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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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Oasis don‘t let the trouble get them down

Kristi Kates - September 22nd, 2008
Oasis Don’t Let Trouble Get Them Down
Oasis guitarist Noel Gallagher was attacked onstage last week during Oasis’ concert in Toronto, Canada; a crazed fan (who was later arrested and charged with assault) jumped onstage and shoved Gallagher from behind, sending him face-first into the stage monitors. With Gallagher suffering bruised ribs, Oasis had to postpone a couple of shows due to the incident, but made sure their fans were compensated for with either makeup tix or refunds. And don’t worry, Oasis fans - the band doesn’t give up that easily. They’re still moving ahead with other plans to promote their new album, Dig Out Your Soul (in stores Oct. 7), one of which will include an unusual NYC promotion via which the band will teach four new Oasis songs to a group of street musicians, who will then fan out into the city to perform the songs in subway stations and on the streets, via the Transportation Authority’s street musicians program. The performances will be filmed and uploaded to a special YouTube channel, and also included in an upcoming Oasis DVD documentary...
Fellow UK band Elbow just snagged the prestigious Mercury Music Prize at the awards ceremony last week, sending their fourth album back up the charts to make it the best-selling disc on both iTunes UK and UK Amazon. The band beat out ten other acts to win the prize for Album of the Year, which Elbow singer Guy Garvey said was “quite literally the best thing that’s ever happened to us”...
Acclaimed avant-composer Philip Glass is set to release a 10-disc retrospective box set of his remarkable 40-year career. Smartly titled Glass Box,the set will include excerpts from his best-known works, ensemble pieces, and film scores, including his opera “Einstein on the Beach” and tracks from the movies “The Fog of War” and “The Thin Blue Line.” The set will also include a large booklet with archival photos, texts, libretti, and a note from the composer, as well as writings by Glass admirers David Byrne, Paul Simon, and Nonesuch Records president Bob Hurwitz; the entire thing is packaged in (of course) a cube covered on five sides with images of Glass himself, taken by a variety of famed photographers. Look for the Glass Box in stores on September 23...
That’s not the only box set you’ll be wanting to pick up though; a new three-disc CD/DVD box set is ready for release in October, featuring unreleased material from Johnny Cash’s legendary 1968 concerts at Folsom Prison. Disc one features the entire 65-minute first concert, complete with tracks “Blue Suede Shoes” and “I’m Here to Get My Baby Out of Jail,” while disc two contains the entire 75-minute second Folsom show, with 24 previously unreleased songs that include duets with his wife June Carter Cash, among others. The DVD includes footage from inside the prison, as well as interviews from former Folsom Prison inmates who witnessed the concert, as well as the likes of Merle Haggard, Marty Stuart, and Rosanne Cash. A special booklet of essays and liner notes will also accompany the set, dubbed Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison: Legacy Edition - snag your own copy on October 14...

MODERN ROCK LINK OF THE WEEK:
Just in case you know something R.E.M. doesn’t - Peter Buck’s signature Rickenbacker guitar was stolen from the stage right after the wrap of their show in Helsinki, Finland last week; it’s the guitar Buck has used live and on every R.E.M. album dating back to 1982, so it’s more than “just” a theft to both Buck and the band. If you have any info on where the ax might be hiding, email the band at fanclub@remtour.com, and keep up to date on both the tracking of the guitar and R.E.M.’s tour itself at www.remtour.com.

MINI BUZZ:
Hip-hop duo Atmosphere, still promoting their latest release, When Life Gives You Lemons..., have added more live dates to their fall tour, including stops in San Diego, CA (9/20), Las Vegas (9/26), Phoenix, AZ (9/27), Houston, TX (9/30), New Orleans (10/1), and Baltimore (10/10)...
Iron and Wine singer-songwriter Sam Beam has added a new leg of dates to his tour schedule, too - he’ll be performing shows in San Diego (10/3), Eugene, OR (10/6), and Calgary, Alberta (10/8) following a run of acoustic solo shows this month...
Retro singer Natalie Cole just released her latest album, Still Unforgettable, the long-awaited sequel to her 14-million-selling 1991 album, Unforgettable... with Love, and she’ll promote the new set with a dozen shows across the East Coast and Canada in October...
Josh Groban has been tapped to perform a medley of TV theme songs during the 60th Primetime Emmy Awards on September 21; among the themes Groban will weave into his performance will be tunes from “The Brady Bunch” and “Friends”...
The Rolling Stones have broken up with longtime record label EMI and have begun a new deal with Universal Music Group, who will release both the band’s new albums and their classic back catalog...
American Idol winner David Cook, who’s been occupied on the American Idols Live! Tour, has been making plenty of progress on his debut CD, writing with the likes of John Fields, Our Lady Peace’s Raine Maida, and Collective Soul’s Ed Roland; Cook hopes to put the album out this November...
And putting their albums/discs out this week are these new releases... ON CD: Blessid Union of Souls’ Close to the Edge... Lindsey Buckingham’s Gift of Screws... Raphael Saadiq’s The Way I See It... Cold War Kids’ Loyalty to Loyalty... Ne-Yo’s Year of the Gentleman... and Dynamite Club’s Fusion Era... ON DVD: Keane Curate a Night at Brixton Academy... Punk’s Not Dead... The Jazz Icons Series 3 Box Set... and Arthur Lee and Love’s Love Story ... 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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