Wednesday, July 31, 2013


Mark Wahlberg isn't the only one who's sick of BBQ. (Fast forward to the 1:50 mark)

Monday, July 29, 2013

Turf War

A panel discussion is what we need to deal with this animosity.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013


If you have the time today, and you happen to be passing through Nashville, you should go to this:

Wednesday July 17th Third Man Records will present a panel discussion focused on Detroit and the rock music that's come from the city from the past five decades. The first event of its kind at Third Man, it centers on the new book by Steve Miller titled Detroit Rock City an exhaustive oral history of the past fifty years of rock and roll in the Motor City. Panelists include...
STEVE MILLER - noted true crime journalist and editor of the recent Touch and Go: The Complete Hardcore Punk ZIne '79-'83 and lead singer of early hardcore exemplars the Fix
SCOTT RICHARDSON - lead singer and namesake of legendary Detroit band SRC
JERRY VILE - lead singer of cartoon punk band the Boners and editor of a slew of Detroit-area 'zines and proper publications like White Noise, Fun, and Orbit
BEN BLACKWELL - drummer for the Dirtbombs, head vinyl guy at Third Man Records, official White Stripes archivist

In addition to the discussion, there will also be a Q&A session as well as the sharing of impossibly-rare and previously unknown audio recordings and film footage from some of the most-loved and well-known bands discussed in the book. While we can't divulge exactly what we'll be sharing, we will have the strictest enforcement of our no photos/videos/recording policy to date.
Tickets ($5) are available at the door beginning at 6pm the night of the discussion, or online in advance HERE.

It's such a great idea to have this panel discussion in Nashville. It's inspired me to host one of my own. On August 3rd in Paducah Kentucky there will be a panel discussion entitled, "The Detroit Scene: Is It Over Itself Yet?". The panel will include Spaghetti Man, Hamtramck Steve, PJ's ponytail, Stirling, that guy that drums on the paint buckets, an apathetic hipster that works at Cliff Bell's, and Bryan Metro's sunglasses.

Tickets will be $10, because it's obviously worth twice as much. The guestlist will only have one entry, "Marcie Bolen +25".

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

The Spaghetti Incident?

Loveable local dancing eccentric Spaghetti Man is having a tough time.

The metro Detroit dancing phenomenon fondly known as “Spaghetti Man” hopes social media help catch a group of teens who attacked him Saturday in downtown Detroit.

People around him at outdoor concerts and his haunt, Boogie Fever Cafe & Disco in Ferndale, usually get up and dance with Brian Alsobrooks, 50, of Sterling Heights. He flails around in brightly colored, secondhand suits stenciled with his nickname, “Spaghetti Man,” luring others to dance for joy in what he calls a “ministry.”

But after he danced around at Detroit River Days on Saturday, “Spaghetti Man” was attacked by more than a dozen teens hurling punches and derogatory names.

Alsobrooks suffered a black eye, sore jaw and bruises from the attack.

“I still have a sore jaw,” Alsobrooks said today. “Thank goodness I didn’t lose any teeth or anything. I’m still a little bit in shock.”

Alsobrooks was walking alone, back to his car at about 11:30 p.m., when he was attacked on Rivard between Jefferson and Lafayette.

“I’m almost to my car and I hear these kids, and I turn around and there’s some little teenage chick and she starts swinging,” said Alsobrooks, who delivers newspapers for a living. “They had me pinned to my car, and start pummeling my head. Fortunately, they didn’t get me to the ground.”

Alsobrooks said he ran during a lull in the attack. Yelling for help, he reached a police officer at Jefferson and Rivard who was directing the heavy flow of traffic leaving the festival. By the time they returned, the group of teens was gone.

During the attack, the teens used both homophobic and racial slurs. Alsobrooks also noticed the teens — eight to 12 of them in their late teens, including three or four girls —taking pictures and possibly videotaping of the attack.

Alsobrooks said he’s hoping someone will come across those photos or video on social media to help identify the teens. He’d like to see them prosecuted both because he was hurt, and to prevent them from being hurt themselves.

“I’d hate to see the kids get all messed up,” Alsobrooks said. “They keep picking out people to beat up, at some point they’re going to run into somebody with a gun. It’s a shame to see kids not doing something more positive with themselves.”

Alsobrooks said the officer took his name but told him to go to a Detroit Police precinct to file a full report. Alsobrooks said he’s still debating whether to follow through — but will for sure if pictures of the teens surface.

Detroit Police Officer Cassandra Lewis with the Office of Public Information said Thursday the department had no comment on the incident.

Alsobrooks’ friend, Jamie Wheatley, 45, of Royal Oak said he posted details about the attack on Facebook Tuesday. By today, the posting had been shared with others more than 1,000 times.

“I’m mad as hell about this,” Wheatley said today. “I wanted people to watch out, if those kids tried to post the pictures, so the police could trace the posting to see who they are.”

Is he not asking for money because he's a class act, or because he's oblivious that kickstarter is now being used to fund self-serving and relatively trivial causes?

Either way, I think I want to organize a flash mob to attack his grungy looking suit with Lysol at the next summer festival.