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Letters 05-23-2016

Examine The Priorities Are you disgusted about closing schools, crumbling roads and bridges, and cuts everywhere? Investigate funding priorities of legislators. In 1985 at the request of President Reagan, Grover Norquist founded Americans for Tax Reform (ATR). For 30 years Norquist asked every federal and state candidate and incumbent to sign the pledge to vote against any increase in taxes. The cost of living has risen significantly since 1985; think houses, cars, health care, college, etc...

Make TC A Community For Children Let’s be that town that invests in children actively getting themselves to school in all of our neighborhoods. Let’s be that town that supports active, healthy, ready-to-learn children in all of our neighborhoods...

Where Are Real Christian Politicians? As a practicing Christian, I was very disappointed with the Rev. Dr. William C. Myers statements concerning the current presidential primaries (May 8). Instead of using the opportunity to share the message of Christ, he focused on Old Testament prophecies. Christ gave us a new commandment: to love one another...

Not A Great Plant Pick As outreach specialist for the Northwest Michigan Invasive Species Network and a citizen concerned about the health of our region’s natural areas, I was disappointed by the recent “Listen to the Local Experts” feature. When asked for their “best native plant pick,” three of the four garden centers referenced non-native plants including myrtle, which is incredibly invasive...

Truth About Plants Your feature, “listen to the local experts” contains an error that is not helpful for the birds and butterflies that try to live in northwest Michigan. Myrtle is not a native plant. The plant is also known as vinca and periwinkle...

Ask the Real Plant Experts This letter is written to express my serious concern about a recent “Listen To Your Local Experts” article where local nurseries suggested their favorite native plant. Three of the four suggested non-native plants and one suggested is an invasive and cause of serious damage to Michigan native plants in the woods. The article is both sad and alarming...

My Plant Picks In last week’s featured article “Listen to the Local Experts,” I was shocked at the responses from the local “experts” to the question about best native plant pick. Of the four “experts” two were completely wrong and one acknowledged that their pick, gingko tree, was from East Asia, only one responded with an excellent native plant, the serviceberry tree...

NOTE: Thank you to TC-based Eagle Eye Drone Service for the cover photo, taken high over Sixth Street in Traverse City.

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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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