TURN IT DOWN: A Survey of Lansing's muscial landscape
|By Rich Tupica|
A different spin
As an avid vinyl record collector, it’s disheartening to see any wax merchant succumb to the choke hold of digital downloads and an ailing economy.
“At first, I was coming at it from a financial perspective and wasn’t concerned if [vinyl and vintage clothing] was a good mix,” Merckling said. “But the more it sank in, the more it seemed like a logical mix, and that became just as much of a motivator.”
Frarey said her old store location, nested above P.T. O’Malley’s, lacked one crucial thing: foot traffic.
Along with Flat, Black & Circular and Replay Entertainment Exchange, The Record Lounge is now the third vinyl supplier on Grand River Avenue in East Lansing. Uncle Sam’s Record Emporium is the fourth area wax dealer, located at 100 E. Grand River Ave. in Lansing’s Old Town. Another spot to snag some shiny new vinyl is the growing section at Schuler Books & Music in the Eastwood Towne Center in Lansing.
Folky, indie rock will be the vibe at Mac’s Bar Thursday, Aug. 13, when Brooklyn’s Mason Family Picnic pulls into town. The five-piece band echoes the old-school, underground sounds of Beat Happening and Daniel Johnston. The band plays the accordion, violin and a stand-up bass, making for a less-thanconventional sound. Sharing the bill is Detroit’s Elle & the Fonts. If you dig the stripped-down, acoustic singer/songwriter sound, give Elle a listen. Goodnight House opens the night with some local, mellow folk-rock.
One of Lansing’s most overlooked bands, Narc Out the Reds, will play Basement 414 Friday, Aug. 14. Led by songwriter Christopher Baratono, the band seamlessly combines elements of post-punk and power pop. Another reason to make this show is Calliope, a Lansing favorite that, during its 10-year run, has mastered the art of space-rock. See Yes (Grand Rapids electro-rock), Child Bite (Detroit weird-punk) and Lansing’s Muse/Devo fusion band, The Hat Madder, are also booked.
Those looking for a blast of punk and screaming can head to Basement 414 on Sunday, Aug. 16, for a roster of obnoxious loudness, including The Burning Hatreds (Coldwater). The band is led by psychotic front man Ben Lyon, who consistently offers up Iggy Pop style moves with a large dose of ferocious garagepunk sloppiness. The band’s motto, “Too Fat to rock, too drunk to care,” actually tells a lot about its stage presence.
414 E. Michigan Ave. Lansing. 6 p.m. FREE, all ages.