Thursday, April 10, 2008

Finally, I'm back

So, have I lost all my readers? Sorry, sorry, sorry - I definitely need to make a better effort at this blogging business. More regular posts!! Jeez Denise!

I have been busy though, I have to say. A couple of interviews, and then transcribing interviews...Also went to a few events, listening to some radio shows.

Check out WhoDat Wednesday nights 8-10PM,
Adam Francesconi, Rhythm Gallery Wedneday nights 10:30-midnight, CJAM
Mike Huckaby Show Monday nights 10:30-midnight, CJAM

This past Monday, I went to Submerge, 3000 E Grand Blvd, Detroit, for a Red Bull Music Academy event. Submerge is a record company, record store/distributer, Detroit techno museum, and headquarters of Underground Resistance (UR), a very important DJ crew in Detroit. Dennis Coffey, Funk Brother, was the featured guest, interviewed by Detroit DJ Brian Gillespie. It was so great to see such strong connections between musical generations in Detroit. Motown and Techno. Gillespie played a number of Coffey's recordings, "It's Your Thang" (instrumental!) Isley Brothers, "Cloud 9" Temptations, "Smiling Faces" Undisputed Truth, and some others. The room was packed on the second floor of the Submerge building, a beautiful three story building in an area of Detroit that is not otherwise filled with beautiful buildings. Saw WhoDat there, she introduced me to DJ Raybone, long time Detroit DJ. We are going to set up an interview! Also talked to Cornelius Harris of UR, interview next week!

So here are some photos from the Submerge techno exhibit:

Sorry about that flash, I'll get some more professional shots up eventually. These are the display cases at Submerge. Left image is of important releases in Detroit's electronic music history. Middle image is of important analog machines for electronic music product ion. There's a Roland 808 in there, but I didn't write down what the others were and now I can't see very well in my own photo. I need to learn more about equipment. Third image is of Dan Sicko's book, Techno Rebels.

This final image, even though rather small and illegible, is a memo sent out to Music Institute members about policies, fees, membership cards, etc. This was such a cool museum. I'll have to come through here with a better camera, and my kids are interested in coming down!!


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