In this week’s Metro Times we took a look at the state legislature’s role in Detroit’s ongoing bankruptcy — in particular, how it must approve a $350 million pledge for the so-called “grand bargain” to remain intact. And, with last night’s announcement of a significant deal between the city and Detroit’s pension boards and retiree groups, the ball is Lansing’s court now. The new deal, first reported by the Freep, would cut general employees monthly pension checks by 4.5 percent and eliminate their cost-of-living increases. Police and fire retirees would see no cuts to monthly checks, while their cost-of-living increases would be reduced from 2.25 percent to 1 percent. Under the original offer, police and fire retirees cuts were as high as 14 percent, with general retirees as high as 34 percent, that is, if the groups rejected the “grand bargain,” an $816 million proposal funded by foundations, the state, and the DIA to shore up pensions. The sweeter deal for pensions, though, it must be noted, entirely relies on the state legislature approving $350 million for Detroit’s bankruptcy. And while this broke after Metro Times went to press, that was the focal point of this week’s News Hits column — so, it’s worth repeating: The […]
This Saturday, April 19, is Record Store Day, and there is plenty going on in metro Detroit and Michigan. Of special interest to us is Chiodos’ 7” single “R2ME2/Let Me Get You A Towel,” Mayer Hawthorne & Shintaro Skamoto’s 7” “Wine Glass Woman/In a Phantom,” Chuck Inglish & Action Bronson’s 7” “Game Time,” Chuck Inglish & Chance the Rapper’s 7” “Glam,” Chuck Inglish & Chromeo’s 7” “Legs,” Chuck Inglish, Mac Miller & Ab-Soul’s 7” “Easily,” James Williamson’s 7” “Open Up and Bleed/Gimme Some Skin,” Black Milk’s 12” “Glitches in the Break,” Mayer Hawthorne’s 10” “Jaded Inc.,” Wayne Kramer & the Lexington Arts Ensemble’s 12” “Lexington,” and best of all, Ray Parker Jr.’s 10” “Ghostbusters.” We wrote about James Williamson’s release this week. Go shop. Follow @City_Slang
Margaret Doll Rod will celebrate the release of her new EP, Margaret, with a show at PJ’s Lager House on Saturday, May 10. A statement reads, “The EP contains 3 new original songs and one Chrome Cranks cover with Italian actress Asia Argento singing background vocals. Margaret moved to Italy after the end of the Demolition Doll Rods where she still lives touring and performing festivals in Europe. The Dollrods were a Garage Rock force for over 20 years, opening for Iggy, Jon Spencer, The Scientist, The Monks and The Cramps. Margaret was the front person and principal songwriter for The Dollrods. Her chief musical foil was Danny Kroha, who joined the Demolition Doll Rods after the now legendary Gories called it quits. Margaret’s sister, Christine, on drums, rounded out the legendary trio. Margaret will do a special performance in the round that night with a 360 degree revolving stage and special guest DJ Adam Stanfel.” The bill will also feature the Stomp Rockets and the Volcanos. Follow @City_Slang
Send CDs, vinyl, cassettes, demos and 8-tracks to Brett Callwood, Metro Times, 1200 Woodward Heights, Ferndale MI 48220. Email MP3s and streaming links to email@example.com. Ricky Rat’s Tokyo Pop/Glitter People (New Fortune) 7” single highlights all that’s great about the Trash Brats guitarist, but also his limitations. The man can write a bubblegum rock ’n’ roll song to match anyone in the city and most beyond. He’s also a killer guitarist, ripping out one throwaway riff after another with reckless abandon. He’s a machine. On his own though, without Trash Brats frontman Brian McCarty, his voice doesn’t have enough strength to do the songs justice. Not that you need to have the greatest voice in the world to sing this stuff – you don’t need to be able to perform vocal gymnastics – but you do have to be able to wail the tunes out. Both of the songs on this single are great, but you can’t help but wonder how much better they would sound with McCarty or somebody similar talking the mic. Still, as they are the songs are great fun. We’re just being picky. The Paper Sound’s Trajectories is a dense, atypically dark Americana-tinged album, unrelenting and […]
“Neighbors wanted.” That’s the message on the homepage of buildingdetroit.org, a new website launched by the City of Detroit today to auction off city-owned homes to prospective buyers who pledge to fix them up and move in. “We are moving aggressively to take these abandoned homes and get families living in them again,” Mayor Mike Duggan said in a statement today. “There are a lot of people who would love to move into many of our neighborhoods. Knowing that other people are going to be buying and fixing up the other vacant homes at the same time will make it a lot easier for them to make that commitment.” The website to facilitate the auctions went live this afternoon. The first auction is scheduled to take place Monday, May 5. Officials said in a news release that one home will be auctioned per day, Monday through Friday. Fifteen homes are available for sale on the site, a dozen of which are in the East English Village neighborhood. Any Michigan resident, company, or organization that can do business in the state can bid, according to the website. Properties will be for sale for only one day, with bidding taking place from 8 […]
In case you haven’t heard, two of the biggest names in film, Steven Spielberg and John Williams, are collaborating to put on a benefit concert for the Detroit Symphony Orchestra this summer. In case you wanted to go- well, you’re too damn late. The DSO says tickets to the June 14 concert were snapped up in a record-breaking 15 minutes after they went on sale at 9 a.m. today. The DSO has since released this statement to fans who didn’t snag seats: Our apologies to everyone who was unable to buy tickets this morning for our historic benefit concert featuring John Williams and Steven Spielberg. Despite increasing our phone and internet system capacity for the day, a surge of hundreds of ticket buyers purchased tickets in a matter of minutes, filling the phone lines and temporarily maxing out our web servers. After a one-hour pre-sale made available to donors and subscribers at 8am, we released additional seats at 9am to the general public, including seats available for as low as $30. All seats sold out immediately. The concert program seems nothing short of top notch: Williams will conduct the orchestra as it performs some of his most iconic tunes, such […]
Mike Birbiglia definitely didn’t get into comedy for the money
Now is the Spring of My Discontent
Even the recently-arrived robins in my neighborhood look like they are getting ready to pack the fuck up and go back to wherever the hell it is they go during the Winter, wormwise.
Jam Up Jelly Tight
What the hell is this “Strawberry Jelly” shit I been seeing at diners? Who the fuck asked for that?
The home base and retail outlet of the burgeoning Tanner’s Pickles empire
Getting bombed is my Constitutional Right as a Citizen of Earth.
This might be a first for the “Mr. Wrong” column, you know, that a question got answered?
Where would we be if Jesus H. Christ decided He wanted to drop his G_d-Given middle initial?
Ultimately it all ends up at “I will be a better Human Being,” or, if you are Evil, “I will be an even more Evil Human being than I have ever been in my entire Evil existence, be it so Resolved.”
Let’s Top Ten!
You can make your own Top Ten list and put it anywhere you want, or send it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I Love a Parade
The Holiday Season is a time for learning, and one of the things The Children need to learn early is: Life is full of Disappointments. No parade this year, kids!
Jeez, my house is a potential death trap, man, it’s worse than Cold and Flu Season up in here.
A Hunger for Games
Football qualifies as a blood sport, and I am unenlightened enough to consider Super Bowl one of my High Holidays.
All The Holidays Stuffed Into One
Spending money is why many people hate The Holidays, and also, at the same time, for many Americans, the Active Ingredient of any The Holidays is buying stuff.
Here’s Zero Crazy Tips for Reading this Amazing Column
Wowee, way too much of everything, have you noticed, on the Internet, is announced in headlines as “Amazing” or “Crazy” or “The Most” whatever or “Insane” or “Awesome,” eh? Seriously, have you noticed this?
I’m in Miami Bitch
Gentle reader of the “Mr. Wrong” column, I am about to do something never before done in the entire 15-year history of columning the “Mr. Wrong” column.
Who the fuck decided “hazelnut” is a flavor-thing that belongs in coffee?
Barack Hussein Obama(care)
I don’t know about you—I mean, because how could I, this column is all about me, me, me—but I’m totally burned out on all this Budget Shutdown Budget Showdown stuff, you know?
Vacation! I hope you had one or get one real soon.
Think Table Talk Pie
City Paper talks Apple, Ashton Kutcher, and the tiny pie with Jobs folk
The Vacation is Right
I go away for one lousy week and it turns out to be the one week The Price Is Right hits town to recruit contestants? How can this happen?
Misery is Back
What do I need with risking all my hard-earned lottery winnings on you and your fakakta Get Rich Quick scheme? You wanna get rich, buy a Powerball like me, and then relax, it’s good for your back.
The Route 27 Bus Makes Me Sad
I am on the brink of an irrational and abiding hatred of the No. 27 bus, which sometimes takes me from my house to my job or from my job to my house in as little as 45 minutes. Sometimes.
Would you like to work at selling teakwood Ice Cream Scoopers?
All Glory is Fleeting
There’s no way this story couldn’t have triumphed in Award Combat, its enemies driven before it (no offense to the non-winners), in a Conqueror’s Triumph. Cheese Fish!
A Fifth of July
Fuck winter, man! Let's go get a snoball at the exact opposite time when you can make one out of dirty snow off the street! I want a blue one!
It Is Better To Win Than To Be Good And Get Fired
One of the other fine columns the “Mr. Wrong” column beat out for the award of “Best Column” was the “La Dolce Musto” column, written by Michael Musto, formerly and forever from the Village Voice paper of New York City, America.
When I holler, I need some refreshment to help keep my hollering muscles toned and lubricated.
This Freedom of the Press thing cuts in all Directions, man, you make a Press, go out and buy a Press, you have Freedom of it. America.
Scratch to Dream
My American Dream of turning an entire week’s worth of paycheck for the Mr. Wrong column into kabillions of millions of dollars is officially over.
Before I begin this week’s “Mr. Wrong” column, I would like to give you an update on the One Hundred and Fifty Dollars and No Cents’ worth of scratch-off lottery tickets I bought with the very first paycheck I received in remuneration for this, the New, Imp
The City That Leaves the Left-Turn Blinker on
I bet a lot of people scratch-off some scratch-offs and don’t even realize they won, especially if they are in a dimly lit environment, you know?
Next week is my annually favorite episode of Baltimore’s Best Alternative Weekly, to wit: Best of Baltimore! It is the Best, seriously, there are some other printed-on-paper publications publicating their own Best-ofs out there, but nobody brings the Bes
Bitter Pizza to Swallow
I HOPE THIS IS A trick or a publicity stunt or a way to get somebody interested in buying into their business, but I read on The Baltimore Sun’s Internet at 4:05 p.m., EDT on June 15, 2012, by Richard Gorelick, all about how Iggies, which is a place that
A couple-few weeks ago I announced a contest for people to become Editor-In-Chief of your Baltimore City Paper, or hey, better yet, about how I, me, the writer of the “Mr. Wrong” column, should be Editor-In-Chief.
Have you ever thought about being an Editor-in-Chief of a Major Metropolitan Alternative Newsweekly?
Hey, this paper you are holding or web site you are clicking on is looking for a new Editor-in-Chief, did you know that? Yeah, that is gonna be an exc
Sometimes I walk my bike downhill, seriously.
Q&A with Goat Boy, Dad, and a Spiritual Warrior Jim Breuer
So this week is Baseball Season, the beginning of it, and I’m totally into it, attending Baseball Games, even though I generally don’t start “paying attention” to Baseball Season, statistically, with “The Standings” and stuff
Oscar-winning doc focuses on what it takes to compete when you can’t
Ready, Go, Set!
So I think it looks like there is probably-maybe gonna be another Baltimore Grand Prix of go-fast cars here on the Streets of Baltimore, and I am in favor of it, because I am in favor of all kinds of events and activities that are supposed to be good for
This is one of my most favorite times of the year, seriously, but not because of the weather, because, like, no offense, even if it’s “good” for February, it’s still February all up in here on the mid-Atlantic chunk of the Eastern Seaboard where I dwell,
A Big Bowl of Sad
Wow, hey Baltimore, I’m sorry man, nobody wanted to think about Your Baltimore Ravens losing, but damn, nobody ever thought they would go out like that, on a last-minute missed field goal, ouch, seriously, that is, well, it is just Sad, you know? They co
The End of the Year as We Know it
Hey, it’s a New Year! Did you have a good New Year’s? Are you having a good New Year? It’s a lotta pressure, huh? A shiny New Year!
People get all excited about how it’s the End of the year because that means it’s almost the Beginning of the year, when
After her divorce, writer Mavis Gary retuns home to small-town Minnesota.
Hey, I dunno if you noticed yet as you flip through these pages of paper or pixel, but this week is one of my fave-rave editions of Baltimore’s Listiest Alternative Weekly, namely Top 10, where we, as in all the people who write words into the paper and d