Letters 10-27-2014

Paging Doctor Dan: The doctor’s promise to repeal Obamacare reminds me of the frantic restaurant owner hurrying to install an exhaust fan after the kitchen burns down. He voted 51 times to replace the ACA law; a colossal waste of money and time. It’s here to stay and he has nothing to replace it.

Evolution Is Real Science: Breathtaking inanity. That was the term used by Judge John Jones III in his elegant evisceration of creationist arguments attempting to equate it to evolutionary theory in his landmark Kitzmiller vs. Dover Board of Education decision in 2005.

U.S. No Global Police: Steven Tuttle in the October 13 issue is correct: our military, under the leadership of the President (not the Congress) is charged with protecting the country, its citizens, and its borders. It is not charged with  performing military missions in other places in the world just because they have something we want (oil), or we don’t like their form of government, or we want to force them to live by the UN or our rules.

Graffiti: Art Or Vandalism?: I walk the [Grand Traverse] Commons frequently and sometimes I include the loop up to the cistern just to go and see how the art on the cistern has evolved. Granted there is the occasional gross image or word but generally there is a flurry of color.

NMEAC Snubbed: Northern Michigan Environmental Action Council (NMEAC) is the Grand Traverse region’s oldest grassroots environmental advocacy organization. Preserving the environment through citizen action and education is our mission.

Vote, Everyone: Election Day on November 4 is fast approaching, and now is the time to make a commitment to vote. You may be getting sick of the political ads on TV, but instead, be grateful that you live in a free country with open elections. Take the time to learn about the candidates by contacting your county parties and doing research.

Do Fluoride Research: Hydrofluorosilicic acid, H2SiF6, is a byproduct from the production of fertilizer. This liquid, not environmentally safe, is scrubbed from the chimney of the fertilizer plant, put into containers, and shipped. Now it is a ‘product’ added to the public drinking water.

Meet The Homeless: As someone who volunteers for a Traverse City organization that works with homeless people, I am appalled at what is happening at the meetings regarding the homeless shelter. The people fighting this shelter need to get to know some homeless families. They have the wrong idea about who the homeless are.

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Now that‘s what they call a TV Show

Kristi Kates - April 13th, 2009
Now That’s What
They Call a TV Show
Record Store Day
You’ve probably heard of the Now That’s What I Call Music! series of pop/rock hit compilation CDs - but did you know that there might be a TV show based on the discs themselves? Simon Fuller - the man behind American Idol - is developing a show that he’s calling a “new take on music programming,” with possible performances by the artists whose singles are included on the Now compilations via performance footage or even in-studio appearances, plus possible other appearances by musicians and bands such as interviews. The show would also potentially be involved in “finding the next Now artists,” such as unsigned or recently signed bands. A website is expected to accompany the new series...
The Beastie Boys have been working hard on their upcoming new studio album, which will be their first since their 2007 all-instrumental effort The Mix-Up. The new set, which they’ve tentatively titled Tadlock’s Glasses, got it’s name from an amusing source, as Beastie Adam MCA Yauch recently told the BBC. Apparantly, one of The Beastie’s bus drivers used to drive Elvis’ back-up singers around in the old days. This bus driver - named Tadlock - was gifted by Elvis with a pair of glasses - hence the album moninker. As for the album itself, the Boys have nearly wrapped recording on the set, and expect it to hit stores this year, possibly as early as this summer; the Boys are also rumored to be one of the headliners at this year’s Lollapalooza in early August in Chicago...
Toronto rockers Billy Talent have just about completed their new album, too, with just overdubs and mixing remaining, which the band will take on upon returning from their Australian tour. Produced by Brendan O’Brien (Pearl Jam, STP), the new set, which will likely be dubbed Billy Talent III, is said to be even more rock than the band’s previous efforts, with a little ‘90s Seattle influence and a lot of precisely experimental guitar tones. No exact release date for the album yet, but you can catch the band at this year’s Coachella and Bamboozle Festivals stateside while-u-wait...
A new book by music writer/editor Jeff Apter (contributor to Rolling Stone Australia, GQ, and Vogue) is in-stores now, chronicling the life of the complex and talented singer-songwriter Jeff Buckley. Titled A Pure Drop: The Life of Jeff Buckley, the book combines the contents of some of Buckley’s personal letters with reminisces from friends and collaborators to structure a picture of the skillful, yet troubled musician. The book also addresses Buckley’s battles with “the concept of stardom,” his need for escape, and the legacy of his also gifted father, Tim Buckley. Apter’s other books include biographies on Dave Grohl, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, and No Doubt...

The Beatles already have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, but now it’s time for Beatle and solo artist George Harrison to get one of his own. Harrison’s star is set for the sidewalk in front of Hollywood’s Capitol Records building, and will be the 2,382nd star on the famed Walk. Harrison will share sidewalk space with not only The Beatles’ star, but also bandmate John Lennon’s, as well as additional stars that have been awarded to the likes of Sting, Berry Gordy, David Bowie, Duran Duran, Paula Abdul, The Monkees, Stevie Wonder, and of course Elvis Presley; check out the full list at www.hollywoodchamber.net/icons/walk_directory.asp...

Saint Etienne are set to perform their 1991 debut album, Foxbase Alpha live in its entirety at a short lineup of shows this May; the shows will take place in London, Glasgow, and Sheffield...
Oasis have snagged the opening spot as headliners for the German Melt! Music Festival, which will take place July 17 through the 19; other bands appearing at the fest include Bloc Party, Klaxons, Aphex Twin, The Dodos, Simian Mobile Disco, and Caribou...
Green Day are set to release their eighth studio album, 21st Century Breakdown, on May 15, with the first single, “Know Your Enemy,” to precede the album to radio in mid-April...
Muse are also working on a new album, and are set to support U2 on a number of live show dates in America, including a show in NYC in September...
The Shins have left their longtime label home of Sub Pop Records to go on a “writing hiatus” - no word yet on when or if the band will resume working with the label or when their next album will be out...And ’80s retro-popsters Spandau Ballet’s Reformation Tour is a surprising success, with the band having sold out their first O2 Arena date in London in a mere 20 minutes last week, causing the band to add more dates to the tour...
And if adding more discs to your collection is part of your plan, then check out this week’s new releases... ON CD: Yeasayer’s All Hour Cymbals... Doug Paisley’s Doug Paisley... Sixpence None the Richer’s Tickets for a Prayer Wheel... Subhumans’ Worlds Apart... The Boy Least Likely To’s The Law of the Playground and Mountains’ Choral... ON DVD: The Hold Steady: A Positive Rage... and Perry Farrell’s Twilight... 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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