Super Superstar…

August 15, 2008
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Since we’re on the subject of dead old rock guys, I may as well remain true to my image, and mention that tomorrow, August 16th, marks the 31st anniversary of the croaking of the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll. The only reason I bring this up is I’ve been looking for a reason to...
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Farewell To A Giant

August 15, 2008
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Farewell To A Giant

Wow. We lost an important one today with the death of legendary producer Jerry Wexler, probably one of the 10 most important men in the history of popular music as we know it today (or at least as we knew it in the pre-American Idol era). If you don’t know who he is, do...
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Amy Versus Jack!

August 12, 2008
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Amy Versus Jack!

As we noted a week or so back, Jack White recently wrote and recorded the theme for the upcoming James Bond flick, Quantum of Solace, doing it as a duet with Alicia Keys. The rumor for months, however, was that British rock trainwreck Amy Winehouse (whom we still love to death, as does, not...
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Can Detroit Be Saved??

August 11, 2008
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The Hollywood homies were out in full force again in Detroit, this time for the I Crime show at 313.Jacs (aka Jacoby’s) this past Saturday night, August 9th. Several songs into the band’s set, Drew Barrymore — in town to direct Whip It! (see last week’s post below) — approached the stage to ask...
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Young Lord

August 11, 2008
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Young Lord

Renowned recording engineer John Agnello — not to be confused with Mafioso kingpin spawn John Gotti Agnello and currently on “hipster” radars for working with the Hold Steady on their most recent recorded effort — is back in the studio working with Detroit/Ann Arbor’s own Andrew WK on his next full-length release, tentatively titled...
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Kwame Da Love Swami…

August 11, 2008
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Kwame Da Love Swami…

…Can’t control his salami…. Check it out by clicking here.
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Kudos To Amp Fiddler…

August 7, 2008
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Kudos To Amp Fiddler…

Amp Fiddler ‘s musical roots of course go very deep in this city, from playing keyboards with P Funk to teaching J. Dilla how to use the MPC…and way beyond. Congratulations are due to the master musician for being selected by a committee of five leading music biz professionals to receive the Heineken Independent...
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Advice On Protecting Band Gear

August 6, 2008
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Advice On Protecting Band Gear

In light of the recent Stooges rip-off (see below), a longtime friend of mine who’s a music attorney and manager in a nearby Midwest state (where he’s handled some high profile groups) posted the following story and advice for bands regarding rip-offs on a music business forum I sometimes visit. Since the story not...
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Wolf’s Eye In French Sonic Youth Exhibit

August 6, 2008
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Wolf’s Eye In French Sonic Youth Exhibit

Those underground mainstreamers in Sonic Youth are the subject of an art exhibit in Paris, France at the LIFE gallery (which calls itself “the International Space for Emerging Arts”) that runs through September 17th. The band members themselves served as curators on the comprehensive project that focuses on the numerous and varied artistic elements...
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Stooges Ripped Off!

August 4, 2008
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Stooges Ripped Off!

Sad to report that the Stooges had most of their stage gear ripped off early this morning outside the Embassy Suites Hotel in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. All the equipment was in a rented 15-foot yellow Penske truck with the U.S. (Michigan) license plate number of AC46493. The band has set up a Website, listing...
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