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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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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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