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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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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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