City Slang: Weekly music review roundup

December 20, 2011
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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 mt.cityslang@gmail.com.

Andre Williams’s Hoods and Shades (Bloodshot) is just the latest record from a man with a career spanning over 50 years. It probably isn’t his best, but it’s still a damn fine effort. The band he has put together, from Dennis Coffey to Matt Smith with Jim Diamind and Don Was among others, is incredible, and the tunes are as fun as they are raw. The real gem, of course, is Williams’ smooth voice. Nobody else could sing a song called “Swamp Dogg’s Hot Spot” and make it sound this cool.

Lizerrd is a new project featuring members of Jehovah’s Witness Protection Program, Err…, Sharky & the Habit and Zombie Jesus, and the two demos they sent over to us sound pretty much as you might expect from a project featuring those guys. Noisy, fuzzy, dark and melodic, we can’t wait to hear more.

DwellersGood Morning Harakiri is the latest release from the magnificent Small Stone Records, and while it has the sludge and the drone to fit in, this is more Alice in Chains than Black Sabbath. The tunes are there, buried beneath a ton of tar, and the harmonies are impressive, though this isn’t a record to cheer you up on a bad day.

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