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Letters 02-08-2016

Less Ageism, Please The January 4 issue of this publication proved to me that there are some sensible voices of reason in our community regarding all things “inter-generational.” I offer a word of thanks to Elizabeth Myers. I too have worked hard for what I’ve earned throughout my years in the various positions I’ve held. While I too cannot speak for each millennial, brash generalizations about a lack of work ethic don’t sit well with me...Joe Connolly, Traverse City

Now That’s an Escalation I just read the letter from Greg and his defense of the AR15. The letter started with great information but then out of nowhere his opinion went off the rails. “The government wants total gun control and then confiscation; then the elimination of all Constitutional rights.” Wait... what?! To quote the great Ron Burgundy, “Well, that escalated quickly!”

Healthy Eating and Exercise for Children Healthy foods and exercise are important for children of all ages. It is important for children because it empowers them to do their best at school and be able to do their homework and study...

Mascots and Harsh Native American Truths The letter from the Choctaw lady deserves an answer. I have had a gutful of the whining about the fate of the American Indian. The American Indians were the losers in an imperial expansion; as such, they have, overall, fared much better than a lot of such losers throughout history. Everything the lady complains about in the way of what was done by the nasty, evil Whites was being done by Indians to other Indians long before Europeans arrived...

Snyder Must Go I believe it’s time. It’s time for Governor Snyder to go. The FBI, U.S. Postal Inspection Service and the EPA Criminal Investigation Division are now investigating the Flint water crisis that poisoned thousands of people. Governor Snyder signed the legislation that established the Emergency Manager law. Since its inception it has proven to be a dismal failure...

Erosion of Public Trust Let’s look at how we’ve been experiencing global warming. Between 1979 and 2013, increases in temperature and wind speeds along with more rain-free days have combined to stretch fire seasons worldwide by 20 percent. In the U.S., the fire seasons are 78 days longer than in the 1970s...

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Wintery Serbia Welcomes Pumpkins Fun

Kristi Kates - December 13th, 2007
The once-thought-defunct Smashing Pumpkins, fresh off of their American tour dates, have announced that they’ll be hitting the road (and the airways) yet again for a major headlining UK/European tour kicking off in late January in Serbia. This will be the third trek of overseas countries for the Pumpkins, who continue to promote their new album, Zeitgeist. No word yet on future U.S. dates, but chances are they’ll happen, if not now then likely in the spring. For this jaunt, the band will also be making stops in most of Western Europe, all of the UK, and Scandinavia, where the tour hits its last stop on March 3 in Helsinki.  And speaking of Zeitgeist, you can now snag a special copy of the album at Best Buy stores, complete with three bonus tunes from the album’s original recording sessions, plus a bonus 20-minute documentary DVD and music videos...
 
The White Stripes are prepping to release their previously shrouded-in-secrecy “Conquest” single this week, and now the big secret has finally been revealed, and it involves four very big “Bs.”  The Stripes have roped in pal Beck to produce and contribute to the single’s three “specially collaborated” B-sides, which will be included on a U.S. iTunes single as of December 18, along with an “Acoustic Mariachi Version” of the “Conquest” track. Three limited color (black, white, or red, of course) seven-inch vinyl records will be made available, too. The three B-sides are slated to be “It’s My Fault for Being Famous” with Beck on vocals and piano; “Cash Grab Complications on the Matter,” which Beck produced, and “Honey, We Can’t Afford to Look This Cheap” with the Beckster on slide guitar...
Good thing you’ve got that Stripes release to tide you over, because you’ll have to wait until early next year for the latest from the Eels, which is taking the form of two diametrically-different compliation CDs. For the surface-level Eels fans (“Yeah, that’s the band that did that “Novocaine” song!”), they’re offering up Eels: Essential Eels Vol. 1 1996-2006, which is serving as a career-to-date retrospective; and for the die-hard Eels followers, they’re releasing Useless Trinkets, a whopping 50-track set of rarities, B-sides, and other unreleased tunes. Both releases include a bonus DVD and will hit stores January 15...
 
DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist are teaming up to embark on a month-long tour to promote their respective solo discs (Shadow’s The Outsider and CC’s The Audience’s Listening), and they’re not doing things small-scale. Nope. Instead, attendees can expect to see the pair working with an extensive setup of eight turntables, four mixers, and effects pedals. Dates will include stops in Dallas, TX (1/19), Philly (1/25), Montreal (1/28), Toronto (1/29), Chicago (2/1), and L.A. (2/15)...

MODERN ROCK LINK OF THE WEEK:
Magnetic Fields are going on the road for a rare month long tour, starting in February on the East Coast, crossing over to L.A., and wrapping up at Chicago’s Old Town School of Folk Music for a three-night gig on 3/14, 3/15, and 3/16... details and tix are available at
www.houseoftomorrow.com/calendar.php...
 
MINI BUZZ:
Paul McCartney is set to work with his son, James, on the latter’s possible debut solo disc, although at this point Macca sez the plan is just to do some recording and see what happens; if the album does surface, it will join the list of projects of fellow Beatles’ kids Zak Starkey (Ringo’s son, who drummed in The Who and Oasis) and John’s son Sean Lennon, who has his own solo records...
Sheryl Crow’s sixth studio set, Detours, is set to hit stores early in February, complete with production from Tuesday Night Music Club’s Bill Bottrell and tracks “Love is Free,” “Lullaby for Wyatt,” and her current iTunes single “Shine Over Babylon”...
Silversun Pickups are releasing a digital EP of Carnavas remixes by Jimmy Tamborello, KCRW DJ Jason Bentley, and others on iTunes starting this week...
The Black Crowes have wrapped work on Warpaint, their first album since 2001; the disc, which will include tracks “Locust Street,” “Movin’ on Down the Line,” and “Whoa Mule,” is due out on March 4...
The much-anticipated CD of Super Furry Animal’s latest LP, Hey, Venus! will finally hit U.S shores on January 22; previously, the record was only available on MP3 and vinyl formats... And Gnarls Barkley have announced that they’ll be releasing their newest set this upcoming spring...
But you won’t have to wait until then for these new releases, which are out this week... ON CD: Sheryl Crow’s Hits and Rarities... Keane’s Night Sky EP... Sun Ra Arkestra’s The Creator of the Universe... My Chemical Romance’s Live and Rare... T.H. White’s The Private Spotlight... and Pop Ambient 2008, which features tracks from a variety of musicians including The Field, DJ Koze, and Ulf Lohmann... ON DVD:  Live Earth: The Concerts for a Climate in Crisis... The Beatles’ Help: Deluxe Edition... Dave Matthews’ Live at Piedmont Park... and Johnny Cash Christmas 1977... 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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