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Letters 09-15-2014

Stop The Games On Campus

Four head coaches – two at U of M and two at MSU – get a total of $13 million of your taxpayer dollars each year. Their staffs get another $11 million...

The Truth About Fatbikes

While we appreciate the fatbike trail coverage, the quote from the article below is exactly what we demonstrated not to be true in most cases last season...

Man Has Environmental Responsibility

I tend to agree with Thomas Kachadurian (“Playing God,” Sept. 8) that we should not interfere with the power of nature by deciding what is “native” and what is not. Man usually does what is better for man (or so we believe), hence the survival and population growth of our species...

The Bush & Obama Facts

Don Turner’s letter to the editor on 8/25/14 stated that there has never been a more corrupt, dishonest, etc. set of politicians in the White House. He states no facts, but here are a few...

Ban Pesticides

I grew up downstate in a neighborhood without pesticides. I was always very healthy. Living here, I have become ill. So I did my research and found out a lot about these poison agents called pesticides (herbicides, fungicides, insecticides, chemical fertilizers, etc) that are being spread throughout this community, accumulating in our air, water and soil...

Respect for Presidents?

Recently we read the Letter to the Editor that encouraged us to stop characterizing President Obama as anything other than an upstanding, moral, inspiring “first Black President”. The author would have us think that the rancor in the press, media and public is misguided. And, believe it or not, this rancor is a “glaring exception to … unwritten patriotic rule” of historically supporting all previous presidents...


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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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