As a yearly tradition every Halloween since 1994, the Insane Clown Posse hosted their Hallowicked show at Harpo’s in Detroit this year. The days proceeding Halloween have turned into a Juggalo holiday of sorts in recent times as other events are held before Hallowicked takes place. Twiztid has their yearly show Fright Night every Devil’s Night. ICP related events this year included the The Shaggy & The Creep Palcast Party, a double feature of the movies Big Money Hustlas/Big Money Rustlas, and a pair of Bloody Sundays shows at City Club in Detroit.
For this episode of Renaissance Soul, I’m joined by Chloë Drallos to talk about her project under the moniker of Zilched with her debut full-length album DOOMPOP. Based on the grunge influences of her teens like Nirvana and Jesus and Mary Chain, this new face of Detroit’s rock scene hits it out of the park with DOOMPOP, a collection of dark and melancholy songs that’s dips into the psyche of the young singer/songwriter during those formative years approaching inevitable adulthood. Together, we go through each track talking about the stories behind them, along with life before writing DOOMPOP, and the making of this album.
For this episode of Renaissance Soul, I’m joined by indie singer, songwriter, arranger, producer, and all around jack of all music trades, Fred Thomas, band leader of Saturday Looks Good To Me as we talk about their 2003 album All Your Summer Songs. Coming from the Ypsilanti/Ann Arbor area, Fred Thomas’ contributions to the Michigan music scene are just as prevalent in Detroit. With a couple local releases for Saturday Looks Good To Me in 2000, All Your Summer Songs was the first real album for this project of Thomas’ – released via Polyvinyl Record Company in 2003.
For this episode of Renaissance Soul, we go back in time with legendary jazz clarinet player and saxophonist and co-founder of Detroit’s Tribe collective, Wendell Harrison. Back in the end of 2019, the London-based Strut Records released Hometown: Detroit Sessions 1990-2014, the first compilation bringing together the modern era recordings of Tribe, Detroit’s acclaimed independent jazz collective
For this episode, your host Kelly “K-Fresh” Frazier is joined by Hobey Echlin, bassist of the early 90s Detroit shoegaze band Majesty Crush. They were an anomaly in the Detroit music scene as they were compared to bands with the shoegaze sound that typically comes from the UK, but they were oddly connected to so much within the city of Detroit. They were surrounded by other artists who also didn’t fit in any creative box while their lush, dreamy sounds along with the colorful members of the bands (especially vocalist David Stroughter) made them memorable around the city. But it was the passionate lyrics of Stroughter that set them apart and defined them. Majesty Crush captured a vibe of Detroit while pulling from their global influences.
For the debut episode of Renaissance Soul, we go into a deep dive of the album Big Shoes from Detroit hip-hop emcee Big Tone produced entirely by House Shoes, released on June 7, 2019 on House Shoes’ own imprint Street Corner Music.
For this episode, we are taking a deep dive into the debut studio album, Rotting Piñata, from the Detroit rock band Sponge with the band’s vocalist Vinnie Dombroski. Sponge is celebrating its 25th anniversary of Rotting Piñata and what a better time to reach out and get the dirt on the making of Rotting Piñata and its impact on 90s rock music with huge hits like “Plowed” and “Molly (16 Candles Down the Drain)”.
The guest for this episode is Detroit photographer Trilogy Beats, who has currently been out on the streets documenting the protests surrounding the Black Lives Matter civil right movement in and around Detroit, Michigan. He’s an acclaimed photographer with clients around the nation and globe, shooting for lifestyle brands and more. During our chat, we talked about his motivation to hit the streets with his camera to shoot what’s really going on during the current protests, and in particular, the protests that happened on July 10th at McNichols & San Juan in Detroit after the Detroit Police shot and killed Hakim Littleton. We also discuss his work as a photographer, how he broke into to the industry, and how he was able to obtain clients.
The guest for this episode photographer, journalist, director and event curator and all and all supporter of Detroit, Amy Nicole, or best known by her moniker ACRONYM. For the past decade, she has strived to not only innovate, but also curate opportunities around Metro Detroit to uplift the creative community. She has her hands in a lot of places artistically, and chooses collaboration as the key to growth rather than competition.
PATREON ONLY PODCAST EPISODE #5: MAUREEN “MA DUKES” YANCEY – IN THIS EPISODE: On Fresh is the Word, we like to deliver wisdom through great stories from the minds of bright creatives of pop culture. Through those stories, we like to dissect the journey of our guests and present actionable…