Tuesday, June 30, 2009

LIVE IN LANSING, MICHIGAN

FROM DETROIT JACK!

Thursday, June 18, 2009

DoGs ROCK ANN ARBOR!


MCB's newest contributors Christian and Nicole were out late and for the highly anticipated return of The Dogs who kicked ass and took names all night.

Look for a show review to be added here later today (see below) and if you missed the show head on out to Lansing tomorrow for another great night of detroit punk at Mac's Bar.

Ann Arbors' rockin' history came full circle last nite (June 17, 2009) at the Blind Pig, when The Dogs ripped open the wounds they last inflicted some 35 years ago. For the young punters, a chance to find out if they were 'Tuff Enuff' to handle the full onslaught of an old school high energy Detroit/Lansing band. For the older Dogs fans, it was more of the band that refused to give up the fight back in the day! It was crystal from the outset, that their beloved Dogs had upped the antee with new and enhanced ass kicking energy. The Killed By Death heros went for the juggulars of the pups who dared to venture too close to the cage. Veteran packs just howled up at the moon from the safety of their Lazyboys, rationalizing it to be safer than taking the Dogs by the tail!

-- Detroit Jack

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Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Classic Lansing Punks Unplug For Rare Gig



From The City Pulse

by Rich Tupica


Since forming in 1969, Lansing’s classic punk band The Dogs have only performed two acoustic gigs, one of which was June 15, at The Record Lounge, a small vinyl store in downtown East Lansing.


The warm room was packed with new fans, former band mates and people who grew up watching The Dogs throughout the ’70s.


Most of that same crowd will likely also attend The Dogs gig this Friday, June 19 at Mac’s Bar in Lansing, where the band will be its loud, usual self.


However, those who packed into The Record Lounge Monday witnessed not only great songs, but between song banter and memories from the band’s rock ‘n’ roll past. Also, this show was completely unplugged. No amps, microphones or drums were used. The “drums” were a barstool, and bassist Mary “Dog” Dryer (apparently without an acoustic instrument), simply tapped drumsticks on her stool and the wooden record bins that surrounded her.


Loren “Dog” Molinare lead the show, singing and bashing on his acoustic guitar while occasionally springing off his stool with guitar hoisted in the air.


“I wanted to do something different that we’re not doing at Mac’s or the other gigs, songs I wasn’t prepared for,” Molinare said moments after the show. “I think spontaneity makes magic happen.”


Molinare said the band picked songs not commonly played at recent dates.


“We did ‘Class of ‘70,’ and ‘Younger Point of View,’” he said. “We played ‘Everything is Cool,’ that’s from our second album.”


The set was closed out with a tribute to Ron Asheton, guitarist for The Stooges, who died in January.


“It bummed me out when he died. The Stooges were a huge influence on us,” Molinare said. “I mean, ‘I Wanna Be Your Dog.’ I got that 45 and I got the idea to call the band The Dogs, Which offended people in Lansing. They were like, ‘That’s what you think of yourselves? Your just some dogs?’ I was like, ‘If this is pissing everybody off, it’s a great name.’”


Molinare said his band hasn’t turned its back on its Michigan roots in the 40 years its been in existence.


“Ron Asheton’s primitive, Ann Arbor sound was just a huge influence,” Molinare said. “We fly that Detroit and Ann Arbor rock ‘n’ revolution flag for guys like him and [the MC5’s] Fred Sonic Smith and Rob Tyner.”

The DoGs in ANN ARBOR, MI




06/17/2009 09:00 PM -

Special Appearance by: Dennis "Machine Gun Thompson"
The Blind Pig
208 S 1st St
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48104
734-996-8555

The DoGs with Dennis MachineGun Thompson/MC5/New Order fame will be sitting in with The DoGs to shake up the walls of The Blind Pig. This is the first gig for The DoGs in Ann Arbor since 1972. Look out the amps will be singing the rocking revolution rock from this legendary Michigan pre punk hell raisers returning home to the Detroit/Ann Arbor area.


It's been 40 years since The Dogs, Lansing Michigan started playing Detroit style punk rock ala "slash you face" during a time when the country was at war, unemployment reached double digits and the need to for real rock-n-roll anarchy was at an all time high...


Not much has changed, except the years of excess and living a rock-n-roll lifestyle have only made The Dogs stronger and wiser and even more dedicated to doing what they know best.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Punk Goes to The Dogs: Interview Japan Times



Punk goes to The Dogs

By TEPPEI INAMOTO

The last time a gang of degenerate Detroit punks came to Japan, they sparked a near riot, with thousands of fans storming the stage. That was at the Fuji Rock Festival this summer, and those responsible were the re-formed Stooges.

News photo
Detroit punk band The Dogs, contemporaries of The Stooges, play in Tokyo this weekend.

"I can't promise a riot," says 10-year resident of Japan Jack Waldron of the upcoming shows he has organized by The Stooges' Detroit brethren, The Dogs. "But I can promise some kick-ass energy and righteous attitude."

A power trio comprising Loren Molinaire, Mary Kay and Ron Wood (no, not that one), The Dogs formed in Lansing, Michigan in 1969, two years after Iggy Pop's Stooges.

Like MC5, with whom they have played, The Dogs' politics were as important as their music. Before John Lennon wrote his tribute, they penned "John Rock & Roll Sinclair" in homage to the poet-provocateur sentenced to 10 years in prison for giving two joints to undercover narcs.

Later, The Dogs left Michigan, and became instrumental in the punk movements of Los Angeles and New York, where they played with The Ramones.

"The first time I heard The Dogs was in 1995," says Waldron. "It shook my Detroit gut so hard."

So hard, in fact, that Waldron tracked the band down and has now put together "Doggy Style," a 28-track tribute album on his own Future Now Records label that's made up of underground Japanese punk, garage and hardcore acts. Among the local artists covering Dogs tracks are Boris, Melt-Banana, Mad 3, Gimmies and Jackie & The Cedrics (whose member Rockin' Jellybean designed the album's artwork).

I 94 Review HERE

PuNk RocK HoLidaY

After seeing so many Carnival Cruise commercials on TV with Iggy Pop’s song “Lust for Life” in them. I had the idea of writing a song sort like a Punk Rock Sea Cruise, which turned into ”Punk Rock Holiday”


The song is about not wanting to face the day or your messed up reality, and just saying screw it! I ‘m leaving on a Punk Rock Holiday...

The video stars my stepson Marlon who is wearing The Pagans t-shirt in tribute to his father Brian Hudson drummer of the Cleveland Band "The Pagans".

Loren /The DoGs

Monday, June 8, 2009

DETROIT'S THE DOGS



Detroit’s The Dogs Are Making A Comeback!


Formed in 1969 in Lansing, Michigan, the trio of “Loren Dog” Molinare (guitar and vocals), Mary Dryer (bass), and Ron Wood (drums), channeled the pummeling power of Detroit rock and Chuck Berry inspired riffs into tough tunes with a pissed off social conscience.

Raging out of the legendary Motor City rock scene of the ’70s, which spawned such musical touchstones as the Stooges, MC5, Amboy Dukes, Up, and other lesser known but equally ferocious proto-punk acts, The Dogs packed all the feral energy and cultural angst of that era into their live shows and an enduring set of recordings.

The Dogs opened for such acts as the MC5, Ramones, Television, Dictators, AC/ DC, Kiss, and Van Halen, and became one of the seminal LA punk bands of the era after locating there in the mid ’70s following a stint in New York

They disbanded soon after returning from a ‘78-’79 tour of England, finding that hair metal had taken over the scene and punk had fallen out of favor.

With the 2001 release of the ‘Fed Up’ compilation on Dionysus Records, which they answered in 2003 with a set of new material entitled ‘Suburban Nightmare,’ The Dogs were encouraged to hit the stage once again. 2007 saw the release of ‘The Dogs Tribute… Doggy Style,’ a 26-band, 2-CD package from Future Now Records that also features several historic, unreleased tracks from The Dogs.

A live DVD, ‘Purity Not Perfection,’ has been released in Mar 09, and a new CD and live dates in the US, Europe, and Japan are slated for 2009 — the year that will mark The Dogs’ 40th anniversary.

So if you find yourself a fan of the original punk rock, the classic punk rock, or even some good rock n roll perhaps it would be in your best interest to head up to the Beachland to cheek these guys out! I know I am highly considering making it out there if I can.

CLASS OF 70



Saturday, June 6, 2009

ABOUT THE DOGS




THE DOGS

It's been 40 years since The Dogs left Michigan playing Detroit style punk rock ala "slash you face" during a time when the country was at war, unemployment reached double digits, and the need for real rocknroll anarchy was at an all time high...


Not much has changed, except the years of excess and living a rocknroll lifestyle has only made The Dogs stronger and wiser and even more dedicated to doing what they know best.


Raging out of the legendary Motor City rock scene of the '70s, which spawned such musical touchstones as the Stooges, MC5, Amboy Dukes, The Dogs packed all the feral energy and cultural angst of that era into their live shows and an enduring set of recordings.


Now they're back, and rocking harder than just about any band -- young or otherwise -- that dares to call themselves punks.



Formed in 1969 in Lansing, Michigan, the trio of "Loren Dog" Molinare (guitar and vocals), "Mary Kay" Dryer (bass), and Ron Wood (drums), channeled the pummeling power of Detroit rock and Chuck Berry inspired riffs into tough tunes with a pissed-off social conscience. Perhaps best known for their classic breakout single, "John Rock Roll Sinclair," released in 1976 at the dawn of the punk explosion and named for the leader of the militant White Panther Party and manager of the MC5, the band followed up with the searing "Slash Your Face" in '78.


Spin Magazine has hailed "Slash Your Face" as one of the top 10 punk rock songs of all time. Many of The Dogs best known compositions, including "Fed Up," "Slave to Fashion," "Younger Point of View," and "Years Gone By," stands as cutting social observations that are as relevant today as they were decades ago. Commented Molinare in a 1999 interview, "Those kinds of songs are social observations about how corporate thinking stinks because people’s needs are second to the almighty dollar, or how certain political mindsets are repressive and offensive to humans. I mean, the master race kind of thing just never fucking stops, so we wrote about a lot of human injustices."


The Dogs opened for such acts as the MC5, Ramones, Television, Dictators, AC/ DC, Kiss, and Van Halen, and became one of the seminal LA punk bands of the era after locating there in the mid '70s following a stint in New York. They disbanded soon after returning from a '78-'79 tour of England, finding that hair metal had taken over the scene and punk was no longer welcome. But history always repeats itself, and, as Molinare says, "the band wasn't ahead of its time so much as timeless."


With the 2001 release of the "Fed Up" compilation on Dionysus Records, which they answered in 2003 with a set of new material entitled "Suburban Nightmare,"


The Dogs were encouraged to hit the stage once again. 2007 saw the release of "The Dogs Tribute... Doggy Style," a 26-band, 2-CD package from Future Now Records that also features several historic, unreleased tracks from The Dogs. The band embarked on a tour of Japan last year, and has been playing well-received West Coast shows with founding members Molinare and Kay along with their former '80s-lineup drummer Tony Matteucci as well as drummer Ken Mundy, both filling in on the occasion when the rebellious Wood "is in trouble with the man!" A live DVD, "Purity Not Perfection,"is out now out Bermuda Mohawk Productions, and a new CD and live dates in the US, Europe, and Japan are slated for 2009 -- the year that will mark The Dogs' 40th anniversary. Timeless is indeed the right word.

THE DOGS SCHEDULE




The Dogs return to their home turf in the Northeast three-excluse shows before NXNE in Toronto


June 17th The Blind Pig-Ann Arbor, Michigan
June 18th The Beachland Ballroom-Cleveland, Ohio
June 19th Mac's Bar-Lansing, Michigan
June 20th Bovine Sex Club-Toronto Canada


The Dogs
www.myspace.com/thedetroitdogs
This is the real Detroit Rock ala The Stooges and and MC5. The Swami (John Reis from RFTC) aired The Dogs live on his radio show and started a resurgence of this Iconic three piece band that is still as raw and fresh as it was in 1978. Just finished demos and are ready to hit the studio…Just wrapped a packed west coast and Northwest Tour and SXSW. Slash your face!


Mario Escovedo
WWW.REQUIEMME.COM
Mario@requiemme.com

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