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Letters 10-20-2014

Doctor Dan? After several email conversations with Rep. Benishek, he has confirmed that he doesn’t have a clue of what he does. Here’s why...

In Favor Of Our Parks [Traverse] City Proposal 1 is a creative way to improve our city parks without using our tax dollars. By using a small portion of our oil and gas royalties from the Brown Bridge Trust Fund, our parks can be improved for our children and grandchildren.

From January 1970 Popular Mechanics: “Drastic climate changes will occur within the next 50 years if the use of fossil fuels keeps rising at current rates.” That warning comes from Eugene K. Peterson of the Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Land Management.

Newcomers Might Leave: Recently we had guests from India who came over as students with the plan to stay in America. He has a master’s degree in engineering and she is doing her residency in Chicago and plans to specialize in oncology. They talked very candidly about American politics and said that after observing...

Someone Is You: On Sept 21, I joined the 400,000 who took to the streets of New York in the People’s Climate March, followed by a UN Climate Summit and many speeches. On October 13, the Pentagon issued a report calling climate change a significant threat to national security requiring immediate action. How do we move from marches, speeches and reports to meaningful work on this problem? In NYC I read a sign with a simple answer...

Necessary To Pay: Last fall, Grand Traverse voters authorized a new tax to fix roads. It is good, it is necessary.

The Real Reasons for Wolf Hunt: I have really been surprised that no one has been commenting on the true reason for the wolf hunt. All this effort has not been expended so 23 wolves can be killed each year. Instead this manufactured controversy about the wolf hunt has been very carefully crafted to get Proposal 14-2 passed.

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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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