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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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No Drummer For The Scientists

Kristi Kates - November 29th, 2007
We Are Scientists could currently call themselves We Are Drummer–less, at least for the time being – drummer Michael Tapper has abruptly quit the band, with the diplomatic statement of “Michael Tapper has relinquished his duties as drummer of We Are Scientists in order to pursue other things.”  Hmm. Yeah. The band used temporary percussionists while sticking with their brief UK tour the past couple of weeks, which took them through Edinburgh, Glasgow, and London, among other cities; a permanent drummer replacement has yet to be found...

A special Bob Dylan tribute concert of sorts took place last week at NYC’s Beacon Theater; dubbed “I’m Not There: In Concert,” the event, to celebrate the recent release of the Dylan biopic (also called I’m Not There) featured the likes of Yo La Tengo, Mark Lanegan, Calexico, Lee Ranaldo, and many more indie artists, all who are slated to be included on the movie soundtrack. Sonic Youth recorded the title track for the movie; the soundtrack is already in stores, and the movie is out now...
 
Sufjan Stevens performed at the Brooklyn Academy of Music last week, a show staged to unveil Stevens’ classically–informed symphony, The BQE. Steven’s 30–minute opus paid tribute to the Brooklyn–Queens Expressway, the highway that runs through the midst of Manhattan. In addition to an orchestra, Stevens simultaneously worked with a rock band, which made the symphony a... rockphony? And the whole thing was decorated with video projections of cars and a troupe of day–glo hula hoopers.  For fans that were more rock, less orchestra, Stevens also played a second set that was called “Sufjan Plays the Hits”...
 
And singer/songwriter Jewel, who moved from folk–pop to an unsuccessful attempt at dance–pop, has now decided to reinvent herself once again – she’s just signed a multi–album deal with Nashville label Valory Music, and will begin releasing country music albums. Jewel claims that she’s always wanted to record country music throughout her career, but that her label at the time was “scared” of country music; no word yet on when her first country album will arrive...

MODERN ROCK LINK OF THE WEEK: Switchfoot have just released a track on their website for download – but there’s a warm–hearted catch. The band are asking fans to either make a donation to one of the fire rescue/repair efforts in and around the San Diego area, or volunteer time with Habitat for Humanity in exchange for the song, which is titled “Rebuild.” Do your part to help and get a cool song, too, at www.switchfoot.com...
MINI BUZZ:
Gorillaz’ Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett are still cranking out the Gorillaz product, even as the band is ending; look for a behind–the–scenes documentary called Bananaz in stores soon...
A new book titled The A–Z of Franz Ferdinand is out this week, and contains previously unseen photos of the band, extracts from their personal journals, and exclusive interviews...
Joe Jackson will release his first album in five years this upcoming January; look for Rain in stores on January 29 via Rykodisc...
Timbaland is working on a new album, too, and he’s already done some tracking with Akon and Gwen Stefani...
Morrissey is prepping to sign a new record deal in order to release his new album and a greatest hits CD, both of which are expected to hit stores early next year...
The Decemberists have, unfortunately, had to cancel the remainder of their fall tour due to an ill bandmate; ticket holders will get refunds, but dates will not be rescheduled yet – the band says that the most important thing is to “get home so their friend can mend”...
 
And here are this week’s brand new releases... ON CD:  Youssou N’Dour’s Rokku Mi Rokka... The Backstreet Boys’ (yes, they’re back) Unbreakable... Graham Colton’s Here Right Now... Daft Punk’s Alive 2007 – Deluxe Edition... Blake Lewis’ Audio Daydream... and The Libertines’ The Best of The Libertines... ON DVD:  Jamiroquai: Live at Montreaux... Elvis Presley’s Destination Vegas... Alejandro Sanz: El Tren de los Momentos: En Vivo Desde Buenos Aires... and Cactus’ Cactus Live DVD... 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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