The Academy Awards are over and I don’t really care. I haven’t watched a significant part of the awards since “Blame Canada” was nominated for best song and I wanted to see Robin Williams sing the song. Along with the Grammy’s, I never watch the big shows but I do like to see the results and nothing really intrigued me this year except congrats to Randy Newman (“Toy Story 3”) for winning his 2nd award in 20 nominations. This guy went from writing some of the funniest and poignant songs of the 70’s (including “Short People” and numerous songs for artists like Pat Boone, Judy Collins and Everly Brothers) into a cash cow of movie writing, esp for Disney films (his other win was for “Monster’s Inc”).
On a sad note, blues artist Eddie Kirkland was killed in a car accident yesterday at the age of 88. Kirkland toured with John Lee Hooker from 1949-1962 and got the nickname "Gypsy of the Blues" for his rigorous touring schedules which including Callahan’s. One of his daughters is a Detroit police officer. I also noticed William Nicholas Stone Courtney passed away last week. He was a British actor best known for his role as Brigadier Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart on Doctor Who.
Here are some shows coming out to check out.
Wednesday (3/02) – Fefe Dobson @ Hard Rock Café, Gaelic Storm @ Magic Bag, Metrotimes Blowout Pre-Party (featuring Lettercamp, Darling Imperial, Secret Twins and more) @ Magic Stick
Thursday (3/03) – Flogging Molly @ The Fillmore
Friday (3/04) – NOMO @ DIA, Pete Yorn and Ben Kweller @ Clutch Cargos
Saturday (3/05) – Gretchen Wilson @ Caesar’s Windsor, Railroad Earth @ Royal Oak Music Theatre, The Verve Pipe @ Brighton Center For The Performing Arts, Mackinaw Island’s Festival Express (w/Jill Jack and more) @ Magic Bag
Have a good weekend and see you next Monday.
The Greatest Show on Earth!
Designs by RebeccaMich
Scharolette Kay Chappell
Show begins at 8pm
The Gateway Gallery
14701 W. 11 Mile Road
JULY 4TH WEEKEND, 2011
DOUBLE JJ RESORT - ROTHBURY, MICHIGAN
THE STRING CHEESE INCIDENT AND TIËSTO
WITH BASSNECTAR, PRETTY LIGHTS, EDWARD SHARPE & THE MAGNETIC ZEROS, STEPHEN MARLEY, KASKADE, SHPONGLE PRESENTS THE SHPONGLETRON EXPERIENCE, AND MANY MORE
ALSO INTRODUCING THE 1ST ANNUAL SATURDAY AFTERNOON WITH REO SPEEDWAGON
TICKETS ON SALE ON SATURDAY, MARCH 5 AT 12:00 NOON EST AT target="new">www.electricforestfestival.com
Live music pioneers The String Cheese Incident (3 performances) and the trailblazing Dutch DJ Tiësto will top the bill at the inaugural Electric Forest at the Double JJ Resort in Rothbury, Michigan on June 30 through July 3, 2011. Tickets go on sale Saturday, March 5 at noon EST at www.electricforestfestival.com .
Also on the bill are Bassnectar, Pretty Lights, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, Stephen Marley, Shpongle Presents The Shpongletron Experience, Railroad Earth, Laidback Luke, JJ Grey & Mofro, Excision, The New Deal, EOTO, Emmitt-Nershi Band, Skrillex and many more.
Electric Forest is also excited to introduce the festival’s first annual Saturday Afternoon Special - a mid-festival event within the event - featuring very special guests, legendary American rock band REO Speedwagon. A complete list of confirmed artists follows. More acts will be announced in the coming months.
For Electric Forest’s inaugural year, the musical line-up - and in many ways, the festival itself - is an evolution of the headliner’s most spirited and theatrical past live events. With a diverse and inspired program of influential bands and artists, both established and new, in every genre, it’s evident that a similar creative force is propelling Electric Forest forward as has pulled along The String Cheese Incident for so many years. It’s the force of imagination and rectitude. As The String Cheese Incident’s Keith Moseley explains, “For SCI, we’ve always tried to honor our many musical influences, both individually and as a collective, and then do it in the most celebratory way. This festival definitely feels like the ultimate manifestation of all that energy, and the location, well, you just can’t beat it.”
Indeed, Electric Forest is graced with one of the country’s most beloved festival sites. Hosted at the one-of-a-kind Double JJ Resort in Rothbury, Michigan, the unique site offers trails, forests, fields, lakes and beach fronts, and even on-site lodging, bars and eateries. In addition, Electric Forest patrons can take advantage of the resort’s many amenities including a 60,000 square foot indoor water park, an 18-hole championship golf course, swimming pools, horseback riding, and more.
The festival’s unrivaled GOOD LIFE VIP experience promises something for all budgets and tastes, from camping and RV spots, to log cabins and homes, to resort hotel-style suites – all located on the festival grounds.
Brought to life by Madison House Presents and Insomniac Events, Electric Forest promises to emerge as a new breed of U.S. music and camping festival. In addition to almost 60 musical performances, look for state-of-the-art, jaw-dropping light displays, intricate and earthy artful touches, and everything in between. As festival producer Jeremy Stein of Madison House Presents explains, “Our goal is to seamlessly integrate music with art, and we are proud to host a conscious and involved festival community at such an amazing festival site. The site’s Sherwood Forest will be bigger and better than ever.” Electric Forest will make sustainable practices a priority, as with all MHP events.
Continue to visit the Electric Forest website for ongoing updates. Electric Forest’s complete list of confirmed performers is as follows:
The String Cheese Incident (3 Shows)
Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
Shpongle Presents The Shpongletron Experience
JJ Grey & Mofro
The New Deal
Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe
Bonobo (DJ Set)
The Infamous Stringdusters
Zion I & The Grouch
The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band
The Beautiful Girls (Acoustic)
The Pimps of Joytime
The Hood Internet
KRAZ (DJ Set)
Additional acts to be announced in the coming months.
Tickets on sale Saturday, March 5 at 12:00 noon EST at www.electricforestfestival.com and at 1-888- 512-SHOW (Open Mon-Sat 9am-9pm CDT).
I first heard Breathe Owl Breathe last December. It was Noel Night, and the only thing my friend had picked out amongst the events (I was geeked out over the planetarium) was Breathe Owl Breathe at the Scarab Club. I had never heard of the band, but I'd always wanted an excuse to walk around in that building. Lucky for me, my friend wasn't one of the people who become insufferable when you say you haven't heard of a band. "You haven't heard of (band name)? How can you have possibly not heard of (band name)?". That shit gets old, doesn't it? The crowd they drew completely filled up the first floor of the Scarab Club. That kind of really tight packed in situation where you can smell at least 4 people at once. Ann Arbor was heavily represented that night, so that meant I was smelling a lot of patchouli. The band made a great impression on me, so I just had to go to The Crofoot on Wednesday for a chance to see them again.
Doors opened at 8, and the band must have started exactly at 9, because Breathe Owl Breathe was already going when got there at 9:05. What's with people being on time all of sudden? I'm not used to this. Breathe Owl Breathe were just as great as I remembered. They're able to take something as simple as the desire to swim, and turn that into a great song. Micah tends to look down at the floor with his eyes barely open, but yet he seems to really like interacting with the crowd. I'd say it's clearly a part of their regular performance. The only thing that I thought was missing was perhaps a song or two where Andrea sings lead.
If I had been told the Breathe Owl Breathe were the only band to perform that night, I wouldn't have complained a bit. To my surprise, they weren't even the headliner. They were touring with Yann Tiersen, a minimalist/avant-garde composer. He's French, but not the stuck-up kind, who knows English but pretends not to. Most of the music was instrumental, with Tiersen playing a violin. It wasn't aimless or wandering, as some instrumental music tends to be. His music always felt like it had a purpose, and that it was leading somewhere. Neither of the bands are the type that feel they have to crank everything up to 11 in order to compensate for something they lack. They leave enough room so that their crescendos have somewhere to go, and can really impact you.
Now for our Blowout preview. Certain to be just as partial and uninformed as all the others:
First, I feel that I should disclose that I’m completely insufferable during the Blowout weekend. I’ll show up with a friend to see a band, and the second after they’re done I’ll say “Okay, we’ve got to leave right now so that we don’t miss the beginning of Carjack”, and their response is often “I’m only halfway through my rum and coke”. I may decide to ditch them at this point.
Monday, Feb 28 · 8:00 PM
Recommended donation of $5 -- all proceeds go to the awesome Alternatives for Girls who help at-risk girls in New Detroit.
A young man is confined in a mental hospital. Through a flashback we see that he was traumatized as a child, when he and his family were circus performers: he saw his father cut off the arms of his mother, a religious fanatic and leader of the heretical church of Santa Sangre.
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Here in the US, it is hard to really find Korean cinema but the 1960 film “The Housemaid” by director Kim Kiyoung is considered one of the top 3 Korean films of all time so it only makes sense that someone would try to remake it in a more contemporary setting. The original deals with a middle class composer who hires a housemaid when his wife gets pregnant. So after her hiring, she starts showing erratic behavior and eventually is pregnant with the composer’s baby. Things start to get to the point where lives are at stake. The ending is one of those is wonderful 60’s fashion that states “this is just the sort of thing could happen to anyone”. In the 2010 remake, director Im Sang-soo (famous for the controversial “The President's Last Bang”) tries to recapture what made the original so wonderful.
Like so many remakes, sometimes the setting is what makes something so special. While the original takes place in a middle class setting, Sang-soo decided to set his remake in an upper class family which detracts just a bit from the power of the story. After all, there are many films of how the super rich treat their servants badly (I just watched the Japanese film “In The Realm Of The Senses” which is a more sexual and over-exaggerated version of this type of story but has a similar feel). I think the middle class setting of the original makes this a more interesting story since it is closer to the average person’s life.
That is not to say this film doesn’t have its merits. The remake puts the film more on the housemaid role (played by Jeon Doyeon) as a naive woman who gets the opportunity to put her studies in child development into the practical use as maid/nanny for a wealthy family. We have a senior maid who gives her advice but doesn’t fully warm up to her, the pregnant trophy wife who doesn’t fulfill her husband’s sexual needs, the young female child who the young maid bonds with and the husband with wandering eyes. As expected, the husband makes advances on the housemaid who responds favorably and becomes obsessed with him sexually, eventually getting pregnant and refusing to get an abortion. After being fired, she can’t let go and problems ensue.
The weak part of the film is with the poor character development. Doyeon is a great actress but her character transformation doesn’t seem to follow a logical progression from struggling student to demented housemaid and could use a little more development at the start of the film so we can really get a good grasp of who she is and why she might transform to who she is by film’s end. The film’s secondary characters, esp Yoon Yeo-jeong as the elder maid, are very good and the stylized look of the cinematography is excellent (something the young filmmaker has showcased in his few films so far) but the film really leaves you wanted more.
I would definitely say you are better off with the original 60’s version of the film, but the remake is good enough to let you appreciate what it tries to do. Im Sang-soo is setting himself up, along with Bong Joon-ho (The Host), Park Chan-wook (Oldboy, Thirst) and Kim Ki-duk (3-Iron) as one of the Korean film directors that are putting out stylized Korean films that are getting noticed in the West and showing their cinema is just as fresh as Japan and China.
My grade for this film is a C+.
Hard Rock Cafe Detroit Hosts 93.9 The River's Winter Icebreaker After Party
Featuring Parachute Feb. 26th 2011
After Party will offer FREE performance by Parachute
Parachute will perform live at Hard Rock Café Detroit for 93.9 The River's
Official Winter Ice Breaker After Party.
The party immediately follows 93.9 The River's Winter Icebreaker concert
performance by David Gray at the Detroit Opera House.
Saturday, Feb. 26
FREE and open to all ages.
Parking is also FREE at the Compuware Parking Garage on Farmer.
Hard Rock Cafe Detroit
Popularly known at the club as “sketch classes”, these non-instructional, drop-in opportunities for artists to draw and paint from live models welcome all artists. Drop in and join us!
Free to members &
students with current ID.
include full name and tele#
Thursday, March 03, 2011
LIMITED TIME OFFER - $10 OFF Aaron Lewis Tickets!
Advance 3 day $20.00 Presales avalible at Detroit Threads , Zoologic, Rob Messerschmidt, Toad & Doc Colony! Limited time only!
Presented By: DAT SLIK, PLURfect, Division X Records, Sucker Punch, & AV Entertainment.
100% Legit Venue with 2 full bars and proper permits and licenses.
3 nights, 2 Rooms, & 60 DJ's & Live acts! Lasers, Lights, & Video graphics!
3 DAY PASS:
Also at Threads Detroit & Record Time Roseville (Available Soon)
1 DAY PASS:
Do not miss this festival!
◄◄◄ Line Up ►►►
*** N-TER ***
Electro / Ghettotech / Techno
BANG TECH 12
SPACE FUNK REC
Hailing from Zagreb, Croatia is the world's leading force in Electro. Born in 1981 in a small town named Osijek, Bojan Jascur aka N-ter has been producing hit after hit since 1999 and is a true Electro Activist. His debut release "Egoboo Bits" was the first record of its type to come out of Croatia and led to the creation of the Crobot Crew. Originally formed with his partner DJ Xed, the Crobot Crew and Crobot Muzik were founded by N-ter to promote the Electro and Ghettotech sounds throughout Eastern Europe.
Crobot Muzik found immediate success through their critically acclaimed releases and garnered the attention of the Heavyweights in the industry who continuously play and chart their music. Since then, N-ter has released his original music on some of the world's leading record labels. From his A.U.X. 88 remixes on Puzzlebox Records to his original selections on Twilight 76, Databass, Diggarama, Sonic Walker, Drivecom and Subsonic Device, N-ter's production work is in high demand. He has done remixes for A.U.X.88, DJ Godfather, Exzact, Paul Blackford and the Autonomous Bassheads to name a few. His latest release "This is my Life" is one of the feature tracks on the world renown Street Sounds Record label out of the UK and has been topping the Electro Charts as the number one Electro song on the airwaves.
As a DJ, Bojan's skills on the turntables are unmatched and have risen him to international status. Since 2003, N-ter has had toured Europe and Asia continuously while still finding time to Headline major Events in Detroit and Miami as both a DJ and as a Live Act performing his distinct sound on stage for all to see. To expand on future projects, N-ter has created the Electro duoTellefunk as well as starting the new record label Elecrtro bass. These 2 projects give him an even larger ability to focus on Electro music and his mission of spreading Electro to all four corners of the planet.
Jimmy Edgar's music is like the aural equivalent of those mid-'80s "sexy robot" airbrushed pop art posters by Hajime Sorayama -- the sound of a sleek digital future when machines have the same erotic desires as human beings. A postmodern polymath who also built a successful career as a graphic artist, photographer, and fashion designer, Edgar was born on August 10, 1983 in Detroit and manifested a love for music at an early age, learning to play saxophone and drums, gigging in local bands, and experimenting with making electronic music. His elder brother was a music promoter, and at the tender age of 15 he found himself DJing in strip clubs and "whorehouses" alongside techno legends Juan Atkins, Kevin Saunderson, and Derrick May. His first track was released by the respected German label Poker Flat in 2002, when he was just 19 years old.
Cozmic Spore (LIVE) / Cozmic Spore Records
The Cozmic Spore alter ego was created in 1996 and a new dimension in techno began. Evil frequencies were born and bred by the Cozmic Spore on the famous Seismic Records Detroit record label in 1998 to the year 2007 but is now no longer alive and kicking.
So starts a new era. With the creation of Cozmic Spore Records in 2008, alien soundwaves will once again grace this planet.
T.Linder / DTM/ Bang tech 12
A veteran DJ with more than ten years of experience under his belt; Detroit native, T.Linder has done his homework and paid his dues.
Dan Guzman / DonJuanDaBoogie
Sub_Urban feat. The Nyhylist (LIVE) / Division X Records
Donald Whan / 313 Hardcore
Gusto (LIVE/DJ) / NightSneak / Division X Records
Hady Basha / Spin Detroit
C Phear / Dubatomic / Detroitdubstep.com
Jehf Banks / Hijacked Records/Cultured Citizens/LP Events
Jesse James / NightSneak
Zoologic DAT SLIK / Division X Records / PLURfect
RED PILL BLUE PILL (Live) DUG RECORDINGS / Division X Records
S.P.Chase ( Grand Rapids )
Satta Don Dada / Snake Pillage Records
Vince Piascik / LP Events
3ggh3ad Hardcore 313 / Tear Drop Productions
A Plain White Wrapper (LIVE) / Division X Records
Audible / PLURfect
Beat Bakery (LIVE) / Division X Records
Brian Grimes / Illicit Detroit
Impulse / AV Entertainment
Brian Scott / DUG RECORDINGS
Danny K / Hardcore 313
Schizometric / Monster Club Records / Division X Records
DJ Beaver / PLURfect
John B / Detroit Exposure
DUB Lee (GRAND RAPIDS) / PLURfect
Ekem / SuckerPunch! Productions / DDP
Enjoi / SuckerPunch! Productions / DDP
EPROM Colony (LIVE) / Division X Records
Ethan Stevens / PLURfect
Fauxtron / DAT SLIK/ DEADISKO FACTORY
Frizzil / Sonic Synergy Productions (Battle Creek)
Function 13 (LIVE) / Division X Records
Gh0sT / AV Entertainment / Detroit House Collective
House Bears / DAT SLIK
Hypnothesis (LIVE) / Division X Records
ImOnAsid / Way Too Tangy Productions
StyluSoul (Soul:R Sound System - Akron, OH) - DnB
INDSCY4 (LIVE) / Division X Records / Cozmic Spore Records
Item9 / Illegal Subs (Lansing)
Jay Biggs / Cultured Citizens
Messerschmidt (LIVE) / Division X Records
Mikodin DAT SLIK / Bullet Proof DJs
Minor State / Dirty Beatz Productions (GRAND RAPIDS)
Mirash Gojcaj & Ross Regits / Spin Detroit
Mr. Shed (Kalamazoo Destruct / Bumpcafe)
Nunca Duerma (K-Zoo)
Nyarlathotep (LIVE) / Division X Records / Placenta Recordings
Pontoon Joe / LP Events
DJ A sharp/Jase 1 (Tag Set) 313 VINYL TECHNICIANS
Richrock DAT SLIK / Bullet Proof DJs
Ryan Village / DDP
Tony Lamar ( Hardcore 313/ Sucker punch)
Zak Alcodray / Spin Detroit
Abrol / lMINTEC/Livio Radio
Sierra/ Night Sneak
Additional Sound/Lasers/Lighting: DAT SLIK, Division X Records
Cupcake Photography will Be capturing all the Greatness
Live Recording By: Division X Records
Friday – Room 1
8 PM – Audible
9 PM – House Bears
10 PM – Vince Piascik
11 PM – Gusto
12 AM – Jimmy Edgar
1 AM – Satta Don Dada
2 AM – Donald Whan
3 AM – Schizometric
Friday – Room 2
8 PM – Fauxtron
9 PM – DJ Beaver
10 PM – Minor State
11 PM – DJ A Sharp/Jase 1
12 AM – Brian Scott
1 AM – Jesse James
2 AM- Danny K.
3 AM – C Phear
Saturday – Room 1
12 PM – Function 13
1 PM – INDSCY4
2 PM – Nyarlathotep
3 PM – Gh0sT
4 PM – Ekem
5 PM – Mikodin
6 PM – S.P. Chase
7 PM – Enjoi
8 PM – Jehf Banks
9 PM – Messerschmidt
10 PM – Sub_Urban feat. The Nyhylist
11 PM – T. Linder
12 AM – N-Ter
1 AM – Zoologic
2 AM – StyluSoul
3 AM – Tony Lamar
Saturday – Room 2
12 PM – Hypnothesis
1 PM – A Plain White Wrapper
2 PM – Jay Biggs
3 PM – Zak Alcodray
4 PM – Mirash Gojcaj & Ross Regits
5 PM – Ethan Stevens
6 PM – ImOnAsid
7 PM – Frizzil
8 PM – Richrock
9 PM – POPSHIT
10 PM – Nunca Duerma
11 PM – Mr. Shed
12 AM – Dan Guzman
1 AM – Item9
2 AM – Impulse
3 AM – Hady Basha
Sunday – Room 1
2 PM – Open ½ Hour Set
3 PM – Open ½ Hour Set
4 PM – Open ½ Hour Set
5 PM – Open ½ Hour Set
6 PM – Rob Lloyd
7 PM - EPROM Colony
8 PM – Joe Gize
9 PM – John B.
10 PM – RED PILL BLUE PILL
11 AM – Cozmic Spore
12 AM – Abrol
1 AM – Pontoon Joe
Sunday – Room 2
2 PM – Open ½ Hour Set
3 PM – Open ½ Hour Set
4 PM – Open ½ Hour Set
5 PM – Zoologic
6 PM – Dr. Disko Dust
7 PM – Beat Bakery
8 PM – 3ggh3ad
9 PM – Ryan Village
10 PM – Sierra
11 AM – Dj RaWWave - Disko Raw
12 AM – Dublee
1 AM - Brian Grimes
Detroit Artists Market announces its Annual Scholarship and Exhibition Program, this year honoring Cranbrook Academy of Art graduate students.
The exhibition will present works by nine finalists, three of which will receive scholarship awards. Along with the student finalists, the exhibit will feature artwork by select alumni.
Members Preview: Friday, March 4, 2011 6pm – 7pm
Public Reception: Friday, March 4, 2011 7pm – 10pm
Scholarship Exhibition will run through Saturday, April 9, 2011
Gallery Talk: Saturday, April 9, 2pm – 4pm
Gallery Hours: Tues. – Sat., 11am – 6pm
Jae Yun Hwang
Eui Kyung Lee
Detroit Artists Market
4719 Woodward Ave.
Detroit, MI 48201
You missed the FREE VINYL from The Witches? Catch them Live at Smalls Hamtramck tomorrow Friday 2/25/2011
Get to this show and pick up a copy of the just released new yellow vinyl
Flip Salon in Ferndale is hosting an exhibition of selected works by Glenn Barr this Saturday. They've promised to serve wine and tidbits for the occasion. Whatever tidbits are...
251 W. 9 Mile Rd.
Ferndale MI 48220
After being closed since a flood on Thanksgiving weekend, the Ferndale Public Library finally reopened this week.
I don't say this because I think that Ferndale is the capital of all that is hip in Michigan. This is noteworthy because the Ferndale Public Library has the best collection of local music that I know of. What other library would have The Silent Years, The Hard Lessons, Great Lakes Myth Society, Lightning Love, The Oscillating Fan Club, Old Empire, Darling Imperial, Deastro, and Zoos of Berlin?
In related news, they're offering a general amnesty for any overdue material until March 7. So now would be a good time to return that copy of Clockwork Orange that you failed to bring back when you were 15.
The Way It Is - Nicole Atkins
Feburary 25th - 27th 2011
Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center
Renaissance Center Downtown Detroit Mi. 48265
Phone 313 568-8000 for room reservations
Web address: eternaltattoos.com
more info: firstname.lastname@example.org
Hours of Convention
Friday: Noon - 11:00pm
Saturday 11:00AM - 11:00PM
Sunday 11:00AM - 7:00PM
1 day pass - $20
2 day pass - $30
weekend pass - $40
kids 14 and younger no charge
Welcome to the 16th Annual Motor City Tattoo Expo.This year if you haven't already checked out our artists list please do and you will see once again we have brought in the best of the best tattoo artists in the industry. Also by clicking on the artists names you will be hyperlinked to their web site so you can view there work and also get a contact number or email address if you would like to contact them to pre book an appointment with them. We also have a special guest artist attending this years convention. Corey Miller formely from LA Ink will be attending and working this years convention so be sure to stop by Corey's booth and check him out. We hope all of you attending our convention enjoy it and find the right artist you are looking for and thank all of you for attending and making the Motor City Tattoo Expo one of the best tattoo conventions in the USA.
Any comments or questions please send to email@example.com
Check the website for guest artists, seminar info and more.
When I saw the lineup for the Finnish Metal Tour, I knew I wanted in. I admit I don't know much about metal in general, and even less about the Finnish subgenre, but the way I see it, when Finntroll invites you to a party, you GO.
The show was relatively early, 6pm on a Sunday, and I was occupied in the house all day anyway, knowing I'd have plenty of time to get there. And then it happened. At about 2.30 in the afternoon, the snow started falling. And it just. Never. Stopped. By the time I stepped outside at 7, I went *poof* up to my knees.
My MCB photog of choice had already informed me that he wouldn't be making the trek – and I didn't blame him! – so I gamely packed up my slow old digital camera to attempt to break into a new career. Oh yeah, that went really well.
|My camera was in no way prepared for this experience. I have about 200 shots that all look something like this.|
After all, I may be a slave to fashion, and I'm definitely a slave to love, but I refuse to be a slave to the weather. Besides, these bands were from the original land of ice and snow; I had to represent for the midwest.
Seventy minutes later, I'd driven the 15 miles to Blondies. My last experience there wasn't that great, but I had higher hopes since it wasn't 95F outside. The attendant at their on-site (paid) parking lot had me nose the tank right up to the building, so maybe I WAS looking kinda cute, even though I'd decided against wearing my troll ears. (No no, I really don't have troll ears. As far as you know.)
I popped inside at about 8.15 and told the fella at the door that I was on Finntroll's list. "List? What list?" He got the attention of another guy working there. "Do we have a list?" "I think there was one around here somewhere, if it didn't blow away..." Now I'm just laughing, because it's comical how often this happens. He asked me who put me on the list, and I gave him the name of Finntroll's tour manager – or at least I tried to, his name has a remarkable number of vowels in it and I'm glad he wasn't there to hear it brutalized with his own ears. Door guy grinned and said, "Yeah, that'd be him. I believe ya," and sent me upstairs.
Blondies is an interesting room; small, with no real division of space. The first thing I noticed when I had fully entered the room is that I'd forgotten my ear plugs. Again. And I'd gotten them out and everything! I set them on the table while I was doing something else, and there they sat until I came home. I swear I need to just hang them around my neck and leave them there permanently.
By the time I got there, I'd already missed the two local bands that were warming up for the Finns. In a strange moment of serendipity, I ran into one of the local band members in the ladies' room (for she were a lady) and gave her my info, so I anticipate being able to see them play at a later date. Maybe I'll know something about metal by then.
|A carefully-framed shot to make it appear that there were more than 15 people at the show.|
Sidestepped over to the bar, hoping the bartenders were good at lipreading, because dognose there was no way they were hearing me. "Vodka cranberry?" she mouthed back to me, exaggeratedly. Bingo. At least I knew this part of my night was going to go well.
|Just watching this gave me whiplash.|
Barren Earth: Oh I guess it's too early for moshing.
Rotten Sound: This band makes me feel like I should start a fight.
Ensiferum: Hmm, nice legs. Come ON, Detroit! Don't just STAND there looking lethargic!
Finntroll: OMG it's Skwisgaar and Toki!
Finally, halfway through Finntroll's set, the (small) pit set in. To be fair, it was a sparse crowd, and moshing with, like, three people tends to look a lot like skipping around in a circle. But me, oh, for whatever reason, I wanted to make a good impression on the Finns, so I was throwing long-haired boys into the fray left and right. I guess I felt like I needed to make up for the impression that we're afraid of snow. I mean, two feet of snow? Pfff, that's a spring day in, erm, Rovaniemi. Lest you think otherwise, I got mine in the pit, too, and I've got a couple of nice juicy thigh bruises to prove it.
|This one is apparently when I set the people in front of me aflame.|
MAZINGA (Long standing maximum cosmic punk)
JEHOVAH'S WITNESS PROTECTION PROGRAM (It's Rock And Roll and it's loud)
SCOTCH BONNET (Scotty Karate rocks yer pantsoff)
ROCK AND RUMMAGE (Traveling Rock And Roll inspired flea market)
Doors @ 9:00
Music @ 10:00
Wild At Heart
Sci-fi fans - 1, Mayor Bing – 0. While Robocop is not the first major film set in Detroit (Beverly Hills Cop holds that distinction), it is probably the most famous depiction of Detroit on the big screen. Coming from upstate New York, we felt that this might be a pretty accurate depiction of the city (of course that changed once I moved here). Despite that, Robocop was one of my favorite movies during that time period. How can you not love an armor-wearing cop? And what about that scene where the guy is melting as he gets hit by a car? And that last scene where Jones gets fired from OCP by the President so Robocop can shoot him? Talk about a tear jerk ending when at the end he replies to being asked his name with just his name, “Murphy”. This is definitely one of the best sci-fi/action films ever though we will try and forget the sequels.
After Bing rejected a request for a Robocop statue, probably because he doesn’t think it will represent a positive image, a group of local artists and fans of the 1987 cult classic exceeded the fund-raising goal of $50,000 to build a larger-than-life sculpture of the crime-fighting cyborg. If you would like to be a part of the process, you too can make a donation at www.detroitneedsrobocop.com as the group plans to continue raising money until the March 29 deadline. While I do agree it might not be exactly in line with the image that Detroit proper wants people to see as they look at Detroit, this is exactly the type of things that would get someone like me to come to the city and check out. That being the same type of person that travels to Detroit to see ICP, or the Movement Festival (or whatever it is calling itself this year), a Kid Rock concert and the like.
I hope this gets made and gets put in an area were people can get to it easily to see and with a small as possible chance of vandalism. I also hope that Dave Bing would come to the unveiling and make a short speech. My hat goes off to the fun people who are making this happen. Maybe you can get the DIA, or someone, to sell mini-Robocop statues to tourists. Long Live Detroit!!!
This Sunday marks the 83rd Annual Academy Awards and I usually put out a Top 10 movies of the year but I still haven’t seen a lot of last year’s top movies so a list is out of the question but I will talk about three films that should be on your radar. Jackie Weaver got the only nod for “Animal Kingdom”, an Australian crime film about a young boy whose mother dies of an overdose and he goes to live with his criminal family and things go downhill for him from there. This film won best film at the Australian equivalent of the Oscars and is a very powerful film for those that love crime dramas. Not to be confused with the live action film, “The Illusionist” is a French animated film (by the same team that did Triplets Of Belleville) which revolves around a struggling illusionist who visits an isolated community in Scotland and meets a young lady who is convinced that he is a real magician. The story is basically a father/daughter relationship story and is very touching in respects to the portrayal of their unique friendship. The documentary “Exit Through The Gift Shop” is one of those it might be real or it might not be. It depends on whether you take street artist Banksy at his word. Whether real or not, it is a fun film to watch as a fan of street art starts to make a documentary about the art form and after meeting the mysterious Banksy, decides to try and be a street artist himself by the name of “Mr Brainwash”. The film does a good job at looking at what is art and what isn’t. Some of the stuff you see looks like crap but sells for thousands of dollars. So is that truly art because of the price? Watch this film and make the decision for yourself. I also think that “Kick-Ass” is the one must see film of the year so if you missed it, get to your library, video store, retail store or Netflix and get a copy.
For those looking for a concert this week, here are my picks for the week:
Tuesday (2/22) – Fishbone @ Magic Bag
Wednesday (2/23)- Motorhead @ Royal Oak Music Theatre
Thursday (2/24) - Dropkick Murphys @ Fillmore Theatre
Friday (2/25) - Pistol Day Parade and 60 Second Crush @ Motorcity Soundboard, Atavan (last show) @ Pike Room, funk brother Dennis Coffey @ Majestic Cafe
Saturday (2/26) - CJ Chenier and Red Hot Louisiana Band @ Dream (Ann Arbor), Ke$ha @ Fillmore, Melissa Etheridge and Serena Ryder @ Caesar's Windsor, Plain White T’s w/Parachute @ Clutch Cargos, Super 70’s Soul Jam (featuring Stylistics, the Dramatics, the Manhattans and Harold Melvin's Bluenotes) @ Fox Theatre
Sunday (2/27) - Scissor Sisters @ Royal Oak Music Theatre
Have a good weekend.
24th EROTIC POETRY & MUSIC FESTIVAL
"An eclectic celebration of the erotic arts!"
The infamous event known as the "Erotic Poetry & Music Festival" is one of
the oldest community arts festivals in Detroit. The festival is "An eclectic
celebration of the erotic arts!" It features provocative poetry, dirty
spoken word, erotic art, music and dance performances by some of the city's
top performers. It promises to be an evening you won't forget!
The date is: SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 9 pm, 21 & over are welcome. Admission
is $8. Partial proceeds benefit the Michigan based non-profit organization
"Paws with a Cause," who provide and train leader dogs for the disabled. The
event will be held at THE CORKTOWN TAVERN located at 1716 Michigan Avenue in
This year we are pleased to have Detroit's premier performance artist,
Satori Circus. Other highlights will be Dizzy Dames Burlesque, Hayley Jane
and Audra Kubat, poetry by Blue Dogma Poet-Dena Luckett and more. A special
out of town guest is erotic talk show host, author and founder of
www.Libidacoria.com , Kristie LeVangie. The visual art portion of the show
will feature artists Chopper Peshkepia and Julie Fournier who will exhibit
Poetry & Music performances by:
Dizzy Dames Burlesque & Varietease
Blue Dogma Poet-Dena Luckett
Lisa Vicious & Steffie Loveless
Abida Blaze & Blazing Belly Dance
Art by: Chopper Peshkepia-Julie Fournier
Hosted by: The Impaler & Peter Schorn
Ok - so you finally dug your car out from that white wintery blanket of fresh snow and you are thinking "what a shite way to start your week"....well how about a pair of tickets to check out the killer rides from MOBSTEEL who will be throwing another Autorama afterparty over at SoundBoard MCC this Friday night...just email firstname.lastname@example.org for your chance to win a pair of guest list spots
2011 MOBSTEEL Annual Autorama After Party
Friday, February 25, 2011
The featured band will be Detroit’s’ own Pistol Day Parade.
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Second generation heart throb Enrique Iglesias, currently on his Euphoria Tour, played to 5000 (mostly female) fans at Ceasars Windsor this past week. MCB photographer Gene Schilling was there. Check out other upcoming gigs at Caesars, including recently announced co-headlining show with Bruno Mars and Janelle Monae, here.
Well shit, this sounds cool! I've always been familiar with her music and artwork, knew of her marriage to Lou Reed, her cool-hippie-chick factor, and general weirdness in relationship to all things 'ART', so I figured I would go hear this lecture to get a better idea of who she is, what makes her tic, and see if the hype is legit, all in an intimate setting.