Sat, 22 November 2014
On this episode I realize that the 80’s are still impacting my life today. It’s funny because I use to be one of those people in the 80’s that looked disdainfully at my parents and others that were nostalgic about the 50’s. It seemed like such a long time ago and things were so different back then, especially when it came to music. Today I find a large part of myself stuck in the 80’s, expressing what a great time that was for music and TV. Have I become my parents? I’ll argue that with music there is not such a difference between what is coming out today com[pared to what did come out in the 80’s. Tears For Fears “Songs From the Big Chair” still has modern production and sound that many of today’s pop artists try to replicate. 30 years later and it’s still a great album, on the podcast I’ll explain why. Another relevant 80’s artist is Peter Hook, the bass player from New Order that I saw perform recently. I reviewed his show for the blog and I’m talking about it again on the show because he really gives all he has at his live shows. There are two songs featured on the episode by indie rock bands with female vocalists, the punky “You Don’t Need A TV” by Argonaut and “White Noise” by Ex Cops.
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Thu, 23 October 2014
On this short MPAD episode I’m staying with the October theme of scary stuff and asking the question “Have you ever been in a really scary situation.” Lauren, the drummer from the Punk Rock Band, Hunter Valentine, tells me her scary Detroit story and comic book writer Dirk Manning recounts his ghastly DragonCon story.
I didn’t share mine on the episode so I thought I would share it here with you. I have actually have had more than a couple scary incidents but this one is still pretty vivid in my memory. Back in the early 90’s real underground raves were being held at abandon places in Detroit. There would be flyers with phone numbers to call where a location would be given. It was always in a sketchy neighborhood and things didn’t get going until well after 1am. I didn’t go to many but at the insistence of a friend, I did decide to go out to one with him on a cloudy, dark night in September. We drove around lost for an hour and didn’t find the rave until well after midnight. There was a crowd of people outside the building and some shouting. We headed toward them only to find out the rave was a “no go” for the night but the bystanders were pissed because they had nothing else to do and had come out all this way for nothing. As we left the crowd we saw one of the bystanders pull a gun from his belt and start to fire it in the air exclaiming he was really angry about what was going on. We were probably 20 feet away from him, but it was the closest I’ve been to a gun going off in a crowd on a dark street on the bad side of town. We did our best to move quickly without looking like we were scared, located our car and took off quickly not really paying attention to what direction we were leaving but to just get the hell away from there. I look back at the situation now and think I was probably never in any danger as the gun was fired in the air, however, I can still remember the real fear that ran through me.
The track on this episode is “Vampires” by S., you can find it here.
Sun, 5 October 2014
For this episode of Most People Are DJs I am reviewing 2 recent movies, Kevin Smith's Tusk and Ti West's The Sacrament. These thrillers would make a great double feature as they are both first person accounts of terror and use new media to drive part of the storyline. Looking up both movies up on IMDB, Tusk actually has a higher score than The Sacrament, but as i state in the reviews, The Sacrament is the better movie. The music I play this episode is by female fronted bands, Electric Youth and Ashrae Fax. You can find both songs on the latest sampler from Under the Radar, a great new music magazine.
Upcoming Cons I will be taking pics at:
Great Lakes Comic Con Oct 17 & 18
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Wed, 24 September 2014
On this episode I mention that the TV show Gotham is starting this week. I was able to watch the pilot last night and found it both entertaining and engaging. There’s even more Batman characters and references than I expected. From the pilot it looks compelling enough to keep me watching week to week, rather than marathoning it every few weeks.
The features on this episode are 2 bands I’ve been enjoying lately, The Superhumanoids and GroupLove. The bands go well together because there are many similarities they share. They are both from LA, have male and female singers and have a bit of hip hop seeping in their sound. I blogged about the Superhumanoids last week. The track I play from the Superhumanoids is “Feel Good Hit of Summer” which is a Queens of the Stone Age cover.
I saw GroupLove earlier this summer at 89X’s Chill on the Hill, I was blown away with the energy and charisma of GroupLove. I expected them to be good as I like most of their songs, but they were really spectacular. They have a great presence, mostly due to the female singer, Hannah Hooper, who dances around the stage while whipping her hair. Their latest album is “Spreading Rumors” and shows a good progression, further defining their sound. Their Captain Cutz remix to “Colours” is the featured track.
You can download the 2 tracks from this episode on Soundcloud and both artists have their music available on Spotify.
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Wed, 10 September 2014
Some people spent their labor day with family, others spent it doing yardwork. I spent a lot of mine watching the new Amazon Prime Pilots. On this episode I review all 5 of the new pilots. I'll let you know which ones I liked best and which ones I liked least. I do think you should give them a shot for yourself, as each one has good production and compelling elements. Overall, this is a much better attempt by Amazon compared to last year's pilots. I referred to two posts for info on the shows that you should check out as well, one from IGN and the other from Entertainment Weekly.
The track featured on this episode is "Colours" from the band Wild Cub. Wild Cub is from Nashville and are one of the best new indie pop bands I have come accross. I saw them play recently at a festival and even with an early timeslot they attracted quite a lote of enthusiasm from the crowd. The photo for the episode is a pic I took of the lead singer, Keegan Dewitt. You can download this track from the latest CMJ compilation.
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Sat, 23 August 2014
Is it me, or, do we seem to have fewer hours in a day these last few months? I could swear that’s the case because I seem to get less and less accomplished as time progresses. However, I was able to squeeze in this podcast episode just to let you know that I still speak into a mic and record it to share with the world. On this episode I play a couple of synthy tracks, a danceable one from Teeel, “Disk Go” from his recently released album “Hydrostatic”. The other song is by Kwamie Liv on a free ep she released a couple weeks ago. Her track “5am” is less dance and more moody as her voice recalls a cabaret singer from the 50’s.
On another part of the show is a conversation I had with Nik Havert talking about his time at Flashback Weekend. Nik Havert is a comic writer, scary movie host, music critic and a whole lot more, you can check all of his ongoing activities at Pickle Press. Nik had a booth at Flashback Weekend for his just released Candi 2089 comic featuring Samantha the Muscle Goddess. We talk about the festival and his Victor Von Psychotron alias that he uses in YouTube clips and Cable TV hosting classic sci-fi and horror movies. This is just a small part of a conversation that we’ll be hearing more from in future episodes.
As far as things that I am working on you can see my set of photos from the Mad Decent Block Party Detroit show on the MetroTimes slideshows page and more of my pics are featured at my MPAD Media facebook page.
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Wed, 25 June 2014
So much time has passed since my last podcast I’ll bet you might think you thought I podfaded. Well, you can set aside your fears as Most People Are DJs may rust but it will never fade away! This is a catch up episode to let you know all the activity I have been up the last few months, including comic conventions like C2E2 and Motor City Comic Con and Movement, Detroit’s electronic music festival. Some of the celebrities (at least in my book) I met along the way included cosplay superstar, Yaya Han, Katie Cassidy from Arrow and hipster rap artist, Riff Raff Pics.
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Sat, 19 April 2014
On the episode I preview C2E2, the Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo, a convention that brings the best of pop culture to downtown Chicago. A convention that is packed with so many cool things and people this will make the 3rd year I will travel from Detroit to experience the show.
On the the podcast I'll cover the panels and others things I am checking out at the show. You can read my full blog post preview for C2E2 over at The Movie Slueth, a great movie review site I am conributing to. Also on this episode I am playing music from Tunde Olaniran, an electro hip hop artist that I've played before and interviewed. The song "The Internet" features James Linck and is one of the highlights of Tunde's amazing live show.
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Mon, 3 March 2014
On this episode I play music from 2 DJs and talk some TV. Heavygrinder is a DJ that plays a mix of metal and electro. Her sets are some of the most energetic that I have experienced. The song I feature from her is a recently released remix she did of NIN's "Into the Void." If you want to keep up with Heavygrinder you should like her facebook page. Tokimosta is a DJ that mixes soul, hip hop and even some jazz into her music. She has remixed artists like Hundred Waters and release her last record on Skrillex's record label.
This past year and into 2014 has been a very good year for TV shows. The two shows that I've been most into are HBO's True Detective and Netflix's House of Cards. Both of these shows feature well constructed characters and plots that keep you guessing what is going to happen next. The shows are so good that I want more of an experience than just watching the shows so I am checking out show related podcast. Bald Move does a great job covering House of Cards and for True Detective I am listening to True Detective Truth Squad. Both of these shows can be found on iTunes podcasts.
For even more TV talk I feature a few comic book friends of mine talking about their favorite TV shows. My comic book friends include: Dirk Manning, Jordon Trovillion, Ryan Stegman and Jim Towe.
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Wed, 19 February 2014
For this episode I have developed a way of giving you the excellant things I've come across using as many forms of media as I can get my hands into. First there is the video that you see above which is a quick 5 minute youtbe video using my pictures and graphics about the topics I cover. Then, there's the podcast where I spend a bit more time on each subject giving more details. My first topic is the short film ABE which I found on the short of the week website. Then I move into music with 12th Planet a DJ that continues to expand and redefine dubstep. His latest smogcity mixtape gives you a good tatse of his music along with others on his Smog label. The Mast is a duo from Brooklyn that play etherael pop music. The track I play is "Nuclear Dragon" from the January CMJ mixtape. Lastly, Comixology has their site for indie comic people to submit their comics, which is a great way to publish comics independently. If you have the time try watching the youtube video and listening to the podcast. If you want to keep up with all things I am working on "like" the MPAD Media page on facebook.
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