Monday, January 31, 2011

First Stop Friday is BACK!

Things are moving again. Slowly, but there's progress. As the library awaits new carpet and the finishing touches that it needs to reopen, we've all been planning big things for March. First Stop Friday concerts will start back up in March! I'm pleased to say that Sheefy McFly and the Delorean and The Electric Lamp Rays will be kicking us back into gear! Both of these bands have a library connection. Sheefy McFly played the FPL's first stand-alone music event at the library back in May 2010. I can't wait to see him and the Delorean do their thing in our much bigger space! The Electric Lamp Rays' keyboard player is a longtime library employee at the Royal Oak and Berkley public libraries. I was fortunate enough to share some desk time with him at RO and when I mentioned my concert series (and SMatD) he was excited to join in the fun!

If you're planning on coming, let me know!!/event.php?eid=138279969568230

Thursday, January 20, 2011


A few months back, when I presented at MLA, I was approached by someone from a review magazine called Foreword to write an article about putting together a local music collection at your library. It's finally out! Please read it here: What's really awesome is that it also appears in real-life print, too! Nothing like holding a magazine, and seeing your name in (blue) print.

Stay tuned for an announcement regarding March's First Stop Friday concert!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Chris Bathgate "No Silver"

Just a quick post about one of my favorite Michigan musicians. Chris Bathgate is an astounding songwriter who has won accolades from many who are more important than me. He also supports the local scene and its musicians and it's one of the many reasons I would like him to get lots of exposure.

He's giving away the first single from his eagerly anticipated album, Salt Year and I want you to go get it. Visit, plug your email address into the slot and enjoy "No Silver", the first taste of the next great Bathgate album.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Mittenfest V Pictures

Ah Mittenfest! Exhauster of the Mighty, Entertainer of the Many and Raiser of the Funds. This year's Michigan music extravaganza raised $15,000 for 826 Michigan, non-profit organization dedicated to supporting students ages 6 to 18 with their creative and expository writing skills, and to helping teachers inspire their students to write.

This year I only went one night. Don't feel sorry for my old, sick carcass, though, as I did see Matt Jones & the Reconstruction, The Sights, Jesse Shepherd-Bates, The Juliets, Charles Trees, Fields of Industry and This is Deer Country in one night. I tested out my new video camera and captured the historic cover of "Born to Run" by Matt Jones and the Reconstruction. I learned a valuable lesson about small, cheap microphones and proximity. Also, be sure to watch it in HD. I didn't beg for this camera for nothing!

Lifetime Metro-Detroiter that I am, I've never seen The Sights live. Figures I would see them play in Ypsilanti. But still. Their energy blew me away. The Juliets' drummer is badass. Also, a fun surprise was Jesse Shepherd-Bates' set. The Satin Peaches were supposed to play, but not all of them could be there, so what we got was a unique JSB set that was full of rocking. Another surprise for me was This is Deer Country. I've seen them before, and I'm a fan, but what I saw that night was otherworldly. Those guys have EVOLVED. Kate's voice has matured and she's been working on her technique. Plus with a full band they just shine. I highly recommend their new album What Wandering Heart. Seriously, it's beautiful and VERY well-produced.

Now, pictures.

This is Deer Country

Fields of Industry

Charles Trees

The Juliets

Jesse Shepherd-Bates

The Sights

Matt Jones and the Reconstruction