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Finally a comic centric episode of Most People Are DJs! On this episode I play music and feature some live commentary by hip hop, nerdcore artist Adam WarRock. I saw Adam WarRock and Mikal KHill recently at Green Brain comics and was so awe-struck by what I saw it is still playing out in my mind. I made a video from the show you can watch over at Youtube. If you want more with Adam WarRock and comic talk check out Slack Jaw Punks Podcast. I'll be at Rudy's March Comic and Toy Show selling comics and other things and I'll also be at Megacon as well just taking in the sights.

I review "Then It Was Dark" a comics anthology of true weird encounters by comic book writers and artists. I also talk about 2000 AD an awesome UK anthology that has Judge Dredd in it. I mention all the cool indempendent comic book suff going on at Comixology and their podcast.

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Direct download: MPAD_Episode4_AdamWarRockRulesEverything.mp3
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It's hard to believe but we are already 3 months into 2015. This is my 3rd MPAD episode and I really thought I'd be able to get more of these out by now, by time keeps flying by. But, I am bringing the goods one this one. I have an interview with Alex B., also known as, Paper Diamond, an innovative electronic musician that has geinded and polished his craft to create a sound and show that is a stand out among so many other DJ/EDM acts. His new ep "Rain Drops" will be out soon. If you want to read the full interview go to Motorcityblog where I posted it last week.The track I play from Paper Diamond is "Just Like Clockwork" with Cherub. 

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Leighton Meester at Magic Bag

Last Monday night, Leighton Meester played the Magic Bag, a local venue for me, and being a fan of Gossip Girl with an interest in catching celebrities in a different light I decided to check it out. I went into the show without much knowledge of the music Leighton would be performing but I did know that she had transitioned from dance pop to a more Americana/country vibe.

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Walking in just before the opening act, Cassandra, a local singer/songwriter, I found the place packed beyond full, just navigating myself to a spot where I could photograph from was a chore. For a local singer I wasn’t aware of before tonight, Cassandra, was quite good. She had a bassist and guitar player with her and her songs were mostly acoustic but I wouldn’t call her a folk singer. She brought a lot of soul and R&B to her songs, a couple of them even had a bit of a hip hop feel to them as she rapped some of the lyrics. I’ve got a feeling she will be playing out more in town as the crowd really dug her set.

Ah, the crowd for the show… I thought Gossip Girl lost popularity in its later years but it must have kept its rabid fan base because this show was filled with hundreds of GG fans. The majority of the crowd were fashionable females, between 18 and 25 and in groups of three to four. You could say it was a house full of a few hundred “queen bees”. They all seemed familiar with Leighton’s songs and in between them would call out in admiration of Leighton.

Leighton Meester at Magic Bag

Leighton and her band took the stage, around 9:15pm, which is pretty early compared to most the shows I go to but for a Monday night this was more than welcome. Her songs did have a big Americana feel to them with acoustic guitar and themes of heartbreak and heartache. What impressed me with Leighton’s performance was she had evidently really put work and effort into the songs. Her backing band were experienced musicians that played their parts with a high proficiency. Leighton’s got a nice voice that suits her sound, it’s not the strongest but she can more than carry a song. Most of her set came from her latest release “Heartstrings” but also included covers of the Cardigans “Lovefool” and an encore of Fleetwood Mac’s “Dreams” that brought the biggest cheers from the crowd.

Category:blog -- posted at: 2:23 AM


My favorite LCS is Green Brain, I don't make it out there nearly enough, but when I do it always reminds me why the comic shop is a great place to hang out. With Dan and Katie, Green Brain have a couple of the nicest comic shop owners who are always willing to chat and suggest comics worth your time.

Best of all they put on awesome events at their shop and they have a great one coming up on Sunday, March 1st. Nerdy comic hip hop stars, Adam WarROCK with Mikal kHill will be rocking the comic shop floor at 7pm. This is part of their Grumpy Old Men and it's a free show.

Adam WarROCK and Mikal kHill rap about your favorite comic super heroes and life in general, I'm very impressed with their backing music as well as the quality of their raps. Each of them have a ton of free music at their websites and you can find them on Spotify, so check them out, then come on out and join the nerd herd.

Category:blog -- posted at: 1:17 AM


Back to shoegaze and noise for a minute wthe band Heart Beach. Band members Jonathon McCarthy (guitar / vocals), Claire Jansen (bass / vocals) and Christopher Wessing (drums / guitar / drum machine) formed Heart Beach in their hometown of Hobart, Tasmania in 2013. Since then the trio has released a number of singles and have been featured on compilations put out by local record labels, Rough Skies Records and Wrong Place (Right Time) Records. “Away” was recorded at Head Gap Studios in Melbourne in December 2014. Recently Everett True (Collapse Board, Plan B) had this to say about Heart Beach:

My press release didn't credit this quote describing them, but I would say it's a perfect description....“this music, this Heart Beach, is anything but difficult to get into: scintillating shimmering shivering girl-pop pop harmonies, slightly abrasive but only cos they refuse to add the fifth spoon, slightly sparse just so you can recall what a glorious moment in time that first Breeders album was, slightly sexy because all great music is slightly sexy. Melodies and songs and words to immediately love and immediately forget.” 

Heart Beach is set to release their debut self-titled full length on March 20, 2015. Let's hope a US tour including Detroit follows.

Category:general -- posted at: 10:55 PM

Kill Frenzy is a term that means killing several people at once in a video game, but it's also an apt name for a DJ that can slay more than a few on the dance floor. Kill Frenzy who has played in my town, Detroit before (and hopefully will again soon) is a Belgium Producer/DJ that is part of the Dirtybird Records crew. His latest offering is "slyly" titled "TAYLR_SWFT," and features 11 tracks filthy, dance floor bliss. Starting with "All Night Long," Kill Frenzy makes music that is minimal but still packed with fun surprises. There are vocals effectively mixed in most of the tracks as Kill Frenzy drops sexy bombs like "No Panties" and "XXX" featuring Astrid. It's the rare electronic dance record I can fully enjoy in the car or on the headphones but with the understanding that it is really meant for the dance floor.

Category:blog -- posted at: 1:06 AM

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In the 90's and early 2000's shoegaze was all the rage. With a band of members that barely looked up as they played and moved even less, showgaze wasn't much to watch but that was never the point of it. It was more about being blown away by the dense sound of buzzing and crunching guitars to a song that was beautiful and heavy at the same time. Most the bands were British, My Bloody Valentine,  Ride and Catherine Wheel were just a few of the bands that got thrown into this genre. For me, shoegaze was just part of the mix of music I was listening to, along with Britpop and some hip hop influenced dance music. But, shoegaze managed to have a lasting impact on me, as some of those songs still strike a nerve with me today.

Which is why it doesn't surprise that music with the similar melodic and disharmonious chords is still being made today. Just this last week 3 songs in the shoegaze vein arrived in my inbox, and the best part is all of them are brilliant.

Swervedriver is back and still raving down.  

 

Whirr from San Francisco and Philadelphia released this thick load of achingly beautiful noise.

 

and, lastly, Them Are Us Too, a duo from California release the more subdued and equally wonderful, "Us Now."

 

 

 

 

 

Category:blog -- posted at: 3:45 AM

It's hard to believe it is February already! Here's episode 2 of the year for Most People Are DJs where I give you a rundown on my time at CES, the Consumer Electronics Show. You can read about the trip on my post a few weeks ago. I also play music by Diet Cig a new band from New Paltz, New York, who have recently released their debut Over Easy EP.

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Direct download: MPADEP2_2015.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:21 AM