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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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Swerving into another music fest

Kristi Kates - September 13th, 2007
Swerving Into Another Music Fest
The first annual Swerve Festival, a Los Angeles-based event that’s set to combine music, film, and art into yet another weekend extravaganza, is now set to take place at L.A.’s Barnsdall Art Park on September 28 - 30. The event will include live sets from bands Black Angels, Oh No! Oh My!, Illinois (fresh off of their Lollapalooza appearance), and Snowden, among others; art will be contributed by the likes of Thomas Campbell, Ed Templeton, Geoff McFetridge, and Mike Mills; and films will include the U.S. premiere of The Man Who Souled the World and Anton Corbijn’s biopic Control. Get tix and find out more at www.swervefestival.com...
 
In other festival news, if you prefer Spain to L.A., then check out the strangely-named but full-of-great-bands Tanned Tin Festival, which will be taking place in Castellon from October 31 - November 4. Set to appear at the Spanish fest so far are Xiu Xiu, The Sea and Cake, Wolf Eyes, Papercuts, Grouper, For Against, and many more; the performances will take place at various venues throughout the city, including Theatre Principal and Casino Antiguo...
 
A new double-DVD set featuring punk legends The Ramones will be out on October 2; titled It’s Alive: 1974-1996, the DVDs will feature 4 hours of rare and previously unreleased performances, as supervised by Tommy Ramone himself. Arranged chronologically and featuring more than 100 songs, the DVD will also feature 14 songs in 5.1 Surround Sound from the band’s 1977 London show and 1982 US Festival appearance in California...
 
Tepid mainstream TV shows often, strangely, offer up decent musical soundtracks, and the upcoming soundtrack for the TV series House is no exception. Set to hit stores on September 18, the collection, which will benefit various non-profit organizations, will include music from Sarah McLachlan (her cover of XTC’s “Dear God”), Elvis Costello (his previously unreleased track “Beautiful”), and other songs from the likes of Gomez, Massive Attack, Ben Harper, and Michael Penn. Back in the realm of the tepid, House actor Hugh Laurie and various other TV actors, including The Bachelor’s Bob Guiney, Desperate Housewives’ James Denton, and a what-is-he-doing-with-this-crowd Greg Grunberg of Heroes also contribute a karaoke-level cover of the Rolling Stones “You Can’t Always Get What You Want”...

MODERN ROCK LINK OF THE WEEK:  One more festival for this week! San Francisco is welcoming a new fest to their region, the piratey-named Treasure Island Music Festival, which is set for the weekend of September 15 and 16, and will offer up sets from Thievery Corporation, Ghostland Observatory, DJ Shadow, Cut Chemist, Modest Mouse, Spoon, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, and more; tix are on sale now, so check it out, yarrrr, at www.treasureislandfestival.com...
MINI BUZZ:
Bloc Party are on their way to producer Jacknife Lee’s home base in Southeast England to begin work on their next album...
While fellow UK band The Twilight Sad are prepping to trek across the U.S. for two weeks in September, after opening up for the Smashing Pumpkins in Glasgow, Scotland the end of this month...
The Pop Montreal Fest will present Hot Hot Heat at Club Soda as one of their featured festival events;  HHH will hit the stage on October 7, and prior to their festival appearance, will release their latest album, Happiness Ltd., in September...
Collective Soul and Live have regrouped after their summer tour dates, and have announced that they’ll kick off a new round of tours for fall that will include stops in Boston (9/21), Philly (9/23), Dallas (10/3), and Denver, Colorado (10/7) - additional Collective Soul dates are also expected...
Canada’s Silverstein have announced that they’ll be embarking on their own series of headlining U.S. and European dates in support of their latest album, Arrivals and Departures...
And UK duo Soulsavers will drop their second disc, It’s Not How Far You Fall, It’s the Way You Land on October 16 in the U.S...

Letting their own discs fall into a multimedia store near you this week are these artists and their new releases... ON CD:  Collective Soul’s Afterwords (only available at Target stores)... Northern State’s Can I Keep This Pen?... Ben Harper’s Lifelines... Liars’ Liars... Figurines’ When the Deer Wore Blue... and The Go! Team’s Proof of Youth... ON DVD: David Bowie in the re-release of Labryinth... White Stripes: The Document ... Fleetwood Mac: Videobiography ... and the chock-full-of-bands SXSW Live 2007... 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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