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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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Rockin‘ Katmandu for charity

Kristi Kates - October 18th, 2007
In order to help benefit cancer and leukemia sufferers all over the world, Squeeze’s Glenn Tilbrook, The Alarm’s Mike Peters, Slim Jim Phantom of Stray Cats, Nick Harper, and The Fixx’s Cy Curnin and Jamie West-Oram are planning to head to Katmandu in order to climb Mt. Everest and perform the highest acoustic concert in history. Fourty musicians in all will travel up the mountain, with a portion of the proceeds going to the Bhaktapur Cancer Hospital; Peters himself, has an especially close tie to the project, as he is a cancer survivor and is one of the founders of the Love Hope Strength Foundation. Tilbrook will follow up the Mt. Everest show with a UK tour with his band Squeeze...

The Killers have picked out a name and release date for their upcoming B-sides collection; now dubbed Sawdust, the set, which will include “When You Were Young” B-side “All the Pretty Faces,” movie soundtrack tunes from “Control” and “Spiderman 3,” and a cover of Mel Tillis’ “Ruby, Don’t Take Your Love to Town,” will hit stores on November 13th. Several songs that were written for the band’s album Sam’s Town will also be included on the disc, as will a special track (“Tranquilize” guest-starring the Velvet Underground’s Lou Reed...
Electronica band VHS or Beta, currently promoting their latest studio album, Bring on the Comets, have pushed their current headlining tour on into December, and have also added their new guitarist, Mike McGill, into the live mix. They’ll also be sharing the stage as co-headliners with L.A. indie rockers Moving Units through the end of November; current dates scheduled on the tour so far include Detroit (10/19), Bloomington IN (10/20), Mexico City, Mexico (10/26), Toronto (11/21), Chicago (11/23), and Los Angeles (12/2)...

A new documentary on Pink Floyd’s Syd Barrett has just been released. Simply titled The Pink Floyd and Syd Barrett Story, the film, directed by John Edginton, features emotional interviews with Floyd members David Gilmour, Roger Waters, Nick Mason, and Rick Wright, including insights about how Barrett both influenced his fellow band members and how he influenced Pink Floyd’s music. The film is currently being screened in major cities, but you can snag it yourself to watch on your own, as the release is already out on DVD...

MODERN ROCK LINK OF THE WEEK: Too lazy to drive over to your local CD store, and want quick access to James Blunt’s latest album? No problem - just hop onto Blunt’s MySpace site (www.myspace.com/jamesblunt,) where Warner Music is selling the album for $9.99, or you can stream it for free...

MINI BUZZ:
The Mars Volta’s new album, The Bedlam in Goliath won’t be out when expected; the album has been delayed until late January of next year, although you should be able to hear the album’s first single, “Goliath,” on radio starting in mid-November...
Got HDNet? Then you’ve also got Sound Off with Matt Pinfield, the music interview series helmed by one of the best-known former MTV VJs; Pinfield’s series began on September 30th with the Goo Goo Dolls, and continues with guests Avril Lavigne and Lindsey Buckingham...
Velvet Revolver are set to return to Australia for their second Aussie tour this upcoming December; interestingly, they’ve pepped up their setlist to include songs from the members’ former bands, Stone Temple Pilots and Guns n’ Roses...
Cali band Oslo will be offering up their new sophomore album next week - The Rise and Fall of Love and Hate is in stores October 23rd, and the band will be touring the U.S. West Coast to promote the disc...
Singer-songwriter Mike Doughty is also hitting the road with his Question Jar Show tour trek, which kicks off on November 2nd at the South Padre International Music Festival in Texas, and then continues on through U.S. clubs...
And Beck has just released his newest single, “Timebomb,” both digitally and on vinyl (the vinyl being available on October 22nd); the single is his first release since last year’s The Information album in October, 2006...
And here are this week’s new releases on both kinda discs for your listening and viewing delight... ON CD: The Hives’ The Black and White Album... Band of Horses’ Cease to Begin... She Wants Revenge’s This is Forever... Neil Young’s Chrome Dreams II... Underworld’s Oblivion with Bells... and former Semisonic singer Dan Wilson’s Free Life... ON DVD: R.E.M. Live... U2’s Dublin... The Cult: Irving Plaza, New York City... and Stax/Volt Revue Live in Norway 1967.. and that’s the buzz for this week’s Modern Rock.

Questions, comments, rants, raves, suggestions? Send ‘em to Kristi at modernrocker@gmail.com.
 
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