PHOTO GALLERY – CHURCH: REVIVAL

After more than two years of work, Detroit hip-hop duo Passalacqua and genre-defying electro duo SYBLYNG (Seth and Jax Anderson of Flint Eastwood) are releasing their collaborative album, entitled “CHURCH”. CHURCH is Passalacqua’s first album release in three years, and it was produced entirely by SYBLYNG. Revival is the album release show, which highlighted their independent and collaborative work, as well as a collection of other prominent local and national musicians who influence them. 

Passalacqua – https://www.facebook.com/tomandbootsy
SYBLYNG –https://www.facebook.com/FlintEastwoodMusic
Tunde Olaniran – https://www.facebook.com/pages/Tunde-Olaniran/312596518944
Open Mike Eagle – https://www.facebook.com/mikeeagleraps
Nothing Elegant – https://www.facebook.com/pages/Nothing-Elegant/297923866905510
Dante LaSalle – https://www.facebook.com/DanteLaSalle
Charles Trees – https://www.soundcloud.com/charlestrees

ALL PHOTOS BY LEX DODSON

*Copyright Lex Dodson. Inquiries to rustbeltraw@gmail.com. Commercial, editorial, and derivative use prohibited.

 


Second Single From Nunca Duerma “Shapeshifter” LP

Old Tacoma Records and Young Heavy Souls present Shapeshifter. An 11-track LP combining elements of hip-hop, jazz, and electronica from Chicago-based producer, Nunca Duerma will be released on Tuesday, July 22. The full-length album will be available for purchase on iTunes and on 12” vinyl records through the Young Heavy Souls store for a limited run. Nunca Duerma was originally discovered by Eliot Lipp when the two appeared on concert bills together. Duerma’s first release on Old Tacoma was a 3-track EP, Dilated. After his debut, he produced a track that was featured on the Pretty Lights Music release of Eliot’s Shark Wolf Rabbit Snake remix album. “Each track is carried by the depth of these beautiful melodies, and the raw soul that went in to creating them. The rhythms function in a way that gives every tone its own purpose. Nunca Duerma is musically one of the most thoughtful producers I’ve come across in recent years,” said Eliot Lipp. There will be release shows in both Chicago and Detroit to celebrate. On July 18 at New Dodge in Detroit Nunca Duerma will play along with special guests Jaws That Bite, Pastel Arsenal and Heavy Color. On July 26 at the Double Door in Chicago, Nunca Duerma will be accompanied with Vapor Eyes, Nortroniks, and Hongry Bogart. About Nunca Duerma: Detroit born, Michigan-raised producer Nunca Duerma currently resides in Chicago. Nunca Duerma has created his own brand of original, sample-based hip-hop and electronica; a natural byproduct of his life in the city. His live sets include original productions, live keyboards, and drumming accompaniment by TJ Devoe. Nunca Duerma is affiliated with both Old Tacoma Records and Young Heavy Souls. Old Tacoma Records is a Brooklyn-based record label founded by Eliot Lipp. Previous releases include Dark Party, Ben Samples, Sir Charles, Eliot Lipp, and Leo 123. Young Heavy Souls is a Detroit-based record label and artist management collective. – via Young Heavy Souls Press Release


PHOTO GALLERY: Temples @ Magic Stick

It was a great Sunday evening in Detroit.  We were invited to check out the band Temples, and they really knew how to draw a crowd.  For a Sunday night the Magic Stick had a very nice crowd.
While we were there, we of course snapped some great photos.  Check them out below!

For more about Temples check out the link below!

Temples (Facebook)

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PHOTO GALLERY: SLEAZY MCQUEEN @ WHISKEY DISCO

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w/ Dustin Alexander & Jerry Downey (Sexual Tension)

As owner of the record label Whiskey Disco, Sleazy McQueen has helped to give the ‘Nu-Disco’ scene an element of referential class. With remarkably well produced re-works and originals, the Sleazy sound combines the dirty fun ofseventies funk with the hypnotic rhythms of deep house. As a dj, he has travelled from Asia to Europe, both Americas and a constant tour of the United States. His music productions have been licensed to over 100 releases, remixes & edits on labels worldwide, including, but not limited to; Bearfunk, Virgin, Compost, Paper Recordings, Siesta & House Arrest.

All photographs taken by Lex Dodson (Rust Belt Raw, Rust Belt Raw Facebook)

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PHOTO GALLERY: BIG FISH DISCO wsg JARED WILSON – Jerry Downey’s Birthday Party

It”s 2014 now and we’re reelin’ in the big fish in celebration of Sexual Tension Detroit owner, Jerry Downey’s birthday – Detroit style.

with DJ set by Acid & Techno legend…

JARED WILSON (7777, Dixon Avenue Basement Jams, Skudge)
“Jared Wilson is of a new Detroit lilt. He has not been eclipsed by the gravitas that comes with the Motor City, instead he uses it as a bedrock from which to bring forth his own take on techno. Wilson, armed with his analogue arsenal, forces a new rawness; an unashamed baring of teeth to those who think that Detroit has had its day.”

RA DJ Page / www.residentadvisor.net/dj/jaredwilson
Website / www.j4r3d.com/
Soundcloud / www.soundcloud.com/j4r3d7777
Discogs / www.discogs.com/artist/Jared+Wilson

Opening set by STD resident DJs – Jerry Downey and Dustin Alexander.

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DSLT: Best of 2013

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Since we are new in town, we decided not to do a traditional list, that being #1 is the best and #25 being the bottom.  Instead we have compiled a list of 20 Artists/Bands that really made their mark in 2013, within in the city and our ears.

Our list will include electronic artists, indie bands, punk music, jazz, psycho billy and many other artists you may recognize and others you may have never heard of before.

Lets begin:

1. KYLE HALL – 2013 Release: The Boat Party

In electronic music, this was the year of Kyle Hall.  I recently had the pleasure of sharing breakfast with him and our Media Director, Roger Castillo.  Kyle Hall is a well spoken, intelligent, down to earth guy who shared with us stories about his travels, his influences, and even had a laugh as Roger and I attempted to guess samples he used in “Crushed.”  The Boat Party was definitely a favorite among many in 2013, with Kyle Halls dirty r&b samples with a blend of Detroit style electronic, this LP was unstoppable.  You can find this LP among many lists such as NPR, Resident Advisor, and XLR8R.  At the start of 2014, please check back for an exclusive Detroit Sounds Like This interview with Kyle Hall.

2. THE GUTTER GHOULS – 2013 Release: Motor City Murderbilly 

The Gutter Ghouls had a wonderful year in 2013, playing shows throughout Metro-Detroit, even being the highlight of the Motor City Nightmares horror movie convention.  I have never met a band that works as hard as these guys do, even with a lineup change mid year, they still show that they are capable of giving you a great show.  These psychobilly maniacs even released a brand new video for their track “Corpse Bride,” in early 2013.  Recently being signed the Splatterhouse Wreckords in Washington, we at Detroit Sounds Like This cannot wait to hear what is in store for The Gutter Ghouls in 2014.

3. MEXICAN KNIVES – 2013 Release: Other Tramps & Nightmare b/w Down To Hell

Mexican Knives were without a doubt becoming one of Detroits most looked at and talked about band.  Mexican Knives achieved so much this year not only at shows but gaining a wider audience.  Just by attending other shows around the Detroit area, we always hear the name Mexican Knives being talked about and how they opened for touring indie bands such as Best Coast, and The Fresh and Onlys.  Mexican Knives not only wowed us with killer unforgettable performances but they released not one but two amazing EP’s in 2013.  With Nightmares/Down To Hell and Other Tramps being released in 2013, Mexican Knives are definitely a serious Detroit band.  Lead vocalist Ruth the Truth, lead by lead guitarist Zach Weedon are a duo on stage not to be toyed with.  Lets not forget their amazing bass player John Salvage, and their amazing drummer Blair, who are the perfect additions to Zach and Ruth.  Enjoy their new music video for “Killer Snake,” from their 2013 release “Other Tramps.”

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4. ROGUE SATELLITES – 2013 Release: Other Angels

Rogue Satellites never disappoint.  Their style, rhythm, and production is something so elegant, most ears are probably not even ready for it.   Rogue satellites provide you with dark synths, electric guitars and beautiful lyrics with support from soft yet deep driven vocals.  Playing a daytime show at this years Dally in the Alley, Rogue Satellites really stood out with their hour long set and amazing sound.  Enjoy and purchase their album “Other Angels” below, and make sure to follow their facebook page and check out one of their shows!

5. OMAR S – 2013 Release: Thank You For Letting Me Be Myself

A release that went almost under the radar unless you are a huge Omar S fan is one to have for your library.  This is a MUST listen to if you have any respect for Detroit Electronic Music.  Thank You For Letting Me Be Myself is a deep house master piece which displays influences of early Detroit electronic music.  This album also made many lists across many blogs and news outlets around the country.

6. BRANDON WILLIAMS – 2013 Release: Stronger & Godsend

If you have been to MotorCity Wine more then once, then you have definitely seen Brandon Williams or the B.Williams Experiment.  Brandon Williams is one guy who definitely loves his fans, he is one to always thank and give the love back to his fans.  You can see him at various spots around downtown, and make sure to check out his upcoming album XII (coming soon).  In addition to his playing he has worked with many major recording artists and he has a 2009 Grammy nomination under his belt, this is one jazz cat not to be messed with.

7. SAXAPPEAL – 2013 Release: Singles: It’s You, Time Flies, Catch the Rhythm & I Can Be

Detroit Sounds Like This had the honor of sitting with SaxAppeal (LaDarrel Johnson) to really get to know how he creates, and how much Jazz music means to him.  Johnson handles his alto saxophone in the same fashion in which he plays his music — with attention, pride, and a graceful passion.

8. Dustin Alexander (Dayda, Sexual Tension Detroit)  – 2013 Release: Bootlegs V.1

The name Dustin Alexander can be heard in two realms of electronic and house music in Detroit.  Dustin is a man with two hats, one being that of Bass heavy ghetto tech playing loudly and unmistakably from The Works.   He is also 1/2 of Sexual Tension Detroit with friend Jerry Downey Jr..  With the Bootlegs V.1 release, Dustin clearly showed the city what he is capable of and how knowledgeable he is in the bass scene and with his disco grooves.  Dustin Alexander was a name to watch in 2013, look out 2014, I’m sure this DJ/Producer has way more in store for Detroit as he is making a name for himself.

9. COSMIC HANDSHAKES – 2013 Release: 2 Delicate Details

One part Todd Modes, one part Blair French (Dial.81) and you have Cosmic Handshakes.  Maybe house and most forms of electronic don’t fit your style.  Cosmic Handshakes have elements of electronic, but infuse parts of jazz, skilled drums, and very high end production.  The very chill EP release 2 Delicate Details really takes the listener on a journey on the joyous parts of life, the album makes you want to hang out, see old friends, and of course makes you hope for Detroit.  Cosmic Handshakes have never performed together, but maybe if were lucky in 2014 we can see something amazing happen at a local venue.

10. MONTY LUKE – 2013 Release: Lonely is the Night

Lonely is the Night is probably one of the strongest deep house releases of 2013.  Monty Luke and his label Black Catalogue are putting out some of the heaviest and hard hitting grooves that are getting around the world.  Seeing him this year on my birthday at MotorCity Wine was definitely a treat, he is a vinyl only professional, dont expect to see a laptop at his show.  Monty Luke will spin the night with the rarest grooves and get everyone dancing.  Make sure to check him out for NYE at MotorCity Wine for only five bucks!

11. NIGHTMERICA – 2013 Release: The Waiting Room

Those seeking hip hop refuge from the current ramblings and nonsense of the current trend of hip hop, Nightmerica is the answer.  In addition to these 6 amazing artists, they each display a very strong solo presense with their solo projects all over soundcloud, as a group though…perfection.  This is definitely one of the best Detroit hip hop albums to be released in a long time, and they definitely need the love.

12. CLEAR SOUL FORCES – 2013 Release: Gold PP7’s

Finally a group to fill my void of A Tribe Called Quest era style hip hop with an additional 2013 production.  These guys have an unmatched flow and unreal production.  Clear Soul Forces have definitely made a dent in the hip hop circuit having recently toured Europe and getting their name out there.  With the release of Gold PP7’s, put your copy of Yeezus down and listen to hip hop the way it was supposed to be listened to.  Make sure to check them at their Ugly Christmas Sweater Concert at The Shelter.

13. JERRY DOWNEY JR. (Sexual Tension Detroit) – 2013 Release: Bad Motor Folk (Jerry Downeys Motor City Dub)

Having interviewed Jerry Downey Jr. earlier this year was a great experience not only getting to know him, but he shared his knowledge of anything disco in Detroit.  2013 was a big year for Jerry Downey as he played many Sexual Tension parties, including his North End Studios Two Year Party, with Secrets and Dr. Disko Dust.  He has slowly been releasing his own edits and they are definitely being noticed.

14. SECRETS (Gary Springs Hunting Club) – 2013 Release: Real Life – Send Me An Angel (Super Trance Edit)

Matt Abbott aka Secrets is one man who is always playing at every sleezy bar and wharehouse in the city.  His fans/party goers know him for his wild parties with Gary Springs Hunting Club and as one of the best disco edit DJ’s in our city.  He performs many live edits during his sets and always awes the crowd or gets them singing.  While his edits range from disco, to soul, and some 80’s new wave you can always find a way to get sleezy when you hear a Secrets Edit.

15. SHIGETO – 2013 Release: No Better Time Than Now

Our first Shigeto show was at the Laneway Music Festival this past September.  Shigeto did nothing but awe his crowd and played a show which showed his precision and how he treats electronic music like a craft.  His album No Better Time Than Now became a hit across the world after its release on Ghostly.  Listen below on his track “Detroit Part 1,” for his mind blowing drum sequences, eerie sounds while it takes a walk with an unimposing bass.

16. JAMES LINCK – 2013 Release: Fortress of Solitude

The first time we encountered James Linck was when the office staff and I went to check out Mexican Knives at St. Andrews, and James Linck was one of the opening acts, our ears were blown away.  James Linck and Doc Waffles took over the stage and made sure they were heard.  James Linck has worked with many other Detroit musicians such as Dial.81, Doc Waffles, Eddie Logix, and Christopher Jarvis (Phantasmagoria).   With his 2013 release Fortress of Solitude, James Linck pop vocal skills really add to the production of his tracks, whether it be electronic, hip hop or any other sub genre.

17. PASSALACQUA – 2013 Release: Eagles Fly

I really hope in 2014 Detroit Sounds Like This can sit down with them and really get to know them.  We have extensively listened to their albums and they leave us wanting more.  Their beats are beautifully done, their style reminds us of Brother Ali, and early Dilated Peoples.  A lot of their tracks are just great to sit and relax to, by relax I mean light up of course.

18. ZOOS OF BERLIN – 2013 Release: Lucifer in the Rain

Zoos of Berlin had a quiet yet tremendous release with Lucifer in the Rain.  If you enjoy the styles of bands like Beach House and Wild Nothing, we would definitely recommend this album.  With beautiful melodies, soft vocals echoing throughout the album you couldn’t ask for a more relaxing and engaging album.

19. THE VONNEGUTS – 2013 Release: Automobile
The Vonneguts lured us in pretty early on this year with their funkadelic rock ‘n roll. From snatching sets at nearly every musical event to just rocking on the street in Eastern Market, this group stole our attention and vowed not to return it. They have a very promising future ahead of them in 2014, but don’t take your eyes off of them even for a second, because these men move quickly!

20. EDDIE LOGIX – 2013 Release: Eddie Logix Plays Lykke Li

Who hasnt Eddie Logix been working with these days?  It seems that I havent heard a remix without Eddie Logixs name attached to it, whether its for Dial.81, James Linck, Doc Waffles, Phantasmagoria, and many more, hip hop and indie musicians of Detroit want Eddie Logix on their projects.

In addition to our top 25, we included a “KEEP ON YOUR RADAR 2014” List

Feral Ground
SIAS
Dutch Pink
Jay Daniel
Golf Clap
Phantasmagoria
Codine

 


Funk Night Preview: A Day with Frank Raines & Rickey Calloway

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Halloween morning started as bleak, gloomy and grey as Detroit Sounds Like This got ready to spend the day with Funk Night Records DJ and Owner Frank Raines and headliner for tonight’s return of Funk Night: Rickey Calloway. Rickey, having only arrived in Detroit a couple hours before, was up and ready for a mini Detroit tour and a photo shoot.  We packed into the car and headed downtown.  Our first stop was Greektown to catch the People Mover (free parking of course doesn’t hurt either).  We proceeded to hop on and head towards the Renaissance Center. We snapped a few shots, explored the buildings, and then rode the People Mover to loop back to Greektown.  As we explored and talked about how invigorating and significant the places in the city we were venturing to made us feel, our day really started to awaken some magical vibes.

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We headed down West Grand Boulevard to Hitsville USA, the heart of the Motown Sound.  All of us, myself included, had never set foot in there until just yesterday.  We walked around, heard the tour guide sing Motown classics into the ceiling to demonstrate the echo and re-verb, observed the gold and platinum records on the walls, and really just soaked in the importance of what the place we were standing in has contributed to Detroit and to cities of musicians all over the world .  The end of the tour was the cherry on top of the sundae — energy in the recording studio was unbelievable. Just decades ago some of the greatest songs we know and love today were created inside the detached garage we were standing in.  We could tell that Rickey was overwhelmed with inspiration and excited; about 4 hours later he was going to a studio with Will Sessions and Frank to record a new song.

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Once we were finished up at Hitsville U.S.A., we headed over to Woodbridge Pub to grab some food and began a Q & A interview with DJ Frank Raines & Rickey Calloway.

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INTERVIEW

C: Funk Night recently went on a year and a half, almost two year halt, was there a reason behind this?

F: I was trying to bring it back to the warehouse vibe, because the Majestic Theater every weekend was having a huge party, it was becoming played out, they were having parties every weekend and it was just getting repatative. Then we found another spot and we got permits and there was some back tax issues, and that kind of set Funk Night back.

C: Meanwhile Detroiters have seen Funk Night Records releases as far as Russia. Funk Night Records has become a very well known name throughout the world, how did you achieve all of this?

F: I have really amazing artists that I work with, I try to make sure everything is top-notch quality, and that the music will speak for itself. I also make sure to get the records in the right DJ’s hands, so certain people would be playing the records and people would want them.

C: How did you sign the The Soul Surfers from Russia to Funk Night Records?

F: A guy named Misha in Russia, hes a record collector and hosts a Funk Night style party in Russia and he sent me a few demos, and I thought they were sweet and said ‘Yes lets do this.’

C: Back in 2008 Funk Night received the award for ‘Best Party in America,’ by PaperMag in NY. How were you guys nominated and what was it like receiving the award?

F: I dont even know how that happened. Someone told me one day that we were nominated and then we won. So we went to NYC with a small crew and our award was presented to us by Andrew W.K., it was a pretty good time.

C: Frank you have one of the largest funk and soul 45 collections, when did you start collecting and listening to funk? Where is your favorite place to crate dig?

F: I started collecting in the late 90’s, I was really into collecting 45’s especially. I dont have a specific place that I go, I go to yard sales, and random spots that are selling vinyl.

C: Funk night has gone through many venues over the years, stretching to the CAID, Hoban Foods, The Russell, St. Andrews with it more recently settling at the Majestic Theater, where was your favorite place to host Funk Night?

F: I think my favorite was probably Hoban Foods, it was the first night we introduced Rickey Calloway to Funk Night. I just love the warehouse vibe for funk night.

C: Moving forward 2013 and beyond, where do you see Funk Night and Funk Night Records heading?

F: Putting out some sweet records, go on a worldwide tour with the band from Russia, and possibly bring the Soul Surfers to Detroit.

C: A few months back I was on the web and saw a post that featured a neck tattoo of your logo from a fan in Russia — sounds like you have some seriously dedicated fans, what was your reaction when you first saw that photograph? Do you know anything else about that tattoo, like who it was or when he got it?

F: It was awesome, I realized then how seriously Russia is taking to the funk. I’m actually friends with the guy now, he was super cool and of course since he has the Funk Night Records logo on his body I send him huge packages with all of our latest vinyl releases.

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C: When did you begin your career in music, and what made you decide on the funk genre?

R: 1968, I watched the T.A.M.I show which showed Motown artists like The Supremes, Smokey Robinson, and my favorite James Brown.  When I saw that I had never seen anything like that before, I was mesmerized.  I went to school, and we would be coming out of rest periods, and I was a guy who would like to joke around and laugh a lot, so I would pull my pants up, spin around and say ‘I’m doing the James Brown.’  Then guys started taking me seriously, and they would tell people to ‘watch Rickey do the James Brown,’ and the crowd would get bigger and bigger.  I then realized ‘This was nice,’ which made me enter the schools talent show.  There was about 1000 people there, and that was it.  I was about 13 years old when I did this talent show, 1000 people screaming and dancing in the crowd.  It was great.

C: Being from Florida, how did you and Frank meet each other?

R: I was on the internet one night, I think I was on MySpace, I was kind of just searching along and typed the keyword ‘Funk.’  That is when I found Frank’s Funk Night page.  I saw all this cool stuff about Funk Night, and said ‘This is cool,’  so I sent Frank a video, and he corresponded back and he liked it, and then Frank said ‘I gotta get you up here.’  My first reaction was ‘This guy is nuts, its not gonna happen.’  Then after a few more emails he sent for me and I did Funk Night at Hoban Foods.  I had such a good time in that warehouse.

C: You have quite the stage presence, how do you keep so active through your performances?

R: The music, The Will Sessions Band just has that magic that energizes me, when I am with those guys I don’t think about time, I’m just having fun.  I feed from them, I can’t really explain it.  Funk Night is one of my better venues, I have so much fun in Detroit, I cant explain it.

Ricky stops in the RenCen to take a photo with a fan:

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FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT FUNK NIGHT:

Funk Night Records
Funk Night

Below is the latest Funk Night Records release:
Soul Motivators “Until The Sun Goes Down.”


MUSIC VIDEO-Mexican Knives “Killer Snake”

Last Thursday Mexican Knives released their new music video via Noisey for their track “Killer Snake,” from the 2013 EP “Other Tramps.”

Want more Mexican Knives? Check them out here:

Facebook
Bandcamp
Souncloud

Filmed, Directed and Edited by Wesley Levise
Additional footage shot by Esme McClear
Song by Mexican Knives


Jerry Downey Jr. (Sexual Tension Detroit) – Badd Motor Folk (Jerry Downey’s Motor City Dub)

Released 10/7/2013 is a free download from Jerry Downey Jr..  Uncle Louie’s classic “Badd Motor Folk” from 1979 is given a 2013 re-touch.  Enjoy Detroit.

For an in depth interview with Jerry Downey Jr. click here!


Cosmic Handshakes-2 Delicate Details

This weeks Track of the Week comes out of M1 Session artists Dial 81 & Todd Modes of Cosmic Handshakes.  Cosmic Handshakes recently released an EP entitled “The Delicate Detail,” back in mid July off of the label M1 Sessions.  To read a review and find out more about the album click here.

Have a nice week Detroit!

To purchase “The Delicate Detail” Click Here!


St. Jeromes Laneway Music Festival-Detroit 2013-Photo Gallery

Photo Gallery from St. Jeromes Laneway Festival – Detroit 2013

The National. Sigur Rós, Deerhunter, The Dismemberment Plan, Solange, El-P and Killer Mike as Run The Jewels, Frightened Rabbit, CHVRCHES, AlunaGeorge, Savages, Warpaint, Phosphorescent, Youth Lagoon, Washed Out, Icona Pop, Flume, My Brightest Diamond, Haerts, Shigeto, Matthew Dear Chet Faker, Beacon, and Adult..

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Atoms & Ease “Let It Go” (Live from Lager House)

Artist: Atoms & Ease
Track: Let it Go (Live from Lager House)

After photographing an energetic set at this past weekends Dally in the Alley, this group caught my ear. They had the crowd dancing, drinks were being poured off the stage, it definitely had every proper element for a funk party.  It caught our ears enough to track them down on the internet and find our track of the week.

Enjoy an intimate cassette tape sounding track entitled “Let It Go.” Recorded live from PJ’s Lager House.  Let Cyepies (Lead Vocals) take you on a lo-fi vocal journey guided by crisp drumming and a dark-upbeat bass line.


Forward, Deep + Sleaze: An Introduction to Disco in Detroit Part 1

When Detroit Sounds Like This sat down with DJ Jerry Downey Jr. (Sexual Tension Detroit & Bathroom Culture) we asked him to describe his parties and the music he spins in three words. His response:

Forward, Deep & Sleaze

Ever since my favorite monthly DJ party has come to a halt (Funk Night) I have been looking and keeping my ears open to any scene or party to fill my monthly party void. This is when I stumbled upon the parties that have been happening on a monthly basis at Temple Bar. Are they playing more funk? Is it a hip hop scene? Is a Detroit DJ playing free parties that no one knows about?

Wrong! It’s DISCO! Yes Detroit, we may have our roots in Motown, we have punk-rock, and our hip hop and electronic music are at the forefront of their scenes, but what about Disco? You can now put a check mark next to that genre too.  From its early rumblings in dimly-lit cretin-filled warehouses, Detroit Disco Collectives and their parties have been forming and moving from warehouses to residencies at local venues.

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The Beginnings of Sexual Tension Detroit

(CP – Carlos Padilla, J – Jerry)

CP: Where did the idea of “Sexual Tension Detroit” come from?

J: STD came to life when I had the opportunity to have a party at a warehouse (Warehouse 1018) in the Islandview neighborhood that I would shortly after help manage.  My idea was to provide the party crowd an atmosphere unrivaled to that which clubs/bars can contain, give the community an opportunity to release all the tension they’ve built up all week by cutting loose in a laid back; anything goes type of environment.

CP: What was your inspiration to even throw warehouse parties?  As most Detroiters have experienced, our police seem to care a bit to much for no reason.

J: My inspiration came heavily from the way Funk Night parties were thrown. They were in warehouses, BYOB and thousands of people would show up and you just danced. I wanted everything about that experience to be part of Sexual Tension Detroit.

CP: It seems easy to most, but I know myself that warehouse parties take a lot of planning and strategy, what was your draw to even get people to come downtown for Sexual Tension?

J:  These parties were late night free-for-all’s with myself and friends DJing. Ladies would also be free with a minimal cover for the fellas to cover whatever sound system we had rented.  For the most part I was organizing these events without a steady team, but I really loved the idea of always working with a rotating cast of people which really helped me understand the logistics of how things work with events.

CP: Warehouse parties dont last forever? What was your next step?

J: Around the time the warehouse space fizzled out I was offered a monthly residency at the Temple Bar in Cass Corridor and Sexual Tension Detroit eventually found its new home here. About 4 months ago I started playing back to back with Dustin Alexander (Dayda) and took him on board as a resident DJ.  A lot of things are about to change with Sexual Tension Detroit as we grow; the next move is going to be my 2 year anniversary party this November – keep your ear to the ground.

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Moving the party out of the bathroom: The beginnings of Bathroom Culture

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(Photographs from Facebook Page of Bathroom Culture)

CP: The name alone draws a lot of responses, Bathroom Culture?

J: Bathroom Culture itself is a nod to what goes down in the bathroom (wink) at parties and even though the bathroom of a club makes people feel secure, people need to spend less time in it and more time on the dance floor. So the idea of the name was to get people out of the bathroom and to the dance floor.

CP: Who are the DJ’s that make Bathroom Culture?

J: My main crew consisted of John Ryan (Dr. Disko Dust) and Griffin Scillian (Carlo Rambaldi). John was the first person to actually book me to play a club and we all eventually got together and established ourselves as Bathroom Culture along with Griffin’s roommate James Droze who would be paramount in helping expose our aesthetics visually.

CP: Besides warehouses where else can someone in Detroit catch Bathroom Culture?

J: Our parties are at some pretty random locations, we’ve played huge packed nightclubs/warehouses and even tiny restaurants like Small Plates on Broadway.  Every part of our aesthetic is rebellious and provocative; we don’t fit in with the other party crews and use some really over the top imagery.  Look out soon for our forthcoming series of web videos.

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At the end of our interview I asked Jerry to play some vinyl to give us at Detroit Sounds Like This a taste of what he plays during his sets.   Jerry concluded the interview by telling us about an upcoming Sexual Tension Detroit party at Temple Bar…THIS FRIDAY!

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Thats right Detroit, Friday night, September 6, 2013 come on down to Temple Bar for “BAD PARTY NAME: LUV BOXX,” which should be a great party to start off the weekend.

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Well Detroit, because we have so much to offer I will have to end here.  But dont worry there will be a part 2 in the coming weeks!  Yes, we actually have another group of disco aficionados who go by Gary Springs Hunting Club, but they are an article all in their own, and you will see why very soon.   Until then, find out where the GSHC party is this weekend.  I heard their is free coffee at midnight.
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Below article is a soundcloud set by Jerry Downey Jr.  Enjoy.

 


Zoos of Berlin “Above the Air”

Hello Detroit!

Hope everyone is enjoying their Labor Day Weekend! Its Monday so that means here is your track of the week!
This track was recently a Rolling Stone download of the day!

Check out “Above the Air” by Zoos of Berlin

For More Zoos of Berlin:
Zoos of Berlin Facebook
Zoos of Berlin Bandcamp


Mexican Knives “Killer Snake”

Mexican Knives release a brand new EP entitled “Other Tramps”

The two track EP contains the songs “Killer Snake” and “Make This Moment”

Please check back later today for a brand new music video by the Mexican Knives.

Want to learn more? Check out their Facebook here!


Secrets “Night Mapping”

This weeks track of the week goes to one of the cities most expert when it comes to disco. Enjoy a track from Secrets (Gary Springs Hunting Club) and maybe catch his party on Sept 7. Where is it? No one knows, but if you are in Detroit on September 7th, I’m sure you’ll find your way.

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Check his event info here.

Oh here, maybe you can decode their party promo video from last week…enjoy!

Want more of Secrets, check out his Soundcloud!


Track of the Week – The Gutter Ghouls “Corpse & Bride”

This week was no contest with the Gutter Ghouls and their recent release of their video “Corpse Bride.”  Its been a favorite of mine for a while now, and the video is amazing!

I have enjoyed seeing them live more then once, and their show is something you wont forget.  It gets your heart beating and wanting more.  These guys really enjoy what they do, and they prove it every time they hit the stage.

It is also great to see a band that put so much time and effort for their first ever music video.  Props guys.

Stay Dope Detroit.

Artist: The Gutter Ghouls
Track: Corpse & Bride
Label: Hell City Records


Best Coast to Play with Local Dead-Surf Band Mexican Knives

Best Coast is an American indie rock band based in Los Angeles, California, and is often categorized under the subgenres of garage rock, surf pop, and lo-fi. The members are frontwoman/songwriter Bethany Cosentino and multi-instrumentalist Bobb Bruno. The band is recognizable for their fuzzy, low-fidelity sound in the vein of surf rock.
They write one hell of a melody!

Attached below is a video from Best Coast, take a look!

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Mexican Knives are a local dead-surf group from Detroit Michigan.  The band is lead by Zachory Weedon, and consits of Ruth (Vocals), Blair (Drums) & John (Bass).  Want to know more about Mexican Knives, check out their interview with Detroit Sounds Like This here!

Below is an exclusive track performed live at the Detroit Sounds Like This studio in Eastern Market.

Click here for more event info!

$16 in advance


Track of the Week – Damon Warmack “Evolving”

This week we have some Detroit Jazz for you, please enjoy the brilliant bass guitar of Detroit Jazz artist Damon Warmack.
You can watch Damon play at his frequent spots around the city such as Motor City Wine, and Bakers Keyboard Lounge.

Enjoy.

Want to know more about Damon? Check out his website here:
http://www.damonwarmack.com/

Artist: Damon Warmack
Track: Evolving


Track of the Week – Richy Marciano ft. Dej Loaf “One Rule, No Rules”

Hello Everyone.
I know it may seem like I am on a hip hop craze lately, but no worries, Detroit Sounds Like This supports all genres. It just happens this week we were highly impressed with this sound. The local talent includes Richy Marciano and female hip hop artist Dej Loaf. Both of these artists are Detroit natives, and let me tell you…they know their stuff.

Enjoy Detroit

Artist: Ricky Marciano ft. Dej Loaf
Track: One Rule, No Rules (Cover of Nas & Lauryn Hills track “If I Ruled The World)