Tue, 27 December 2011
It's the "best of" time of year where everybody tells you what they thought the best movies, music, etc. was for 2011. Once I gave it a little thought I discovered 2011 was a really good year for concerts, movies, music, TV and comic books. So here's my very selfish and subjective take on what I liked (and a few things I didn't like) about 2011. Get ready for a long episode, 1 hour and 24 minutes, as I actually spend some time talking on my subjects.
Favorite lists -
Top Concerts of 2011:
Top Event I attended in 2011:
Top Podcasts in 2011:
Favorite Music in 2011:
Favorite mixtape of the Year: Mike Posner "The Layover"
Favorite Pop Artist of 2011: Lil' Wayne
Favorite TV Series 2011: American Horror Story
Favorite Comic Movie 2011: X-Men First Class
Things I Hated On in 2011:
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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:26 PM
Tue, 20 December 2011
For this week’s video episode I’m steering away from indie pop music and focusing on indie pop culture. A few episodes ago, I had an interview with local filmmaker J.G. Barnes on his short film “Patrick.” This episode is a follow up, with J.G. talking about his upcoming short movie “Thieves” which is shaping up to be quite a spectacle. Visually arresting with a sci-fi storyline, “Thieves” will be out early January 2012. To support the movie there are trailers and other videos available at J.G.’s Zenisphere Films YouTube page.
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Category:vidcast -- posted at: 3:36 AM
Tue, 13 December 2011
This week’s video goes back to October when I saw Sims and Cecil Otter at the Pike Room in Pontiac. This video is with Sims, the Cecil Otter video is still to come. The first person you’ll see in the video is my brother, Kevin, who is a huge fan of both. I decided to let him do the interview and he was so into it he wrote detailed questions in a notebook. Sims latest release is the excellent “Bad Time Zoo,” a very entertaining hip hop record with Sims calculatedly rapping over incredible beats provided by Lazerbeak. As part of the Doomtree collective, Sims can also be heard on “No Kings,” the new album from Doomtree released a couple weeks ago. My apologies go out to Sims and Kevin for taking so long to get this video out.
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Category:vidcast -- posted at: 2:32 AM
Tue, 6 December 2011
On this audio edition I talk about my obsession with getting a tablet and the one I ended up with. I also have an interview with "neo-folk-goth" band Tasseomancy, a new group from Canada that includes twin sisters that share vocals. I caught their live show with Austra, another Canadian band that the sisters from Tasseomancy also provide back up vocals for. I also include a couple of reviews for newly released albums by Golden Glow and I Love Lightning Bugs. You can read my blog review of "Kensington" by I Love Lightning Bugs here.
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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:28 AM
Tue, 29 November 2011
It's my 300th episode of Most People Are Djs! I'm celebrating it with a video review of Peter Murphy, She Wants Revenge and Hussle Club in a concert I attended Black Friday, Here's my review of the show I did for motorcityblog.
This year I’ve been reliving my youth and seeing the bands I grew up listening to like OMD, Men Without Hats and the star of this show, Peter Murphy. While the show was billed with the emphasis on She Wants Revenge as they probably do sell more records than Peter Murphy, the focus at the show was on Peter Murphy. Give credit to SWR as they told the crowd to save themselves for Peter, during their set full of new, old and even some B-sides. If you came to the show a little late you probably missed Hussle Club, who played an early 30 minute set of a hard post punk that also featured some updated dance rhythms. As mentioned above, SWR played some of their early hits and their closing with “Out of Control” and “Tear You Apart” received loud appreciation from the crowd.
Category:vidcast -- posted at: 12:13 AM
Mon, 21 November 2011
This week’s MPAD is a short audio edition that has 3 songs from new indie pop/hip hop artists and an interview with local Detroit area filmmaker J.G. Barnes of Zenisphere films.
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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:41 PM
Mon, 14 November 2011
This video interview goes back to September on a beautiful and crisp night at Ferndale's DIY Festival. A 3-day Festival of DIY music and arts. The emphasis is on the DIY as you won't find many commercial crafts. What you will find is booths with original, handcrafted arts, and some of the best local bands. On the opening night I went out and saw a couple bands I've been meaning to see since the beginning of the year. Phantasmagoria and Step Dad. The members of Phantasmagoria were nice enough to spend a few minutes with me. While I had heard and read great things about Phantasmagoria's unique combination of pop, electronic beats and tribal rhythms. Lianna's strong vocals mix in with Chris' music that has a dark and rich fullness to it. Comparisons are hard to come by, trip hop may come to mind, but, the organic blend of sounds that wash over the striking vocals, cancel that out and something more psychedelic is the result.
If you're in the Detroit area you can catch Phantasmagoria playing various venues, on Dec. 9 they'll be at the Magic Stick with Passalaqcua and Chrome Sparks. You can also pick up their music at Five Three Dial Tone and their bandcamp site.
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Category:general -- posted at: 3:18 AM
Sun, 6 November 2011
I know I said this week's MPAD would be a video of Phantasmagoria, but I'm switching it up to a video review of a show I took in Friday and just couldn't wait to talk about.
On Friday night I checked out the Global Dub Festival at Royal Oak Music Theatre and today I think my ears are finally recovering. As far as I'm concerned it was worth it, as the sights and sounds of the show were a maddeningly delight with a mixture of throbbing bass, dayglo fashion and seizure inducing strobes. Add to that the fact that I was probably twice the age of most the other attendees and most people would be questioning my sanity. My answer is I'm open minded to experiencing just about anything that looks and sounds like fun which GDF definitely was. Ishe stated the show early around 8:30pm but there were already spurts of dancing on the floor as the crowd made their way in. Ishe played his DJ set off CDs which seemed a bit old fashioned to me, but his set was a steady blast of heavy dub step. Ana Sia followed, boosting the volume and the intensity dosing her set with hip hop and more frequent bass throbs. Mimosa was a crowd favorite as his set contained a heavy urban influence and I think he broke some frequency records for Royal Oak Music Theatre as the place was literally shaking during his set. Zeds Dead came up next and quickly became my favorite act of the night with their original set of electronic music that mixed in some classic rock and pop with their faster and energetic set. Benga capped off the night with an emcee in tow that kept the audience in heavy dance and participation with shouts and cheers. The video below is my review of the show from video and pictures I took throughout the night.
Category:vidcast -- posted at: 10:49 PM
Mon, 31 October 2011
I can always rely on the Halloween season to get me back into the darker and scarier sides of pop culture. This week in my annual celebration of all things horror I'm reviewing a couple new TV shows and movies. American Horror Story is the new show from Ryan Murphy that is packed with crazy scary moments and other moments that just leave you scratching your head as to what just happened. Death Valley on MTV is a more comedic take on horror, but still has plenty of scares. I also give my opinion on Kevin Smith's horror thriller Red State. While I didn't get into it I have to say I don't see how Kevin Smith was tying this into the crazy antics of Fred Phelps, besides them both being religious nuts. I also review the low bugdet but very good indie flick, Megan is Missing. The music comes from a couple bands I saw last week, Lights and Rubik and a couple bands of good new ethereal electronic bands, Phantogram and Phantasmagoria.
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:02 AM
Mon, 24 October 2011
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Category:blog -- posted at: 4:00 AM