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Letters 05-02-2016

Facts About Trails I would like to correct some misinformation provided in Kristi Kates’ article about the Shore-to-Shore Trail in your April 18 issue. The Shore-to-Shore Trail is not the longest continuous trail in the Lower Peninsula. That honor belongs to the North Country Trail (NCT), which stretches for over 400 miles in the Lower Peninsula. In fact, 100 miles of the NCT is within a 30-minute drive of Traverse City, and is maintained by the Grand Traverse Hiking Club...

North Korea Is Bluffing I eagerly read Jack Segal’s columns and attend his lectures whenever possible. However, I think his April 24th column falls into an all too common trap. He casually refers to a nuclear-armed North Korea when there is no proof whatever that North Korea has any such weapons. Sure, they have set off some underground explosions but so what? Tonga could do that. Every nuclear-armed country on Earth has carried out at least one aboveground test, just to prove they could do it if for no other reason. All we have is North Korea’s word for their supposed capabilities, which is no proof at all...

Double Dipping? In Greg Shy’s recent letter, he indicated that his Social Security benefit was being unfairly reduced simply due to the fact that he worked for the government. Somehow I think something is missing here. As I read it this law is only for those who worked for the government and are getting a pension from us generous taxpayers. Now Greg wants his pension and he also wants a full measure of Social Security benefits even though he did not pay into Social Security...

Critical Thinking Needed Our media gives ample coverage to some presidential candidates calling each other a liar and a sleaze bag. While entertaining to some, this certainly should lower one’s respect for either candidate. This race to the bottom comes as no surprise given their lack of respect for the rigors of critical thinking. The world’s esteemed scientists take great steps to preserve the integrity of their findings. Not only are their findings peer reviewed by fellow experts in their specialty, whenever possible the findings are cross-checked by independent studies...

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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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