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Letters 02-08-2016

Less Ageism, Please The January 4 issue of this publication proved to me that there are some sensible voices of reason in our community regarding all things “inter-generational.” I offer a word of thanks to Elizabeth Myers. I too have worked hard for what I’ve earned throughout my years in the various positions I’ve held. While I too cannot speak for each millennial, brash generalizations about a lack of work ethic don’t sit well with me...Joe Connolly, Traverse City

Now That’s an Escalation I just read the letter from Greg and his defense of the AR15. The letter started with great information but then out of nowhere his opinion went off the rails. “The government wants total gun control and then confiscation; then the elimination of all Constitutional rights.” Wait... what?! To quote the great Ron Burgundy, “Well, that escalated quickly!”

Healthy Eating and Exercise for Children Healthy foods and exercise are important for children of all ages. It is important for children because it empowers them to do their best at school and be able to do their homework and study...

Mascots and Harsh Native American Truths The letter from the Choctaw lady deserves an answer. I have had a gutful of the whining about the fate of the American Indian. The American Indians were the losers in an imperial expansion; as such, they have, overall, fared much better than a lot of such losers throughout history. Everything the lady complains about in the way of what was done by the nasty, evil Whites was being done by Indians to other Indians long before Europeans arrived...

Snyder Must Go I believe it’s time. It’s time for Governor Snyder to go. The FBI, U.S. Postal Inspection Service and the EPA Criminal Investigation Division are now investigating the Flint water crisis that poisoned thousands of people. Governor Snyder signed the legislation that established the Emergency Manager law. Since its inception it has proven to be a dismal failure...

Erosion of Public Trust Let’s look at how we’ve been experiencing global warming. Between 1979 and 2013, increases in temperature and wind speeds along with more rain-free days have combined to stretch fire seasons worldwide by 20 percent. In the U.S., the fire seasons are 78 days longer than in the 1970s...

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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...

MODERN ROCK LINK OF THE WEEK:
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
http://rcrdlbl.com/artists/Cold_War_Kids...
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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