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Letters 04-25-2016

Taking Our Trees Seconds ago this pine tree was alive. Well, Mr. Cook — our County Road Commission head —and Peninsula Township government … by not weighing in (I guess it’s not your problem or responsibility to communicate with residents), you allowed the County Road Commission to bulldoze down huge swaths of lakeside trees in order to increase the bike lane. This can’t be happening. I have no clue why they would cut trees down that help block snow from creating drifts on Peninsula Drive and help keep the beach area intact. Plus, they are not increasing the width of the road when they repave. I just don’t get it. This is amateur hour at county and township government...

Government Service Unrewarded I served the federal government for XX years with the [agency], [doing XX]. I also worked in the private sector, [doing XX]. When I retired, I was surprised to learn my Social Security benefit would be $XXX less per month than my colleagues and neighbors who had never worked for the federal government. This is all because of the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) under the Social Security law...

Which Greased Palm Now that “Chicago values” have utterly corrupted the executive and judicial branches of our federal government, this November We the Plebeians shall either vote to right the governing integrity of the United States constitution’s twin pillars of limited government and separation of powers or turn and step collectively onto the blood soaked road to serfdom...

The Political Mess And Challenge As citizens we are faced with a real challenge. The media and the political candidates have taken over a year to attack those whom they are opposing. The unfavorable ratings of those who may be nominated are above 50 percent. That should be no surprise, considering the length of time given to bloodying one another with opinions that have little relationship to truth. The polling companies, which confess they are not reliable, make everything a game of winning...

CORRECTIONS In last week’s issue we had photos with the incorrect stories on page five. The dance photo should have accompanied the story about grants to nonprofits. The image of Crooked Tree Arts Center Petoskey should have accompanied the story about the ArtPrize exhibit at CTAC.

We also reported the incorrect day for the Bayshore Marathon in Traverse City. The correct date is Sat., May 28.

We apologize for these errors.

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Starving artisits get a food boost from Denny‘s

Kristi Kates - June 2nd, 2008
Starving Artists Get a Food Boost From Denny’s
Taking your band on the road... on a budget? Never fear - Denny’s is here! The national food chain is dipping its toes into the music biz via their new Adopt-A-Band program, which you can check out on the restaurant’s microsite, www.dennysallnighter.com. Indie bands can apply to be a “participating touring band,” and, if selected, they’ll be able to eat at Denny’s restaurants for free at any time, and will have content (including streamed songs, tour dates, and pics) posted on the Denny’s microsite. Every two months, six new bands will be “adopted” and added to the site - the first half-dozen include Switches, Take the Crown, and Saving Abel. In return for the free grub, the bands are asked to visit three Denny’s a month and post photos of their Denny’s visits. In addition, bands dining at Denny’s can check out Denny’s new Rock Star Menus, which will consist of dishes invented by more high-profile bands - Taking Back Sunday and The All-American Rejects have already contributed recipes, but you’ll have to wait until August to order ‘em...
Red Hot Chili Peppers singer Anthony Kiedis has been tapped to curate the first New American Music Union Festival, which will kick off on August 8 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (can you say “road trip?”). Tix are on sale now on the Live Nation website; general admission will run around $50 to see the likes of Gnarls Barkley, The Roots, Bob Dylan, The Raconteurs, The Black Keys, and many more - including a plethora of college bands that will be part of a competition to win recording session time - and each ticket will also arrive with a free concert t-shirt...
Singer-songwriter Beth Orton has added more dates to her upcoming North American tour, which is slated to start in Boston on July 2; Orton will perform acoustically, accompanied by Rob Moose in support of her most recent (fourth) album, Comfort of Strangers. Orton’s tour stops will include North Adams, MA (7/5), Michigan’s new Rothbury Music Festival on July 6, Toronto (7/8), and Philadelphia on July 11 for the WXPN Fest...
Hot Chip have just wrapped their sold-out North American tour, and will turn their Brit-electro-popness right back around to return to the U.S. this fall. Beginning on September 12 with a two-night stand in Los Angeles, the band’s presale tix are already online for their fall dates, featuring among them shows in Tucson, AZ (9/23), Chicago (9/28-29), Toronto (9/30), Philly (10/5), and Washington, DC (10/8). Following their American shows, Hot Chip will continue their trek, this time to their biggest UK headlining tour to date, which will kick off in late October...

MODERN ROCK LINK OF THE WEEK:
Paul Weller’s new single, “Echoes Round the Sun,” is out, as is his brand new video - the song features Oasis’ Gem Archer and Noel Gallagher, and the video - well, you’ll just have to see that for yourself at www.youtube.com/watch?v=38I4N7e-4jk...

MINI BUZZ:
Actor Joaquin Phoenix (Johnny Cash in “Walk the Line”) is currently recording an album with Charlatans singer Tim Burgess; Phoenix “discovered” his own musical interest while learning guitar for the Cash role...
While rapper Common is moving his talents in the other direction - he’ll take on an acting role as a freedom fighter named Barnes in the upcoming fourth installment of the Terminator movie series, which is due out May 2009...
Singer-songwriter KT Tunstall has added a second round of dates to her U.S. tour, now playing shows in Grand Rapids (8/11), Interlochen, MI (8/14), Milwaukee (8/15), Denver (8/18), and Aspen, Colorado (8/25)...
Dave Matthews Band is still working on their latest album, which they say is a much more collaborative effort, with every song being written by the band as a whole; the band will break for summer touring, and then will resume work on the album in September...
The Bonnaroo Music and Arts Fest in Tennessee is going to be nationally televised for the first time this year, making those unable to attend able to watch the likes of Metallica, Kanye West, and Pearl Jam on Fuse TV...
Stevie Wonder will hit the tour trail this summer with more than a dozen North American shows that’ll take him from coast to coast. The Motown icon’s outing begins in June Wantagh, NY, and continues around the East Coast through the end of the month. In July, he’ll head West for shows in Colorado, Nevada, California, Washington and British Columbia..
And this week’s discs are heading towards a multimedia store near you... ON CD: The Futureheads’ This is Not the World... Common’s The Greatest Story Ever Told... Gavin Rossdale’s Wanderlust... Spiritualized’s Songs in A and E... Shearwater’s Rook... and Interlochen alumni Jewel’s Perfectly Clear... ON DVD: The Future is Unwritten: A Documentary on Joe Strummer... U2’s Rattle and Hum... Nirvana: at the Reading Festival... and Deacon Blue 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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