MOTOWN STILL OUR TOWN & OTHER LOCAL TIDBITS

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Just playing catch up on a few things we've missed...

The video for the new Raconteurs single, a reworking of "Old Enough" which features 13-time Grammy winner Ricky Skaggs, debuted yesterday on music.yahoo.com. Directed by noted photographer and videographer Autumn de Wilde, the video was taped during the recording session for the re-worked version of the song, which also features rising country star Ashley Monroe. "I had a great time doing this video" Skaggs said in a statement. "It was really fun music to play. By the way, I'm the old guy with the gray hair." Check it out at the bottom of this post.

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Got this from both Quack! Media honcho Al McWilliams and Suburban Sprawl' s Zach Curd. In the words of Mr. McWilliams: "Each December, Suburban Sprawl Music (a Quack! Company) sends the word out to all of the musicians and bands we've worked, had a drink with, or hi-fived over the last year to send in their holiday songs. It serves as a wonderful reminder, during the holidays, as to why we're doing this whole "music" thing. Each year, more and more artists participate, and this year, we even had to break it into two "discs," as there were so many tracks sent in.

So here it is, all of our gift to you, the 2008 Suburban Sprawl Holiday Sampler.

Listen, read, laugh, enjoy. (and see if you can figure out who some of the bands REALLY are). Happy Holidays to our friends. Come visit often."

If that link above isn't visible on your computer, then click on the word "here" here.

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An all-star cast of local Detroit musos from all different genres gathered in late October to record a new song by local blues artist Paul Miles titled "Motown Still Our Town." Among those participating were our friend Caroline Striho (who originally brought this to our attention), the original Vandellas (of Motown Records/Martha & the... fame), Barbara Payton, Terrie Lea, David Nefesh, Emanuel Young, Tracy Kash Thomas, Nadir and Joe Spina, among others. All proceeds from sale of the single -- which will be released sometime this month (a public CD release party is now scheduled for January 18th at Royal Oak's Memphis Smoke)-- will go to local charities, which is perfect for the season, of course. The track was recorded at 1440 Collective Studio, which donated the time to the project, which Miles describes as a vehicle "to show that through community efforts we can come together artistically to motivate the citizens of Detroit,to join in civic pride and show the state, nation and world that this is a proud city." Go to the project's myspace page for more info and future updates.

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Finally, a blog about the local bloggers? A dear friend forwarded this link to me Monday morning, just as the site was making its debut. Wasn't sure what to make of it -- the site's called lazer sharkz -- at first...but after checking it out several times since then, this has some really funny stuff on it thus far. Check it out here...

Peace...

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