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Hot Home Stereo Speaker Tip!

2013-01-28 ...Make sure your speakers are off the floor. Put em up on little wood blocks if need be. Small, pointy blocks are best -- they make music stands for the purpose. Man, we just elevated our speakers and it makes a BIG difference! …

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Super Stereo Repair Tip! --Fix Your Blown Speakers

2013-01-28 Don't throw away your old blown speakers. Revive 'em! You can get confused with all the widely differing how-to out there. Also the parts sources can give interesting price ranges for what you're after…

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Holler Fest: SE MI's Only Farm Folk Fest, Aug 24-26

2012-08-14 Rural and northwoods areas have quite a few folkfests steadily thru the summer. But SE Michigan has just the Holler Fest. If you live down here, check it out! Also, sometimes it seems like folk fests emphasize out of towners, world music and exotic folk action…

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Water Hill Music Fest: a Neighborhood Party

2012-05-07 It's only the 2nd year but it's already blown up. I guess that's what blowing up means. A chunk of the Old West Side neighborhood of Ann Arbor thought it would be fun to all go out on their porches and play music some Spring Sunday and so that's what they did…

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Frank Allison Documentary: Funnest Michigan Band

2012-01-29 I've posted stuff about Frank here before, but it was with a post about Goober, so here he is on his own now, sheesh. Frank Allison and the Odd Sox was the funnest band ever. They were based out of Ann Arbor in the 1990's and they drew weekly crowds for about a decade, until Frank's vocal cords got injured (same as Diane Rehm's, as I recall)…

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Weird Fun Music, Michigan-Style

2012-01-29 If you like weird Michigan music (synonymous?) you gotta check out the YouTubes (and CDs) that I've linked to here before. No, Michigan isn't weird, it's special. Bold and distinctive. Doesn't mind being funny…

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Great Old Unknown Band: THE FUGS

2011-03-22 ...Unknown to me, anyway. OK, "lesser known" might've been more fitting, but unless you're hip this band is basically off the radar. A young member of our "life studies" meetings recently turned me on to them…

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"Yukon Women" & More: fun Alaska songs!

2011-02-07 Once upon a time I visited Alaska and someone there gave me a tape of a record called "Alaska Hit Singles." My tape is totally stretched now. Or something. All our players in the house are dead. But thank heavens one of the tunes is on YouTube…

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Ragamuffins at the Hollerfest!

2010-08-24 I really enjoyed discovering these youngsters and their music last weekend. I'd wondered about them as they wandered the grounds with their pitbulls during the day, but they sprang to life as soon as the lights went out on the official show…

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The Singersongwriter Bonfire: Afterhours at Hollerfest

2010-08-24 There were two bonfires after the lights went out at Hollerfest. Both had great music spark up around 'em. At the singersongwriter fire the fire was hardly alive but the music was fine. It was hard to see much, so my vid comes only in basic black…

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