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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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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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