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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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Rock The Bells takes Hip-Hop Festival on the road

Kristi Kates - May 5th, 2008
Ten major U.S. cities will play host to this year’s edition of the Rock the Bells festival tour, bringing along an eclectic roster of acts that is a real cross-section of different genres of hip-hop. After the stateside performances have wrapped, the whole fest will travel overseas for Rock the Bells events in Europe and Japan, in an attempt to widen the audiences for the Rock the Bells artists. On the bill this year are Mos Def, De La Soul, Rakim, Nas, The Cool Kids, and A Tribe Called Quest, among others; tour stops will include Chicago (7/19), Toronto (7/20), Philly (8/3), and Vancouver (8/30)...
U2 are currently recording at their home studio in Dublin, Ireland with Brian Eno on board. U2’s guitarist, The Edge, recently told the press not to expect a new album any time soon, as the band intends to focus on “the indulgence of making music” as opposed to rushing to meet any deadlines. That doesn’t mean they’re not serious, though - the recording that they’re doing is indeed slated for a new U2 album, they apperantly just don’t want to be pinned down on exactly what or when yet. In the meantime, The Edge’s co-founded charity, Music Rising, which benefits those who lost musicial equipment in Hurricane Katrina, is going strong, and The Edge himself just donated two Gibson guitars to a Music Rising auction...
Canadian singer-songwriter Ron Sexsmith just wrapped a short tour with fellow singer-songwriter Nick Lowe, playing shows in Texas, Georgia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania, and now his fans will just have to wait until he releases his next album - but they won’t have to wait long. Sexsmith’s Exit Strategy of the Soul is set for release on July 8, complete with a horn section, production by Martin Terefe, and a song that Sexsmith co-wrote with Feist (“Brandy Alexander,” which appears on Feist’s 2007 album, The Reminder). Exit... is Sexsmith’s first album for Yep Roc Records...
The 23-city Music Builds Tour is focusing on Christian rock for its late-summer jaunt, kicking off on August 21 in Detroit at the DTE Energy theater, and keeping its roster of bands on the road until mid-October. The amphitheater tour will feature the likes of Jars of Clay, Third Day, and Robert Randolph on the main stage, plus a side stage of newbie bands. Other tour stops will include Chicago (8/23), Washington DC (9/14), Atlanta (9/20), Phoenix AZ (9/25), San Diego (9/27), and Minneapolis (10/10). MySpace is set to be the exclusive online partner for the tour, with a portion of the proceeds slated to benefit Habitat for Humanity affiliates in tour cities; some of the band members will even grab tools and help build some Habitat for Humanity houses along the way...

MODERN ROCK LINK OF THE WEEK:
Created by Toronto production studio CRUSH, the new video for R.E.M.’s latest single, “Hollow Man,” is now streaming at the band’s official website (www.remhq.com), with the Hollow Man himself represented as three people - a live person, a roughly-drawn representation, and a digital avatar...

MINI BUZZ:
Arcade Fire and Superchunk teamed up to play two special “Change Rocks” shows in North Carolina last week in support of Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama...
Stereolab’s first studio album in four years, Chemical Chords, will hit the U.S. on August 19 on 4AD Records, complete with tracks “Neon Beanbag,” “Pop Molecule (Molecular Pop 1),” and “Self Portrait with Electric Brain”...
The Strokes are just beginning work on their fourth album, working out the “technical kinks” first, as bass player Nikolai Fraiture puts it; in the meantime, Strokes guitarist Albert Hammond Jr. is prepping to release his second solo disc, Como Te Llama, later this year...
The Eden Sessions shows are busily confirming acts for this summer; among them so far are The Raconteurs, KT Tunstall, and Kaiser Chiefs...
The Goo Goo Dolls are getting ready to start
recording their next CD, too, which they say they’ll approach from more of a live performance, under-production angle this time; they hope to have the disc ready by the end of the year...
Yep, it’s true - New Kids on the Block - now a little, er, less “new” than when they disbanded in 1994 - have indeed announced a reunion, and will be embarking on tour; check out www.nkotb.com for details...
And new in stores and download sites this week are these releases... ON CD: Augustana’s Can’t Love, Can’t Hurt... Neil Diamond’s Home Before Dark... Firewater’s The Golden Hour... No Age’s Nouns... Ja Rule’s The Mirror... and Gavin DeGraw’s Gavin DeGraw... ON DVD: Stanley Jordan Trio: The Paris Concert... All You Need Is Love: The Story of Popular Music... Justin Timberlake’s Live from Madison Square Garden... and Wynton Marsalis and JALC Orchestra: Congo Square... 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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