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Letters 07-25-2016

Remember Bush-Cheney Does anyone remember George W. Bush and Dick Cheney? They were president and vice president a mere eight years ago. Does anyone out there remember the way things were at the end of their duo? It was terrible...

Mass Shootings And Gun Control The largest mass shooting in U.S. history occurred December 29,1890, when 297 Sioux Indians at Wounded Knee in South Dakota were murdered by federal agents and members of the 7th Cavalry who had come to confiscate their firearms “for their own safety and protection.” The slaughter began after the majority of the Sioux had peacefully turned in their firearms...

Families Need Representation When one party dominates the Michigan administration and legislature, half of Michigan families are not represented on the important issues that face our state. When a policy affects the non-voting K-12 students, they too are left out, especially when it comes to graduation requirements...

Raise The Minimum Wage I wanted to offer a different perspective on the issue of raising the minimum wage. The argument that raising the minimum wage will result in job loss is a bogus scare tactic. The need for labor will not change, just the cost of it, which will be passed on to the consumer, as it always has...

Make Cherryland Respect Renewable Cherryland Electric is about to change their net metering policy. In a nutshell, they want to buy the electricity from those of us who produce clean renewable electric at a rate far below the rate they buy electricity from other sources. They believe very few people have an interest in renewable energy...

Settled Science Climate change science is based on the accumulated evidence gained from studying the greenhouse effect for 200 years. The greenhouse effect keeps our planet 50 degrees warmer due to heat-trapping gases in our atmosphere. Basic principles of physics and chemistry dictate that Earth will warm as concentrations of greenhouse gases increase...

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Band taps into global warming

Kristi Kates - May 24th, 2007
Global warming? It’s none more black of an outlook, if you’re Spinal Tap. That’s right - the landmark ’80s hair-and-spandex metal band are back in black (and other assorted metal-friendly colors) as part of the continuing movement to raise global warming awareness. The band will reform to play the Live Earth concert in London on July 7, and the Tap, along with filmmaker Marty “Rob Reiner” DeBergi, will also appear in a new special short film set to premiere at NYC’s Tribeca Film Festival.  The film will outline Spinal Tap’s “long history of charity work,” which includes “the feeding of Caesar Salad to starving ferrets” and “helping people cursed with high insteps” (ahem.)  They’ll also (seriously, folks) release a brand new Spinal Tap single as part of their environmental efforts; listen for “Warmer Than Hell” on a radio-station-with-a-good-sense-of-humor near you...
 
The Decemberists are teaming up with a variety of big-name local orchestras for a five-city U.S. tour that will showcase the  new orchestra arrangements that Sean O’Loughlin created for the band’s songs. The unusual pairing (although it’s not that unusual, really, if you consider The Decemberists’ own eclectic instrument choices) will include songs from the band’s latest release, The Crane Wife, and will include stops in L.A. (7/7 with the L.A. Philharmonic), Philly (7/15 with the Mann Festival Orchestra) and Chicago (7/18 with the Grant Park Orchestra)...
 
Foo Fighters are still out there fightin’ foo (sorry, couldn’t resist) and, in addition, have been working hard with Pixies producer Gil Norton on what will be their latest album since 2005’s In Your Honour.” The new tracks are said to be “big and powerful,” and a move forward for the band’s trademark sound. No release date has been set yet for the disc, but fans can catch the Foo Fighters at the Live Earth shows on July 7, and chances are, you’ll get a preview of new Foo songs, too...
 
Australian cult indie rockers The Go-Betweens are set to be the subject of a tribute album dubbed Write Your Adventures Down that will pay homage to the critically-acclaimed Aussie songwriters/performers. Fellow Australian musicians Glenn Richards and Dan Kelly are just two of the artists contributing tracks to the disc, which is set for release on Sony secondary label The Red Label on June 11...
 
MODERN ROCK LINK OF THE WEEK:  Looking for an excuse to go camping in Canada in July? Well, here’s a great one - the Ottawa Bluesfest, which kicks off on July 5 and runs to the 15.  The event will feature over 140 bands on five stages, including appearances from the White Stripes and Bob Dylan, and tix are already on sale.  Check it out at www.ottawa-bluesfest.ca...
 
MINI BUZZ:
Swedish indie-popsters Peter Bjorn and John have snagged dates at both Coachella and this summer’s upcoming Lollapalooza festival;  the festival dates will be part of the trio’s summer headlining tour...
The two-day Wolfe Island Musicfest is set for August 10 and 11 this year near Kingston, Ontario, and will feature sets from Wolf Parade, Spiral Beach, Weeping Tile, and Apostle of Hustle...
California quirk-rockers Cake are simultaneously prepping for the release of their B-Sides and Rarities album and their sixth new studio album, which is as yet untitled and due in the first quarter of 2008...
Ozzfest founder Ozzy Osbourne is set to present his first new studio album in six years;  look for Ozzy’s Black Rain in stores this week...
Former The Darkness lead singer Justin Hawkins is already moving forward and has debuted some new
solo songs online,
including “Whichever” and the Queen-influenced rocker “You Can’t Hurt Me Anymore.” Hawkins says that these songs, among others, will be on his first solo album, which he’s dubbed Panther...
In this week’s Strange Hip Hop News, rapper-turned-actor Will Smith is said to be resuming his Fresh Prince alter-ego and will reunite with rap partner DJ Jazzy Jeff later this year for a new album and tour...
 
And here are some new releases you won’t have to wait for... this week ON CD:  Wilco’s Sky Blue Sky... Rufus Wainwright’s Release the Stars... former Cranberries singer Dolores O’Riordan’s Are You Listening... Joe Strummer’s The Future is Unwritten... Ozma’s Pasadena... and Balkan Beat Box’s New Med... ON DVD:  Elvis Lives: The 25th Anniversary Concert… Rock n’ Roll’s Greatest Teen Idols... The Knack’s On Stage at World Cafe Live... and Chick Corea’s Live in Barcelona... and that’s the buzz for this week’s Modern Rock.
 
Questions, comments, rants, raves, sugges-
tions on this column or your fave musicians? 
Send ’em to Kristi at modernrocker@gmail.com
 
 
 
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