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Letters 02-08-2016

Less Ageism, Please The January 4 issue of this publication proved to me that there are some sensible voices of reason in our community regarding all things “inter-generational.” I offer a word of thanks to Elizabeth Myers. I too have worked hard for what I’ve earned throughout my years in the various positions I’ve held. While I too cannot speak for each millennial, brash generalizations about a lack of work ethic don’t sit well with me...Joe Connolly, Traverse City

Now That’s an Escalation I just read the letter from Greg and his defense of the AR15. The letter started with great information but then out of nowhere his opinion went off the rails. “The government wants total gun control and then confiscation; then the elimination of all Constitutional rights.” Wait... what?! To quote the great Ron Burgundy, “Well, that escalated quickly!”

Healthy Eating and Exercise for Children Healthy foods and exercise are important for children of all ages. It is important for children because it empowers them to do their best at school and be able to do their homework and study...

Mascots and Harsh Native American Truths The letter from the Choctaw lady deserves an answer. I have had a gutful of the whining about the fate of the American Indian. The American Indians were the losers in an imperial expansion; as such, they have, overall, fared much better than a lot of such losers throughout history. Everything the lady complains about in the way of what was done by the nasty, evil Whites was being done by Indians to other Indians long before Europeans arrived...

Snyder Must Go I believe it’s time. It’s time for Governor Snyder to go. The FBI, U.S. Postal Inspection Service and the EPA Criminal Investigation Division are now investigating the Flint water crisis that poisoned thousands of people. Governor Snyder signed the legislation that established the Emergency Manager law. Since its inception it has proven to be a dismal failure...

Erosion of Public Trust Let’s look at how we’ve been experiencing global warming. Between 1979 and 2013, increases in temperature and wind speeds along with more rain-free days have combined to stretch fire seasons worldwide by 20 percent. In the U.S., the fire seasons are 78 days longer than in the 1970s...

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Mos Def gets Ecstatic on Downtown Records

Kristi Kates - December 8th, 2008
Mos Def Gets Ecstatic on Downtown Records
Mos Def is set to release his latest album, The Ecstatic, on February 9; it’ll be his first on Downtown Records. The first single, “Life in Marvelous Times,” is already on iTunes, where you can also snag Def’s previous albums, Tru3 Magic and The New Danger. In support of said album, Mos Def has been keeping busy on the road performing in the European version of the Rock the Bells tour, on which he’s sharing stages with Nas and De La Soul among others; he also plays Chuck Berry in the movie Cadillac Records, which hits theaters this week...
The Beastie Boys wrapped their Get Out and Vote tour last month, on which they brought along such musical pals as Sheryl Crow, Ben Harper, Jack Johnson, and Tenacious D; and now, they’re in the middle of recording the follow-up album to their 2007 instrumental disc, The Mix-Up. The new album is said to be anything but instrumental, according to the Beasties’ Ad-Rock, who said in a recent interview that it’s “a lot of vocals, a lot of words, very wordy.” Well, apparantly there will be a lot of... words, then...
Quickly-moving Irish hard rock band The Answer have just signed their first record deal in America, namely with Brooklyn’s The End Records; their first U.S. venture will be an EP that is in stores this week. The new EP will include tunes “The Doctor,” a Japanese live version of the band’s “Come Follow Me,” “Highwater or Hell,” and their song “Never Too Late,” which will be featured on Guitar Hero: World Tour which also hits stores this fall. Now let’s see if they can live up to their magazine-dubbed title of “the biggest new rock band of the decade”...
Bloc Party is considering never releasing singles on CD format again after the release of their current effort, “Talons” - the band is still likely to release future albums in more traditional formats, but say that they’re “unconcerned” with chart positions, which is one of the reasons bands release single tracks on CD. However, being vinyl fans, they may continue to put out songs on vinyl, as one of the last records they released was a vinyl picture disc. “All the stuff that’s dying out, we’re still into as a band,” they recently explained to the press...

MODERN ROCK LINK OF THE WEEK:
If you’re heading to either Chicago, New York, or San Francisco, better make sure you’ve got your voice all warmed up - Memorex is staging a quirky musical promotion to bring a little attention to their new SingStand, featuring a full-sized microphone, stand, and speakers that allows users to sing along with music. Six taxi cabs in each city will be car-wrapped with a SingStand ad, and the cars themselves will be equipped with karaoke systems; people will be encouraged to sing for their taxi ride, and clips of those impromptu, er, performances, will be uploaded to www.mykaraokecab.com where you can view your own performance or chuckle at those of others...

MINI BUZZ:
John Legend is working on the very end of his fall tour with Columbia Records labelmate Raphael Saadiq; the tour will celebrate its closing date on December 13 in Durham, North Carolina...
Ben Folds is heading over to the UK For a short series of live dates, in which he’ll make stops in London, Bournemouth, and Birmingham...
London will also be the locale for a special pop art exhibition consisting of a plethora of gig posters from both of Pete Doherty’s bands, The Libertines and Babyshambles; the exhibition will be staged in north London at the McNasty’s pub...
The Black Keys just wrapped up some songwriting sessions in Los Angeles with producer Rick Rubin and ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons, working on some tunes for the latter group’s upcoming Rubin-produced album...
Although Ted Leo and the Pharmacists had to cancel their band’s U.S. shows last month, frontman Ted Leo is continuing with his solo tour; you can catch him live in Pontiac, MI (12/8), Chicago (12/10), and Cleveland (12/11)...
And composer Hans Zimmer, whose most recent work was on the soundtrack for the Batman movie The Dark Knight, recently wrapped musical work on Ron Howard’s film Frost/Nixon, in theaters this week...
Meanwhile, these acts have new tunes and DVDs too, in stores this week... ON CD: 50 Cent’s Before I Self-Destruct... Fire on Fire’s The Orchard... Cadillac Records Original Soundtrack... Take That’s Circus... Ricky Martin’s 17... and Britney Spears’ Circus... ON DVD: Panic at the Disco: Live in Chicago... STOMP: Live... and Placido Domingo’s Great Arias with Placido Domingo and Friends... 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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