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Check out the new Fall shows on the show page. We will be celebrating the 18th Big '80s Flashback Halloween Bash! on Friday, Oct. 25th at The Corktown Tavern with 5 cool bands for only $6 bucks and the proceeds benefit Hater Kitty Rescue Army who feeds and places cats in the city. Hear '80s covers like you've never heard them before!
This update: Sept. 1, 2013
Static Records is once again nominated for "Outstanding Record Label" in the Detroit Music Awards! We have been nominated every year since 1993!!
Other Static colleagues that have been nominated in the Country category include Doop & The Inside Outlaws and Katie Grace! Matt Dmits also received nominations for Acoustic/Folk.Our friend The Impaler has also been nominated twice in the Electronic category and friend Haf Life, Carjack! and Cybertrybe. The Ruiners are also nominated this year in 3 rock categories as well as White Shag and The Sights. In the Folk field our friend Audra Kubat is nominated.The Process in world/reggae category. And bassist Lone Wolf is also nominated this year! Kudos to all!
This update: Mar. 13, 2013
We have three upcoming shows at The Corktown Tavern! Check them out on the show page!
This update: Mar. 1, 2013
HAPPY NEW YEAR 2013!
This update: Jan. 1, 2013
The 17th Big 80s Flashback Halloween Bash was another blast from the past and this year money was raised for our own HaterKitty Rescue Army! Thanks to the bands, Red September, Walkin Talkin Toxins, Panic or Pain, Clashback and White Shag for playing!
Check out Upcoming shows on the show page! On deck for Fall/Winter at The Corktown Tavern:
NIGHT AFTER THE DAY OF THE DEAD with The Luckouts-Screamray-Sons of Strippers on Nov. 2
Todd's Reunion on Nov. 23
Home for the Holidaze 10: Songwriter Showcase & Charity Drive on Dec. 21
This update: Oct. 29, 2012
There is so much going on over the next few months, check out the show page for all the upcoming shows!
Don't forget the 17th Big 80s Flashback Halloween Bash! Friday, Oct. 26th at The Corktown Tavern!
This update: Sept. 12, 2012
We'd like to congratulate our friends Doop and The Inside Outlaws for winning the "Best Acoustic Act" award at the Detroit Music Awards.
Our old friends Watershed from Columbus Ohio return to Detroit for a show on Thu. June 18 at Smalls in Hamtown. They have a new single and album out and Joe has his book "No Hit Wonder" out now!!
See you at NXNE!!
This update: May 7, 2012
Static Records is once again nominated for "Outstanding Record Label" at the Detroit Music Awards this year. The event is held on Fri. April 27 at The Fillmore (State Theatre)
Static presents: Motor City Meltdown on Sat. June 2 @ The Corktown Tavern featuring the bands The Farleys, The Luckouts and White Shag. Check out a night of Detroit Rock n' Roll!
If you are looking for some fine new alt-country roots music check out the fine new releases by Katie Grace and Matt Dmits that Static Network has been promoting to the world.
This summer's North By Northeast Music and Film Festival has just announced some of the headlining bands playing for free in the square. Go to www.nxne.com for schedule and ticket info and don't miss the best festival of the year!
This update: April. 18, 2012
HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!
Lot's in store for the new year so keep checking back for updates on shows and stuff!
We are planning the 25th Anniversary Show of the Erotic Poetry & Music Festival set for Sat. Feb. 25th at the Corktown Tavern. Go to the show page for more info!!
This update: Jan. 4, 2012
3 shows added to the show page! Our annual Todd's Reunions are Fri. Nov. 25 & Fri. Dec. 30 at the Corktown Tavern featuring DJ Charles English and hosted by me & Stirling. $7 cover with a portion of the proceeds to benefit MAC-Midwest Aids Coalition in memory of the Todd's employees.
Fri. Dec. 16th join us for Home for the Holidaze 9 Songwriter Showcase & Charity Drive featuring the music of Patrick Davy & The Ghosts, Alison Lewis & String of Ponies, Audra Kubat and Matt Dmits. $6 cover or $5 with a can of food or winter clothing item. The charities this year are Cinderfund.org a local non-profit cat rescue and Outcry Youth & Street Ministry of Detroit. Join us for a night of music for a good cause!
his update: Nov. 9, 2011
NEW FALL SHOWS ADDED!!
Come see us at the Dally in the Alley and the Wheel n' Deal Flea Market this September! Selling Static Records, Rock City Tees and tons of stuff!
Check out the Show page for lots of shows coming up the rest of this year!! Don't forget the 16th annual Big 80s Flashback Bash on Sat. Oct. 29th at a new location the fabulous Corktown Tavern in Detroit!
Lot's more in store for the new year too!!
The Polka Floyd Show is playing the Hamtramck Labor Day Festival at 3pm.
this update: Sept. 2, 2011
Summer shows added!
Two shows for July!
July 15-Kevin & Natasha's Nasty Fevers! an eclectic night of music with Odd Hours-Revoir-Sheefy McFly & The Delorean @ The Corktown Tavern
July 30-Flashback! DJ Charles English spins new and retro faves and a special performance by magician Steve DeCraemer's DeCeption Theatre @ The Corktown Tavern
Just returned from another great NXNE in Toronto! Read my festival coverage at motorcityblog.net
Two more live music clubs closed in two weeks in the city-The Belmont in Hamtramck and Club Bart in Ferndale. The Belmont I have been frequenting lately and was just enjoying the yard when news came down that they are closing after 9 years. Club Bart I never set foot it but it was home for 14 year to my many acoustic friends and it is sad to see any venue that supports live music shut down in this city.
Tooting my own horn! I've been switching gears from the usual rock writing and writing short fiction stories lately. Two of my short stories made the top five in a nationwide contest on the website The Halloweenist.com. They will be posted in the coming months! More of this to come!
this update: June 23, 2011
Spring is finally here!
There will be a Todd's Easter Reunion retro '80s Dance Party on Sat. April 23 at the Corktown Tavern. This reunion will feature original DJ Charles English and DJ Greebo spinning the tunes. Hosted by Stirling and myself, the night will be a memorial for Maria Galante Michael our dear friend who passed away this March. A portion of the proceeds will benefit St. Johns Hospice in her honor.
Static Records is once again nominated in the annual Detroit Music Awards. The Polka Floyd Show also received a nomination for Outstanding World Music Act" The Detroit Music Awards is on Fri. April 15 at The Fillmore.
this update: March 29, 2011
Happy New Year!
Detroit Music Alliance is reuniting for one night to help out our friend MJ. Fri. Feb. 4th is the night at the Corktown Tavern featuring some of the bands that made the DMA rock!
The 24th Erotic Poetry & Music Festival is Sat. Feb. 26th also at the Corktown Tavern. Check out the show page for more info on both events!
The Todd's Easter reunion is in the works for Sat. April 23 9pm.
this update: Jan. 14, 2011
Static is pleased to announce the U.S. release of "We Are Merely Filters" by the Buck Brothers from the U.K.! It is our 29th release from Static and the first of a non-Michigan band!
Static and former Todd's DJ Charles English team up for a night of retro and modern music called "Back 2 Forward" a dance party on Sat. Sept. 18 at the Corktown Tavern! Come join us for a night of drinking and dancing!
Stirling is back in action with the 1st Series of the Fall music festival on Sept. 23, 24 and 25 at the New Center Park-formerly the Park Stage at Cityfest. Join us for a 3 night music extravaganza featuring all your local faves.
We are pleased to announce the 15th Big 80's Flashback Halloween Bash! on Sat. Oct. 30th at Paychecks Lounge with the return of TWTCH!!! This ultimate 80's tribute party also features Red September, Walkin Talkin Toxins, Rogue Satellites and DJ Greebo spinning the retro tunes.
this update: Aug. 31, 2010
A lot of new stuff in the works so stay tuned here for more info and check out the show page for some upcoming shows this summer!
We are pleased to announce that we have our 29th title in the works for an August release. For the first time ever Static will release a band that is not from Detroit, Michigan or even this country! On deck is the second album from U.K. own Buck Brothers. "We are Merely Filters" is our favorite album right now and we are happy to be bringing this to their U.S. fans so get ready to get your Buck on!this update: July 9, 2010
Just got back from another great NXNE! Lots of great music on this trip from X, Iggy, The Gin Riots...check out rockoutshots.com for pics!
NXNE Music & Film Festival and Conference in Toronto June 14-20, 2010
I just got back from my annual trek to Toronto for the NXNE Music & Film Festival and Conference. This year's festival surpassed the previous years with its multitude of musical offerings and independent films. The 2010 version of NXNE hosted 650 bands from around the world, 40 films and thousands of attendees. The highlight was the stellar FREE concert at the heart of the city in Yonge and Dundas Square that featured one of the first North American appearances by Iggy and The Stooges with James Williamson back on guitar, the seminal L.A. punk band X, Seattle grunge-masters Mudhoney and old and new favorites such as Sloan and The Raveonettes. The square was the place to be! A music market was set up in the square daily and acted as a central meeting place for attendees and bands. Seven free park and public stages held outdoor concerts along with two stages at the airport and even the train station! 50 clubs across the city were slamming every night from dusk till dawn with music fans checking out bands from across the globe. Performing bands included London's The Gin Riots and Comanechi to L.A. punks The Zeros and a special acoustic set by John Doe and Exene of X. The festival features an eclectic mix as all genres of music were well represented; rock, country, electronic to hip hop, singer-songwriters and metalheads could all be found on one of the stages every night. Most clubs hosted 3 a.m. shows with last call at 4 a.m. for a full night of entertainment.
The conference portion of NXNE hosted celebrity interviews with Mudhoney and John Doe & Exene of X, which was a definite highlight of the weekend. The duo told tales of their humble beginnings and how they keep on rockin' after 30 years is because they still enjoy it! Other music industry panels covered topics ranging from marketing, booking and touring, music licensing and the annual "Demo Derby" where music execs critique your music.
I finally got the chance to attend the film festival this year. The ever expanding film festival showcased 40 independent and underground films from around the world. Some of this years' offerings were U.K. director Don Lett's music documentaries "Strummerville" and "Supersonic Sound: The Rebel Dread," the rock n' roll vampire flick "Suck," and two 'making of the record' documentaries; the premiere of "The Stones In Exile" and "Search and Destroy: Iggy Pop and The Stooges Raw Power".
An NXNE debut was "Interactive" a new media workshop that was sold out in advance and will be back next year due to its success. Two more new offerings were a rock art poster show at the Twist Gallery and the NXNE record show. Another festival doing was the NXPO trade show at the hotel with live performances during the day that was a preview for the night's showcases.
The dates for the next NXNE are June 13-19, 2011 and band submissions will be due in October of this year. Plan next year's vacation by making a road trip to NXNE. Priority passes are for sale online or if you don't want to attend the whole shebang, wristbands for the showcases are available for $50 for the five day pass or $25 for one day pass and $25 for just the film festival. A passport and clean record is needed to cross the border and you no longer need to do a currency exchange. Great hotel deals can be found online thru various travel websites. The Northern Ink Xposure Toronto Tattoo Convention is usually hosted the same weekend at The Hilton for those that want to add some extra ink on their trip.
Just make sure that G20 is not booked that weekend as this was the only sore point of the trip; that and my feet from walking club to club and my nightly hangover head!
This update: 6/26/2010
I have to buy the actual plaque though!
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Static Records Receives 2010 Best of Detroit Award
U.S. Commerce Association’s Award Plaque Honors the Achievement
NEW YORK, NY, May 19, 2010 -- Static Records has been selected for the 2010 Best of Detroit Award in the Theatrical Producers & Services category by the U.S. Commerce Association (USCA).
The USCA "Best of Local Business" Award Program recognizes outstanding local businesses throughout the country. Each year, the USCA identifies companies that they believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and community.
Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2010 USCA Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the USCA and data provided by third parties.
About U.S. Commerce Association (USCA)
U.S. Commerce Association (USCA) is a New York City based organization funded by local businesses operating in towns, large and small, across America. The purpose of USCA is to promote local business through public relations, marketing and advertising.
The USCA was established to recognize the best of local businesses in their community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations, chambers of commerce and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to be an advocate for small and medium size businesses and business entrepreneurs across America.
This update: 5/26/2010
Congrats to Doop & The Inside Outlaws for winning "Outstanding Country Recording" for "Everett Belcher" in the 2010 Detroit Music Awards!
Stay tuned for some upcoming Summer shows and other fun stuff!!
This update: 4/20/2010
We are pleased to announce that The Polka Floyd Show "Live at the Ohio Theatre" is nominated for "Outstanding Wolrd/reggae/Ska recording" in the 2010 Detroit Music Awards. Our friends Doop & The Inside Outlaws received five nominations this year including Outstanding Country Band/Songwriter/Vocalist and album for "Everett Belcher" and also an acoustic songwriting nod. Ty Stone also received multiple nominations in the rock and acoustic categories, The Impaler also got his annual "Industrial/electronic nod along with CyberTrybe an Haf Life and last but not least Static Records also was nominated for "Outstanding Record Label" again this year-I wouldn't call us outstanding, how about longlasting....Congrats all!
Back by popular demand is another Todd's Reunion on Sat. April 3 at The Corktown Tavern featuring DJ's Charles English and Greebo spinning all your fave 80's tunes and your hosts; Stirling and myself with a portion of the proceeds going to MAC-Midwest Aids Coalition.
This update: 3/16/2010
HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!
We are planning a lot of fun events for this coming year so stay tuned!
The Polka Floyd Show once again play Fat Tuesday Paczki Day party at Paczki Post Central at the PLAV Post 10 in Hamtramck. They hit the stage at 1pm
The 23rd Erotic Poetry & Music Festival-the annual eclectic celebration of the erotic arts is on tap for Sat. Feb. 27th at 9pm at The Corktown Tavern 1716 Michigan Ave. 21 & over welcome. Join us for an eclectic evening of erotic entertainment!
this update: 1/6/2010
Lots of cool shows happening this winter! More info and details on the show page.
12/11-Stirling's Birthday party at the Park Bar with Doop & The Inside Outlaws-Patrick Davy-Hayley Jane.
12/18-Home for the Holidaze 7-annual singer-songwriter showcase and charity drive for area homeless shelters. Featuring unplugged performances by Doop Duprie of Doop & The Inside Outlaws-Patrick Davy & The Ghosts-Scott Kinson-Jaye Thomas & The Divine Proportion and more at The New Dodge Lounge in Hamtramck.
12/18-30-Satori Circus presents "HodgePodge" a colllection of his performance art pieces at the 1515 Broadway.
12/23-Todd's reunion hosted by Stirling and me with DJ Charles English and DJ Greebo. at the Corktown Tavern.
2/27/10-The 23rd Erotic Poetry & Music Festival at the Corktown Tavern.
and don't miss the fabulous "Wonderland" performances on New Year's Eve and Jan. 2-3
this update: 11/30/2009
Welcome Fall!! Lots of great shows planned for the rest of 2009!
10/10 12-6pm we will be at the Spooktacular Sale at Cinderella's Attic selling handmade jewelry and Halloween goods.
10/10 The Hoolapoppers reunion show at the New Way Bar with The Zimmerman Twins! Join us for a rocking night featuring all the hits!!
10/24 The Big 80s Flashback Halloween Bash! at Paychecks! Now in its 14th year, the Flashback Bash is thee only retro Halloween party in the city! Featuring five bands playing 80s covers and DJ Greebo spinning the hits!
11/6 Static welcomes Kittens Ablaze from New York with special guest Timothy Monger of Great Lakes Myth Society doing a rare solo set.
11/28 & 12/26 Todd's reunion!
12/18 Home for the Holidaze 7 singer/songwriter showcase for homeless shelters.
More information about these shows on the show page!
this update: 9/23/2009
The Polka Floyd Show released their second album "Live at the Ohio Theatre" The 14 song CD captures the music of Pink Floyd polka style and features songs from various eras of the band. The show was recorded live on Jan. 25th 2009 at the historic Ohio Theatre. The band will be performing at the Hamtramck Labor Day Festival on Monday, Sept. 7 at 5:45 pm pn the South Stage.
Static Network will have a booth at the Dally in the Alley again this year. Check us out underneath the Dally cats for cheap tees, cds, games, books. vinyl, dvds, cds and more! Dally is on Satr. Sept. 12 from 11-11pm
Static will be hosting the 14th annual Big 80's Flashback Bash on Sat. Oct. 24 at Paychecks Lounge in Hamtramck. Another fun line-up of bands doing their renditions of 80's songs.
this update: 8/10/2009
The Polka Floyd Show will release their second album "Live at the Ohio Theatre" on July 22! The 14 song cd captures the music of Pink Floyd polka style and features songs from various eras of the band. The show was recorded live on Jan. 25th 2009 at the historic Ohio Theatre. The cd release party will commence on July 24 at Mickey Finns in Toledo.
Our friends Doop & The Inside Outlaws also release a second album entitled "Everett Belcher" on Aug. 1 with a release party at the Park Bar. Expect more down river Americana rock from Doop and the boys! www.insideoutlaws.com
Gearing up for Cityfest, Dally in the Alley and our annual Big 80's Bash and Home for the Holidaze 7 to round out the year and stay tuned for more shows being added soon!
this update: 6/30/2009
MOTOR CITY MAY-HEM! A night of music and words at the Corktown Tavern features performances by: BULLCOCK-The Luckouts-Graveside Manner and spoken words by Jimmy Doom-Lisa Vicious-Mike Bobbitt. Corktown Tavern is located at 1716 Michigan Avenue next to what is left of Tiger Stadium. This is our third event at the Tavern which has been wonderful working with us since the demise of 313.jac in November. Look for more events there in the future!
this update: 4/30/2009
Join us for one of our annual events-Home for the Holidaze 6-singer/songwriter showcase and charity drive to benefit area homeless shelters for people and pets. The 6th annual show features performances by Gretchen Wolff, Patrick O'Brien, Jeremiah Hess and more TBA. It will be held on Friday, Dec. 19 at Corktown Tavern located at 1716 Michigan Avenue in Detroit at 9pm. $6 cover or $5 with a canned food donation or winter clothing item. The money raised will go towards numerous food items such as Spam that will be collected and donated to Papa Smurf's church the following week. Join us this holiday for a night of music for a good cause!
this update: 12/1/08
After 12 years, the downtown rock n’ roll club 313.jac located upstairs at Jacoby’s is being shut down by the owners of the establishment. Promoters Stirling and Sue Static were asked to cease bookings there and the last weekend of shows is this coming weekend. According to what the owners told them they have no new plans for the upstairs but are moving away from the rock n’ roll community to a more gentrified bar/restaurant atmosphere.
“We would like to thank the Detroit rock n’ roll music community, the bands and music fans that have supported us there for the past twelve years. Thank you for a most memorable run and we’ll see you soon, you can count on it.”
The team of Stirling and Sue Static will venture forward to a new location in the coming new year, so stay tuned. They vow to continue their support of the rock n’ roll scene in Detroit for years to come.
Friday night: Bixy Lutz-Wrong Numbers-Dead Skyscrapers
Saturday night: Doop & friends; Ty Stone-Brandon Calhoon-Matt Dmits-Scott Kinson and morethis update: 11/6/08
"Whip It" Movie Stars Surprise
Jam Session in Detroit"-August 9,2008
Following sets by Detroit-area acts I, Crime, Rogue Satellites, and Satori Circus, an impromptu jam broke out as Juliette Lewis & Eve took to the stage and performed the disco anthem "I Will Survive" backed by I, Crime guitarist/vocalist Jennie Knaggs and drummer Charlie McCutcheon (who took over from Zoe Bell's initial stint behind the kit). After a wobbly start, it turned into a unique performance that made up in fun what it lacked in polish. A lengthy freestyle jam by Eve and Juliette concluded the night's surprise performance.
YouTube videos of both performances - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gXBOKbqjbEg and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5GJ5odI3IUs -
this update: 8/12/08
POLKA FLOYD Cd is available now! Check out Toledo's own Polka Floyd playing Floyd classics like you've never heard them before-polka style! You can order them online here or check out the band at www.polkafloyd.com
You can also order the Detroit Rock City t-shirts for only $13 they come in all sizes.
Check out upcoming shows including the annual Home for the Holidaze 5 at 313.jac on 12/21 and coming this February 16 the 21st annual Erotic Poetry & Music Festival!
Also on wed. March 19 our friends The Buck Brothers will make their Detroit debut at The Laher House! Check them out at www.buckbrothers.net
Hello All! The bionic arm is healing fine now. Had a great Big 80's Flashback Bash this year! It's great every year but this year was best because of my crappy summer. Old faves Red September and The Toxins played and tore it up with "Synchronicity 2" and "Burnin' Down the House" respectively. New faves Apartment 4 rocked the house with "Debaser" and Popsicle Shiv played Gang of Four's "Found that Essence Rare" to perfection! I dressed as myself in the 80's which was really no different from how I dress today minus a few safety pins and studs! Thanks for everyone who came down to rock the party with us! See you back next year! My Halloween in Hell was pretty damn good too!
What's on the plate for Static for the rest of the year? Besides taking time to enjoy life as much as possible, we have the Home for the Holidaze 5 acoustic music benefit taking place on Fri. Dec. 21 at 313.jac and features 5 singer-songwriters performing for homeless shelters for people and animals and also charitymusic.com collecting used instruments for needy kids. Check out the show page for more info.
Also, we are releasing the debut CD from The POLKA FLOYD show this November and are pretty damn excited about it! If you haven't heard about the band yet check them out at myspace.com/polkafloyd Yes, they are exactly what you think-Pink Floyd done polka style! You can see them live at the Hard Rock Cafe in Detroit on Thu. Nov. 29.
Feeling much better and looking forward to Fall not falling! Thank you to everyone who took the time to check in and see how I was doing and helping out when needed. I really appreciate it and thank god for such good friends! The "bionic" arm is doing better considering it's only been two months! I'll be touching my head in no time. Made it to Dally this year thanks to the wonderful Linda Flynn and her crew. That should help pay for some medical bills and also the upcoming 12th annual Static Big 80's Flashback Bash!
The 12th annual Big 80's Flashback Bash is Sat. Oct. 27 at Paychecks and features two new bands; Apartment 4 and Popsicle Shiv adding to the perennial favorites; Red September-Walkin Talkin Toxins and Bruce Bryson opening the show. Hope to see you there this year
broken bones suck! having a bad summer here after falling and breaking an arm bone and jammed elbow. the mental frustration is worse than the physical pain! being self employed with no insurance sux too! hopefully all will be well soon..
Congratulations goes out to Ty Stone who finally inked his deal with Kid Rock's Top Dog/Atlantic records recently and to Inside Outlaw Doop on his publishing deal!
Join us at Cityfest July 4-8 in the New Center for a four day fest of some of the finest music in town!
So in some recent news; Static is once again nominated for Best Record Label in the Detroit Music Awards happening this Friday night. I'll be hosting the unofficial after party and third Rhythm & Booze Jam Night at 313.jac later that evening so stop by.
Polka Floyd and Eastside Elvis will be doing a show on Sat. April 28 at the Cadieux Cafe. These two unique tribute bands to Pink Floyd (done polka style!) and Elvis (done punk) are sure to leave you smiling. I can't be there I have to work, oh well! Check it out!
Great shows to look forward to over at 313.jac; Locognosis night on 4/27; car city Call Girls on 4/28 and Great Lakes Myth Society on 5/4 and the electronic attack of Carjack, Rogue Satellites and Charlie Slick on 5/26.
We are sorry to hear that WDET has cancelled all of it's rock n' roll programming this week. Gone are the three shows that supported local music the most: The Ralph Valdez Show, Alternate Take with Liz Copeland and Night Train with Mick Collins. This is a great loss to the Detroit music scene, as there very few outlets for local indie music to be played now. The NPR station also axed the DSO show, cut in half the jazz and worldbeat shows as well and replaced them with more talk and a BBC show. What's Detroit Rock City without the ROCK?
It's officially spring in Michigan! Where else can you go from wearing mittens to no jackets at all all in one week's time? Whatever happened to leather weather that in between time to get acclimated to the extreme hot and cold?
The 20th Erotic Poetry & Music Festival was a surprising success considering that it was 4 degrees outside and one of the coldest nights this winter! Everyone who braved the cold had a hot night of poetry, music and art at Northern Lights Lounge the new venue this year. It was great to see some old faces and new show up to support the event that was all for a good cause-Paws with a Cause!
Bob Gentry is at it again go vote for his videos on the musicchoice.com website and help him land a deal with Epic records. www.bobgentry.com
This Friday night we are pleased to host the Detroit debut of Polka Floyd, a Pink Floyd done polka style tribute band featuring the one and only Ken Haas of Culture Bandits, The Hoolapoppers fame. They play 313.jac at 10pm.
On Sat. night at 313.jac we are hosting the first benefit for 60's rockstar Question Mark of "96 Tears" fame. He recently lost his home and pets in a fire and needs support. Four bands will rock out for the cause: Universal Temple of Divine Power (featuring old Moisture drummer Chris)-a great new band called Duende!- the one man band known as Carjack and The Expatriates featuring Eddie Baranek of The Sights!
313.jac is starting a new showcase night for singer/songwriters called "Rhythm & Booze" it will be hosted by Brandon Calhoon a "Rockstar INXS" finalist. It is once a month: Feb. 16 & March 16 check it out!
Congrats goes out to our friend Ty Stone who will finally release his new album thru Kid Rock's label Top Dog/Atlantic.
Happy New Year! We have lots of stuff planned for this year. First up is the 20th anniversary of the Erotic Poetry & Music Festival. This is one of the longest running festivals in Detroit. An eclectic night of entertainment featuring poetry, music, dance and art all in one evening! Check out more information on our show page.
313.jac the intimate live music venue at Jacoby's is here to stay! Join us for great local music this year and support the place that supports you!
BOB GENTRY is a Top 5 finalist in the Star Tomorrow national online talent contest. Thanks to all who voted in this. Bob is the winner of the Los Angeles Music Award for "Best Male Rock Singer Songwriter" this year and recently received an endorsement deal with Yamaha. He also had a song featured in an episode of "Bones" recently.
HOME FOR THE HOLIDAZE 4 is an annual acoustic music event featuring singer-songwriters raising money to help out the area's homeless this holiday season. $6 with $1 off with a canned food donation goes to homeless shelters for pets and people. This year's event is on Sat. Dec. 23 at 313.jac/jacoby's located at 624 Brush St. in Detroit. Featured performers are: Inside Outlaws-Pat O'Brien-Gretchen Wolff-Emily Rose-Jamie McCarthy.
The 20th anniversary of the Erotic Poetry & Music Festival is on Sat. Feb.3 of 2007. Stay tuned for details on this unique event.
BULLCOCK's debut cd "Hog Nuts" was recently reviewed in issue #128 of Skratch Magazine. This is what they said: "Hog Nuts is a must-have cd, that's all I'm saying. Super Bad-Ass!" Thanks H.Barry!
BOB GENTRY is now in the TOP 8 of the Star Tomorrow online contest. Let's take Bob all the way to the top! www.startomorrow.com
Static Big 80's Flashback Bash is this Saturday night! Come celebrate the 80's with the ultimate tribute party and the only one of it's kind in the "D"!
We are glad to announce the return of BULLCOCK to the "D" and the re-emergence of the one and only Immortal Winos of Soul! Look for them soon!
We are very very pleased to announce that Bob Gentry is nominated in the 16th annual LA Music Awards for "Rock Singer-Songwriter of the Year" for his song "Upside Down" which appeared originally on the Moisture "Bastard" cd released by Static Records! Congrats Bob! Bob has also scored a nomination in the Just Plain Folks annual award show for "Best Songwriter"! Not only has he received these two honors but he won the second round in the "Star Tomorrow" contest!!!
Also we are very, very, pleased to report the special guest reunion of the almighty TWITCH at this years Big 80's Flashback Bash!!!
We are pleased to announce that Bob Gentry has won the first round of the startomorow.com contest thanks to your votes! Get ready to vote again soon and see Bob perform the Motown classic "Ain't Too Proud to Beg". Bob has never forgotten his hometown roots so show him some love by taking the time out to vote!
Get ready for the party of the year! The 11th annual Big 80's Flashback Bash is Sat. Oct. 28 at Paychecks Lounge. This year's acts paying tribute to the 80's will be Red September, The Walkin Talkin Toxins, The Dins, Bruce Bryson and very special guests that I can't say yet but stay tuned for more updates!
his update: 8/21/06
Please go and check out www.startomorrow.com website and vote for Bob Gentry of Moisture under Week #2 performers. Bob needs your vote this week to rid the music world of mundane sissy boy singers who can't rock!
Static Records is now on Myspace! Check out myspace/StaticRecordsDetroit and be my friend!!
The second issue of InFlame Magazine features an in-depth overview of the 2006 NXNE music conference, more local and national cd reviews in "Static Feedback" and my top five list.
BULLCOCK's raging debut cd "Hog Nuts" has just been released nationally to indie press and podcasts everywhere...
RED SEPTEMBER will be having an anniversary performance on Sat. Aug. 19 at Paychecks Lounge in Hamtramck. Opening the show will be local rockers The Badways and The Shlubs!.
this update: 8/8/06
BULLCOCK will release their debut CD "Hog Nuts" on June 17. Their Detroit cd release party is on Sat. June 17th at Paychecks with special guests The Zimmerman Twins and The Inside Outlaws and punk poet Jimmy Doom. Bullcock features ex members of The Immortal Winos of Soul and The Generals and Zimmerman Twins is Ken Haas new project from Toledo. Check out:www.bullcockband.com and www.insideoutlaws.com Bullcock also made it into the third round of the Emergenza International Band Contest.
Check out the premiere issue of the new Detroit magazine INFLAME MEDIA around town now! Not only will you find articles on Detroit bands, but wine reviews and restaurant reviews as well. Yours truly contributed a local cd review page, a top 5 list and an article on Detroit's hardest working band-The Hard Lessons.
this update: 6/6/06
An all Static Records show is available now from www.digivegaspodcast.com give it a listen and don't forget to vote in Podcast alley for this show!
313.jac is still going until we are told not to. So stop by in April and May and support the club that supports local music!
Bob Gentry formerly of Moisture fame just auditioned for season 2 of the reality show "Rockstar". We wish him the best of luck and hope to see him on TV!
Speaking of "Rockstar", The Hoolapoppers tune of there one and only cd "Trout Farm" was selected to appear in the indie film "Kathy T Gives Good Hoover".
this update: 4/3/06
Paul Haines drummer of The Hoolapoppers is now Paulie Podcaster, host of the new music podcast "Digi Vegas" www.digivegaspodcast.com. He will be playing music from Las Vegas and his former hometown- Detroit on his new show. He invites bands to submit their music for broadcast via the website or just stop by and give it a listen.
Decibilt is the new rock project featuring the former members of Forge back on the rock n' roll bandwagon. Check them out at the Blowout Sat. March 4 at 10:15 at Smalls.
BULLCOCK is coming soon are you? April 1st! they recently made it to the next round of the Emergenza Festival in NY.
There are a few cool shows coming up in the "D" this spring!
March 16-18 at 313.jac is the WDET spring fundraiser showcases featuring many cool bands each night.
March 24 & 25 313.jac throwsdown with the Great Lakes Myth Society on Friday and Downtown Brown and Porchsleeper on Saturday night for a major blowout!
Sun. March 26: The fabulous PEELANDER Z returns to The Magic Stick -Japanese punk rock!
Sat. April 1 Undercurrents Music Showcase with Cowboy Messiah-The Impaler-Murder Mystery-Philo at the New Dodge Lounge.
Fri. April 7-Our friends The Sex Slaves from NYC rock Mephistos
Fri. April 14-Our friends The Glass Heroes return home to Paychecks Lounge.
this update: 2/24/06
The 19th annual Erotic Poetry & Music Festival is Sat. Feb. 11 @ Alvin's, this eclectic celebration of the erotic arts event features, erotic art, poetry, spoken word, music, dance and comedy all in one evening of entertainment. This is one of the longest running festivals in Detroit. It also benefits a good cause-Paws with a Cause. For more information on this event check out the show page. This year plans to be the most eclectic yet with star performances by Stephanie Loveless, Causing A Scene and Jimmy Doom!
this update: 2/6/06
Thanks to all who attended the Big 80's Flashback Bash this year! A fun time was had by all. Those who were there witnessed Red September performing a rousing rendition of "Word Up", Choking Susan delivering "You've got to fight for your right to party" All Right Tokyo covering "Purple Rain" in almost entirety, Bruce Bryson's acoustic version of "Maniac" were just some of the highlights of the night! Stay tuned for next year, where we just may do something completely different!
The next event from Static is the annual "Home For the Holidaze" acoustic music benefit to help out local homeless shelters. Local and former Detroit musicians who are home for the holiday will perform at 313.jac/Jacoby's on Fri. Dec. 23 at 8pm . Cover is $6 and get $1 off with a canned people or pet food item. Performances include: Scott Kinson-Doop(from the Inside Outlaws)-Silent Violet and Greater Alexander . Stay tuned for more info soon!
Forge music lives on! "One Last Shot" was selected for a Major League Soccer Live Games Telecast recently on ESPN2.
The Vavoom song "Detroit" also lives on with Pop artist icon Niagara of Destroy All Monsters performing the song on her European tour.
this update: 11/11/05
The 10th anniversary of the "Big 80's Flashback Bash!" is Sat. Oct. 29th at Paychecks at 9pm. This year features performances by Red September, All Rigth Tokyo, Choking Susan, Walkin' Talkin' Toxins, Bruce Bryson, Chopper,Spirit of Duckie and Strangers with Candy. 80's music all night long! Flashback to the 80's in one night of fright and delight!
this update: 10/16/05
Blast from the Past! Just got word that at last night's Green Day show at the Palace, Billie Joe gave a shout out to the first time they played Detroit in a basement party at a house owned by The Generals! It's cool that they remembered this night! Also just heard from a fan of Finney's Pub that they named their son after the bar!
New from Static! We now have a new t-shirt line called "Rock City Tees" our first t-shirt is "Detroit Rock City" and is available now for only $12 thru the Static website. The design debuted at the Dally in the Alley and will soon be featured on the website alsong with other Detroit designs.
The 10th anniversary of the "Big 80's Flashback Bash!" is Sat. Oct. 29th at Paychecks at 9pm. This year features performances by Red September, All Rigth Tokyo, Choking Susan, Walkin' Talkin' Toxins, Bruce Bryson, Spirit of Duckie and Strangers with Candy. 80's music all night long! Flashback to the 80's in one night of fright and delight!
313.jac and Undercurrents Detroit chapter will be holding a benefit for New Orleans Musicians affected by hurricane Katrina on Thu. Sept. 29 and Sat. Oct. 1. Check out the show page for more info on who is playing.
313.jac will be hosting it's bi-annual showcase fundraiser for WDET National Public Radio the week of Oct. 12-15. Check out the show page for more info and support the station that supports local music!
Look for new updates on the website soon!
this update: 9/12/05
Visit the Static booth at the Dally in the Alley on Sat. Sept. 10th from 11am till 9pm. We will be located at the Hancock/Third entrance way. We will have all the Static releases for sale at a Dally discount price, our new brand of rock city tees and tons of other stuff like records, tapes, 50 cent cds, videos, dvds, games, computer stuff, jewelry, clothes, handmade items and paintings from Sue Static for sale. We will also have airbrush tattoos for $5. Stop by and say "Hi!"
313.jac will be hosting the "Acoustic Throwdown for Jam Rag" later that night at 313.jac upstairs at Jacoby's. Join The Impaler and singer-songwriters; Bruce Bryson-Brian Blair-Greater Alexander-Mark and Chaz and the publishers themselves; Stephanie and Sue Loveless will perform. $6 suggested donation benefits the longest running music magazine in Detroit-Jan Rag!
this update: 8/16/05
The Hoolapoppers return to Detroit for a reunion show on Sat. Aug. 6th at 313.jac! This is the first time the band has performed in years. Grammy winner -John McClain will join guitarist Ken Haas and bassist Jason Bowes for the homecoming show. Opening the night will be Ken's duo The Zimmerman Twins and closing will be Jason's band The Off Ramps. Copies of the CD "Trout Farm" will be for sale that night as well.
this update: 7/13/05
BULLCOCK is back! they will be appearing on Thu. July 7th @313.jac! with Radical Records recording artists from NY, THE SEX SLAVES and punk poet Jimmy Doom and Cowboy Messiah all for $5 check it out!
UNDERCURRENTS MUSIC NETWORKING FORUM is Thu. July 14@ 8pm this event is FREE to attend and the forum topic will be "Radio" For more info www.undercurrents.com or show page.
this update: 6/30/05
Static welcome the return of idol records artists WATERSHED back to Detroit. They will be performing on Sat. May 7th @ 313.jac! with BULLCOCK featuring Chopper & Ross from the Winos in town from NJ. Opening the show is punk poet Jimmy Doom! Don't miss this show!
"Another Day" a JETTISON RED song off of "Travel By Telephone" was selected for the trailer for the indie movie entitled "Geekin'" you can check out the trailer at www.geekinmovie.com.
STATIC RECORDS was nominated in the 2005 Detroit Music Awards.
UNDERCURRENTS MUSIC NETWORKING PARTY is Thu. May 12 @ 8pm this event is FREE to attend and the forum topic will be "Music & The Internet" For more info www.undercurrents.com or show page.
this update: 4/26/05
UNDERCURRENTS DETROIT Networking Party with a forum will start on THURSDAY, APRIL 14, 8pm at 313.jac/jacoby's! Join us for an hour of networking bring CDs, business cards and ideas. Hosted by The Impaler & Sue Static. Undercurrents will be held every second Thursday of each month and feature a music related topic to be discussed. Each party will be followed by the:(for more info:www.undercurrents.com)
ROCK CITY SHOWCASE hosted by Cowboy Messiah an new music and open mic series that starts on THU. APRIL 7. New bands and regional bands, acoustic performers and poets are invited to take the stage and show us what you got! $5 cover or $2 if you are a performer.
this update: 3/15/05
The WDET Spring Fundraiser Showcases are March 23-26 @ 313.jac/Jacoby's. For more info on this event, please visit the show page.
this update: 2/5/05
HAPPY NEW YEAR 2005!!
We are getting ready for a new year full of music and events to fill your entertainment needs! First up is the 18th annual Erotic Poetry & Music Festival on Sat. Feb. 5th. For more info on this event, please visit the show page.
Stay tuned for more updates!
this update: 1/5/05
The holidays are here and it's time once again for the second annual "Home for the Holidaze" acoustic music benefit at 313.jac/Jacoby's, located at 624 Brush St. in Detroit.
The event brings together local musicians and former Detroiters who are home for the holiday. It is a chance to perform and raise money for food donations to the St. Dominic's Soup Kitchen and pet food will also be accepted for a local animal shelter. This year the show is on Thursday, Dec. 30th at 8pm. Performing will be Chopper & Ross from Bullcock who will be in town from NJ, Ty Stone returning from LA, local acoustic rocker-Zuby, Joe Lisboa stepping out from the band, Lisboa for the night and The Vox Pop, a new duo featuring Robb Roy members Mike Kudreiko and Graham Strachan, Michael David & Brian Lord, from the Michael David Project and the lone female voice for the evening, Gretchen Wolff. Admission is $6 if you bring a can of food you receive $1 off the cover charge. Show starts at 8pm and 21 and over are invited.
this update: 11/30/04
It's back! The return of the only Halloween party of its kind. Static presents: The 9th annual Big 80's Flashback Bash! Sat. Oct. 30th 9pm at Paychecks Lounge in Hamtramck. 21 & over invited. $6 gets you in. Door prizes for best 80's costume, videos and music all night long! This year features the bands: Roshambo-Red September-Choking Susan-All Right Tokyo-Sprit of Duckie and special performances by Stirling, Chopper & Ross and more! Join us for a special "Tribute to The Ramones" this year!
SnowDVD.com just released volume 2 of their new skiing-snowboarding travel guide of the world's top resorts with a track by Jettison Red. Order it thru the website www.snowdvd.com. In Jett Red updates: Nicky Stixx is currently bashing drums for Gore Gore Girls on their tour supporting The Cramps. John is playing bass for The Rioteers. Paul is fronting the new band The Hotness and Chris is touring worldwide with The Stooges as guitar tech for Ron Asheton.
this update: 9/30/04
"Save the Vegetables" festival is Saturday, August 7 at Detroit Contemporary Gallery. The all day festivities include a bunch of bands, beer and MEAT! No vegetables allowed. Downtown Brown is the featured performers.
FORGE first performance after a brief hiatus will be at the Vans Warped Tour on Sunday, August 15 at the Pontiac Silverdome. They play at 5:20 for a half hour of power!Forge's music was selected for play on the next season Concrete Wave Extreme sports tv out of Canada.
this update: 7/16/04
Looking for something different to wear? Check out the new wave of t-shirts BANGWAVE! Go to Bangwave.com for apparel with attitude and try one on for size. KOWABANGA!
PIMPS AND HOES 2004@ Emerald Theatre 31 N.Walnut St. in Mt.Clemens 8pm doors 18 & up Tickets $20/$17 pre-sale Themed dress event. Featuring entertainment by DOWNTOWN BROWN-THE CHASERS-THE A-TEAM-DUBPHONICS-D'SKREET-SWITCHSTANCE-KROWN P-Djs & the Hedgehog himself- RON JEREMY! www.pimpsandhoes2004.com Hear Downtown Brown on 89X this Thursday morning at 8am interviewing the Hedgehog himself!
Jettison Red and the Culture Bandits music was selected to the soundtrack of National Lampoon's Collegetown USA cable program for the Spring series.
this update: 7/6/04
JETTISON RED will perform live in the studio on the nationally syndicated talk radio show "The Mitch Albom Show" on Thursday, June 10 from 3-6pm. Tune into WJR 70.60 am to hear the band play partial songs off of the new CD "Travel By Telephone" which is destined to be played on college campuses everywhere according to one local scribe. they will also play the Homeboy Show live series at The Bullfrog on Wed. June 23.
DOWNTOWN BROWN have two big shows in June. The first one is a benefit for their annual "Save the Vegetables" festival. It is back to 313.jac for an intimate performance with the likes of space cadets, the Amino Acids, The Rubber Milk Orchestra and punk poet, Jimmy Doom on Fri. June 25.18 & over are invited and $6 donation. The second show is Tues. June 29th at Freedom Hill as part of Reel Big Fish's Coast to Coast Roast with many other local and national bands on this all day festival of fun.
And now for something completely different......
this update: 6/3/04
FORGE wins "Outstanding Hard Rock/Metal Act" at the 2004 Detroit Music Awards! After winning this coveted trophy at the pre-show hosted by 89X's Kelly Brown and Peter Schorn, Forge played a triumphant set at the show featuring "Bring on the Apocalypse" (which was also nominated) and "The Torch" and unveiled a new song to the audience. You can check out awards photos at www.forgemusic.com
And speaking of triumphant-Downtown Brown had a rawkus time at their "triumphant video shoot" for "Welcome to the Acropolis" at Alvin's on the 16th. Forge and Kids from Krypton opened the show. Look for the video sometime this season.
this update: 4/27/04
will be performing at this years Detroit Music Awards, Friday,
JETTISON RED is once again nominated in this year's local music awards for "Oustanding Pop Band"
's triumphant video shoot is Friday, April 16th at Alvin's with very
special guests FORGE and ex-Culture bandits guitarist-Ken Haas' Kids from
Krypton. Should be a "fun night" come dressed to kill!
313.jac/Jacoby's hosts the bi-annual WDET Spring Fundraisers to help support national public radio during it's pledge drive.WDET is one of the few radio stations that support local music. Check out the show page for the line up of bands that are as eclectic as the station itself!
this update: 3/23/04
JETTISON RED's second CD "Travel by Telephone" is finally here! After much delay the CD is in our hands and will be available for sale at all indie record stores around town, at the bands's shows and online thru this website or the following online retailers-Amazon.com and CD Baby.
JETTISON RED will be releasing their second CD "Travel by Telephone" on Sat. Feb. 7 with a concert and release party at Smalls. Opening the show will be The Rioteers and Outrageous Cherry. Doors are at 9pm and admission is $6. The CD will be available at local indie retailers and thru the websites.
In the game of musical chairs, two bands have swapped members recently, Forge welcomes back original drummer, Greg Mastin to the fold. Downtown Brown adds new drummer Tom to the trio.
STATIC once again hosts the 17th annual Erotic Poetry & Music Festival at Alvin's. The unique event is one of the longest running festivals in Detroit and the only event of it's kind. It features erotic poetry, music and art. It will be held on SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 14-VALENTINES DAY admission is $7, doors are at 8pm and 18 & over are invited.Partial proceeds benefit Paws with a Cause. Stay tuned for a performer list.
End of the year madness!
Friday, Dec. 26th Static welcomes "Home for the Holidaze" our friends Bob Gentry (Moisture), Kevin "Chopper" Peshkopia (Generals-Winos-Bullcock) back to Detroit for a hometown performance. This is an all acoustic show. Joining the bill is urban folk artist and poetry slam winner, Blair and Bruce Bryson (Spat!) and others. Doors are at 9pm $6 cover or $5 with a can of people/pet food.
Ring in the new year with Forge at Alvin's and the New Year's Eve Party of Doom! with Downtown Brown-The Farley's and Lame O at 313.jac/Jacobys is sure to be chaos!
FORGE-the reviews are rolling in for "Bring on the Apocalypse" check out their website to read them www.forgemusic.com
Jettison Red is gearing up to release their second CD "Dark Side of the Moon" and awaiting their snsorship from Jack Daniels....
Downtown Brown bid adios to drummer Pat Swisher recently and will break in their new drummer with an opening slot for The Aquabats this Saturday, Dec. 13 at St. Andrew's Hall at 7:30pm.
This update 12/08/03
FORGE's "Bring on the Apocalypse" is #3 adds in the CMJ Loud Rock charts on it's first day! 150 stations across the US and Canada have added Forge to their playlists today. Also, check out reviews for the CD at the Forge website www.forgemusic.com.
Static helps to host the "Benefit for Bootsey X" on Friday, Nov. 28th at 313.jac/Jacoby's. Performing will be The Fondas, The Shanks, The Cocktail Shake, The Earworms,The Polish Muslims, Danny & Margaret Dollrod and many more. Pop O.D. cds and posters will be for sale to help our friend Bootsey!
was asked to contribute (donate) music to the U.K. unauthorised documentary film about The White Stripes called "Candy Coloured
This update 11/19/03
FORGE's new Cd "Bring on the Apocalypse" hits radio stations nationwide on Tuesday , Nov. 18th. bring it on!
Singer-songwriter BOB GENTRY (ex-Moisture) will return to 313.jac/Jacobys for a intimate acoustic performance on Friday, Dec. 26th. The "Home for the Holidaze" show will feature acoustic performances from Bob and friends from the Static family and more.
DOWNTOWN BROWN invade the Big Apple! Lookout NY. DTB will be playing NYC on Sat. Nov. 15 at the Cat Club upstairs from the Pussycat Strip Lounge at 2am. They will also be live in the Mojo music studios on Nov. 14.
This update 11/11/03
This just in: DOWNTOWN BROWN will be opening for Mr. Party Hard himself-ANDREW WK on Wednesday, Nov. 5 at Headliners in Toledo, Ohio. Time for a road trip!
RED SEPTEMBER is turning Japanese! Their music will be featured at the largest extreme sports expo, The Active Collection in Japan. You can also hear them on the radio show, The Yellow Beat out of Tokyo and buy their CDs at the store- I.D. Pilot Dead One in Osaka, Japan.
FORGE will be the featured artist on Artistfirst radio show on Wednesday, October 29th at 9pm. Tune in to hear an interview and songs off their new CD "Bring on the Apocalypse". http://www.artistfirst.com
DOWNTOWN BROWN invites you to their Halloween Party of DOOM! on Halloween Night, Friday, Oct. 31 at 313.jac/Jacobys. The Farleys and Rock Bottom also perform and you better come in costume or else! Jager giveaways and mullets always welcome!
JETTISON RED are finishing up recording their second CD at The Loft. Taking a break from shows, except for drummer Nicky Stixx who will perform with the Gore Gore Girls on Hallow- weekend at the legendary Fillmore in San Francisco, opening up for the infamous band, The Cramps!
Don't forget the biggest party of the year-The 8th annual Big 80's Flashback Bash! on sat. Nov. 1st, 8pm at Alvin's. This year features the return of Twitch, Forge, Red September and friends: The Impaler, Choking Susan, Roshambo(Tim & Scott Twitch's new band!), The Toxins and Poke(featuring Bruce Bryson(SPAT!)and Ross(Bullcock). As always therewill be door prizes, videos, and more!
This update 10/14/03
will be live in the studio on
WRIF with O.D. for Motor
City Riffs on Sunday, October 12. You'll get to hear tracks played off the
brand new CD, Bring On The Apocalypse, as well as a short interview. Tune
in to 101.1 FM if you are in the Detroit area or listen via the world wide
web at WRIF.com.
This update 9/30/03
Jettison red are Modern Rock finalists in the Battle of the Bands contest from www.callatt.com. Log onto the website to vote for them to get a chance at winning studio time and an opening slot on a major show.
This update 8/14/03
JETTISON RED just added to Arts, Beats & Eats and the Muscle Beach Festival on Labor Day weekend.
NO ALTERNATIVE will perform on the local stage at the Vans Warped Tour on Sunday, August 3rd in Pontiac. This is their third time playing the Warped Tour.
This update 7/23/03
have finished tracking their new album at Detroit’s Tempermill Studio’s
with producer Tony Hamera (Lords of Algol, Arizing & Factory 81) and are
hitting the road this weekend for 2 shows (June 27 in New Baltimore, MI
and June 28 in Indianapolis, IN at the Emerson Theater). The band will
start mixing the CD this coming week.
Jettison Red is
also in the studio recording their next album. Look for it to be out
later this summer.
This update 6/28/03
It was a 1-for-12 night (jeez, the TIGERS do better than that!) for Static Records and the family of bands at the Detroit Music Awards as only Static won for "Best Record Label". Since any label is only as good as it's roster, we like to think this is an acknowledgement of the excellence of ALL our great bands. Thanks to THEM for making Static what it is.
JETTISON RED's new song "Dead Heroes" has made it to No. 1 on the Alternative Charts at Garageband.com for the past two weeks. A good omen for an album they haven't started recording in earnest yet.
This update 5/8/03
If they say that no news is good news, then 2003 was off to a good start! Sorry for the delay, here we go...
First up: Static Records is once again nominated for "Best Record Label" in the 2003 Detroit Music Awards. All the current Static Records artists are also nominated in their respective categories. As the saying goes, "It's great just to be nominated." Congratulations guys (and girl)!
Static has two new compilation projects on deck for this year. "Detroit vs. Detroit" will pay tribute to local musical heroes who inspired and rocked our world. Static artists and other faves from the scene will contribute tracks. It is in the works and will be released this fall. The second in the series is "Motor City Madness" (title subject to change) a compilation of bands doing covers of songs about Detroit. Look for that one in the winter.
FORGE is busy breaking in their new drummer playing shows in the area and around the region. They'll be returning to the studio in May to record their long-awaited follow up to "Trials".
JETTISON RED was recently a regional finalist in the Guitar Center Band Search and the Opportunity Rocks contest. The band received an endorsement from Red Bull for consuming cases of the beverage on their regional tours. Drummer Nicky Stixx is subbing on drums for the Gore Gore Girls on their recent tour with the legendary band The Cramps. The band will start recording in May at The Loft.
DOWNTOWN BROWN -These Motor City Madmen received a pre-endorsement from Jagermeister! All it took was semi-nude photos of the band having a Jagermeister orgy with a dog to land this deal! (We aren't kidding. Don't believe us? See? We will NOT be paying your therapy bills!) Expect free Jager swag at their shows soon. Their CD, "Moist & Ridiculous", has been receiving airplay nationally, great reviews in mags like PIT Magazine and has been nominated for Best Rock Album in the Detroit Music Awards.
NO ALTERNATIVE - The band recently had a song selected from their CD "Now or Never" to be played on the MTV series "Road Rules".
While Twitch is no longer, look for ROSHAMBO the newest musical creation from former Twitchers, bassist Tim Taebel and drummer Scott Lemanski.
In sad news: while we are still mourning the death of Joe Strummer and Dee Dee Ramone last year, we'd like to bid a fond farewell to the infamous Detroit band The Trash Brats who called it quits recently. They were one of the longest running and funnest bands to hail from Detroit. Cheers to 20 years and those memories of the Mystery Lounge...
In good news: We have found the new Lili's and it's called Suzy's!! Taking a break from The Blowout, we finally had a chance (and a night off from Jacoby's) to visit Lili's bartender and all around cool guy, Michael, at his new place, Suzy's. It's reminiscent of the great Lili's in a lot of ways and has cheap drinks and a good jukebox (Buckcherry anyone?) and it has Michael pouring the swill on Wednesday and Saturday nights. It is on the corner of Evaline and Jos. Campau in Hamtramck. Check it out!
This update 3/28/03
HAPPY NEW YEAR, EVERYONE! New years mean new beginning and we've got a lot of changes to let you know about, so let's go...
Jettison Red have a new bassist (again?!?) and we'll let you know his name after he has been in the band at least six months! (Or you can just check their profile page.) Catch them on their constant shows thruout the Midwest.
In even bigger news, Forge has finally found a new, full-time drummer to clobber the kit. JoeSmith (not a typo - he was born with the rare condition known as Siamese or conjoined name) has passed the trials and bassist Steve Greene reports, "Our first practice was as good as a bad show." Look for them to get on the road and back in the studio in the really near future.
Red September's new bassist is actually their old one. After a year of filling in, Cliff Finch has reassumed the spot he held originally before leaving for work-related reasons in 1996. Red Leader, Peter Schorn, says, "I have no idea what happened to [his predecessor], but he just lost touch with us. We're lucky that we got someone who not only knows the "Wake Up Call" stuff, but a lot of older material that no one's heard yet." They plan to go into the studio shortly to record tracks for a slew of comps and tributes on deck for 2003. Work on their next original CD is scheduled for summer.
In not so great news, Bullcock played what may have been their last show on Jan. 11 at Jacoby's. Leader Kevin "Chopper" Peshkopia has decided to move to New Jersey to work for his brother's hamster-ranching and yeti-shaving company, "Scooter's Haus of Yeti & Hamsters". This is a doubly-sad moment for the Static family because not only was Bullcock a terrific band, but Kevin's been with us since the days we were called "Chaos Records". From his days with The Generals to the Immortal Winos of Soul to Bullcock, Kevin has been channeling Keef and bringing his sardonic wit to the party. We wish him the best in his new life in Joisey.
Finally, Downtown Brown would like to reassure people that when they say that they'll "rock your ass off", it doesn't mean that you will suffer actual ass damage. You will still be able to sit down after attending their awesome shows. (Slight soreness is normal though. Put a heating pad on it.)
This update 1/18/03