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Letters 08-03-2015

Real Brownfields Deserve Dollars I read with interest the story on Brownfield development dollars in the July 20 issue. I applaud Dan Lathrop and other county commissioners who voted “No” on the Randolph Street project...

Hopping Mad Carlin Smith is hopping mad (“Will You Get Mad With Me?” 7-20-15). Somebody filed a fraudulent return using his identity, and he’s not alone. The AP estimates the government “pays more than $5 billion annually in fraudulent tax refunds.” Well, many of us have been hopping mad for years. This is because the number one tool Congress has used to fix this problem has been to cut the IRS budget –by $1.2 billion in the last 5 years...

Just Grumbling, No Solutions Mark Pontoni’s grumblings [recent Northern Express column] tell us much about him and virtually nothing about those he chooses to denigrate. We do learn that Pontoni may be the perfect political candidate. He’s arrogant, opinionated and obviously dimwitted...

A Racist Symbol I have to respond to Gordon Lee Dean’s letter claiming that the confederate battle flag is just a symbol of southern heritage and should not be banned from state displays. The heritage it represents was the treasonous effort to continue slavery by seceding from a democratic nation unwilling to maintain such a consummate evil...

Not So Thanks I would like to thank the individual who ran into and knocked over my Triumph motorcycle while it was parked at Lowe’s in TC on Friday the 24th. The $3,000 worth of damage was greatly appreciated. The big dent in the gas tank under the completely destroyed chrome badge was an especially nice touch...

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Tea Time with Moby

Kristi Kates - May 13th, 2004
Drink like Moby!  Techno guru Moby is prepping for yet another new release, but it doesn‘t have much to do with music this time around.  Moby opened a cafe/tearoom - called Teany - in New York City back in May of 2002, and he‘s now expanding Teany‘s offerings with a Teany cookbook and a line of Teany Ice Teas and Tea-Juice Fusions.  (Moby‘s first entry into the world of cookbooks was as a collaborator on The PETA Celebrity Cookbook.) The Moby-fied drinks will be sold first in NYC, with a national line also in the works; so look for Teany‘s very own Vanilla Berry Hibiscus and Peach Green Tea coming soon to a store near you...
 
The 29-member pop “experience“ The Polyphonic Spree are currently on the road with David Bowie through June 5th, after which they‘ll head on over to join up with the Lollapalooza tour two days after they‘ll release their sophomore album, *Together We‘re Heavy.*  The Spree sez that their latest disc is more “sonically rich“ than their previous effort, with as many as 120 tracks on a single song;  the group is also expected to release a DVD about the history of their project sometime later this year...
 
A sequel to the politically minded CD compilation *Rock Against Bush Vol. 1* is currently in the works, with contributions from the likes of No Doubt, The Foo Fighters, Green Day, Bad Religion, The Used, Yellowcard and Flogging Molly.   Due in August, many more artists are expected to be added to the tracklisting.  Confirmed tracks so far include The Foo Fighters‘ cover of the early ‘80s punk song “Gas Chamber“... No Doubt will throw in “Comforting Lie“... and Bad Religion will contribute the track “Let Them Eat War,“ which will also appear on their new album *The Empire Strikes First* (due out June 8th).  NOFX frontman Fat Mike is heading up the compilation series, and has also invited Good Charlotte to appear on the new album. *Rock Against Bush Vol. 1* featured tunes from Alkaline Trio, the Ataris, Sum 41, and the Offspring, among others;  it debuted on the Billboard albums chart at #54...
Several notable releases heading your way:  On May 18th, Dashboard Confessional will drop a deluxe reissue of their album *A Mark, A Mission, A Brand, A Scar* that will contain a bonus DVD including the band‘s entire MTV2 “Album Covers“ set, in which DC covered all of the songs on R.E.M.‘s 1992 album *Automatic For the People*... They Might Be Giants have announced that their 10th full-length album (have they really been around that long?), which has been dubbed *The Spine* and which TMBG had produced by Pat Dillett (David Byrne), will hit stores on July 27th;  TMBG will promote their upcoming disc with a tour that will “Be“ gin on May 29th in Baltimore... and a little fresh Phish will hit stores soon, too, in the form of *Undermind,* the jam band‘s follow up to their 2002 release *Round Room*...
 
MINI BUZZ:
Elliott Smith‘s final studio album is currently in the mixing stages and is expected to be released this fall...
A record 50,000 music fans crowded the California desert for last weekend‘s Coachella Music and Arts Festival, which featured sets by Radiohead, the Pixies, Kraftwerk, Beck, and Basement Jaxx, among others...
And look out - American Idol is going on the road, bringing all top ten finalists on a 48-city tour that will make stops in Grand Rapids MI (7/27), Detroit (7/28), Chicago (8/5), and Toronto (9/16)...
The Darkness have snagged legendary rock producer Mutt Lange to head up the recording of their next album...
Reggae star Shaggy has already finished work several new songs for his next album, which is scheduled for a 2005 release...
Wilco have been added to three stops on the Lollapalooza tour - Detroit, MI‘s Pine Knob (8/3), Toronto (8/6), and Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio (8/11)...
And, in the “huh??“ department, former Sex Pistol Johnny Rotten (aka John Lydon) has chosen Justin Timberlake to play him in a new film based on his autobiography...
 
New releases for you to peruse this week...  ON CD:  The Icarus Line‘s *Penance Soiree*... Lola Ray‘s *I Don‘t Know You*... Los Lobos‘ *The Ride*... and Mission of Burma‘s *Onoffon*...  ON DVD:  *Ween: Live in Chicago*... *Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues: Godfathers & Sons, Red, White & Blues and the Road to Memphis*... and that‘s the buzz for this week‘s Modern Rock.
 
*Questions, comments, rants, raves about your favorite artists or this column?  Send ‘em to Kristi at expressmodernrock@hotmail.com!*
 
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