Brett's best local albums and City Slang moments of 2011
Published: January 4, 2012
Best local albums
1 The Blueflowers In Line With the Broken Hearted (Analog Terror): Simply beautiful. Kate Bush meets Joni Mitchell. Or something.
2 The Ashleys Can't Take It (self-released): Noisy, ragged and so very DE-troit.
3 Black Jake & the Carnies Sundry Mayhems (self-released): Old-time punk rockers with stunning sophomore effort. Just don't call 'em bluegrass.
4 Rogue Satellites Six Sweet Lips (self-released): Detroit's greatest pop secret, and they keep the amazing tunes coming.
5 Howling Diablos Ultra Sonic Gas Can (Funky D): Tino and company's best yet.
6 The Juliets Perfect Season (self-released): Serene, soul-stirring classical (not classic!) rock.
7 Battlecross Pursuit of Honor (Metal Blade): Let me see your horns, and leave the irony at the door. Battlecross is doing metal the correct way: heavy, fast and fun.
8 Electric Six Heartbeats & Brainwaves (Metropolis): A slight shift in direction from the Six, but still an awesome album.
9 Jehovah's Witness Protection Program The Glass is Half Full (Loco Gnosis): JWPP capture it all live on disc. Not an easy thing to do.
10 The Meltdowns Critical Mass (Neurotic Bop): Amazing surf and garage rock from Rick Mills (also of the Seatbelts, 3-D Invisibles and more).
Top 10 City Slang Moments of 2011
1 Citizen Zero uproar: Reviewing this young band's record, we said that Citizen Zero was horrible in a "Nickelback and Creed swapping riffs in Godsmack's multimillion-dollar crib" sort of way. We stand by that assessment. At the time, the band's people were up in arms, and their producer called this writer a wannabe America rocker. And we laughed.
2 Discovering dubstep: To be honest, City Slang had never really listened to dubstep music before interviewing leading local DJ Matt Clarke. We're hardly aficionados now, but it was great to discover something new through someone passionate.
3 Returns: Dick Wagner had brain surgery and then staged a magnificent comeback this year. Rocket 455 and Charm Farm also reunited for great summer shows. All three were featured in City Slang.
4 Kro-Magnon blow us away, and then go away: In one of the weirdest events of the year, the east side metal heads of Kro-Magnon stunned us with an amazing live show opening for Trixter (yes, Trixter). So impressed were we that we featured them in an early City Slang, singing their praises. Within weeks, they had broken up and were insulting each other viciously on the Web. Tsk. Damn kids.
5 Revisited: One of our favorite things to write is the weekly "revisited" blog, where we take a listen to a Detroit-area album from the past. Subjects have included Madonna, Patti Smith, the Trash Brats, Marshall Crenshaw, the Spinners, the Supremes, Inner City, Negative Approach, Iggy Pop and many more.
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