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Letters 07-21-2014

Disheartened

While observing Fox News, it was disheartening to see what their viewers were subjected to. It seems the Republicans’ far right wing extremists are conveying their idealistic visions against various nationalities, social diversities or political beliefs with an absence of emotion concerning women’s health issues, children’s rights, voter suppression, Seniors, Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid...

Things That Matter

All of us in small towns and large not only have the right to speak on behalf of our neighbors and ourselves, we have the duty and responsibility to do so -- and 238 years ago, we made a clear Declaration to do just that...

An Anecdote Driven Mind

So, is Thomas Kachadurian now the Northern Express’ official resident ranter? His recent factfree, hard-hearted column suggests it. While others complain about the poor condition of Michigan’s roads and highways, he rants against those we employ to fix them...

No On Prop 1

Are we being conned? Are those urging us to say “yes” to supposedly ”revenue neutral” ballot proposal 1 on August 5 telling us all the pertinent facts? Proposal 1 would eliminate the personal property tax businesses pay to local governments, replacing its revenue with a share of Michigan’s 6 percent use tax paid by us all on out-of-state purchases, hotel accommodations, some equipment rentals, and telecommunications...

Fix VA Tragedy

The problems within the Veterans Administration identified under former President Bush continue to hinder the delivery of quality health care to the influx of physically wounded and emotionally damaged young men and women...

Women Take Note

I find an interesting link between the Supreme Court Hobby Lobby and the crisis on the southern border. Angry protesters shout at children to go home. These children are scared, tired, hungry and thirsty, sent to US prisons awaiting deportation to a country where they may very likely be killed...


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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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