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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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Pete Yorn‘s new album to hit stores in June

Kristi Kates - May 11th, 2009
Pete Yorn’s New Album To Hit Stores in June
Pete Yorn has decided to work with a pair of producers for his next album, namely Saddle Creek’s Mike Mogis and Grammy-winner Rick Rubin. Yorn began the album process by writing the lyrics first this time, then recording the album in Nebraska, bringing in a group of skilled musicians as opposed to doing all of the instrumental work himself, as he’s done on previous albums. This time around, he collaborated with the talents of Beck drummer Joey Waronker, The Faint pianist Nate Wolcott, and guitarist Jonny Polonsky, among others; the new album, Back and Forth, is due out on June 23 on Columbia Records, with Yorn planning to tour in support of the set...
Elvis Costello just wrapped work on a new album, too, with producer T Bone Burnett; Costello’s album will also be out in June, albeit a little earlier (June 1), and was recorded at Nashville’s Sound Emporium Studio in just three days. Much like Yorn, Costello worked with a small but talented cast of musicians, including Stuart Duncan, Mike Compton, and Jerry Douglas; and he co-wrote two songs with Burnett himself, “Sulphur to Sugarcane” and “The Crooked Line.” Two songs that were originally written for Johnny Cash were also reinvented for Costello’s album with a string band...
Jimi Hendrix’s childhood home was recently dismantled in order to make room for condominium housing, in spite of years of efforts to preserve the house. The site is located across the street from where Hendrix rests, and photos of Hendrix at the house holding his first guitar have appeared on Hendrix reissue albums. The developer has reportedly saved wood from the house, however - which may be sold and used to build guitars...
And the Rothbury Festival is confirmed to be back for its second summer in Rothbury, Michigan, with festival dates this year running July 2 through the 5. Plenty of acts have already been confirmed for the rustic rock event, too - so far, the lineup includes live sets from Bob Dylan, The Dead, the Black Crowes, Willie Nelson, Damian Marley with Nas, Railroad Earth, Gov’t Mule, Yonder Mountain String Band, and Son Volt...

MODERN ROCK LINK OF THE WEEK:
If you’re a fan of modern country music, you’re in luck this weekend; May 15 through the 17 will see Detroit hosting the Downtown Hoedown, with performances from Josh Gracin, Lee Ann Womack, Rodney Atkins, and actor Kevin Costner with his band Modern West; get more info at www.wycd.com...

MINI BUZZ:
The Jayhawks are set to reunite this summer for a duo of summer shows - the Basilica Block Party in Minneapolis, Minnesota on July 10, and the Primavera Sound ‘09 Fest in Barcelona, Spain on May 30th...
Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder is stepping away from the band for a little while to take on a short solo tour that’ll see him making stops in Philly (6/11 and 6/12), Nashville (6/18), and Hotlanta (6/23)...
Green Day’s eighth studio album, 21st Century Breakdown, is out next week, with the band set to play a live show on the 18th at NYC’s famed Bowery Ballroom to celebrate...
Son Volt will release their sixth studio album, American Central Dust, on July 7 on Rounder Records; the album is said to have a more “back to their roots” sound with plenty of fiddle, steel guitar, and piano...
Ben Harper has stepped away from his usual solo work and is starting over again (well, kinda) with his new blues-rock band, Relentless 7; Harper says he’s “officially hit the reset button” and that his new band has to now go out and earn fans - they’ll be trying to do just that with a series of live dates, including stops in Detroit (5/15), Chicago (5/16), Berlin, Germany (6/22), Amsterdam (6/25), and London (6/27)...
And celebrating his 55th birthday this month will be veteran guitarist Marc Ribot, known for his own work as well as his collaborations with Los Cubanos Postizos, Ceramic Dog, and the Robert Plant/Alison Krauss project...
While celebrating their own new albums/discs are this week’s new release artists... ON CD: Green Day’s 21st Century Breakdown... Petula Clark’s Open Your Heart... The Gaslight Anthem’s Great Expectations... Iain Archer’s To the Pine Roots... Man or Astroman’s Experiment Zero... and UNKLE’s Remix Stories... ON DVD: Gary Moore: One Night in Dublin - A Tribute to Phil Lynott... and Bob Dylan - Both Ends of the Rainbow: 1978-1989... and that’s the buzz for this week’s Modern Rock.

Questions, comments, rants, raves, suggestions on this column or your favorite musicians? Send ‘em to Kristi at modernrocker@gmail.com

 
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