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Letters 05-23-2016

Examine The Priorities Are you disgusted about closing schools, crumbling roads and bridges, and cuts everywhere? Investigate funding priorities of legislators. In 1985 at the request of President Reagan, Grover Norquist founded Americans for Tax Reform (ATR). For 30 years Norquist asked every federal and state candidate and incumbent to sign the pledge to vote against any increase in taxes. The cost of living has risen significantly since 1985; think houses, cars, health care, college, etc...

Make TC A Community For Children Let’s be that town that invests in children actively getting themselves to school in all of our neighborhoods. Let’s be that town that supports active, healthy, ready-to-learn children in all of our neighborhoods...

Where Are Real Christian Politicians? As a practicing Christian, I was very disappointed with the Rev. Dr. William C. Myers statements concerning the current presidential primaries (May 8). Instead of using the opportunity to share the message of Christ, he focused on Old Testament prophecies. Christ gave us a new commandment: to love one another...

Not A Great Plant Pick As outreach specialist for the Northwest Michigan Invasive Species Network and a citizen concerned about the health of our region’s natural areas, I was disappointed by the recent “Listen to the Local Experts” feature. When asked for their “best native plant pick,” three of the four garden centers referenced non-native plants including myrtle, which is incredibly invasive...

Truth About Plants Your feature, “listen to the local experts” contains an error that is not helpful for the birds and butterflies that try to live in northwest Michigan. Myrtle is not a native plant. The plant is also known as vinca and periwinkle...

Ask the Real Plant Experts This letter is written to express my serious concern about a recent “Listen To Your Local Experts” article where local nurseries suggested their favorite native plant. Three of the four suggested non-native plants and one suggested is an invasive and cause of serious damage to Michigan native plants in the woods. The article is both sad and alarming...

My Plant Picks In last week’s featured article “Listen to the Local Experts,” I was shocked at the responses from the local “experts” to the question about best native plant pick. Of the four “experts” two were completely wrong and one acknowledged that their pick, gingko tree, was from East Asia, only one responded with an excellent native plant, the serviceberry tree...

NOTE: Thank you to TC-based Eagle Eye Drone Service for the cover photo, taken high over Sixth Street in Traverse City.

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Liam‘s Excellent Adventure

Kristi Kates - May 20th, 2004
Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher is reportedly forming a new project - a supergroup, even - that will feature himself on vocals along with Stone Roses guitarist John Squire and late Beatle George Harrison‘s son Dhani also on guitar.  The new group (unnamed as of press time) are tentatively planning to start recording tracks later this year, with an album hoped for by next winter.  So does this mean the end of Oasis?  Au contraire - Oasis are also scheduled to begin work sometime within the next couple of months on a new album of their own...
 
Dashboard Confessional have been tapped to record a new track for the soundtrack of the upcoming movie *Spiderman 2* - DC‘s Chris Carrabba wrote and recorded the tune “Vindicated“ especially for the movie. Also on the *Spiderman 2* soundtrack will be tunes from Hoobastank and Jet.  A Dashboard Confessional song will also appear on the soundtrack to *Shrek 2,* due out this week, along with additional music from Tom Waits and Counting Crows, who were selected to write Shrek‘s main song.  And Dashboard don‘t have a song on the soundtrack for the upcoming new Cole Porter biopic, *De-Lovely,* but you will be able to hear songs from the likes of Alanis Morissette, Sheryl Crow, Elvis Costello, and Robbie Williams, who also make cameo appearances in the film...
 
Sweden‘s The Hives are going to create yet another buzz about themselves in the U.S. this summer - first of all, they‘re completing their third album, which is due on July 20th, and they‘ve already shot a video for the track “Idiot Walk“ (filmed in Sweden), with both the video and the single expected to surface on TV and radio in June.  The Hives‘ new album was recorded in their hometown of Fagersta, Sweden.  Starting June 3rd, The Hives are scheduled to play a series of festival dates in Europe, and they‘ll then head back to the States for a string of shows slated to start in mid-July...
 
And Filter are back in the studio working on their fourth album, with a little assistance from such low (ahem) profile friends as Eric Avery of Jane‘s Addiction and former Alice in Chains member Jerry Cantrell;  Cantrell being involved in the project puts him back in contact with Filter‘s Richard Patrick, who also worked on Cantrell‘s solo album.  Patrick, himself, is no longer a Los Angeles resident, and instead has built a new studio of his own in Chicago.  Filter‘s new album is expected out in early 2005...
 
MINI BUZZ:
Ben Folds has planned out a 10-day UK tour in support of his forthcoming, as-yet-untitled solo album, which is expected out this summer;  these UK appearances will be his first since 1992...
In addition, Folds will also be dragging his piano over to Rufus Wainwright‘s camp, as the two musicians are embarking on a slate of tour dates together with Guster as opening band;  the three acts will each perform a one-hour set, with tour itself making stops in Sterling Heights, MI (6/20), Indianapolis (6/26), and Boston (7/8)...
Glenn Tilbrook (of Squeeze) will kick off a 17-date tour on May 26th in NYC in support of his latest album, *Transatlantic Ping Pong*...
Stevie Wonder is releasing his first studio album in 9 years, *A Time 2 Love,* which will be out on June 8th...
Last week saw a host of musicians, including Van Morrison, Macy Gray, Steve Winwood, and the Black Eyed Peas, play at the Tribeca Film Festival‘s annual concert;  U2‘s Bono also showed up to deliver a speech...
The Darkness will be bringing their spandex to a venue near you on their second U.S. tour, along with opening act The Wildhearts, starting May 30th...
And yup - that IS The Vines you‘re hearing in the snappy new commercial for ipod...
 
Out this week ON CD:  Alanis Morrisette‘s *So-Called Chaos*... Everlast‘s *White Trash Beautiful*... Avril Lavigne‘s *Under My Skin*... Vernon Reid (formerly of Living Colour) and Masque‘s *Known Unknown*... and University of Errors‘ *Jet Propelled Photographs*...  ON DVD:  *Iggy Pop: Kiss My Blood Live in Paris*... and Cat Stevens‘ *Majikat (Earth Tour 1976)*... and that‘s the buzz for this week‘s Modern Rock.
 
*Questions, comments, rants, raves, about your fave artists or this column?  Send ‘em to Kristi at expressmodernrock@hotmail.com!*
 
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