November 19, 2010


A weekly sampler of what we're listening to (new and old), and what we think you might like, too.


Song: "This Is Hardcore"
Artist: Pulp

Pick your favorite line: "You can't be a spectator, oh no." "Then that goes in there/Then that goes in there/Then that goes in there/And then it's over." "This is the eye of the storm/It's what men in stained raincoats pay for."

Song: "Sea Cruise"
Artist: Frankie Ford

Without shame, Carnival played this often aboard their Fantasy ship. We sailed it to the Bahamas, Key West and back. Honorable mentions from the cruise ship discotheque come from Beyonce: "Single Ladies," which we all know, and "Get Me Bodied," which was new to me. Watching the gay karaoke emcee dance to both of these -- alongside the tall, foxy British vocalist from the cruise ship showband -- will not soon be forgotten. The latter clip isn't the best, but on another YouTube posting of it, one excellent comment reads: "This whole thing is just legs legs legs legs fierce damn legs."

Song: "Freak Out"
Artist: Tapes'N'Tapes

From their new album, Outside.

Song: "Second Language"
Artist: Disco Inferno

Song: "Subterranean Homesick Blues"
Artist: Bob Dylan

Now with a No-Doz reference.

Song: "Autumn In New York"
Artist: Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong

Song: "Mickey Mouse and the Goodbye Man"
Artist: Grinderman

Beast of an opening song. Love the way Nick Cave says, "Hey man I think it might be the cops."

I'm a little uncertain about the album as a whole. Cave's lyrics are generally a mix of gross, funny, absurd, gritty, awesome, and idiotic.

For example: "I was Mickey Mouse / he was the big bad wwwwooooooooooooollfff!" SHRED THAT GUITAR!

Jim is Jack's brother. He's a senior at Wayne State Univerity in Detroit and a proud resident of the D. (Like, the real, two-blocks-from-Tiger-Stadium-ruins-Detroit, not the suburbs.) He's an art major, which means he, like many of us, will have trouble finding a job after graduating, and also means he can be an art snob. But he also likes Red Wings hockey, Tigers baseball and going to a shit-ton of good, old-fashioned Detroit rock shows. He lends his expertise of the Detroit rock scene on this week's mix.

Song: "We Would Need a Place to Hide, Wouldn't We? Men Who'd Seen Miracles Did"
Artist: Prussia

This is a live performance of the song done for Single Barrel Detroit, a website that documents Detroit musicians performing at unusual sites around the city, to shed light on our unique music scene as well as our unique cityscape. In this particular video, Prussia is performing in the bathroom at Russell Industrial Center.

Two albums and one "mixtape" can be downloaded for free on Prussia's website. You can also hear a few tracks from their new album, which is due out sometime in early 2011.

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Blogger M. Perkins said...

I *love* this track by Huey "Piano" Smith and the Clowns, who back up that Frankie Ford track (which I also quite enjoyed).

I've disliked Tapes 'n' Tapes in the past, but I'm really digging this track.

The Prussia video reminds me of La Blogotheque, in both the good and the not so good way. Pretty jealous of the Detroit music scene. Saw the best new Tucson band last night and it basically felt like an Animal Collective cover band. A really sweet one, but still.

November 21, 2010 at 2:57 AM 

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