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Letters 07-27-2015

Next For Brownfields In regard to your recent piece on brownfield redevelopment in TC, the Randolph Street project appears to be proceeding without receiving its requested $600k in brownfield funding from the county. In response to this, the mayor is quoted as saying that the developer bought the property prior to performing an environmental assessment and had little choice but to now build it...

Defending Our Freedom This is in response to Sally MacFarlane Neal’s recent letter, “War Machines for Family Entertainment.” Wake Up! Make no mistake about it, we are at war! Even though the idiot we have for a president won’t accept the fact because he believes we can negotiate with Iran, etc., ISIS and their like make it very clear they intend to destroy the free world as we know it. If you take notice of the way are constantly destroying their own people, is that living...

What Is Far Left? Columnist Steve Tuttle, who so many lambaste as a liberal, considers Sen. Sanders a far out liberal “nearly invisible from the middle.” Has the middle really shifted that far right? Sanders has opposed endless war and the Patriot Act. Does Mr. Tuttle believe most of our citizens praise our wars and the positive results we have achieved from them? Is supporting endless war or giving up our civil liberties middle of the road...

Parking Corrected Stephen Tuttle commented on parking in the July 13 Northern Express. As Director of the Traverse City Downtown Development Authority, I feel compelled to address a couple key issues. But first, I acknowledge that  there is some consternation about parking downtown. As more people come downtown served by less parking, the pressure on what parking we have increases. Downtown serves a county with a population of 90,000 and plays host to over three million visitors annually...

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War Child covers album to arrive in February

Kristi Kates - January 26th, 2009
The upcoming War Child Heroes album has now been confirmed for a February 16 release date, with plenty of legends (Brian Wilson, Bob Dylan, The Kinks, Paul McCartney) getting their songs covered by plenty of upstarts (Elbow, Beck, Duffy, The Kooks). Most of the acts have completed their tracking, and the album is being mastered in north London; other contributors include U2, various members of The Clash, and Hot Chip. All profits from the album will go to the warchild.org.uk charity cause...

The Fray’s eponymous sophomore set is on the way February 3 on Epic Records, with its lead single, “You Found Me,” already infiltrating both radio and the download market, where it’s sold a quarter-million copies. In addition to that track, the album will include songs “Syndicate,” “Where the Story Ends,” “We Build Then We Break,” “You Found Me,” and “Happiness.” The band will preview the album with a few club dates this month and next, including a show on February 4 in NYC that will be broadcast on the band’s website; a full North American tour is in the works...

UK rockers Doves will offer up their fourth album this April, a set that was recorded at the band’s own studio in Cheshire, England. Said to be more “expansive” than previous efforts, the first single from the new set will be “Kingdom of Rust,” which features a classic shuffle beat and an emotional feel. Also included on the new set will be “Jetstream,” “Winter Hill,” and “The Outsiders.” Doves will also return to the stage with some UK shows in February, plus a longer tour in April and on into the summer...

A series of Amnesty International benefit concerts that took place back in the ’70s and ’80s will now be made available on DVD for the first time in North America as collected in a three-disc box set titled The Secret Policeman’s Balls. Set to hit stores on January 27, the box set includes five Secret Policeman’s shows that encompass musical performances from Sting, Peter Gabriel, Donovan, Pete Townshend, Phil Collins, Lou Reed, and more, plus retro comedy performances by the likes of Rowan Atkinson (aka Mr. Bean), Hugh Laurie (“House”), and members of the Monty Python troupe, including John Cleese and Michael Palin. A feature-length documentary on the shows will also be included...

MODERN ROCK LINK OF THE WEEK:
Arcade Fire are releasing a documentary about the making of their Neon Bible album; directed by Vincent Morriset, the vid also features concert footage shot by Vincent Moon. The music-doc, titled Miroir Noir, can be previewed via a short video trailer at miroir-noir.com...

MINI BUZZ:
The figures are in - a whopping billion digital music tracks were sold in 2008, up 28 percent over 2007, according to the official Nielsen SoundScan figures...
Paul Simon has been appointed to the Music Board of Trustees at the acclaimed Berklee College of Music; the singer-songwriter already has an honorary doctorate from the music school, as well as two scholarships in his name...
A charity tribute to R.E.M. is set to take place at NYC’s Carnegie Hall on March 11; among the artists scheduled to perform are The dB’s, Patti Smith, Bob Mould, and Calexico...
Van Morrison’s own label as distributed by EMI is set to release Astral Weeks: Live from the Hollywood Bowl early this year...
Great Lake Swimmers will offer up their fourth full-length studio album, Lost Channels, on March 31, melding influences from The Faces to The Byrds to R.E.M....
Singer-songwriter Ben Kweller recorded and produced his own latest album with his touring band, and is taking a more alt-country direction on the new set; look for Kweller’s Changing Horses in stores on February 3...

And in stores this week are the following new discs... ON CD: Andrew Bird’s Noble Beast... Dalek’s Gutter Tactics... Franz Ferdinand’s Tonight: Franz Ferdinand... Duncan Sheik’s Whisper House... Barclay James Harvest’s BBC in Concert 1972... and Loney Dear’s Dear John... and ON DVD: Diana Ross and Michael Jackson in The Wiz... Metallica’s Collector’s Box Set... Rolling Stones - Sympathy for the Devil... and Listen Up! The Lives of Quincy Jones...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
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