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Letters 08-24-2015

Bush And Blame Jeb Bush strikes again. Understand that Bush III represents the nearly extinct, compassionate-conservative, moderate wing of the Republican party...

No More State Theatre I was quite surprised and disgusted by an article I saw in last week’s edition. On pages 18 and 19 was an article about how the State Theatre downtown let some homosexual couple get married there...

GMOs Unsustainable Steve Tuttle’s column on GMOs was both uninformed and off the mark. Genetic engineering will not feed the world like Tuttle claims. However, GMOs do have the potential to starve us because they are unsustainable...

A Pin Drop Senator Debbie Stabenow spoke on August 14 to a group of Democrats in Charlevoix, an all-white, seemingly middle class, well-educated audience, half of whom were female...

A Slippery Slope Most of us would agree that an appropriate suggestion to a physician who refuses to provide a blood transfusion to a dying patient because of the doctor’s religious views would be, “Please doctor, change your profession as a less selfish means of protecting your religious freedom.”

Stabilize Our Climate Climate scientists have been saying that in order to stabilize the climate, we need to limit global warming to less than two degrees. Renewables other than hydropower provide less than 3 percent of the world energy. In order to achieve the two degree scenario, the world needs to generate 11 times more wind power by 2050, and 36 times more solar power. It will require a big helping of new nuclear power, too...

Harm From GMOs I usually agree with the well-reasoned opinions expressed in Stephen Tuttle’s columns but I must challenge his assertions concerning GMO foods. As many proponents of GMOs do, Mr. Tuttle conveniently ignores the basic fact that GMO corn, soybeans and other crops have been engineered to withstand massive quantities of herbicides. This strategy is designed to maximize profits for chemical companies, such as Monsanto. The use of copious quantities of herbicides, including glyphosates, is losing its effectiveness and the producers of these poisons are promoting the use of increasingly dangerous substances to achieve the same results...

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Academy Awards honor Irish Indie Rock

Kristi Kates - March 10th, 2008
Academy Awards Honor Irish Indie Rock with Best Song Oscar
Indie rockers (most specifically, ones from Ireland) scored one for the little guy at last week’s Academy Awards, where Frames frontman Glen Hansard and his collaborator Marketa Irglova won the Oscar for Best Original Song (“Falling Slowly”) from their also-indie film project, Once. Other music-related awards at the big Oscar night included Dario Marianelli, who won Best Original Score for his work on Atonement, Best Achievement in Art Direction for the Johnny Depp musical (yes, musical!) Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, and Best Actress for Marion Cotillard, who took on the lead role of Edith Piaf in La Vie En Rose...
Meanwhile, overseas, the UK’s NME held their annual Shockwaves Awards Show last week, with Arctic Monkeys sweeping a trio of honors including Best British Band, Best Video (for “Teddy Picker”), and Best Track. Other honorees included Klaxons for Best Album (“Myths of the Near Future”), Muse for Best Live Band, Kate Nash for Best Solo Artist, and The Killers for Best International Band. Meanwhile, the overhyped and overrated Amy Winehouse won only one of the four categories she was nominated in - Worst Dressed...
Neo-soul singer-meets-electronica artist Jamie Lidell, who has just released his latest album, Jim, which was recorded with studio mastermind Justin Stanley and Lidell’s collaborator, Canada-via-Berlin artist Mocky, is prepping to promote that same album with a tour that will see him step away from his usual live approach. Lidell has become known for his experimental solo shows, on which he mans the stage on his own with a host of gear as his “band” - but this time around, Lidell is slated to tour with an actual band, on a tour schedule that will take him both around Europe and the U.S. Dates on Lidell’s tour will include stops in Bordeaux, France (4/15), Vevey, Switzerland (4/23), Edinburgh, Scotland (4/26), London (4/29), Berlin, Germany (5/10), Chicago (6/4), Toronto (6/5), Boston (6/7), NYC (6/8), Philly (6/11), and Washington, DC (6/12)...
Mark May 24 on your calendar if you’re going to be anywhere near Washington state on that date, because that’s the weekend of this year’s Sasquatch! Music Festival, slated to take place in Quincy. R.E.M. and The Flaming Lips are serving as headliners at the event, with the bill also including sets from Battles, The Hives, Modest Mouse, Death Cab for Cutie, The National, Mates of State, Stephen Malkmus, and the aforementioned Jamie Lidell, among others; tix go on sale this week and can be snagged at http://sasquatchfestival.com/2008...

MODERN ROCK LINK OF THE WEEK: Ghostly International’s favorite musical son Matthew Dear is releasing a brand new track as an internet-only download; get it now, gratis, at http://rcrdlbl.com/sublabels/GHOSTLY ...

MINI BUZZ:
Coldplay are finally at the end of the recording/mixing process for their new Brian-Eno-produced album, which frontman Chris Martin claims is a “different sound” that “may alienate” some fans; Martin says that they saw the first three major Coldplay albums as a trilogy, and that they’re now trying to do something different; the album is slated for an as-yet-unspecified 2008 release date...
The Enemy jammed with Paul Weller last week at a special gig in London to benefit the Crisis charity; the band and Weller performed The Enemy’s own “We’ll Live and Die in These Towns” and The Jam’s (Weller’s landmark band) “That’s Entertainment”...
Now that their break is over, Beirut has announced that they’ll be taking on a set of Australian/European/North American tour dates, beginning in Australia, continuing with U.S. dates to include a stop in Los Angeles (5/30), and moving on to Germany and Spain in July...
Elbow are following up their 2005 release, Leaders of the Free World with a new album that will arrive in stores on April 22, complete with 11 new Elbow tracks on Fiction/Geffen Records...
Soul-punksters The Gaslight Anthem have just signed to SideOneDummy Records, and will release their debut disc for the label, as produced by Tedd Hutt, in fall 2008...
And Fox Entertainment will be releasing a special edition two-disc DVD of the Academy Award-winning film Walk the Line, which chronicles the story of Johnny Cash, the legendary Man in Black; Walk The Line: The Extended Cut will feature almost 20 minutes of never before seen footage, plus director commentary, deleted scenes, making-of featurettes, and extended performance footage; it’ll be available March 25...
Available right now are this week’s new releases; look for ‘em in a multimedia store near you... ON CD: The Black Crowes’ Warpaint... Sesame Street’s Platinum All-Time Favorites... Ringo Starr’s Ringo 5.1... David Wilcox’s Airstream... Swing Out Sister’s Butterfly... and Billy Bragg’s Mr. Love and Justice... ON DVD: Simply Red: Live at the Royal Albert Hall... The Kinks: You Really Got Me... Stevie Wonder - In Their Own Words... and Blue Note - A Story of Modern Jazz... 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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