Donald Byrd remembered (with thanks to Al Young)

February 9, 2013
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Recent word that Donald Byrd had passed sent me to Al Young’s poetic prose about the trumpet-bari sax team of Byrd and Pepper Adams back in the Detroit of the 1950s. It’s in Young’s “musical memoir” Bodies and Soul (the first of at least three musical memoir collections by Young, all apparently out of...
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City Slang: Boldy James is for the birds

February 8, 2013
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City Slang: Boldy James is for the birds

Local rap star Boldy James has seen the video for his song “For the Birds” appear on Music Choice, MTV Jams, and mtvU, and the record is now on iTunes. Apparently, “”For The Birds” is the first single from Boldy’s forthcoming 6 song EP “Grand Quarters” being released on Decon Records.” “Boldy James, the...
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City Slang: Electric Six back on tour

February 7, 2013
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City Slang: Electric Six back on tour

The Electric Six are going back on tour to both fund a new live DVD called Absolute Treasure. The band is using Kickstarter to raise money for the DVD. Says frontman Dick Valentine, “Previously, I said I’d only do a Kickstarter campaign to have me surgically altered to look like Amanda Palmer, but this...
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City Slang: Pewter Cub album out now

February 6, 2013
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City Slang: Pewter Cub album out now

Bellyache Records has announced that the new Pewter Cub album, If You Can Hold Your Breath, is out now. According to Bellyache, “Our 33rd release is the 2nd full length release from Pewter Cub and is not one to be overlooked! From Regan Lorie’s beautiful vocals, poignant lyrics & groovy bass-lines to Scott Sanford’s...
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Children of the Sun (Phantasmagoria)

February 6, 2013
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Children of the Sun (Phantasmagoria)

Electro-wunderkinds Phantasmagoria have a mesmeric new video, in case you missed it… Fresh off his inaugural hosting of the High Vibrations monthly music series, prog-tweaking-ambient-arranger Christopher Jarvis steps out of the frame for this video, letting his bandmate, percussionist/singer Lianna Vanicelli bask in the bleary-iridescent spotlight/”sun”-light… High Vibrations, which aims to showcase various progressive/”futuristic”- electronic music channeling...
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City Slang: New Destroy This Place album coming soon

February 5, 2013
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City Slang: New Destroy This Place album coming soon

Ferndale post-punks Destroy This Place are preparing for the release of their new self-titled album, due for a May release. According to the press release, “With their new album, simply, fittingly, titled Destroy This Place, the band sought to refine their assets, while adding even more intensity and heaviness to their already pulverizing jams....
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