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Letters 05-02-2016

Facts About Trails I would like to correct some misinformation provided in Kristi Kates’ article about the Shore-to-Shore Trail in your April 18 issue. The Shore-to-Shore Trail is not the longest continuous trail in the Lower Peninsula. That honor belongs to the North Country Trail (NCT), which stretches for over 400 miles in the Lower Peninsula. In fact, 100 miles of the NCT is within a 30-minute drive of Traverse City, and is maintained by the Grand Traverse Hiking Club...

North Korea Is Bluffing I eagerly read Jack Segal’s columns and attend his lectures whenever possible. However, I think his April 24th column falls into an all too common trap. He casually refers to a nuclear-armed North Korea when there is no proof whatever that North Korea has any such weapons. Sure, they have set off some underground explosions but so what? Tonga could do that. Every nuclear-armed country on Earth has carried out at least one aboveground test, just to prove they could do it if for no other reason. All we have is North Korea’s word for their supposed capabilities, which is no proof at all...

Double Dipping? In Greg Shy’s recent letter, he indicated that his Social Security benefit was being unfairly reduced simply due to the fact that he worked for the government. Somehow I think something is missing here. As I read it this law is only for those who worked for the government and are getting a pension from us generous taxpayers. Now Greg wants his pension and he also wants a full measure of Social Security benefits even though he did not pay into Social Security...

Critical Thinking Needed Our media gives ample coverage to some presidential candidates calling each other a liar and a sleaze bag. While entertaining to some, this certainly should lower one’s respect for either candidate. This race to the bottom comes as no surprise given their lack of respect for the rigors of critical thinking. The world’s esteemed scientists take great steps to preserve the integrity of their findings. Not only are their findings peer reviewed by fellow experts in their specialty, whenever possible the findings are cross-checked by independent studies...

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The White Stripes‘ idea of a joke

Kristi Kates - August 2nd, 2007
Our pals Meg and Jack - otherwise known as The White Stripes, of course - have spent a good chunk of the past week bringing a couple of odd twists to the summer concert scene. First of all, the band treated a random busload of fans to an impromptu concert on a moving bus in Winnipeg; later, the band played a one-note pre-show “concert” in St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada, hitting a single note (no joke) – reportedly a C-sharp – before telling fans they’d see them at the actual (full-length) show later that night. The hundreds of fans who had assembled for the secret pre-show, instead of being annoyed at the too-short event, embraced the Stripes’ oddity and cheered loudly as the duo left the stage...

An old 1985 movie starring an early-in-her-career Madonna is being newly revitalized as a West End musical, now set to open this fall in London. Taking on Madonna’s film role is Emma Williams, while the Rosanna Arquette part is now being played by Kelly Price; the music is another story, as much of it is being contributed by none other than Blondie, who are offering the show usage of their songs “Heart of Glass,” “Atomic,” “Dreaming,” “The Tide Is High,” “One Way or Another,” plus a brand-new tune by Blondie’s Debbie Harry. Catch the new version of “Desperately Seeking Susan” beginning October 12 at London’s Novello Theater...

This year’s prestigious Mercury Music Prize has announced its 2007 nominees, and topping the list are last year’s winners The Arctic Monkeys, who are now up for the honor for their sophomore album, Favourite Worst Nightmare. Also up for the potential win are Dizzee Rascal, nominated for his album Maths + English, Klaxons’ Myths of the Near Future, Fionn Regan’s The End of History, Basquiat Strings’ Basquiat Strings with Seb Rochford, and Maps’ We Can Create - twelve nominees in all...

Speaking of Maps, the electronica act, otherwise known as UK producer James Chapman, is set to play its first live dates in America this autumn, beginning in Seattle in September. With the intent of promoting Maps’ debut disc (the same as is mentioned above,) Maps will perform with a five-piece band, and will make additional stops in L.A. (9/26), New York City (9/28), and Brooklyn (9/29); they’ll also perform live on KCRW’s famed Morning Becomes Eclectic show in Los Angeles on Sept. 26...

MODERN ROCK LINK OF THE WEEK:
Ever want to give a little something back to the Smashing Pumpkins for all of that great music? Well, if you happen to have the right info, you might be able to do just that. SP frontman and guru Billy Corgan is on a search for the Siamese twins who were featured on the cover of the Pumpkins’ 1993 album, Siamese Dream – no particular reason was given for his quest, but if you know the girls or can otherwise help (or just want to follow the process), check in with the Pumpkins Media Militia at
www.smashingpumpkins.com/blog...

mini buzz: Former Eurythmics singer Annie Lennox has wrapped work on her first album in over 4 years, and she’s calling it Songs of Mass Destruction - the album will be in stores on October 2, and will include the song “Sing,” which features contributions from over 20 other female vocalists, including Fergie and Madonna...Las Vegas modern rockers The Killers are hitting the road again for more tour dates to promote their latest release, last year’s Sam’s Town - stops will include Columbus, OH (9/8), Toronto (9/9), Austin, TX (9/14), and El Paso, TX (9/17)... Fellow modern rockers Hot Hot Heat are prepping for a return this fall with their new album, Happiness LTD, which is due out on September 3 on Warner Bros. Records... Battles are a step ahead of Hot Hot Heat, having just released their debut disc, Mirrored, on Warp Records; they also just embarked on a tour, which will take them through Oslo, Norway (8/10), Dublin, Ireland (8/24), London (10/11), and Paris (10/16)... Bjork has tacked several additional dates onto her schedule, meaning she’ll be back in the U.S. for a mini tour, during which she’ll stop for performances in Toronto (8/8), Detroit (8/11), Atlanta, GA (8/17), and NYC (8/24)… And a newish French-Canadian festival has nabbed some big names for their second outing this year - the Second Annual Osheaga Festival will feature Bloc Party, Interpol, Smashing Pumpkins, and Damien Rice on September 8-9 in Montreal...

ON CD: Maps’ We Can Create… Caribou’s Melody Day... Play Radio Play!’s The Frequency EP... Ulrich Schnauss’ Quick-sand Memory... Duran Duran’s Big Thing... and Anchored in Love: A Tribute to June Carter Cash with musical contributions from Elvis Costello, Sheryl Crow, and Rosanne Cash, among others...
ON DVD: DJ Armin Van Buuren’s Armin Only: Ahoy 2007... The Temptations: One Night in London... Inside The Smiths... Hugh Grant & Drew Barrymore in the retro-’80s-meets-today comedy Music and Lyrics ... 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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