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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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Timberlake, Fiasco, Kenna to climb My. Kilimanjaro

Kristi Kates - June 1st, 2009
Timberlake, Fiasco, Kenna to Climb Mount Kilimanjaro

Kristi Kates 6/1/09


It sounds like yet another music biz tabloid rumor, but it’s not; Justin Timberlake, hip-hopster Lupe Fiasco, and singer Kenna are joining forces to climb Africa’s Mount Kilimanjaro to raise awareness for the worldwide water crisis. Timberlake told GQ magazine he’s been “training like a pro” in order to get his oxygen consumption maximized, while Kenna is “training in secret” and Fiasco is busy conjuring up friendly jokes about sabotaging his fellow climbers with killer ants and tricky tent laces in order to beat them to the top. The climb will take the three musicians to the highest point in Africa, where the altitude at 19,000 feet plus low temps make it a tedious and physically taxing feat that will take them a week to accomplish...
Moby has completed work on his latest album, which he actually recorded at home by himself on his own home studio equipment, although he says he also roped in plenty of “relatively unknown” pals to help with the musical end of things. The album, which will be the follow-up to Moby’s 2008 set Last Night, has been dubbed Wait For Me, and Moby hopes to have the set hit stores on June 30th. Tracks on the album will include “Study War,” “A Seated Night,” “Isolate,” “Pale Horses,” and the title track; Moby’s already recruited David Lynch to craft the album’s first music video...
Sinead O’Connor’s hit 1990 sophomore album I Do Not Want What I Haven’t Got, which contains her breakout single “Nothing Compares 2 U,” is getting a reissue from Capitol/EMI records as a double-disc set. The expanded version will also include a 10-song bonus disc complete with B-sides, live cuts, and two of O’Connor’s previously unreleased tracks, including her interesting cover of John Lennon’s single “Mind Games.” O’Connor fans can snag the revamped set both online and at retail, as it’s in stores now...
Wilco’s latest project, the whimsically-named Wilco (The Album), is now due on June 30th from Nonesuch Records, as produced by the band with Jim Scott, who mixed Wilco’s 2007 set, Sky Blue Sky. On the new album, frontman Jeff Tweedy says that they’ve “used the studio as another instrument,” and that approach can be heard in the lengthy compositions and super-layered arrangements on many of the tracks, including the 6-minute “Bull Black Nova” and the harmony-filled “Country Disappeared. The humorous, self-referential opening track, “Wilco the Song,” was premiered late last year on TV show The Colbert Report...

MODERN ROCK LINK OF THE WEEK:
And speaking of Wilco, if you’d like a sneak preview of that new set, you can check it out (streaming, not downloadable, sorry) right here: http://beta.wilcoworld.net/records/thealbum/index.php...
MINI BUZZ:
Franz Ferdinand have turned down an offer from a U.S. fast food chain to use one of their songs (we’ll let you guess which one); the band said that a “large Mexican chain” wanted to use one of their tunes in an ad campaign, but the band didn’t feel comfortable signing over the song knowing that it would be “played in the background while people were biting into their chili enchilada or something like that”...
Retro-cool singer Adele is set to appear on the TV series “Ugly Betty” as herself; Adele will perform on the show later this year at a photo shoot that takes place within the sitcom’s storyline...
The Dears, who are welcoming guitarist Rob Benvie back into the band for their upcoming North American tour, are already working on the follow-up to their current album, Missiles, and say that they’ve been trekking the streets of Montreal in order to find inspiration...
Singer Nelly Furtado has launched her own indie record label, Nelstar, in order to work with new bands; her first signing is Toronto-based electro band Fritz Helder and the Phantoms, of which the members coincidentally also serve as Furtado’s backup dancers on tour...
Peter Wolf hasn’t released a new album since 2002, but that hiatus will reach an end this summer when his as-yet-untitled album on Universal hits stores; Wolf has recorded a “bunch” of songs for the set, but expects at least a dozen to be on the final tracklisting...
And UK modern popsters Keane complete their current set of U.S. tour dates and, after a short break, return to Europe for a second set of live shows through August, including stops in Werchter, Belgium (6/20), Eadestown, Ireland (7/10), and Chelmsford, UK on August 23rd for the V Fest...
And now it’s time to break out your cash for this week’s new discs... ON CD: Channel’s Channel... The Heptones’ Meet the Now Generation... Brakes’ Touchdown... Camera Obscura’s My Maudlin Career... Tom Middleton’s One More Tune... and Manic Street Preachers’ Journal for Plague Lovers... ON DVD: Last Days of the Fillmore... and Johnny Cash’s America... 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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