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Letters 08-31-2015

Inalienable Rights This is a response to the “No More State Theatre” in your August 24th edition. I think I will not be the only response to this pathetic and narrow-minded letter that seems rather out of place in the northern Michigan that I know. To think we will not be getting your 25 cents for the movie you refused to see, but more importantly we will be without your “two cents” on your thoughts of a marriage at the State Theatre...

Enthusiastically Democratic Since I was one of the approximately 160 people present at when Senator Debbie Stabenow spoke on August 14 in Charlevoix, I was surprised to read in a letter to Northern Express that there was a “rather muted” response to Debbie’s announcement that she has endorsed Hillary Clinton for president...

Not Hurting I surely think the State Theatre will survive not having the homophobic presence of Colleen Smith and her family attend any matinees. I think “Ms.” Smith might also want to make sure that any medical personnel, bank staff, grocery store staff, waiters and/or waitress, etc. are not homosexual before accepting any service or product from them...

Stay Home I did not know whether to laugh or cry when I read the letter of the extremely homophobic, “disgusted” writer. She now refuses to patronize the State Theatre because she evidently feels that its confines have been poisoned by the gay wedding ceremony held there...

Keep Away In response to Colleen Smith of Cadillac who refused to bring her family to the State Theatre because there was a gay wedding there: Keep your 25 cents and your family out of Traverse City...

Celebrating Moore And A Theatre I was 10 years old when I had the privilege to see my first film at the State Theatre. I will never forget that experience. The screen was almost the size of my bedroom I shared with my older sister. The bursting sounds made me believe I was part of the film...

Outdated Thinking This letter is in response to Colleen Smith. She made public her choice to no longer go to the State Theater due to the fact that “some homosexuals” got married there. I’m not outraged by her choice; we don’t need any more hateful, self-righteous bigots in our town. She can keep her 25 cents...

Mackinac Pipeline Must Be Shut Down Crude oil flowing through Enbridge’s 60-yearold pipeline beneath the Mackinac Straits and the largest collection of fresh water on the planet should be a serious concern for every resident of the USA and Canada. Enbridge has a very “accident” prone track record...

Your Rights To Colleen, who wrote about the State Theatre: Let me thank you for sharing your views; I think most of us are well in support of the first amendment, because as you know- it gives everyone the opportunity to express their opinions. I also wanted to thank Northern Express for not shutting down these types of letters right at the source but rather giving the community a platform for education...

No Role Model [Fascinating Person from last week’s issue] Jada quoted: “I want to be a role model for girls who are interested in being in the outdoors.” I enjoy being in the outdoors, but I don’t want to kill animals for trophy...

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Strokes‘ bassist releases timely new side project

Kristi Kates - November 24th, 2008
NYC band The Strokes are finally prepping to head back into the studio in February, 2009 to get back to work on their next album, after being temporarily derailed by various family matters and solo projects. During the break, bassist Nikolai Fraiture “got bored” and put together his own solo project, a band which he dubbed Nickel Eye; Nickel Eye has already recorded their debut album, The Time of the Assassins, which Fraiture says was “born from old high school poems.” And it’s no thrown-together thing ...Assassins features guest appearances from singer-songwriter Regina Spektor and Yeah Yeah Yeahs guitarist Nick Zinner. Nickel Eye recently made their live debut in London at The Borderline Club, where Fraiture took on lead vocals and also performed a cover of Nico’s song, “These Days.” The Time of the Assassins will hit stores January 27, 2009...
Parlophone Records/Astralwerks and the War Child charity have teamed up for another multi-artist fundraising album. War Child is a charity created to care for those affected by war in Iraq, Afghanistan, Uganda, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Although the album was originally set for release this week, it’s been moved back to early 2009 in order to accommodate some of the musicians who wished to be included in the set. The album will feature exclusive versions of classic cover songs from the likes of Paul McCartney and Ray Davies (The Kinks); the new versions of the tracks will be performed by the likes of Beck, Rufus Wainwright, Duffy and Hot Chip...
Well, it’s not exactly the reunion tour fans keep hoping for, but Smiths main men Morrissey and Johnny Marr did get together for one thing, namely to select the tracks and album art for two new Rhino Records Smiths complilation discs (Marr also oversaw the remastering of the songs.) The discs, which are in stores now, include a single disc collection dubbed The Sound of the Smiths that will include tracks like “Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now,” “How Soon Is Now?” and “Panic,” plus a double disc collection that will include rarely heard B-sides, live tracks and other rarities, including “Handsome Devil,” “Cemetry Gates” and a cover of James’ “What’s the World”...
Jamie Hewlett has created and directed a short film for “Monkey Bee,” the first single from his and Damon Albarn’s (Blur) album, Monkey: Journey to the West, which is a spinoff from the duo’s opera project of the same name. Described as a mixture of 1970’s Chinese spaghetti Western and Korean suspense movies, the short film was shot over three days in London, and stars members of the Monkey... opera cast; it can be seen on Channel 4 in the UK, and on YouTube in the U.S....

MODERN ROCK LINK OF THE WEEK:
One of the highlights of this year’s BBC Electric Proms concert season was the performance of Coldcut, who celebrated the legacy of the BBC’s Radiophonic Workshop with their live remix of the classic Doctor Who theme, which was crafted in the Workshop itself; check out Coldcut’s cool Who tune at www.bbc.co.uk/electricproms/2008/artists/coldcut/...
MINI BUZZ:
Death Cab for Cutie’s recent album Narrow Stairs is being reissued on vinyl, bundled with a bonus 7-inch featuring a couple of rare demos...
Omaha electro-dance band The Faint have added a half-dozen December dates to their current trek, including stops in St. Louis (12/12), Detroit (12/15) and Cleveland (12/16)...
Veteran alterna-rockers Live have signed a new deal with Vanguard Records to release their CD/DVD Live at the Paridiso, which was filmed earlier this year in Amsterdam; the CD/DVD is in stores now...
Panic at the Disco have been writing new songs during their busy tour schedule, and hope to turn around their next album more quickly this time, with a release date tentatively scheduled for summer 2009...
And making fans wonder if/when a Replacements reunion really is a possibility, the band’s Paul Westerberg and Tommy Stinson did some informal jamming last month in Minneapolis; no tape was rolled, but Stinson did mention that he does think he and Westerberg, being good friends, will work together again somehow...
My Bloody Valentine wrapped a triumphant reunion tour last month in Santa Monica, CA, with all seven of their North American shows coming in as sell-outs; now, they have plans to complete an earlier-abandoned third album and then hopefully start another one...
And here are this week’s new releases... ON CD: Guns N’ Roses Chinese Democracy (so they say)... David Byrne and Brian Eno’s Everything That Happens Will Happen Today... The Killers’ Day and Age... John Barrowman’s Music Music Music... Scott Weiland’s (ex-STP/Velvet Revolver) Happy in Galoshes... and Tom Jones’ 24 Hours... ON DVD: Daryl Hall and John Oates - Live at the Troubadour... Luciano Pavarotti: Life in Seven Arias ... and Blue Man group’s Blu-Ray release of How to be a Megastar Live!... 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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