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  • Thank you, Detroit

    I’m not going to lie to you – this isn’t easy. This week, the final City Slang local music column will be published in the Metro Times (on hardcore band Final Assault), and I have just submitted a cover feature on the women of Detroit hip-hop, to be published next week (8/6). This blog that you’re reading now will be my last one as a regular MT contributor. I have a lot to look forward to. I’m going to be an associate editor at Yellow Scene Magazine in Colorado, a tremendous publication in a beautiful part of the country. But leaving Detroit will be incredibly difficult for me. I love the place. It’s been (amazingly) six and a half years since I arrived, a couple of cases in hand and not much of a plan in mind. I just knew, after three separate research trips for books and a magazine article, that I felt at home here. Metro Times offered me freelance work almost immediately, as did a new website called Metromix (whatever happened to that?) When I arrived here, I had been working as a writer in the UK for nine years, but the help and encouragement I received […]

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  • Christmas in July, Jack White, and the Tigers

      We here at MT will be delighted when Mr. Jack White throws out a pitch at Navin Field (at least, we hope he will), but until then, we’ll be happy with his pitch to Santa this evening at Comerica Park.    

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  • Watch footage of the Gathering of the Juggalos dubbed with Morgan Freeman narration (NSFW)

      Footage from the Gathering of the Juggalos set to clips of Morgan Freeman’s narration from March of the Penguins? Kind of forced, but also kind of beautiful. As the AV Club reports: The oft-sought voiceover champion lends a touch of gravitas to the festival proceedings. Unfortunate scenes of barely clad people having various liquids dumped onto them now carries a quiet dignity as it’s all part of nature’s majestic plan that keeps the world spinning through this elegantly designed and truly wondrous universe. Also, the video is NSFW as there are boobs in it. Watch the clip below:

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  • Turn to Crime debut chilly video for “Can’t Love”

    It seems like the polar vortex will never end: the weather phenomenon that brought us the most brutal winter on record this winter is to blame for this summer’s chillier-than usual temperatures as well. A couple of bands, though, made lemonade out of lemons (or snow cones out of snow?) by using the icy landscape to film music videos. 800beloved shot the video for “Tidal” in some sand dunes near Empire, Mich., and this week Turn to Crime debuted the video for “Can’t Stop,” the title track of their recently-released album. Even more piles of ice and snow might be the last thing Detroiters want to see right now, but the footage makes for some good visuals that mesh well with the song. Watch the video below:

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  • Duggan takes control of Detroit water department; says changes to approach on ‘delinquent payment issues’ needed

    Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr transferred oversight of the the city’s water department Tuesday to Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan in an order intended to refocus “efforts to help DWSD customers get and remain current on their water bills,” Orr’s office said today. “This order provides additional clarity to the powers already delegated to the mayor,” Orr said in a statement released Tuesday. “As the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department works to operate more efficiently and communicate more effectively with customers, it is important to ensure there are clear lines of management and accountability.” Duggan will have the authority to manage DWSD and make appointments to the utility’s board, according to a news release. In a statement issued Tuesday, the mayor said he welcomed Orr’s order, adding that officials will develop a plan that “allows those who truly need to access to financial help … to do so with shorter wait times.” “We need to change a number of things in the way we have approached the delinquent payment issues and I expect us to have a new plan shortly,” Duggan said. “There are funds available to support those who cannot afford their bills — we need to do a much better job in […]

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  • Rovers Scooter Club Celebrates 10 Years

    Rovers Scooter Club, a local gang dedicated to celebrating and riding motor scooters, will be celebrating its 10 year anniversary this week with a very special ride. Motor City Shakedown, the annual birthday party for the club, will commence this Friday, August 1 at New Way Bar. DJ Grover from Cincinnati will be spinning northern soul, reggae, and ska, according to club member Michael Palazzola. Saturday will feature a ride from Ferndale to Detroit, starting at noon at M-Brew. Palazzola says this is where most bikes will congregate before taking the ride to the city and folks will be prepping by getting some grub starting at 10 a.m.  Detroit’s Tangent Gallery will host the after party,  a special event that will feature performances by several bands as well as Satori Circus. That portion of the event will commence at 8 p.m. with performances starting at 9 p.m. It’s free to riders, but the public is welcome to join the party with the mere cost of a door charge. Come midnight, the club will raffle off a vintage Lambretta LI 150. Sunday morning will end the weekend of festivities, with brunch taking place at the Bosco in Ferndale.   

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2013 Metro Times Lust Poll

The annual Lust Quiz exposes a bit of what goes on behind closed doors — and in public!

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What’s the most public place you’ve ever done it?


Our readers evidently get out a lot. As in, making it in some pretty public places. Among the most common answers were sex in cars and parking structures, on beaches and playgrounds, and — surprisingly — in graveyards. Morbid much? Not really. As “JB” (22, straight, 6 partners) explained, “I used to live by Elmwood Cemetery, which is a great looking place, really. There. On a bench. In early October. Magic is fucking real!”


By a vending machine in a school.—Clooney, 27, straight, 8 partners


In the office at work—No name, 40, straight, 30 partners


It was a movie theater blow job. There were theater patrons two seats over.—Joe Malone, 30, straight, 21 partners


A relatively secluded but populated rest area off I-75. We walked the path into the woods, but could still see the bathrooms; it was midday, and anyone could have walked that path and seen us.—Squirtz, 54, straight, 15 partners


Back of a Jimmy John’s restaurant.—shynkinky, 23, bi, 16 partners


Under an apple tree next to a main thoroughfare.—Texas, 42, straight, 6 partners


The Temple of Dendur, Metropolitan Museum of Art.—Chaz Leonard, 48, straight, 20ish partners


On a park bench by the lake.—Monsieur Verdoux, 27, straight, 7 partners


Back room at an art gallery during an opening.—Disko C., 25, straight, 6 partners


In an office with plate glass windows where we could be clearly seen from a somewhat busy area.—Jet Black, 48, straight, 15 partners


Up against the window outside of a banquet hall.—Day, 31, straight, 3 partners


Police Department.—Tinker, 45, straight, 40 partners


At Cirque du Soleil.—Sexdome Master Class, 69, straight, 420,666 partners


On a boardroom table. Windows facing the road. Lights on. Rush hour traffic had a full view. Amazing.—Elvis, 45, straight, 12 partners


Taxi cab in New York City, and Korn at DTE in the mud and pouring rain.—Synful, 44, straight, lost count of partners


In the bed with my boyfriend’s mom sleeping soundly right next to us.—hottpepper, 42, straight, enough partners to know how to fuck well


The women’s bathroom at a banquet hall during a New Year’s Eve open party.—Alnightlonngg, straight, 27 partners


Ha! In the women’s bathroom at a bowling alley.—Cobweb Kitty, 40, Straight, 30 partners


Front porch on a plastic chair. It broke.—Darrow, 28, straight, 5 partners


In a hallway, backstage with my old flame, while my current boyfriend was performing on stage.—Norma Jean Baker, 59, straight, 88 partners


Back storage room of a convenience store and at a restroom pull off in Tennessee.—kimmie beth, 54, straight, 1 partner


In the hallway of an apartment building.—Al Kaholic, 42, straight, 17 partners


In the front seat of a car parked in the parking lot of Lake Shore High School.—Hussy trash, 24, straight, 30 partners


Boyne Mountain—long schlong silver 201, 62, straight, 20 partners


Hiking trail at Stoney Creek.—Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law, 28, straight, 33 partners


Wayne State University’s Old Main building—waxwing, 28, straight, 11 partners


The Whitney in Detroit.—Boobs McGee, 43, bi, 40 partners


Balcony of the Royal Oak Music Theatre.—Smart-E-Smarty, 55, straight, >50<100 partners


In a car in the alley behind Jacoby’s.—Merc Montclair, 32, straight, 60+ partners


On the fire escape of the Book Tower.—Strasse, 44, straight, 14 partners


On the side of the road, against a car, on a street in Hamtramck at 4 a.m. (That’s the most recent that I can remember. …)—Sylvester Stallone’s Fucking Veins, 34, straight, 40 partners


In a small set of woods between a playground and a neighborhood.—Princess Leia, 22, straight, 5 partners


At a fire station, in a fire truck.—Wendi, 25, straight, 7 partners


New York City subway.—Sillymans Woman, 58, straight, 1,000+ partners


In the middle of an industrial area street … it was at night, though, and no one was working at the time.—kurth69, 48, bi, lots of partners


A farmer’s field.—Hmmmm, 50, straight, unsure partners


In the park at night bent over a picnic table. A skunk walked by. Luckily it kept to itself.—Dolly Fartin’, 28, straight, 62 partners


I lived in New York a for long time, and used to bring dates down this corkscrew block and have sex in the outside foyer of the Cherry Lane Theatre. Winter, snow, summer — it always worked. —NYC to DTW Chick, 31, straight, 250+ partners


On a pool table at a bar (after-hours, of course).—simplyruthless, 24, straight, 13 partners


Alley in San Francisco.—biggymjim69, 62, gay, 500 partners


Front lawn.—Lookimsuperman, 25, straight, 107 partners

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