Thursday, September 8, 2011

Popular Music Club - meeting on Thursday Sept 1st, 2011

Meeting called to order by Ellen Daniels.
With a new semester, and a charter through MSU (Dr. K Prouty – Faculty Sponsor) elections for group officers held:
                Ellen Daniels elected President
                David Daniels elected Vice President
                Alex Krausman elected Secretary
                Michael Armendariz elected Treasurer
Meetings will be held every other Thursday evening. Meeting locations will be determined at prior meeting or via discussion postings, group collaboration.

Discussed Goals:
                Bring in Live (Local, Michigan Based, or Larger Scale act)
                                Potential Venue- Scene Metrospace, Landshark (Co-Op Night), Back Yard/ Co-Op/ House
                                “Popular Music Party” to invite new members, local community people to explore PMC
                Publication: Small Pamphlet, Blog, Article.
                                Album/CD Reviews; Short Articles on Trends/ Groups; Calendar; etc.
                                (Less Pompous than “Pitchfork”)
                Movie Night- On Campus, other larger venue
                                Music related or Documentary
                                Classic/ Horror/ Musical with live band accompanying  film, live actors retelling script?
Web Announcement/ Printed Flyers
Possibility: Spinal Tap with pre-show lecture by Dr. Prouty
                Motown Music Event- Hannah Dexter
                                A) Masterclass/ Presentation by Motown Performer with Q&A Session
                                B) Trip to Motown Museum, Attend Live Performance
                                C) Lecture of Motown Music History
 Potential for RHA or ASMSU Support and Funding. Hannah and Michael will work with RHA/ASMSU, Dr. Prouty, and PMC Officers as the development of the “Motown Music Event” Progresses
                Coverage in “Impact Radio” or other Media Form
Potential “Theme” for each meeting. Themes can include genres, styles, topics, or other possible ideas to be determined by group members               

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Jucifer and's The Plague Years make's the's brutals at Macs Saturday Aug 20

Although I mentioned the concert during PMC, I thought I'd recap to give the blog post a try. Also I've got a pic of this wall of sound that would encourage even lucifer himself to wear earplugs:

The local sludge/thrash metal band The Plague Years opened with very riffy hand-banging set. I think they describe themselves best when they were quoted saying they were "the bastard child of Black Sabbath and Motorhead". Definitely recommend checking them out next time they play around Lansing if you dig doom metal.

Next came on the headliner Jucifer (pictured above), who nearly packed the house (although it was already pretty full of amps). The husband and wife duo have a pretty large following and put on a fairly entertaining show. However, being a sucker for the relentless running double bass drum of most metal drummers, the lack of rhythm did damper my experience. Occasionally, a shimmer of muddy riffage would begin to break out and then the band would return to a nebulous swirl of demonic screams and earth rumbling feedback which eventually lost its appeal--I left before their set finished. I would still recommend seeing them as they usually play small venues and how many times do you get to really see satan up close? NOTE****make sure to bring ear plugs: I wore custom fitting ones and my ears still rung after the show.. those amps aren't props.. they all work.