So Long To An Underdog

April 2, 2008
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So Long To An Underdog

Very sorry to hear of the death of Michael Morgan, who passed away from lung cancer last Friday, March 28th, at the age of 59. I met and knew Michael during the final Detroit days of CREEM Magazine, when he worked at the publication in ad sales and marketing. Perhaps Morgan’s most memorable role...
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Gathering Moss…

April 2, 2008
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Gathering Moss…

Well, never let it be said that our own Jack White doesn’t know how to be a rock star. That’s always been one of his greatest talents, after all. And in celebration of Martin Scorsese‘s new Rolling Stones documentary, Shine A Light (hitting theaters this Friday), which features a guest appearance by Mr. White,...
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Detroit Band Name Of The Week…

March 27, 2008
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Detroit Band Name Of The Week…

Or Plymouth band name, to be exact… The Jesus Chainsaw Massacre And they’re playying this weekend — Saturday, March 29th, again to be exact — at the New Way Bar in Ferndale.
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The Way He Am…

March 27, 2008
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The Way He Am…

In case anybody still cares, Eminem will be publishing his memoirs on October 16th, which his publisher has described as “every bit as raw and uncensored as the man himself.” Titled Eminem: The Way I Am, the book will be published by Orion Publishing and feature previously unseen photographs, journal notes, hand-drawn art, lyric...
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All Things Jazz

March 27, 2008
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All Things Jazz

On the horizon for lovers of jazz with twist is the The Third Annual Festival of Jazz and Improvised Music at Bohemian National Home, happening May 30-31. Performers include the Matthew Shipp Trio (hard to pigeonhole or describe, but he sometimes evokes the pianist evokes the volcanic energy of Cecil Taylor bounded by a...
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Six Hours Of Cecil

March 22, 2008
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Over at WHFR-FM (Henry Ford Community College’s broadcast outlet at 89.3 and on the Web at whfr.fm), DJs Pat Frisco and Terrence Tyson are teaming up for a six-hour marathon of the music of pianist Cecil Taylor in honor of his 79th birthday. That’s TUESDAY, MARCH 25, from 5-11 p.m. More than half a...
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Ooops…

March 21, 2008
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From time to time I’m reminded of Leon Trotsky’s invective against writer Dwight MacDonald: “Everyone has a right to be stupid, but Comrade Macdonald abuses the privilege.” I was specifically reminded yesterday when I realized I’d abused my stupidity privileges and was responsible for a bad date in this week’s Night & Day pages...
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Hey, Bill

March 18, 2008
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Dude… Just noticed your blahg post about the new Raconteurs album, how it’s getting a hasty (read: surprise) release next week. I, personally, think it’s a fuckin’ brilliant idea. You say it’s a self-important maneuver? Why? The band is popular. Jack White‘s a good, old-fashioned rock ‘n’ roll star. And this move is about...
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Von Bondies Up For Grabs

March 18, 2008
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Von Bondies Up For Grabs

Well, this was certainly news to us…especially since I e-mailed their label publicist last week and it wasn’t mentioned. The Von Bondies are no longer signed to Warner Bros. Records, which explains why their new album, Love, Hate And Then There’s You, which was supposed to be released this month, has been pushed back....
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The Love You Have To Hate…

March 18, 2008
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The Love You Have To Hate…

More from the “Jesus!” department: How come with the exception of Darlene, the others named “Love” in rock music are so contemptible? At any rate, here’s Ms. Courtney‘s latest contribution to the Kurt Cobain legacy. She’d make Yoko (who I actually like, btw) look good in the eyes of others (if Heather Mills, who’s...
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