Reflecting On “the List”

December 3, 2008
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Reflecting On “the List”

Now, that two weeks have passed since we published that music “powerbrokers” list, we’ve had time to digest some of the comments and criticisms that have come our way. The thing to keep in mind is that it was just a list — a list compiled by a few people who are certainly fallible...
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The Straight Truth About The Go

November 27, 2008
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The Straight Truth About The Go

OR “A THANKSGIVING TURKEY STORY”…. I’ve lived in cities in various parts of this country, as well as parts of Europe, but for some reason, after 17-plus months back in the D, it unfortunately strikes me that this kind of “controversy” would only be “controversial” in a place like Detroit (and certainly only on...
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Remembering Sean Fitzgerald

November 26, 2008
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Remembering Sean Fitzgerald

We were sorry to hear of the death earlier this week of local musician Sean Fitzgerald, who was killed in an automobile accident and who our good friend Eve Doster Knepp described as “a beloved local singer/songwriter and the host of a million open mic nights.” There will be a tribute to Sean at...
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Less Jam

November 26, 2008
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Less Jam

Bert’s Marketplace, which kick-started the jazz jam scene in Detroit nearly a decade ago, is pulling back from two nights to one. Bill Meyer, who’s been the pianist throughout the sessions, sent us an e-mail Tuesday (Nov. 25), saying that an improved economy might help bring Wednesday’s back. We don’t have to put on...
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It’s So Cold In The D…

November 19, 2008
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And it most certainly is… This video from Detroit’s own T-Baby is Number 9 on the current MOJO Magazine’s Top 10 Playlist of editor’s picks. Guess it’s caught on worldwide via its, well, “catchiness.” Can’t figure out, though, if this is indeed like the hip-hop version of the Shaggs meeting Wesley Willis; genius or...
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Wdet Names New Gm

November 19, 2008
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Wdet Names New Gm

For the first time in probably two years, WDET — Wayne State University‘s community radio statiion — has a new fulltime general manager. Following a national search, J. Mikel Ellcessor has been selected to fill the position, beginning December 15th. What’s perhaps even more interesting is that Ellcessor has a background in music programming,...
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R.i.p. “itchy” (aka Gregory John Mccormick)

November 12, 2008
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R.i.p. “itchy” (aka Gregory John Mccormick)

Sorry to hear of the death of Greg McCormick, better known as Itchy, who was one of the mainstays of Shock Therapy, a Detroit band that never had a lot of success locally, despite opening shows here for the Jesus And Mary Chain and Gang Of Four, among others, but made some major waves...
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313.jac Upstairs At Jacoby’s Closes

November 7, 2008
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313.jac Upstairs At Jacoby’s Closes

Another local venue bites the dust. After 12 years, the downtown rock ‘n’ roll club 313.jac, located upstairs at Jacoby’s restaurant and bar, is being shut down by the owners of the establishment. Promoters Stirling and Sue Static were asked to cease bookings there and the last shows at the venue will take place...
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Services Scheduled For Nathaniel Mayer

November 6, 2008
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Services Scheduled For Nathaniel Mayer

Legendary Detroit singer Nathaniel Mayer’s memorial service is slated for Tuesday, November 11th, at Swanson Funeral Home, 806 East Grand Avenue, Detroit 48207. Family hour will be from 12 noon until 1 p.m., and the funeral will start immediately afterwards at 1 p.m The telephone number for Swanson’s Funeral Home is 313- 923-1122. Donations...
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Yee-hah!!!!!

November 5, 2008
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Yee-hah!!!!!

What a great day for America and the future of this country. Wooo-hoooo!!! For the first time ever, every candidate and every proposal I voted for actually won! We even voted out that Supreme Court dude who made it so folks in Michigan can’t sue the pharmaceutical companies (even if they have flipper babies)...
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