Entries tagged with: Detroit
By Ian Chainey
Small Stone Records, the home and distributor to quality stoner metal and stoner rock from artists such as Acid King, Dozer, and Sons of Otis, was recently flooded due to the storms Detroit endured early in August. Now owner Scott Hamilton needs help to get everything back in order. A YouCaring.com page has been set up to take donations with the following message:
Gear and product were both destroyed and insurance in Michigan is crap, so we're coming together to help Scott from Small Stone with some of the massive expense of cleaning up from this flood.Oof. You can see more pictures of the flood below.
Scott's support for heavy music over the last 19 years that he's run Small Stone has never wavered and this is a chance to help somebody who's helped us by enriching our lives with great bands and great riffs.
In related news, Small Stone artist Lo-Pan are still kicking off their tour at the end of the month with Black Cobra, a run that includes an Invisible Oranges presented show on September 18 at NYC's Saint Vitus.
Pictures of the flood along with highlights from Small Stone's ample roster appears below.
Sounds like show bookers in Detroit are definitely amusing themselves!
The Detroit show is September 6th. Most of New Porn's tour is later in the fall, and with The Pains of Being Pure at Heart.
A man is in critical condition after he fell over a stair railing at the Fox Theatre [in Detroit].Beck's tour continues in NYC today with shows at Hammerstein Ballroom and Central Park Summerstage. We recently caught Beck at Coachella and Firefly. He plays XPoNential Music Festival in Camden later in July.
Police say two intoxicated men were leaving the Beck concert, when the victim told his friend he was: "going to take the easy way down."
That's when he fell over the railing on the fourth floor. Officers believe he fell 30 to 40 feet.
Police say they don't know if the man was trying to slide down the railing, or was so drunk he thought he could simply jump.
by Ian Chainey
Hooded Menace at Union Pool in 2011 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Finnish death/doomers Hooded Menace are set to swing their Hammer horror at metalheads in select North American locations. The slow n' low callers of the subsonic wums will sandwich their Maryland Deathfest date between shows in New York, Philadelphia, and Montreal.
While their moniker would suggest otherwise, members of the Hooded Menace quartet have made many appearances in other bands (Acid Witch, Claws, Ruinebell, Vacant Coffin, to name a few), giving them the stacked CV of a supergroup. And, there's no denying their supernatural talent, ably infusing dirges and abrasive gravediggers with the concrete grit of death metal hooks. Their last long-player, the Relapse-released Effigies of Evil, shambled out the studio in 2012. That said, the group has again been bustling with EPs and splits, allowing fans to feast on two through Doomentia Records. If your belly grumbles for grindhouse devastation combining buzz with schlock, Hooded Menace are your new mates.
The kick-off for the four concert mini-tour will take place tonight, May 21, at Saint Vitus in Brooklyn along with fellow MDF buds Cripple Bastards and Maruta, along with Archagathus and Detroit filling out the night. Tickets are still available. This show was announced originally sans Menace, but, hey, the more the merrier.
Italy's long-running Cripple Bastards' flying metallic core sits close to grindcore, which makes sense they're frequent split collaborators with the scene's leaders and legends. Their latest, 2014's Nero In Metastasi, plays like a crustier version of contemporaneous Napalm Death (who we just caught in Queens). The massive Maruta, who are also touring the US, follow in a similar path, though they take a slightly more technical, death/grind path towards their demolition. Think Assück given a stack of Misery Index tracks. They'll be recording again soon with Scott Hull who will no doubt make them sound gigantic.
On the the other hand, Winnipeg's Archagathus, as one infers from their nom de grind, maul with the low-fi mincecore of Agathocles. Lastly, the even lower-fi Detroit's bursts of powerviolence bring together the worlds of Spazz with the A-side of Scum. In other words, go and grind your darn noggin in
CBGB Festival 2012 (more by Chris La Putt)
The film stars Alan Rickman (you know, Hans Gruber from Die Hard) as CB's owner Hilly Kristal, which is a check in the "could be good" category... but then there's Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins as Iggy Pop, Malin Ackerman as Debbie Harry, and, um, Rupert Grint (aka Ron Weasley) as Rocket From the Tombs' Cheetah Chrome. Donal Logue, Johnny Galecki and Bradley Whitford are also in this thing. If the poster is any indication, it'll be a wacky comedy?As discussed, the CBGB Music & Film Festival is returning to various NYC venues from October 9 to 13. Many films will be making their premieres at the fest, and it's just been announced that the long-time-coming CBGB movie will make its festival premiere during the film portion (the above text is from our last post on it). Other music films making their premieres at the festival include Tony D'Annuncio's Detroit music scene documentary, Louder Than Love: The Grand Ballroom Story, and Danny Garcia's Looking for Johnny, the Legend of Johnny Thunders.
Early bird badges were initially only going to be on sale until July 1, but the sales have been extended until August 16.
CBGB movie poster below...
Metallica at Orion 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Metallica held their inaugural Orion Music & More festival in Atlantic City in 2012, and as mentioned, they'll be moving to Detroit for the 2013 installment. It happens from June 8 - 9 in Belle Isle and the lineup was just announced, including headliners Metallica joined by Japandroids, FLAG, Tomahawk, Gogol Bordello, Death Grips, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Deftones, The Dirtbombs, Death, Foals, The Bronx, The Orwells, Red Hot Chili Peppers, FIDLAR, and more. Full lineup below. The announcement includes no word on Metallica playing full albums like they did last year.
Tickets for the festival go on sale to the general public on Friday (3/1) at 10 AM EST with a Met Club presale starting Tuesday (2/26) at 10 AM and an Orion E-list member presale on Wednesday (2/27) at 10 AM.
Orion Fest 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Metallica debuted their Orion Music & More festival in Atlantic City this year, which saw the legendary thrashers playing two of their albums in its entirety while a lot of indie/alternative rock bands (and also other metal bands) played throughout the day. The festival was great and we were excited to hear they'd be doing it again, however it's not going to be as close to NYC this time. They just announced that the 2013 festival will go down in Detroit, Michigan on June 8 and 9. More details TBA this February.
by Andrew Sacher
Speaking of veteran electronic musicians, Detroit techno legend Juan Atkins is returning to NYC before the end of the year for an intimate gig at Cameo in Williamsburg on December 29 with Brooklyn Bass. Tickets for that show are on sale now. Before recently visiting San Francisco, SFBG wrote...
It's telling that one of the originators of Detroit techno -- who first together with Rik Davis as Cybotron not only exploded what was expected of black American music, but also reinvented the possibilities for machine generated music -- would substitute android names for human ones.Juan has continued making music throughout the years with Cybotron, and as Model 500, Channel One, Infiniti, and under his own name. Earlier this year, he dropped the single, "Control," on what is currently one of the leading electronic labels, R&S (James Blake, Lone) and he still sounds just as forward thinking as his younger labelmates. You can stream that single below.
Already the word Cybotron contained the material trace of the cyborg, spun into rapid particle acceleration by the cyclotron. "Not that I was hiding my name," Atkins clarifies. "When I first started making music in the '80s, the music industry was still really racially polarized. Even in America it still is that way to a certain degree. It was harder to cross over to certain genres, so I wanted to put more emphasis on the music as opposed to the person behind the music."
In the past year or so, Juan has made a contribution to the Scion A/V remix series and made a FACT mix, both of which you can also stream below. And in 2010, he contributed to RVNG's FRKWYS series, which included him remixing Psychic Ills' "Mantis." That remix is below too.
At first, they were just crates full of records, numbering in the thousands. But after digging through their contents, Jeff Bubeck learned he'd stumbled upon something special: what he says is the personal record collection of late Detroit hip-hop producer J Dilla.I wonder if the Bobby Caldwell, Ahmad Jamal, James Brown and Stan Getz records that formed the basis of early classics like Slum Village's Fantastic Vol 2 LP, The Pharcyde's "Runnin'", Common's "The Light" and De La Soul's "Stakes is High" are in those piles. Dilla, you are still missed.
Bubeck, one of the owners of Royal Oak record store UHF, is selling the records in his store. They come with yellow tags that identify them as part of Dilla's personal stash.
"Is it even possible?" That was Bubeck's first reaction when he learned the 7,000-8,000 records he acquired from an abandoned storage unit in Clinton Township last month may have belonged to Dilla, the celebrated producer and founding member of Slum Village who died in 2006 at age 32 due to complications from lupus.
When first digging through the crates, amid the mountains of 94-cent Earth, Wind & Fire LPs, Bubeck noticed a box of cassette tapes, labeled in black marker as "Jaydee Beats." There were also lyric booklets, along with magazines and pieces of junk mail addressed to James Yancey, as well as to his parents, Beverly and Maureen Yancey. -[Detroit News]
P.S. before any more of those records are sold, someone get in there and document that collection, maybe for an online museum? (Questlove are you reading this?)
Continuing 6 years after Hip-Hop visionary J Dilla's death, the annual Donuts Are Forever tribute benefit is slated for this Sunday at Brooklyn Bowl (2/19). The concert includes DJ sets by TARA, Brina Payne, Ill Digitz, GETLIVE!, and returning act Parler, with producer Prince Paul and DJ Neil Armstrong headlining. Rap trio Tanya Morgan will share hosting responsibilities for the evening, following a performance Wednesday night (2/15) in iHeartDilla's "One Song" lineup at Southpaw. Tickets for the Brooklyn Bowl show are still available. Flyer below.
While "Donuts Are Forever" further solidifies itself as a tradition each year, new odes to the late maestro are still taking form. Questlove recently DJed an hour-long set for Hot 97 devised soley of J Dilla tunes, which is available for download here. The drummer also wrote an essay for XXL rhapsodizing J Dilla's singular talent, explaining his influence on Hip-Hop and his own work:
"The day after he recorded "Think Twice," for Welcome to Detroit, I look at the drum set, and I was like, "Wait, you recorded that on this?" And it was the most dingiest, dirtiest, not even second-hand. [It] looked like the Fat Albert junkyard gang drum set. Screws were missing; some of the heads were broken. Matter of fact, he didn't even use real drumsticks on "Think Twice." He used a vibraphone mallet, and he had a broken drumstick that he got some toilet paper from the bathroom, and some rubber bands. I was like, "You would rather go through this MacGuyver shit than buy new drumsticks?" He's like, "I didn't know where to get 'em this late at night; I had to make due." I was like, "Well, why did you hit the drums with the mallet?" He was like, "I didn't want the dynamic to be too aggressive. I wanted to sound muted, so I decided to play the drums with the soft cotton mallet." It looked like putting a marshmallow at the end of a toothpick [Laughs]. Next thing I know, I'm now flying to Philadelphia--I think the next week, [to work on] The Roots' Phrenology record [and] I tracked both "Quills" and "Pussy Galore" the same way. I went and got some orchestra mallets, and then I too started, just 'cause I seen how he got that sound."As per usual, Questlove DJ'd at Brooklyn Bowl last night (as he will on many more Thursdays). He's also scheduled to appear at "Bowlive" events at Brooklyn Bowl on 3/1 and 3/8.
In Detroit, J Dilla's mother, Maureen Yancey, organzied a "Dilla Day" concert and community celebration in the producer's hometown this past weekend (2/10-2/11). Performers for the Friday night show included Danny Brown, Busta Rhymes,, Jay Electronica, and A Tribe Called Quest's Phife Dawg (who has a NYC show coming up), while Saturday's free event included "hands-on beat-making exhibits for children" and a preview of a short-form documentary "Rebirth in Detroit," which followed J Dilla and other local musicians and is to be released later this year. Above photos of the Fillmore marquee via jmackhh.
Aside from his tribute duties, Prince Paul is reuniting with his erstwhile collaborators De La Soul for a new album. While the group's latest creative incarnation First Serve is still underway, two new videos were uploaded to their Youtube channel last weekend teasing new material. Check out "Life is Great" and "Mr. Big Mouph II" below...
"Can't make it to Detroit this year? Well, here's something to console you: the entire official festival will be streamed online via Resident Advisor.Sasquatch will be streaming this weekend too.
With the help of media players powered by Awdio, the sounds of the iconic electronic music festival will be broadcast live around the world. Streams run from noon until midnight each day, and there will be separate streams for all five stages, so you can hear every last moment of the action at Hart Plaza, from DJ Harvey's opening set on Saturday to Flying Lotus's closer on Monday. Have a look at the festival's schedule to find out when everyone's playing (and remember to adjust for Detroit local time). The players will be embedded on the event listings [here] once the festival gets started."
by Ryan Barkan
Super Bowl XLV (45): Dallas Cowboys vs...oh wait....The Green Bay Packers vs the Pittsburgh Steelers in Dallas' brand new, state of the art, big ass stadium. The Packers won, bringing the Lombardi Trophy back to small town America and less sales back to Wiz Khalifa. I wonder if Jerry Jones was faking all of those smiles? Enough of the sports talk. This feature is the return of the long lost "Week In Music Licensing" post.
The real winner tonight - Detroit. A town that has been down on its luck, due for something inspiring to happen. Well here you go. Laura R. Charron tweeted that "#Detroit area agrees that #Chrysler200 had THE BEST commercial." Decide for yourself:
DOWNLOAD: The Dirtbombs - Sharevari (MP3)
"Nearly ten years after their acclaimed Ultraglide in Black helped kick-start a renewed interest in all things Detroit and rock-and-roll, The Dirtbombs are releasing the de facto companion piece, Party Store.You'll have to wait until February 1st to get your hands on Party Store via In the Red, but you can party with Mick Collins in Brooklyn tonight, New Years Eve, at Lady Jay's.
Ultraglide was a covers collection of 60's and 70's soul gems centred on the ideas of African-American identity and politics of the era (see Curtis Mayfield's "Kung Fu" and Stevie Wonder's "Living for the City"). All of the songs made an impression on a young, pre-musical Mick Collins as he listened to them on 45's in the family basement.
Party Store is an assortment of live band interpretations of classic Detroit techno music of the 80's and early 90's. These are songs Collins digested when they were originally released - at a time where he was already making waves with garage-punk legends The Gories. Songs that run the gamut of subject matter from materialistic future-disco braggadocio "Sharevari" (originally by A Number of Names) to cold, post-industrial isolation of "Alleys of Your Mind" originally by Cybotron) through the instrumental optimism of a worldwide house classic, "Strings of Life" (originally by Derrick May)... ALL these themes encapsulate the climate of Detroit both now and at the time of their initial release. Let it be said clearly...this is a record that addresses, at the same time, both the past and the future of Detroit." [Press Release]
Download "Sharevari" off "Party Store" above. Watch the video for the same song, with more info on the full album with cover art, below...
photos by Tim Griffin
Tyvek's new album Nothing Fits was released via In The Red on November 9th. Download two songs off that album above for free and catch the Detroit punk band live tonight, 11/20, at Brooklyn Fireproof as part of an exciting night entitled "The Return of Detroit." Also on the bill are fellow Detroit garage rockers The Mahonies, Terrible Twos, and Timmy's Organism. Timmy = Timmy Vulgar who also happens to front Human Eye who maybe you caught along with Sex Beet at Knitting Factory earlier this week. Last but not least, garage rock royalty, Mick Collins of Gories and the Dirtbombs, will be special guest DJ of the evening.
Some more unpublished pictures of Tyvek (playing the BV/Anso party at the Spiderhouse during SXSW 2010), the Brooklyn show flyer, new Tyvek album tracklisting and other stuff below...
Jay-Z @ Coachella (more by Rachel Carr)
Jay-Z and Eminem appeared at last night's Yankees game in Detroit (we destroyed them) to announce co-headlining NYC & Detroit shows. They'll be in Comerica Park on September 2nd and Yankee Stadium on September 13th. The show will be the first concert in the new Yankees stadium. Ticket info TBA. A video of the pair on ESPN announcing the shows, and one from the first time Jay-Z performed at the stadium, is below...
Negative Approach at Red 7(more here)
Why Be Something That You're Not chronicles the first wave of Detroit hardcore from its origins in the late seventies to its demise in the mid-eighties. Through a combination of oral history and extensive imagery, Tony Rettman proves that even though the Southern California beach towns might have created the look and style of hardcore punk, it was the Detroit scene - along with a handful of other cities across the country - that cultivated the music's grassroots aesthetic before most cultural hot spots around the globe even knew what the music was about.The book is definitely something I will check out, and the release has sparked a ton of interesting shows in celebration including (in my opinion) the whopper of them all in NYC on August 28th; look for the destructive Negative Approach to team up with Tesco Vee's Hate Police, Mind Eraser (who are playing dates with Slang), Off With Their Heads (who have a Knitting Factory show of their own), Hellmouth, and New Lows at Santos Party House! Ticket info is forthcoming.
The book includes interviews with members of The Fix, Violent Apathy, Negative Approach, Necros, Pagans, Bored Youth, and L-Seven along with other people who had a hand in the early hardcore punk scene like Ian MacKaye, Tesco Vee and Dave Stimson.
Negative Approach will also be in NYC on June 20th to play Punk Island along with a ton of other notables. The final roster for that festival, and more dates in celebration of Why Be Something That You're Not are below.
DOWNLOAD: Death - Politicians In My Eyes (MP3)
Death of Detroit
Forgotten except by the most fervent punk rock record collectors... Death would likely have remained lost in obscurity if not for the discovery last year of a 1974 demo tape in [bassist] Bobby [Hackney]'s attic. Released [in February] by Drag City Records as "... For the Whole World to See," Death's newly unearthed recordings reveal a remarkable missing link between the high-energy hard rock of Detroit bands like the Stooges and MC5 from the late 1960s and early '70s and the high-velocity assault of punk from its breakthrough years of 1976 and '77. Death's songs "Politicians in My Eyes," "Keep On Knocking" and "Freakin Out" are scorching blasts of feral ur-punk, making the brothers unwitting artistic kin to their punk-pioneer contemporaries the Ramones, in New York; Rocket From the Tombs, in Cleveland; and the Saints, in Brisbane, Australia. They also preceded Bad Brains, the most celebrated African-American punk band, by almost five years. [NYTimes]Just a few months after Drag City breathed life into ...For The Whole World To See, Death (not to be confused with the legendary Floridian death metal band featuring the late Chuck Schuldiner) was resurrected. The Brothers Hackney have scheduled three US shows over the last weekend in September in their former hometown of Detroit (they reside in Bulington, VT), Chicago, and Cleveland. They're also now confirmed to play Austin's Fun Fun Fun Fest in November.
No word on who will fill the shoes of guitarist David Hackney (he passed from lung cancer in 2000), though odds are one of the Hackney's sons in Rough Francis will probably be elected. Rough Francis, who routinely cover material by Death, will provide support on all dates (minus Fun Fun Fun). Earlier this year they appeared with members of Death at Joey Ramone's 58th birthday show on May 19th at Irving Plaza. Videos of their performance are posted below.
Death's back story is an interesting one:
In 1975 at Detroit's United Sound Studios with engineer Jim Vitti, they recorded seven songs written by David and Bobby. According to the Hackney family, Columbia Records president Clive Davis funded the recording sessions, but asked the band to change its name to something more commercially palatable than Death. When the Hackneys refused, Davis ceased his support. The following year they self-released 500 copies from the session on the 7" single "Politicians in My Eyes" b/w "Keep on Knocking," on their Tryangle label, which eventually became a collectors' item."Politicians In My Eyes", a song that Jack White of The White Stripes/Dead Weather/The Raconteurs described as "ahead of punk, and ahead of their time," is available for download above (and in one of the videos below). The videos and all tour dates are below...
Sad news to report from the Detroit hip hop scene....
Titus (Baatin) Glover, the Detroit rapper who co-founded the much-acclaimed Slum Village, has died.Baatin recently performed with Slum Village in NY at Rock The Bells and was scheduled to perform at BB Kings with the reunited Reflection Eternal.
The circumstances of his death remain unknown, [but] ...Baatin's body was found [Saturday] morning in the 14000 block of Anglin Street, said family friend Ty Townson, who was at the scene as Baatin's body was taken to the Wayne County Medical Examiner's Office.
Glover's mother, Alberta Glover, said she didn't know anything about how her son died. She said she's waiting for the medical examiner to tell the family something either Sunday or Monday.... Funeral arrangements are not yet set.
Baatin, who turned 35 in March, left Slum Village in 2002, later telling the Free Press he had been diagnosed with schizophrenia. He continued to record and play occasional solo dates before returning to the Slum fold for the group's upcoming album, Villa Manifesto, due Sept. 22. -[Detroit Free Press]
A memorial tribute was held Sunday night at 5 Elements Gallery in Detroit.