Kamis, 26 November 2009

On a sleepy Thanksgiving Afternoon

After a late night of music, friends, and drinks I'm looking out the window at the dismal day and wondering when outside will look happy again. Last night I went to the Ty Stone Thanksgiving Rockin Eve for the debut of Ty's new band. I had a great time; the music was fantastic. Right now I'm getting ready to head over to the family's for Thanksgiving dinner. I'm thinking after dinner I'm going to stay in because Friday night I'll be going to see Rob Zombie and Saturday will be the Sam Roberts Band. Also if you haven't checked out my interview with Rob Zombie here's the link: http://www.realdetroitweekly.com/content/article_5912.shtml

Minggu, 22 November 2009

Whirlwind Weekend

What a weekend! Between "Fine Art Meets Rock n' Soul" at Next Step Studios in Ferndale to the Detroit Urban Craft fair at the Majestic; the creativity was definitely inspiring. I also had my first eating experience at Mudgie's Deli which is a hidden gem in Detroit. Check out their menu; yum! I had a cranberry green iced tea and the Hippie Dippie Sh*t Man - avocado, baby spinach, alfalfa sprouts, walnuts, dried cranberries, diced apples, shredded carrots and cucumber with raspberry vinaigrette rolled in lawash bread. I had a very tasty, auditory, and visual weekend!

Minggu, 15 November 2009

Music, writing, and what drives me

Some of my favorite things in the world are music, writing, and reading. I don't think that makes me a nerd. I have somehow stumbled into a work world where I'm the marketing assistant for the Royal Oak Music Theatre, I write for Real Detroit Weekly, and I'm on the ground floor for a start-up company called Dream Town Media. Most recently I've interviewed Five Finger Death Punch's bassist Matt Snell, The Ultimate Donny from Gil Manteras Party Dream, and got to write the cover story of Ty Stone's search for the truth. It's pretty amazing to be able to do something that you love. I feel truly blessed.

Upcoming Interview with Rob Zombie

I'm sitting at my computer perusing the internet and sipping some green tea. In about two hours I will be on the phone interviewing musician and horror mastermind Rob Zombie. Never in my wildest dreams did I ever imagine that I would somehow stumble into the career path that I have. Writing has been a passion of mine for a long time and to actually be working for a publication is inspiring (thank you Real Detroit Weekly). I must add I'm a bit nervous but super excited about the Rob Zombie interview. I've been a fan since the early 90s. I'll be heading out to see him at the Fillmore in Detroit when he's here on 11/27.

Selasa, 10 November 2009

Sleep to Dream, Coctails, & Skinny Puppy

I wish I could sleep like I did when I was younger. Nothing would wake me up, now everything wakes me up. I have an interesting day ahead of me tomorrow; it entails a writing assignment that involves me going to a bar and trying six of their signature cocktails. This is happening at 2pm, gotta love drinking in the afternoon, woo! Then later in the evening I will be heading over the the Royal Oak Music Theatre for Skinny Puppy. That's right ladies and gentlemen get ready for some electro-industrial sound waves.

Senin, 09 November 2009

Interview with Jimmy Herring from Widespread Panic

I just interviewed the guitar player; Jimmy Herring from Widespread Panic and my article had a limit of 600 words so I thought I would share the other questions which won't be included in the Real Detroit Weekly interview that I did.

Out of all the festivals that you’ve played, what has been some of your favorites and what was it about them that stood out in your mind?

It’s hard to say, every gig is a gift to get a chance to play music. I guess there are some I like better than others, personally I like indoor shows better because they seem a little more focused. But festivals there’s so many good ones I couldn’t say cause I’m sure I’d be forgetting one. You know Bonaroo is always cool, it’s huge and it’s close to home, those two things make it kind of cool. The one we did in Michigan, it was a big deal I’m forgetting the name you’d probably know it if I said it.


Yeah, that was the one!

What are you currently listening to?

The last thing that I listened to was Nirvana and that’s strange for me because I’m into blues and jazz. And it’s mostly old dead guys that I listen to and it’s a great place to get inspiration. We learned a Nirvana song for Halloween and I was so impressed with the guy’s method of song writing. My daughter used to listen to Nirvana and she would tell me you really need to check out Nirvana they have great songs and they’re really good. And I really didn’t get it, and she got me listening to a few of their tunes and I never learned any of them and I was like God that is a good tune. Kurt Cobain was a brilliant writer. And we learned that one tune and I’m trying to get the band to learn two more. That was a special Halloween thing we probably won’t do it again, maybe next Halloween. Also been listening to The Who a lot, been listening to Quadrophenia a lot, it’s a part of my past and I used to listen to it all the time while I was growing up but I never actually learned any of it. So I started to get fascinated with Pete Townsend again and broke out Quadrophenia and after shows have been starting to learn patches of the record, it’s incredible the chord structures that Pete puts together.