by Jeff Milo
Tomorrow night at Found Sound Records in Ferndale, progressive label Dead Letter Office will attempt caputring a night of spoken word art, starting around 7:30 pm:
Phreddy Wischusen (a musical, meta-master-of-surrealist ceremonies-type), Steven Puwalski (a motor-mouthed, bearded-bard of re-invented no-wave-raked communal creativity) and incorrigible/unstoppable word-spooling Josh Malerman (of the High Strung) along with key(s) collaborator Allison Laako...
We're just gonna get together and see what kinds of colors we can cast into the high-ceilings of that nifty new music shoppe, near the back (by their used books section). Stop on by...
Later that night... London's Martin McNeil & the Dissidents will play down the street (at the Magic Bag Theatre) for The Jingle Bell Riot Concert. This quintet's blend of atmospheric folk and alt-country balladry was sweetened by local singer/songwriter Alison Lewis' dulcet serenades. The String of Ponies singer swapped demo files over e-mail with main Dissident McNeil over the years, their voices' affecting a splendid and stirring thrum of haunting, hazy harmony over reverb-wrought drifts and rich sweeps of pianos over acoustic guitar strums. (Listen to 'em on ReverbNation).
The new class of pop/rock seems to be entering their senior year, or something like it. PJ's Lager House hosts another gathering of a "family" of bands, a pack of fresh-faced 20-something sippers of PBR armed with impressive harmonization and keen sense for fun, freewheeling pop-jams, endearingly sustaining a solidarity through each's respective first three years of solid local performances. Perennially paired guitar-charging upstarts like the HandGrenades and Patrick Davy & the Ghosts aligning, again, with their calamitous cousins of a more psychedelic splay, the Ashleys, along with singer/songwriter Stephen Scmidt (who celebrates a birthday that night), again - Ms. Alison Lewis will also be performing. Citizen Smile, an otherwise expected guest at these "family affairs" will sadly sit this one out, but we have The Hit Society's blend of post-grunge, alt-punk to cap it off.
Come join in the communal-cheer.
Next Thursday (12.20.12)-
Cold Men Young (amid ostensible commemorations of their recently-released full length wallop You Should Be a Fan) welcome Clear Soul Forces, Detroit CYDI, and CrackKillz to cause their own respective rap ruckus.
The very next day (12.21.12) -also at the Loving Touch -
We've got a Benefit show for FernCare Free Health Clinic.
All proceeds go towards this non-profit, volunteer-run, no-pay-medical treatment center.
Local label-leader, producer, DJ and local music proponent Nardo Navdo celebrates his 15th year on the scene with a Benefit Show for MusicCares Foundation’s dental clinic, which offers free dental services to local musicians.
That's Navdo's gift to MusicCares, really, as you (the intended attendee of said Showcase) won't pay anything at the door - it's free.
The Hounds Below, The Jet Rodriguez and Almost Free will perform, along with the Electric Lion Sound Wave Experiment (the latter having recently released their 2nd full length album via Navdo Music).
While you're hear (and potentially searching for new local sounds to scope, check out E.L.S.W.E.'s latest-latest - an experimental vault-clearing E.P.
(^Artwork by the talented Mr. Nathan Bortz)
So much...so much...
Later - after X-mas...
Detroit's wiry, indefatigable funk-fired blues outfit The Sights are setting to host their own "Last Waltz" style holiday party at the Magic Stick on December 27th...
They'll act as "the house band" by backing up a revolving cast of bands and singer/songwriters - supporting Ben's Encore, a local non-profit music-education organization.
The line-up is almost set, with expected late additions on the way. Expect a new InSights into the sounds of Passalacqua, Timothy Monger, Carjack, Gerald Collins (of Jeecy & the Jungle), Ben Collins (of Lightning Love and of no relation to Gerald), Katie Grace, Chad Stocker and many more!
Oh...and this album comes out next week: