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Letters 07-25-2016

Remember Bush-Cheney Does anyone remember George W. Bush and Dick Cheney? They were president and vice president a mere eight years ago. Does anyone out there remember the way things were at the end of their duo? It was terrible...

Mass Shootings And Gun Control The largest mass shooting in U.S. history occurred December 29,1890, when 297 Sioux Indians at Wounded Knee in South Dakota were murdered by federal agents and members of the 7th Cavalry who had come to confiscate their firearms “for their own safety and protection.” The slaughter began after the majority of the Sioux had peacefully turned in their firearms...

Families Need Representation When one party dominates the Michigan administration and legislature, half of Michigan families are not represented on the important issues that face our state. When a policy affects the non-voting K-12 students, they too are left out, especially when it comes to graduation requirements...

Raise The Minimum Wage I wanted to offer a different perspective on the issue of raising the minimum wage. The argument that raising the minimum wage will result in job loss is a bogus scare tactic. The need for labor will not change, just the cost of it, which will be passed on to the consumer, as it always has...

Make Cherryland Respect Renewable Cherryland Electric is about to change their net metering policy. In a nutshell, they want to buy the electricity from those of us who produce clean renewable electric at a rate far below the rate they buy electricity from other sources. They believe very few people have an interest in renewable energy...

Settled Science Climate change science is based on the accumulated evidence gained from studying the greenhouse effect for 200 years. The greenhouse effect keeps our planet 50 degrees warmer due to heat-trapping gases in our atmosphere. Basic principles of physics and chemistry dictate that Earth will warm as concentrations of greenhouse gases increase...

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Hanson‘s musical trick or treat

Kristi Kates - October 25th, 2007
A “mystery artist” was recently played on Chicago alt-rock station WKQK, with a song titled “The Great Divide” being put up for listener feedback. Within weeks, the song was receiving tons of requests, putting it into the station’s heavy rotation playlist; and it was only then that WKQK announced that the song was performed by long-maligned former teen-rock band Hanson, who have recently released their latest album, The Walk, Needless to say, listeners were surprised, and the band gained a few more grains of respect; and now, they’re in the middle of a U.S. tour, so you can check ‘em out for yourselves...

Moby has wrapped work on his newest studio album, which he says is “more electronic” than usual and is a bonafied dance record, although reportedly an eclectic one. The album, expected out in February or March of next year, will serve as the follow-up to Moby’s 2005 studio disc, Hotel, and his greatest hits package, Go. The new Moby album may also include a bonus disc, which Moby says he wants to be one 75-minute-long ambient piece of music. Moby fans can also go online to download “Extreme Ways (Bourne’s Ultimatum),” which is the song heard during the closing credits for the Matt Damon movie “Bourne Ultimatum”...

The Polyphonic Spree and Rooney are teaming up for a U.S. tour, hitting the road in October with opening act The Redwalls in order to promote both of the band’s new albums (Fragile Army for the Spree, and Calling the World for Rooney.) Rooney is currently a VH1 “You Oughta Know” artist, while the Spree will be releasing their second single, “We Crawl,” while on tour, after they perform in Atlanta at the environmental awareness music fest The Echo Project. The duo’s tour dates will include stops in Pontiac MI (10/14), Chicago (10/17), Minneapolis (10/19), Seattle (10/25), Los Angeles (11/2), and Houston (11/8)...

Talking Head David Byrne will offer up his new album, The Knee Plays at the end of October via Nonesuch Records. The disc will feature a series of Byrne’s compositions that were initially intended for the Robert Wilson opera The Civil Wars, which were never performed live as funding fell through; the songs, composed over 20 years ago, will include tunes “The Sound of Business,” “Tic Toc 2 (In the Future),” “Theadora is Dozing,” and “Faust Dance,” and the disc will also include eight previously unreleased instrumentals and a DVD slideshow of 400 black and white pics from the opera’s pre-production...

MODERN ROCK LINK OF THE WEEK: Crime in Stereo have a new album coming out on October 23rd titled Crime in Stereo is Dead, but you can get a sneak preview of a track from the album - namely “Vicious Teeth” - online at
www.myspace.com/crimeinstereo...

MINI BUZZ:
Lemonhead Evan Dando is hitting the road for a series of solo shows through the end of October, and will then repack his bags for a tour with the Lemonheads themselves; Lemonheads live dates include stops in Los Angeles (12/1), Chicago (12/11 and 12/12), Ann Arbor MI (12/15), and Cleveland OH (12/17)...
Modest Mouse are adding on more tour dates, too, complete with Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr on, well, guitar, of course; the MM show will pass through Calgary, Alberta Canada (11/3), Milwaukee WI (11/11), Chicago (12/2), and Minneapolis (12/3)...
Indie rockers Man Man are yet another band planning out a little fall touring, with shows in Memphis (10/15), Houston (10/18), Sacramento CA (10/26), and Seattle (10/30) set to practice up some works-in-progress from their upcoming new album; they’ll be opening up for the aforementioned Modest Mouse on some dates, too...
Lollapalooza guru Perry Farrell has announced plans to start up a new record label; dubbed Bells Are Ringing, the label’s first release will be Farrell’s own band Satellite Party’s album, Ultra Payloaded, and Farrell says that he’s ready to become part of the “new indie trend” whereby musicians are given more creative freedom...
Kylie Minogue will be back later this year - November 26th, to be exact - with her tenth studio album, X, a disc that will include songs “In My Arms,” “Speakerphone,” and “All I See” as well as the album’s first single, “2 Hearts”; Minogue will also appear in a new documentary, White Diamond, that will chronicle her return to the stage after her recovery from cancer...
New Zealand rockers Steriogram will be back this week with their sophomore album, This is Not the Target Market, which is their first on Rock Ridge Music...

And plenty of artists are back this week with other new releases for you... ON CD: Angels and Airwaves’ I-Empire... Carrie Underwood’s Carnival Ride... Cobra Starship’s If the World is Ending, We Are Throwing the Party... Ian Ball’s Who Goes There... Faith Hill’s Greatest Hits... and the Backstreet Boys (ahem) whose title remains TBA... ON DVD: An Evening of Yes Music Plus... Bob Dylan: The Other Side of the Mirror: Live at the Newport Folk Festival... Elvis Presley’s Destination Vegas... and Gospel Music of Johnny Cash... 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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