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Letters 07-27-2015

Next For Brownfields In regard to your recent piece on brownfield redevelopment in TC, the Randolph Street project appears to be proceeding without receiving its requested $600k in brownfield funding from the county. In response to this, the mayor is quoted as saying that the developer bought the property prior to performing an environmental assessment and had little choice but to now build it...

Defending Our Freedom This is in response to Sally MacFarlane Neal’s recent letter, “War Machines for Family Entertainment.” Wake Up! Make no mistake about it, we are at war! Even though the idiot we have for a president won’t accept the fact because he believes we can negotiate with Iran, etc., ISIS and their like make it very clear they intend to destroy the free world as we know it. If you take notice of the way are constantly destroying their own people, is that living...

What Is Far Left? Columnist Steve Tuttle, who so many lambaste as a liberal, considers Sen. Sanders a far out liberal “nearly invisible from the middle.” Has the middle really shifted that far right? Sanders has opposed endless war and the Patriot Act. Does Mr. Tuttle believe most of our citizens praise our wars and the positive results we have achieved from them? Is supporting endless war or giving up our civil liberties middle of the road...

Parking Corrected Stephen Tuttle commented on parking in the July 13 Northern Express. As Director of the Traverse City Downtown Development Authority, I feel compelled to address a couple key issues. But first, I acknowledge that  there is some consternation about parking downtown. As more people come downtown served by less parking, the pressure on what parking we have increases. Downtown serves a county with a population of 90,000 and plays host to over three million visitors annually...

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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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