Letters 02-02-2015

History Lesson  “The days of cheap oil and easy acquisition are over. “ -- President Obama, June 2010

A Study In Mudslinging In the January 12 issue of Northern Express, Grant Parsons wrote a piece that touched on behind-the-scenes campaign financing. Mr. Parsons referenced attack ads he received in the mail prior to the November elections.

Sad Story I read with sadness in the Detroit Free Press of 24-year-old Angela Marie Alexie, who abandoned her just born baby boy in an unheated Eastpoint, Michigan garage to die alone in the cold, and who had also previously lost 3 children to foster care, the youngest of which, a girl, suffered withdrawal symptoms because of Alexie’s drug use during pregnancy.

Balance On The Page Having looked through the Northern Express for years, I have finally found something worth reading besides News of the Weird and the Advice Goddess!

An Eye On Congress The U.S. Senate on January 21 voted 98 for and 1 against to adopt a non-binding resolution stating, “It is the sense of the Senate that climate change is real and not a hoax.”

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Elvis brings out his best

Kristi Kates - May 10th, 2007
Elvis brings out his best

May means a Costello-level of cool for
Elvis Costello fans, as this week sees the release of UME’s The Best of Elvis Costello: The First 10 Years and Elvis Costello: Rock and Roll Music, two sets of Costello’s hits, album tracks, rarities, and B-sides.  Compiled by Elvis himselvis (er, sorry), the collections will include favorite Costello tracks “Radio Radio,” “Pump It Up,” “High Fidelity,” “Alison,” “Clean Money,” and, of course, “(What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace Love and Understanding.” Costello and his Imposters band will also kick off a 10-city tour that will begin on May 2...
Former Cranberries singer Dolores O’Riordan is finally back with a new solo CD, and she’ll be touring to support the album, as well.  Titled Are You Listening? - an apt question, given O’Riordan’s four-year absence from the music scene - the album is bound to strike a chord with the legions of leftover Cranberries fans, as well as new listeners who will be drawn in by her unique vocal and lyrical styles. Those same fans will be able to catch Dolores on the road in Toronto (7/7), NYC (7/10), Chicago (7/15), and L.A. (7/19), among other cities...

Lollapalooza, Coachella, Benicassim - why, exactly, do summer music festivals have such strange names? Who knows - but Seattle’s Bumbershoot is back to join the fray this year with their yearly strangely-named event, at which they’re one of the few festivals to also include other genres of art in their lineup. That’s right, in addition to live music from the likes of The Shins, Crowded House, Panic! at the Disco, Devendra Banhart, and a parasol full of other acts, you can also see contemporary dance performances, theater events, and presentations of literary arts. Bumbershoot takes place at the tail end of summer, the first weekend in September. Check out the Rest of the Fests in an upcoming Express issue, as we outline what else you can look forward to festival-wise for the summer of 2007...
The newly reformed Smashing Pumpkins - well, part of the Pumpkins, namely drummer Jimmy Chamberlin and the all-important frontman Billy Corgan (plus other bandmates TBA) - are set to put those one-off rumors to rest by embarking on an entire slate of shows this summer. Kicking off on May 22 in Paris, France, the band will take the stage for several theater shows, and will follow up that show with stops at a plethora of European summer music festivals, including Barcelona’s Primavera Sound on 5/31, Nickelsdorf’s Nova Rock Fest on 6/15, and England’s Leeds/Reading on 8/24-8/26. So far, the only stateside stops scheduled are New Jersey’s Live Earth Fest on 7/7, Baltimore’s V Festival on 8/4-8/5, and Toronto’s version of the V Fest on 9/9 - but we hear more North American dates are on the way. Oh, and did we mention there’s a new SP album to go along with all this jazz? Yup, it’s called
Zeitgeist, and you can snag a copy July 7...
Wanna see Razorlight live? Well, you’d better run at light speed for those tix, because their only U.S. summer show this year is going to be at NYC’s Gramercy Theater on May 10, with tickets available at our old friend (cough) www.ticketmaster.com...
Art-pop band Menomena will be a little easier to catch - embarking on a summer tour in support of their second album, Friend and Foe - see ’em in Sacramento, CA (6/7), L.A. (6/12), NYC (7/13), and in Chicago on 7/15 for the Pitchfork Music Festival...
Norway’s electro-smashers (and SXSW hit) Datarock are set to release their debut album, Datarock Datarock (the album so nice, they named it twice), and are playing a dozen or so U.S. shows to support, including stops in Montreal (6/3), Toronto (6/4), Chicago (6/5), and Minneapolis (6/6)...
Fellow cold-weather rockers Sigur Ros are prepping to both release a book (In a Frozen Sea, a collection of photos taken while the band was on tour) in June, and an as-yet-untitled EP in August...
The Arcade Fire’s frontman Win Butler is recovering nicely from a nasty bout of sinus surgery and the band is now expected to resume touring in a couple of weeks...
And the Shout Out Louds, jettisoned by their former label, Capitol Records, are now back in the game on Merge Records, and will drop their new Bjorn Yttling-produced album, Our Ill Wills, in September...
ON CD: The Bravery’s The Sun and the Moon...Black Rebel Motorcycle Club’s Baby 81... Hanson’s (yes, that Hanson) The Walk... Bone Thugs-N-Harmony’s Strength and Loyalty...  The Yardbirds’ The Yardbirds Story: 1963-1966... and Squeeze’s Essential Squeeze (remastered)... ON DVD:  Paul Rodgers’ Live in Glasgow... This is Tom Jones... Ultimate Critical Review: Red Hot Chili Peppers... and Michigander Madonna’s The Wild Angel... and that’s the buzz for this week’s Modern Rock.
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Send ‘em to Kristi at modernrocker@gmail.com
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