Letters 10-27-2014

Paging Doctor Dan: The doctor’s promise to repeal Obamacare reminds me of the frantic restaurant owner hurrying to install an exhaust fan after the kitchen burns down. He voted 51 times to replace the ACA law; a colossal waste of money and time. It’s here to stay and he has nothing to replace it.

Evolution Is Real Science: Breathtaking inanity. That was the term used by Judge John Jones III in his elegant evisceration of creationist arguments attempting to equate it to evolutionary theory in his landmark Kitzmiller vs. Dover Board of Education decision in 2005.

U.S. No Global Police: Steven Tuttle in the October 13 issue is correct: our military, under the leadership of the President (not the Congress) is charged with protecting the country, its citizens, and its borders. It is not charged with  performing military missions in other places in the world just because they have something we want (oil), or we don’t like their form of government, or we want to force them to live by the UN or our rules.

Graffiti: Art Or Vandalism?: I walk the [Grand Traverse] Commons frequently and sometimes I include the loop up to the cistern just to go and see how the art on the cistern has evolved. Granted there is the occasional gross image or word but generally there is a flurry of color.

NMEAC Snubbed: Northern Michigan Environmental Action Council (NMEAC) is the Grand Traverse region’s oldest grassroots environmental advocacy organization. Preserving the environment through citizen action and education is our mission.

Vote, Everyone: Election Day on November 4 is fast approaching, and now is the time to make a commitment to vote. You may be getting sick of the political ads on TV, but instead, be grateful that you live in a free country with open elections. Take the time to learn about the candidates by contacting your county parties and doing research.

Do Fluoride Research: Hydrofluorosilicic acid, H2SiF6, is a byproduct from the production of fertilizer. This liquid, not environmentally safe, is scrubbed from the chimney of the fertilizer plant, put into containers, and shipped. Now it is a ‘product’ added to the public drinking water.

Meet The Homeless: As someone who volunteers for a Traverse City organization that works with homeless people, I am appalled at what is happening at the meetings regarding the homeless shelter. The people fighting this shelter need to get to know some homeless families. They have the wrong idea about who the homeless are.

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Beck‘s bringing Odelay back

Kristi Kates - January 21st, 2008
Beck’s Bringing Odelay Back
It may be over ten years old, but Beck’s classic Odelay album never seems to be a dated listen, given the Beckster’s forward-thinking musical nature - and now, Odelay is set for a special re-release next week on Geffen Records. The new edition of the disc will include all of the original Odelay tracks, plus previously unreleased outtakes “Inferno” and “Gold Chains,” plus Beck’s tune “Deadweight” from the motion picture soundtrack for the Ewan McGregor film A Life Less Ordinary. A second included disc will feature 16 import-only B-sides and remixes, including “Burro,” which is essentially a cover of Beck’s own “Jackass” sung in Spanish with an accompanying mariachi band...
Something old, and something new - hot on the heels of frontman Rivers Cuomo’s solo album, Alone: The Home Recordings of Rivers Cuomo. Weezer’s latest is on the way, too, and is set for “hopeful” release in April or May of this year. Weezer’s sixth set is being produced by Rick Rubin, with Cuomo calling the new songs “dark and deep and beautiful”. They’re more experimental, too, with some of the songs being longer than the usual, and Weezer’s other band members taking more prominent roles, such as drummer Pat Wilson, who sings and plays lead guitar on one track while Cuomo handles drum duties...
UK modern rockers The Bravery have just embarked on their North American national tour, which began in Boulder, Colorado on January 16 and will continue until the end of February, including stops in Vancouver (1/24), San Diego (1/30), Las Vegas (1/31), Dallas (2/6), Toronto (2/12), and Detroit (2/13); opening act Switches will support. Speaking of Switches, following the big tour schedule, the band will make their way to Texas for this year’s SXSW event, where they’ll play several showcases just in time for the March 18 release of their Interscope debut album, Lay Down the Law...
Ever wished you’d seen The Jam live back in their heyday? Well, you... almost can. Bruce Foxton and Rick Buckler, Jam founding members, will be teaming up with former Maximum High members Russell Hastings and Dave Moore for a tour trek beginning on January 24, the Jam members’ first live shows in the U.S. since they disbanded in 1982. The only catch? Um, there’ll be no appearances from Paul Weller, the Jam’s distinctive lead singer. The band’s trying to make up for that fact by holding a contest at which fans can win a Waterstone “Mod target” Carnaby electric guitar signed by the guys - but a guitar can’t fill in for the Godfather of Mod...

Cold War Kids recorded an album - well, an EP, actually - long before the 2006 release of their Robbers and Cowards
album. Dubbed The Mulberry Street EP, the set is now being given away gratis - that’s right, free - by the band themselves. Get it now at
Mark your calendars for great bands, hot temperatures, overpriced bottles of water, that Chi-town skyline, and Perry Farrell in yet another spandex shirt: Lollapalooza has announced the dates for its 2008 event, which will hit Chicago, August 1-3.
The tour that many never thought would happen - namely, The Police’s reunion tour - has been named the top tour of 2007, according to Billboard Boxscore, and has nabbed a gross of $212 million...
The National, who are promoting their latest album, Boxer, are packing up for a short tour of Australia, during which they’ll make stops in Brisbane, Melbourne, and Sydney before returning to play Brooklyn, New York’s BAM Opera House on January 22...
The Midem Cannes’ international music trade fair has launched the Midem Green World Awards, to honor those who have played a major role in ecological live music event production; Kevin Wall (founder and CEO of Live Earth), Daniel Rossellat (president of the Swiss Paleo Festival Nyon), and Henrik Rasmussen (GM of Denmark’s Roskilde Fest) will be among the first honorees...
The Black Crowes have scheduled a series of one-night-only shows (isn’t that most tours? Well, anyway...) during which they’ll play their new album, Warpaint, in its entirety, although not necessarily in order; tour stops include Boston (3/5), Chicago (3/7), and Austin, TX at SXSW (3/15)...
The Kooks are prepping to play two special dates in New York City and Los Angeles this month, days and venues TBA...
And among this week’s new releases are the following: ON CD: Super Furry Animals’ Hey Venus... Dub Trio’s Another Sound is Dying... Mercury Rev’s Blue Clouds... Thistle LLC’s Love Not Dead... Jonny Greenwood’s There Will Be Blood Soundtrack... and Various Artists on Sweeney Todd The Demon Barber of Fleet Street Deluxe Complete Edition... ON DVD: Andrea Bocelli’s Vivere Live in Tuscany... Play Your Own Thing: A Story of Jazz in Europe... Elvis Presley in Blue Hawaii... and The Rolling Stones: In Performance... 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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