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Letters 10-27-2014

Paging Doctor Dan: The doctor’s promise to repeal Obamacare reminds me of the frantic restaurant owner hurrying to install an exhaust fan after the kitchen burns down. He voted 51 times to replace the ACA law; a colossal waste of money and time. It’s here to stay and he has nothing to replace it.

Evolution Is Real Science: Breathtaking inanity. That was the term used by Judge John Jones III in his elegant evisceration of creationist arguments attempting to equate it to evolutionary theory in his landmark Kitzmiller vs. Dover Board of Education decision in 2005.

U.S. No Global Police: Steven Tuttle in the October 13 issue is correct: our military, under the leadership of the President (not the Congress) is charged with protecting the country, its citizens, and its borders. It is not charged with  performing military missions in other places in the world just because they have something we want (oil), or we don’t like their form of government, or we want to force them to live by the UN or our rules.

Graffiti: Art Or Vandalism?: I walk the [Grand Traverse] Commons frequently and sometimes I include the loop up to the cistern just to go and see how the art on the cistern has evolved. Granted there is the occasional gross image or word but generally there is a flurry of color.

NMEAC Snubbed: Northern Michigan Environmental Action Council (NMEAC) is the Grand Traverse region’s oldest grassroots environmental advocacy organization. Preserving the environment through citizen action and education is our mission.

Vote, Everyone: Election Day on November 4 is fast approaching, and now is the time to make a commitment to vote. You may be getting sick of the political ads on TV, but instead, be grateful that you live in a free country with open elections. Take the time to learn about the candidates by contacting your county parties and doing research.

Do Fluoride Research: Hydrofluorosilicic acid, H2SiF6, is a byproduct from the production of fertilizer. This liquid, not environmentally safe, is scrubbed from the chimney of the fertilizer plant, put into containers, and shipped. Now it is a ‘product’ added to the public drinking water.

Meet The Homeless: As someone who volunteers for a Traverse City organization that works with homeless people, I am appalled at what is happening at the meetings regarding the homeless shelter. The people fighting this shelter need to get to know some homeless families. They have the wrong idea about who the homeless are.

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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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