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Letters 02-08-2016

Less Ageism, Please The January 4 issue of this publication proved to me that there are some sensible voices of reason in our community regarding all things “inter-generational.” I offer a word of thanks to Elizabeth Myers. I too have worked hard for what I’ve earned throughout my years in the various positions I’ve held. While I too cannot speak for each millennial, brash generalizations about a lack of work ethic don’t sit well with me...Joe Connolly, Traverse City

Now That’s an Escalation I just read the letter from Greg and his defense of the AR15. The letter started with great information but then out of nowhere his opinion went off the rails. “The government wants total gun control and then confiscation; then the elimination of all Constitutional rights.” Wait... what?! To quote the great Ron Burgundy, “Well, that escalated quickly!”

Healthy Eating and Exercise for Children Healthy foods and exercise are important for children of all ages. It is important for children because it empowers them to do their best at school and be able to do their homework and study...

Mascots and Harsh Native American Truths The letter from the Choctaw lady deserves an answer. I have had a gutful of the whining about the fate of the American Indian. The American Indians were the losers in an imperial expansion; as such, they have, overall, fared much better than a lot of such losers throughout history. Everything the lady complains about in the way of what was done by the nasty, evil Whites was being done by Indians to other Indians long before Europeans arrived...

Snyder Must Go I believe it’s time. It’s time for Governor Snyder to go. The FBI, U.S. Postal Inspection Service and the EPA Criminal Investigation Division are now investigating the Flint water crisis that poisoned thousands of people. Governor Snyder signed the legislation that established the Emergency Manager law. Since its inception it has proven to be a dismal failure...

Erosion of Public Trust Let’s look at how we’ve been experiencing global warming. Between 1979 and 2013, increases in temperature and wind speeds along with more rain-free days have combined to stretch fire seasons worldwide by 20 percent. In the U.S., the fire seasons are 78 days longer than in the 1970s...

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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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