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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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McCartney is the Modern Rockin‘ Man

Kristi Kates - September 20th, 2007
Forever-Beatle Paul McCartney is set to drop a career-spanning DVD set to close out the year, and not just any set, but a 3-volume DVD collection titled The McCartney Years that will span a remarkable 4 decades of McCartney’s music videos, performances, and more. Beginning in the 1970’s with McCartney’s first solo single, “Maybe I’m Amazed,” the set continues on through plenty of behind-the-scenes footage, commentary, live performances, and over 40 music videos, the performance footage being taken from Wings’ 1976 World Tour, new edits of Macca’s 1991 MTV Unplugged show, and his 2004 Glastonbury headlining gig. With restored materials, widescreen format, and remixes into 5.1 surround sound, it’s a comprehensive and impressive collection of The Cute Beatle’s work to date, a must-have for any McCartney fan, and it’ll be available on November 13th...

The new-ish New Yorker Festival, sponsored by, of course, The New Yorker magazine, is now set for the weekend of October 5th this year in NYC, and will open with Friday night’s New Yorker Dance Party, hosted by the magazine’s pop music critic Frere-Jones. On Saturday, attendees will be treated to an acoustic set by Icelandic intelli-popsters Sigur Ros, who will also premiere their new film, and Talking Head David Byrne, who will present a multimedia piece that he’s done entitled “How New Yorkers Ride Bikes. Sunday will offer up all 20th Century classical music. The entire roster of acts will be announced in the September 17th issue of The New Yorker, and tix will be available starting September 15th...

Singer-songwriter Seal has been busy working on his first album in 4 years, and has titled that album, his fifth, System, which he co-produced with Stuart Price (Madonna.) Seal says that he focused more on guitar and on up-tempo beats on this set, and was glad to work with Price, who is also a multi-instrumentalist in his own right. Tracks set for inclusion on System include “The Right Life,” “Amazing,” “Just Like Before,” and the title track...

And The Killers are also in the studio, working on a follow-up set to last year’s somewhat disappointing “Sam’s Town,” as well as an additional project - the Las Vegas modern rockers are prepping to release a B-side compilation to tide the fans over while they wait for the new album. The compilation set is slated to tentatively include such tracks as the band’s “Move Away” single from the Spiderman 3 soundtrack, their contributions to the movie soundtrack for “Shadowplay,” and plenty of other less mainstream tracks, many which have already been released as B-sides overseas...

MINI BUZZ:
Scottish popsters (and former Franz Ferdinand pals) 1990s will be arriving in the U.S. in October for their first national tour in promotion of their debut disc, Cookies, out now on Rough Trade Records; tour stops will include Toronto (10/9), Rochester NY (10/19), Minneapolis (11/7), Chicago (11/8), Detroit (11/10), and Washington DC (11/20)...
Electronica collaborative The Crystal Method will re-release their debut disc, Vegas, on September 18th on Geffen Records as a 2-disc set; the new version will add live and rare tracks, as well as some remixes by the likes of MSTRKRFT and Paul Oakenfold...
Revitalized Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder is set to perform at the premiere screening of the war documentary Body of War at the Toronto International Film Festival; Vedder will perform the two original songs he wrote for the movie, “Long Nights” and “No More”...
Wyclef Jean has confirmed a release date for his next album, Carnival II (Memoirs of an Immigrant) - the album will now hit stores on November 6th...
The Goo Goo Dolls’ first hits compilation, the non-creatively-named Greatest Hits, Vol. 1 - The Singles, will hit stores on November 13th, with tracks including “Broadway,” “Black Balloon,” “Slide,” and “Let Love In” - a second volume of their greatest hits is set for release early next year, complete with rarities, B-sides, some “unexpected” covers, and remixes...
And altera-American-Idol’er Blake Lewis - the only beatboxer that the mainstream show has ever had, and perhaps the most successfully resistant performer to Idol’s usual roster of cheese-hits - has been signed to 19 Recordings/Arista and is working on his debut disc, which he says will be influenced by ‘80s hip-hop and breakbeats, and which he’s titled Audio Daydream...

ON CD: Hot Hot Heat’s Happiness, Ltd.... Joe Henry’s Civilians... Pinback’s Autumn of the Seraphs... Qui’s Love’s Miracle... Jonathan Rice’s Further North... and the Shout Out Louds’ Our Ill Wills... ON DVD: Desparate Generation, a documentary on the SoCal rockabilly revival ... T. Rex: Born to Boogie... Paul Simon’s Japanese release of Essential Paul Simon... and Katatonia’s Live Consternation ... 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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