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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Andre Williams’ new album, Life (Alive) is absolutely stunning. It really doesn’t matter how old this guy gets, he will always sing about the glory of the beautiful woman (“Heels”, “Shake a Tail Feather”), being down on his luck (“Don’t Kick My Dog”, “Money Ain’t Got No Loyalty”) and, best of all on this record, current affairs (“Blame it on Obama”). A backing band featuring Matt Smith, Jim Diamond and Dave Shettler only helps enhance Williams’ dry, witty, deadpan delivery. Just wow.
There’s really nothing wrong with Matt Austin’s six-track, self-titled mini-album if you like clean-cut, chart-friendly radio country. And there are millions of people who love that stuff. For me, Austin’s take on country is far too clean cut, with production so polished it’s chrome-shiny. The former Paper Street Saints rocker would do well to inject some Detroit grit into tunes like “Big Black 4WD” and a syrupy ballad like “That’s What Love’s Made Of”. Anyway, you should still get yourself to his show at the Magic Bag on September 21, because he has the Deadstring Brothers and Jennifer Westwood & the Waycross Georgia Farmboys opening.
Erstwhile singer and guitarist with manic, nay, insane garage punk duo the Real Spicolis Jeffrey Freer has just put a full-length solo demo called Hangover on Bandcamp and, while there are some similarities between this stuff and his work with his band, particularly the apparent lack of any production at all (which, here, is a great thing), tunes like "The Machine" are far more laid back than the Spicolis. The gear isn't getting trashed, this is just Freer wearing his heart on his sleeve and then licking it off.
Local rapper Boldy James has a new video for his track “For the Birds” and, as an Englishman, I can appreciate the use of the word “birds” as an alternative for the fairer sex. James has a thing for Salt, Pepa AND Spinderella, which is also very cool. James has a delivery that it is so chilled, it’s practically asleep, but it sounds awesome, and his lyrics are sharp. The video, featuring street scenes of Detroit, is cool bot not original. Great tune though.Follow @City_Slang
We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Detroit Metro Times. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Detroit Metro Times, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.
Email us at email@example.com.
Support Local Journalism.
Join the Detroit Metro Times Press Club
Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.
Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.
Join the Metro Times Press Club for as little as $5 a month.