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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 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 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]

No place like home: This west side folk artist fashions his vision of a dream world

By Detroitblogger John

Published: 5/19/2010

Types: Culture, House & garden

The road winds past crowded gardens and flowering trees, past the horse barn and the pool, and up to the gated mansion. It's a beautiful place for someone to call home. The main house has 16 rooms, a wide balcony on the second floor, plush furniture on hardwood floors, and lots of space in which to...[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: 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: 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 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]

Motor City Cribs: Will Sessions' basement studio

By Doug Coombe

Published: 9/23/2009

Types: Culture, House & garden

Will Sessions is one of Detroit's best new bands. Since its debut last Halloween, it has recorded with Slum Village and neo-soul phenom Mayer Hawthorne, and re-created hip-hop tracks and live samples as a roots-inspired big band with Black Milk, Phat Kat and Guilty Simpson. If you like your hip hop ...[MORE]

Motor City Cribs

By Doug Coombe

Published: 9/9/2009

Types: Culture, House & garden

Bobby Emmett is your basic pop-obsessed jazz musician who earns a living playing country music. His debut solo album, Learning Love, drops soon. (And it's one the best Detroit records this year, though it sounds straight outta of '74.) Most of you know Emmett as the former Hammond B3 organ player f...[MORE]

Motor City Cribs: Tad Weed's Ypsilanti garage studio

By Doug Coombe

Published: 9/2/2009

Types: Culture, House & garden

For all that talk of Detroit "garage rock" bands, I have never seen a Detroit band that actually practiced in a garage. Pas/Cal comes the closest for having recorded much of its brilliant pop (and very un-garage) music in vocalist Casimer's former garage. But as far as truly rocking the ga...[MORE]

Motor City Cribs: Johnny Headband's Ferndale bungalow

By Doug Coombe

Published: 8/19/2009

Types: Culture, House & garden

Much like Andrew "Party Hard" W.K., Detroit geeks Johnny Headband mix metal, dance and an unabashed sense of frolic in a highly choreographed and aerobic workout on stage — with no hipster sense of sarcasm or irony about it. And much like Andrew W.K., Johnny Headband leaves a physica...[MORE]

Motor City Cribs : Hip-hop vet 5 ELA and his Elements gallery in Corktown

By Doug Coombe

Published: 8/5/2009

Types: Culture, House & garden

In part inspired by their Osborn High School classmate Esham, who started releasing records at age 13, and by mixtapes from New York’s underground — handed to them by DJ Kevo — Thyme and Mudd took to the mics. Consisting of Mudd, Thyme, Proof (who hosted the Shop’s open mics) and J Dil...[MORE]

Motor City Cribs: A glimpse of Mike E. Clark's getaway up in the northern reaches of the Lower Peninsula

By Doug Coombe

Published: 7/22/2009

Types: Culture, House & garden

You know you're "Up North" when instead of guiding you to your destination, your GPS sends you down a two-track road in a national forest, and, when you call your host for directions, you discover there's no phone service, but maybe beer. Welcome to the not-so-old days!    Insane Clown Po...[MORE]

Motor City Cribs: Michael Zadoorian's basement bar mixes up style

By Doug Coombe

Published: 7/15/2009

Types: Culture, House & garden, Interior decorating

Three things are immediately clear in author Michael Zadoorian's basement lounge: He loves pop-culture schmaltz and ephemera, his sense of humor rattles, and his thrift-store skills kill. His basement's filled with skillfully placed tiki mugs, Michigan artifacts, taxidermy (a jackalope even!), woode...[MORE]

Motor City Cribs: Inside Mike Emmett's Depot Town tattoo parlor

By Doug Coombe

Published: 7/8/2009

Types: Culture, House & garden, Interior decorating

Visiting Mike Emmett's Ypsilanti tattoo parlor in Depot Town is like stepping back into a few different eras of classic Americana. Depot Town's architecture harks back to the 1800s and all the little towns that sprang up in Michigan along the Detroit-Chicago rail corridor; the interior that Emmett d...[MORE]

Motor City Cribs: A shrine to soul has a home with Felton and Ida Williams

By Doug Coombe

Published: 6/24/2009

Types: Culture, House & garden, Interior decorating

There's nothing much on the outside of Felton and Ida Williams' modest Ecorse home to distinguish it from other look-alikes on the block. But what does set it apart, no doubt, is the treasure trove of gospel recordings stored in his basement. Inside, the tastefully decorated house is a veritable met...[MORE]

Motor City Cribs: Jim Roll's recording studio — in a former chicken coop

By Doug Coombe

Published: 6/10/2009

Types: Culture, House & garden

Ann Arbor used to be a town in the country — but not anymore. But out on Jackson Road, on the town's far west side, you'll find a little reminder of the A2 that once was. There, tucked in the woods is Backseat Productions, Jim Roll's recording studio for the last two years, in a building that ...[MORE]

Motor City Cribs: How Stoopz and Breeze time-traveled their way to the top — of the Pontch

By Doug Coombe

Published: 6/3/2009

Types: Culture, House & garden

The online bio of Detroit hip-hop artists Stoopz and Breeze is implausible. Bob Stoopz, the duo's producer, was "raised by wild German shepherds on the streets of Farmington Hills [and] had to learn how to play the keytar at a young age to make ends meet." Drew Breeze, the duo's emcee, was...[MORE]

Motor City Cribs: Where do the Go practice? In the Berkley basement of a deaf retiree, natch.

By Doug Coombe

Published: 5/27/2009

Types: Culture, House & garden, Interior decorating

The Go was arguably the first Detroit band in the lamentably coined "garage rock" scene to bust out of the Detroit dive-bar circuit and go national when its Sub Pop debut, Watcha' Doin, dropped a decade ago. Truth be told, the Go's mystic mix of reverb-dripping pop and psychedelia springs ...[MORE]

Motor City Cribs: Brad and Scott Allen's Livonia basement studio

By Doug Coombe

Published: 5/20/2009

Types: Culture, House & garden, Interior decorating

Those who've known Scott Allen as the manic keyboardist in Thunderbirds Are Now! might be shocked. See, in Thunderbirds, Scott's high-energy, injury-defying (well, sometimes) stunts were perfect visual foil to TAN's Brainiac-inspired assault. So you might not expect that singer Scott loathes th...[MORE]

Motor City Cribs : Cream of Beats' Harper Woods home-studio

By Doug Coombe

Published: 5/6/2009

Types: Culture, House & garden

Of all the people who've taken a Chrysler buyout lately, hip-hop beatmaker and producer Cream of Beats (real name: Zachary Cephas) has got to be one of the biggest buyout success stories. See, this guy Beats took a buyout a little more than a year ago, after driving a Hi-Lo at Chrysler's Jeffer...[MORE]

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