Wolf-Eyes, live and on their recording with Nautical Almanac, Hanson / NiKantu.
The Detroit Contemporary, 5141 Rosa Parks Blvd. Great art, and an occasional showcase for amazing music, especially when folks like Bhob Rainey, the Man+Machine performance, the No-Neck Blues Band, or the Michigan Progressive caucus stop by.
Royal Trux, live and on Veterans Of Disorder, Drag City
Boredoms, live and on Super ae, Birdman
Projectorhead, bringing the shining lights of underground cinema back to the real silver screen. I don't even go to the movies, but if I did ...
Denise James, A handful of live shows and an unreleased record add up to someone whose talent could use far more exposure.
Angus MacLise, The Invasion Of Thunderbolt Pagoda, Quakebasket / Siltbreeze
DJ Brad Hales turning the Garden Bowl into the Avant-Garden Bowl.
Starlite Desperation moves to town and to the top of the rock heap.
Misanthropy 961 (Sundays at midnight, CJAM 91.5 FM)
Missed: Doug Sahm, Lawrence Terbush, the Sunday Journal, the Wildbunch, Kinotek, Sleazy Listening Parties at Lush, Alvin's circa the Steven-and-Jamie years, Fourth Street Fair circa 1998.
Private listening experiences '99
Jack Kerouac, Jack Kerouac Reads On the Road, Rykodisc
The song "Blewu" by Angelique Kidjo, Morning Becomes Eclectic, Mammoth Records
M.J. Harris and Martyn Bates, Murder Ballads: The Complete Collection, Musica Maxima
"Kiss Me Idle," Verve Pipe, RCA
Frank Pahl, Remove the Cork
Carlos Santana et al., Supernatural, Arista
XTC, Apple Venus Pt. I, TVT
"The Ed Love Program" and "Blues from the Lowlands" with Robert Jones on WDET 101.9 FM
Doug "Scoop" Coombe
Nobukazu Takemura, Scope
Various Artists, Comin From tha D, Intuit-Solar
Beth Orton, Central Reservation, Arista
Flashpapr, Do What You Must Do
Neil Young, Live at the Paramount Theater 3/20/99 (bootleg)
Ali Farka Toure, Niafunke, World Circuit-Nonesuch
Stereolab, Cobra and Phases Group Play Voltage in the Milky Night, Elektra
Roscoe Mitchell, Nine to Get Ready, BMG-ECM
Chemical Brothers, Surrender, Astralwerks
Handsome Boy Modeling School, So ... How's Your Girl?, Tommy Boy
UK-based Warp Records sees greater U.S. exposure.
Buena Vista Social Club (the documentary), Wim Wenders
Orbit final issue, Fall
Bob Dylan live, St. Andrew's Hall, July 6
Dave Dixon leaves Earth, May 30
Innerzone Orchestra, Programmed, Astralwerks-Planet E
Tom Waits live, Toronto, Aug. 23
Kompress: Kanceled, Nov. 6
Time:Space Live, Motor, Dec. 3
C-Pop Gallery Permanent Relocation: Downtown Detroit
Detroit Rock City somehow becomes Detroit Rap City to mainstream public — in spite of the movie.
A Year in the Mix
Transmat Time:Space Tour, New York City, 12/5/99 (with Stacey Pullen, Aril Brikha, Time:Space live, Derrick May.)
Detroit Grand Pubas, "Sandwiches," Throw; Eminem, "My Name Is," Aftermath; Bad Company, "Nine," BCR/UK
DJ DB, Shades of Technology, F-111
Natas, Wicket World Wide.Com, Gotham-Overcore
Adult., Entertainment EP, Ersatz Audio; Unband, Retarder, TVT
Memorial Day Weekend, Alan Oldham at Whistle 2, New Jersey; Futureproof at Frying Pan, New York City; Jeff Mills at Twilo, New York City
Minus and Planet E Winter Music Conference Parties, Tantra, Miami
Peter Kruder, Peace Orchestra, G-Stoned; Unit, The Narcoleptic Symphony, Caipirinha
Primordial Passage featuring Grazyna Auguscik, Underground Evolution, Peacefrog-UK; Moby, Play, V2; Underworld, Beaucoup Fish, V2
Saturday Nights at Club Better Days, Detroit ("Thanks Korie"); Prohibited Beatz party with Jojo Mayer's Nerve, Shine, New York City
Carleton S. Gholz
Superchunk performing "Slack Motherfucker" at the Magic Stick ("I hope I die before I grow up.")
Wilco performing "Misunderstood" at Pine Knob ("Jeff Tweedy thanking an REM crowd for absolutely nothing.")
Ol' Dirty Bastard, "I Can't Wait," from N***a Please ("Stagger Lee resurfaces between jail sentences to sequence the last ‘90s riot.")
Low, Christmas, Tugboat ("Low's response to Phil Spector's 1963 A Christmas Gift for You.)
Listening to Sonic Narcotic by Transient Waves at Neptune Records with owner Brett Marion.
Talking Heads, Stop Making Sense at the Detroit Film Theatre
Walking into Linda G.'s new Westside dance club, Detroit Science.
Reading Frank Kofsky's Black Nationalism and the Revolution in Music (1970), then discovering Archie Shepp was still alive (Archie Shepp-Kahil El ‘Zabar's Ritual Trio, Conversations, Delmark)
Realizing that Belle & Sebastian's first album, Tigermilk, was influenced by Elvis as well as the Smiths.
Rainer Maria, Look Now Look Again, Polyvinyl ("How I wish I was an English major.")
Marvin Gaye, Love Starved Heart, Motown
Unrest, Malcolm X Park, Teenbeat
Gang Starr, Full Clip, Virgin
Metro Times Music Editor
Magnetic Fields live, Magic Stick
Bob Dylan live, St. Andrew's Hall
Marilyn Manson live, State Theatre, Two words: Spinal Tap
Super Furry Animals, Guerilla, Flydaddy
Chris Rock, Bigger & Blacker, DGC
John Prine, In Spite of Ourselves, Oh Boy!
Superchunk, Come Pick Me Up, Merge; Get-Up Kids, Something to Write Home About, Vagrant
The Donnas, Get Skintight, Lookout!
White Stripes, White Stripes, Sympathy for the Record Industry
Café Tacuba, Reves-Yo Soy, Warner
Eminem, Slim Shady, Aftermath
And pop this mix on random in your CD player: Flaming Lips, Soft Bulletin; Beth Orton, Central Reservation; Beck, Midnite Vultures; Wilco, Summer Teeth; Sloan, Between the Bridges
Keith A. Owens
Various Artists, Folk, Gospel & Blues: Will the Circle Be Unbroken, Sony
Various Artists, Blues Routes: Heroes & Tricksters, Blues & Jazz, Worksongs & Street Music, Smithsonian Folkways Recordings
Robert Lockwood Jr., Robert Lockwood Jr.: The Complete Trix Recordings, 32 Blues
Eddie Kirkland, Eddie Kirkland: The Complete Trix Recordings, 32 Blues
Johnnie Bassett, Party My Blues Away, Cannonball Records
Larry Garner, Standing Room Only, Ruf Records
Alberta Adams, Born With the Blues, Cannonball Records
Slo Leak, When the Clock Strikes 12, TVT Records-United Producers
Robert Cray, Take Your Shoes Off, Ryko
Various Artists, Hastings Street Grease, Vol. 2, Blue Suit Records
Khary Kimani Turner
Opening for Donald Byrd at the African World Festival, Poetry for 4,000 heads? Opening to mild boos and exiting to a standing ovation? Are you kidding? I'm still high from it.
Interviewing Chuck D., Two things monetary compensation for writing will never replace are free records and one-on-ones with people I truly respect.
Interviewing Maxwell, Nothing like anticipating pretension and being proven wrong. Dude is aiight with me.
Grover Washington Jr., He made me wish I'd been born a decade earlier, so I could have witnessed his earlier work.
Luciano's concerts at the Majestic, Bruh-man tore the roof off, in high praise.
The Roots, Things Fall Apart, MCA
Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers, Spirit of Music, WEA-Elektra
Mos Def, Black on Both Sides, Loud
The Art of Noise, The Seduction of Claude Debussy, UNI-Universal-ZTT
Cassandra Wilson, Traveling Miles, EMD-Blue Note
Richard C. Walls
Cecil Taylor-Elvin Jones-Dewey Redman, Momentum Space, Verve
Tom Waits, Mule Variations, Epitaph
Horace Silver, Retrospective, Blue Note
The Kennedy Experience, Sony Classical
Arto Lindsay, Prize, Righteous Babe
Lee Konitz, Another Shade of Blue, Blue Note
The Herbie Nichols Project, Dr. Cyclops' Dream, Soul Note
Los Lobos, This Time, Hollywood
Bryan Ferry, As Time Goes By, Virgin
Randy Newman, Bad Love, DreamworksYou can reach the Metro Times staff here