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Letters 02-08-2016

Less Ageism, Please The January 4 issue of this publication proved to me that there are some sensible voices of reason in our community regarding all things “inter-generational.” I offer a word of thanks to Elizabeth Myers. I too have worked hard for what I’ve earned throughout my years in the various positions I’ve held. While I too cannot speak for each millennial, brash generalizations about a lack of work ethic don’t sit well with me...Joe Connolly, Traverse City

Now That’s an Escalation I just read the letter from Greg and his defense of the AR15. The letter started with great information but then out of nowhere his opinion went off the rails. “The government wants total gun control and then confiscation; then the elimination of all Constitutional rights.” Wait... what?! To quote the great Ron Burgundy, “Well, that escalated quickly!”

Healthy Eating and Exercise for Children Healthy foods and exercise are important for children of all ages. It is important for children because it empowers them to do their best at school and be able to do their homework and study...

Mascots and Harsh Native American Truths The letter from the Choctaw lady deserves an answer. I have had a gutful of the whining about the fate of the American Indian. The American Indians were the losers in an imperial expansion; as such, they have, overall, fared much better than a lot of such losers throughout history. Everything the lady complains about in the way of what was done by the nasty, evil Whites was being done by Indians to other Indians long before Europeans arrived...

Snyder Must Go I believe it’s time. It’s time for Governor Snyder to go. The FBI, U.S. Postal Inspection Service and the EPA Criminal Investigation Division are now investigating the Flint water crisis that poisoned thousands of people. Governor Snyder signed the legislation that established the Emergency Manager law. Since its inception it has proven to be a dismal failure...

Erosion of Public Trust Let’s look at how we’ve been experiencing global warming. Between 1979 and 2013, increases in temperature and wind speeds along with more rain-free days have combined to stretch fire seasons worldwide by 20 percent. In the U.S., the fire seasons are 78 days longer than in the 1970s...

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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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