City Slang: Weekly music review roundup
Remember â€“ if you send it, it will get reviewed. Thatâ€™s the City Slang promise. It doesnâ€™t matter what genre the music is â€“ as long as it has a Metro Detroit connection, itâ€™ll get in. Preferably, weâ€™d like to concentrate on new releases but, while weâ€™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 email@example.com.
Local rap veteran Dogmatic put out Living Proof, his new album, on his old friend Proofâ€™s birthday and thatâ€™s entirely fitting because the two worked together in the awesome Promatic project before Proofâ€™s tragic and untimely death. He would surely be proud of his pal though, as Living Proof is a very special hip-hop record. Sharp, angry and smart, every tune hits the mark.
Alien Inquisitionâ€™s The Virgin might have been released in 2010, but who are we to deny a review when it lands so pleasantly in our box. In fact, â€˜pleasantâ€™ isnâ€™t the right word at all. These guys offer nightmarish psychedelic garage rock that really gets under your skin and makes you feel like there are ants deep in there. Itâ€™s gloriously nasty stuff. Love it.
Five Horse Johnsonâ€™s latest effort, The Taking of Black Heart (Small Stone) is a fantastic record. This band lays down heavy blues rock with a swagger and a sledgehammer, simultaneously sounding sexy and pissed. The musicianship is exquisite, and the tunes are superb.