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Letters 07-27-2015

Next For Brownfields In regard to your recent piece on brownfield redevelopment in TC, the Randolph Street project appears to be proceeding without receiving its requested $600k in brownfield funding from the county. In response to this, the mayor is quoted as saying that the developer bought the property prior to performing an environmental assessment and had little choice but to now build it...

Defending Our Freedom This is in response to Sally MacFarlane Neal’s recent letter, “War Machines for Family Entertainment.” Wake Up! Make no mistake about it, we are at war! Even though the idiot we have for a president won’t accept the fact because he believes we can negotiate with Iran, etc., ISIS and their like make it very clear they intend to destroy the free world as we know it. If you take notice of the way are constantly destroying their own people, is that living...

What Is Far Left? Columnist Steve Tuttle, who so many lambaste as a liberal, considers Sen. Sanders a far out liberal “nearly invisible from the middle.” Has the middle really shifted that far right? Sanders has opposed endless war and the Patriot Act. Does Mr. Tuttle believe most of our citizens praise our wars and the positive results we have achieved from them? Is supporting endless war or giving up our civil liberties middle of the road...

Parking Corrected Stephen Tuttle commented on parking in the July 13 Northern Express. As Director of the Traverse City Downtown Development Authority, I feel compelled to address a couple key issues. But first, I acknowledge that  there is some consternation about parking downtown. As more people come downtown served by less parking, the pressure on what parking we have increases. Downtown serves a county with a population of 90,000 and plays host to over three million visitors annually...

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Live Earth

Kristi Kates - July 19th, 2007
Did you DVR the rilly big Live Earth show this past Saturday? Hope so, because there were a plethora of pretty fantastic performance moments that you shouldn’t have missed - and if you watched the entire 15 televised hours straight, then you deserve a prize, as Live Earth only rivaled ‘80s event Live Aid in its extensiveness. More than 100 of the world’s biggest musical acts performed on all seven continents (yes, even Antarctica!) in an effort to raise awareness of climate change and global warming, complete with an appearance from former U.S. vice president Al Gore, who headed up the project, which qualifies as the largest musical event ever staged.
Australia featured performances by Aboriginal dancers, as well as sets from Jack Johnson, Crowded House, and Toni Collette;  China featured a range of Chinese musical celebs and an appearance by Brit songstress Sarah Brightman;  and Japan showcased Rihanna and Linkin Park.  As the event moved westward, Germany and the UK presented sets by Shakira, The Beastie Boys, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and the Foo Fighters, with Madonna closing out the London show. Rio de Janeiro and Johannesburg hosted musicians Macy Gray and Lenny Kravitz, and the U.S. played host to two separate concerts in New Jersey and Washington, DC, where the lineups included Fall Out Boy, Keith Urban, Kelly Clarkson, and the reunited headliners The Police.  Bet you a nickel that a special edition DVD is already in the planning stages...
Squirrels unite!  Well, reunite, that is, and by that we mean retro band the Squirrel Nut Zippers, not the kind of squirrels you’ll find in your yard. The pop-slash-hot-jazz musicians, whose top popularity was during the swing-dancing craze of the ‘90s, are back together and are starting off by playing some live shows throughout the remainder of the summer. They’re discussing a new album, although nothing’s confirmed as of yet, but SNZ drummer Chris Phillips, who organized the band’s reunion, noted that the band wouldn’t have gotten back together unless they were still “creatively alive,” so chances are good. While you’re waiting for a new disc, keep an eye on pollstar.com for upcoming Squirrel Nut Zipper live dates...
Speaking of reunions - three ex-members of The Beta Band have regrouped, not as The Beta Band Mach II, but as The Aliens, and they’ve just released their debut disc, Astronomy for Dogs. The new Scottish band is also set for a two-week North American tour to promote the album; the tour will begin on Sept. 17 in Philadelphia, PA, and will wrap up in Los Angeles at the LA Weekly Detour Music Festival on Oct. 6. Other live dates will include stops in Toronto (9/22), Detroit (9/24 at the Magic Stick), Chicago (9/25 at Schubas Tavern), and Minneapolis (9/26)...
 
MODERN ROCK LINK OF THE WEEK:  Zune - you know, that wacky l’il digital music player released by Microsoft, for those of you who forgot about it in the all-encompassing wake of the iPod - is working to increase its visibility by presenting a series of free summer hip-hop concerts. Titled “Live at the BBQ,” these shows will include a couple events in the Eastern U.S. So if you’re going to be in either of these locales, check out the Zune BBQ events in Chicago on July 22 and NYC on Aug. 4. Performers will include Mos Def and Common, and you can find out more at www.zune.net...

MINI BUZZ:
After a rollicking Live Earth performance, Duran Duran are set to release their first album since 2004’s Astronaut, titled Red Carpet Massacre. The band collaborated with Justin Timberlake and Timbaland on the new set...
Fellow Live Earth performer Billy Corgan is taking himself and the rest of his Smashing Pumpkins on the road for a national tour that will include shows in Toronto (9/9), Normal, IL (10/4), Detroit (10/7), Boston (10/15), Philly (10/21 and 10/22), and Atlanta (10/30) - SP’s new rabidly-anticipated album, Zeitgeist, will hit stores July 17...
Political Punkers Against Me! are releasing their first major label set, New Wave, this week on Reprise Records, and they’ll follow the album’s arrival with a brief nationwide tour starting in Seattle on July 28...
OutKast’s Andre 3000 has an album out this week, too, namely his Class of 3000, which is a collection of tunes from Andre’s animated TV series of the same name...
They Might Be Giants are busily promoting their new Dust Brothers- produced set The Else with a tour that began last week in San Jose, California, and will pass through Cleveland (7/21), Detroit (7/22), NYC (7/25), and NYC again (8/1)...
One thing you’ve gotta say for Michigan’s Madonna - she doesn’t give up. The Material Girl, whose film career has been far less, er, spectacular than her music career, is tackling the movies yet again, this time as director, with a short piece titled Filth and Wisdom - the short is expected to debut at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival... 
And debuting this week are these new releases... ON CD:  Interpol’s Our Love to Admire... Suzanne Vega’s Beauty and Crime... Rooney’s Calling the World... Emerson Hart’s Cigarettes and Gasoline... The Chemical Brothers’ We Are the Night... and Now Vol. 25 featuring songs from Gwen Stefani, Fall Out Boy, Justin Timberlake, and Avril Lavigne... ON DVD:  Yusef’s (Cat Stevens) Cafe Session... Dresden Dolls’ Live at the Roundhouse London 2006... Garbage: Absolute Garbage... and Les Paul - Chasing Sound... 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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