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Letters 02-08-2016

Less Ageism, Please The January 4 issue of this publication proved to me that there are some sensible voices of reason in our community regarding all things “inter-generational.” I offer a word of thanks to Elizabeth Myers. I too have worked hard for what I’ve earned throughout my years in the various positions I’ve held. While I too cannot speak for each millennial, brash generalizations about a lack of work ethic don’t sit well with me...Joe Connolly, Traverse City

Now That’s an Escalation I just read the letter from Greg and his defense of the AR15. The letter started with great information but then out of nowhere his opinion went off the rails. “The government wants total gun control and then confiscation; then the elimination of all Constitutional rights.” Wait... what?! To quote the great Ron Burgundy, “Well, that escalated quickly!”

Healthy Eating and Exercise for Children Healthy foods and exercise are important for children of all ages. It is important for children because it empowers them to do their best at school and be able to do their homework and study...

Mascots and Harsh Native American Truths The letter from the Choctaw lady deserves an answer. I have had a gutful of the whining about the fate of the American Indian. The American Indians were the losers in an imperial expansion; as such, they have, overall, fared much better than a lot of such losers throughout history. Everything the lady complains about in the way of what was done by the nasty, evil Whites was being done by Indians to other Indians long before Europeans arrived...

Snyder Must Go I believe it’s time. It’s time for Governor Snyder to go. The FBI, U.S. Postal Inspection Service and the EPA Criminal Investigation Division are now investigating the Flint water crisis that poisoned thousands of people. Governor Snyder signed the legislation that established the Emergency Manager law. Since its inception it has proven to be a dismal failure...

Erosion of Public Trust Let’s look at how we’ve been experiencing global warming. Between 1979 and 2013, increases in temperature and wind speeds along with more rain-free days have combined to stretch fire seasons worldwide by 20 percent. In the U.S., the fire seasons are 78 days longer than in the 1970s...

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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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