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Letters 04-25-2016

Taking Our Trees Seconds ago this pine tree was alive. Well, Mr. Cook — our County Road Commission head —and Peninsula Township government … by not weighing in (I guess it’s not your problem or responsibility to communicate with residents), you allowed the County Road Commission to bulldoze down huge swaths of lakeside trees in order to increase the bike lane. This can’t be happening. I have no clue why they would cut trees down that help block snow from creating drifts on Peninsula Drive and help keep the beach area intact. Plus, they are not increasing the width of the road when they repave. I just don’t get it. This is amateur hour at county and township government...

Government Service Unrewarded I served the federal government for XX years with the [agency], [doing XX]. I also worked in the private sector, [doing XX]. When I retired, I was surprised to learn my Social Security benefit would be $XXX less per month than my colleagues and neighbors who had never worked for the federal government. This is all because of the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) under the Social Security law...

Which Greased Palm Now that “Chicago values” have utterly corrupted the executive and judicial branches of our federal government, this November We the Plebeians shall either vote to right the governing integrity of the United States constitution’s twin pillars of limited government and separation of powers or turn and step collectively onto the blood soaked road to serfdom...

The Political Mess And Challenge As citizens we are faced with a real challenge. The media and the political candidates have taken over a year to attack those whom they are opposing. The unfavorable ratings of those who may be nominated are above 50 percent. That should be no surprise, considering the length of time given to bloodying one another with opinions that have little relationship to truth. The polling companies, which confess they are not reliable, make everything a game of winning...

CORRECTIONS In last week’s issue we had photos with the incorrect stories on page five. The dance photo should have accompanied the story about grants to nonprofits. The image of Crooked Tree Arts Center Petoskey should have accompanied the story about the ArtPrize exhibit at CTAC.

We also reported the incorrect day for the Bayshore Marathon in Traverse City. The correct date is Sat., May 28.

We apologize for these errors.

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Madonna‘s just one of many modern rockin women

Kristi Kates - November 1st, 2007
Mega modern rocker Madonna - although she’s always been a trailbreaker - is now taking another step away from the major label conglomerates and is finishing up a deal with her longtime label, Warner Brothers, so that she can leave and pursue her own deal with concert promotion company Live Nation. Although WB still states that Maddie owes ‘em a new album and a greatest hits compilation before she can “leave,” Madonna is already heading on over to her new $120 million deal with Live Nation, a deal that will enable her to really direct her own career path from this point on and will include all aspects of her music-based ventures, including albums, DVDs, touring, merchandising, and more, making this the first time that all of Madonna’s career will be handled by one company. It’s just another nail in the coffin for the flailing “traditional” record industry as more and more musicians are opting to release albums and plan tours on their own terms...

Annie Lennox will team up with a short but varied roster of fellow artists, including Jamelia and Corrine Bailey Rae, to perform live at the first-ever Johannesburg 46664 Concert, which will take place on December 1 at Johannesburg’s Ellis Park Stadium. Named after Nelson Mandela’s prison number during his 18-year confinement on Robben Island, the concert aims to raise disease awareness and will likely include many onstage collaborations between the participating musicians; a more detailed lineup will be announced later this month...

Singer Chan Marshall - otherwise known as Cat Power - has just about wrapped work on her second all-covers record, which will include 12 tracks, 10 of which are covers and two of Marshall’s own songs -“Song for Bobby” and an updated version of her track “Metal Heart.” The covers will showcase Marshall paying homage to such artists as Billie Holiday (“Don’t Explain”), James Brown (“Lost Someone”), Janis Joplin (“Woman Left Lonely”), and George Jackson (“Aretha, Sing One for Me”) The album, dubbed Jukebox, will hit stores on January 22...

And several notable female singers will show up on the soundtrack for the new experimental sorta-biopic of Bob Dylan, I’m Not There - all doing covers of Dylan songs, of course. Among the participants are the aforementioned Chan Marshall (“Stuck Inside of Mobile with the Memphis Blues Again”), Kim Gordon and Sonic Youth (“I’m Not There”), Karen and the Million Dollar Bashers (“Highway 61 Revisited”), Charlotte Gainsbourg and Calexico (“Just Like a Woman”), and Mira Billotte (“As I Went Out One Morning”) - the double-disc soundtrack will be released on October 30...

MODERN ROCK LINK OF THE WEEK: Well, it’s really an email address, not a web link, but you won’t care once you see what it’s all about (Alfie). Bjork has just added a handful of live dates to her schedule in support of her recently-released sixth album, Volta, and CMJ is giving away two tix for Bjork’s show at the Nokia Theater in L.A. on December 12. Just email contest@cmj.com (subject line: BJORK TICKETS LA) for your chance to win, win, win...
MINI BUZZ:
Speaking of Bjork, she’s just been confirmed as one of the headliners at the 2008 Big Day Out Festival in Australia, which will take place on January 18-22.
Best known for her work with Blondie, singer Deborah Harry just dropped her sixth solo album, Necessary Evil, and is now setting out on a month-long solo tour that will include stops in Washington DC (11/13), Toronto (11/23), Indianapolis (11/24), Los Angeles (12/7), and Las Vegas (12/8)...
Beth Gibbons and her Portishead bandmates are nearing completion on their third album, although they’re no closer to an album title; the band will also perform live this winter as curators of the next All Tomorrow’s Parties festival...
Aimee Mann is on tour, and will criss-cross the U.S. over the next couple of months, including shows in L.A. (11/30), Aspen, CO (12/7), Chicago (12/11), Ann Arbor, MI (12/12), and Boston (12/16)...
Singer-songwriter KT Tunstall is hitting the road, too, with plans to hit the U.S., Japan, Australia, Europe, and South America...
The Spice Girls have not only announced their official reunion, but have also announced the final tracklisting for their upcoming Greatest Hits DVD package, which will include singles “Wannabe,” “Say You’ll Be There,” and “Spice Up Your Life” - tracks for the accompanying CD haven’t been selected yet, but the disc will include the group’s first new single in seven years, which they’ve dubbed “Headlines”...

ON CD: Emmylou Harris’ Rare Tracks and Forgotten Gems... Carrie Underwood’s Carnival Ride... Britney Spears’ Blackout... Queen Latifah’s Trav’lin’ Light... Mariee Sioux’s Faces in the Rocks... Carolyn Mark’s Nothing is Free... ON DVD: Loreena McKennitt’s Nights from the Alhambra... Carole King: Welcome to My Living Room... and Patty Griffin - Live from the Artist’s Den... 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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