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Letters 08-03-2015

Real Brownfields Deserve Dollars I read with interest the story on Brownfield development dollars in the July 20 issue. I applaud Dan Lathrop and other county commissioners who voted “No” on the Randolph Street project...

Hopping Mad Carlin Smith is hopping mad (“Will You Get Mad With Me?” 7-20-15). Somebody filed a fraudulent return using his identity, and he’s not alone. The AP estimates the government “pays more than $5 billion annually in fraudulent tax refunds.” Well, many of us have been hopping mad for years. This is because the number one tool Congress has used to fix this problem has been to cut the IRS budget –by $1.2 billion in the last 5 years...

Just Grumbling, No Solutions Mark Pontoni’s grumblings [recent Northern Express column] tell us much about him and virtually nothing about those he chooses to denigrate. We do learn that Pontoni may be the perfect political candidate. He’s arrogant, opinionated and obviously dimwitted...

A Racist Symbol I have to respond to Gordon Lee Dean’s letter claiming that the confederate battle flag is just a symbol of southern heritage and should not be banned from state displays. The heritage it represents was the treasonous effort to continue slavery by seceding from a democratic nation unwilling to maintain such a consummate evil...

Not So Thanks I would like to thank the individual who ran into and knocked over my Triumph motorcycle while it was parked at Lowe’s in TC on Friday the 24th. The $3,000 worth of damage was greatly appreciated. The big dent in the gas tank under the completely destroyed chrome badge was an especially nice touch...

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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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