Video: Stef Chura – “Scream” Directed by Ambar Navarro. From Midnight, out now on Saddle Creek. Stef Chura grew up in Alpena, a small town on Lake Huron way up north in Michigan. For fans of Michigan garage rock Alpena is best known as the birthplace of Dick Wagner and his bands, the Bossmen and … Continue reading New Stef Chura video: Scream
Video: Flint Eastwood – “Monster” From Broke Royalty, out now on Neon Gold. Flint Eastwood is a stupid name but this is a pretty cool song. The name might be better if they were actually from Flint (or maybe not) but they’re from Detroit. They used to be a band but now it’s just Jax … Continue reading New Flint Eastwood video: Monster
Video: Anna Burch – “Tea-Soaked Letter” From Quit the Curse, February 2 on Polyvinyl. There’s no hula hooping in this one, but the song is just as good as Anna Burch’s previous single. She’s got such an easygoing, effortless delivery, and her rhythm guitar reminds me a bit of early Liz Phair. I swear I … Continue reading New Anna Burch video: Tea-Soaked Letter
Video: Anna Burch – “2 Cool 2 Care” Single out now on Polyvinyl. It’s important to know how to hula hoop. It seems impossible at first, but keep trying. You’ll get it. Don’t try to go too fast or else you’ll just look like spaz. Another tip: learn on a good quality, heavier hoop. You … Continue reading New Anna Burch video: 2 Cool 2 Care
Jack White was born in Detroit. He went to Cass Tech High School, which numbers among its alum people including Diana Ross, Alice Coltrane, Donald Byrd, Kenny Burrell, and Regina Carter. Good company. Although White moved to Nashville, once a Detroiter, always a Detroiter. In 2001 White established Third Man Records. In Nashville. But what … Continue reading Jack White in Detroit
Video: MC5 – Beat Club Recording Sessions: Bremen, Germany 1972 This footage is amazing. It’s from the weird time right after they had kicked out original bassist Michael Davis. They were in Europe promoting their third and final (and best) album, High Times, although they don’t play anything from that record in this clip, filmed … Continue reading Watch the MC5 kick out the jams in Germany in 1972
We grew up hearing snippets of the stories: first joints, flying tents, incorrect memories of the acts who played, and even a fabled master recording from the sound board secreted away in a friend’s basement (recently rediscovered). The event was more legend than an established piece of Michigan history, but staged almost exactly one year … Continue reading Goose Lake International Music Festival Documentary
Video: The Muggs – “Applecart Blues”
Several years ago I saw the Muggs open up for my beloved Quasar Wut-Wut in Chicago. Being drunk and being in Chicago, I naturally heckled the band. It’s what we do. By the end of their set they had won me over with their high energy Detroit rock and roll.
One interesting feature of the Muggs is that the bass parts are played on a Rhodes keyboard. You might think this is a clever affectation. But you’re wrong. Turns out their bass player had a stroke and the right side of his body is paralyzed, so instead of quitting the band he now uses his left hand to play bass on the Rhodes. And it sounds awesome.
“Applecart Blues” is from their new album, Straight Up Boogaloo, out now. Buy it from the band or on vinyl from Bellyache Records.
Fox Theater, July 27, 2013 “Hey Nineteen That’s ‘Retha Franklin She don’t remember The Queen of Soul It’s hard times befallen The sole survivors She thinks I’m crazy But I’m just growing old”—Becker & Fagan, “Hey Nineteen,” Gaucho. I suspect this may be the last time that I see Steely Dan in concert. And the … Continue reading Steely Dan Alive In Detroit
For about the past year or so, there have been billboards around Detroit promoting a casino in Las Vegas (there are three casinos in Detroit proper, and one clearly visible from the city’s underdeveloped water front in Windsor) that is said to have the Detroit attitude. It is called The D Las Vegas, presumably so … Continue reading The D Goes Down