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Here is Tommy Four Seven. I think it’s Royce Da 5’9″‘s brother. He has a set this Saturday at the Movement festival. This is 10 minutes of a previous set, and as you can year he really knows how to throw it down on the decks. I don’t even know if they are still called decks when there aren’t any turntables but regardless here you go. Enjoy!
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In honor of the great Movement festival hitting Detroit this weekend I decided to get on them there YouTubes and look at some performances to see what I’ll be missing. Over the next few days, I will share these mindblowing moments with you so that you can know what you’re missing as well.
Today, I’ll be sharing just over two minutes of a set performed by 16 Bit Lolitas. I’ll admit the name drew me in and I thought I was going to see something terrific… not that this isn’t terrific. Sunglasses dudes unite for this face melter. Are you ready for this insanity Saturday, Detroit? R U READY?
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How was your weekend? Great. I’m going to recomplain.
Here in Detroit and the greater metropolitan area, you have a lot of establishments that will allow you and your dumb friends to perform a set of your original music, and I think that’s wonderful. Many. Many of these places come equipped with a system of sound in the room, and a semi-knowledgeable man or woman to control that system to give you the most optimal sound they can. Sure. Sometimes it sounds like shit but that could very well be because your guitarist’s parents bought him some obscenely large rig that he refuses to turn down while your bass player can only afford a 15 watt Crate combo amp or whatever and that’s just the way it has to be. Regardless. There is still a system in place that could provide a decent sound.
This new thing where your band wants to be underground underground and you want to play restaurant banquet halls and virtually unknown establishments with no sound setup whatsoever is troubling to say the least. It’s not even that it’s a bad idea. I mean, look, you checked your schedule and you found that somehow there is one weekend over the next three months that you’re not playing a show and you need to correct that immediately. Your fans depend on you every weekend. You call all the usual haunts and try to get on a show, but all the other local bands have it booked up and there is no room for you. What the fuck are you supposed to do? Go play out of town that weekend? Get real. Not play a show?? Are you fucking crazy? You need those four drink tickets per band member (hopefully they don’t notice that you told them you had five members and you really only have four!) and that $25 for breakfast on the way home. So you have an idea. You’re going to play a place bands normally don’t play! That’s a terrific idea except for that it’s not and just please stop doing this already, however, band-baby knows best and you’re going to make it happen!
The best advice would be to rent a PA. A real PA. This advice will almost NEVER be taken because this horseshit show isn’t going to pay enough to even cover it. That’s okay. Your friend Tommy has some pretty nice speakers in his living room and one is blown but he’ll probably let you borrow the other one and you have one speaker too that you practice with and your PA head from the 70s crackles a lot and sometimes one of the channels goes in and out but you can probably just make that work. Excellent. I can’t wait.
So you have this goddamn mess of a thing all hooked up and coming as no surprise to anyone it sounds just as shitty as it always has and everyone is tuning up and getting ready for this monster show and you’re saying “check check check” into the mic and then you walk over to that awful PA head and turn up some of the crackle knobs and somehow make it sound even worse and then you stumble through some stupid song and then… and THEN you have the nerve to ask the thirteen of us there “Can you hear everything alright out there?”
I want to fucking murder you.
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You have some options this weekend when it comes to where to spend your time, energy, and money.
The Thermals are at The Loving Touch and it’s $14 and if you’re really good at math you’ll be able to figure out that 66% of that is terrible news. Maybe you’re the type of showboaty person with a job and a car and you can do things like this. Congratulations!
James Linck is going to play at Jumbo’s tonight with some rapper from Hazel Park named JP which will probably make this a pretty great time. They have threatened to “bring a lot of speakers so we’re loud like punkbands.” which is always welcomed at Jumbo’s. This is probably only $5 and it’s in Detroit and the drinks are cheap.
If you know shit about shit, before you do anything at all tonight you will be at Cass Tech to see your Detroit City Football Club destroy Cleveland in their home opener. If you’ve never been to a match you can click this link and it will tell you all you need to know to be a part of it. Well worth your $5 and even if you hate jocks and sports and games and fun I still suggest you make it out at least once this season.
Tomorrow? Tomorrow go see Rodriguez become Mayor of Detroit at the Masonic Temple. If you failed to buy tickets to this because you can’t fathom any even being well attended then I’m sorry to be the one to let you know that this is sold out. You can still hit Stubhub and scoop up some $50 tickets. If you cannot afford a $50 ticket you can probably illegally download Searching For Sugar Man along with the full Rodriguez discography and spend your Saturday night alone at home wondering if somehow, just maybe, you’re a star in South Africa too? You aren’t and your demos suck so plan on going to a bunch of Cass Corridor bars at about the same time the show lets out and talk loudly about how you were there. Bonus points if you throw in a mention of that one time that other band played those three night stint there.
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Sometimes, instead of being a whiny little bitch about everything, I would like to share new music with you that I enjoy. Maybe you will enjoy it also. Maybe we could go to the coffee shop and talk about the new music we enjoy. Maybe we could make make each other mixtapes and text each other random lyrics before we go to bed.
Hey! It’s garage rock!
This song is a summer jam too and I think it’s famous now and I keep waiting for a big drum part to come in but it doesn’t but that still doesn’t really bother me and I still just listen to it and like it and stuff.