The Weekly Rundown

Hello my good people.  So maybe these rundowns haven’t been so weekly but perhaps that shall be a future goal of mine.  let me keep it short and sweet and hit you with some photos with dates on them (we call those flyers in the music biz).

Me and Eddie will be rockin as Progress Report this Thursday so get involved with us.  And then………………

and my sis is performing at The Magic Bag this Saturday.  She will be with her full band so it promises to be a great night.  I’ll leave you to your own devices on Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday.

WJLB FM 98 – Where Progress Report Wants To Live?

As you may know if you check up on us often through some miracle they have actually played Progress Report “Wake Up” on the radio.  This is a dream that I abandoned long time ago in terms of being played on Detroit radio.  As we don’t lean or rock with it I figured we’d never see any play from Detroit radio (outside of college radio which holds us down like no other – see Origix & DC).  Anyways if they’re playing us on 98 I’m trying to make them see that there’s a benefit to it.   Therefore, if you could take a minute out of your day and request Progress Report – Wake Up it would be greatly appreciated.  If you got another minute tell a friend to do the same.  Thanks in advance.

Progress Report has been getting some blog love so come see about us

Whaddup peeps,

Hopefully you have been finding yourself hitting the site because you have seen us starting to pop up on the web here and there.  As we appreciated the love that the blogs show us, we always want to return the favor and let people that know about us know about them.  Chances are they help shine light on other artists of like mind and ish like that.  So if you would be so kind as to click on some of the links as you might find free downloads from us and our other musical peers.  Explore these sites, enjoy these sites and let em know why you came.  We appreciate your support and your support of the people that support us as we all support each other.  I don’t know if that made sense but I hope a tear drop formed either way.  Peace.

-D. Allie

Thank You Blogs For Taking A Chance On An Unknown Group;  At lease some still have the balls to break an artist.

But Let Me Not Get Too Ahead of Myself: Whatchu Know About The Rodents and The Poets

Come get involved with us tomorrow as we play in support Of Mice and Musicians official EP release party.  Congrats go out to them and they deserve all the accolades that they have coming to them.  They are definitely doing their own thing out here on the band tip.  Are we still celebrating originality out here or should they just be doing a mixtape?  Get active when people are doing something worth the movement.

On another note I’m in a music giving mood today so check this track I did with the homie Dial 81 and get involved with us.  Till the next blog and check us at the next show.

Just When You Thought You Were Nice: When Yesterday’s Up Becomes Today’s Down

So I thought today I might write a little blog about one of the many hiccups we had along the way in the making of the above vinyl, but I say “why talk about old problems you solved when you can talk about the new problems that are happening right before your eyes.”  Alright, I don’t say that and neither should you, but in this instance I must put the aforementioned quote into action.

As quickly as we had a date for our release party we lost a date for our release party.  I could scream, shout, yell, and complain, but I feel like I personally know everyone who reads this (and in actuality I probably do in some way, shape, or form and if I don’t let’s change that – holla at a backpacker) and if you know me you know that’s far from my style.

As I had to hit you with a little bit of negative with the news I’m gonna quickly shift to the positive.  We will have a release party sometime this century (gotta start with wider goals before you narrow them down. lol) and it will be dope.  Also I have a new song I recorded last week with the homie Dial 81 (he might kill me for doing this, but I think he’ll understand as we’re about to grab some drinks) and I want to share it with you as I’m in a bit of a jaded mood and need to love music again.  It’s very rough and unfinished, but it’s a bit how I feel about the state music is in right now.  I think music could be served well by being a little more rough and unfinished so here it is.

(if you happen to be reading this by way of facebook you might have to go to the actual blog to see it.

Superior Belly Presents Spillout Series Vol. 4 w/ Progress Report and The British Knights

As always it’s been a minute, but it will be more than a minute before I leave you for a minute if you get what I’m saying.  I think I confused myself so I’ll put it another way.  I’ve been off the scene for a minute  just trying to find myself.  I trained with the Shaolin Masters, observed with the monks, flew with the seagulls, ran with the wolves, and of course completed seasons 1-5 of The Wire.  In this soul searching period I also had time to form a new group with my man Eddie Logix entitled Progress Report, and our self titled debut release is done and will be out later this year, but before all that LP nonsense and digital ish allow me and my comrades to take you back for a sec with a little something I like to call Vinyl.

Yeah that’s right….Vinyl.  With the help of our friends over at Superior Belly and Exchange Bureau Music we are putting out a limited edition colored 7 inch record which we shall call the Gold Star Edition (since the industry ain’t gonna give us one we printed up our own gold record).  There will only be 300 copies available and I know what you’re thinking.  Is that because they only had enough money to print up 300 copies?  If that is your question you are absolutely right, but allow me to be serious for a second.

When I released my debut album “The Cooperative” I said to myself “If nobody feels the project I can say I gave it my all, quit, and put on that suit and tie, or for those that know me my apron and oven mitts (I rep Caesars on occasion).”  Luckily, or unluckily as some may see it, it was everybody that is reading this (that means you) that helped me to believe in myself and push all those fall back plans to the back.  Now there is no turning back.  I have definitely had my ups with this music thing, but I have also had my downs and I try to let you see both through my writings and my music.

I don’t know where I’m going with this so let me sum it up.  Through all the shows that I’ve played no matter how big or small your support and encouragement have truly meant the world to me and it will continue to do so.  I don’t got fans (I’m not that cool), but I’m blessed to have a lot of friends I’ve met through my travels that support me in whatever I do so this music is for all of us.  It is my hope that you will see this project as a step forward for me (hence the title Progress Report) and continue to support.

With all that being said, we are having a release party for the Vinyl on Saturday June 26th in the Shelter.  The cover is $7 and we are giving away the vinyl to all that attend.  This is my first time playing at The Shelter.  This is special for me in the fact that it has always been a childhood dream of mine (or at the very least a drunken high school fantasy) to play this venue.  However, I no longer want to be that tree in the unpopulated forest so I would enjoy some people there to hear me make a sound (probably a bad metaphor because I don’t want to fall. lol).

If you’ve read this far you’ve probably been in my corner for quite sometime and of course as this is up on my blog I’m merely preaching to the choir.  Therefore, it is my hope that you’ll tell a friend, post the flier up on your page, write about it on your blog, or do whatever you think will get one more person in the door.  I’ve never been too proud to ask for your support and as I have set the date for my biggest show thus far I’ll need it now more than ever.

In the 3 weeks leading up to the show I’ll try to blog about the long strange journey it’s been to create this vinyl so keep posted and stay connected.  I’m definitely swinging for the fences with this project so hopefully I hit that home run before I max out all my credit cards, and I know what you’re thinking. … This guy really takes a long time to sum things up.  With that being said I leave you with the lead single that will be on the vinyl aptly entitled “Wake Up”. (Don’t think I’m giving away all the milk for free as there is a b-side remix done by The British Knights for Exchange Bureau Music and a bonus track featuring someone very special to me).  Let’s Go!