*Congratulations to the local duo Nervous But Excited. The gals won a recent competition, sponsored by the Detroit-based Radish Creative Group, to make an appearance in the upcoming Michigan-made film, Annabelle & Bear, performing their original composition, "Said and Done." More than 500 local bands, composers and solo artists entered the competition. After 10 finalists were selected, fans were given the chance to vote for their favorite songs, with the winners getting more than 2100 responses. Vigilante Sidekicks, who took second place with more than 1500 votes, will also make an appearance in the film. Annabelle & Bear, which tells the story of a man thrust into fatherhood and the life-altering changes brought on by the love of his little girl, will be filmed in Michigan this August.
*Congratulations as well to the legendary Motown session players the Funk Brothers, who recently got their own star on Hollywood's Walk Of Fame. Pity they waited until most of them were dead to do it, though. And speaking of Motown legends, iconic songwriters Holland, Dozier & Holland recently were giving the Johnny Mercer Award by the Songwriters Hall of Fame, which is the highest award given by the organization. Berry Gordy himself presented the trio with the award in Hollywood. "FDR, LBJ, JFK, and then you have H-D-H," Gordy said. "You know you've made it when people know you by your initials, and with what these guys have given to popular culture, they deserve to be in that company."
*And congrats to Detroit-based teen prog-rockers Sunlight Ascending, who recently signed a distribution deal with California's FutureRecordings.
*And equal congrats to MT writer and local musician Michael Hurtt, who was in NYC last week at the Ponderosa Stomp's tribute to New Orleans music at the prestigious Lincoln Center. As part of Mac Rebennack's pre-Dr. John rock 'n' roll set (which commenced with Rebennack playing "Storm Warning" on guitar!), Mike belted out two gems that the future Dr. John waxed back in the late '50s: Morgus & the Ghouls' "Morgus the Magnificent" and Ronnie & the Delinquents' "Bad Neighborhood."
*Eminem pals D12, also known as "the dirty dozen" of Detroit rap, have reunited for a “Dazed and Dirty” tour. The rappin' dozen will conclude the tour on September 26th, here in D-town -- well, Pontiac, to be exact -- at the Eagle Theater.
*Finally, Detroit countercultural icon John Sinclair has returned to the airwaves after a lengthy hiatus. A new episode of the John Sinclair Radio Show will air at 10:20 am EDT each day for the next 30 days. If you'd like to subscribe to the podcast, go to http://www.radiofreeamsterdam.com/ and follow the directions for subscribing. After that, John's programs will be delivered to your hard drive or portable listening device as they are released; you can then listen to any or all of the podcast any time you desire.
Nervous But Excited: Soon to be D-town movie stars!