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Letters 10-20-2014

Doctor Dan? After several email conversations with Rep. Benishek, he has confirmed that he doesn’t have a clue of what he does. Here’s why...

In Favor Of Our Parks [Traverse] City Proposal 1 is a creative way to improve our city parks without using our tax dollars. By using a small portion of our oil and gas royalties from the Brown Bridge Trust Fund, our parks can be improved for our children and grandchildren.

From January 1970 Popular Mechanics: “Drastic climate changes will occur within the next 50 years if the use of fossil fuels keeps rising at current rates.” That warning comes from Eugene K. Peterson of the Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Land Management.

Newcomers Might Leave: Recently we had guests from India who came over as students with the plan to stay in America. He has a master’s degree in engineering and she is doing her residency in Chicago and plans to specialize in oncology. They talked very candidly about American politics and said that after observing...

Someone Is You: On Sept 21, I joined the 400,000 who took to the streets of New York in the People’s Climate March, followed by a UN Climate Summit and many speeches. On October 13, the Pentagon issued a report calling climate change a significant threat to national security requiring immediate action. How do we move from marches, speeches and reports to meaningful work on this problem? In NYC I read a sign with a simple answer...

Necessary To Pay: Last fall, Grand Traverse voters authorized a new tax to fix roads. It is good, it is necessary.

The Real Reasons for Wolf Hunt: I have really been surprised that no one has been commenting on the true reason for the wolf hunt. All this effort has not been expended so 23 wolves can be killed each year. Instead this manufactured controversy about the wolf hunt has been very carefully crafted to get Proposal 14-2 passed.

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Ghostland‘s very own Robotique Majestique

Kristi Kates - January 28th, 2008
Ghostland’s Very Own Robotique Majestique
Although Austin-based electronica duo Ghostland Observatory have been spending some time meeting with major labels, they’ve decided to release their upcoming album, Robotique Majestique, on their own Trashy Moped label, with distribution by ADA. The band says that they got plenty of proposals from labels, but didn’t see anything that made them want to give up their “band autonomy.” Looks like just one more nail in the coffin for the traditional record industry; and probably good news for indie promo agencies, which the band will likely utilize for touring and promotion...
Panic! at the Disco is hard at work with producer Rob Mathes on their as-yet-untitled sophomore album, on which they say they’re being influenced by such classic musicians as The Beach Boys, Bob Dylan, and the Rolling Stones; as a result, in addition to their regular instrument lineup, they’ve added some horn and string arrangements, some slide guitar, and some harmonica. The band is also taking a more ground-level approach to the recording, relying less on computer software and working to make the disc sound more like just four guys playing a song - the new album is due out on March 25th, with the band also doing some touring in March...
Jack Johnson’s new album, Sleep Through the Static, is due out on February 5th, but fans can check out the singer-songwriter’s latest tracks - well, track, anyway - via iTunes, where the disc’s first single, “If I Had Eyes” is now available. If you pre-order the entire album, you can even get the song for free. The 14-track album, according to Johnson, was created using 100% solar energy at Johnson’s own eco-friendly Los Angeles recording studio. Johnson will also embark on a tour to support the album...
We’re still a full nine months from Halloween, so 13ghosts have instead chosen a non-spooky spring release date for their new CD. Although the record has been finished since December 2006 and was mastered last April, the band was busily touring and seeking out the perfect album title, for which they also solicited suggestions from fans. The resulting 57-minute album is said to be quite different from their last release (Cicada, in 2005), and will arrive in March as planned...

MODERN ROCK LINK OF THE WEEK: Want some free tunes from an amoeba? And not just any amoeba, but the famed Amoeba Music? Well, then, you’re in luck - the legendary record store is giving away two songs every two weeks from the first two records they released via their website. Check out
www.amoeba.com to snag free tunes from Brandi Shearer and Gram Parsons’ Flying Burrito Brothers Live album...

MINI BUZZ:
Val Kilmer - yes, the Top Gun, Batman Val Kilmer - is reportedly shopping for a record label to release his album of original recordings, which he’s titled Val Kilmer: Sessions with Mick. The album is said to range from classic rock to moody ballads, but you can be the judge of that at www.myspace.com/valkilmermusic...
Ten years after their last effort, Portishead’s new studio album is now set to drop in April in the UK, although no U.S. release date - nor album title - has been announced yet...
Klaxons have released a new import-only single disc, for their song “As Above So Below” that includes a remix of the song from Justice, plus a B-side of Klaxons doing the same song in French...
UK band The Coral have released a statement confirming that guitarist Bill Ryder-Jones has left the band...
Yoko Ono, along with will.i.am, Train’s Pat Monahan, and singer Natasha Bedingfield, unveiled a new John Lennon Educational Tour Bus at the CES earlier this month; the non-profit mobile ProAudio recording facility travels to provide hands-on experience for students...
Cass McCombs will be embarking on a month of tour dates with Band of Horses, which will include stops in Nashville (1/29), Memphis (1/30), Dallas (2/2), Baton Rouge, LA (2/4), and Birmingham,
AL (2/6)...
And stopping at a CD store or multimedia outlet near you are this week’s new releases... ON CD: Chris Walla’s Field Manual... The Mars Volta’s The Bedlam in Goliath... Joe Jackson’s Rain... Helio Sequence’s Keep Your Eyes Open... Louis XIV’s Slick Dogs and Ponies... and The Whigs’ Mission Control... ON DVD: Tony Hadley (Spandau Ballet), Martin Fry (ABC), and Richard Drummie (Go West)’s documentary The Lost World Trek... Dizzy Gillespie in Jivin’ in Be-Bop... Elvis Presley in G.I. Blues... and Roxy Music’s Thrill of it All: A Visual History 1972-1982... 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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