We convinced her to report for MCB and she was running hard
but all good things come to an end and she had to head back to New Zealand.
She will be chiming in from time to time because we miss her!
I am back on MCB...What's Up Bitches?!
STOP! Listen to this song real quick:
May is New Zealand Music Month. So you have no idea how proud I am to be here writing about one of New Zealand's coolest bands! Here in New Zealand, The Black Seeds are a household name for anyone under 40 who doesn't live under a rock. They've been around for 12 years, and have just released their 5th album which is available worldwide!!
Dust And Dirt is the fifth studio album from our multi-platinum selling group whose unique brand of reggae-funk fusion has seen their fan base spread around the world in recent years.
Song Pippy Pip, also on Dust And Dirt, offered fans a rare opportunity to become part of The Black Seeds' history. By following instructions on a YouTube video, budding musicians were able to send in their own vocal samples. Most of the 90-odd entries can be heard, in some form, at the end of the track.
Check out the video here:
Now I know I'm here to talk about how awesome their new album 'DUST & DIRT' is... But hell, I want you all to start from the beginning!! These albums flew off the shelves here in nz when they were released.
'KEEP ON PUSHING' 2001
'ON THE SUN' 2004
'INTO THE DOJO' 2006
'SOLID GROUND' 2008
If you need more of a push to buy their music - Flight of The Conchords 'Bret Mckenzie' used to be a member for the first 5 years! Check out this cool video clip of the making of one of their earlier music videos - featuring 'Brit' himself:
The Black Seeds mix well with hot days, cold beers, good mates, road trips, parties, BBQ's, and when mixed well you get good times.
NOW PLEASE GO AND BUY THE BLACK SEEDS!!!!
Now if only I could get tickets to there Christchurch show later this month I'd be one happy chick....
MCB says they can get me an in person interview....and from my work in Detroit I believe them!
xxx see you in November !!!
- Tall Kiwi Chick
reporting from Christchurch NZ
UPCOMING: 5th Annual Rock and Rummage Spring Cleaning Spectacular on May 18 and 19 at the Painted Lady Lounge in Hamtramck
Rock and Rummage is a traveling Rock and Roll themed flea market that brings shopping for vintage clothing, handmade goods and other pop culture objects into bars across the Detroit area.
It's time for spring cleaning and Rock and Rummage is going to have a bash to make all the work a little more fun !
Rock and Rummage, Detroit's long standing Rock and Roll inspired traveling flea market, promises to deliver the coolest one of a kind items your liable to run across this Spring . On Friday, May 18 and Saturday, May 19 Rock and Rummage is having their 5th annual Rock and Rummage Spring Cleaning Spectacular at the Painted Lady Lounge in Hamtramck.
Each night of the two day event will feature a variety of different vendors selling a vast array of items including records, vintage items, toys, comics, jewelry, art, buttons, clothing, books, retro collectibles, handmade goods, posters, DVD's, the kitsch debris of American pop culture, and many one of a kind treasures.
Shopping starts at 9PM each night and is FREE for persons 18 and over.
The Painted Lady Lounge is located at 2930 Jacob Street, Hamtramck, MI 48212 (313)874-2991
Please visit www.facebook.com/rockandrummage for more information.
Wild At Heart
This past weekend Rochester started its first annual Rochester Music Hall Of Fame. This corresponded to Detroit’s show which honored Suzi Quatro this year. I’m sure Detroit will have rock N rollers to honor until the end of time but we are not so lucky in that regard. This year we did induct the great Cab Calloway, guitarist Gene Cornish (of Rascals fame) and Joe English (drummer for Paul McCartney and Wings) but after that the rockers get kind of thin. We have the obvious choice of Foreigner’s Lou Gramm and the late Mitch Miller. After that, we have a small pool of interest with blues great Son House, Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon and a pair of wacky female artists with Lydia Lunch and Wendy O Williams (of the Plasmatics).
Rochester’s musical claim to fame comes from being home to the Eastman School of Music which puts a definite classical/jazz influence on our musical heritage. Four of the 8 inductees (the last one was the Corinthian Concert Hall from the mid-1800’s and was noteworthy for having the best acoustics in the country at that time) were students/teachers at the Eastman School Of Music. The big name this year was Chuck Mangione who I actually share a bit of history with. My mother went to High School with him and was in band with him until he was kicked out. Years later, his first wife was the guidance counselor at my high school and I graduated with his youngest daughter Diana. Despite the divorce, Chuck kept a strong relationship with his kids which I have grown to truly appreciate as I got older. He came to the school a couple of times for events and he even flew in from Cleveland to play the National Anthem at our graduation ceremony. He also made sure to mention them in his acceptance speech last night. The funny thing is that Diana just started working for the same company as me so I got to deliver a message from him to his daughter since she had to leave early.
The remainder of the class included flutist Doriot Anthony Dwyer (the first women to win a principal chair on a major US Orchestra when joined the Boston Symphony Orchestra), composer/trumpeter Jeff Tyzik (won a Grammy producing the Tonight Show Band w/Doc Severinsen) and composer/lyricist Charles Strouse (wrote songs for musicals “Bye Bye Birdie” and “Annie” as well as them from TV series “All In The Family”).
The show lasted about 3 ½ hours and was filled with nice introductions for each of the inductees as well as some nice performances. Dwyer didn’t talk to the audience but played a beautiful flute piece accompanied by pianist Cherry Tsang. The other stand outs being Chuck Mangione’s set of "Land of Make Believe", "Bellavia" and “Feels So Good”, Charles Strouse’s five song set (started with “Grey Skies Are Going To Clear Up” after making a joke about Rochester weather and ending with a pair of Annie songs) and Felix Cavaliere joining Cornish on stage for a few Rascal’s numbers including “Good Lovin’”. Cecelia Calloway (Cab’s daughter) accepted for her father and did a rendition of “Minnie The Moocher” so while I never saw the man, it is nice seeing a family member on stage. The RIT Yellow Jackets, fresh off their appearance on “The Sing Off”, also did a nice grouping of songs of the inductees.
The weird moment, for me, was Joe English who has found religion and while he no longer plays the drums, his does work for his church choir. He performed a spiritual song for the audience who would have probably have wished to hear a Wings tune. However, you got to give a guy credit for changing his life around and doing something meaningful. He talked about how his climb to the top of the music world left him feeling a void but he really enjoys his new life helping out kids in trouble from the local prisons and helping people in hospitals find peace.
Family (and friends) was a nice theme throughout the night. When Cornish was on stage he had two empty chairs dedicated to his parents. Chuck mentioned he was performing for the first time in front of his youngest granddaughter and was joined on stage by his brother Gap. Tyzik recounted his close relationship with Chuck Mangione mentioning getting his degrees at Eastman but “I got my doctorate” playing six years with Chuck and “I needed a doctor when I was done”. English reminisced about how close the musical community was as he remembered buying candy and soda from a grocery store that was owned by Mangione’s father and would then go to a fishing store to buy worms that was owned by Cornish’s stepfather.
All in all, it was a fun night and has me wondering about what I might have missed by not going to any of the Detroit Music Award shows. They just never seemed to work out for me to make it. Anyway, I’m not sure how successful this will be but I do hope it continues on and it will be interesting to see who gets nominated in years to come and if they will ever have a hall dedicated to the honorees. I think they should do something on the U of R campus or at the Eastman Theatre itself. It is such a big building, I’m sure they could find some place for a small museum dedicated to Hall inductees.
Thinking of all that good music has me thinking of shows to recommend this week:
Tuesday (5/01) – Blue Man Group @ Fisher Theatre
Wednesday (5/02) – Wishbone Ash @ Callahans , Blue Man Group @ Fisher Theatre
Thursday (5/03) – Pop Evil @ Emerald Theatre, Blue Man Group @ Fisher Theatre
Friday (5/04) – Joanne Shaw Taylor @ Callahans, Spiritualized @ The Majestic, Dewtons @ Magic Stick, Blue Man Group @ Fisher Theatre
Saturday (5/05) – Weird Al Yankovic @ Fox Theatre, the Muggs open for Cactus @ Magic Bag, Trivium @ Machine Shop, Sponge @ Tequila Blue (Royal Oak) Blue Man Group @ Fisher Theatre
Sunday (5/06) – Blue Man Group @ Fisher Theatre
Monday (5/07) – Blue Man Group @ Fisher Theatre
I saw the Blue Man Group twice in Detroit at Pine Knob and they were both amazing shows. The first time was as an opener with Moby’s Area 1 Tour with David Bowie, Ash, Carl Cox and a few others. The second time was as an headliner with Tracy Bonham and Venus Hum (who are amazing also) so I thought I would include a song from that last set. If you have never experienced the Blue Man Group, you should definitely make an effort to get to the Fisher Theatre when you have the opportunity.
I also did a daytrip to Syracuse to see Daughtry with some free tickets I won on a local radio station. I checked out the local Science Museum to waste some time which was just OK. The place is really designed more for kids with a lot of activities based around airplanes, the human body and geology. Next time I’ll go to the Boxing Hall Of fame or something. Outside the museum though they do have a monument dedicated to the 24 second clock. It first came to use in 1954 in Syracuse, New York, where Danny Biasone, the owner of the NBA's Syracuse Nationals, experimented using a 24-second version during a scrimmage game to try and prevent boring games where a team with the lead would just stall for minutes at a time. He wanted to quicken the pace so calculated how many shots were being taken during a close match up and came up with 24 seconds. He put it into place during a scrimmage game and later got the NBA to adopt it, thus saving the NBA from boring games (maybe). Funny enough, the Washington Nationals won the NBA title the first year the clock was in use in 1955.
The 75th Annual Detroit Public Schools Student Exhibition opened publicly this Saturday and will be open until June 3rd. The show is sponsored by Charter One Bank who presented Burns Elementary with a Core Values of Citzenship Award for their stunning submission. The piece is pictured after the Imagination is Spelled Art painting which welcomes you to this spirited and tremendously varied showing of art grades K - 12. Thirty two schools participated and 325 out of 800 submitted pieces were chosen. Paintings, drawings, media media, fashion design, three dimensional objects, and jewelry are displayed. Historical figures like Thurgood Marshall and Albert Einstein are paid tribute. A few pieces document the recent Travon Martin shooting.
As evidenced by this exhibition creativity and talent is very much alive in Detroit. If you are interested in purchasing a piece please contact the artist's school. Noteworthy designers, musicians and artists have shown their work in this very exhibit. Tracy Reese, a fashion designer who designed the pink lace dress Michelle Obama wore on a People Magazine cover is counted among the alumni.
Every Thursday night from 9 pm to 11 pm John Gnotek and Danny D, a local Rod Stewart impersonator host a live web broadcast show called Rock and Fashion. The show occurs at U Detroit Cafe in the Harmonie Park area of downtown Detroit. Expect a fun and unique lineup and a relaxed and free flowing vibe. Live painting, dynamic musical performances, and non profit speakers have been highlights of these shows. Last Thursday charismatic artist, musician, designer, and performance artist Ziam Penn sang some tunes and did a fabulous liquid silver fashion show. His liquid silver show is an over 10 year running fun and funky urban fashion show. Expect to see a ton of sequins, metallics, and a rad Prince meets Grace Jones vibe. Off the hook fun! He will be doing another fashion show at The Charles Wright Museum on May 5th. A mix of hip hop performers rounded out the night. I painted a painting amongst the festivities. Almost every show featuring some kind of live painting and often money is raised for a charity. Check out Danny D's website at http://dannydlive.com/stewart.html and John Gnotek's website at http://www.thegalleryofthearts.com/detroitrocknfashion/mastal.html.
Friday I went to the Metro Times Best of Detroit party which was held at the Soundboard of the Motorcity Casino. A mix of journalists, business owners, artists, and musicians mingled at this swanky yet chill party. Never thought I'd see marshmellow covered bacon or a buffalo chicken cone. Its rad to see something fresh and new. Buddy's pizza hit the spot like always. Other bars and restaurants to offer some delicious food and drinks included Café Sushi, The Henry Ford (Food Service/Catering), Lockhart’s BBQ, Lucky Stike, MotorCity Casino Hotel, One-Eyed Betty’s, Peteet’s Famous Cheesecakes, Small Plates,Treat Dreams, Finlandia Vodka, Jack Daniels Whiskey, Southern Comfort, el Jimador Tequila, Herradura Tequila, Miller Lite Beer, Sam Adams Boston Lager and Leinenkugel Summer Shandy. A photo booth and an upbeat dance floor were fun after dinner opportunities.
Wild At Heart
With all my parents medical concerns, I occasionally get to go to some interesting functions and learn some interesting information. We went to a nice dinner sponsored by the Caring Voice Coalition which helps out people with medical problems to figure out how to afford medications or find help for their conditions. They brought out this fun cartoon by the Kaiser Family Foundation which is a great primer for anyone trying to figure out what is going to happen in 2014 with regards to health care costs. Check it out.
Wild At Heart
The film ‘Boy’ is a New Zealand film which was Taika Waititi’s second feature film though he achieved some success with his 2003 Academy Award nominated short film “Two Cars, One Night”. The film debuted at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival and got nominated for the Grand Jury Prize which is usually a good sign for a film. Waititi is also known in his native country as a comedian, writer, painter and actor (he was seen by audiences as the character Thomas Kalmaku in the live-action superhero film, “Green Lantern”).
The film ‘Boy’ is set in Waihau Bay, New Zealand in the year 1984 where we meet our main character, an 11 year old who lives on a farm in a poverty stricken area with his Gran, his younger brother Rocky, several cousins and a goat (named Leaf). Boy is also a fan of Michael Jackson. He is a typical kid who has a crush on an older girl he fails to impress and deals with a lot of the regular issues kids deal with. He is also hopeful to someday meet his father, Alamein (played by Waititi), who he idolizes into a heroic image. When his Gran leaves for a week to attend a funeral his father shows up with members of his gang in search of a bag of money he buried years before.
Alamein does not quite live up to the boy’s expectation as we find the man at times incompetent and while he seems overly focused on the money, we do have some moments when he truly bonds with his son. What sets this movie apart from similar films are the interludes of fantasy as we see little mini-movies interspersed throughout the film such as a tribute to Michael Jackson’s Eat It” with the father playing the Jackson role to correspond to a fight he has with a gang of bikers and his gang (of course the real fight doesn’t work out as well as the fantasy fight). These moments play with the Boy’s view of his dad which are heroic but once the dad arrives, we can see changes to the imaginative narrative that works itself through the Boy’s and perhaps his father’s eyes.
The film’s story is very basic but we get caught up in the Boy’s quest for his father/image of his father and find it hard not to become invested in the characters and hope that they will become a family again. The boy is idealistic while the father is bumbling (though not so over the top to fall into Stooges territory). This is a film which could have easily been forgotten but manages to come alive and not only entertain but address some of the real issues of family (domestic responsibility) and society (drugs, gangs) without being preachy.
I think “Boy”, despite it’s simple, yet universal title, will be a pleasant surprise for anyone thinking of checking it out at the theatre. It starts today at the Main Art Theatre in Royal oak so check out their website (http://www.landmarktheatres.com/Market/Detroit/Detroit_Frameset.htm) for movie times.
I give “Boy” an A-.
John D Bistro, the newest addition to the "9 & Woodward Corridor", kicks off
Live Music Series Every Thurs
SIN HIELO is Wayne Gerard & Sean Blackman
wsg percussionists 9:30p-12:30a
more about John D - In the course of history, each city and era had a place where interesting people would gather. These saloons, pubs, bistros, and bars forever became places where history was made. London, St. Petersburg, Paris, Warsaw... Liberal arts pioneers, forward thinkers, creatives, musicians and writers would gather over food and drinks to exchange ideas, debate, drink, and enjoy. If you are one of these people and if your time is now, John D is your place.
350 Madison Street
Doors Open: 7:00 pm, Show: 8:00 pm
Marcel Khalifé Pays Homage to the Late Poet Mahmoud Darwish and the Spirit of the Arab Spring on New Album and on U.S. Tour, Spring 2012
Marcel Khalifé , Lebanese master of the oud (lute), evokes this world, honoring the spirit of his late friend and collaborator Mahmoud Darwish, a strikingly original poet born in
Now, as protesters rally in the streets across the
Khalifé has translated his profound sense of kinship with his fellow Arabs and with humanity writ large into stirring, eloquent music on Fall of the Moon (Nagam Records;
American audiences will have a chance to heed and relish this call as Khalifé and the Al Mayadine Ensembleincluding premiere female vocalist Oumaima Khalil, pianist Rami Khalifé, and Bachar Khalifé on percussiontour the U.S. this spring, beginning with a gala concert in Houston, where Darwish passed away in 2008 and including performances in Berkeley, Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Boston, Detroit, Cleveland, and Washington, DC.
"On the stage, I'm in my natural milieu, saying what I want," Khalifé states. "There's no censorship of what I say."
It began with a young man, confined by war and persecution to his home in
The connection to Darwish began the first moment Khalifé opened one of his early books of poems. Over three decades, it evolved into a bosom collaboration that was more than the sum of its parts. "Our respective corpora have grown to be reminiscent of each other, so that the name of each of the twain, instantly and without reflection, would evoke the name of the other," Khalifé reflects. "Even before we got to know each other personally, I felt as though Darwish's poetry, with its divine assertiveness and prophetic cadences, had been revealed to me and for me."
The feeling was mutual: Darwish often referred to Khalifé as his "heart's artistic twin." Though from different countries and religious backgrounds, both artists shared a sense of desperation about the state of their homelands and the world. From the beginning of his musical life, Khalifé has sought to restore the neglected beauty and adventuresome roots of Arab musical culture, founding a groundbreaking ensemble in his home village, teaching a new generation of musicians, and composing pieces that redefine the music of the region.
Khalifé takes traditions and transforms them according to new, yet deeply appropriate rules: While the text dictates the tenor and shape of his pieces, the music retains an edge of the avant garde. In the free-flowing bittersweet sweep of pieces like "In Exile," pensive vocals intertwine with hints of jazz ballads and classical lieder, mirroring the haunting journey of Darwish's words through sorrow, reflection, and joy despite mortality: "And tell absence: You lack me/ yet I am present to make you whole."
Both Darwish and Khalifé sought elevation through technical mastery and passionate honesty beyond the morass of politics, into the realm of the human, the vitally connected. Darwish's complicated life of activism, exile, imprisonment, and marginalization did not prevent him from producing stunning poems that chronicled his travails with a freshness and precision similar to Khalifé's musical approaches.
"Marcel eliminated the gap created by the poets between poem and song. He restored to exiled emotion its rescuing power to reconcile poetry, which glorified its distance from people and was thus abandoned by them," Darwish explained in a statement before his passing in 2008. "Poetry, therefore, developed the song of Marcel Khalifé, while Khalifé's song mended the relationship of poetry with people. With this, the people on the street started to sing, and lyrics need not a podium, as bread need not announce itself to the hungry ."
Together, these two iconic figures of contemporary Arab art and culture achieved one of Khalifé's life-long goals: to give voice to the voiceless. His art has won him recognition from UNESCO, who declared Khalifé an Artist for Peace in 2005. It has been featured on the world's most prestigious stages and in major feature films like 2007's Rendition. In a newly awakened
"Music is my oxygen," Khalifé told Democracy Now host Amy Goodman in an interview. "Without it, I feel life is lacking something. I wish that these politicians who control the world would listen to a tune before they go to bed. Perhaps then, instead of declaring war, they would declare love."