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Between going on vacation for ten days and then attending a National Book Critics Circle board meeting this weekend, I have put this blog on de facto hiatus for a bit. Time to resume....

On Friday -- after years of searching for anything on CD by Fred Smith's post-MC5 group Sonic's Rendezvous Band -- I found the recently issued recording of the band opening for the Ramones in Detroit thirty years ago. Evidently there have been a few bootlegs and limited-edition releases. But for some reason one of Detroit's great bands (another member had been the drummer for the Stooges) never came to the attention of a label with any clout.

So let's start the new season off with the A side of SRB's single -- the only one they ever released, I think....

September 14, 2008 3:41 PM | | Comments (2)



There was a boxed set of the Sonics issued a couple years ago, consisting primarily of sound board recordings of various shows, including at the Second Chance in Ann Arbor, where I used to catch them when I was in high school. I bought it for my eldest daughter, Sophie, who had fallen in love with the band courtesy of a cassette tape I have from one of those shows, recorded on a portable Panasonic recorder set on the table with the beer glasses. The Sonics were one of the best live bands ever, no doubt about it.

The Masonic Temple recording was first issued in that box set. The set seems not to be available now, and was expensive to begin with -- so the live CD seems to be the one thing relatively easy to find, at least for now.

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