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Letters 05-02-2016

Facts About Trails I would like to correct some misinformation provided in Kristi Kates’ article about the Shore-to-Shore Trail in your April 18 issue. The Shore-to-Shore Trail is not the longest continuous trail in the Lower Peninsula. That honor belongs to the North Country Trail (NCT), which stretches for over 400 miles in the Lower Peninsula. In fact, 100 miles of the NCT is within a 30-minute drive of Traverse City, and is maintained by the Grand Traverse Hiking Club...

North Korea Is Bluffing I eagerly read Jack Segal’s columns and attend his lectures whenever possible. However, I think his April 24th column falls into an all too common trap. He casually refers to a nuclear-armed North Korea when there is no proof whatever that North Korea has any such weapons. Sure, they have set off some underground explosions but so what? Tonga could do that. Every nuclear-armed country on Earth has carried out at least one aboveground test, just to prove they could do it if for no other reason. All we have is North Korea’s word for their supposed capabilities, which is no proof at all...

Double Dipping? In Greg Shy’s recent letter, he indicated that his Social Security benefit was being unfairly reduced simply due to the fact that he worked for the government. Somehow I think something is missing here. As I read it this law is only for those who worked for the government and are getting a pension from us generous taxpayers. Now Greg wants his pension and he also wants a full measure of Social Security benefits even though he did not pay into Social Security...

Critical Thinking Needed Our media gives ample coverage to some presidential candidates calling each other a liar and a sleaze bag. While entertaining to some, this certainly should lower one’s respect for either candidate. This race to the bottom comes as no surprise given their lack of respect for the rigors of critical thinking. The world’s esteemed scientists take great steps to preserve the integrity of their findings. Not only are their findings peer reviewed by fellow experts in their specialty, whenever possible the findings are cross-checked by independent studies...

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A web of new Spidey songs

Kristi Kates - May 3rd, 2007
A Web of New Spidey Songs
The soundtrack for Spiderman 3 will hit stores across the U.S. on May 1, with quite a lineup of appropriately super acts contributing songs.  Among the artists being featured on the movie-accompanying set are The Killers (“Move Away”), the Yeah Yeah Yeahs (“Sealings”), The Flaming Lips (“The Supreme Being Teaches Spiderman How to Be in Love”) ,Snow Patrol (“Signal Fire”), Jet (“Falling Star”), and The Walkmen (“Red River”), among others...
 
How many British bands does it take to speak out against nuclear armament? Well, on this particular occasion, 53, to be exact. That’s the number of Brit acts that have signed the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament statement, which calls on British citizens to “choose peace and justice, not nuclear weapons and war.” Among the bands participating - and speaking out on this cause - are Radiohead’s Thom Yorke, Blur/Gorillaz/The Good the Bad and the Queen’s Damon Albarn, the members of Franz Ferdinand, and Kele Okereke of Bloc Party, who stated that the billions of dollars... er, make that pounds, in Okereke’s case... being spent on nuclear weapons would be better spent on climate change issues...
 
Speaking of the aforementioned Damon Albarn, he’s branching out from Brit rock to opera, having just completed writing the score to an opera he’s titled “Monkey: Journey to the West,” which will open in late June at the Manchester, England International Festival. The story is based on ancient Chinese legend, and will feature both traditional Chinese and Western instruments as well as Chinese circus acrobats and a set designed by Albarn’s Gorillaz mate Jamie Hewlett...
New York City’s High Line Festival -named for the defunct, grassy above-ground sections of train line that pop up in parts of Manhattan - is set for May 9-19 this year, with none other than Mr. David Bowie presiding over the proceedings. Opening with a live set by Arcade Fire at Radio City Music Hall on the 9th, the event will also feature shows from Air, Deerhoof, The Secret Machines, Laurie Anderson, and The Polyphonic Spree, among others...
 
MODERN ROCK LINK OF THE WEEK:  The initial lineup for this year’s Lollapalooza Festival has finally been announced, and it’s all set to happen in Chicago’s gigantic Grant Park on August 3-5. We’ll throw an even dozen of the terrific headliners at ya - namely Muse, Iggy Pop, Modest Mouse, Pearl Jam, Interpol, Regina Spektor, The Polyphonic Spree, The Fratellis, Sean Lennon, Daft Punk, The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and I’m From Barcelona – to find out the rest, you’ll just have to go and check out the newly revamped www.lollapalooza.com...

MINI BUZZ:
Swedish singer-songwriter Loney, Dear is set to hit the road with opening act Great Northern in tow;  look for them starting May 10...
While The Fratellis are hopping on the tour bus with their own tourmates, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, through May 13...
And Happy Mondays have extended their upcoming comeback tour, with dates now running through July 8...
Michigan’s Madonna has teamed up with Justin Timberlake to work together on writing new songs for her next album...
Ex-Beta Band members Robin Jones and John Maclean are set to drop their first album as new band The Aliens on June 19;  the album, called Astronomy for Dogs, will appear on the Astralwerks label...
And just in case you were wondering if Apple has been making enough money, the company
just announced that they’ve sold the 100 millionth iPod, making iPod the fastest selling music player in history...

ON CD:  Arctic Monkey’s Favourite Worst Nightmare...  Porcupine Tree’s Fear of a Blank Planet... Leonard Cohen’s Songs of Leonard Cohen... Maria McKee’s Late December... The Electric Soft Parade’s No Need To Be Downhearted... and Future Clouds & Radar’s Future Clouds & Radar...  

ON DVD:  The Beatles, Hamburg, and The Hamburg Sound... A Duke Named Ellington... Tim Buckley’s My Fleeting House... and David Poe’s
On Stage at World Cafe Live... and that’s the buzz for this week’s Modern Rock.

Questions, comments, rants, raves, suggestions on this column or your fave musicians?  Send ’em to Kristi at modernrocker@gmail.com.
 
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