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Letters 05-23-2016

Examine The Priorities Are you disgusted about closing schools, crumbling roads and bridges, and cuts everywhere? Investigate funding priorities of legislators. In 1985 at the request of President Reagan, Grover Norquist founded Americans for Tax Reform (ATR). For 30 years Norquist asked every federal and state candidate and incumbent to sign the pledge to vote against any increase in taxes. The cost of living has risen significantly since 1985; think houses, cars, health care, college, etc...

Make TC A Community For Children Let’s be that town that invests in children actively getting themselves to school in all of our neighborhoods. Let’s be that town that supports active, healthy, ready-to-learn children in all of our neighborhoods...

Where Are Real Christian Politicians? As a practicing Christian, I was very disappointed with the Rev. Dr. William C. Myers statements concerning the current presidential primaries (May 8). Instead of using the opportunity to share the message of Christ, he focused on Old Testament prophecies. Christ gave us a new commandment: to love one another...

Not A Great Plant Pick As outreach specialist for the Northwest Michigan Invasive Species Network and a citizen concerned about the health of our region’s natural areas, I was disappointed by the recent “Listen to the Local Experts” feature. When asked for their “best native plant pick,” three of the four garden centers referenced non-native plants including myrtle, which is incredibly invasive...

Truth About Plants Your feature, “listen to the local experts” contains an error that is not helpful for the birds and butterflies that try to live in northwest Michigan. Myrtle is not a native plant. The plant is also known as vinca and periwinkle...

Ask the Real Plant Experts This letter is written to express my serious concern about a recent “Listen To Your Local Experts” article where local nurseries suggested their favorite native plant. Three of the four suggested non-native plants and one suggested is an invasive and cause of serious damage to Michigan native plants in the woods. The article is both sad and alarming...

My Plant Picks In last week’s featured article “Listen to the Local Experts,” I was shocked at the responses from the local “experts” to the question about best native plant pick. Of the four “experts” two were completely wrong and one acknowledged that their pick, gingko tree, was from East Asia, only one responded with an excellent native plant, the serviceberry tree...

NOTE: Thank you to TC-based Eagle Eye Drone Service for the cover photo, taken high over Sixth Street in Traverse City.

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Moby helps the film community

Kristi Kates - December 3rd, 2007
Moby just keeps getting cooler - now he’s offering to help fledgling filmmakers with their movie music needs. Got a movie? Need some tunes for your soundtrack? Just make sure it’s an indie or non-profit film (film students, that includes you), and stop by
www.mobygratis.com, where Moby’s made some of his own music available for use, free of charge.  That’s right, free! But what if your movie gets picked up by a major studio, and you start making the big bucks with Moby’s tunes in tow? No prob - Moby just asks that, should a financial windfall happen, you apply for an easy license, and he’ll give the money to the Humane Society. Go Moby...

Aussie band The Vines have started work on their fourth album, which they’re recording in Los Angeles for Aussie label Ivy League Records; they’re working with producer Rob Schnapf, who hopped on board in mid-November. No release date has been announced for The Vines’ new set, but early reports figure it’ll surface during the second half of 2008...
Angels and Airwaves have confirmed their upcoming 2008 headlining tour, which will kick off on February 1 in Dallas, Texas. The tour is in support of the band’s sophomore disc, I-Empire, and will include sets from support acts The Color Fred and Ace Enders. Tour stops will include Baltimore, MD (2/9), Washington DC (2/10), Philly (2/14), Toronto (2/22), Detroit (2/23), and Chicago (2/24) - the tour will end in Seattle at The Shoebox on March 8...
The legendary (and still going strong) David Bowie will be releasing a special box set of his most recent albums on ISO/Columbia Records this week. The extensive package will contain more than 60 whopping hours of bonus material, remixes, special versions, rare tracks, and extra takes, in addition to the albums themselves, namely Outside, Earthling, hours...,Heathen, and Reality. Also included will be Bowie’s recent work with such musical comrades as the aforementioned Moby...

MODERN ROCK LINK OF THE WEEK: The White Stripes have reportedly just filmed a new video and are recording three new original songs; but they’re not giving away song titles or details just yet. Nope, for that you’ll have to log onto their website,
www.whitestripes.com...
 
MINI BUZZ:
The first group of bands that will be playing the Bamboozle 2008 concert fest have been announced, and among them are Less Than Jake, The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, Jack’s Mannequin, and The Starting Line...
Shoegaze fans, pay attention: Kevin Shields has recently confirmed the reunion of My Bloody Valentine, who have reportedly already recorded new songs for an new upcoming album...
Sub Pop Records has opened up their own digital music shop, allowing access to nearly 200 albums in Sub Pop’s catalog; singles and EPs will be available first, with rare tracks next, and the coolest things is that you can always re-download the files once you’ve purchased ‘em...
Goldfrapp are prepping to release their fourth album, incongrously titled Seventh Tree, on February 26...
Kristoffer Ragnstam has been tapped as opening act for Deborah Harry’s upcoming tour...
Klaxons have added a French-language version of their song “As Above, So Below” to the single, which is available as a limited edition clear vinyl 12-inch record...
 
And in “regular” editions, here are this week’s new releases... ON CD:  Incubus’ Look Alive... Wyclef John’s Carnival II: Memoirs of an Immigrant... Guillemots’ Back to Mine... Foo Fighters’ Long Road to Ruin... Dillinger Escape Plan’s Ire Works... and Mike Oldfield’s Earth Moving... ON DVD: Five for Fighting: Live - Back Country... Bon Jovi: Lost Highway - The Concert... Paul Oakenfold’s Oakenfold 24/7... and Sigur Ros: Heima... 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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