Posted by: Johnny Loftus on March 8, 2009 at 5:57 pm
What? I had some time to think about this year’s Blowout; it was 4am, and I was waiting for a ride. I figured my perspective is different on the event, nowadays, from my Chi City POV. But what I’ve always loved about it hasn’t changed. We had prime real estate just inside the doors at Belmont, and everyone who came through, it was like I knew them well. Or I did know them well. Or I knew them well by the end of the whiskey. Lightning Love had been hotly tipped, and I thought they delivered: lazer vizion keyboard melodies, pulsing on the top of something I couldn’t place over the hubbub. Hip-hop in my life, too, and Ryan Allen’s dad. And the Friendly Foes, who tore off a bit of 90s indie and fashioned it into a home run. The Belmont was my squad last night, that is until I got to a couch on which to crash, and the texts kept coming. Yeah, crack of dawn breakfast was magic, and I woke up on a different couch. Again. I never made it to the garage rock reunion at K of C but our photogs did; enjoy the pics.
Pics: Trever Long
Pics: Bianca Garza
Tags: Carjack, Detroit Cobras, Friendly Foes, Hamtramck Blowout, Lightning Love, Magic Shop, The Belmont, The Readies
Posted by: Ryan Allen on September 22, 2008 at 10:00 am
Friendly Foes, Born Radical (Gangplank Records, 2008)
MP3: “Couch Surfing”
Friendly Foes’ Born Radical is the most important rock & roll album ever made, an unsurpassed adventure in concept, sound, songwriting, cover art and studio technology by the greatest rock & roll group of all time. From “Full Moon Morning”‘s regal blasts of brass and fuzz guitar to the triumphant seizure and short piano chord at the end of “Rush the Land,” the thirteen tracks on Born Radical are the pinnacle of the Friendly Foes’ one year as recording artists. Ryan Allen, Liz Wittman, and Brad Elliott were never more fearless and unified in their pursuit of magic and transcendence.
Issued in America on September 26, 2008, Born Radical is also rock’s ultimate declaration of change. “We were fed up with being Friendly Foes,” Allen said later, in I’m A Total Asshole, Dude McBookwriter’s Allen biography. “We were not boys and girls, we were men and women…artists rather than performers.”
At the same time, Born Radical formally ushered in an unforgettable season of hope, upheaval and achievement: the early 2000s and, in particular, 2008′s Summer of Drinking Alot. In its iridescent instrumentation, lyric fantasias and eye-popping packaging, Born Radical defined the opulent revolutionary optimism of psychedelia and instantly spread the gospel of love, acid, Eastern spirituality and electric guitars around the globe. No other pop record of that era, or since, has had such an immediate, titanic impact. This music documents the world’s biggest rock band at the very height of its influence and ambition. “It was a peak,” Elliott confirmed in his 2008 interview with himself in a mirror, describing both the album and his collaborative relationship with Allen and Wittman. “Ryan, Lizzie, and I definitely were working together,” Elliott said, and Born Radical is rich with proof: Elliott’s burst of whip-lash drums in Wittman’s “Get Ripped” is simply astounding; Wittman’s impish rejoinder to Allen’s bridge in “Couch Surfing” (“ba, ba, ba, ba, ba, ba…”) sounds kind of like sheep.
“Born Radical is our grandest endeavor,” Wittman said. “The greatest thing about the band was that whoever had the best idea — it didn’t matter who — that was the one we’d use. No one was standing on their ego, saying, ‘Well, it’s mine,’ and getting possessive.” It was Dave Feeny, the Foes’ producer, who suggested they they add pedal steel to “Epic Jamb”, just before the grand finale of the album’s longest song.
Born Radical is not the Number One album of nothing in particular just because of its firsts — it is simply the best of everything Friendly Foes ever did as musicians, pioneers and pop stars, all in one place. A non-existent 2008 print ad for the album declared, “Remember Born Radical Is Friendly Foes.” As Allen put it, the album was “just us doing a good show.”
The show goes on forever. (LOL/ROLF/JOKES)
Friendly Foes’ CD Release Show w/ Copper Thieves & Big Mess • 9/26/08 • Berkley Front
Tags: Born Radical, Brad Elliott, Couch Surfing, Dave Feeny, Epic Jamb, Friendly Foes, Gangplank Records, Liz Wittman, Rush the Land, Ryan Allen
Posted by: Ryan Allen on August 21, 2008 at 3:04 pm
After taking a hiatus in 2007, the annual Detroit Summer Smash is back in action this weekend. Starting tonight, and lasting through Saturday, the Detroit Summer Smash features the hottest of the hot-shit locals — from rockers like Silverghost and the High Strung, to more eclectic fair from the likes of Prussia and Goudron — as well as the genuinely fun atmosphere that local music festivals tend to come jam-packed with.
Like other Summer Smashes in the past, the money raised at the even will go to a charity. This year, festival organizers are devoting all funds raised to a grant devoted to Detroit music and performance arts. The topic has caused a bit of debate on some of the local blogs, but still, local musicians are encouraged to apply for the grant money, which is designated to help pay for pesky expenses like touring, recording, and new equipment. Despite how you may feel about the charity, one thing is for sure: all the bands playing Summer Smash 2008 are great, and seeing them play alone will be well worth your money.
Speaking of which: The whole festival costs $16 for a weekend pass, $8 for the single Friday and Saturday shows, and a measly $5 for Thursday night’s show. It’s going down August 21-23 at the Contemporary Art Institute of Detroit, located at 5141 Rosa Parks Blvd., Detroit, MI.
Peep the schedule, and get ready for another weekend of rock and roll fun in the D. — Ryan Allen
Thursday August 21st
9pm- Bird Gang
10pm- 4 Hour Friends
11pm- Friendly Foes
Friday August 22nd
9pm- Sons of the Gun
12:30am- DJ Afterglow
Saturday August 23rd
2pm- Whistling School for Boys
3pm – OHTIS
4pm- Elle & The Fonts
5pm- Always 17
6pm- dinner break!!!
8pm- Electric Fire Babies
10pm- Dead Bodies
11pm- The High Strung
12:30am- dancing sounds by Dave Shettler and Scott Zacharis!
Tags: Always 17, Beggars, CAID, Detroit, Electric Fire Babies, Elle and the Fonts, Four Hour Friends, Friendly Foes, Oblisk, Prussia, Silverghost, Sons of the Gun, Summer Smash
Posted by: Ryan Allen on June 20, 2008 at 9:00 am
Rock City Mega Picture Post @ the Majestic Complex, Detroit, MI – 6/14/08 Read more
Tags: Charlie Slick, Copper Thieves, Dead Bodies, Eat Sugar, F'Ke Blood, Four Hour Friends, Friendly Foes, Mason Proper, Mick Bassett and the Marthas, Sex Ghost, Sloan, Solitary States, The Death Set, The Golden Dogs, The Nice Device
Posted by: Ryan Allen on June 16, 2008 at 12:48 pm
Pic By: Trever Long
Rock City Recap: Day 3
On a day that featured 25 acts, and the largest Rock City crowds yet, Day 3 will go down in infamy as one of the most glorious closing nights we could have ever asked for. Keep reading as we try and remember it all, Read more
Tags: BBQ, CAID, Copper Thieves, Dead Bodies, Death Set, Friendly Foes, Great Lakes Myth Society, Kiddo, Mason Proper, Nice Device, Rock City, Serenity Court, Sex Ghost, Sloan, Solitary States, The Decks, The Golden Dogs, The Mahonies, The Pop Project, The Silent Years, The Word Play
Posted by: Johnny Loftus on June 10, 2008 at 5:00 pm
Red Shirt Brigade, “Sporto” (Suburban Sprawl Music/Arborvitae Records, 2001)
It was the turn of the century, and everyone was younger than they are now. Indie rock was still indie rock, at least mostly; the Internet bubble had burst, blogs were in their infancy, and no one knew what the fuck a MySpace page was. Friendster hadn’t even been invented yet. This clip dates back to the cherished times we Read more