with a DVD, but the real jewel has always been the recording. "Crosstown Traffic," Voodoo Chile" and "All Along the Watchtower" sound amazing remastered. It's the kind of thing you should listen to with someone who heard it the first time in 1968, so you can hear their tales of disbelief and astonishment.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Folkin' Out

I feel like I'm always apologizing for lateness here, so this time I'm not going to.

Last Saturday, I saw Tim Monger and Lac La Belle at the Lager House. Tim's always a delight to see, and the fairly new band he's assembled fleshes out his beautiful songs in ways you didn't know you were missing. He covered a Big Star song in memory of Alex Chilton. I caught it on video, and will upload it soon if the sound is decent.

I really liked Lac La Belle. Jennie Knaggs has a fantastic and powerful voice that, when combined with mandolin, double bass and guitar makes for a gorgeous bluegrass sound.

Tim Monger

Lac La Belle

This weekend there are about a thousand bands to see. I will be spared the task of making a choice because I will be in Columbus, OH. Any tips on cool stuff to see?

The new Beggars video!

Monday, March 15, 2010

Back in the Saddle

After a much needed break, I'm back! Let's see what's going on around town this week.

This Thursday is another Science Rocks event at the Detroit Science Center. Another Science Rocks event that I can't go to. :(

That, won't however, keep me from telling you to go! First of all, the lineup is amazing. Electric Firebabies, Darling Imperial, Prime Ministers and Silverghost. Secondly, SCIENCE. I love science and anything that gets people excited about it makes me happy. Go get there early and explore all the great stuff the Detroit Science Center has to offer, eat some astronaut ice cream and then rock out to some of the best bands in the area!

I am going to this on Saturday. I love Tim Monger's solo stuff, and even more so with a full band (trumpet!). I had been meaning to see Old Empire and Lac La Belle during Blowout, but we know how that worked out. So, I think this will be a good way to spend your Saturday night. Plus, the Arctic Cafe (will the name change in spring?) behind the Lager House has some kick-ass food. The burgers are awesome. I dare you to order a game hen!

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Blowout Recap: Saturday

Ah yes. That old familiar feeling. Exhausted, headachey, and totally over Blowout...till next year.


*Lightning Love covering Wheetus' "Teenage Dirtbag". Though this would have been a bigger highlight if I had actually got video of it, like I thought I was. Oh well, it would have been ruined by me singing along anyway.

*Looking behind me during SOYSV's set and seeing tons of people.

*Child Bite describing Secret Twins as "50% beautiful and 50% handsome".

*The confetti, streamers and craziness of Millions of Brazilians. Oh yeah and being on stage.

*Talking to no less than 6 "library people"! We're hip people, I swear!

Saturday was my night to hang out and see what The Gates of Columbus (complex?) had to offer. I caught some of Secret Twins' set. I really like them. Dina can really sing! And they always sound bigger than their two members.

Next was Sisters of Your Sunshine Vapor. The room really filled up for their excellent psychedelic set. There were four or five cameras turned on them at all times. That may have a little to do with the fact that they were the only band I saw that has an old style oil and food coloring light show. I'm really pleased that people like these guys. It's not for nothing; they rock.

After this, I saw Child Bite. They never fail in the energy department. This time, someone came tromping through the audience with a parachute that everyone grabbed an edge of and began flapping it in the air. It was like gym class. Child Bite has survived the loss/replacement of two members, and while I'll miss those guys, I like that the band still exists.

Lightning Love gets so much deserved good press that I would not be surprised if they got a national record deal out of it. They win for having songs you can sing along to almost immediately, and for knowing that a cover of "Teenage Dirtbag" is not too dorky and is the absolute perfect way to end a set.

After that, shmoozing occurred. I was aware that The Cold Wave and Silverghost were playing, but I was kind of basking in the glory of finding a whole group of library folks hanging out at The Gates of Columbus.

Then it was Millions of Brazilians. I'd really only ever seen them about an eighth of a time, because of broken instruments. This set was basically the opposite of that one. Big stage, big sound, HUGE audience. I managed to get right up front, which is why my earplugs appear to have failed. This set was just a blast. Confetti, some guy with a huge streamer dispenser, leaf blowers and rock. Nick is a hell of a front man and it didn't take much for half the audience to want to join him. Unfortunately it was during this set that a female friend of mine got punched in the face by a dude. I'm sure I don't have to tell anyone that this is not cool.

So, that's it! Enjoy the photos below!

Secret Twins

Sisters of Your Sunshine Vapor

Child Bite

Lightning Love

Millions of Brazilians