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Letters 08-31-2015

Inalienable Rights This is a response to the “No More State Theatre” in your August 24th edition. I think I will not be the only response to this pathetic and narrow-minded letter that seems rather out of place in the northern Michigan that I know. To think we will not be getting your 25 cents for the movie you refused to see, but more importantly we will be without your “two cents” on your thoughts of a marriage at the State Theatre...

Enthusiastically Democratic Since I was one of the approximately 160 people present at when Senator Debbie Stabenow spoke on August 14 in Charlevoix, I was surprised to read in a letter to Northern Express that there was a “rather muted” response to Debbie’s announcement that she has endorsed Hillary Clinton for president...

Not Hurting I surely think the State Theatre will survive not having the homophobic presence of Colleen Smith and her family attend any matinees. I think “Ms.” Smith might also want to make sure that any medical personnel, bank staff, grocery store staff, waiters and/or waitress, etc. are not homosexual before accepting any service or product from them...

Stay Home I did not know whether to laugh or cry when I read the letter of the extremely homophobic, “disgusted” writer. She now refuses to patronize the State Theatre because she evidently feels that its confines have been poisoned by the gay wedding ceremony held there...

Keep Away In response to Colleen Smith of Cadillac who refused to bring her family to the State Theatre because there was a gay wedding there: Keep your 25 cents and your family out of Traverse City...

Celebrating Moore And A Theatre I was 10 years old when I had the privilege to see my first film at the State Theatre. I will never forget that experience. The screen was almost the size of my bedroom I shared with my older sister. The bursting sounds made me believe I was part of the film...

Outdated Thinking This letter is in response to Colleen Smith. She made public her choice to no longer go to the State Theater due to the fact that “some homosexuals” got married there. I’m not outraged by her choice; we don’t need any more hateful, self-righteous bigots in our town. She can keep her 25 cents...

Mackinac Pipeline Must Be Shut Down Crude oil flowing through Enbridge’s 60-yearold pipeline beneath the Mackinac Straits and the largest collection of fresh water on the planet should be a serious concern for every resident of the USA and Canada. Enbridge has a very “accident” prone track record...

Your Rights To Colleen, who wrote about the State Theatre: Let me thank you for sharing your views; I think most of us are well in support of the first amendment, because as you know- it gives everyone the opportunity to express their opinions. I also wanted to thank Northern Express for not shutting down these types of letters right at the source but rather giving the community a platform for education...

No Role Model [Fascinating Person from last week’s issue] Jada quoted: “I want to be a role model for girls who are interested in being in the outdoors.” I enjoy being in the outdoors, but I don’t want to kill animals for trophy...

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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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