Posted by: detourmag on June 11, 2007 at 3:13 pm

FieryFurnaces1.jpg The Fiery Furnaces will tour this June and July in preparation for the new album that everyone is being so coy about. Dates are below. In the meantime, here are a few excerpts from the “letter” that accompanied the announcement, complete with references to famous Comiskey Park organists.

“Strictly as a concession to convention, the band will attempt a few songs from its new record, Widow City, including the song ‘Widow City.’ But that album is an autumn affair. This tour finds the group in a summer mood. However, summers often stand for summers past. To the moody-minded, at least. The performances on this tour are therefore dedicated by the brother in the band to both Nancy Faust and the memory of those who at one time heard Nancy Faust. Correspondingly, the sister has decided that for the duration of the entire tour she’ll not use a single word she hasn’t said previously. In the summer of 2007 disaster strikes again on the South Side. The first ‘medley’ the band plays is based on the song ‘1917’ accordingly. The second ‘medley’ revolves around ‘Nevers,’ a song about France the tune of which is derived, of course, from the ‘Star-Spangled Banner.’

The FF tour lineup will include Eleanor and Matt Friedberger, Jason Lowenstein, Robert D’Amico, and Mike Goodman. – Thomas Rooker White


Jun 21: Cleveland, OH – Grog Shop
Jun 22: Chicago, IL – Empty Bottle
Jun 23: Ann Arbor, MI – Blind Pig
Jun 25: Toronto, ON – The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern
Jun 26: Ottawa, ON – Babylon Club
Jun 28: Philadelphia, PA – North Star
Jun 29: Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club
Jun 30: Hoboken, NJ – Maxwell’s
Jul 1: Brooklyn, NY – Studio B
Jul 5: Washington, DC – Black Cat
Jul 6: Raleigh, NC – Lincoln Theater
Jul 7: Atlanta, GA – The Earl

Posted by: detourmag on June 8, 2007 at 10:38 am

SimpsonsB.jpg Twentieth Century Fox, USA Today, and The Simpsons Movie, which seems like it might be a bit stale, since it’s arriving in theaters after approximately 700 seasons of the cartoon franchise that spawned it, but whatever, has announced the chance for Springfields across America to determine which is the best burg once and for all in a no holds barred, city vs. city match-up the likes of which haven’t been seen since Thebes defeated Sparta in 371 B.C.

The winner gets to host a Simpsons Movie premiere on July 26th; the rest must change their city’s name to Loserfield.

From the press release: “Each participating Springfield will have approximately 30 days to submit a short film, 3-5 minutes long, showcasing the community’s “Simpson Spirit.” Entrants should send their films to: The Simpson’s Movie Springfield Challenge, Attn: Gwyne Ortiz, Twentieth Century Fox, 10201 W. Pico Blvd., 88/3023, Los Angeles, CA 90035. Shortly thereafter, the films will be posted on – at which time visitors to the site can vote for their favorite entry. The ‘polls’ close July 9 and the winning city will be announced on or about July 10.” It goes on to list some of the participating Springfields: Massachusetts, Missouri, Illinois, Ohio, Oregon, Tennessee, New Jersey, Florida, Michigan, Kentucky, Nebraska, Colorado, Louisiana, and Vermont (Township). – Thomas Rooker White

[tags]The Simpsons, Springfield, Homer, Bart[/tags]

Posted by: detourmag on June 7, 2007 at 11:45 am

BenLeeB.jpgBen Lee, that one Ben who isn’t Kweller, Stiller, Folds, or Franklin, will soon release Ripe, his sixth album. John Alagia, producer to the Hot AC stars, will helm. You know John Alagia. He’s the guy who makes sure Lifehouse, John Mayer, Dave Matthews, and O.A.R. sound as bland as possible. Anyway, Lee’s new record includes a few slightly weird guest shots. Benji Madden will be in the house. Rachel Yamagata. Charlotte Martin. Lee also duets with Mandy Moore, who apparently still has a singing career. The song they sing is called “Birds & Bees.” Here’s hoping they perform it in burnt sienna ruffles and razor crease bellbottoms on “The Lawrence Welk Show.” Detour could not reach Claire Daines for a comment regarding Moore’s involvement with Lee’s latest project. – Thomas Rooker White

Ripe appears Sept. 4 from New West Records .

[tags]Benn Lee, Ripe, John Alagia[/tags]

Posted by: detourmag on June 6, 2007 at 1:07 pm

Manson.jpgAs you’ve probably heard, Slayer and Marilyn Manson are hitting outdoor sheds this summer. So why is Detour reporting it now? Because this double-bill, while always promising, has become one of the only truly notable shows in the most fallow summer concert season in recent memory.

The former are still awesome after all these thrashing years, and are now the proud owners of a Grammy for last year’s impressive Christ Illusion, while the latter’s manic devotion to this whack job Scooby Doo villain of a character he created is completely fucking fascinating. His new album has its moments, too.

Admit it: when your summer concert options include Foreigner, Chris Isaak touring with Stevie Nicks, the white bread pap of Barenaked Ladies, and the “Ford F Series Presents: Toby Keith’s Big Dog Daddy Tour” (which should really include Big Bad Voodoo Daddy on the bill), Slayer, Manson, explosions, and 20,000 guys in black T-shirts sounds like a pretty entertaining way to spend a summer evening. – Thomas Rooker White

Full tour dates:

25 Sound Advice Amphitheatre, West Palm Beach, FL
27 Ford Amphitheatre, Tampa, FL
28 Hi Fi Buys Amphitheatre, Atlanta, GA
30 Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia, MD
31 TWCA Tower City, Cleveland, OH

2 Tweeter Center, Philadelphia, PA
4 DCU Center, Worcester, MA
5 PNC, Holmdel, NJ
7 Centre de Foire, Quebec, QC CANADA
8 Bell Centre, Montreal, QC CANADA
10 Molson Amphitheatre, Toronto, ON CANADA
11 DTE Music Theatre, Detroit, MI
13 Allstate, Chicago, IL
14 Xcel, Minneapolis, MN
16 TBA
18 Coors Amphitheatre, Denver, CO
21 Sleep Train Amphitheatre, Sacramento, CA
23 Sleep Train Pavilion, Concord, CA
24 Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre @ Irvine, Los Angeles, CA
25 San Diego Sports Arena, San Diego, CA
27 Cricket Pavilion, Phoenix, AZ
28 Journal Pavilion, Albuquerque, NM
30 Nokia Theatre, Dallas, TX
31 Reliant Arena

1 Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, San Antonio, TX

Posted by: detourmag on June 6, 2007 at 10:58 am

GGAllinB.jpg “Fuck Authority,” “Suck My Ass it Smells,” “I Kill Everything I Fuck,” and “I Want to Kill You” – that GG Allin was a ray of sunshine, wasn’t he? As this sampling of his song titles suggests, the infamous gutter rocker, “performance artist,” and professional scum sucker was a black hole of hate in the world. And apparently he liked it that way. Depravity was his business, and business was good until he died of a drug overdose in New York City on June 28, 1993.

And Todd Phillips got it all on tape.

Wait, Todd Phillips? The writer and director of such madcap, harmless fun films as Road Trip, Old School, and Starsky & Hutch? One in the same. Hated, the Allin documentary Phillips filmed while a student at NYU, will be reissued through MVD Visual Aug. 7, complete with bonus material including interviews with GG affiliates, an interview with GG’s mom, three music videos, commentary from Phillips, and GG temporary tattoos. The press release doesn’t mention inclusion of shit-smelling Shrinky Dinks, but you never know.

A full list of the Allin songs featured in Hated:

“Die When You Die”
“Gypsy Motherfu*kers”
“Fu*k Authority”
“Suck My Ass It Smells”
“I Want To Kill You”
“Bite It You Scum”
“When I Die”
“Highest Power”
“I Kill Everything I Fu*k (The Aids Song)”
“Look Into My Eyes & Hate Me”

- Thomas Rooker White

Posted by: detourmag on June 5, 2007 at 9:57 am

RooneyCallingTheWorld.jpgRooney, the fresh-faced combo of LA kids who released a self-titled record of charming, if slight sunshine pop in 2003 before becoming “that band with the song at the beginning of ‘The O.C.,’ will return July 17th with their sophomore album ‘Calling the World.’ Words and phrases used to describe ‘World’ in the press release include “dynamic,” “retro-inspired,” and “showcasing the 60s pop influence for which the band is known,” while lead single “When Did Your Heart Go Missing?” is described as a “dance floor-ready head-bobber with an infectious chorus.”

Rooney are currently touring with Fergie, who calls the world Fergalicious.


June 20th – Living Room, Providence, RI
June 22nd – Maxwell’s, Hoboken, NJ
June 23rd – 9:30 Club, Washington, DC
June 24th – Toad¹s Place, Richmond, VA
June 27th – Cat¹s Cradle, Carrboro, NC
June 29th – Exit / In, Nashville, TN
July 1st – Variety Playhouse, Atlanta, GA
July 25th – WOW Hall, Eugene, OR
July 26th – Slim’s, San Francisco, CA


May 31st – Mizner Ampitheatre, Boca Raton, FL
June 1st – Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater, FL
June 2nd – The Tabernacle, Atlanta, GA
June 5th – Verizon Wireless Theater, Houston, TX
June 6th – House of Blues, Dallas, TX
June 10th – House of Blues, Chicago, IL
June 11th – The Pageant, St Louis, MO
June 13th – State Theatre, Detroit, MI
June 19th – Avalon, Boston, MA
June 21st – Roseland Ballroom, New York, NY
July 17th – House of Blues, Anaheim, CA
July 19th – Dodge Theatre, Phoenix, AZ
July 22nd – The Fillmore Auditorium, Denver, CO
July 24th – Crystal Ballroom, Portland, OR
July 27th – Harvey’s Lake Tahoe, Stateline, NV
July 28th – Pearl @ The Palms, Las Vegas, NV

–Thomas Rooker White

Posted by: detourmag on June 1, 2007 at 8:57 am

sectorseven.jpgThis summer, Paramount Pictures wants to make money on both your inner and outer geek. You might gush online about Transformers, and search for post-modern meaning in its enormo-budget action scenes. But will you show up in the flesh to check out the latest in diesel-powered promo? It’s the Sector 7 Mobile Command Unit, and it’s being hauled to a theater parking lot near you. From the wowee zowee, vaguely incoherent press release:

“This special command unit is a high-tech, super-secret government agency, complete with an interactive experience of audio visual effects. ‘Secret Agents’ will be on-site to tour the public through the command unit to experience this once in a lifetime opportunity.

“It most certainly is not a refit big rig with Transformers branding messages inside.

What does the MCU look like? We tried to check out it out at, but our login failed because of an improper retinal scan. Fortunately, Detour was able to glean some straight talk on the command unit from a post on, “the ultimate Transformers resource.” “I dunno much about trucks,” “skyoeent” wrote. “But it was a flat nose, like original Prime, but a longer cab, and black. It reminded me of Scourge or Nemesis Prime.”

Nemesis Prime. We’d like to see a match in the UFC Octagon between him, Hittite-vanquishing Egyptian Pharaoh Ramessess II, and Chuck Liddell.

–Thomas Rooker White

Michigan dates:

Emagine Novi
44425 W. 12 Mile Rd.; Novi, MI 48337
Friday, June 8th
8am-12pm and 6pm-11pm

Showcase Cinema Ann Arbor
4100 Carpenter Rd.; Ypsilanti, MI 48197
Saturday, June 9th

Showcase Cinema Flint West
1591 South Graham Rd.; Flint, MI 48532
Sunday, June 10th

Posted by: detourmag on June 1, 2007 at 4:58 am

liars“What do you expect from Liars? Noise? Concept? Both? Their new LP delivers neither.” So begins the press release announcing the New York City trio’s fourth album. And since some measure of noise and concept is exactly what the Detour braintrust was expecting from the band who brought us the screechy highs and (relatively) placid lows of the 2006 leap forward Drum’s Not Dead, we’re curious about what’s left for Liars.Mute Records is happy to explain. Well, sort of. “For the new album, Liars have foregone theory for a more practical approach, one based on traditional song structures and instrument usage.

Instrument usage is so hot right now. Instrument usage.

— Thomas Rooker White

Posted by: detourmag on June 1, 2007 at 4:58 am

stormyrecords.jpgStormy Records, the Detroit-area destination for everything fringe, weird, indie, used, and cool that nice people and avant-garde musicians Windy & Carl have run for eight years now, has launched a bright, cuddly, and fully re-designed Web site. The new Stormy Web spot is updated daily, PayPal-enabled, and ready to ship, so place a bookmark for next to your existing links for Amoeba and Other Music. “Check it out, and use it often,” Windy and Carl write in their announcement. “We need your love and support in this quickly dwindling industry…”

— Thomas Rooker White

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