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Motor City Cribs: Charlie Slick's west side Ann Arbor apartment

By Doug Coombe

Published: 9/29/2010

Types: Culture, House & garden

On the stage, Charlie Slick is a full-on party-sensory assault, his electro-dance jams usually presented amid a light-show-soaked flurry of bubbles and glitter with audience participation. For one who invites so much chaos into his live shows you might be surprised to find his home is downright seda...[MORE]

Motor City Rides: They upgraded to a motor home

By Doug Coombe

Published: 7/21/2010

Types: Culture

Downriver kids The HandGrenades are true children of rock 'n' roll. In fact, Nick Chevillet's dad relaxes by taking leisurely 200 mph runs on a skull-emblazoned drag boat. Brothers Andrew and Tom Pawelski's old man had a band, the Mastertones, that warmed up the Byrds, the Rolling Stones, and yes &m...[MORE]

Motor City Cribs: Andre Williams' South Side Chicago digs

By Doug Coombe

Published: 7/14/2010

Types: Culture, House & garden

For his first act in the late '50s and '60s, the 73-year-old Andre Williams recorded, produced and wrote songs for great soul hotbeds including Fortune, Motown and Chess Records. Under his own name he released "Bacon Fat" and "Jail Bait," two absolute classics. Williams also penn...[MORE]

Motor City Rides: Here's a band that bikes ... and brings along its piano!

By Doug Coombe

Published: 7/7/2010

Types: Culture, Lifestyle

Right about now, folks in a one-stoplight Michigan town are scratching their heads, wondering what the hell just went by on their sleepy little road. See, Ann Arbor boogie-woogie piano legend Mr. B (Mark Braun) has taken his piano on the road with him, on his bike. Granted, it's not your average Sc...[MORE]

Motor City Rides: Frontier Ruckus' 1998 Ford Club Wagon

By Doug Coombe

Published: 6/23/2010

Types: Culture, Lifestyle

This year is shaping up to belong to Frontier Ruckus. The band is fresh off a buzz-worthy Bonnaroo performance and its sophomore album, is out soon on Ramseur Records, which took the Avett Brothers from cult faves to heroes. Frontier Ruckus' success is the classic yarn of inherent skill, hard work a...[MORE]

Motor City Cribs: Scott Lowell and Carolyn Howard redevelop historic Forest Arms

By Doug Coombe

Published: 5/26/2010

Types: Culture, House & garden

Traffic Jam & Snug restaurant owners and Bronx Bar co-owners Scott Lowell and wife Carolyn Howard are a veritable midtown redevelopment army. In addition to running three great midtown dining/hang-out destinations, Lowell and Howard have taken to rehabbing run-down apartment buildings in the nei...[MORE]

Motor City Cribs: Evan Perri of Hot Club of Detroit shows off his Grosse Pointe Park apartment

By Doug Coombe

Published: 5/12/2010

Types: Culture, House & garden

This guy Evan Perri is your basic Grateful Dead-loving, computer-hacking, gaming nerd who's a Django Reinhardt nut. He's also the leader and a guitarist in Hot Club of Detroit, a surprisingly great gypsy jazz group. Quick backstory: Perri got into playing guitar through his jam band heroes, includ...[MORE]

Motor City Cribs: Dick Purtan calls it a day

By Doug Coombe

Published: 4/14/2010

Types: Culture, Work

It's legendary Detroit DJ Dick Purtan's second-to-last day on the radio and he's a half hour late. Purtan is known for many things in Detroit — his great comedic skits, his charity fundraising, having the best mustache in Motown, and his 45-year run as one of the most successful DJs in Detroit...[MORE]

Motor City Cribs: The Southwest Detroit home of Wolf Eyes' Nate Young

By Doug Coombe

Published: 3/31/2010

Types: Culture, House & garden

Wolf Eyes co-founder, programmer and vocalist Nate Young sits on his sun-drenched second-floor porch smoking American Spirits, sipping on a 40-ounce of Sol Beer and listening to mixtapes of classic techno, electro and disco on a crappy boom box. The porch of the former Detroit flophouse leans down a...[MORE]

Motor City Cribs: Home base for the band of bros that is Big Mess

By Doug Coombe

Published: 3/24/2010

Types: Culture, House & garden

Thunderbirds Are Now! keyboardist Scott Allen's Big Mess is a band of bros in more ways than one. Everyone in the new, Tom Petty-inspired combo grew up, and continues to live, within a mile of one another in Livonia. And there are three brothers in the band, two are twins. No doubt there's some long...[MORE]

Motor City Cribs: The Ferndale house and studio of Computer Perfection

By Doug Coombe

Published: 3/3/2010

Types: Culture, House & garden

Much like the Zombies and Odyssey and Oracle, when Pas/Cal released its brilliant pop gem of a record I Was Raised on Matthew, Mark, Luke & Laura in 2008, the band had already imploded at the peak of its creative powers. Pas/Cal's Belle and Sebastian-inspired, immaculate pop was largely the visi...[MORE]

Motor City Cribs: Putting Detroit's musical wealth in elegant Palmer Woods settings

By Doug Coombe

Published: 2/24/2010

Types: Culture, House & garden

Architecturally speaking, Palmer Woods might be Detroit's greatest neighborhood. Tucked in the northwest corner of Woodward and Seven Mile, the neighborhood was built up largely in the 1920s, with grand Tudor and Colonial Revival homes nestled along winding roads. With every house unique — inc...[MORE]

Motor City Cribs: Scott and Laurie Sellwood's Ann Arbor pied-a-terre

By Doug Coombe

Published: 2/17/2010

Types: Culture, House & garden

Former Saturday Looks Good to Me keyboard player Scott Sellwood and his wife, Laurie, now live in New York City. But they return to Ann Arbor frequently — it's where Laurie works for the University of Michigan's School of Education, and where Scott's veritable supergroup Drunken Barn Dance is ...[MORE]

Motor City Cribs: The view from Jason Stollsteimer's Ferndale attic

By Doug Coombe

Published: 2/3/2010

Types: Culture, House & garden

It seems fitting that the roar from the Hounds Below should be a stone's throw from Ferndale's Alcoholics for Christ meetings. The band is, you'll note, Von Bondies' frontman Jason Stollsteimer's new band, and they rehearse in the attic of the bungalow he just moved into a couple of months ago. Stil...[MORE]

Motor City Cribs: Anthony "Shake" Shakir and his home studio

By Doug Coombe

Published: 1/27/2010

Types: Culture, House & garden, Interior decorating

Even futuristic techno isn't immune to the march of time — Juan Atkins' pioneering Metroplex label is having its 25th anniversary this year. And the (tongue-in-cheek) "janitor" of Metroplex, Anthony "Shake" Shakir, is celebrating the 15-year anniversary of his own Frictiona...[MORE]

Motor City Cribs

By Doug Coombe

Published: 1/13/2010

Types: Culture, House & garden

It's fitting that multi-instrumentalists Ryan Gimpert and Scott Michalski live in a 1920s American craftsman-style house. Both are genre-straddling musicians who are responsible for crafting an inordinate amount of worthy, ear-bending Detroit music. Both play in the country-rock Volebeats (Gimpert ...[MORE]

Motor City Cribs: A look back on the best of that gritty guide to creative spaces

By Doug Coombe

Published: 1/6/2010

Types: Culture, House & garden

MT photographer Doug Coombe has covered a lot of musical real estate under the heading of Motor City Cribs & Rides in the last year. He's hung out in the Ferndale bungalow-rehearsal spot-studio of Chad Thompson, keyboardist and vocalist for Johnny Headband. He's hung out in the Go bassist-guitar...[MORE]

Motor City Cribs: Chris Breest's studio in a former Plymouth church

By Doug Coombe

Published: 12/23/2009

Types: Culture, Work

You can trace a lot of music straight back to the church. And any good frontman has a little bit of a preacher in him. So how could you go wrong setting up a recording studio in an old church? That's exactly what BandB vocalist and guitarist Chris Breest has done. Along with partners, local produce...[MORE]

Motor City Rides: The makers and their cupcake car

By Doug Coombe

Published: 12/9/2009

Types: Culture, Lifestyle

Just within the last few years there's been a countrywide explosion in the crafting movement. Your typical craft fair offers everything from T-shirts to posters to housewares to accessories that are way cooler than anything you're going to find at Urban Outfitters. Imagine if the aesthetics of the D...[MORE]

Motor City Rides: The story behind Ty Stone's bitchin' Camaro

By Doug Coombe

Published: 11/25/2009

Types: Culture, Lifestyle

Ty Stone has been a Detroit star-in-waiting for nearly three years. With Kid Rock's help, Stone landed a contract with Atlantic Records. Since then he's recorded enough songs to put out a box set, and he supported Kid Rock on his arena Rock N Roll Jesus tour. As you read this, someone at Atlantic is...[MORE]

Motor City Cribs: Black Milk's home-away-from-home at Studio 1

By Doug Coombe

Published: 11/11/2009

Types: Culture, House & garden

Technically, Black Milk's home is in Wixom. But if you factor out sleep, the prolific hip-hop producer and emcee practically lives in Tommy Hoffman's Studio 1 in Livonia. About a stone's throw from the roar of I-96, tucked in a nondescript cinderblock industrial park, Milk's beat lab strikes a perfe...[MORE]

Motor City Rides: Honky-tonkin': Whitey Morgan and the 78s tour in Econoline style

By Doug Coombe

Published: 10/28/2009

Types: Music, Country

Lately Detroit appears to be on the verge of becoming Nashville North. To add to our impressive soul, rock, jazz, hip hop, blues, techno and noise scenes, there's now a honky-tonk and outlaw-tinged country music scene drawing inspiration from the hard-working blue-collar towns in our midst. Downrive...[MORE]

Motor City Cribs: He's just one of the artists coming to Hex Murda's aid

By Doug Coombe

Published: 10/14/2009

Types: Culture, House & garden

Driving past Guilty Simpson's cute little Dearborn Heights bungalow with flower pinwheels in the front lawn, the last thing you would guess is that its resident is about ready to take Detroit hip hop to a new level. But barely a year after the release of his classic debut LP Ode to the Ghetto, Byron...[MORE]

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