City Slang: Weekly music review roundup



Send CDs, vinyl, cassettes, demos and 8-tracks to Brett Callwood, Metro Times, 733 St. Antoine, Detroit, MI 46226. Email MP3s and streaming links to

Big Hoodoo’s Crystal Skull is the latest release from Insane Clown Possee’s Psychopathic Records, and you have to hand it to the clowns – they’ve always known how to package a CD. The art here is awesome, and they even appear on a couple of tracks. Unfortunately, the music isn’t nearly as interesting as that produced by ICP, or even Twiztid (or BlazeYaDeadHomie, or ABK, etc). The word “hoodoo” is repeated a LOT, and the effort to create a creepy black magic vibe is appreciated but unsuccessful. Rather than those creepy dudes in Live & Let Die, Big Hoodoo comes across like a rapping Darth Maul. Nobody wants that.

Rattletrap’s new CD is called Trailer Park Bingo, which is the best name for a record we’ve heard in a while. It just generates so many images and asks so many questions, some of which are answered by the awesome cover art. The music is fairly cool – dusty old outlaw/alt country with a Merle vibe and a Johnny swagger. Not amazing, but tunes like “40 Days” will make all of you yearn for a spell on the road in a stinky van.

Click here to join the City Slang Turntable community!!!


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

Detroit Metro Times works for you, and your support is essential.

Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of Detroit and beyond.

Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.

Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep Detroit's true free press free.