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  • 48 to film — behind the scenes at the 48 Hour Film Project

    By Amanda Mooney There’s a lot that goes into producing a film, and unless you are a filmmaker you really have no idea. Writing, casting, finding a location, shooting, and editing; each step of the process can take days, months, and sometimes years to complete. Can you imagine doing it ALL in just 48 hours? The 48 Hour Film Project is an annual competition that takes place all over the world in various cities. According to Mike Madigan, head of the Detroit 48 Hour chapter, the city is one of the largest participating in terms of the number of teams. The competing teams go in blind as to what kind of film they will be producing, with no creative planning beyond getting a cast and crew together, Madigan explained. “They pick a genre out of a hat, and they get a line, a prop, and a character. And they have to incorporate that within a short film, that’s usually between 4 to 7 minutes long. And they have the timeframe of doing it all within 48 hours,” said Madigan, “So all the creative process of it all has to happen within that 48 hour–writing a script, putting it together, editing–to […]

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  • Passalacqua debut dark new project ‘Church: Revival’ at new Hamtramck performance space

    Church: Revival is the new project by local rap duo Passalacqua (aka Bryan Lackner and Brent Smith), but it’s more than just a new Passalacqua release. The rappers teamed up with siblings Jax Anderson (frontwoman of rockers Flint Eastwood) and Seth Anderson, who together form the songwriting team called Syblyng (naturally). The result is a cycle of songs that promises to be darker than Passalacqua’s material so far. The project will make a live debut on Saturday, July 26 at a brand new venue space at the Detroit Bus Co.’s building Eight & Sand, and they will premiere the Right Bros.-directed video for the track “Baptism” as well. Other performances include Tunde Olaniran and Open Mike Eagle, and DJ sets by Nothing Elegant, Dante LaSalle, and Charles Trees. We met up the two duos at Eight & Sand to check out the new space and to talk about the project with all parties involved. Metro Times: How long have you been working together? Jax Anderson: Seth and I are constantly writing songs together. We want to push in the direction of becoming songwriters more frequently. This is our first project that we took on to co-write everything together. We’re basically just a songwriting entity. We won’t play live that […]

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  • PETA offers to pay overdue water bills for Detroiters willing to go vegan

    #150207742 / As locals continue to flood Detroit streets to protest the city’s ongoing water debacle, one national organization is hoping to be part of the solution — that is, for a dietary price. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, or PETA as the organization is more commonly known, has offered to pay outstanding water bills for 10 Detroiters who are willing to go vegan for one month. “Vegan meals take far less of a toll on the Earth’s resources,” PETA representatives said in a recent press release. “It takes about 2,500 gallons of water to produce just a pound of meat but only about 155 gallons of water to produce a pound of wheat.” PETA President Ingrid E. Newkirk adds, “Vegan meals are also a cost-effective way to help prevent health problems such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart conditions, the last thing that someone who is struggling financially needs to deal with.” Folks interested in participating are asked to send a copy of their most recent overdue water bill and their written pledge to go vegan for one month to PETA Attn: Detroit Water at 501 Front St., Norfolk, VA 23510 before Aug. 1.

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  • Dinner Club Does Brunch

    Sure, The Dinner Club, a regularly occurring pop-up that takes places at the Storefront Gallery  in Ferndale (and other locations, occasionally), usually happens around dinner time, but this Sunday, July 27, there will be a special edition: Brunch Chef Matthew Baldridge, who’s resume includes stints at such Detroit greats as Cliff Bell’s, The Rattlesnake Club, and Seldom Blues, has crafted a menu of French-inspired items that employ locally procured ingredients. Brunch includes four courses where guests will be treated to such delights as cocoa, cinnamon, chili-spiced creamy grits with pickled strawberries, cocoa puffs and strawberry-infused syrup, a smoked gouda potato gallette with Faygo Root Beer braised pork belly, quail egg and Faygo Root Beer syrup, banana marscapone-filled French toast with fresh raspberries, whipped cream and balsamic syrup, and champagne-soaked strawberries. It is also important to note that brunch is BYOChampagne. Baldridge, along with The Storefront Gallery’s Derek John and Lilacpop Studio owner and artist Janna Coumoundouros, curate the event that includes an art show, a great playlist, and visuals. Brunch services are at 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. and last about two hours, only 20 seats are available at each service. The cost is $25 plus a service fee. The Storefront Gallery […]

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  • Jurassic 5 holds onto what’s golden

      By Ashley Zlatopolsky It’s been a little over twenty years since iconic ‘90s alternative hip-hop group Jurassic 5 first formed in Los Angeles’ Good Life club. Widely regarded as a pivotal influence in the decade’s underground hip-hop movement by critics and fans alike, the six-piece crew consisting of two DJs (Cut Chemist and DJ Nu-Mark) and four MCs (Akil, Zaakir, Marc 7 and Chali 2na) were well on their way to becoming one of hip-hop’s greatest and most powerful acts of all time, ranking alongside names such as Public Enemy and N.W.A. with socially-conscious lyrics and smooth beats paired with smart sampling. But in 2004, Cut Chemist left the group to pursue a solo career, and in 2007 Jurassic 5 completely called it quits after nearly 15 years of music. And that was it for the crew until 2013. After almost seven years apart (nine for Cut Chemist), Jurassic 5 reunited and re-emerged stronger than ever before with a new flair, seasoned attitude, and more vibrant energy at Coachella Music Festival, the group’s first show with the original six members since Cut Chemist split. During their performance, Jurassic 5 gave fans a memorable concert revisiting all the classic feel-good tracks […]

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  • Detroit Riverwalk west extension opens from Riverfront Towers to Rosa Parks

    Dogs of Detroit have new territory to trot: Yesterday, the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy held a soft opening for a 20-acre westward extension of the Riverwalk. Part of a planned two-mile track of the West Riverwalk, the new span runs from the Riverfront Towers to Rosa Parks Boulevard, says Mark Pasco, director of communications for the conservancy. “It’s going to be great,” Pasco says. “It’s a wide open green space. It’s going to be great for activities.” The endgame for the Riverwalk, Pasco notes, is to extend the walkway from the Ambassador Bridge to Gabriel Richard Park, just past the MacArthur Bridge — about a 5.5. mile route. The new westward expansion is wider than most of the walkway, about 30 feet, says Pasco — a decision made by the conservancy to accommodate fisherman that previously frequented the area. “We knew … once it opened up they’d want to fish there again, so we made the Riverwalk itself wider,” Pasco says. The conservancy will hold a grand opening in late September, which will include “food and music and activities,” Pasco says, though no official date has been set.

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The Detroit mixtape

Music for the Motor City.

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Eminem, “Without Me”
From 2002’s The Eminem Show, this tune is a perfect example of Mathers’ biting wit, tongue firmly in cheek (even if it happens to be somebody else’s cheek). “We need a little controversy, ’cause it feels so empty without me,” he sings. He’s right too.

Bob Seger, “Old Time Rock and Roll”
From ’78s Stranger in Town, this song doesn’t bother to build. It jumps straight into a high tempo and never lets up. Seger’s husky voice sounds alive, and the band is spot-on.

MC5, “Over and Over”
Yeah, you might have expected “Kick Out the Jams,” but, to us, “Over and Over” is the ultimate MC5 jam. From that opening little guitar jingle to the killer riffing and the screeching vocals, this evangelical-esque rock ’n’ roll is why the band is remembered so fondly.

Marvin Gaye, “Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)”
A deeper cut from What’s Going On. The lyrics are as important today as they were in 1971. “Money, we make it; before we see it, they take it,” he sings. We can all relate.

Aretha Franklin, “Chain of Fools”
Maybe “Respect” would be the more obvious choice, but the smooth charm of “Chain of Fools” gets us every time. Franklin won a couple of Grammys with it, and Rolling Stone ranked it at no. 249 in a 2004 list of the 500 greatest songs of all time.

The Stooges, “Your Pretty Face is Going to Hell”
These days, it’s cooler to side with songs from The Stooges and Fun House, but this manic rabid tune from Raw Power gets our vote. “Search and Destroy” might have the pop hook, but this one has all the anger.

John Lee Hooker, “The Motor City is Burning”
Classic blues from Hooker, who describes Detroit as burning “worser than Vietnam.” Never a better description of the ’67 riots will you find. “Fire bombs bursting all around me, and soldiers was everywhere.” Terrifyingly vivid.

Destroy All Monsters, “Bored”
Dirge, sludge, nihilism — Niagara brings it all with her post-punk outfit, featuring the Stooges’ Ron Asheton and the MC5’s Mike Davis. A song about being bored that’s anything but boring.

The Romantics, “What I Like About You”
One staffer’s child has a toy guitar that, if you press enough buttons, will play an instrumental version of this song. A classic power-pop jam that’s wound its way down into our pop-culture subconscious.

Negative Approach, “Nothing”
From 1983’s Tied Down, “Nothing” is probably the most radio-friendly song in NA’s hardcore arsenal. (OK, it’s not really radio-friendly at all but, you know, it’s all relative.) “Life’s never fucking given nothing to me,” growls Brannon. Hey, you’re on our mixtape. That’s something.

Marshall Crenshaw, “Live and Learn”
A fairly recent tune from Cranshaw’s catalog, this incredible pop song was the closer on 2009’s Jaggedland. The thing just builds and builds to a chorus that will give you goosebumps. One of metro Detroit’s greatest (ever) pop songwriters.

Mitch Ryder & the Detroit Wheels, “Little Latin Lupe Lu”
Though originally recorded by the Righteous Brothers (and later by the Kingsmen), but most Detroiters will tell you that Ryder recorded the ultimate version. His rock ’n’ soul voice just did justice to Bill Medley’s party lyrics.

The White Stripes, “Hotel Yorba”
The real Hotel Yorba probably wouldn’t get three stars from the Michelin Guide. There’s certainly no spa or any sort of room service, but it did inspire this old-timey gem from Jack and Meg, and for that we are eternally grateful.

The Dirtbombs, “Motor City Baby”
From 2003’s Dangerous Magical Noise. Little Steven played this single on his Underground Garage radio show — and with good reason. Right in the middle of the Detroit garage explosion, Mick Collins wrote the ultimate anthem. 

Slum Village, “Dope Man”
J Dilla and his boys had the smartest lyrics and the sharpest wit of perhaps all of the Detroit rappers. Though Dilla died in 2006, this 2009 record featured a posthumous performance, and it works as a vivid description of Detroit’s mean streets.

Derrick May (as Rhythim is Rhthim), “Strings of Life”
Perhaps the most well-known song in May’s extensive repertoire, “Strings of Life” was based on a piano tune. A delicate piece of ambient electronica that proves he’s capable of more than traditional techno.

Yusef Lateef, “Morning”
From the 1957 album Jazz Mood, “Morning” is exactly the sort of thing you want to hear when you first wake up. With fellow Detroiter Curtis Fuller on trombone, Lateef conjures up an eerily relaxing soundscape. 

Danny Brown, “Grown Up”
Danny Brown should be the next big thing from Detroit. His Old was the 2013 Metro Times Album of the Year, and he has the most unusual hip-hop voice since Busta Rhymes. This single is simply the shit.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., “If You Didn’t See Me (Then You Weren’t on the Dancefloor)”
One of the buzziest buzz bands to have emerged from Detroit in recent years, DEjj has been spotted on major festival bills up and down the country, and this disco-pop-rock future classic showcases exactly why.

DJ Assault, “Ass and Titties”
We couldn’t resist. After all of that seriously great music, you’re going to need some T&A. DJ Assault raps about skanky bitches who need a wash with soap and water before, you know, getting skanky with our anti-hero. Makes ICP sound like Oscar Wilde. 

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