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  • The Record Store Day Guide for metro Detroit

    This Saturday, audiophiles across the world will venture out to their favorite independent record stores in search of limited releases that quickly become collectors items. The third Saturday of April marks the fairly new international holiday Record Store Day. There are certainly dos and don’ts to know for RSD — like where to shop, and how to shop. That’s right, there is an etiquette to shopping on Record Store Day and violating that code makes you look like a real asshole. In my experience of celebrating Record Store Day, I’ve seen stores use a few different tactics as far as stocking the special releases. Some establishments will set up a table, somewhere in the store, where a few shoppers at a time can flip through records in a calm and contained manner. Other places will have a similar setup, with all the releases at a table, but shoppers ask the store employees for the releases they want. It’s like a record nerd stock exchange. This process gets loud, slightly confusing and incredibly annoying — this is where elbows start getting thrown. Then, there are places that put the releases on the shelves, usually categorized by size — twelve inches with the twelve inches, seven inches with the seven inches and […]

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  • City Slang: DEMF 2014 canceled

    The Detroit Electronic Music Festival, which was supposed to be making a triumphant return this year, has been canceled. A statement on the website says that the festival will be back in 2015. Back in November, Ford Field hosted an announcement party for DEMF, where it was revealed that a new DEMF festival would take place at Campus Martius Park in Detroit over the July 4th weekend. “I’m proud to be involved in the biggest and best electronic music festival in the world,” said Juan Atkins. “The future’s here. This is techno scene.” Not the immediate future, apparently. The DEMF people claim that the M-1 rail construction is partially to blame for the cancellation/12-month-postponement. Read the full statement here. Follow @City_Slang

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  • Metro Times wins heavy at the SPJ Awards

    Despite a turbulent 2013 which saw Metro Times change owners, move buildings and change editors twice, we picked up eight awards at the Society of Professional Journalists Awards on Wednesday night. The big winner was Robert Nixon, design manager, who picked up a first place for “Feature Page Design (Class A)” for our Josh Malerman cover story, first for “Cover Design (Class A)” for our Halloween issue (alongside illustrator John Dunivant), and a second in that same category for our annual Lust issue. In the news categories, our esteemed former news editor and current contributing writer Curt Guyette won third in “General News Reporting” and third in “Best Consumer/Watchdog” – both Class A – for the Fairground Zero and Petcoke Series respectively. Music & Culture Editor Brett Callwood placed third for his Josh Malerman cover story in the “Best Personality Profile (Class A)” category, and former editor Bryan Gottlieb picked up a couple of Class C awards for “Editorial Writing” and “Headline Writing” (third and second, respectively). We were also pleased to learn that our investigative reporter Ryan Felton won first place and an honorable mention for work published while at the Oakland Press. The MT ship is steady now, […]

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  • Detroit’s grand bargain still needs Lansing’s approval

    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 […]

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  • City Slang: Local releases for Record Store Day on Saturday

    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

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Best of Detroit 2013

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Best Restaurant to Spend Less Than $15 in Oakland County

TIE

The Fly Trap

22950 Woodward Ave., Ferndale

248-399-5150; theflytrapferndale.com

 

Imperial Taco Bar

22828 Woodward Ave., Ferndale

248-850-8060

facebook.com/imperialonwoodward

When it comes to cheap eats in Oakland County, our readers don’t want to stint on style. The Fly Trap, with its upbeat atmosphere, playful dish names, consistent quality and attractive prices, is no stranger to our Best of Detroit pantheon. And it makes sense that it shares the honor with its near neighbor, the Imperial Taco Bar, which, in good weather, throws open its doors to create a sun-splashed dining area with a hint of Baja breeze.

 

Best Restaurant to Spend Less Than $15 in Macomb County

Plaza Mexico

18322 E. Nine Mile Rd., Eastpointe

586-777-8144

The chatter about Plaza Mexico is that it’s a friendly little joint with quick service and food that’s good. Particularly popular is their “Combo No. 1,” which includes rice and beans, an enchilada, a burrito and a hard taco. The rest of the menu runs to the usual American-friendly menu items — quesadillas, fajitas, tostadas, etc. — that are both affordable (lunch specials, large portions) and made from fresh ingredients.

 

Best Restaurant to Spend Less Than $15 in Washtenaw County

Fleetwood Diner

300 S. Ashley St., Ann Arbor

734-995-5502; thefleetwooddiner.com

Ann Arbor’s only 24-hour-a-day diner is an excellent choice. There’s simply nothing on the menu that costs more than $10. You can get the “Hippie Hash” — hash browns grilled with onions, tomatoes, mushrooms, green peppers, broccoli and feta cheese — with eggs and toast for a little more than $6. Adding meat costs extra — less than a dollar extra. Heck, for $15, you could get pork chops with two eggs, hash browns, toast and jelly, then add on a threesome of pancakes! Best of all, the people watching lasts all day long.

 

Best Restaurant to Spend Less Than $50

Best New Barbecue

Red Rock Downtown Barbecue

207 W. Michigan Ave., Ypsilanti

734-340-2381; redrockypsi.com

Here’s the story: Some entrepreneurs took a building on Michigan Avenue with endearing historical quirks, put a bar in the middle of it, served low-and-slow barbecue with a handful of sauces, and topped it all off with a kick-ass beer menu. No, we’re not talking about Slows Bar-B-Q! We’re talking about Red Rock, the latest in a string of very successful local barbecue restaurants. Red Rock offers excellent barbecue, great beers, a historic setting and, better still, no snoot-factor: The service staff is generally outgoing, friendly, conversational and interested in the products they’re selling. How’s that for a change?

 

Best Restaurant View

Coach Insignia

GM Global Renaissance Center

Floors 71 and 72, Detroit

313-567-2622; theepicureangroup.com

Coach Insignia is lined with floor-to-ceiling windows, offering a panoramic view. You can view the Detroit and Windsor riverfronts while dining at the second-highest restaurant in the country, located on the upper floors of the Renaissance Center. Even the elevator ride is paned with glass windows, allowing you to view the city from the first to 72nd floor.

 

Best Italian Cuisine in Wayne County

Roma Cafe

3401 Riopelle St., Detroit

313-831-5940; romacafe.com

Detroit’s oldest Italian restaurant serves up classic Italian dishes, including gnocchi, veal Parmesan, polenta and lasagna topped with a thick, rich tomato sauce. There is a full bar with a wide-ranging wine list. For dessert, we recommend a crisp cannoli studded with bits of chocolate and filled with sweetened, whipped ricotta cheese.

 

Best Italian Cuisine in Macomb County

Andiamo’s

42705 Grand River Ave., Novi

248-348-9322

see andiamoitalia.com for more locations

The Andiamo mini-chain serves traditional Italian fare in an intimate setting that caters to both romantic couples and families. They serve such house-made favorites as spaghetti, lasagna and gnocchi, as well as more creative items, such as vitello con insalata portabella, a free-raised veal rib-eye steak in a portabella mushroom slaw served atop a bed of balsamic-braised Swiss chard.

 

Best Italian Cuisine in Washtenaw County

Mani Osteria & Bar

341 E. Liberty St., Ann Arbor

734-769-6700; maniosteria.com

Ann Arbor has been undergoing something of a dining renaissance, with a blossoming of real coffee shops and restaurants serving decent cocktails alongside creative preparations of seasonal food. It’s the perfect setting for Mani Osteria & Bar, an Italian restaurant embracing the national trends toward comfortable dining and shareable plates. Although the small dishes can add up quickly, it doesn’t have to be an expensive outing: Mani serves Old World-style thin, 12-inch pizzas from its wood-fired ovens, and, given the numerous choices, everyone can find something of high quality that fits their tastes and budgets.

 

Best French Cuisine

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