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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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Offbeat electives at area institutions

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Great Lakes Sailing, Michigan State University: If it seems frivolous, consider how well this would complement a lit student writing a thesis on, say, Melville. No doubt that spending 13 of 28 hours on a boat instead of in a classroom is an added bonus (but bringing some Dramamine might be a good idea)



Aliens, University of Michigan: Don't expect to receive a cut-and-dried answer regarding the existence of aliens after this astronomy course. But in the event that they do make contact, you might have a leg up on the rest of the humans. Expect to discuss the ongoing search for extra-terrestrial life, the possibility of interstellar communication, and the potential for intelligent civilizations to exist outside our star system (as to whether they exist inside it ...).



Outsiders and Deviants, Wayne State University: No, this isn't a class for boning up on being left out. Instead, this class critically examines behavioral characteristics that at times have been considered deviant, including mental illness, drug addiction, abortion and prostitution.



Rent and the Bohemian Life, Albion College: This course examines the struggle of starving artists, with a focus on the award-winning musical Rent and its predecessor, the opera La Bohème. Modern issues including sexuality, poverty and discrimination are discussed, but don't expect practical advice: I guess they figure you already know about ramen noodles.



Games, Gambling and Coincidences, University of Michigan: Remember, the house always rules, and this course isn't going to help you break the bank at MotorCity. (That said, knowledge of discrete probability and finite Markov chains definitely won't hurt your chances.)



Bowling, Michigan State University: Before writing this one off as an elective cliché, remember that "competence in ball selection" and ability to "demonstrate proper bowling etiquette" will at least give you some practical skills. The rest is all strikes and gutters.



Hooking Up: The "Evolution" of Sexuality and Dating, Albion College: You might consider the "hook up culture" of today to be a recent phenomenon, but a deeper look at this shallow mentality can show that it's been a long time in the making. This course aims to explore understandings of sexuality, love and marriage across time. But be sure to watch for the clueless student who didn't read the course synopsis or subtitle and thinks it's a how-to class.



Rocket Science, University of Michigan: This introductory course focuses on space exploration and the future of human presence in space, and the mathematics studied is at the algebra and trig level. The course name might be somewhat deceiving, but no one else will have to know when you brag about having completed this course of study.



Introduction to Peace and Conflict Studies, Wayne State University: Fortunately, this course is out to teach you more than just how to resolve roommate arguments. Expect a survey of peace and conflict in its broadest sense, from "biology and conflict among animals" to "disputes involving the individual, the family, region, nation and global or international community."



Psychology of Social Behavior, Wayne State University: Social pressure isn't always bad, but in this academic setting, social attitudes, values and motivation are analyzed in terms of the influence of group behavior on the individual in this psychology course. Would it be unfair if the professor graded this one on the curve?

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