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2500 posts on MOTORCITYBLOG

thats right we hit our 2500th post here on the MCB

so since we are such a "rah rah" site where we don't post many opinions and try to help promote ALL types of music and bands and artists and we give away all kinds of free stuff -send photographers to shows and do our brand of video interviews we thought ww would let off a little know...steam and give a hearty FUCK OFF YOU PRICKS! to anyone that feels they might just possibly deserve something like know who you are you freaking detards.

To all the others (mostly the readers of MCB) we say hey! Thanks!

Speaking of 2500 - don't you miss that place? If you even knew they closed the joint a few months ago - The 2500 Club was one of our favorites - booking punk and hardcore bands - serving Black Label in a can....I had my bachelor party there and hired Hell's Belles to dance for the night....Santarchy 2006 where 40 santas and 1 jewish Elf were gambling on the pool table with a Dreidel - catching Empty Arms acoustic show - the place was great.

Shut down for illegal break the law you get burned.

Anyway - 2500 posts...moving on.

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John Sinclair Room Dedication @ BOHouse - Thurs Oct 2nd

You thought they closed the Bohemian National Home didnt yuh?
Nope - still going strong and they are having a killer show this Thursday October 2nd with a Poet-In-Residence show dedicating a room in the place to John Sinclair.
Here is a little MCB video of John from Earthfest (CROFEST) 2008 earlier in the year

Check out all the details at DEEPCUTZ or check out the LocoNosis website

FREE MP3: Plants & Animals - Crofoot - Wed Oct 1st

“Faerie Dance” is a featured song from Parc Avenue and the MP3 can be heard here:

Plants & Animals
Wednesday October 1st 2008

Crofoot Pontiac
1 S Saginaw
Pontiac MI

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UPCOMING BOOK SIGNING: Derek Hess @ Lucky Monkey Tattoo in Ann Arbor -

Please God Save Us Derek Hess & Kent Smith @ Lucky Monkey Tattoo Parlour
For Book Signing in Ann Arbor
Friday, October 24th 7:30-10 PM

Former Detroiter, CCS standout and internationally renown artist Derek Hess, along with Cleveland politician Kent Smith will celebrate the release of their new book, the socio-political art tome, Please God Save Us, with a release party and book signing at the Lucky Monkey Tattoo Parlour in Ann Arbor ONE NIGHT ONLY, on Friday, October 24, 2008.

The party will run from 7:30 PM to 10 PM, offering attendees the opportunity to not only purchase Please God Save Us, but also to ask questions and share thoughts with both Hess and Smith who will be in attendance. The book, which was officially released on July 4th, is a collection of politically charged art works by Hess and complimenting text by Smith created to challenge the current ideals of society and create awareness of both political and religious issues inundating government today.

The pieces were first introduced to the public at a local art show in December of 2006 and have since taken on a life of their own, drawing both praise and criticism. Addressing a variety of topics including Stem Cell research, the war in Iraq, the Christian right and the environment among others, the book, according to it’s authors, is intended to “educate and inspire its readers whether or not they agree with either the art or the words”. Hess, has been referred to as the “Michaelangelo of Rock Art”, Hess no longer produces rock posters, but incorporates his Humanist vision into his work, as well as being the namesake of the incredibly popular hard rock tour, “Strhess Fest” and his own Strhess clothing line .

Please God Save Us, is published by Hess’ own Strhess Press is 112 pages and will retail for $25.

For more information about the Please God Save Us release party

Lucky Monkey Tattoo Parlour
308 S. Ashley
Ann Arbor, MI

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Detroit Action // Rock & Roll Jam - Marios After Dark - Wed Oct 1st for more info

The Asteroids Galaxy Tour - Coming to Detroit soon

Digging the videos and sounds for sure... worth a look and freebies on the way

"Traveling at Lightening Speed, Soon to Touch Down in America!
Formed less than a year ago, The Asteroids Galaxy Tour is heading for fame at a speed even they didn’t expect. The band, led by Lars Iversen and Mette Lindberg, has barely begun to share their music with anyone outside of their hometown of Copenhagen, and yet their first UK single, "The Sun Ain't Shining No More", is already tickling the ears of delighted radio programmers across the pond. Another track, “The Golden Age,” has mysteriously popped up on the playlist for “Passport Approved,” a syndicated radio show broadcasting weekly on Indie 103.1 (Los Angles), WXPN and other “tastemaker” stations around the country. If that weren’t enough, their song “Around the Bend” is currently being featured in ads for the new iPod Touch
(, and is available now on iTunes.Stylistically The Asteroids Galaxy Tour is hard to pin down, except to say that they throw one hell of a party – which may be why those music-loving folks at Apple chose them to help sell what’s being touted as “the funnest iPod ever.” Sun-drenched pop melodies collide with Technicolor dreams, anchored by the band’s shared love of the classic soul stylings of Marvin, Stevie and Sly that can be heard in the horns snaking through “Around The Bend” as well as the slinky “The Sun Ain’t Shining No More”, for which they have made a spectacular video. Both of these tracks will be featured on a digital EP to be released October 21 in the United States, followed by debut full-length album in early 2009.
Although Mette and Lars are the core of The Asteroids Galaxy Tour, the band grows to a six-piece live, including trumpet and sax players, clavinet sounds, a drummer and a guitarist. The band will be coming to the United States this fall to play some early shows for their newfound American friends."

FREE BOOK & CD: SIXX: A.M. The Heroin Diaries

MCB has a copy of the new book//new CD from Nikki Sixx's new band SIXX:A.M. up for grabs to the 1st emailer who askes for it - GONER
Get a preview of the style of the book -click on any page for a full screen view
sorry but if you live in Mongolia you cannot win this prize :(
Sixx’s band Sixx:A.M. recorded The Heroin Diaries Soundtrack, an album of music inspired by the book. Check out a free MP3 and the new video (links below)

Check out more from Nikki's new band and get some details on the book at the links below:

FREE MP3: MC Frontalot's "Final Boss":

CLICK the pic for a free mp3

"The Godfather of Nerdcore Rap is at it again, bringing his parsecs of knowledge to your cochlea with his newest album, Final Boss. Featuring guest spots from Glen Phillips (Toad the Wet Sprocket), Jonathan Coulton and Wil Wheaton, Final Boss is unabashedly geek-tastic. MC Frontalot holds forth on topics ranging from cryptozoology (“Scare Goat”) to improper use of punctuation (“Tongue-Clucking Grammarian”) to a new dance based on a grand-dame (“Wallflowers”). The album takes its title from Front’s track of the same name, featured in the video game “On the Rainslick Precipice of Darkness” from the makers of the popular webcomic, Penny Arcade.

Front's chameleon-like adaptability is on full display with the release of Final Boss. Tongue-twisting lyrics lie over swathes of eclectic samples and beats from a wide variety of genres. A true master of ceremonies, Frontalot ushers us through his multi-faceted offerings with wit and aplomb.

MC Frontalot, also known by his given name Damian Hess, pioneered nerdcore, a subgenre of hip-hop performed by nerds for nerds. Hess recorded his first Frontalot rhyme in 1999 (before an adoring audience of Robotech figurines), subsequently posting music to his own website and SongFight. The independently produced tracks earned him a devoted audience, including the founders of Penny Arcade who named Front their “official MC” in 2002 and invited him to play at their annual Expo. In 2005 he released his first album, Nerdcore Rising. One year later, Front embarked on his first US tour with bandmates G minor 7, Blak Lotus and The Categorical Imperative and filmmaker Negin Farsad. The material that Farsad came away with was eventually turned into the prize-winning documentary “Nerdcore Rising: The Movie” which premiered to rave reviews at SXSW 2008. After the release of Final Boss, Frontalot looks forward to touring this fall. "


PHOTOS: Friendly Foes @ Berkley Front by Cherie Stangis

Great photos from Cherie Stangis from the Friendly Foes CD Release Show this past weekend over at Berkley Front

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PHOTOS: Barack Obama in Detroit from Cherie Stangis

See more from Cherie Stangis who hooked these great shots of Obama in Detroit

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PHOTOS: Santogold @ St Andrews Hall Detroit

More great shots from St Andrews Hall this past weekend from RiazK

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New music from Scott Weiland - "Paralysis"

Scott Weiland has a new album hitting the streets real soon called "HAPPY"
Look for some tour dates coming up and possibly that elusive video interview
Click the pic some brand new shtick from the man himself

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Ron's Bash @ Blondie's Detroit - Sat Oct 4th

Head on over to Blondie's Detroit for a bunch of great detroit rock bands this Saturday night
5 STAR RONNIE is having a birthdaythis Saturday night at the new Blondies in Detroit.

There is going to be 4 of the best bands from Detroit playing that night.

Head on over to check out the new old school and of course say hello (and tip very well) our girl Holly who will serve you so fast your head will spin ...

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Tickled Fancy Burlesque Co - TCs SpeakEasy - Fri Oct 3rd

FRIDAY 3 OCTOBER - 9:30 at TC's Speakeasy in Ypsilanti.
Music by Counter Cosby, The Ultrasounds, and The Widowmakers.

upcoming show:
FRIDAY 31 OCTOBER- 9:30 at the Blind Pig in A2
Join TFBCo for our Haunted House Monster Mash, with bellydance performances by the Nomadic Jewels, and musical guests Versificators and Mahoney.

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Premiere of "After The Blood Rush" - AMC Forum Sterling Hts - Tues Sept 30th @ 8pm

No Fun Films will premiere After the Blood Rush at the AMC Forum 30 (44681 Mound Road, Sterling Heights, MI)) on Tuesday, September 30, 2008 for $5 at 8:00pm.

Uno's Chicago Water Grill (next door to AMC Forum 30) will host the afterparty/meet the cast after the movie concludes.

On Thursday, September 25, 2008, Producer Aaron Trudgeon and some of the cast will be at Comics & More (28059 John R Road Madison Heights, MI 48071) for a meet and greet between 4:00pm and 8:00pm.

After The Blood Rush will be released to DVD in Winter 2009.


There are vampires in Hamtramck.
When the shadow of vampirism looms over the city of Hamtramck, Michigan, an old-world ethnic enclave completely enclosed within the city borders of Detroit, it's up to two government-sanctioned slayers to cleanse the neighborhood without the public ever knowing. Tracking the slayers are three nasty/sexy vamp kittens out for revenge. And that's just for starters.

The U.S. Government once created a virus to exterminate all vampires. The virus annihilated most of the vampires. As with any virus, a small percentage survived relatively unaffected or chronically afflicted with pain. Several more survived barely to live out their days as blood junkies (depowered vampires that have become a glorified rat problem). The general public hasn't reported a sighting of a supernatural for four years.

Four years, whether you live for seventy years or seven hundred years, is a very long time to lay low. Tired of waiting, a trio of vampyre vixens kidnaps the daughter of a city commissioner and turn her into a blood junkie since they were tired of hiding in pain from the virus. Meanwhile, recent attacks by blood junkies made going out at night in Hamtramck a bit dangerous. Naturally, in the backrooms of nondescript buildings, those in power make secret deals with vampire slayers to secretly handle the vampire problem. Feeling the heat, our trio of relatively unaffected vampire girls attempt to work together to also handle the "vampire problem" and save their hides.

See the drama, the danger, who lived to see another day (or night) and how they survived in this modern vampire drama soon!

Dietroit Bumpsticker

someone sent this to us in the mail ... at least we are moving forward huh?

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Drive in Movie from DISNEY - 696/Main Royal Oak - Fri Oct 3rd

Disney is coming to downtown Royal Oak on October 3rd, 2008
“Family Fun Night”

1.) A free drive-in Disney movie for the public on the property located at I-696 and Main Street.

2.) Extended hours for the downtown businesses with food sampling at downtown restaurants.

3.) A kid’s castle at the Fresard Bump Shop location (6th and Main).

4.) Free parking from 5:00PM to 8:00PM.

Stopping in 30 cities nationwide, Disney reps will be stationed at two high-tech kiosks at Third near Main, and at Fifth and Washington around 4-6 p.m. They'll give visitors a chance to win a celebration vacation to a Disney park and to register for a special birthday surprise. They'll also hand out free 15-inch Mickey Mouse balloons to the kids.

Overcome by Magic Kingdom fairy dust, several downtown business owners, with help from the Downtown Development Authority and the Royal Oak Chamber of Commerce, have planned a "Family Fun Night" event from 5-8 p.m. to coincide with the Disney visit.

Kids are invited to come dressed as their favorite Disney character and stop by the inflatable castle at Sixth and Main (Jim Fresard's Body Shop lot) for face painting and a coloring contest. Stores will be open until 8 p.m., and many merchants will offer discount savings. There will be samplings of the city's cuisine and special offers during a walking restaurant tour, plus parking will be free throughout downtown and in the parking structures from 5-8 p.m. Families can wrap up the evening at a free drive-in Disney movie starting at dusk on the city's undeveloped property at Main and I-696 across from the Detroit Zoo. For more info, call the Chamber of Commerce at (248) 547-4000 or the DDA at (248) 246-3286.

WILD AT HEART - Monday Sept 29th 2008

Here is today's blog - Bill
Bill Ketelhut provides the "blog" to this anti-blog
He has a radio program on WXOU out of Oakland University and scores with all the ladies...

Wild At Heart

For someone who doesn’t normally like rap (at least current rap), I had a great time at the N.E.R.D./Common show at the Fillmore last night and I will be looking forward to seeing LL Cool J opening for Janet Jackson on their rescheduled Oct 28th date. However, I hated Plastic Little who opened for Santogold this weekend. I guess you can’t have everything.

I also enjoyed the Delerium show at Royal Oak Music Theatre. They are a side project for Front Line Assembly who switches between dark ethereal ambient, voiceless industrial soundscapes and electronic pop music. It was nice seeing Leigh Nash helping on vocal duties though she didn’t do any Sixpence None The Richer songs. I also got to hang with Elsianne Caplette (in her sexy dark blue eye shadow) of the electronic duo Elsiane. She grew up in Peru though is currently living in Montreal. Her rich voice blends elements of jazz and classical over an electrical soundscape and their debut album “Hybrid” is worth checking out (I play it frequently on my show on ). Check out their stuff on .

This should be a good music and movie week. Staring off, WXOU is sponsoring a movie at the Uptown Palladium called “Sex Drive” so stop by the station for passes (basement of the Oakland Center on OU campus). The movie is about a high school senior who goes on a cross-country road trip to hook up with a girl he met online.

In theaters, we have a couple of new films. Chuck Palahniuk gained a lot of attention for his novel (and subsequent film) "Fight Club". I never read the book and I thought the movie was just a little bit average than most. However, most of my friends loved the movie and are very excited about his new movie, "Choke". Directing his first feature is actor Clark Gregg who you might remember from films like Hoot or Iron Man (he plays Lord High Charlie in this film). The film stars Sam (Green Mile, Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy) Rockwell as Victor, is a sex addict who works as a reenactor of Colonial Times. Not an overly social or likeable guy, he is a con man who intentionally chokes himself on food in restaurants to get money from his rescuers. This money then goes to support his mother (Anjelica Huston) in an institution. Victor had a strange childhood, seemingly on the run with his counterculture mom (breaking animals out of zoos, etc) and wants to find out who his dad is before she is too far gone. However, she barely recognizes him when he visits which complicates matters. Things start to change in his life when he meets a nurse who he actually starts to care about and might help him get his life back. The film has some great characters and some uniquely dark comic moments which make this film to me, a superior film to Fight Club (though I expect I might be alone in that). This is not a film for kids so don't take them. I like Victor's journey and enjoyed everything from his best friend dating a stripper, the morons at the Colonial reenactment site, the crazy women at the hospital, etc. The film has a lot of true moments and I do recommend it. Grade: B+.

Also for action buffs, there is Eagle Eye, the new thriller by director DJ Caruso (Disturbia, The Salton Sea) and starring Shia (Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull) LaBeouf and Michelle Monaghan. The two portray a young man and a single mother who are framed by a mysterious organization and forced to carry out orders that might lead into one of the biggest terrorist threats the US has ever faced. The film starts with an assassination attempt on a potential terrorist and while everyone, including the president, calls for the mission to go ahead, the Secretary of Defense (Michael Chiklis) agrees with the abort recommendation which is overruled. It turns out to be only civilians killed and retaliatory bombing are carried out in response. Meanwhile, slacker Jerry Shaw (Shia LaBeouf) returns home from his brother’s funeral to find his apartment filled with a large amount of weapons, explosives, and forged documents. He receives a phone call from an unknown woman, who explains that the FBI are about to apprehend him in thirty seconds and that he must escape. He ends up caught and Agent Thomas Morgan (Billy Bob Thornton) and Air Force Office of Special Investigations Special Agent Zoe Perez (Rosario Dawson) end up on the case determined to find out who he is working for. Soon, after an amazing escape, Jerry meets up with single mother Rachel Holloman (Michelle Monaghan) whose son has been threatened. The two of them go on a rollercoaster ride trying to figure out what there mission is and how to avoid the FBI. Their task turns out to be involved in the assassination of the President but who is pulling the strings? There is also a supercomputer, ARIA, which is a supercomputer (think Colossus the Forbin Project meets HAL) designed to stop terrorists that seems to be involved. Not a bad film though you really need to suspend disbelief for some of these scenes. This is either a “love it or leave it” type of film. Well, I guess I can say I like it with a Grade: C since the acting is decent enough to make the impossible parts entertaining.

I also spent some time at the Cranbrook Institute of Science for their new exhibit: Bats – Myth and Mystery. Taking advantage of their association with the Bat Zone, this exhibit is designed to help dispel some of the myths about bats and show us how important they really are by helping control insect populations and pollinating flowers (yes, like bees, they also help in this regard). There are hands-on interactive exhibits such as being able to listen like a bat using a pair of oversized, electronic, bat-shaped ears or practicing echolocation by shouting into a cave to determine its size. There are also displays of various bat species and my favorite, a series of bronze bat busts where you can how intricate their specialized features really are. Don’t forget, they also have live bats and guides to answer any questions you may have about these fascinating creatures. Make sure you get their early since the exhibit closes one hour before the museum to facilitate clean-up. You can also go over to the Bat Zone and take in some of the other nocturnal species on display such as a sloth, sugar gliders and various species of owl. The exhibit will be going on until Jan. 4, 2009 and will be an esp nice place for Halloween travelers. The exhibit is free with admission to the Center and is presented by the Organization for Bat Conservation and Cranbrook Institute of Science.

For more information, you can visit or .

For sports fans, the Detroit Pistons will be having an open practice at the O-rena on the campus of Oakland University on Thurs, Oct 2nd @ 6:30PM. According to Ryan Hooper, this will be a great chance for fans to get a good look at the Pistons who are dedicated to win this season to make up for the last couple of years getting sent out early. They are committed to bring a championship back to Detroit and feel this team is up for the task. Also after splitting games with the New York Liberty, the girls have a chance to make the finals for the 3rd season in a row with a win tonight as they play at Eastern Michigan (due to the fact that Weezer is at the Palace). The winner will go on to face the San Antonio Silver Stars who defeated the Los Angeles Sparks 2-1. Go Shock and bring home another trophy.

If you are looking for something else to do this weekend, don’t forget James Taylor will be putting on a free show at Border’s Bookstore in downtown Ann Arbor on Thursday @ 7PM. Recorded live with his full band in a barn in Massachusetts that was transformed into a studio, Covers is a treasury of songs James Taylor has performed live over the years, but never recorded. It is a significant work which pays tribute to classic American songs from Broadway to Nashville, Detroit to Memphis and across all boundaries. You will need to get their early since you will need a wristband to get in, but it is free.

Well, have a good weekend and thanks to everyone who stopped by at our WXOU fundraiser at the Crofoot last Friday. It was a great time and the Wild Years put on a wonderful show. Make sure to check out for more information on other events in my life.

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FREE TICKETS/CD/POSTER: Langhorne Slim - Pike Room Crofoot - Fri Oct 3rd

MCB fav comes back to The Pike Room @ Crofoot Pontiac this week
1st emailer to include FULL NAME and mailing address gets the following:
Free pair of tickets to the show / FREE CD / FREE POSTER (possible signed)
hit us up at - GONER
Check MCB's Amy Palomar photos from LS's last show here at the Pike Room

Langhorne Slim

FREE CD: Lola Morales "Write My Story" - CD Release Show this Thursday @ Magic Bag Ferndale

Lola Morales hits the stage this Thursday to promote the release of her new CD "Write My Story" - Want a free copy ??? 1st emailer gets it -

MCB met with Lola last week to talk about the new record and the upcoming show and we will be onsite for a video interview/ footage / photos....don't miss this one!

The Magic Bag
22920 Woodward Avenue
Ferndale, MI 48220

Event Hotline: (248) 544-3030

More Lola on the Web:

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The Fifty - Every other Wednesday Night @ 5th Ave Royal Oak starting Oct 1st

Starting this Wednesday October 1st you can check out Detroit's The Fifty who will be playing an every other week regular stint at 5th Avenue's Royal Oak upstairs bar.

The Fifty are a powerpop band worth checking out for sure...kick off October with a dose of motorcity rock that is sure to keep you coming back for more.

The Fifty
Wednesday October 1st

5th Ave Billiards
5th St/Washington/Train Tracks
Royal Oak MI

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PHOTOS: Low vs Diamond @ St Andrews Hall Detroit

Check these great shots from MCB's RiazK (our hardest working photog this week) from the Low vs Diamond show opening for Santgold @ St Andrews Hall in Detroit

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PHOTOS: Jody Raffoul @ 5th Ave Royal Oak

MCB's RiazK met up with Detroit's own Jody Raffoul last Thursday for the CD Release party of "Big Sky" - he scored these photos and video interview to be posted this week

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MCB's RiazK was over at MOCAD last Friday for the infamous CARJACK show

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MCB-VIDEO: ASHES dIVIDE @ Fillmore Detroit Sept 24th 2008

MCB caught up with Billy Howerdel from ASHES dIVIDE over at Fillmore Detroit for a video interview and photos plus show footage/live shots

Big thanks goes out to MC for hooking us up and of course Billy for taking the time and giving us the full access. Also a huge thanks to the fillmore folks for the "perks" and just for being way cool as usual

ASHES dIVIDE really puts on a show - check the video and click here for the photos from Brett Lawrence who got us linked on AD website

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FREE TSHIRT & CD: Magic Bag Ferndale // // Friendly Foes "Born Radical"

First and foremost I want to thank Jamie McCarthy for wasting more than a few hours of our time yesterday - 2 MCB folks waiting for him - we had a request for video interview/photos etc...for the SPIN show and it just didnt work instead of getting jerked off even more (fitting considering the history of the Magic Bag - whose staff by the way were very cool and can sling the drinks faster than most) we took off and headed over to the Friendly Foes CD Release show over at Berkley Front.

turns out there was a good reason for the mixup - so what the hell - shit happens // besides - who the hell are we?? the guy was having a CD release show and probably had a list of things to so long to do that there was no room on the sheet for MCB - the fews songs we managed to catch from Jamie had the really had the crowd going but we left anyway

back to FF Show: The band was tighter than hell - I mean REALLY tight - they must have been rehearsing this record non-stop for months because for the 3 songs I stuck around for there wasnt even room to gasp for air. Solid stuff. We had a photographer shooting and a big shout out to the band who managed to find time during their CD release show to meet with our photographer for a few candids. pics to follow soon from cherie stangis

Free FF CD and Free Magic Bag Tshirt to the 1st emailer -

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PHOTOS: Mason Proper Cd ReleaseShow from George Petersmarck Photography

MCB's George Petersmarck was over at the mason proper show shooting yesterday for the bands cd release party - click here for more info / interview

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Island Def Jam asked MCB to come out to the show and talk with Billy Howerdel from ASHES dIVIDE on the video interview and snap some photos (plus they hooked us up with a bunch of the new releases for freebies to giveaway to the readers)

Photos from MCBs Brett Lawrence (Lawrence Creative)
MCB-VIDEO Interview to follow this weekend

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Friendly Foes CD Release Party - DONT BE A SHMO & GO TO THE SHOW!

MCB's Cherie Stangis will be over at the show to shoot some photos tonight

Friendly Foes CD RELEASE SHOW for "Born Radical"
Friday September 26th 2008

Berkley Front
3087 W 12 Mile Rd
Berkley MI

"This record is a pretty good...well pretty fucking good" - Anonymous

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Super Sweet Deals @ SHOWTIME Detroit

If you haven't been over to SHOWTIME Detroit in while - WTF! get on over and check out the killer deals they have on super sweet rock star digs...Its right on Woodward probably pass it every day on your way to whatever your doing that evidently is more fucking important that making sure you look your finest by shopping at detroit's favorite clothing and accesories shop.

Just mention MOTORCITYBLOG and they will hook your ass up with a deal of a lifetime.

There is no excuse...
shop and wear clothing from SHOWTIME or don't shop or where clothing at all!

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Detroit MI
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SPAG Burlesque Calender Fundraiser - The Elbow Room - Sat Sept 27th

Saturday September 27th 2008 - 9PM

The Elbow Room
6 S Washington ST
Ypsilanti, Michigan
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"18 and over!! $6 bucks..Fancy Spag ladies, the widowmakers and Mesmeric Belly Dancing!!!! help us make our calendar..we love you!!!

This is a fund razor folks...get your asses out and help us create a detroit historical pin up calendar!!! you love us we love you, the door price is cheap you get to be entertained its a win win situation!!! drink booze play a 50/50 a few tassels twirl!!! give it a whirl in the spag search talent show!!!! hope to see you there"

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CARJACK - MOCAD - Fri Sept 26th 8pm

MCB's RiazK will be over at this show tonight snapping some pics and video

Friday September 26th - 8pm
Dietroit MI

admission $7
all ages

Cartune Xprez is a annual touring multi-media film and music event organized by Portland, Oregon electronic music and art duo, Hooliganship. The tour features a 70 minute festival of collected short videos by cutting edge artists from around the world. Artists screening works in this year's Cartune Xprez tour will be; Paper Rad, Bruce Bickford, Adrian Freeman, Shana Moulton, Takeshi Murata, and more.

Carjack! a Detroit based one-man band antagonistically playing with the 80's, by using synthesizers, guitars and electronics to deconstruct popular music into a street-worn blend of grimy, throbbing electro and high energy Detroit rock ‘n roll.

Hooliganship are a bizarre spectacle of a band who create a live soundtrack, on synthesizers and bass guitar, for the 3D cartoons that they themselves screen, create and appear in as central characters. "


MCB-VIDEO: Terrible Twos // Lager House Detroit

Detroit's Terrible Twos from X Records @ PJ's Lager House

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Tiger Stadium Fundraiser - Lefty's Lounge - Sunday Sept 28th @ 4pm

Fundraiser: Lefty’s Lounge Sunday, September 28

Need to raise the last of the cash to save Tiger Stadium!!!

Second in a series of fundraisers:
Lefty’s Lounge in Detroit’s Midtown.
Lefty’s is owned by two former minor league pitchers and has quickly become a hang out for ballplayers.

OTSC will be in the house starting at 4 p.m.
Cost is $15 a head or $25 a couple.

See you there!

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Mexican Summer Vinyl Club

We thought this was pretty cool...

"In the spirit of the record club resurgence, Mexican Summer finds a cozy spot at the forefront alongside fellow labels Sub Pop and Merge (talk about great company!) Launched in September of 2008, Mexican Summer releases will all be pressed in very limited quantities and will also be available for download, bringing a musical and visual experience to music lovers and collectors that want more than just a tune to consume.

One of the exciting aspects of the club is that it gives fans an opportunity to receive vinyl on a subscription basis (at a discount to purchasing at retail) and at a select group of exclusive indie retailers across the country. 2-3 albums will be released every other month in various formats (12", 7", Picture Disc, etc) and all records will be beautifully packaged, hand numbered, pressed on high quality virgin vinyl and include a download card.

There will also be bonus gifts available only to members which include slip mats, tote bags, and many more stylish treats.

Subscriptions are available via the Mexican Summer website at

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DIRT ROAD LOGIC - 313.jacobys - Sat Sept 27th

Dirt Road Logic
Saturday Sept 27th 2008

624 BRUSH IN BRICKTOWN • 313-962-7067
FREE street parking or @ casino garage with validation
21 & over welcome=0 A• 10 p.m. doors • $5 cover unless noted

Static Records Rules

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Opening Reception // Utopian Visions - Arab American National Museum - Thur Sept 25th

Have you ever dreamed of a better, more perfect world? The word “utopia” represents a grand vision for an ideal society, especially in its social, political, and moral aspects.
This imaginative concept reflects the human desire for civic improvement and perfection.

In Utopian Visions, running from September 25, 2008 through March 29, 2009 at the Arab American National Museum, four artists of Arab descent, all women, each conceive their own vision of a more perfect place. The exhibition, in the Main Floor Gallery, is free with Museum admission.

The works created by these artists – Rima Al-Awar, Rana Chalabi, Roula Ayoub and Emna Zghal – draw upon disparate forms of inspiration, ranging from nature to poetry to spiritual belief, challenging the viewers to consider their own interpretations of utopia. (see artist biographies and statements below).

“This exhibit is a remarkable medley of color, texture and imagery that evokes our universal yearning for a more perfect world,” says AANM Curator of Collections Suzy Adra Mazloum, who led the development of Utopian Visions. “It also encourages our viewers to reflect on their own personal visions of utopia and share them with their fellow visitors – in a very real way, our viewers will enhance this exhibit as it continues to evolve over the next six months.”

With four very different and creative artists participating and coming from disparate locations – Toronto, Cairo, Beirut and New York City – there are many interesting aspects to this exhibit.
A singular component is a series of 12 prints by Emna Zghal.

“This collection, titled The Prophet of Black Folk, comes not from the artist, but from the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture at the New York Public Library,” says Stephen Williams, manager of the Museum’s Curatorial Department. “It illustrates The Black Prophet by the contemporary Arab poet Adonis, and we made special arrangements with the Schomburg Center to bring these beautiful pieces to Dearborn.”

The public is invited to attend the opening reception for Utopian Visions at 6 p.m. Thursday, September 25 at the AANM. Those attending the reception are not required to pay Museum admission and complimentary refreshments are served.

Please RSVP to Fay Saad at 313.624.0200 or HERE.

The reception coincides with the start of the 2008 Fall Season of Ford Comerica Global hursdays Multicultural Performance Series, featuring a performance by MC Rai.

The Global Thursdays concert, which begins at 7:30 p.m., is a ticketed event;

click HERE for information.

The Arab American National Museum documents, preserves, celebrates, and educates the public on the history, life, culture, and contributions of Arab Americans. We serve as a resource to enhance knowledge and understanding about Arab Americans and their presence in the United States. The Arab American National Museum is a project of ACCESS, a Dearborn, Michigan-based nonprofit human services and cultural organization. Learn more at and

The Arab American National Museum is a proud Affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. Read about the Affiliations program at

The Museum is located at 13624 Michigan Avenue, Dearborn, MI, 48126. Museum hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesday, Friday and Saturday; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursday (10 a.m.-6 p.m. May through August); noon-5 p.m. Sunday. Closed Monday, Tuesday; Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. Admission is $6 for adults; $3 for students, seniors and children 6-12; ages 5 and under, free. Call 313.582.2266 for further information.

Utopian Visions: The Artists

Rima Al-Awar
Although she is currently based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Dr. Rima Al-Awar, 43, was raised in Lebanon and North Carolina, where her family relocated during the Lebanese civil war. During high school, Al-Awar discovered her love for oil painting, but at North Carolina State University, she earned a B.S. in Chemistry and a Ph.D in Synthetic Organic Chemistry. She presently works at the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research, where she directs the Medicinal Chemistry Platform. Al-Awar’s paintings have been exhibited in galleries in Indianapolis, Indiana in recent years.

Artist Statement:
The Aden Series was indirectly influenced by my fascination with Chinese characters and a personal effort to write/draw them. Most directly, this series attempts to address the interplay between man and woman balancing the ideal while ineffectively grappling with the complexity of reality. It was named after the great historical Yemeni city and the first known utopian haven painted for man…the Garden of Eden.


Rana Chalabi
Formal studies in archaeology, architecture and Islamic art helped inform the creative vision of Rana Chalabi, 52, who was born in Syria, raised in Lebanon, and has lived and worked in Cairo, Egypt since 1981. She holds degrees from the American University campuses in both Beirut and Cairo and is also internationally certified as a practitioner of homeopathy, an alternative form of medicine, but considers herself a self-taught artist. Chalabi works in oils, acrylics, watercolor, pen, inks, stamps, mixed media, sculpture (wood and clay) and graphic design. She has exhibited frequently in Cairo; her work has also been presented in galleries in London, Paris and Amman, Jordan.

Artist Statement:
These works reflect two underlying themes of the dynamic and the static. In the male and female dancers it is the challenge of capturing the ephemeral nature of three-dimensional dynamic movement through the static medium of paper, oil, gold leaf, and colored inks. The movement of line and color, the interplay of diaphanous veil, and solid limbs, the highlights of gold within the fields of reds make the dance come alive. The whirling of
the dervishes is an ascension, an invitation to let go of the stasis of the body. Movement is life. The calligraphies are illustrations for a book called the Tao of Homeopathy, which speaks about the essentials of healing. These words were meant to provide a Sufi perspective by using Arabic words in a Chinese style. They were then printed as limited editions as art works which can stand on their own. The cityscape, inspired by Cairo, is a vision of the architecture and harmony of the old Arab cities.


Roula Ayoub
Roula Ayoub’s abstract paintings have been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in galleries and museums throughout the U.S. and abroad, including the Appleton Museum of Art in Florida; the Jordan National Gallery of Fine Arts in Amman, Jordan; the JHS Gallery in Taos, New Mexico; and the Galerie Espace Lucrèce in Paris, France.
In addition, her work is in public and corporate collections including those of the Beirut International Airport and the Bank Audi Art Collection in Beirut, Lebanon. Museum collections include those of the Museum of Fine Arts at Florida State University in Tallahassee Florida and the Sharjah Art Museum in UAE. Ayoub was born in 1964 in Monrovia, Liberia, West Africa. She received her M.S. in Interior Design and Fine Arts with honorable mention from Florida State University. Ayoub is currently based in Beirut, Lebanon but frequently visits Houston, Texas.

Artist Statement:
My art is somewhere beyond our world, a self created place, and a mixture of
different cultures creatively painted on canvas. It is a serene place where one would aspire to be, far from the rubbish existing in this world where mankind has disturbed what our greatest God has created.

With my various travels, journeys, and cultural experiences, I felt like creating a new world of my own, a world where there is only love, peace, happiness, faith, forgiveness, and understanding. In my art, you find freedom, peace, and joy, a place where one dreams to reach to.

My art is a world with no restrictions, nor distractions. It is a free world. Warm and cool colors, with luminescence uniting the two color schemes, are painted into abstractions where they amazingly complement one another. My art is beyond my description. It is, in fact, another gift from God. Images on my canvas are creations by Him, but only using my hand. For this, I am thankful as always.


Emna Zghal
Emna Zghal was born and raised in Tunisia, where she earned a B.A. at the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Tunis. She pursued her M.F.A. at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia and has studied at the Skowhegan (Maine) School of Painting & Sculpture. Zghal has several grants, residencies and fellowships to her credit. Two of her works were purchased by the American Academy of Arts and Letters’ Hassam, Speicher, Betts, and Symons Purchase Fund and donated to American museums. With collaborator Michael Rakowtiz, Zghal was awarded a 2008 grant by the Creative Capital Foundation. She currently resides in New York City.

Artist Statement:
Poetry has always been central to my art practice; it is my source of inspiration and
method of thinking. Whether in my abstract images or in my work with text, I view all the marks I make on the picture plane as words, as emotionally evocative, if not completely decipherable, symbolic entities.

My abstract works include drawings, oil paintings, and mixed-media works on paper. In my mixed-media works I combine woodcuts with collage and drawing on rice paper and mount them on stretched canvas so that the images float in space without borders. Formally, they are studies of organic patterns derived from woodgrain, bark, and the random way pigments settle on a canvas. The infinite quality of these patterns recalls textiles for many, but they are more aptly related to the tradition of pattern-making in Islamic art. While retaining this tradition’s infinite aspect, I question its rigorous geometric grid and its governing Platonic aesthetic. Unlike Plato, I think that perfection is to be found in nature, and not in the human simplification of it. The spaces I create are intended to allow viewers to meander, to recall the vastness, complexity, and mystifying qualities of nature.

A few years ago, I came across these lines by Adonis, a contemporary Arab poet: Black ink is flowing/over the papers of this/world: white cannot/be unless it is fertilized by black luster. They felt like an assignment, not only to make visual the images of the poem, but also to include the text. This encounter with Adonis marked the beginning of a new direction in my work. I began by making a portfolio of prints entitled The Prophet of Black Folk, in which I drew on Adonis’s poetry and accounts of the ninth-century poet Ali Ibn Mohamed who led an African slave revolt in Iraq’s southern marshes.

In 2005, I made an artist’s book, Cultures Of War: An Essay, in which I used the language of American writers, poets, and leaders in order to highlight how certain cultural attitudes – racism, a misplaced sense of strength, or charity — are grounds for effective war propaganda and give rise to war in much the same way as the geopolitical reasons more readily brought up to explain it. My second book, The Tree of My Mind, also borrows the words of others, this time to reflect on trees, their meanings, and their use as metaphors for human beings.

Currently, I am researching the various ways in which poetry was/is perceived as a threat, as did Plato who proposed to expel poets from his ideal city.


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FREE CD + FREE MP3s: Dead Confederate's "Wrecking Ball"

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Its a home demo by Dead Confederate bassist Brantley Senn.


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09.25.08 – Sticky Fingerz – Little Rock, AR - w/ Wax Fang
09.26.08 – Emo's – Austin, TX - w/ Wax Fang, Heartless Bastards
09.27.08 – The Cavern – Dallas, TX - w/ Wax Fang
09.29.08 – The Bluebird – St. Louis, MO - w/ Catfish Haven
09.30.08 - The Granada - Lawrence, KS - w/ Catfish Haven
10.01.08 – The Waiting Room – Omaha, NE - w/ Catfish Haven
10.02.08 – The Annex – Madison, WI - w/ Catfish Haven
10.03.08 – Mo's Irish Pub – Milwaukee, WI - w/ Catfish Haven
10.04.08 – Schubas – Chicago, IL
10.06.08 – TT the Bears – Cambridge, MA - w/ Catfish Haven
10.08.08 - The Khyber - Philadelphia, PA - w/ Catfish Haven
10.09.08 – Mercury Lounge – New York, NY - w/ Catfish Haven, Kuroma
10.10.08 – Union Hall – Brooklyn, NY - w/ Kuroma
10.13.08 - Talking Head Club - Baltimore, MD
10.14.08 – Cat's Cradle – Carrboro, NC - w/ Heartless Bastards
10.16.08 – Exit/In – Nashville, TN - w/ Heartless Bastards
10.17.08 – Proud Larry's – Oxford, MS - w/ Hearless Bastards
11.11.08 – Plush – Tucson, AZ
11.12.08 – The Casbah – San Diego, CA
11.13.08 – Beauty Bar Las Vegas – Las Vegas, NV
11.14.08 – Spaceland – Los Angeles, CA
11.15.08 – The Cellar Door – Visalia, CA
11.16.08 – The Independent – San Francisco, CA
11.18.08 – Doug Fir Lounge – Portland, OR
11.19.08 – Chop Suey – Seattle, WA
11.20.08 – Neurolux – Boise, ID
11.21.08 – Sidecar – Park City, UT
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JACK'D - Benefit to help Wheelhouse Detroit - Urban Bean Company - Thur Sept 25th

Thursday September 25th 2008

Grab some friends and get down here THURSDAY NIGHT yo!
[music] byDERRICK MAY
DAVID CERMAK [sick, hermetic DJ who sits in his attic making ridiculous blends and doesn't have time for the internet: hence, no link ]
Help the Wheelhouse Detroit recover stolen bikes!

Jody Raffoul CD Release Show - 5th Ave Royal Oak - Thur Sept 25th

Check out Jody Raffoul tonight for his CD Release show over at 5th Ave Royal Oak
Jody is a local detroiter who just finished his new record over at Rustbelt Studios...


His new album "Big Sky" hit the streets a few days ago and MCB will be at the show tonight with our usual photos / video interview / footage

Get on over to Royal Oak and support our local motorcity musicians

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FREE CD: Low vs Diamond supporting SantoGold - Sat Sept 27th - St Andrews Hall

We got a couple copies of the new release from Low vs Diamond ready to roll thanks to our friend over at #$$# Music - we are keeping one of these for ourselves (a rarity)

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Low vs Diamond plays this weekend supporting SantoGold - Saturday @ St Andrews Hall

Here is a free MP3 from the LvD for you in case you miss out on the freebie
“Heart Attack”

Fri/Sep-19 New York, NY • Fillmore New York @ Irving Plaza
Sat/Sep-20 Boston, MA • Paradise Rock Club
Tue/Sep-23 Philadelphia, PA • TLA
Wed/Sep-24 Toronto, ON • Phoenix Concert Theatre
Thu/Sep-25 Cleveland, OH • House Of Blues
Sat/Sep-27 Detroit, MI • St. Andrews Hall
Sun/Sep-28 Chicago, IL • House Of Blues
Tue/Sep-30 Lawrence, KS • Liberty Hall
Wed/Oct-01 Denver, CO • Gothic Theatre
Sat/Oct-04 Seattle, WA • Showbox SODO
Sun/Oct-05 Portland, OR • Crystal Ballroom
Tue/Oct-07 San Francisco, CA • Fillmore
Fri/Oct-10 San Diego, CA • House Of Blues
Sat/Oct-11 Las Vegas, NV • House Of Blues
Mon/Oct-13 Anaheim, CA • House Of Blues
Tue/Oct-14 Los Angeles, CA • Wiltern

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