Ypsi’s Lightening Love spills the beans on local Ypsi-Arbor hot spots to CMJ

A few times a month, the music industry magazine CMJ asks a band to write a “scene report” for their website, kind of giving a little glimpse into what’s going on culture-wise in their hometown. Well, today’s CMJ scene report is from none other than Leah Diehl, of Ypsi’s own Lightening Love. For the most part, she’s complimentary. She says really nice things, for instance, about Woodruff’s and Beezy’s. She even goes so far as to say, “Of all the places we’ve lived in Michigan, (Ypsi) is definitely our favorite.” But, in the process of doing this, she also shares a few hilarious (and astute) observations. Here are just a few of my favorites.

The Blind Pig: Pretty much everyone I know has been kicked out of this place. No one likes to play there, and no one likes to go there, but everyone goes there and everyone plays there. They’re mean to performers and usually rip you off, but if you need a bigger venue with decent sound, this is the place to play.

Powell’s: This place has mystery beer called “Powell’s Pilsner” for $4.50 a pitcher. Mind you, Powell’s is not a brewery. It is, however, my favorite bar in town, and their root beer float shots are unparalleled. Dude shit his pants at the bar the other day. Truly, it is a paradise.

Smarty Catz: This is where you can truly after-PARTY. They have great DJs, cheap shots, drugs and a stripper pole. Yet it never seems to be full of douche bags. Just average people looking to be really shitty people.

If you’ve got the time, I’d suggest checking out the whole article. Between mentions of Andy Garris’s naked body and plates of bacon, there are some pretty cool band links and videos… It almost makes you feel as though you’re living somewhere where interesting stuff is actually happening.

[note: If you want to get something mentioned on MarkMaynard.com, all you have to do is give me an excuse to use the “pant shitting” tag. I wanted to spend this evening writing about today’s coordinated online SOPA protests, and the incredible success they were met with, but, instead, I chose to work on the post you’re reading now. That’s how strongly first-hand accounts of pant shitting resonate with me. So, if you want for me to mention your church bizarre, be sure to drop “pant shitting” into your email somewhere.]

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  1. Posted January 18, 2012 at 11:55 pm | Permalink

    I seriously LOL’d at those comments.

  2. Edward
    Posted January 19, 2012 at 8:06 am | Permalink

    I wonder if they’ll be asked back to the Pig.

  3. Eel
    Posted January 19, 2012 at 9:11 am | Permalink

    The real question is, when should we expect to see DEA agents rolling through Smarties?

  4. Eel
    Posted January 19, 2012 at 12:58 pm | Permalink

    We need to hack into that electronic billboard on 94 and flash and image of Powell’s with the line, “Dude shit his pants at the bar the other day,” running over it.

  5. Meta
    Posted January 19, 2012 at 1:14 pm | Permalink

    Speaking of the SOPA protests, Senator Dodd referred to them as “an abuse of power” on the part of the participating companies.

    Someone call the irony police!


  6. NLS
    Posted January 19, 2012 at 4:19 pm | Permalink

    I assume you were being sarcastic but just in case you weren’t, you are living somewhere where interesting stuff is actually happening.

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