Mon, 6 April 2015
Here's another MPAD comic-oriented episode with a review of the new teen angsty, thriller "We Can Never Go Home" by Matthew Rosenberg, Patrick Kindlon and Josh Hood. It's a fantastic comic about a misft that sees a girl display some superpowers and the relationship between that ensues. A large part of the comic is centered on a mixtape which was one of my favorite pastimes, you can rean Matthew Rosenberg's thoughts on the mixtape at Paste Magazine.
I also feature a short interview with Matthew that I did back at C2E2 2013.The little interstitial music before the interview I created using Magix Music Maker. I play the song "Entropy" by Nigel and the Dropout, a terrific local band that I saw play recently. I think their sound is a great combination of everything that is exciting about current music. I en the show with some talk about going to Megacon next week, I'm very excited to go, take photos and share stories of the con in a future episode.
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Sun, 29 March 2015
Most nights I have to drive at least 30 minutes to get to hear some local music I really love. The suburbs of Oakland County, Michigan just is not the place to catch indie dance synth bands. Last week though I got lucky and was able to see three bands bring their unique versions of indie, dance and pop to Keego Harbor’s B One Ballroom.
The opener of the night was Marcus Alan Ward who drove up from Cleveland for the show. He started his set with an amplified version of Elton John’s “Benny and the Jets.” MAW then followed it up with a short set of R&B and funk all with a gritty rock edge. With his talents on full display, playing synth, guitar and singing, I could hear Prince, Hendrix and a more current R&B influence in his songs.
Nigel & the Dropout were on next and honestly I hadn’t heard much about them before the show but one guy told me they were his favorite local band. From their first song I was immediately blown away with their sound and visuals. They play a mix of indie electronic with soaring guitars. I would say they sound like MGMT, if they never ended up self indulgent and sucking, so that’s not really a good comparison. On most the songs they share vocals with the guitarist doing most the vocal chores. For only two guys they effectively make a lot of wonderfully, blissed out noise. Towards the end of the set one song had an epic intro that transformed into a punky, electric track. They have plenty of potential to get places and I could imagine their songs used in movies for indie club scenes.
Last up was Gosh Pith. A band I have heard a lot about but never seen play. Again just 2 guys, but the sound is a complete left turn from Nigel & the Dropout. They play an original mix of dub, psychedelic and indie dance that comes across as hazy, mysterious and kind of sexy. Under dark lighting, they both sing different parts in each song but the guitarist probably sings the most with his distinctive voice. When I met him he was kind of a low spoken guy but on stage his voice takes on this strange quality, a sort of a reggae chanting, very rhythmical and hypnotic.
My only disappointment with the entire night was there weren’t more people to make the trek out to B One because they missed a high quality show. Who knows how many more we’ll get in the suburbs of my OC?
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Mon, 23 March 2015
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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Sat, 7 March 2015
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Mon, 2 March 2015
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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Thu, 26 February 2015
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.
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 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.
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Fri, 20 February 2015
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Wed, 18 February 2015
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Thu, 12 February 2015
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.
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Tue, 10 February 2015
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