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Letters 08-31-2015

Inalienable Rights This is a response to the “No More State Theatre” in your August 24th edition. I think I will not be the only response to this pathetic and narrow-minded letter that seems rather out of place in the northern Michigan that I know. To think we will not be getting your 25 cents for the movie you refused to see, but more importantly we will be without your “two cents” on your thoughts of a marriage at the State Theatre...

Enthusiastically Democratic Since I was one of the approximately 160 people present at when Senator Debbie Stabenow spoke on August 14 in Charlevoix, I was surprised to read in a letter to Northern Express that there was a “rather muted” response to Debbie’s announcement that she has endorsed Hillary Clinton for president...

Not Hurting I surely think the State Theatre will survive not having the homophobic presence of Colleen Smith and her family attend any matinees. I think “Ms.” Smith might also want to make sure that any medical personnel, bank staff, grocery store staff, waiters and/or waitress, etc. are not homosexual before accepting any service or product from them...

Stay Home I did not know whether to laugh or cry when I read the letter of the extremely homophobic, “disgusted” writer. She now refuses to patronize the State Theatre because she evidently feels that its confines have been poisoned by the gay wedding ceremony held there...

Keep Away In response to Colleen Smith of Cadillac who refused to bring her family to the State Theatre because there was a gay wedding there: Keep your 25 cents and your family out of Traverse City...

Celebrating Moore And A Theatre I was 10 years old when I had the privilege to see my first film at the State Theatre. I will never forget that experience. The screen was almost the size of my bedroom I shared with my older sister. The bursting sounds made me believe I was part of the film...

Outdated Thinking This letter is in response to Colleen Smith. She made public her choice to no longer go to the State Theater due to the fact that “some homosexuals” got married there. I’m not outraged by her choice; we don’t need any more hateful, self-righteous bigots in our town. She can keep her 25 cents...

Mackinac Pipeline Must Be Shut Down Crude oil flowing through Enbridge’s 60-yearold pipeline beneath the Mackinac Straits and the largest collection of fresh water on the planet should be a serious concern for every resident of the USA and Canada. Enbridge has a very “accident” prone track record...

Your Rights To Colleen, who wrote about the State Theatre: Let me thank you for sharing your views; I think most of us are well in support of the first amendment, because as you know- it gives everyone the opportunity to express their opinions. I also wanted to thank Northern Express for not shutting down these types of letters right at the source but rather giving the community a platform for education...

No Role Model [Fascinating Person from last week’s issue] Jada quoted: “I want to be a role model for girls who are interested in being in the outdoors.” I enjoy being in the outdoors, but I don’t want to kill animals for trophy...

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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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