City Slang: Weekly music review roundup



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

The Flaks Imbroglio EP was recently passed to me by a guy who told me that the band didn’t really believe it was going to get reviewed by the Metro Times. Well boys, looks like you have egg on your faces. The good news is, this high school snotty punk band have put out an awesome little 45, from the great artwork to the four gloriously obnoxious, attitude-heavy ditties inside. There’s even a hand-drawn lyrics booklet. I hear “high school pop-punk” and I cringe, but these boys are fucking sweet.

GMAC’s Laidbackness: The Arts of Being (Impeccable Projects) is filled with sample-heavy but super-tight hip-hop that takes a positive look at the world rather than the tried-and-tested hip-hop approach of stating what’s wrong with everything. Makes for a pleasant change.

Giving Songs is a beautiful project, and I am aware of how hokey that word sounds here but it’s true. It started out with a father wanting to help his blind son through music, and it’s grown to help many exhausted parents of disabled children through information, assistance and support. Much of the music on here is acoustic, and it is certainly soothing. But the cause is the important thing here. Check out the website through the link above and see what you can do to help.

I don’t know what to make of Dr. Yvan Silve’s The Prophet (Words in Motion Productions). There seems to be eastern music going on, and some words about love, marriage and children. As a married man in love and with a child, I’m happy to report that I’m doing quite nicely, thanks.

Wo Fat’s The Black Code is the latest release from Royal Oak’s Small Stone Records. The band name is one of the best we’ve heard in a while, and the music from the Texas hard rockers is as sludgy and heavy as anything the southern states has put out in a while too. Fans of Crowbar, Clutch and Down might want to pay attention.

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