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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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Ireland‘s U-2 Join Michigan‘s Madonna at Live Nation

Kristi Kates - April 14th, 2008
Ireland’s U2 Join Michigan’s Madonna At Live Nation
Live Nation, who recently signed Madonna to a 10-year deal for touring, merchandising, and more, have just snagged U2 for a similar (but longer - 12 years) contract, in which the promoter will execute and promote U2’s tours as well as handle their broadcasts, streaming audio/video, website, and fan club. U2 signs with Live Nation on the heels of their Ticketmaster deal finally expiring; with U2 in a tour class of their own (their last tour took in around $400 million), it should be interesting to see what new power and range the band will gain via their new partnership. U2 are now expected to release an album in fall of 2008, with touring said to follow in 2009...
While frontman Eddie Vedder was focusing on his Into the Wild soundtrack work, Pearl Jam as a whole stayed under the radar last year, playing just a couple of live shows and pondering their next move. Now the band has announced that they’ll be embarking on a 10-date tour (for starters) and also beginning work on their next album. Tour dates for Pearl Jam will include stops in Virginia Beach (6/17), Washington DC (6/22), NYC (6/24 and 6/25), and Mansfield, MA (6/30). Elsewhere, PJ guitarist Stone Gossard is working on his second solo album, and Vedder will be performing some live shows on his own early this month, so keep an eye out for those, too...
Meanwhile, in New Jersey, punk-popsters The Living End are hard at work on their new set with producer John Agnello (Dinosaur Jr., Sonic Youth) at Water Music Studios in Hoboken, a facility that’s hosted earlier recordings by the likes of The Lemonheads and Ryan Adams. The band has also completed their 10-year record contract with EMI, and will release their as-yet-untitled new disc through Universal Music in July of this year...
And rapper Tone Loc - known for his retro rap tracks “Wild Thing” and “Funky Cold Medina” - is showing that he’s got a heart beneath all that, er, Loc-ness. A scam artist recently took over a thousand dollars in fees from a pair of Detroit clubs by posing as Tone Loc’s manager and “booking” Tone Loc for shows. When Loc heard about the fake manager and the ensuing situation, he offered to actually play live shows at the bars in question to help them recoup their loss. The shows took place last week, one each at Detroit’s Bumpers and the Red Dog Saloon...

MODERN ROCK LINK OF THE WEEK:
Buzz band Vampire Weekend are prepping to celebrate National Record Store Day on April 19 with a special 7 record release of their track “A-Punk,” with a rough version of “Oxford Comma” on the B-side; the groovy new disc can be snagged via the band’s official website, www.vampireweekend.com...

MINI BUZZ:
Musician/rapper/actor Mos Def is playing rock n’ roll star Chuck Berry in the upcoming film Cadillac Records, which is currently filming in New Jersey; the movie will tell the story of legendary record label Chess Records, with Def’s co-stars including Adrien Brody (as Leonard Chess), Beyonce, and Cedric the Entertainer...
Chris Cornell - whose unique cover of Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean” was covered again on... you guessed it... American Idol last week, is currently working on his next solo album with producer Timbaland...
The Apple Store in SoHo (New York City) played host to none other than Counting Crows last week when the band showed up to play an informal set right in the store...
Brit Grammy-nominated modern soul singer James Hunter is set to release his new album, The Hard Way, on June 10, complete with a guest appearance from Allen Toussaint...
Portishead, whose third album, Third, is out later this month, have assured fans that it won’t take almost ten years for them to make album number four...
And Hallmark has teamed up with Universal Music to add to the former’s line of musical greeting cards; the new lineup of cards will include songs from Salt n’ Pepa and Smashmouth, among others, and will retail for $1.99...
ON CD: Josh Gracin’s We Weren’t Crazy... Leona Lewis’ Spirit... The Decemberists’ Colin Meloy’s Colin Meloy Sings Live!... James Otto’s Sunset Man... Spoon’s Don’t You Evah EP... and Tapes N’ Tapes’ Walk It Off... ON DVD: Toto’s Falling In Between Live... Riverdance: Live from Radio City Music Hall... Wynton Marsalis’ Congo Square... and Take That’s Beautiful World Live... 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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