City Slang: Weekly music review roundup

December 13, 2011

Remember – if you send it, it will get reviewed. That’s the City Slang promise. It doesn’t matter what genre the music is – as long as it has a Metro Detroit connection, it’ll get in. Preferably, we’d like to concentrate on new releases but, while we’re getting warmed up here, feel free to send back catalog material too. Send CDs, vinyl, cassettes, demos and 8-tracks to Brett Callwood, City Slang, Metro Times, 733, St. Antoine, Detroit, MI 46226. Email MP3s and streaming links to

Leisure Class’s Parents Evening at the Leper Colony (LeisureCo) is a collection of 20 songs by this veteran Detroit band recorded between ’79 and ’94. According to the press release, they used to piss off audiences all over the area, which is gloriously understandable. Imagine Zappa and the B-52’s joining the cast of the Rocky Horror Show. Schitzo, arty, funk punk.

Rattletrap’s No-Tell Motel (self-released) is a fun EP featuring five rockabilly / cow-punk tunes that are not at all original but would provide the perfect soundtrack to a Saturday night of heavy drinking and Red Wings-watching. Twangy, authentic and damn catchy.

John Nelson is the singer with local noise-makers Destroy This Place. Things in my Mind (Jack Holmes Recordings) is his solo record, and it’s bloody good. The beauty of this album is that Nelson’s regular attitude is still in play. He’s gone acoustic, but hasn’t softened at all. This isn’t some awful John Mayer bullshit. Nelson is honest, inventive and a bit of a revelation here, to be honest.

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  • RickRock

    @Leisure Class.  I don’t know what you mean by Schitzo, arty, funk punk, do you mean like Red Hot Chilli Peppers meets Ingmar Bergman?  When I listen to their stuff I feel like it’s got a Captain Beefheart meets Wierd Al with a touch of late period Black Flag and Blood, Sweat & Tears, but with a whole sound of their own.  I used to go see these dudes in the 80′s and they would do “No Milk Today” and “MacArthur Park” just to show that they were more than a punk band, but man, that stuff has some deep Detroit Street Punk Roots.  They were totally the kings of the underground scene before they hit it to the big NYC.  When you listen to these guys you can tell what people like Brendan Benson, Sponge & The Suicide Machines grew up listening to.  There’s a 2-disk set that these dudes put out that has more of the hardcore punk stuff on it.  CITY SLANG rocks!

  • Sndtech1

    Love that Rattletrap!