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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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Elvis Costello makes a :Spectacle of himself

- July 21st, 2008
Elvis Costello Makes a “Spectacle” of Himself
Legendary singer-songwriter Elvis Costello is the host for a new TV variety show called Spectacle: Elvis Costello With... which will feature Costello - surprise! - conversing with various guest stars and also collaborating with his musical guests. Thirteen programs in all are planned for the first run of the show, which is being produced in a cooperation between the UK’s Channel 4, Canada’s CTV, and the U.S.’s own Sundance Channel. Early confirmed guests so far include Tony Bennett, Lou Reed, Elton John, and former President Bill Clinton; John will be one of the first to perform with Costello on the program. Future guests on the docket include Allen Toussaint, Pat Metheny, and guitarist James Burton, who performed with Elvis Presley; keep an eye on the Sundance Channel for the broadcast schedule...
Fellow singer-songwriter Tim Finn (Crowded House) is prepping for the release of his new album, The Conversation, which will hit stores via EMI Records early next year; and he’ll be promoting that disc with a series of U.S. tour dates from August to mid-September. Tour stops will include Seattle (9/30), Portland, OR (9/2), Denver (9/5), Tucson, AZ (9/7), and Los Angeles (9/13); both the tour and the album will be preceded by a eight song compilation called Rarities/Demos/Live Performances Vol. 1 that will be available via Finn’s MySpace page starting July 25...
So-Cal modern rockers Cold War Kids have finally wrapped work on their second album, with the follow up to their 2006 release, Robbers and Cowards, due out this September. The new set, dubbed Loyalty to Loyalty, will include thirteen tracks, including “Every Valley is Not a Lake,” “Mexican Dogs,” “Welcome to the Occupation,” “Avalanche in B,” and “Golden Gate Jumpers” - the band is also scheduled to embark on an extensive U.S. tour in support of the new disc...
O.A.R. has a new album, too, this one being their sixth. Thirty songs or so were written for the album, until the band narrowed down the tracklisting with producer Matt Wallace (The Replacements, Maroon 5); it was the first time the band has worked on an album outside of the East Coast, this one being recorded in Los Angeles, where they went to “avoid the sludge of winter,” as frontman Marc Roberge put it in a press interview. The first single, “Shattered,” is already hitting radio, and the album itself, titled All Sides, is in-stores this week; O.A.R. is already on the road with the disc, with live shows scheduled for Japan and Europe...

MODERN ROCK LINK OF THE WEEK:
Now that White Stripe Jack White has moved from Detroit to Nashville, rumors abound about his “abandonment” of the Michigan city and Motown music scene he used to call home. This slow-mindedness has been something of a hurtful aggravation for White, who has finally responded by writing a poem about his native lands for the Detroit Free Press; the poem reads in part “Detroit, you hold what one’s been seeking, holding off the coward-armies weakling...” wanna read the rest? Just head on over to www.freep.com (just type “jack white poem” into the search box) to read the exclusive poem in its entirety...

MINI BUZZ:
The lyrics to John Lennon’s song “Give Peace a Chance,” written and recorded during Lennon’s Bed-In Protest for Peace in Montreal, Canada, have just been sold by Christie’s London auction house for $833,654...
Ben Folds’ first new studio set in over three years is now due out on September 16 on Epic Records; titled Way to Normal, the album includes tracks “Errant Dog,” “Free Coffee,” and a duet with Regina Spektor titled “You Don’t Know Me”...
Johnny Cash’s music is being reinterpreted by various hip-hop and dance artists for the Johnny Cash Remixed CD, due October 14; participants included Pete Rock, Mexican Industry of Sound, Count de Money, Snoop Dogg, and Frank Sinatra remixer Philip Steir...
Smashing Pumpkins have announced another tour dates update - their U.S. tour dates in August will be more “fun” shows consisting of “unique sets and songs,” with their 20th anniversary tour set for November, with dates so far confirmed in NYC, L.A., and Chicago - their aforementioned Gish tour has been pushed to 2009...
Pearl Jam helped the Robin Hood Foundation raise $3 million for poverty-fighting initiatives by staging a private show at NYC’s Beacon Theater last week; PJ performed a 26-song set list for fans who paid up to $2,250 for floor tickets...
The Download Festival music fest has expanded to three cities this year, with one show already past (San Francisco, July 19), one this week in Los Angeles, and one in Philadelphia on August 2; this year’s event will include sets from Tapes ‘N Tapes, Datarock, Mates of State, Mute Match, and the Duke Spirit...
ON CD: Paul Weller’s 22 Dreams... Boy, War, and October, all remastered and rereleased by U2... David Bowie’s Live in Santa Monica ‘72... and X-Files: I Want to Believe Original Score with instrumentals by long-time X-Files composer Mark Snow plus tracks by Xzibit and U.N.K.L.E.... ON DVD: Bob Marley: Jammin’... The U2 Phenomenon: The Independent Review... Ringo Starr and His All-Star Band Live 2006... and Down the Tracks: The Music That Influenced Bob Dylan ... 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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