City Slang: Weekly music review roundup

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Remember – if you send it, it will get reviewed. That’s the City Slang promise. It doesn’t matter what genre the music is – as long as it has a Metro Detroit connection, it’ll get in. Preferably, we’d like to concentrate on new releases but, while we’re getting warmed up here, feel free to send back catalog material too. Send CDs, vinyl, cassettes, demos and 8-tracks to Brett Callwood, City Slang, Metro Times, 733, St. Antoine, Detroit, MI 46226. Email MP3s and streaming links to mt.cityslang@gmail.com.

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Tam Johnstone is a dude I can relate to. Like myself, he moved from England to Detroit, and is now settled here, loving the local music. Johnstone’s album, Fantastic Animals (self-released) is fucking superb, straddling the line between Adam Ant and the Arcade Fire. His father Davey has played with Elton John since ’72, and much of that swagger and glam has rubbed off. No filler tracks at all. Check this guy out.

I love Sharky & the Habit and I’m hoping word of their recent demise is greatly exaggerated or premature or something, because the new Pogato Blues (self-released) EP is stunning. Paul Clos’s vocals fall somewhere between Seasick Steve and Lemmy, and the band’s “homeless blues” approach to songwriting would be sadly missed. Don’t do it boys. All four of these songs are immense, by the way.

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The Gold Tapes label has put out a fantastic compilation mix tape, and it’s free. Highlights include a great scuzz-punk tune by Amoebas called “Perverts And Rats”, plus awesome material from Kommie Kilpatrick and the Deadbeat Beat.

Moss & Stone material is available to stream at the Evidence Recordings website, and if you like ambient electronica, laid back grooves and trance, it’s well worth a listen. Very, very cool in a “Sam Jackson on weed” sorta way. Whatever that means.

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