Friday, February 27, 2009

The Juan Maclean

DFA club music maestro the Juan MacLean, has been igniting dancefloors worldwide with flashes of post-punk and '70s experimental electronics while grafting bits of early Euro-disco, electro, Detroit techno, and Chicago house. Since the turn of the 21st century, John has turned out some of dance rock's most popular seminal hits from singles that include “By The Time I Get to Venus” in 2002, to the international mega hit “Happy House”. Then there are remixes for colleagues like Air, Chicken Lips, Daft Punk, David Gahan, Matthew Dear; international tours with Cut Copy and Shocking Pinks. Catch a very special dj performance from Maclean this evening in Hamtramck at the Trowbridge Coffee House. The event is brought to you by Proper Modulation.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Happy Paczki Day

As a blogspot, it only seems typical to blurb about something as arbitrary as Fat Tueaday. However, we're no gluttons for self-induced food comas, so a mix seems the most appropriate way to commemorate such a day. Here is a set list compiled by radio dj, Emily Copeland for her "Minced Meat" program that airs every Sunday night from 12am-2am on CJAM, 91.5fm. Tune in, cause it's the hotness.

Download Mix
Kid Koala... Robbachoppa
E.Spleece & Perilelle... Silent Producer
DJ 3000...Migration w/ Diametric
Illite... Searchin' ft. Zo!
Asylum 7 & Zo!... Crossover ft. Miz Korona
USM...Funkshun ft. Abrasive Method
Snowman Jack... The Cold War
Die Baader Mienhoff Gruppe... Trisomy 21
iNSiDEaMiND... Twilight Harvest
mAGNOLIUS... Utter The Sun
dial81... Eye 75 Live with Eli Horse
dial81... Recycled Gold ft. Mr. Pickles
JR & PH7... Top Rank ft. Guilty Simpson & Black Milk
Black Milk... Losing Out feat. Royce Da 5'9'
Finale... Jungle Music
Kero... Groovytour
Robot Needs Oil... White Heat - Matt Herdman remix
Scan 7... No One Listens to Techno
Tes La Rok... Gunshot
Lordru... Adept
SMOKE... Smoke Freestyles
Harmonic 313... Battlestar ft. eLZhi & Phat Kat
Telefon Tel Aviv... Lotus Above Water
Commodore Crush... Bing bing on my Ding ding

Blogging BLNK-14

Some of our favorite bloggers from both the local and national music scenes are already receiving news from our most current release on Blank Artists by E. Spleece, entitled "Keyboards and Kickflips". Browse their websites, read the reviews, and get acquainted with their muses.

Renaissance Soul
Vegetarian Selectronics

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Weekend Bender

Michna Live w/ Raw Paw (4 piece band)
Erno the Inferno
Joe Vargas
Jesse Cory
The Rev. Robert-David Jones
*Fashion show featuring threads from local designer Angela McBride.

Patrick Russell - Circus Company / Mentalux.Com

Matt Abbott (aka Vacuum) - Mineral Musica / Blank Artists

George Rihani - UGF

Trowbridge House of Coffee
10241 Jos Campau
Hamtramck, MI
Doors @ 9p . $5 all night . 21+

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

BLNK-14 | E.Spleece - Keyboards & Kickflips

Today marks the release of Keyboards and Kickflips, the long awaited first single from E. Spleece. And boy, have we been waiting to share this one. Two songs on this release feature the electrifying vocals of Peril Elle, who is quickly emerging as Canada’s queen of moody music. Filled with grooves and other sultry components, this EP displays a unique duality as both a party and bedroom rocker. Do not sleep on this! For more info, visit

Two Favorites Together At Last

Last week the guys of Deastro stopped by WDET's Studio to play a few songs on Detroit Today. You can hear the segment and the bonus HD Radio songs, hosted by Craig Fahle here.

Blank Artists own Jared Wilson also appeared on WDET late last year. You can obtain more information on his visit here.

In other WDET news, they are restructuring their programming to include more music. A full run down of the changes can be found here.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Open City Speaker Series

Open City is a forum for aspiring and current business owners to exchange ideas and information about fostering business in the city. It connects groups of entrepreneurs and entrepreneurs-to-be around the city to share their expertise, vision, and success.

Open City convenes every third Tuesday of the month at Cliff Bells in downtown Detroit. This week's forum is co-sponsored by Model D and will feature a thorough discussion on Detroit area organizations that include theUniversity Cultural Center Association and the Eastern Market Corporation. For a complete list of speakers and time, visit their website.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

CJAM Needs Your Help

CJAM is currently applying for an amendment to their broadcasting to assume a new signal at 99.1 FM. While CJAM has been broadcasting at about 1000 watts for over 10 years, the station was never granted “Protected Status” from the CRTC, thanks to pressures from the FCC who were concerned with CJAM’s level of interference with adjacent American stations. Without “Protected Status”, CJAM faces the risk of losing its signal to other applicants. Sign the petition and help keep CJAM alive. For more information visit the website.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Craig Sopo

Friend and Michigan transplant, Craig Sopo has emerged as one of Bmore's brightest electronic producers. Over the past year, Sopo and com padre Lovehate, have offered a new music imprint and one of Baltimore's most successful electronic monthly's, aptly named More or Less. The monthly has grown considerably and has given an opportunity for the Bmore scene to boast shows including Lusine, Michna, Ben Paris, and Output Message. Between djing and producing, Sopo is also hard at work finishing his master's degree at Georgetwown University and although his schedule is demanding, this tireless task-manager show no signs of slowing down. Sopo recently caught up withBmore-Electro to talk music and drop a new mix. Check out his interview.

Download Mix
Fader 2 (unreleased) – Craig Sopo – More or Less
Royal House (De Stijl Mix) – Gui Boratto
Muggy (Original Mix) – N3sh
Modules (unreleased) – Craig Sopo – More or Less
Blue Room (Brian Kage Remix) – Codine
Funky Fromage – Someone Else
Reborn – Walter J
Tin Soldier – Red Robin & Jakob Hilden
Coded (Unreleased) – Craig Sopo – More or Less
Delayed Spektrum – A. Vemina and G. Lopedote
Conscious Movement (Marcus Meinhardt Mix) – Harada
Do The Do – Robotman
Lokomotiv – Moratto vs. Barbato
Polyform – Gerome Sportelli
Physical Attraction (Original Mix) – Djak Unit
X-Talk – Joshua Harrison
Don’t Panic Till I Said So – Audiofly X
This is Acid – Tim Cook
Gypzum – Jeff Bennett

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Friday The 13th

OPENING NIGHT: "Black Is, Black Ain't and I Repeat Myself When Under Stress" with performances by The Sea and Cake

The Sea and Cake present their effortlessly breezy, jazz inflected, pop for the opening night of I Repeat Myself When Under Stress. Joining them will be Detroit’s own Raw Truth Ensemble featuring past and present AACM members Michael Carey (reeds), Skeeter CR Shelton (reeds), Djallo Dajakate (percussion), Gregory Cook (double bass), Andrea Jackson (bass violin). More info @

Fujiya & Miyagi are an English band formed in Brighton in 2000. They are currently signed to Full Time Hobby Records in the United Kingdom. They are self-described as being heavily influenced by 70's Krautrock bands such as Can and Neu! as well as early-90's electronic music artists like Aphex Twin. The origins of the band's name come from a character in the movie The Karate Kid as well as the brand of a record player. More info @

IT PRESENTS: Shake, BMG, Todd Osborn, and Chuck Hampton
Elements Gallery
2125 Michigan Ave
$5, 11pm-?
More info @ Interdimentional Transmissions

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Vacuum - Free Download

Our beloved Matt Abbott, aka Vacuum, has been hard at work on music from his new home in California. Don't believe us? Check out this free track and mix from the IHEARTCOMIX Blog. Abbott will be coming back to play in Detroit later this month at THC, more info here.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Numero Group

From Numero Group

the Numero Group, Founded by Tom Lunt, Rob Sevier, and Ken Shipley in 2003, decided to approach the record business backwards. No corporate hierarchy; no company stationary. Just a big pile of music that no one had ever heard of. Their mission was simple: to dig deep into the recesses of their record collections with the goal of finding the dustiest gems begging to be released from their exile on geek street.

A shelf of Numero discs feels less like a "record collection" and more like a library. The library to date is a mix of thrift shop soul, skinny tie pop, Belizean funk, and hillbilly gospel. Numero makes records for people who may have everything from indigenous Central American drumming to Canadian chanteuses stacked next to their CD players. Check out their f-ing delicious catalog.

Sunday, February 8, 2009

John Tejada Interview

Published / Tue, 03 Feb 2009
From / Resident Advisor
Words / Mark Strauss

Resident Advisor offers its latest interview series, entitled Machine Love, which examines the working process of studio production. For their first installment, RA talks to legendary electronic musician,John Tejada. Between the impressive catalog on his Palette Recordings and all of the various remix projects, Tejada has envisioned a style as distinctive as any. Read the entire interview.

Friday, February 6, 2009


Pew Research Center offered its annual special trends report regarding America's most popular cities and once again, Detroit gets the shaft. However, Detroiters are very cognizant of scathing media bias. For decades, we have bore the unfortunate title of being deemed the country's bastard child, as proliferated by national news media, and this recent report is just another one for the trash. I mean c'mon! You have Tampa, Orlando, and Phoenix as more popular than New York, Chicago, and Minneapolis? Pew should have more accurately referred to their findings as "Researchers Hate Winter". Yeah, this is as fluffy as it gets.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Thomas Sugrue

Thomas Sugrue, author of the critically acclaimed "Origins of the Urban Crisis", is making an appearence at Wayne State Universty this month to promote his new book, "Sweet Land of Liberty: The Forgotten Struggle for Civil Rights in the North". He will deliver the keynote presentation at the Richard C. Van Dusen Forum on Urban Issues at 9 a.m. Friday, Feb. 27. The event, which is free and open to the public, will be in the WSU Law School's Spencer M. Partrich Auditorium, 471 West Palmer. A book sale and signing will follow. An ex-Detroiter, Sugrue is now a professor of History and Sociology at the University of Pennsylvania. Read one of his in-depth interviews.

Getting Ghost

A new book has been published detailing the lives of a group of adolescents in Detroit caught in the drug game. It's called Getting Ghost and is available courtesy of The New Press. Phillipe Bourgois says, "This sensitive and brave book takes readers into the tragedy of deindustrialization and ethnic discrimination in America to reveal the lives of those trapped in the illegal drug economy. Bergmann forces us to face the contradictions of drugs, discrimination, and poverty in our heartland.".

Great reading, especially coupled with Sugrue

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Craig Gonzalez - I:8 Mix

One of our favorite Local dj's, Craig Gonzalez, offers up a set of classic house gems in the latest mix from his ongoing Impromptu Series. For Impromptu, Craig sets out to establish a theme that is raw and unedited (perhaps in homage to the mixtape era), but what supersedes the nature of this mix is the ability for it to re-introduce an original blueprint to a new generation of electronic music enthusiasts. This set is highly recommended for all EDM fans, especially house-heads. For more information and impromptu sets, visit Craig's website.

Download I:8
Blue Maxx - Smooth Landing
Daniel Bell - Berserk
Roland King - Flashbacks From the M1
Black Action Committee 3 - Feelin' Sad Remix
Human Arts - Big Sur Highway
Unit 46 - Don't go
Mike Huckaby - We Can Make It
K.O.T - Liquid Interlude
Green Fridge - Africa Sunset
Jovonn - Mellow Monday
Ron & Chez D - Untitled
Outlaw Soundworks - Out (Love Beats)
Funk Force Project - Groovin

100% vinyl

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Ashley Lieber

Ashley Lieber's creative work balances between the urban and the academic. She is a traditionally trained sculptor and has been an active artist since 2000. In 2005 she earned her BFA from Grand Valley State University, and is an MFA candidate at the University of Michigan, where she currently works and student teaches. She has been member to several artist collectives, including 280 Studios and The Free Radical Gallery. She is currently looking to her ecological concerns to inform her creative practice, and has entered study at U of M in The School of Natural Resource and Environment, focusing on water remediation and ecological restoration.

Catch a very special art installation from Ashley, this Friday in Hamtracmck for the Blank Artists 4-year Anniversary. Visit her blog for more info.