Posted by: Bianca Garza on March 7, 2009 at 11:05 am
Posted by: Ryan Allen on March 6, 2009 at 2:09 pm
First thought: HOLY FUCKING SHIT IT’S NICE OUTSIDE.
Caught the last half of Fontana — one of those X! Records bands people on other blogs seem to really believe in. We believe, too. But we’re not sure Fontana’s puke-punk totally does it for us. Still, we were impressed with their dedication to angularity, and, well, the entire SST catalog. We were also impressed with the bassist’s boots.
Plain Dealers — no “the”, as they pleasantly informed us — were half stand-up comedy act, half 90s post-core assault machines. They had a song that brought to mind Blue Oyster Cult, mashed-up with the screaming hardcore of Swedish experi-metalists Refused. They played their asses off, despite all four band members being on the verge of a massive heart attack. Gotta love that. Oh, and the place was PACKED.
Hopped in the Acura and hoofed it over to the Knights of Columbus, and got the most amazing parking spot ever.
Walked in while Deastro and band were sprinkling their tight-as-fuck electro-pop over a healthy crowd of head-bobbers. Randy wanted more keyboards in the monitor, and we wanted more Deastro in the room (the sound at KofC was less than stellar). On the bright side (literally), Randy’s shirt looked like he swiped it from an LA Lakers cheerleader in 1985, and the drummer played sideways on the stage, which always looks cool.
Ducked into the lounge area to catch most of Zoos of Berlin, who have really come into their own these days. Smoove jazz-pop gems that just don’t quit. A band so classy, their mic stands had cup holders attached to them.
At one point, ran into the now-infamous Bryan Metro of Jesus Chainsaw Massacre, who was wearing a graduation gown, minus clothing underneath, Tommy Lee style. Found out some interesting things about the guy: A) his real name is is not Bryan B) his favorite movie is The Shining C) his knowledge of B-movie actress Shannon Whirry was impressive and D) he carries around bottles of beer in a backpack, and if you ask nice enough, he’ll totally let you have one.
Ended the night catching most of the Silent Years set, which would have been totally amazing if it were at the Crofoot Ballroom. The sound in KofC’s big room is just bananas, and we wish we could have heard more of the horn section they were touting on stage. Still, though, the band seemed like they put tons of work into the show, and Josh Epstein can sing like a motherfucker. He was also wearing a belt that was, we think, made out of a giant toy car. Another thing we noticed was that TSY are a band with FANS. Like, people sing along to their songs when they play, and want them to keep playing, even after they stop. It’s easy to look to them and think, “This is how it’s done.”
Last thought: Could somebody please buy Steve-O a fucking Segway? His feet hurt, and it’s only Thursday.
Pics: Trever Long
Posted by: Ryan Allen on June 26, 2008 at 3:00 pm
People tend to sometimes have the opinion that “nothing is going on in Detroit.” This, of course, is wrong. Remember Rock City? Yeah…that was fun. Anyway, here’s a couple of worthy, Detroit-centric news bits that we found while poking around the Internets.
Stereogum has posted an interview with Pas/Cal‘s Casmier Pascal, talking about a new song from their upcoming album that we already reviewed called “Glorious Ballad of the Ignored.” It’s about nerds getting beat up.
Pitchfork has a little blurb up about Comerica Cityfest — the one where the Zombies, Broken Social Scene, and a bunch of great locals, ranging from the Dead Bodies to Zoos of Berlin are playing; the one where you can eat fish ‘n chips for 11 dollars, er, we mean, eight tickets.
Webvomit points out that there is a benefit show for Slow’s BBQ employee Nancy Naperala — who, sadly, suffered a stroke a few weeks ago — happening TONIGHT at the Bohemian National Home, featuring Magic Shop, Dark Red, Shadiamond La Freedom, Sweet Bird, and the Readies. Doors are at 9:00 pm, and it’s a mere 10 bucks to get in.
– Ryan Allen
Tags: Bohemian National Home, Broken Social Scene, Cityfest, Dark Red, Dead Bodies, Magic Shop, Nancy Naperala, Pas/Cal, Shadiamond La freedom, Sweet Bird, The Readies, The Zombies, Zoos of Berlin
Posted by: Ryan Allen on June 24, 2008 at 5:00 pm
We’ve been pretty curious about, Life Beyond Mars, the upcoming compilation collecting covers of David Bowie songs. Even more exciting, is that Detroit’s very own Zoos of Berlin (presented by Carl Craig, no less) Read more
Tags: Carl Craig, David Bowie, Golden Years, Life Beyond Mars: Bowie Covered, Looking For Water, Reality, Sound & Vision, Zoos of Berlin
Posted by: Ryan Allen on June 18, 2008 at 9:00 am
Rock City Mega Picture Post @ the Majestic Theatre Complex, Detroit, MI – 6/13/08 Read more
Tags: Apes, Bad Veins, Beard of Bees, Blase Splee, Child Bite, Lee Marvin Computer Arm, Mas!, Pas/Cal, Prime Ministers, Rock City, The Displays, the Von Bondies, THTX, Zoos of Berlin
Posted by: Ryan Allen on June 15, 2008 at 1:17 pm
Pic By: Trever Long
Rock City Recap: Day 2
Yo. Day 2 came; Day 2 ruled. Missed it? We didn’t. Let’s get into it… Read more
Tags: Apes, Bad Veins, Beard of Bees, Blase Splee, Child Bite, Lee Marvin Computer Arm, Pas/Cal, Rock City, Terrible Twos, The Prime Ministers, the Von Bondies, THTX, Zoos of Berlin
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
Tags: Arborvitae Records, Friendly Foes, Red Shirt Brigade, Rock City, Sporto, Suburban Sprawl, Thunderbirds are Now!, Zoos of Berlin
Posted by: Ryan Allen on June 10, 2008 at 3:00 pm
Live Pics: Zoos of Berlin @ the Crofoot Ballroom, Pontiac, MI – 6/8/08 Read more