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2RAW4FM w/Origix Pod Cast New Years January 2011

2RAW4FM w/Origix Pod Cast

New Years January 2011

Stretch Money Ft.Crane Novacane-I’M Talking About Money
Slaine-When I Shoot You
The Left Ft. Guilty Simpson-Reporting Live
Twiztid-All The Rest
Saturn9 ft.Origix & D.C.-We Got the good weed
Kanye West Ft. RZA, Jay-Z, Pusha T, Swizz Beatz & CyHi Da Prynce-So Appalled
Bareda aka Mr Wrong-Hardcore
Joell Ortiz ft.Just Blaze-Battle Cry
DJ Clay -Pen and Paper
Calliko ft. Wiz Khalifa-Whip It
Mike Clark Ft.ICP & Tone Tone-Underground Hot Street Banger
Saigon-Bring Me Down
Ajax Ft. Daddy X of KMK-Medicine Man
S.White Ft. Abrasive Method-Fool For You


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GIRL TALK moved to Compuware Arena

We are posting this for 3 reasons - 1st, cool flyer - 2nd we have covered GT plenty of times and hope to get a photo pass again for this show - 3rd, more praise for the Crofoot who continue to dominate in cross promotions in the motorcity
BTW the show has moved from ROMT to Compuware Arena

Girl Talk concert moved to Compuware Arena,
Thursday, March 3rd, 2011

Previously sold-out Girl Talk concert
opens up Compuware Arena to new concert business.

Due to tremendous demand, the Thursday, March 3, 2011 show scheduled
at the Royal Oak Music Theatre will be moving to a larger venue with
bigger sound, bigger lights, and a huge dance floor.

All tickets purchased for the originally event at the Royal Oak Music
Theatre will be honored at the door.

“A Girl Talk show is a huge crazy party, and we are incredibly excited
to double the size of the party by moving the show to the Compuware
Arena in Plymouth,”
says Dan McGowan of the Crofoot. “We are equally
excited to produce a show for the first time in this beautiful arena”.
“The show, a co-promotion with AEG Live, is the first of what we hope
is a long series of great concerts at Compuware,”
McGowan added.

Celebrating 10-plus years of sample-obsessed production and relentless
touring, Gregg Gillis (aka Girl Talk) returns to Metro Detroit for his
biggest and wildest dance party yet.

Since 2008 Girl Talk has played almost 300 shows and hardly taken a
full week off from hitting the road. He’s playing even larger venues
and making even more of a spectacle—he’s employed a small crew of
toilet paper launching stage hands, who also propel confetti,
balloons, and inflate oddly chosen props into the audience.

Girl Talk with Max Tundra & Junk Culture. 8pm. All ages welcome.
Compuware Arena is located at 14900 North Beck Road, Plymouth, MI 48170-2413
Tickets: $24 available at

All tickets purchased for the originally event at the Royal Oak Music
Theatre will be honored at the door. There is no need to exchange
tickets. For questions regarding Royal Oak tickets – please call
248-399-2980 x 13.


Snakewing / Chapstick - New Way Bar Ferndale - Tonight Wed 12/29

Snakewing / Chapstick
New Way Bar Ferndale
23130 Woodward Avenue
Ferndale, MI 48220



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The Lovely Ladies of Detroit Rock
Saturday, February 12th 2011
Small's Bar
10339 Conant Hamtramck
7:00 PM
Swamp Sisters
Katie Grace
Illy Mack
Rachel May
Surprise party crashers (Snakeout)
Hosted by: Comedian Citizen Kate
Special Guest DJs: Laura The Boom
This show will be recorded and released on red vinyl records.


The Return of the Singles - The Loving Touch Ferndale - Wed 12/29

Wednesday, December 29th, don’t miss a special holiday homecoming show for Detroit natives, The Singles, wsg The HandGrenades & The Kickstand Band, live at The Loving Touch.

What: The Singles wsg/ The HandGrenades and The Kickstand Band
When: Doors @ 9 pm, Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Where: The Loving Touch
22634 Woodward Avenue
Ferndale, MI 48220

The Singles will be performing with The HandGrenades and The Kickstand Band, Wednesday, December 29th, at The Loving Touch in Ferndale. Doors are at 9pm, with a $5 cover charge.
In 2009, The Singles relocated from Detroit to sunny Los Angeles...this December, they're coming home for the holidays and are excited to be putting on a Holiday Homecoming Show at The Loving Touch in Ferndale.

Currently performing on the west coast as a 2-piece, Vince Frederick and Jenny Pirch (formerly of The Gore Gore Girls) will be welcoming 2 guest drummers on stage with them to perform the retro powerpop that's sure to keep your toes tapping: Brian Thunders (formerly of The Singles) and Christophe Zajac-Denek (formerly of The Hard Lessons).

The Singles are online at: and

A fresh face in the promising Detroit music scene, The HandGrenades are quickly making a name for themselves. Boasting a polished sound, with no shortage of catchy hooks, it’s not surprising that The HandGrenades cite The British Invasion as a primary influence. Additionally, prominent two and three-part harmonies are reminiscent of early Motown and undoubtedly contribute to the band’s rockin’ retro feel. The HandGrenades are online at: and
The Kickstand Band is a classy three piece suit from three corners of Southeast Michigan, playing basement-bred sloppy pop for the masses. The Kickstand Band is online at:

-jr-MuiscRevue 12/28/2010

read more -jr MUSICREVUE here

Divorce Party: Watch Out For Em

Divorce Party is a band that is extremely tough to classify in terms of genre. What is it? Spaz Rock? ADD Pop? Grind Core? Meth Math? Whatever you want to call it, it is something noone else doing currently in the scene. Earlier this year, Divorce Party put out their debut EP "Divorce Party EP" which is a quick 2 song download. You can also stream it above if you are running low on disc space. Divorce Party is from the other world of Michigan known as Ann Arbor. There is a pretty cool experimental/underground/noise scene that is populating and growing over there. Artists such as Loopgoat and Ghoulie are some provocateurs of this new goliath. The last few times Divorce Party has performed in our fair city its been at PJ's Lager House. They even opened up for AIDS Wolf back in October. So yeah, download the EP, check their facebook and catch a show. Get in 2 Divorce Party




-jr is a musician/dj/blogger/writer from Detroit, MI. He performs in the bands The Jesus Chainsaw Massacre and Sheefy Mcfly & The Delorean. He also writes a cultural blog covering the ins and outs of the Detroit Music Scence as well as pop culture. When Dj'ing he uses the handle DJ JCM. He has been an integral part of the Detroit Music mechanation for the past 10 years. He knows just about everything about music on both a local and national level. His opinon is gold and is infallible. This is what's been in my ear lately.

WIN KID ROCK / JAMEY JOHNSON TICKETS at UPCOMING: MCB Happy Hour at State Bar Fillmore Detroit - Thursday 1/13 5pm-9pm

Motor City Special #3
Pre-Listening Party
State Bar Fillmore Detroit
Thursday January 13th

After you recover from the holidays come on out and party with MOTORCITYBLOG
at our next MCB Happy Hour featuring live music from
on the decks spinning Detroit soul, hip-hop and rock!

This isn't an MCB party without giveaways like a boat load of
Cool Swag and Vinyls
courtesy of Universal Music & Warner Brothers

Thats NOT ALL!!
You might walk away with FREE Concert Tickets courtesy of Live Nation

Oh I forgot to mention
That we have 1 pair of tickets to see
Kid Rock with Jamey Johnson
on January 15, 2011 at Ford Field in Detroit!
The tickets to the sold out show will be awarded
at the MCB Happy Hour

This is all taking place at Detroit's coolest sports bar Thursday, January 13, 2011 at the State Bar (next to the Fillmore) 2115 Woodward Avenue

Check out
for homegrown country music links and events

The MCB Crew is looking forward to seeing you all in 2011!!


Photos: Foxy Shazam Rocks the Shelter !

Foxy Shazam bounced back in town on December 16 th putting on a high energy show at The Shelter. The Basement was full of rowdy fans of all ages as Eric Nally and the band played the majority of the cuts from their self-titled CD "Foxy Shazam" . Eric was dancing on the ceiling and stage diving into the crowd all night. Foxy eventually slowed it down a bit and took a moment to honor one of Detroit's own..Eminem.As Eric started rhyming a few lines of "The Way I Am" the tightly packed crowd shouted every word with him! They finished off the set with a harmonizing A cappella song before walking off stage...only to return with a rebellious encore as the wild and frenzied fans rushed the stage to join the band and form a Mosh pit!
It's will be a fantastic event!
Here are photos Dan captured @ The Shelter

Wild At Heart

Wild Bill Ketelhut provides the "blog" to this anti-blog
He has a radio program on WXOU out of Oakland University

Wild At Heart

Here it is! It is the first day after Christmas weekend and I have nothing to really talk about. Only got a few things from Santa this year but they were really cool. I got four Marvin The Martian figures (2 bobble heads, 1 salt & pepper shaker and 1 snow globe) along with some Hallmark ornaments of Space Ghost and Johnny Quest. It was also fun spending the holiday with my parents here in NY. I was a bit surprised that the PBS stations and major networks don’t carry a bit more holiday material on Christmas. I had to find a Canadian station to get some later day Xmas cheer on TV. I know the majority of stations carry stuff during the weeks leading up, but that is the day I’m stuck home looking for something to actually watch after the Disney Parade. Without cable, I didn’t even have football to watch and I have a hard time watching NBA basketball anymore.

I would like to congratulate the Detroit Lions for winning their third straight game in a row with victories over Green Bay (finally, even though Aaron’s getting hurt helped), Tampa Bay and Miami (bring their road loss record to an end). I wish they would play more of their games in my area but I’m always looking for their scores. Before I lived in Detroit for 5 years, I never even cared about the Lions but now I am rooting for them and wishing a pox on Matt Millen. I wouldn’t be surprised if they had a successful draft this year and made the playoffs sometime in the next 2-3 years.

Back in high school, I remember the song “Lovergirl” by Teena Marie on the radio quite a bit and liking this soul/R&B singing white girl who started her career with Motown before being brought to the forefront by Rick James. She passed away yesterday after finally making a bit of a comeback on the Vegas Strip. For trivia buffs, she had an acting role on “The Beverly Hillbillies” when she was a child (credited as Tina Marie Brockert). She is often overlooked, but she had a nice sound that should be recognized more.

If you are looking for something else to do this weekend and like to take in some music, here are a few recommended options:

Tuesday (12/28) – Mustard Plug @ Magic Stick, Jeff Daniels @ Purple Rose Theatre, Benny & the Jets @ Wayne Road Pub (Westland)

Wednesday (12/29) - Jeff Daniels @ Purple Rose Theatre

Thursday (12/30) – Electric Six w/Millions Of Brazillions @ St Andrews, Trans-Siberian Orchestra @ Palace Of Auburn Hills, Jeff Daniels @ Purple Rose Theatre, Secret Twins w/Kommie Kilpatrick @ PJ’s Lager House, Mittenfest V Day 1 w/Sights and Satin Peaches @ Woodruff’s (Ypsilanti)

Friday (12/31) – Pistol Day Parade @ the Ritz (Warren), Romantics and Gin Blossoms @ Downtown (Royal Oak), NYE Bash featuring Silverghost, Lightning Love, Oscillating Fan Club and 7 others @ Magic Stick, Sax Maniacs @ Rusty Nail (Clinton TWP), Lee Marvin Computer Arm @ PJ’s Lager House, Mittenfest V Day 2 w/Frontier Ruckus and Prussia @ Woodruff’s (Ypsilanti)

Saturday (1/01) – Maroon 5 @ Caesar’s Windsor, Fireworks @ the Shelter, Mittenfest V Day 3 w/Silverghost and Secret Twins @ Woodruff’s (Ypsilanti)

Sunday (1/02) - Mittenfest V day 4 w/Lightning Love, Misty Lynn & the Big Beautiful and Scarlet Oaks @ Woodruff’s (Ypsilanti)

Well, I hope you have a safe New Years Eve! Please drink responsibly and see you in the new year


Electric Six

St. Andrews Hall

Detroit, MI
Thurs, Dec 30, 2010 8:00pm


D25 Comes Home! TONIGHT at The Works

Al Ester
Carl Craig-featuring Mad Mike Banks
Greg Gow
Kevin Saunderson
Kyle Hall
Monty Luke
Stacey Pullen

Time slots are as follows:

Front Room
21:00 - 23:00 Greg Gow
23:00 - 01:00 Monty Luke
01:00 - 03:00 Kyle Hall

Main Room
21:00 - 23:00 Al Ester
23:00 - 01:00 Stacey Pullen
01:00 - 03:00 Carl Craig feat. Mad Mike Banks
03:00 - close Kevin Saunderson

Tickets will be available at Detroit Threads in Hamtramck until 5pm. At the door tickets will be $10 before 11pm, $15 before 1am and $20 from 1:00am on..don't miss out!!!


UPCOMING Travel Channel's Mysteries at the Museum to feature Detroit Science Center on Tues Dec 28th 9pm

MCB has a cool Travel Channel prize pack ready to roll to one lucky reader
email to enter to win (include mailing address)

A Travel Channel baseball cap
2 Ghost Adventures Season 1 DVDs
1 Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations Collection 3 DVD
1 Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations Collection 4 DVD
If you find yourself watching the tube next Tuesday night be sure to tune into the Travel Channel for Mysteries at the Museum which will feature the Detroit Science Center
Mysteries at the Museum: Volume 9
The Franklin Institute holds one of the first electronic instruments, but this warbling wonder is more than just a footnote in musical history. How did this play a part in triggering one of the biggest spy scandals of the century?
On display at the Washington State History Museum is a 600 lb hunk of concrete with a disastrous past. More than a piece of junkyard scrap, this is a remnant from one of the most catastrophic engineering failures in U.S. history: the collapse of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge. How did this state of the art bridge fail so spectacularly?
At the Strong Museum of Play in Rochester, New York, poised amongst history’s greatest toys, is a small plastic egg filled with some beloved bouncing goo: Silly Putty. Did you know that this sensational children’s novelty originated from a war shortage?
On display at the Detroit Science Center is a truly macabre exhibit: 36 men, women and children that died two centuries ago are mysteriously preserved. But they aren’t the carefully prepared mummies of Egyptian royalty. These bodies were preserved by something else – and for decades science has struggled to figure out how… until now.
A truly awesome exhibit, covered last year by MCB's own DC-in-Detroit.
Johnston Ridge Observatory:
At the Johnston Observatory in Gifford Pinchot National Forrest, the splintered remains of what was once a mighty 100 foot Hemlock tree stands as a visceral reminder. Like millions of other trees, it was napped like a toothpick by a blast 1600 times more powerful than an atom bomb. What’s capable of such a tremendous explosion?
At the Mariners’ Museum in Newport ,Virginia, thousands of artifacts chronicle man’s relationship with the sea. But one artifact, an ordinary supply box, speaks of the sea’s tremendous and mysterious powers. The box belonged to the USS Cyclops, a colossal ship that has since passed into legend. What happened to this notorious ship, and does this box hold any answers?
Find out the answers to these questions and more by tuning-in to Mysteries at the Museum Tuesday at 9 E/P on Travel Channel. Enjoy the show, and secrets that will be revealed.

Black (Iris) Xmas - Magic Stick Detroit - TONIGHT



VINYL EXCHANGE TONIGHT: Troy Gregory - Magic Stick Lounge - 12/21

Troy Gregory played an amazing set at Motorcity Special#3
photo by MCB's Kevin Soney










Bring a gift-wrapped record and take home a new one.

FREE JAZZ: Jazz Cafe Happy Hour with Nicole New - Tues - Friday

Free Jazz,/Free Food and Drink Specials from 5-7PM
Tuesdays through Fridays With Nicole New at Jazz Cafe Happy Hour.
Drink Specials and free appetizers every 5-7 PM, Tuesday-Fridays at the atmospheric and world-class Jazz room inside the historic Music Hall right in the center of the Downtown Theatre district
The Happy Hour features the 25 year old Detroiter, Nicole New, an expressive vocalist who is passionate about her city and her singing, who has made a lasting impression at performance venues all over Southeast Michigan and beyond.

Nicole’s eclectic style of singing, drawing from her early influences of performing Jazz, Pop, Bluegrass and musical theatre has transformed into a sound all her own. Wowing fans with her rich tone and rhythmic phrasing, venues such as The Jazz Cafe, Cliff Bells, Andiamo and the Steinway Jazz Cafe have become a regular stop for this energetic performer.
“I like music that moves me, taking songs we all know and love
and giving them new life and perhaps new meaning.”
This bright young talent is on stage every night
during Jazz cafe Happy Hour, 5-7PM, Tuesdays through Fridays for FREE!!!
Jazz Café / Music Hall - 350 Madison- Detroit, MI 48226 (313) 887-8500


Wild At Heart

Wild Bill Ketelhut provides the "blog" to this anti-blog
He has a radio program on WXOU out of Oakland University

Wild At Heart

Just picked up the year-end edition of Billboard magazine which includes listing of the best selling albums, songs and biggest charting artists for the year in various categories. I was a bit disappointed in the magazine this year because they left out a few categories in the magazine which were listed online. In the magazine, they didn’t list the best Blues and folk artists which I thought was a shame since they represent the basic roots of the rest of the music scene along with jazz. When you give three pages to the various subcategories of Latin music, I don’t see why these two categories can’t be given ½ a page. A was esp bummed because my girl Cyndi Lauper had the best selling Blues album of the year and came second for blues artist (based on total sales and bluesman Joe Bonamassa had 2 albums this year in the top 15 compared to Cyndi’s one) which I thought was a great accomplishment for an artist most people forget is still making really good and varied music.

On a sadder note in the music industry, Captain Beefheart recently passed away. Never commercially popular, he worked in experimental music second only to Zappa. His music combined blues, psychedelic and rock with jazz and experimental styles that influenced a wide range of musicians including the Minutemen, new Hall Of Fame inductee Tom Waits, John Cale, Red Hot Chili Peppers and PJ Harvey. One common thread among his followers is to give his albums repeat listenings to truly grasp what he was trying to accomplish. He is not an easy listen but taking the time is really worth it. The other notable Dec death in the music industry was improvisational American jazz saxophonist James Moody (noted for playing with Dizzy Gillespie).

Speaking of music, I just saw my friend’s band the Quitters who were fantastic. This is the first local Rochester band that I think competes with the best of the garage bands from Detroit. They formed originally in 1994 with a love of 60’s and 70’s rock N roll with a bit of punk thrown in for the fun of it. Some nice stuff and it was nice finding a new live music club and seeing an old friend. Me and the drummer Rob went to high school together in Spencerport. We hung out in different cliques and never really talked in high school at all. A few years after graduation, we ran into each other after a Bangles concert at the U of R campus and talked more then than during our 10+ years of school. Another 5 years later, I met his wife and the New York State Fair after a Cyndi Lauper performance. Another 5 years and when home for a visit, he was working at the Bop Shop (one of Rochester’s three great record stores) and he gave me a copy of his then band’s CD (the KISS influenced Veins) which I played for a bit on my radio show at WXOU. It is amazing how much in common we have that it really seems a shame we didn’t socialize more in high school but that is the way it goes. It makes one realize all the stupid things that can keep people from really getting to know people. You can check out this cool band at

In other news, I was just thinking of how stupid this whole “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy is. Does it really matter if someone defending our country and killing the bad guys is actually gay? All I really cares is if that the person is capable of doing his/her job and that they truly are dedicated to defending this country from guys like Bin Laden. How many WWI and WWII veterans were closet gays? Who cares!! I don’t. If a person puts a bullet in a terrorists head, I don’t care what their sexual, religious or any other orientation is. This country is based on freedom and that goes to sex, religion, speech, etc. When we really care about those other things, we do ourselves a big injustice. Caring that a dedicated soldier is gay is like having a heart attack and then questioning the doctor is he is gay before he saves your life or if you are caught in a burning building and asking the rescuing fireman is gay before he saves your ass. Such things are idiotic. Soldiers always talk about a code of honor so they should be so focused on taking care of the bad guys, they should just trust the people who are serving with them. If they have to question the sexual orientation of a fellow soldier, maybe they aren’t all they can be in the first place and should get out of the army. I like to think of all the times in the past where we have allowed these types of policies to influence us. How many good soldiers have not been allowed to serve this great nation because of certain factors beyond there control, such as skin color? You just have to look at the bravery of the of the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry during the Civil War or the highly successful and decorated Tuskegee Airmen during WWII to show that stereotypes aren’t always pretty or accurate. If the country of greatest diversity can’t have that same diversity in it’s military, than that seems to somewhat diminish that service.

Upcoming recommended concerts for this week are mostly local acts but Detroit’s local music scene is better than most other cities combined:

Wednesday (12/22) – Light In August CD release party @ Pike Room

Thursday (12/23) – Taproot @ the Ritz (Warren), Mayer Hawthorne w/Macpodz @ Magic Stick, Insane Clown Posse @ St Andrews Hall

Sunday (12/26) – Hard Lessons @ St Andrews Hall

This weekend has also seen a few new films open up including “Tiny Furniture”. The film revolves around Aura, a recent college graduate, who returns home from her Midwest liberal arts college to her artist family’s Tribeca loft (her mom is a successful photographer). Aura comes in feeling down after a two year failed relationship, a film studies degree and a general lack of direction to where she wants her life to go. She reconnects with her old friends, one who hooks her up with a hostess job at a restaurant and chronicles her decent into relationships with two self-centered men (one a married chef at the restaurant and the other a youtube video celebrity). The film itself does a decent job with a cast of first-timers and relative unknowns. Director Lena Dunham actually uses her mom's loft and her actual mom and sister to play her mom and sister which is the true indie spirit. The movie has some wonderful scenes and I enjoy Dunham’s portrayal as a wandering spirit of sorts. Dunham should make the feminists happy as being a more natural body type in this movie but should be pissed at some of her decisions. And that is where my issue with this film lies. I want to become invested in this girl and at times I am, but then she does some truly slacker things which put me off. I can understand depression and how it works on people but it doesn’t seem evenly portrayed at times. Like how she let’s this youtube guy spend a week at her house when her mom’s away and basically let’s the place get trashed and then gets upset with her sister having a party with all her friends. I also would have liked more resolution with her sister who seems to disappear during the last quarter of the film and the friend from college she leaves hanging when she decides she rather live at home that with her best friend from college. That last bit is just left hanging and the film’s ending just seems anti-climatic and without any real closure or sense that the characters are moving on. Overall, this is going to be a love it or hate it film and a love of early Woody Allen might help. Not perfect but at least respectable. My grade is a B-.

I also talked to actor David Call concerning the film. He plays Keith, the chef Aura gets involved with. The character seems to be generated from the beat poets as a guy who seems book smart but is also a real slacker with a love of doing drugs and cheating on his wife. David first got his start as “guy #1 at party” in the “Notorious Bettie Page” and has worked his way up since. Just last week, I was watching Season 2 of “Fringe” where he played Nick Lane (a person with special powers who gets killed in the other universe during a rescue attempt). He found that show really fun because he could use his special powers to kill people but tedious, “you shoot everything in ten different angles because of all the FX”.

David’s early life almost seems to have resonated with his character in this film. David wasn’t into acting early on but could have been stereotyped as a punk/skater who enjoyed music by bands such as NOFX, Crass, Bad Religion and Minor Threat. He also enjoyed skating but good luck was not to be found on the board as he broke his arm 3 times and was told he “would lose function in his arm if he did it again”. Not wanting to risk that type of injury, he realized he had no friends and started to read. He relates after a class reading “two girls came up to me who never spoke to me before” and he realized that simply “artists get girls”. And thus starts a career where he “can stay out all night if I want and it’s not a desk job”.

His film journey started with films like “Kids” and Fincher’s “Seven” and “Fight Club” and moved into classics like “A Clockwork Orange”, “Days Of Heaven”, “Badlands” and foreign films like the works of Truffaut.

He got involved with “Tiny Furniture” because Lena was a friend of his and called him up asking “I got a part for you. You are a pot smoking, porn obsessed chef who gets to fuck me in a pipe”. That description and the fact that a respected friend, Jody Lee Lipse, was doing cinematography sealed the deal for him. One criticism he did have of himself was that he wished he had tried harder in the film. He says on big budget Hollywood films, it is easy to slack off because of the attitude with Hollywood studios that don’t care about the project unless it makes a lot of money. As an actor, he prefers indie films like this where it is easier to bring his A game but admits after watching the film, he was amazed at the performances of the first time actors. “All my scenes are just me and Lena, but after I saw the film, I should’ve tried so much harder”. He thinks that the Lena got some really great performances from people not in the industry (esp Jemima Kirke as Charlotte) which reminds him why he prefers the indies. These people (in indie film) “are not getting paid anything but are very passionate about the material” while in bigger commercial films, everyone is in it just punches the clock”.

Asked to describe the film, he jokes they are calling it “the graduate with tits”. The film is based on real events in Lena’s (writer, actor and director) life and she made it “endearing, funny and compelling” and he admits “I don’t usually like this type of film” since they usually don’t “have an emotional reality which she (Lena) brings to the characters”. The film has already won some awards and has succeeded everyone’s expectations which are wonderful.

In his future, David would like to write and direct more. So far he has the short film “B.U.S.T.” about a brother and sister’s relationship before he gets redeployed back to Iraq under his belt and is hoping in the next few years to work on a feature film. He also wants to promote a small indie short entitled “Two Gates Of Sleep” which concerns two brothers who after preparing for their mother's imminent death, go on an arduous upriver journey to honor her final request. You can also see him playing the role of Ben Donovan on Season 4 of the “Gossip Girl”.

There is also the French Claire Denis film “White Material” about Maria, who is a White farmer who runs (with her husband, his father, and their son) a failing coffee plantation in an unnamed African country. Civil war has broken out and rebel soldiers, many of them child soldiers, are advancing on the area. Rebels on the radio advocate attacks on emblems of colonialism. Maria's workers leave, but she refuses to abandon the plantation, and searches for men to finish harvesting of the coffee. As she and her family await the inevitable, the tensions in their personal relationships, and in their relations with the African community, become exposed. Maria puts the farm in even more danger when she looks after a wounded rebel officer known as 'The Boxer'. I truly love the character of Maria (Isabelle Huppert), whose character has that nice mixture of bravery and recklessness as she holds on to her plantation as things are falling apart around her. She is simply a person who exists in an area that is falling apart and she can’t adapt or leave. The film does a great job showing an Africa of true beauty and danger though some of its characters are a bit weak. However, the scope of the film heals a lot of that and makes for a very moving and thought-provoking film that should be enjoyed by every viewer. My grade is a B+.

Well, have a Merry Christmas everyone and see you after the holidays.

THIS WEDS: Spike & Mike's Sick & Twisted Animation

It's an annual holiday tradition! This year, the Magic Bag will debut the Spike & Mike's Twisted Animation Festival this Wednesday, 22 December. It'll then pick back up on the 26th.

December 22, 26-30
Doors 8 p.m. - Film 9:30 - 18+

22920 Woodward Avenue
Ferndale, MI

For details on the selections, check out Spike & Mike's website.

SOUNDS & SPIRITS of Detroit - Magic Stick - Thur 12/23

8PM * $15 * AA
The Sounds and Spirits Spectacular is the Detroit indie-rock community’s biggest holiday event. In homage to Christmas variety shows of yesteryear, the Spectacular features over 20 bands and performers performing yuletide ditties on two stages. It’s a whirligig of cheer and if you don’t like the band, don’t worry, there’ll be another in 5 minutes! Some ‘celebrity’ emcees and some curious video snippets collected over the years round out the show. If you don’t feel a warm glow at this joyous gala, then your heart really is two sizes too small!
Full Lineup: The Hard Lessons, Silverghost, Johnny 'Modular' Headband, Millions of Brazilians, Destroy This Place, American Mars, The Meltdowns, The Barrettes, Computer Perfection, Red Iron Orchestra, Sleigher, The Pop Project, The Cold Wave, Isosceles Mountain, Citizen Smile, The Last Supper, Gorevette, Hysteric Narcotics, Old Empire, The Swamp Sisters, Santa Wolf Crystal

Tomorrow Night: PJ's Lager House Xmas Spectacular Show Funtime!

Go out to PJ's Lager House tomorrow to see about as diverse of a lineup as you can see in our fair city.  I would say of all the bands to catch, keep an eye out for Murder Mystery.  Their new LP "Astronaut" is super-rad and you can procure it here!!


Last year the women's event (as we fondly and low-key-ly called it) featured work and performances by a ton of amazing artists and drew over 800 people. We filled all 5 venues in the Crofoot (located in Pontiac) with incredible performances and artwork throughout the night. We want to go big again this year, and we'd love for you to be a part of the night if you're interested.

is happening on February 12 from 6pm-2am and is going to be headlined by Maria Bamford. We're interested in featuring the work of all types of artists. We have space to install work on the walls, interesting rooms for installations, sculptures, and performances, and opportunities for projections of video and photography. We can also work with you if you want to pitch a creative way to exhibit work.

The Crofoot - Pontiac, MI

WOMEN is an annual event celebrating the work of women artists and makers in the Detroit area. This year's event will be headlined by Maria Bamford and will feature concerts, performances, films, visual work, comedy, and projects of all kinds. If you are interested in submitting work to be considered for this year's event, please send a brief description of the work and two images to by Friday, January 7.

Work would be installed the morning of the event and deinstalled the next day.


Saturday December 18th-The Olin Ezra Twisted X-Mas 2 @ The HayLoft

UPCOMING PARTY: Loco Gnosis 5 Years Superstar Bash 2 City Spectacular

We are all a piece of Loco Gnosis whether you know it or not
Get to either or both of LG's weekend bashes and enjoy
the realm of sound diversity delivered by Detroit's home town music collective



Jan. 14th
Park Bar
2040 Park Ave.
Detroit MI 48226

DUENDE!, Dutch Pink, Pewter Cub, Jehovah Witness Protection Program,
Electric Lion Sound Wave Experiment, Spitting Nickels, Scotch Bonnet, Light
Show Bob and more to be announced

$10 at the door
$5 advance passes at UHF
$10 weekend advance passes at UHF
*door admission is equal value towards Loco Gnosis recordings at event

36 East Cross St.
Ypsilanti MI 48198

Macrame Tiger, Woodman, Carjack, Mazinga, Hi-Speed Dubbing, Oblisk and
more to be announced

$5 at the door
$10 whole weekend advance passes at UHF



PHOTOS: Joe Satriani @ The Fillmore Detroit 12/16/2010

Joe Satriani brought his guitar madness to The Fillmore last night. MCB photographer Gene Schilling was there to cover the gig.

Richie Hawtin’s Plastikman Arkives retrospective and Remiix iPhone app

The December 31 pre-order closing date for Richie Hawtin’s Plastikman Arkives retrospective ( is drawing near!
(Did you see the kick-ass photos Brett Lawrence took at his most recent show in Detroit??)

--Check out this great interview video as well--

Plastikman Arkives interview Richie Hawtin from Ali Demirel on Vimeo.

iTunes has released a cool Plastikman Remiix iPhone app which also allows you to combine and transform original Plastikman tracks and interpretations from your iPhone or iPad.

Arkivesan amazing offering for any techno enthusiast--is a full retrospective of Plastikman media from 1993 – 2010 and the largest release Minus, Hawtin’s label, has done to date featuring four different formats ranging from vinyl, CD and digital …12 discs of music and a 100+ page book in special slip case packaging. Is available exclusively by pre-order now through December 31 to be shipped February 28 via

Metalliclaus - Detroit Comics - Sat 12/18 12noon

Visit Detroit Comics this Saturday noon

for a few snorts of whiskey and a copy of Rune

Shop for the coolest in comix and toys

For all on your list who were good gals and boys

You may notice a character from the corner of your eye

Clutching his Jameson down off to his side

His name is Metalliclaus - A grumpy ol' fella

Chicks sit on his lap then spout "That aint no jella!"

Get your mugshot taken with the meanest of jacks

If your blonde built and buxom he'll stare at your rack

After the photo you donate 5 dollars

then step off to pay before somebody hollers

and reach for your wallet but its not there - HEY!

and you notice out the window

A grinning Metalliclaus jetting away on his sleigh

Detroit Comics
Saturday, December 18th

Get your picture taken with Detroit's Bad Santa

for $5 and proceeds to benefit Children's Hospital of Michigan Foundation.

Kids table with crafts and fun!

Our goal is to provide a cool, clean store with friendly and knowledgeable service. If you are tired of crappy and cluttered stores, we are the store for you. If you are tired of pretentious proprietors who could care less that you are in their store, we are the store for you. Whether you are old, young, female, geeky, or never have read a comic in your life, we hope you will stop in and see what we are all about.

PHOTOS: Black Dub @ The Magic Stick 11/22/2010

Black Dub, the latest musical venture from the legendary Daniel Lanois, played the Magic Stick a couple of weeks ago. MCB photographer Gene Schilling was there to cover the gig.


1st Annual Punk Rock for the Holidays Party - Modern Skate Royal Oak

1st Annual Punk Rock for the Holidays Party

Check the Blue Squares show this coming Saturday at Modern Skate and Surf
Skatepark. It's the Skateboards and Santa Claus 1st Annual Punk Rock
for the Holidays Party wsg, Obsidian Crush, Fires In Japan, The Blue
Squares, Murder in the Dark and The Rise of the Zebra. Doors @ 5pm

Modern Skate is located at 1500 N Stephenson Hwy in Royal Oak

Reunion Jam For Cf! - Sat 12/18

Reunion Jam For Cf!
Saturday NIGHT, December 18, 2010

Join The Bonnell Foundation As We Battle Cystic Fibrosis Acoustic Style With Musicians 
Jill Jack, Stewart Francke, Carolyn Striho, Skelton Crew, DJ Top Kat and other Special Guests
Saturday, Dec. 18, 7 to midnight
Coffee Beanery & Cafe
28557 Woodward Ave
Berkley MI USA

Help raise money to battle Cystic Fibrosis - Suggested Donation at DooR


Home for the Holidaze 8 - corktown tavern - Fri 12/17

Static Network presents…..


The holiday season is now upon us and it is time once again for "Home for the Holidaze 8" the annual songwriter showcase and charity drive for local homeless shelters.

The event brings together local singer-songwriters and former Detroit musicians who are home for the holiday season. It is a chance for them to perform for a good cause, as the proceeds from the event will go towards food donations to area homeless shelters. The day after the show is spent at Costco buying cases of canned food with the proceeds. The food is then distributed to soup kitchens and food pantries in the Detroit area. Pet food donations are also collected each year and donated to non-profit rescue shelters.

The show is on FRIDAY, DEC. 17 at 9pm. The venue is The Corktown Tavern located at 1716 Michigan Avenue in Detroit. Please call 313-964-5103. 21 & over are welcome.

Performing will be singer-songwriters:

Admission is $6 or $5 with one can of people or pet food or winter clothing item.

-jr-MusicRevue 12/16/2010

read more -jr MUSICREVUE here

On The Rise: Dubya Tee Eff

Dubya Tee Eff is a new band with three of the members from Ann Arbor Surf-Psych Band Tokyo Sexwhale. The above video is from their very first show under the new moniker. Whereas Tokyo Sexwhale was heavily surf based, often reinterpreting surf standards, Dubya Tee Eff is more of a free form jam. Basically they just pick a key and progression and run with it. The set was basically 2 long sprawling songs. I know I know, it sounds like it would be very boring but the set was quite the contrary. They have enough equipment and effects pedals to keep everything interesting. You can tell that this is a group that has been playing together for quite a long time. Every nuance and note is contingent on the feel of what the other people are doing. Really a cool idea, really a cool band. Unfortunately, Dubya Tee Eff doesn't have an official contact page yet, but I'm sure you can get to them through the linked Tokyo Sexwhale facebook above.



-jr is a musician/dj/blogger/writer from Detroit, MI. He performs in the bands The Jesus Chainsaw Massacre and Sheefy Mcfly & The Delorean. He also writes a cultural blog covering the ins and outs of the Detroit Music Scence as well as pop culture. When Dj'ing he uses the handle DJ JCM. He has been an integral part of the Detroit Music mechanation for the past 10 years. He knows just about everything about music on both a local and national level. His opinon is gold and is infallible. This is what's been in my ear lately.


FREE TICKETS: Electric Six, Hard Lessons, Insane Clown Posse and Rusted Root

Simply put we are going to be pretty fucking busy over the next few weeks so we are just going to drop the bombshell of ticket giveaways right now - email to enter to win noting the name of show in the subject line (must include full name) -
Big year end thanks to the folks at St Andrews Detroit

Rusted Root bring it to St Andrews on Dec 29th

Insane Clown Posse hit St Andrews on Dec 23rd

Celebrate the Day After XMAS fun with The Hard Lessons

Electric Six with MoBz tear it up at St Andrews on Dec 30th
to get you ready for NYE 2010

Get tickets now here

Detroit Institute of Arts to Open New Gallery of Ancient Middle Eastern Art on Dec 22nd 2010

Snake-Dragon, Symbol of Marduk, the Patron God of Babylon.
Panel from the Ishtar Gate, 604-562 BCE, unknown artist, glazed earthenware bricks.
Detroit Institute of Arts.
The Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) will open a new gallery devoted to the arts of the Ancient Middle East on Dec. 22 that will showcase the ancient cultural heritage of what we today call Iraq, Iran, Turkey, Yemen and Armenia

A favorite with the public, the serpent/dragon panel from the Ishtar gate of Babylon, will be back on display. “Many visitors have asked what happened to our dragon,” said Graham W. J. Beal, DIA director. “We are happy to have Marduk’s serpent back on view, along with a selection of our most important objects in the Ancient Middle East collection.”

Assyrian Winged God Scrapes Sap from a Sacred Palm with a Pinecone.
Panel from the Royal Palace at Nimrud, 883–859 BCE.,
unknown artist, Nimrud, Iraq Limestone.
Detroit Institute of Arts

The panel from the Ishtar Gate with the symbol of Marduk, the patron god of Babylon, is joined by two stone wall-carvings from the Royal Palace at Nimrud, Iraq. One depicts an Assyrian eagle-headed god scraping sap from a sacred palm tree, and the other shows the Assyrian ruler Tiglath-Pileser III receiving homage. Such pieces were made to adorn palaces and communicate powerful messages about nationhood, political authority and legitimacy.

Among a display of pottery are some of the DIA’s oldest objects. A collar-necked jar from Anatolia (Turkey) painted with a geometric design is approximately 7000 years old. Two objects from Iran, a conical dish decorated with cheetahs and a footed cup painted with stags, are around 5000 years old. The colors, forms, patterns and images on such works were developed by potters to express symbolic ideas about their world.

Other objects include reliefs carved in limestone from the royal palace at Persepolis, Iran, showing court servants carrying items to a royal feast, and a head of a Persian spearman; alabaster burial stones from ancient Yemen; ceramics from ancient Anatolia; coins, glassware, and a silver spoon and dish from the Sasanian Empire in Iran; and a belt with reliefs of animals and winged gods from Urartu, a kingdom to which Armenians trace their ancestry

Bowl with Portrait of the Sasanian King as a Ram,
unknown artist, Iran, 500-650, gilded silver.
Detroit Institute of Arts.

The new gallery is centrally located in a basilica-like space that was subdivided for a variety of purposes during the past 30 years, including offices and storage space. This installation is the first phase of the new gallery, and is supported by a grant from the National Endowment of the Arts with matching funds from the Ernest and Rosemarie Kanzler Foundation Fund. Further funding is being sought to complete subsequent installations.

Hours and Admission
Museum hours are 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m.–10 p.m. Fridays, and 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Saturdays and Sundays. Admission is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors, $4 for ages 6-17, and free for DIA members.
For membership information call 313-833-7971.