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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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Clean, sober & absurd

Steve-O on cleaning up, being present, and making it work on the comedy circuit.

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You probably know Steve Glover as Steve-O from Jackass. But although Glover admittedly remains an “attention whore,” those days seem eons ago. He’s come a long way since the show’s immediate and staggering success in the early 2000s. But really, at that point he’d already come a long way. “I grew up in five different countries,” Glover recalls. “There was some definite neglect and abandonment issues.

“Before Jackass, I was a pro circus clown,” Glover says. “I was having a blast with it. I was doing the same shit all the time. I loved it! Either way, I would’ve been an attention whore for a living.”

Glover’s life in the limelight has been anarchic and wacky, as anyone familiar with the prank-pulling, daredevil lifestyle the Jackass guys lived in their heyday knows. The Jackass years were a hayride of intoxication and drug use. 

But for almost six years, Glover has been sober, a remarkable feat, given how he still exists in that world of pranks and clowning, while committed to personal growth and lifestyle choices, including a commitment to animal welfare and vegetarianism.

Reflecting on his circus days, Glover has some poignant memories. “The elephant trainer guy had a stick that had tassels hiding a big metal hook,” he says. “The elephants have a thick skin, so it doesn’t really show it. It wasn’t really until I got sober that I became aware [of] it. ... It’s a direct reflection of how we feel about ourselves. For me, it really was a big deal. Any sacrifice I made in ceasing to eat meat made it feel really profoundly rewarding. It’s just another element of service. The most inherent service work you can do is not contributing to the suffering of others. I’m really candid about sharing my own experiences.”

Catching himself, Glover quickly adds, “I’m a total vegan traitor too, because I’ve added fish into my diet.”

Glover is the first to turn himself in or blow the whistle on himself — something that’s helped his comedic career greatly. Few share his ability to tell absurd, painful, and cringe-worthy anecdotes without hesitation — and with utter honesty.

Ah, but it’s all downhill from here. Shifting gears from the mistreatment of animals in the world, Glover decides that the topic of sex is something we need to address — again with complete honesty. “It’s natural in the completely unnatural world of celebrity for a man who is in a position of being recognizable to have pussy thrown at him. Since being in diapers, I was looking for attention and validation. And there’s nothing that screams validation more than getting in someone’s pants.”

Sex isn’t just a carnal activity for Glover, though. He’s learned that the energy and attention it commands in his life can be controlled. It ebbs and flows like the ocean and — like many things in his life at this point — he’s in complete control.

“Once I became mindful of playing well with others,” Glover says, “I picked up the camera and learned to edit. I became more attentive to my social media. I’ve got the blood flowing to my brain now. I have all this time on my hands! I haven’t even jacked off in seven months now!”

His comedy work has definitely evolved amid all this newfound constructive energy. “I just bought a house because I’m training to settle down,” he says. “This past year has been characterized by hyper-efficiency. My comedy has grown and blossomed, I got my first real acting job — I’m acting in a real movie in a scene with Samuel L. Jackson! What’s it like for Steve-O to decide he gives a fuck?!”

Glover has caught many an audience member off guard. For instance, Glover is committed to sticking around after his performance to sign autographs and take pictures with every single one of his fans who wants one. And his confidence, comedic abilities, and gratitude are all supremely obvious.

“If I were doing a bad job,” he says, “I would not be headlining comedy clubs three-and-a-half years later. I’m just so grateful to be in this position.” mt

Steve-O performs at 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. on May 29-30, at the Magic Bag, 22920 Woodward Ave., Ferndale; 248-544-3030. Tickets are $22. See themagicbag
.com for more info.

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