Saturday, March 31, 2012

Friday, March 16, 2012

Michigan Top 40, Day 24 | Nirvana at the Blind Pig, Ann Arbor (1990)

Credit to Damn Arbor for finding and sharing this video last summer. My favorite part of the show is when Chris Novoselic complains about the tiny beers at the Blind Pig.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Michigan Top 40, Day 23 | Jaimy Gordon Reads from Lord of Misrule

Michigan’s literary tradition is in good hands with writers like Jaimy Gordon who won the National Book Award for Lord of Misrule. Check out here reading at the Kalamazoo Public Library: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Michigan Top 40, Day 21 | Brian Mulloy Smokes the Peace Pipe with Chief Pontiac



My favorite speaker at TEDxDetroit 2011 was Brian Mulloy of Michigan Essay. When I see other folks get choked up talking about Michigan I know I’m not alone in my love for the Great Lakes. Such a fantastic presentation. Check out the full version of Chief Pontiac: Detroit’s Original Badass, below.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Michigan Top 40, Day 20 | The Full Spectrum: Herman Miller

From Dwell: At Home in the Modern World: "In the final installment of our video series on color theory, senior editor Aaron Britt heads to Zeeland, Michigan, to tour Herman Miller's headquarters and get the skinny on color and material trends from textile expert Susan Lyons."

Friday, March 9, 2012

Michigan Top 40, Day 19 | TAYSHAUN!

If Bill Laimbeer is my favorite Piston of all time, Tayshaun Prince is surely number two. Tayshaun has plenty of NBA highlights, but this clip from Kentucky is just too good.

Michigan Top 40, Day 18 | Down Goes GVSU’s Mascot

As far as lipdubs go, Grand Valley State University’s was pretty darn good, but nowhere near as good as this blooper from the filming. Watch the official GVSU lipdub.

Michigan Top 40, Day 17 | Lake Sturgeon Success Story


The Little River Band of Ottawa Indians has developed a unique hands-on approach to Lake Sturgeon restoration. Read more about the history of Lake Sturgeon in Michigan at Absolute Michigan.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Michigan Top 40, Day 15 | Under the Radar Michigan, “Petoskey”

Is there a better show on TV than Under the Radar Michigan? No, no there’s not. I particularly enjoyed the Petoskey episode for the Hemingway feature.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Michigan Top 40, Day 14 | Da Yoopers “Second Week of Deer Camp”


We’re through the second week of the Michigan Top 40, a fitting occasion for the “Second Week of Deer Camp.” Though the more I think of it, the Michigan Top 40 probably should have been 40 videos from Da Yoopers.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Michigan Top 40, Day 13 | Matt Stafford, Wired

How exciting is it have a quarterback we can rally behind? There’s a lot of reasons to love Matt Stafford; this is the game that sold me. “I can throw the ball if you need me to throw the ball.” Sorry about the low quality video (the NFL is confused about YouTube). Gets really good around the 3:33 mark.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Michigan Top 40, Day 11 | The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald

A tribute to the 29 men who died November 10, 1975, aboard the Edmund Fitzgerald in Lake Superior.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Michigan Top 40, Day 9 | Sufjan Stevens' "Detroit"

To be fair, I like the People Mover. But "People Mover, bad decision" is such a lyrical gem. For more great songs about the Great Lakes, check out Sufjan Stevens' "Greetings from Michigan."