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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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Jack White‘s Raconteurs pull off a surprise album release

Kristi Kates - March 24th, 2008
Detroiter Jack White and his Raconteur bandmates have been slowly but surely working on recording a completely new album that’s - surprise! - complete, and will be in-stores on Tuesday, March 25. Huh? Yep, it’s true - The Raconteurs’ Consolers of the Lonely - complete with new accompanying MS-DOS-humored website (www.theraconteurs.com) is all ready to go right now, in spite of assumptions that the disc would be released later this year. The album is being released on, as the band’s official newsletter puts it, “every format at once,” so as to leave no listener behind - it’ll be available on CD, digital, and vinyl formats, and you’ll be able to get it everywhere from iTunes and Amazon to corporate superstores to the band’s own website. Listen for first single, “Salute Your Solution,” coming soon, too, to a radio station near you... as well as a music video which they say was “just filmed the other day.” When The Raconteurs want to get something done, they apparently don’t mess around...
The famed SXSW (South by Southwest) music conference week has wrapped up again for this year, with plenty of highlights for fans and industry folk who traveled all the way to Austin, Texas to hear some of the best bets in 2008’s newest music. Day one saw the likes of the Raveonettes, Sunburned Hand of the Man, Why?, and Fatal Flying Guilloteens taking the various SXSW stages, while day two’s highlights included performances from N.E.R.D., Yo La Tengo, Thurston Moore, Joseph Arthur, Ezra Furman, and a Lou Reed tribute complete with Reed himself on the sidelines, digicam in hand. Day three wrapped up the festivities with sets from The Chevelles, a revitalized Vines, X, and Tapes N’ Tapes; day four was all about British Sea Power, Lightspeed Champion, and Los Campesinos: and day five showcased the Karaoke Apocalypse (don’t ask)...
Brand new Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Leonard Cohen is prepping to release a new studio album later this year, and has also scheduled out his first world tour in 15 years, which is set to kick off in June. Cohen will bring a plethora of musicians on the road with him to form his backing band, including Bob Metzger (guitar), Neil Larsen (keys, brass), Roscoe Beck (bass), and Javier Mas (acoustic guitar and string instruments), and is expected to announce U.S. dates shortly. In the meantime, if you’re going to be in Canada or Europe, you can catch Cohen at such summer stops as Toronto (6/6 and 6/7), Montreal, Quebec (6/23-6/26), Copenhagen, Denmark (7/5), Lyon, France (7/9), London (7/17), and Budapest, Hungary (8/12)...
And Aimee Mann’s seventh set, @#%&! Smilers, will drop on June 3 on her own SuperEgo Records label. Produced by Paul Bryan, the album is a bit of a departure for Mann, who added more Moog (synthesizer) to the songs and pretty much left electric guitar out of the mix entirely. She also co-wrote one of the new tracks, “True Believer,” with singer-songwriter Grant Lee Phillips, and is expected to begin touring in the next few months to promote the new set; one of her appearances will be on NPR’s “All Things Considered” program...
MODERN ROCK LINK OF THE WEEK:
R.E.M.’s new album will be the first major disc to debut on Facebook (www.facebook.com) prior to its in-store release; all of the album’s tracks will be available for streaming beginning on March 24...

MINI BUZZ:
Performer-producer Daniel Lanois will premiere his movie, Here Is What Is, on March 27 in Los Angeles; the film, which should be available soon in limited release, documents his recording processes with such performers as Brian Eno and U2...
Brooklyn indie-rockers We Are Scientists have announced May 13 as the release date for their sophomore set, which they’ll preface with a European/U.S. tour...
Jason Mraz’s new disc, We Sing, We Dance, Steal Things, is now available and can be snagged online at the Fueled By Ramen webstore...
Ice Cube is set to release his latest album, Raw Footage, which will hit stores on June 17, complete with audio appearances from Westside Connection, Fred Wreck, Nas, and Musiq Soulchild...
Folktronica singer Beth Orton has wrapped her two-year hiatus from the music biz and will begin her return with a few tentative tour dates starting late this month.
And here’s your Periodic Weezer Update: the band reportedly has begun mastering, with the album itself - which is “meaty, crunchy, and melodic,” according to frontman Rivers Cuomo - and is expected out in June...
Meanwhile, expected out this week are these new releases... ON CD: Moby’s Last Night... The B-52’s Funplex... Mike Oldfield’s Music of the Spheres... Yael Naim’s Yael Naim... The Matches’ A Band in Hope... and Live from the Artists’ Den: Season One featuring performances from Josh Ritter, The Swell Season, KT Tunstall, and Martin Sexton... ON DVD: Live Transmissions Collection: Bob Dylan... Saturday Night Live: Lost and Found... The Beach Boys: Collector’s Box Set... and Muse’s long-awaited Haarp Tour: Live at Wembley Stadium... 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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