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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Raconteurs Find Cancer Cure…er, Plan New Album

March 18, 2008
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Raconteurs Find Cancer Cure…er, Plan New Album

Jesus. Does anybody just release an album these days? First the Black Crowes fiasco and now this… Brian Smith doesn’t agree with me, by the way. He thinks it’s a great idea. I don’t have a problem with the strategy, I suppose (though it is a giant “fuck you” to monthly publications, as much...
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Big Block!

March 13, 2008
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Big Block!

From the shoulda/coulda/woulda dept: The band Big Block shoulda happened back in the ’90s, everyone who remembers says so. The label weasels wooed, fans cooed and other bands booed but the quartet remained a local, fleeting institution. Nothing more. Of course it was nothing more. How often are the deserving rewarded? Huh? And if...
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Picture This: Saturday Night At The Blowout

March 9, 2008
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Marco Polio and the New Vaccines, Ether Aura and Detroit Threads Fashion Show
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Cut Across Shorty

March 8, 2008
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The fever’s currently topping a balmy 102. A busted car axle too; all hail the Hamtown roadway! But the perfunctory Danny Kroha nod nonetheless: His unnamed trio at Record Graveyard Friday night restored a certain faith in the homespun, Glen Buxton-y five-chord roundelay; garage-era-cum-classic-rock crash and pop. His voice’s all vulnerable; Ronnie Lane comes...
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A Cross-section Of Emails From Bands

March 8, 2008
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The Spitting Nickels:“Spitting Nickels — what a party!” – Aaron Bales We say: “MetroTimes Blowout — what a party!” Spitting Nickels had a great time with the Blowout crowd in the Atlas Bar. We made lots of new friends, learned a lot about space management, and spattered blood on someone’s drums for the second...
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Never Book A Sports Bar

March 8, 2008
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Hey folks…FYI: The Motor City Sports Bar will no longer be participating in this year’s Blowout. Please do not go there, as we believe it is an unsafe atmosphere. Drag.
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Video Gaga

March 8, 2008
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Special thanks to Blowout volunteer and Detroit music superfan, Bill Cheek, who shot some live Blowout footage: Eons at the Pre-Party: The Decks:
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