Letters 10-27-2014

Paging Doctor Dan: The doctor’s promise to repeal Obamacare reminds me of the frantic restaurant owner hurrying to install an exhaust fan after the kitchen burns down. He voted 51 times to replace the ACA law; a colossal waste of money and time. It’s here to stay and he has nothing to replace it.

Evolution Is Real Science: Breathtaking inanity. That was the term used by Judge John Jones III in his elegant evisceration of creationist arguments attempting to equate it to evolutionary theory in his landmark Kitzmiller vs. Dover Board of Education decision in 2005.

U.S. No Global Police: Steven Tuttle in the October 13 issue is correct: our military, under the leadership of the President (not the Congress) is charged with protecting the country, its citizens, and its borders. It is not charged with  performing military missions in other places in the world just because they have something we want (oil), or we don’t like their form of government, or we want to force them to live by the UN or our rules.

Graffiti: Art Or Vandalism?: I walk the [Grand Traverse] Commons frequently and sometimes I include the loop up to the cistern just to go and see how the art on the cistern has evolved. Granted there is the occasional gross image or word but generally there is a flurry of color.

NMEAC Snubbed: Northern Michigan Environmental Action Council (NMEAC) is the Grand Traverse region’s oldest grassroots environmental advocacy organization. Preserving the environment through citizen action and education is our mission.

Vote, Everyone: Election Day on November 4 is fast approaching, and now is the time to make a commitment to vote. You may be getting sick of the political ads on TV, but instead, be grateful that you live in a free country with open elections. Take the time to learn about the candidates by contacting your county parties and doing research.

Do Fluoride Research: Hydrofluorosilicic acid, H2SiF6, is a byproduct from the production of fertilizer. This liquid, not environmentally safe, is scrubbed from the chimney of the fertilizer plant, put into containers, and shipped. Now it is a ‘product’ added to the public drinking water.

Meet The Homeless: As someone who volunteers for a Traverse City organization that works with homeless people, I am appalled at what is happening at the meetings regarding the homeless shelter. The people fighting this shelter need to get to know some homeless families. They have the wrong idea about who the homeless are.

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Daft Punk goes live

Kristi Kates - August 30th, 2007
Daft Punk goes live
With their smash hit performance at this year’s Lollapalooza now behind them, Daft Punk is ready to take another robotic step forward, and this time it’ll be in the form of a live album. Their latest disc will offer up their June 14 performance in Paris in audio form, and there’ll be two editions of the album itself, one as a regular single disc and also a double disc set that will include the show’s incredible encore. An Oliver Gondry-directed video will accompany the disc’s first single...

Another band that was a buzz at Lolla were Cold War Kids, whose appearance there has likely helped them move on to what will be a mini-national tour for the band, complete with an upgrade to bigger venues. Currently promoting their debut disc, Robbers and Cowards, the band, whose video, “Hang Me Up to Dry” is also the talk of the indie-rock town, will stop by Madison, WI (9/8), Los Angeles (11/23), Philly (11/29), Boston (12/4), and Boulder, CO (12/11) on their swing through the nation...

Dual icons of different eras Elvis Costello and Bob Dylan are set to team up for a fall tour, which will kick off on September 22 and will continue through mid-October. Performances on the what is sure to be remarkable Costello-Dylan trek will include sets in Norfolk VA (9/25), Kingston RI (9/29), Worcester MA (10/2), and Rochester NY (10/9). In other Bob Dylan news, he’s got a 3-disc compilation CD on the way on October 1 on Columbia Records, and he’ll also be covered by the likes of Eddie Vedder, Mark Lanegan, and Michigan’s Sufjan Stevens on the upcoming soundtrack to the upcoming film I’m Not There,” which will be out on October 30...
And Shout Factory Records is gearing up to release (finally) a DVD of the annual SXSW show, which will showcase live performances from the March festival, which took place in Austin, Texas. Eighteen performances in all will be included on the disc, with the shows taking place at both the Bat Bar and the Lone Star Lounge in Austin. Available this week, the disc, which will also include plenty of interviews and nifty backstage footage, will offer up performances from, among others, The Bravery, Peter Bjorn and John, The Polyphonic Spree, Aqualung, Rickie Lee Jones, Razorlight, Mando Diao, and Marc Broussard...

MODERN ROCK LINK OF THE WEEK: Don’t Panic! Now you can watch Panic! at the Disco performing acoustically on the web, complete with an appearance from +44’s Mark Hoppus on bass - check it, yo at http://www.buzznet.com/web/foe/tours/civic/featuredmedia/17904581/

iTunes is now set to offer up John Lennon’s back catalogue of songs for digital download, including tunes from Lennon Legend plus 15 other albums soon to be added...
The Hold Steady are hopping on board with Art Brut for a U.S. tour that’s been dubbed the NME Rock n’ Roll Riot Tour, with both bands promoting new releases - The Hold Steady’s is, of course, their year-old Boys and Girls in America, and Art Brut’s is their new set, It’s a Bit Complicated - the bands will make stops in Pontiac, MI (10/29), Chicago (10/30), Minneapolis (11/1), Seattle (11/4), Los Angeles (11/7), and Dallas (11/14)...
Swedes The Shout Out Louds will be touring this fall, too, promoting their second disc, Our Ill Wills, which will be out in a couple of weeks - the fivesome will spend their October in the U.S., playing shows in Denver, CO (10/16), Minneapolis (10/18), Chicago (10/19), and Toronto (10/22), among other cities...
The reports are true that Madonna has sold her record label, Maverick Records, back to its parent company, Warner Music Group; but the rumors are not true that Madonna will be departing Warner; she’ll remain on the label’s roster to continue making music and setting trends...

Matchbox Twenty are releasing a new single for “How Far We’ve Come” that will also include two B-side covers, namely M20’s takes on David Bowie’s “Modern Love” and the Crowes’ “Remedy”...
And Martin Scorsese’s upcoming Rolling Stones concert documentary, “Shine a Light,” has now had its release date pushed back to mid-2008 (it was originally slated for release this September), in order to give the Stones themselves time to return and recover from their European tour so they can help promote the movie...

ON CD: Rilo Kiley’s Under the Blacklight... Talib Kweli’s Ear Drum... 12 Stones’ Anthem for the Underdog... Cartel’s Cartel... Caribou’s Andorra... and Atreyu’s Lead Sails Paper Anchor... ON DVD: Loreena McKennitt’s Nights from the Alhambra... An Evening of Yes Music Plus... Elvis Presley’s It Happened at the World’s Fair... and The British Beat Live, featuring TV performances from Lulu, The Zombies, Petula Clark, The Troggs, and many others... 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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