6.09.2019

DETROIT MUSICIANS' ART SHOW AUG 2-31 2019


I’m with the Band: Detroit’s Musicians Show Their Visual Side

Curated by Jeff Cancelosi

Is there a difference between the interplay of color and shadow and the bending of a note over a percussive beat? For many in Detroit’s creative community, visual and musical art are the same. Creativity is expression, no matter what the medium.

Please join the Detroit Artists Market as we explore the artwork of Detroit’s rockers, rappers, and jazz musicians and how they each respond to the blank canvas.


Participating Artists

Adeboye Adegbenro (Odu Afrobeat Orchestra)

Johnny Bee Badanjek (Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels, Edgar Winter, The Rockets, Alice Cooper, Dr. John, Albert King, Nils Lofgren, The Romantics)

Thelonious Bone (Everybody’s In, Invader, Razzle Dazzle)

Davin Brainard (Solo Artist, Princess Dragonmom, Little Princess, Electric Bear, Metal Dungeon, The Crash, Fab.44)

Betty Brownlee (Nathaniel Mayer, The Shanks, Uncle Jessie White, Gino Washington)

Rob (Tyner) Derminer (MC5, The Rob Tyner Band)

Niagara Detroit (Destroy All Monsters, Solo Artist)

Ava East (Shadow Show, Deadly Vipers)

Jimbo Easter (Solo Artist, Living Furniture, Piranhas, Druid Perfume, Odd Clouds, Moonhairy)

Lisa Goedert (The Luddites)

Maurice Greenia Jr. (Spaceband)

William D. Hafer (Human Eye)

Michael Horner (Marcus Belgrave Group, Teddy Harris Jr., Big Joe Williams, Messiah)

Miz Korona (Miz Korona Band)

Katherine Leisen (Soft Location)

Cary Loren (Destroy All Monsters)

Jamie Madrox (Twiztid)

Dave McMurray (Dave McMurray Band)

John Michaels (The Britemores)

Kevin Patrick (Solo Artist)

Lisa Poszywak (Rogue Satellites)

Jim Puntingham (Spaceband)

Ben Teague (Behind the Times, Solo Artist)

Chris Turner (Dark Red)

Tashif “Sheefy McFly” Turner (Solo Artist)

Ewolf (The Dirtbombs)

Albert Young (Albert Young and Straight 8, The Waynewood Boys)

FLY | DROWN

Poster Designed by Mark Arminski. Limited signed editions of the exhibition poster will be available at the opening reception for I’m With the Band.

4.30.2019

LEMMY AND MOTORHEAD: INFLUENCED BY DETROIT AND THE MC5


A rock legacy spanning forty years came to an end in 2015 when Ian "Lemmy" Kilmister passed away, having been the legendary front-man of Motörhead and only constant member of the band during all that time.

It’s a legacy that might never have happened, were it not for Lemmy being kicked out of his previous band, Hawkwind, having been arrested on the USA/Canada border for drug possession charges.

That controversy was ultimately the final straw for the other band members and their management, which led to Lemmy being fired from Hawkwind in 1975. He later revealed there were also differences of opinion, both personally and musically, during a 2011 interview with Chicago Tribune: "I did like being in Hawkwind, and I believe I’d still be playing with them today if I hadn’t been kicked out", he admitted in the interview, adding that "It was fun onstage, not so much offstage. They didn’t want to mesh with me".

The Birth of Motörhead

Lemmy was keen on a raw sound to his music, one of velocity and volume, "fast and vicious, just like the MC5", the legendary Detroit-based hard rock band who were his inspiration.

His new band was formed with former Pink Fairies guitarist Larry Wallis and Lucas Fox on drums. Nevertheless, choosing "Bastards" as their name wasn’t the best idea, according to their manager, who suggested they would never get a slot on UK chart show, Top of the Pops, with such a name. As such, "Motörhead" was chosen instead by Lemmy, as this was also the title of the last song that he’d written with Hawkwind.

Wallis returned to the Pink Fairies and Fox would also depart, making way for guitarist "Fast" Eddie Clark and drummer Phil "Philthy Animal" Taylor before any notable success began to arrive over the following years. However, it was undoubtedly the guttural vocals of Lemmy and his individual bass-playing style that provided Motörhead with a distinct and unique sound in rock at the time, even though that style would inevitably be copied during the emerging era of punk rock during the late 1970s.

Straddling the niches of hard rock, speed metal and punk brought increased popularity, which Lemmy and the band embraced.

With a growing army of fans packing concert venues, the band gradually developed a cult following of their own. "Overkill" became their first track to break into the top 40 of the UK Singles Chart, with the album of the same name being their first to find its way into the top 40 UK Albums Chart. "Bomber" was the next single to achieve commercial success, along with the subsequent album and tour of the same name, which brought recognition and new fans from Europe and the US. Motörhead was fast becoming one of the most unmissable rock music acts to see live, packing venues wherever they toured.



Ace of Spades

Amongst the greatest hits released by Motörhead over the years, the lyrics covered a wide range of themes, from war to the battle of good versus evil and from abuse of power to the abuse of substances.

However, perhaps the most famous theme was that of gambling, which made Ace of Spades such a timeless and iconic hit around the world and a true crowd favorite at their gigs, with the raw sound matched by a devil-may-care attitude of taking chances in life.

Fans of this track will already be familiar with the Ace of Spades lyrics, which are undeniably an ode to gambling and the thrill of playing card games. In this particular song, it’s specifically the quickfire game of blackjack and hands being dealt, given the terminology used in the lyrics.

Reading up on such terms associated with this most popular of card games, which are covered in the Betway online blackjack guide, will help you understand what Lemmy means by "Double up or quit, double stake or split", with it becoming clear that he’s referring to staking terms in blackjack as he waits for that elusive ace of spades to be dealt.

Released in October 1980, the Ace of Spades single reached 15 in the UK Singles Charts and the album, again of the same name, reached number 4 in the UK Album Charts, providing Motörhead with their greatest commercial success to date.

Now in great demand, the subsequent Ace Up Your Sleeve tour was accompanied by numerous TV appearances, including the iconic British comedy classic, The Young Ones.



Detroit and Back Again

Given that Motörhead and Lemmy had originally been inspired by Detroit-based band MC5, it’s inevitable that they too would form a strong bond with the American city, regularly performing concerts over the years at numerous venues.

At the very peak of their worldwide fame, their first show in Michigan was supporting Ozzy Osbourne during his US tour at the Wendler Arena in Saginaw. Three days later, the band made their first appearance in Detroit at the Masonic Temple.

Such was their popularity amongst rock fans in the city, Motörhead made a memorable second appearance at the iconic Harpo's in May 1982, headlining during an American tour of their own. That would be the first of many returns to Harpo's over the years, leaving veteran staff with many fond memories.

Indeed, Harpos owner Ron Baltrusz waxed lyrical to Metro Times during a 2017 interview, recollecting his memories of the band playing at his venue along with some amusing anecdotes he shared about Lemmy.

On September 12, 2015, Motörhead played their final Detroit gig at The Fillmore, with Anthrax and Crobot as supporting acts, as part of the Bad Magic tour.

Bomber was played for the first time at any live concert since 2012, while Ace of Spades and Overkill were amongst the closing trio on the setlist. Those who attended were treated to another unforgettable show from one of the most prolific touring bands in rock history.

Lemmy departed this earthly plane just a couple of months after that concert, but those who got to see him perform with Motörhead over the years will cherish the memories they have. His influence in the world of rock and the great sound that he left behind as his legacy is sure to be enjoyed by generations of fans to come.

4.17.2019

DICK DALE KING OF THE SURF GUITAR: 1937-2019

Dick Dale

Richard Anthony Monsour (May 4, 1937 – March 16, 2019), better known by his stage name Dick Dale, was an American rock guitarist, known as The King of the Surf Guitar. He pioneered and created what many call the surf music style, drawing on Middle-Eastern music scales and experimenting with reverberation.



Dale worked closely with Fender to produce custom made amplifiers, including the first-ever 100-watt guitar amplifier. He pushed the limits of electric amplification technology, helping to develop new equipment that was capable of producing distorted, "thick, clearly defined tones" at "previously undreamed-of volumes." 


The "breakneck speed of his single-note staccato picking technique" and showmanship with the guitar is considered a precursor to heavy metal music, influencing rock guitarists from the 1960s until eternity...


USA TODAY "Miserlou," which would become his signature song, had been adapted from a Middle Eastern folk tune Dale heard as a child and later transformed into a thundering surf-rock instrumental.

His fingering style was so frenetic that he shredded guitar picks during songs, a technique that forced him to stash spares on his guitar's body. "Better shred than dead," he liked to joke, an expression that eventually became the title of a 1997 anthology released by Rhino Records.

RIP DICK...our thoughts and prayers to all of friends, family and gazillion fans....

3.08.2019

DETROIT ROCK AUTHOR DAVID CARSON APPEARING AT MACOMB CC



David Carson, author of Grit, Noise and Revolution: The Birth of Detroit Rock 'n' Roll and Rockin' Down the Dial: The Detroit Sound of Radio presents an audio/visual look back at Detroit's rich music legacy in the 70's.

Detroit's '70s Music Scene: A Time of Transition
Lorenzo Cultural Center at Macomb Community College
44575 Garfield Rd., Clinton Township
Friday, March 15, 11 am / Free admission


Carson will lead off with a recap of the '60s era and then follow the careers of Motor City acts that went on to national fame in the '70s: Bob Seger, Ted Nugent, Alice Cooper, Parliament/Funkadelic, and Iggy Pop among them.


Also included are the veteran musicians from other '60s Detroit bands who formed new groups in the '70s such as the Rockets, Destroy All Monsters, and Sonic's Rendevous Band all of which eventually became rather influential.


By the latter part of the decade, a new wave/punk rock scene was happening at a place called Bookies Club 870 which spawned many new bands such as the Sillies, the Mutants, and most notably the Romantics.

Dave Carson will have his books for sale/signing during this event next Friday.



2.18.2019

BOOKIE'S CLUB 870 REUNION MAR 16 2109 IN DETROIT!


660 W Baltimore
Detroit Michigan
313-873-1739

Bookie's CLUB 870
Performance & Event Venue · Detroit, Michigan
Live music and historical artifacts from the Detroit rock music scene.

DONALD GARLAND RADER was Detroit's first rockabilly/rock & roll recording artist. Don kept playing and recording until his death July 4, 2004, at age 65

BEN WAUGH (Scott Campbell), singer, guitarist, drummer, and founder of Detroit Punk Band THE SILLIES, from April 1977 to present

THE SEATBELTS Great Detroit Retro/Punk Rock Band!

THE BRIAN STONES CLONES!

Special Guests MARCIE BOLEN and more!

Posters, Photos, Videos, Tee Shirts

1.22.2019

INSANE CLOWN POSSE : NEW RELEASE FEARLESS FRED FURY!


MULTI-PLATINUM SELLING ARTISTS INSANE CLOWN POSSE (ICP) TO RELEASE THEIR LATEST FULL-LENGTH ALBUM, 
FEARLESS FRED FURY, ON FEBRUARY 15

 FANS WILL GET AN EXCLUSIVE BONUS LP, FLIP THE RAT, WITH PROOF OF PURCHASE OF FEARLESS FRED FURY

Los Angeles, CA (January 22, 2019): Insane Clown Posse, one of the best-selling independent groups of all time, proudly announce the release of their brand new full-length album, Fearless Fred Fury (aka “FFF”), on February 15, via their own label, Psychopathic Records.

FFF is the fourth Joker’s Card to be released from the second deck. Fans can pre-order the album now HERE.

There will be FFF listening parties held on release day (see list below). Local performers will play at these events, and a Psychopathic Records artist or host will be at each event.

The admission cost is simply to purchase a FFF album. Fans can buy tickets in advance, then they’ll exchange the ticket for a copy of the record at the event.


Additionally, fans can get an exclusive bonus album, Flip the Rat, with their purchase of FFF. When fans buy a physical copy of FFF, there will be a one-time-use promo code located on a card inside. Flip the Rat is not available anywhere else.

Fearless Fred Fury took over two years to create, and the end result is well worth the wait. ICP hasn’t released an album since 2015’s The Marvelous Missing Link (Lost/Found). Raw, terrifying, and uncompromising, FFF is a testament to the creativity and musical prowess that have made Insane Clown Posse true pop-culture icons.

According to ICP’s Shaggy 2 Dope, “I'm so proud of FFF! We were able to sit back and take our time on this record. Because we took our time, we came out with one of the best records in the deck of Joker Cards we've ever produced. FFF varies from all the different records we have done.


Instead of being any type of inspirational or trying to help the little man out by doing the right thing, this time we're like, ‘It's time to fight back and take what the f*ck is ours!’”

Violent J continues, “Yes, FFF’s album's theme or message is to fight back! Are you unhappy with something about your life? Fight Back! Too skinny? Too fat? Fight Back! Hate your job? Fight Back! You’re the only one who's ever going to take command of that vessel that is you and steer it to wherever you want to be in life. Every Joker’s Card album has a message to it, and the whole FFF flavor is a definite favorite of mine.”

FFF's final track, “I Like It Ruff," is the most disturbing work of ICP's entire career. Because of the sadistic sexual nature and the extreme violent content that follows, the band wishes to advise a warning: "Continue listening at your own risk."

Stay tuned for news of the upcoming 7th Juggalo Weekend in New Orleans. ICP’s FFF world tour will begin in spring!


About Insane Clown Posse (ICP):

Celebrating over 20 years together, Insane Clown Posse has released 25 albums and sold nearly 12 million copies worldwide. ICP emerged from Detroit’s underground music scene in the early ‘90s, with a hardcore hip-hop style comprised of musical stories and a unique mix of controversial and cartoonish lyrics.

The face-painted duo of Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope have smashed through the ceiling of the music industry’s expectations, amassing their own dedicated legion of millions of fans. ICP has consistently released a steady stream of albums, compilations, music videos, wrestling promotions, films, outrageous events, and signature merchandise. Insane Clown Posse's annual Gathering of the Juggalos has grown to become one of America's most eclectic and celebrated summer music festivals.

Fearless Fred Fury Listening Parties (all happening on February 15):

Austin, TX Come and Take It Live
Cleveland, OH The Foundry
Corning, NY Lando’s
Dayton, OH Hank’s
Denver, CO Roxy
Des Moines, IA Lefty’s
Duluth, MN Red Herring Lounge
Grand Junction, CO Mesa Theatre
Greeley, CO Moxie Theatre
Greensboro, NC Bling Tiger
Indianapolis, IN Emerson
Joliet, IL Red Room @ Forge
Kansas City, MO Riot Room
Las Vegas, NV The Boxx East Side
Louisville, KY Tiger Room
Minneapolis, MN Whisky Junction
New Orleans, LA House of Blues
Omaha, NE Dr. Jack’s
Philadelphia, PA Raven Lounge
Pontiac, MI Pike Room
Sauget, IL Pop’s
Seattle, WA Funhouse
Sioux Falls, SD Icon Lounge
Spokane, WA The Pin
Tucson, AZ The Rock

More release parties to be announced soon!

1.21.2019

SPONGE NEW RELEASE: DEMOED IN DETROIT 1997-98


Los Angeles, CA - Fresh from the critical and commercial success of their 1996 sophomore album Wax Ecstatic, Detroit hard rockers Sponge holed up in a small studio in their hometown to record what was to be their third as yet untitled album for Sony Records.

The band, whose songwriting chops had been proved on the megahit singles “Plowed” and “Molly (16 Candles Down The Drain),” looked to founder and lead vocalist Vinnie Dombroski for a new batch of tunes, and Dombroski himself turned to his classic rock heroes like The Doors, The Who and Steppenwolf others for inspiration.

The result was a raw blast of sonically devastating, guitar-oriented rock n’ roll. As the story goes, when legendary A&R rep John Kalodner stopped by the studio to sample what Sponge had been up to, he was not able to tolerate the sheer power of the sessions for long and had to beat a retreat!

For reasons known only to the band, these recordings were shelved and a new set of recordings were produced for Sponge’s 1999 album New Pop Sunday. But now those incredibly inspired studio sessions from 1997-1998 are available for the first time anywhere on the Cleopatra Records release Demoed In Detroit, providing a snapshot of where the band was 20 years ago while also offering a tantalizing taste of what might have been.

In addition to the 13 original songs and 3 blistering cover tunes, this special collection includes 2 exclusive acoustic versions of the band’s hits “Plowed” and “Molly (16 Candles Down The Drain)” recorded especially for this compilation. Raw and powerful, Demoed In Detroit 1997-98 is an essential album for fans of Sponge and classic '90s alternative rock!



Track List:
1. How Much Do You Think Of Love
2. Fell In Deep
3. Falling For The Girls
4. Great Big Flop
5. Love's A Killer
6. Once In A Blue Moon
7. Laughing At Me
8. Get Down And Assumed The Position
9. What Are Good Friends For
10. Walk In My Shoes
11. Turn Out The Lights
12. Song For The End Of The World
13. Someone To Talk To
14. Break On Through
15. My Generation
16. Born To Be Wild
17. Plowed (Acoustic Pilot Mix)
18. Molly (16 Candles Down The Drain) (Mad Piano Mix)

Track List to The Early Years New York City 1997/1998:
1. Shit Life
2. Spine For You
3. Same Old Story
4. Voodoo Crush
5. Little Fish
6. Wish
7. Wake Up
8. Pig Society
9. Pseudo Trash
10. Debonair
11. I Am Nothing
12. America The Pitiful
13. Kimberly's Ghost
14. One Fix
15. Sick
16. Everything Sucks
17. City Tonight
18. Dead Men Walking
19. Fuck Tha Police

Buy The Early Years CD here
Buy the digital version here
Stream the album here
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