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Letters 07-27-2015

Next For Brownfields In regard to your recent piece on brownfield redevelopment in TC, the Randolph Street project appears to be proceeding without receiving its requested $600k in brownfield funding from the county. In response to this, the mayor is quoted as saying that the developer bought the property prior to performing an environmental assessment and had little choice but to now build it...

Defending Our Freedom This is in response to Sally MacFarlane Neal’s recent letter, “War Machines for Family Entertainment.” Wake Up! Make no mistake about it, we are at war! Even though the idiot we have for a president won’t accept the fact because he believes we can negotiate with Iran, etc., ISIS and their like make it very clear they intend to destroy the free world as we know it. If you take notice of the way are constantly destroying their own people, is that living...

What Is Far Left? Columnist Steve Tuttle, who so many lambaste as a liberal, considers Sen. Sanders a far out liberal “nearly invisible from the middle.” Has the middle really shifted that far right? Sanders has opposed endless war and the Patriot Act. Does Mr. Tuttle believe most of our citizens praise our wars and the positive results we have achieved from them? Is supporting endless war or giving up our civil liberties middle of the road...

Parking Corrected Stephen Tuttle commented on parking in the July 13 Northern Express. As Director of the Traverse City Downtown Development Authority, I feel compelled to address a couple key issues. But first, I acknowledge that  there is some consternation about parking downtown. As more people come downtown served by less parking, the pressure on what parking we have increases. Downtown serves a county with a population of 90,000 and plays host to over three million visitors annually...

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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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