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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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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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