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Letters 08-29-2016

Religious Bigotry President Obama has been roundly criticized for his apparent unwillingness to use the term “radical Islamic terrorism.” His critics seem to suggest that through the mere use of that terminology, the defeat of ISIS would be assured...

TC DDA: Focus On Your Mission What on earth is the Traverse City DDA thinking? Purchasing land around (not within) its TIF boundaries and then offering it at a discount to developers? That is not its mission. Sadly enough, it is already falling down on the job regarding what is its mission. Crosswalks are deteriorating all around downtown, trees aren’t trimmed, sidewalks are uneven. Why can’t the DDA do a better job of maintaining what it already has? And still no public restrooms downtown, despite all the tax dollars captured since 1997. What a joke...

European-Americans Are Boring “20 Fascinating People” in northern Michigan -- and every single one is European-American? Sorry, but this is journalistically incorrect. It’s easy for editors to assign and reporters to write stories about people who are already within their personal and professional networks. It’s harder to dig up stuff about people you don’t know and have never met. Harder is better...

Be Aware Of Lawsuit While most non-Indians were sleep walking, local Odawa leaders filed a lawsuit seeking to potentially have most of Emmet County and part of Charlevoix County declared within their reservation and thus under their jurisdiction. This assertion of jurisdiction is embedded in their recently constructed constitution as documentation of their intent...

More Parking Headaches I have another comment to make about downtown TC parking following Pat Sullivan’s recent article. My hubby and I parked in a handicap spot (with a meter) behind Mackinaw Brew Pub for lunch. The handicap spot happens to be 8-10 spaces away from the payment center. Now isn’t that interesting...

Demand Change At Women’s Resource Center Change is needed for the Women’s Resource Center for the Grand Traverse Area (WRCGT). As Patrick Sullivan pointed out in his article, former employees and supporters don’t like the direction WRCGT has taken. As former employees, we are downright terrified at the direction Juliette Schultz and Ralph Soffredine have led the organization...

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The Police‘s worldwide musical raid

Kristi Kates - January 7th, 2008
The Police’s Worldwide Musical Raid
The Police, currently touring in Mexico and South America, will be criss-crossing the globe throughout next year, and have also been tapped to headline the final day of the U.K.’s Isle of Wight Fest, which this year will be held June 13-15; that show is said to be The Police’s only scheduled U.K. festival appearance for 2008. Other stops on the band’s very cosmopolitan tour schedule include Brisbane, Australia (1/22), Osaka, Japan (2/10), Honolulu, HI (2/16), Dusseldorf, Germany (6/8), Oslo, Norway (6/11), and Manchester, England (1/17) If you miss ‘em live and in person, though, you’ll have a chance to snag a live DVD chronicling the band’s reunion tour, which is expected to be released this spring on Interscope Records...
The Smashing Pumpkins have just released a special four-song acoustic EP, with tunes written by Pumpkins ringleader Billy Corgan late in 2007. Available only via iTunes in the U.S., the album - entitled American Gothic - can be enhanced with digital artwork that will be made available at the Smashing Pumpkins’ official website; the album will be sold in stores internationally, complete with all four songs - “The Rose March,” “Again, Again, Again,” “Sunkissed,” and “POX”...
The legendary Art Garfunkel will be joined by local symphony orchestras during his 2008 tour, which kicked off on January 5 in California. Garfunkel, who is promoting his twelfth solo album, Some Enchanted Evening, will put on nine confirmed shows complete with the orchestra accompaniment, plus a number of Garfunkel solo performances throughout the U.S., including stops in San Antonio, TX (1/12), Augusta, GA (2/12), Baltimore, MD (2/15 and 2/16), Colorado Springs, CO (3/29), and Birmingham, AL (4/12)...
The latest crop of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees have been selected from nominees announced last year - and those set for inclusion in the Hall include John Mellencamp, The Dave Clark Five, Leonard Cohen, and Detroiter Madonna, who was one of the first performers to respond to the announcement, saying in a statement that she was “honored and pleased to be recognized.” The 2008 induction ceremony will take place on March 10 at New York City’s Waldorf-Astoria Hotel.

MODERN ROCK LINK OF THE WEEK:
The first live-action movie to be shot, edited, and shown in 3D is none other than U2 3D, a concert film that will premiere in select cities on January 25. Culled from 700 hours of footage, seven U2 live shows, and nine pairs of Sony 3D cameras, fans can get an early peek at the film, plus a trailer at www.u23dmovie.com...

MINI BUZZ:
Madonna has completed the film Filth and Wisdom, starring Eugene Hutz and Richard E. Grant - but Maddie’s not in the movie; nope, it’s her directorial debut, and will premiere at the Berlin Film Festival in February...
The Velvet Underground’s Lou Reed has been named keynote speaker for this year’s SXSW Music Conference - other confirmed speakers for the event include Daryl Hall and Sire Records founder Seymour Stein...
Jay-Z has stepped down as the president of Def Jam Records, citing a desire to “take on new challenges”...
Brit band The Kooks are wrapping up work on their second album with producer Tony Hoffer at an L.A. recording studio...
Australian singer Kylie Minogue was given the Officer of the British Empire (OBE) honor by the Queen, following a year in which Minogue has recovered from cancer and released her tenth studio album...
And Jack White, in a recent interview, stated that since traveling was causing his bandmate Meg White severe anxiety, he wouldn’t care if the band never toured again, pointing out that The Beatles quit touring but continued just fine as a productive band...

ON CD: Natasha Bedingfield’s Pocket Full of Sunshine (or N.B. as a UK release)... The Magnetic Fields’ Distortion... Ringo Starr’s Liverpool 8... Van Hunt’s Popular... Kate Nash’s Made of Bricks... and Muse’s Hullabaloo Soundtrack...
ON DVD: Glen Hansard’s (The Frames) star turn as a street busker musician in Once... Nelly Furtado: The Concert... Classic Artists: The Moody Blues... and Kaiser Chiefs: Behind the Music... 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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