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Letters 11-28-2016

Trump should avoid self-dealing President-elect Donald Trump plans to turn over running of The Trump Organization to his children, who are also involved in the transition and will probably be informal advisers during his administration. This is not a “blind trust.” In this scenario Trump and family could make decisions based on what’s best for them rather than what’s best for the country...

Trump the change we need?  I have had a couple of weeks to digest the results of this election and reflect. There is no way the selection of Trump as POTUS could ever come close to being normal. It is not normal to have a president-elect settle a fraud case for millions a couple of months before the inauguration. It is not normal to have racists considered for cabinet posts. It is not normal for a president-elect tweet outrageous comments on his Twitter feed to respond to supposed insults at all hours of the early morning...

Health care system should benefit all It is no secret that the health insurance situation in our country is controversial. Some say the Affordable Care Act is “the most terrible thing that has happened to our country in years”; others are thrilled that, “for the first time in years I can get and afford health insurance.” Those who have not been closely involved in the medical field cannot be expected to understand how precarious the previous medical insurance structure was...

Christmas tradition needs change The Christmas light we need most is the divine, and to receive it we do not need electricity, probably only prayers and good deeds. But not everyone has this understanding, as we see in the energy waste that follows with the Christmas decorations...

CORRECTIONS & CLARIFICATIONS 

A story in last week’s edition about parasailing businesses on East Grand Traverse Bay mistakenly described Grand Traverse Parasail as a business that is affiliated with the ParkShore Resort. It operates from a beach club two doors down from the resort. The story also should have noted that prior to the filing of a civil lawsuit in federal court by Saburi Boyer and Traverse Bay Parasail against Bryan Punturo and the ParkShore Resort, a similar lawsuit was dismissed from 13th Circuit Court in Traverse City upon a motion from the defendant’s attorney. Express regrets the error and omission.

A story in last week’s edition about The Fillmore restaurant in Manistee misstated Jacob Slonecki’s job at Arcadia Bluffs Golf Course. He was a cook. Express regrets the error.

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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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