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Letters 05-23-2016

Examine The Priorities Are you disgusted about closing schools, crumbling roads and bridges, and cuts everywhere? Investigate funding priorities of legislators. In 1985 at the request of President Reagan, Grover Norquist founded Americans for Tax Reform (ATR). For 30 years Norquist asked every federal and state candidate and incumbent to sign the pledge to vote against any increase in taxes. The cost of living has risen significantly since 1985; think houses, cars, health care, college, etc...

Make TC A Community For Children Let’s be that town that invests in children actively getting themselves to school in all of our neighborhoods. Let’s be that town that supports active, healthy, ready-to-learn children in all of our neighborhoods...

Where Are Real Christian Politicians? As a practicing Christian, I was very disappointed with the Rev. Dr. William C. Myers statements concerning the current presidential primaries (May 8). Instead of using the opportunity to share the message of Christ, he focused on Old Testament prophecies. Christ gave us a new commandment: to love one another...

Not A Great Plant Pick As outreach specialist for the Northwest Michigan Invasive Species Network and a citizen concerned about the health of our region’s natural areas, I was disappointed by the recent “Listen to the Local Experts” feature. When asked for their “best native plant pick,” three of the four garden centers referenced non-native plants including myrtle, which is incredibly invasive...

Truth About Plants Your feature, “listen to the local experts” contains an error that is not helpful for the birds and butterflies that try to live in northwest Michigan. Myrtle is not a native plant. The plant is also known as vinca and periwinkle...

Ask the Real Plant Experts This letter is written to express my serious concern about a recent “Listen To Your Local Experts” article where local nurseries suggested their favorite native plant. Three of the four suggested non-native plants and one suggested is an invasive and cause of serious damage to Michigan native plants in the woods. The article is both sad and alarming...

My Plant Picks In last week’s featured article “Listen to the Local Experts,” I was shocked at the responses from the local “experts” to the question about best native plant pick. Of the four “experts” two were completely wrong and one acknowledged that their pick, gingko tree, was from East Asia, only one responded with an excellent native plant, the serviceberry tree...

NOTE: Thank you to TC-based Eagle Eye Drone Service for the cover photo, taken high over Sixth Street in Traverse City.

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Chemical Brothers dub new 2 disc set Brotherhood

Kristi Kates - July 7th, 2008
The Chemical Brothers are dropping a new collection this upcoming September on Astralwerks Records, with the set being led off by the duo’s new single, “Midnight Madness,” which will hit radio in mid-August. The album itself, due on September 2, has been dubbed Brotherhood, and will include two discs, with disc one featuring 13 of the Chems’ electronica hits - among them “Block Rockin’ Beats,” “Setting Sun,” and “Let Forever Be” - while disc two will present nine rare tracks previously released only in limited form. In addition, the Chems are playing a dozen European festival dates over the remainder of this summer...
The Shins are beginning work on their upcoming fourth studio album, and may not release the set on their familiar Sub Pop label, which released the band’s first three albums; instead, they might release their latest on frontman James Mercer’s Aural Apothecary label, although Sub Pop could still remain in the picture as a distribution partner. So what’s the reason for the shake-up? The Shins want to own their own master recordings, and will probably get to do just that, given as that their last album, Wincing the Night Away, debuted at number two on the Billboard 200 and has sold well over half a million copies...
Kings of Leon have wrapped work on their latest studio set, which they previewed last week at a bar in NYC’s Village; eleven tracks in all were showcased, including the spacey “Closer,” and the funky “Crawl,” both of which were highlights of the album, which has been titled Only by the Night. The new CD will hit stores on September 23, and will serve as follow up to the band’s 2007 release, Because of the Times - Kings of Leon will also be touring Europe this summer, and will hit the U.S. for an appearance on August 9 at the All Points West fest in New Jersey...
And in more album news, formerly pop singer-songwriter Michelle Branch is keeping with the country music she began working with as part of the duo The Wreckers; her newest collection of songs is called Everything Comes and Goes, and it’s set to include songs “Texas in the Mirror,” and “Crazy Ride,” among others. Produced by John Leventhal (who also worked on The Wreckers album), it’s expected out before the end of the year; in the meantime, Branch will be on the road this summer, including her appearance at the GM River Days festival in Detroit...

MODERN ROCK LINK OF THE WEEK
Now that you’ve got your Firefox 3 upgrade (you’ve upgraded, right?), it’s time to get the cool new FoxyTunes plug-in for Firefox. You’ll be able to control your music player from within the Firefox browser; see what’s playing in your player; find lyrics, covers, bios, and videos; post songs from your recent listening history as a Signatune; and more. Go get it for free at www.foxytunes.com/firefox/download/...

MINI BUZZ:
UK band Oasis have just signed a new three-album deal with Sony BMG, with the first release expected to be Oasis’ seventh album, due before year’s end; Oasis’ short North American/Mexican tour begins August 26 in Seattle...
The MTV Video Music Awards are on the move once again - after broadcasting from Las Vegas last year, this year’s 25th annual event will happen live from Hollywood, California on September 7...
Mercury Rev have booked a dozen live dates in November for the UK and Ireland, and will release not one, but two new albums on September 29...
Aussie rockers Jet have just begun starting to write songs for their new album, which is due early in 2009; they’ve also signed a new management deal with Tenth Street...
Indie-rocker buzz band Fleet Foxes have just been picked by Rolling Stone as a “Breaking Artist”...
The lineup for the 2008 Siren Music Fest has been confirmed for Saturday, July 19; the Brooklyn, NY event will include sets from Broken Social Scene, Beach House, Film School, Annuals, and The Helio Sequence, among others...
And confirmed for this week are these new releases... ON CD: Albert Hammond Jr.’s (The Strokes) Como Te Llama?... Beck’s much-anticipated Modern Guilt... Canadian singer-songwriter Ron Sexsmith’s Exit Strategy of the Soul... Sunny Day Sets Fire’s Summer Palace... Sigur Ros’ Meo Suo i Eyrum Vio Spilum Endalaust (With a Buzz In Our Ears We Play Endlessly)... and Patti Smith’s live CD, The Coral Sea... ON DVD: The Coldplay Phenomenon: The Independent Review... Manu Chao: Babylonia En Guagua... Goo Goo Dolls’ Live in Buffalo... The Eurovision Song Contest 2008... and that’s the buzz for this week’s Modern Rock.
Comments, questions, rants, raves, suggestions on this column or your fave musicians? Send ‘em to Kristi at modernrocker@gmail.com
 
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