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Letters 08-31-2015

Inalienable Rights This is a response to the “No More State Theatre” in your August 24th edition. I think I will not be the only response to this pathetic and narrow-minded letter that seems rather out of place in the northern Michigan that I know. To think we will not be getting your 25 cents for the movie you refused to see, but more importantly we will be without your “two cents” on your thoughts of a marriage at the State Theatre...

Enthusiastically Democratic Since I was one of the approximately 160 people present at when Senator Debbie Stabenow spoke on August 14 in Charlevoix, I was surprised to read in a letter to Northern Express that there was a “rather muted” response to Debbie’s announcement that she has endorsed Hillary Clinton for president...

Not Hurting I surely think the State Theatre will survive not having the homophobic presence of Colleen Smith and her family attend any matinees. I think “Ms.” Smith might also want to make sure that any medical personnel, bank staff, grocery store staff, waiters and/or waitress, etc. are not homosexual before accepting any service or product from them...

Stay Home I did not know whether to laugh or cry when I read the letter of the extremely homophobic, “disgusted” writer. She now refuses to patronize the State Theatre because she evidently feels that its confines have been poisoned by the gay wedding ceremony held there...

Keep Away In response to Colleen Smith of Cadillac who refused to bring her family to the State Theatre because there was a gay wedding there: Keep your 25 cents and your family out of Traverse City...

Celebrating Moore And A Theatre I was 10 years old when I had the privilege to see my first film at the State Theatre. I will never forget that experience. The screen was almost the size of my bedroom I shared with my older sister. The bursting sounds made me believe I was part of the film...

Outdated Thinking This letter is in response to Colleen Smith. She made public her choice to no longer go to the State Theater due to the fact that “some homosexuals” got married there. I’m not outraged by her choice; we don’t need any more hateful, self-righteous bigots in our town. She can keep her 25 cents...

Mackinac Pipeline Must Be Shut Down Crude oil flowing through Enbridge’s 60-yearold pipeline beneath the Mackinac Straits and the largest collection of fresh water on the planet should be a serious concern for every resident of the USA and Canada. Enbridge has a very “accident” prone track record...

Your Rights To Colleen, who wrote about the State Theatre: Let me thank you for sharing your views; I think most of us are well in support of the first amendment, because as you know- it gives everyone the opportunity to express their opinions. I also wanted to thank Northern Express for not shutting down these types of letters right at the source but rather giving the community a platform for education...

No Role Model [Fascinating Person from last week’s issue] Jada quoted: “I want to be a role model for girls who are interested in being in the outdoors.” I enjoy being in the outdoors, but I don’t want to kill animals for trophy...

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Franz Ferdinand bring African sounds into new album

Kristi Kates - June 9th, 2008
Franz Ferdinand Bring African Sounds Into New Album
Scottish modern rockers Franz Ferdinand have been under the radar as of late, but with good reason; they’re about a third of the way through recording their new album, which they say is in part influenced by some African rhythmic influences and melodies of Ethiopia as well as the sounds of American and British ‘60s soul. The album is expected later this year, with the band also expected to preview some of the new songs during their summer festival appearances; one of the completed tracks, “What She Came For,” is currently slated to be the album’s first single...
R.E.M. took the stage at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles this past weekend, stuffing over two dozen songs into a show that ran just under two hours. They showcased plenty of material from their newest album, Accelerate, but also invited some of their older classics into the set, including Automatic for the People’s politically-charged track “Ignoreland,” which they’d yet to play live prior to this tour. R.E.M. being a great live band, having honed their collective musical teeth in the clubs of Athens and Atlanta, Georgia back in the late ‘80s, they were definite crowd-pleasers, and even threw in a quick rendition of “Happy Birthday,” complete with that R.E.M. flair, for the band’s “computer guy,” after which R.E.M.’s Mike Mills joked that the band was now available for parties. R.E.M.’s U.S. tour dates will include stops in Chicago (6/8), Washington DC (6/11), Boston (6/13), and Atlanta (6/21); their extensive European tour kicks off in July...
Actor Rhys Ifans is joining the ranks (Johnny Depp, Joaquin Phoenix) of actors crossing over to the music community; in this case, Ifans is teaming up with Super Furry Animals’ Dafydd Ieuan to form a new band that they’re calling The Peth. Also featuring fellow musicians Nick Hilton, Kris Jenkins, and Dic Ben, the band will drop their debut disc, The Golden Mile, on September 1; songs set for the tracklisting include “Turbotank” and the, er, interestingly-titled “Shoot on Sight (Flock of Zeigheils).” And in case you’re wondering what Ifans has to do with this crew, early SFA fans might remember that Ifans was actually in an early lineup of that band before acting called...

And if you miss ‘em at their summer festival appearances (Lollapalooza being one of them), never fear - you’ll be able to catch Jack White and his Raconteurs on the road this fall, when they kick off another series of tour dates in September. Continuing to support the release of their second album, Consolers of the Lonely, the band, who also just performed on Late Night with Conan O’Brien last week, will start in Oregon (Portland, 9/16 and 9/17) and will stay on the road until the beginning of October, including stops in Vancouver (9/18), Los Angeles (9/22), and Memphis, Tennessee (9/29)...

MODERN ROCK LINK OF THE WEEK
Fancy yourself a music video creator? Then check out this global video contest being put on by none other than Moby - just stop by www.mobygratis.com/competition, and you can sign up to submit your take on a music video for Moby’s song “Ooh, Yeah.” One winner will snag a $10,000 prize and will have their video used to help promote Moby’s newest tune...

MINI BUZZ:
Hans Zimmer and James Newton Howard have collaborated on the score for the latest Batman movie, The Dark Knight Original Motion Picture Soundtrack - fans will be able to purchase the music on July 15, with the movie hitting theaters July 18...
American Idol winner David Cook - a performer who broke a good chunk of the Idol mold by tackling quirky arrangements of the pop songs requested of the contestants, and who also plays guitar - took over the digital singles sales charts last week, with not one, not two, but a whopping eight tracks (primarily cover versions) in the Top 30...
Harley Davidson’s 105th Anniversary Celebration is set to take place in Milwaukee on August 29, a multi-day fest that will feature performances from Daughtry, Three Days Grace, and Foo Fighters...
Following a somewhat tepid performance of their first single, “Summertime,” on NBC TV’s Today Show, the reunited New Kids on the Block have tapped September 8 as the release date for their new album...
Mike Skinner, aka The Streets, has reportedly dubbed their upcoming new album Everything is Borrowed...
And Muse, in a recent interview with Radio 1’s Newsbeat, stated that they’re not sure they’re going to be releasing their next album in “traditional” format - they’re pondering a more “organic” method of delivering the tracks, although they’ve yet to specify exactly what...
And delivering their tracks for you this week are the latest new releases... ON CD: Goo Goo Dolls’ Greatest Hits Volume 2... Joseph Arthur’s EP... Miggs’ Unraveled... Sister Hazel’s Before the Amplifiers Live Acoustic... Totem’s Solar Forge... and the re-release of David Bowie’s Black Tie White Noise... ON DVD: Genesis: When in Rome 2007... Panic! at the Disco’s The Theater of Imagination... Los Straitjackets in Concert... and yes, folks, it’s The Wiggles’ You Make Me Feel Like Dancing... 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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