Sunday, May 30, 2010

Human Reunion Release

I will elaborate later, but, tonight was a blast. Great performances by all the bands. A beautifully packaged record put out by Five Three Dial Tone. Here's a smattering of pictures to tide you over.

Lettercamp





Human Reunion



Silverghost



Deastro






Saturday, May 29, 2010

Synesthesia, shame and other things I probably don't have

Tonight, Five Three Dial Tone Records celebrates the release of their latest release, "Carbonics" by Human Reunion. I'll be there, so you should be, too.

Before I get to the show review, look at me on Youtube! This is the beginning of a series of behind the scenes library videos called "In the Stacks".




Why is it that when I'm taking pictures of a band, I have less of a sense of how they sound? Thankfully, for me, I stopped snapping part way through both Pewter Cub and Rogue Satellites' sets to enjoy them. Pewter Cub's set was really good last night, all moody and cool. If you know me, you know that it takes a hell of a female vocalist to impress me, so when I say that I loved Regan Lorie's dark, haunting voice, you know that's saying something. Scott Sanford's bass and guitar playing are impressive; his fingers fly over the bass just as quickly as on the guitar. Dave Jennings on drums smashes out the heartbeat of their powerful songs. Look for their record soon, after what I heard last night, it's sure to be great.

Rogue Satellites were celebrating the release of their record Fallacy Island last night. I hadn't seen them in over a year, so it was really cool to see how they've changed since then. They are totally dancable, and fun. Combining electro beats with the unstoppable force that is Scott Stone's drumming gives their songs the feel of racing train that you don't want to get off of. Jaye Thomas' vocals are sweet in their delivery, belying the darker nature of some of the lyrics ("Imaginary Animals"). I love this kind of thing. Regan Lorie is also a Satellite, and her keys and backup vocals really polish the band's sound. Their record, recorded and mixed by Jim Diamond is out now. I'm listening to it right now, and I'm really digging it!

Highlight of the night: when Pewter Cub's Scott and Dave joined Rogue Satellites on stage to become Rogue Cubs and Pewter Satellites for a few songs.

Sadly, I only heard a few of Fur's songs because I'm an old lady and needed to get home to bed. They sounded really tight. I will have to see them again.

Pewter Cub












Rogue Satellites










Monday, May 24, 2010

My New Home

I went to the Majestic Theatre Complex so many times this weekend that I really expect them to set up a cot for me. The Alley Deck seems like a good place to sleep, right?

Friday night, I caught some of the Heidelberg Rock Project. The highlight for me was Marco Polio and the New Vaccines vs. Black Lodge, a free-for-all of balloons, honey, feathers, yarn and dancing. Yeah, I said honey.

Saturday, I came back to the Stick for Midlake. I was sad that the turnout was so small for such a beautiful band, but happy that I was able to be close enough to take some pictures.

Sunday, I went to the Cafe for Fan-Tan, a synth-pop band in from New York, a client for Green Light Go (my other job). They were really good, and super nice people.

I'm currently sitting in the mostly uninhabited Ferndale Library temporary location, where my co-workers and I are readying our collection and ourselves for our big move. Trust me, it's going to be worth the wait.

Pictures:

Duende



Sisters of Your Sunshine Vapor



Mick Bassett and the Marthas

The Frustrations


Marco Polio and the New Vaccines vs. Black Lodge














Midlake




Fan-Tan






Monday, May 17, 2010

Library Chainsaw Massacre?

Sorry for the tardiness of this post, but I spent most of the day at the Metro Detroit Book and Author Society's Award Lunch, who were kind enough to award the library the James Dance Grant so that I can create a snazzy collection of instructional books for our lovely group of local musicans. Again please send me any recommendations you might have for this sort of thing.

Last Saturday saw a one of a kind event at the Ferndale Public Library. The Jesus Chainsaw Massacre's Bryan Metro previewed his novel, The Invisible People and he was accompanied by music composed to go along with it by the rest of JCM. Sheefy McFly, an up-and-coming rapper brought his brand of down to earth rap to the mix, for the sort of event a library doesn't see too often. It was wild, it was crazy, there was flailing, there was swearing and there were people here enjoying every minute of it. My thanks to The Jesus Chainsaw Massacre for taking the initiative and using a chance meeting at Blowout to form a real connection with me. To quote someone on Twitter, "It happened and it was FANTASTIC."

Pictures!