Caught myself dancing to “Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree” by Brenda Lee this morning. Was it out of compulsion? Perfunctory ceremony? I find Christmas music so beguiling. At one moment I abhor it, and then at another moment, its a salve. Something like super saccharine junk food to take me back to an unburdened childhood, where the only burdens were bullies or school-work or finding the right color-pair of Converse to show off in the cafeteria. Where these jams were always in the background, slowly seeping into your brain like happy/eerie mantras from some ostensibly benevolent force who may or may not have been brainwashing you into a stimulation for shopping and empty gestured consumption. I’ve been thinking quite a lot about the generation or two who will follow my generation, coming up from behind and possibly traipsing past the music that mattered to me and finding something else for their future selves to chew on, aurally, for inspiration. What will they make of our insistent clinging to 50-60 and soon to be 70-year old recordings? Will Tony Mottola, to the future, be known only as that guy who wrote the guitar arrangement for “The Christmas Song (Chestnuts roasting…)” – will Bing Crosby […]
Local rockers Lizzerd will reunited for a show at the Old Miami in Detroit on January 4. The original lineup, featuring Anthony Gentile (Jehovah’s Witness Protection Program) and Jheremie Jaque (Zombie Jesus and the Chocolate Sunshine Band), plus members of Err and Sharky & the Habit, recently played together for the first time in a long while at the YpsiFest. According to Gentile, “It went really well and we are already writing new songs, and I would say we are way better than we were the first time around. Everybody is much more coherent.” The Old Maimi show also features Snafu, Rawdogs, and Collapse. Doors are at 9 p.m. and cover is $5. Follow @City_Slang
Continued from the first half of this Top 20…here… ~ 10. Shigeto – Ringleader 9. Zoos Of Berlin – “Movie On August Ray” (Time No Place) 8. Oscillating Fan Club – “Gone Are The Faces” (Bellyache Records) 7. Eddie Logix + Mister + Benjamin Miles – “In The Meantime” (self-release) 6. Duende – “Bleed” (Bellyache Records) 5. Doc Illingsworth – #ORWLT (self-release) 4. Terrible Twos – “Sickness Of The Swan” (Urinal Cake) Stream it here: http://urinalcakerecords.com/terribletwos/ 3. Saturday Looks Good To Me – “Everpresent New-Times Condition” (Polyvinyl) Stream it here: https://soundcloud.com/polyvinyl-records/saturday-looks-good-to-me-the 2. Frontier Ruckus – “Black Holes” (Quite Scientific) 1. Bars Of Gold – “Coffee With Pele” (Bellyache Records) Honorable Mentions: Rebel Kind Human Eye Danny Brown Kickstand Band …and too many more. Until next year….
Electro-pop duo the Rogue Satellites will join forces with dark cabaret drag queen Anastasia Gold for a killer bill at the Corktown Tavern on Friday, December 27. The bill will also feature Goth-flavored electro rockers Panic or Pain. Doors are at 9, cover is $5. “The Rogue Satellites are Detroit-based intergalactic synth-rock.The space persons are: Jaye Thomas; verbal/programming/guitar, and Lisa Poszywak; verbal/bells.” We said, “Anastasia Gold has a Berlin cabaret vibe — part Hedwig and part Liza Minnelli. Maybe a little Edith Piaf too. Certainly, it’s a lot of fun.” Christmas will be over, and this will fill that odd gap before New Year’s Eve. Follow @City_Slang
· Peter Gabriel · Hall and Oates · KISS · Nirvana · Linda Ronstadt · Cat Stevens Rock N Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony 2014 There you have it, music fans. Nirvana’s narrative of mainstream-assimilation of grunge/punk comes full circle as they’re welcomed into The Hall! And fire-spewing, make-up-splattered, libidinous monster rockers KISS are coming in right behind them. Brian Epstein (famed for his managing a little band called the Beatles) and Andrew Loog Oldham (famed for working with a little band called the Rolling Stones, among many others) will be honored with the Ahmet Ertegun Award for lifetime achievement. They’ve been doing Rock N Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremonies for every single year that I’ve been alive. So maybe I’m a good measuring stick concerning their sustained relevancy to an audience that’s only growing ever-younger, ever-more-easily-distracted, ever-hungrier for weirder, newer, more exciting music made by their contemporaries. But then, maybe I’m worrying for nothing – I shouldn’t hem and haw over whether any 18-year-old punk/rap/techno whiz on the up-and-coming is concerned with the recordings of Hall & Oates… Any inductee has to have had their first recording released at least 25-years-ago from the day they enter the Hall, […]
Send CDs, vinyl, cassettes, demos and 8-tracks to Brett Callwood, Metro Times, 1200 Woodward Heights, Ferndale MI 48220. Email MP3s and streaming links to firstname.lastname@example.org. When we interviewed Danny & the Darleans’ Danny Kroha a few months back, the Doll Rod, Gories and Readies man told us that the debut album is technically self-titled but, because the cover art was photographed in front of a painting emblazoned with the word “Stink,” Stink (Nero’s Neptune) would be the unofficial name of the record (despite the Replacements album of the same name). What this is is a superb record from a man who has put his name to a few. No gimmicks here, this is garage rock ’n’ roll, pure and simple. The songs would all be comfortable on a Nuggets comp, and bassist Colleen Burke and drummer Richie Wohlfeil provide a gloriously understated rhythm section for Kroha to wail and riff all over. Magnificent work. Woven Tangles is a local duo and the Lumber Jackson album has been released on Funky D, a label that has been remarkably consistent with the quality product of late. These guys essentially play folk-based acoustic music, but there are elements of blues, jazz, and ’20s […]