You know you're "Up North" when instead of guiding you to your destination, your GPS sends you down a two-track road in a national forest, and, when you call your host for directions, you discover there's no phone service, but maybe beer. Welcome to the not-so-old days!
Insane Clown Posse and Kid Rock producer Mike E. Clark's spot in the northern reaches of the Lower Peninsula is perfect for him to unplug and still work. His crib, fitted with two guest cabins on a small lake, would be completely severed from the modern world had he not installed a large antenna on the property for Internet access. Of course, the house features a modest (compared to his in Sterling Heights) yet impressive studio that overlooks the lake. Should you need to get into town, or just down the road, his rides here include motorcycles, a golf cart and a Jeep.
Because Clark worked his ass off this year, he deserves a vacation up there. The producer just released Volume One of his Psychopathic Murder Mix, and completed the new Insane Clown Posse album Bang Pow Boom, which drops Sept. 1. More, and I'm not making this up, he appeared in (as the bartender) and contributed to the soundtrack of the new ICP Western movie Big Money Rustlers, which was filmed on the famed Paramount Ranch outside Los Angeles, and features Jesus Lizard's David Yow as the piano player. Expect your mind to be blown in theaters next spring.
As for Clark, he can't wait for the new ICP album to hit. "It's a masterpiece," he says. "I think people are going to freak out. We haven't worked together in the studio for 10 years. It was effortless. It was like cutting a vein and letting it bleed."