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Letters 05-02-2016

Facts About Trails I would like to correct some misinformation provided in Kristi Kates’ article about the Shore-to-Shore Trail in your April 18 issue. The Shore-to-Shore Trail is not the longest continuous trail in the Lower Peninsula. That honor belongs to the North Country Trail (NCT), which stretches for over 400 miles in the Lower Peninsula. In fact, 100 miles of the NCT is within a 30-minute drive of Traverse City, and is maintained by the Grand Traverse Hiking Club...

North Korea Is Bluffing I eagerly read Jack Segal’s columns and attend his lectures whenever possible. However, I think his April 24th column falls into an all too common trap. He casually refers to a nuclear-armed North Korea when there is no proof whatever that North Korea has any such weapons. Sure, they have set off some underground explosions but so what? Tonga could do that. Every nuclear-armed country on Earth has carried out at least one aboveground test, just to prove they could do it if for no other reason. All we have is North Korea’s word for their supposed capabilities, which is no proof at all...

Double Dipping? In Greg Shy’s recent letter, he indicated that his Social Security benefit was being unfairly reduced simply due to the fact that he worked for the government. Somehow I think something is missing here. As I read it this law is only for those who worked for the government and are getting a pension from us generous taxpayers. Now Greg wants his pension and he also wants a full measure of Social Security benefits even though he did not pay into Social Security...

Critical Thinking Needed Our media gives ample coverage to some presidential candidates calling each other a liar and a sleaze bag. While entertaining to some, this certainly should lower one’s respect for either candidate. This race to the bottom comes as no surprise given their lack of respect for the rigors of critical thinking. The world’s esteemed scientists take great steps to preserve the integrity of their findings. Not only are their findings peer reviewed by fellow experts in their specialty, whenever possible the findings are cross-checked by independent studies...

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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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