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Letters 07-27-2015

Next For Brownfields In regard to your recent piece on brownfield redevelopment in TC, the Randolph Street project appears to be proceeding without receiving its requested $600k in brownfield funding from the county. In response to this, the mayor is quoted as saying that the developer bought the property prior to performing an environmental assessment and had little choice but to now build it...

Defending Our Freedom This is in response to Sally MacFarlane Neal’s recent letter, “War Machines for Family Entertainment.” Wake Up! Make no mistake about it, we are at war! Even though the idiot we have for a president won’t accept the fact because he believes we can negotiate with Iran, etc., ISIS and their like make it very clear they intend to destroy the free world as we know it. If you take notice of the way are constantly destroying their own people, is that living...

What Is Far Left? Columnist Steve Tuttle, who so many lambaste as a liberal, considers Sen. Sanders a far out liberal “nearly invisible from the middle.” Has the middle really shifted that far right? Sanders has opposed endless war and the Patriot Act. Does Mr. Tuttle believe most of our citizens praise our wars and the positive results we have achieved from them? Is supporting endless war or giving up our civil liberties middle of the road...

Parking Corrected Stephen Tuttle commented on parking in the July 13 Northern Express. As Director of the Traverse City Downtown Development Authority, I feel compelled to address a couple key issues. But first, I acknowledge that  there is some consternation about parking downtown. As more people come downtown served by less parking, the pressure on what parking we have increases. Downtown serves a county with a population of 90,000 and plays host to over three million visitors annually...

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Cee-Lo, Lowe, Apple Pay Homage to Buddy Holly

Kristi Kates - July 25th, 2011
Cee-Lo, Lowe, Apple Pay Homage to Buddy Holly
Rave On, Buddy Holly is the title of a new tribute album put together to pay musical homage to one of America’s rock legends, and it’s available right now. Among the covers on the eclectic and worthy set are Paul McCartney’s authentic take on “It’s So Easy,” Cee-Lo’s version of “(You’re So Square) Baby, I Don’t Care,” Nick Lowe’s “Changing All Those Changes,” Modest Mouse’s “That’ll Be the Day,” The Black Keys’ “Dearest,” and Fiona Apple and Jon Brion’s collaboration on “Every Day”…
Neverending White Lights frontman Daniel Victor has announced that, after four years of writing, rewriting, and going through a few medical issues, he’s finally ready to release his much-anticipated new album, Act III: Love Will Ruin. Victor has collaborated with an eclectic range of fellow musicians on the new set, including LIGHTS, Pilot Speed, and Hot Hot Heat, among others, although he points out that it’s pretty much “all Canadians” working together. Act III… will serve as the follow-up to Victor’s 2007 set, Act II: The Blood and the Life Eternal, and is expected to hit stores in July…
A number of modern indie-rockers have teamed up with The Mental Health Foundation and the Mental Health Arts and Film Festival to craft a special album of songs with the purpose of raising awareness about mental health. Two songs are currently available for download at www.fruittreefoundation.com, with a full album on the way shortly; the collaborative group, who are calling themselves Fruit Tree Foundation, include James Yorkston, Jenny Reeve, Idlewild’s Rod Jones, and Twilight Sad’s James Graham, among others…

Michigan’s own Madonna is apparently ready to get back into the recording studio, according to her manager, Guy Oseary’s, recent postings online. Rumors now have it that Maddie will be returning to studio sessions this month, although she’s yet to decide on a musical direction for her next album, which will serve as the follow-up to her 2008 effort, Hard Candy; she’s been keeping busy in the meantime with her co-created clothing line (with her daughter, Lourdes), her chain of workout gyms (also called Hard Candy), and her upcoming movie, W.E.…

MODERN ROCK LINK OF THE WEEK:
Evanescence’s new album has gone through a restart, with the band shelving a well-underway set with producer Steve Lillywhite in favor of a more “band-focused” set - replacement producer Nick Raskulinecz (Foo Fighters, Deftones) is newly at the helm. The latest Evanescence album is now set to hit stores on October 4th. For all the latest updates as the band goes back into the studio, check out Evanescence’s official site at www.evanescence.com…

MINI MODERN BUZZ:
The 2012 edition of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival is now set to expand into a two weekend event from its prior one weekend show, in order to try and accommodate the large numbers of people who try to buy tix to the event…
More Lindsey Buckingham news this week - after Buckingham’s new album, Seeds We Sow, hits stores in September, he’ll hit the road for a few live shows, including stops Minneapolis (9/16), Chicago (9/18 at The Vic), NYC (9/27), and Seattle (10/23)…
Danish band Volbeat are kicking off a U.S. tour on July 24 in Toronto; the tour will include stops in Allentown PA, Flint MI, and Anaheim, CA at the House of Blues…
The Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson has announced via London’s Evening Standard newspaper that after he plays a set of Royal Festival Hall concerts in London this year, he may completely retire from touring…
James Blake is wrapping up a series of U.S. live dates, and will now be making his way to Europe and then back to America for a second round, including stops in Los Angeles (9/16), Seattle (9/24), Minneapolis (9/28), and Toronto (9/30)…
Mates of State will be returning to make another advance on the indie charts in September with their new Barsuk Records album, Mountaintops…

And advancing on your wallet with their new albums are this week’s new releases… The Killers’ Ronnie Vannucci’s side project band, Big Talk’s Big Talk… They Might Be Giants’ Join Us… 3 Doors Down’s Time of My Life… and actor/musician Tim Robbins and his Rogues Gallery Band’s eponymously-titled new set… and that’s the buzz for this week’s Modern Rock…

Questions, comments, rants, raves, suggestions on this column? Send ‘em to Kristi at modernrocker@gmail.com
 
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