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Letters 08-01-2016

Voter Suppression And Choice In 2013, five Supreme Court justices, each appointed by Republican presidents, knocked the teeth out of the Voting Rights Act. Immediately a majority of Republican-dominated states began passing laws aimed at suppressing the votes of their majority Democrat demographics: minorities, students and the elderly. These laws – requiring voter IDs, cutting early voting, eliminating same-day registration, closing selected polling places, banning straight-ticket voting, etc. — never flat-out deny a person’s right to vote; they just make actual registering and voting more difficult, and therefore make it more likely that individuals in certain groups will not vote. Think of voter suppression as a kind of reverse marketing strategy, one aimed at getting people not to do something...

Free Parking Patrick Sullivan’s good story on parking overlooked one source of “free parking” that has become an increasing problem in Traverse City: spill-over into adjacent neighborhoods. Instead of discouraging people from bringing cars downtown, we’re allowing them to park on both sides of narrow residential streets all day long...

Real American Duality Isiah Smith didn’t really put his deep thinking hat on before writing the “American Duality” commentary. First there’s geography. His daughter feels safer in Sweden than in the United States, at least partially because of the violence in Dallas, Baton Rouge and Minnesota. Really? Safer than in northern Michigan, which is further away from Dallas and Baton Rouge than Stockholm is from Ansbach, Paris or Brussels and no closer to Minnesota than Sweden is to Germany? Did Smith miss recent supremely violent events in those places? Alrighty then...

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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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