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Letters 09-07-2015

DEJA VUE Traverse City faces the same question as faced by Ann Arbor Township several years ago. A builder wanted to construct a 250-student Montessori school on 7.78 acres. The land was zoned for suburban residential use. The proposed school building was permissible as a “conditional use.”

The Court Overreached Believe it or not, everyone who disagrees with the court’s ruling on gay marriage isn’t a hateful bigot. Some of us believe the Supreme Court simply usurped the rule of law by legislating from the bench...

Some Diversity, Huh? Either I’ve been misled or misinformed about the greater Traverse City area. I thought that everyone there was so ‘all inclusive’ and open to other peoples’ opinions and, though one may disagree with said person, that person was entitled to their opinion(s)...

Defending Good People I was deeply saddened to read Colleen Smith’s letter [in Aug. 24 issue] regarding her boycott of the State Theater. I know both Derek and Brandon personally and cannot begin to understand how someone could express such contempt for them...

Not Fascinating I really don’t understand how you can name Jada Johnson a fascinating person by being a hunter. There are thousands of hunters all over the world, shooting by gun and also by arrow; why is she so special? All the other people listed were amazing...

Back to Mayberry A phrase that is often used to describe the amiable qualities that make Traverse City a great place to live is “small-town charm,” conjuring images of life in 1940s small-town America. Where everyone in Mayberry greets each other by name, job descriptions are simple enough for Sarah Palin to understand, and milk is delivered to your door...

Don’t Be Threatened The August 31 issue had 10 letters(!) blasting a recent writer for her stance on gay marriage and the State Theatre. That is overkill. Ms. Smith has a right to her opinion, a right to comment in an open forum such as Northern Express...

Treat The Sickness Thank you to Grant Parsons for the editorial exposing the uglier residual of the criminalizing of drug use. Clean now, I struggled with addiction for a good portion of my adult life. I’ve never sold drugs or committed a violent crime, but I’ve been arrested, jailed, and eventually imprisoned. This did nothing but perpetuate shame, alienation, loss and continued use...

About A Girl -- Not Consider your audience, Thomas Kachadurian (“About A Girl” column). Preachy opinion pieces don’t change people’s minds. Example: “My view on abortion changed…It might be time for the rest of the country to catch up.” Opinion pieces work best when engaging the reader, not directing the reader...

Disappointed I am disappointed with the tone of many of the August 31 responses to Colleen Smith’s Letter to the Editor from the previous week. I do not hold Ms. Smith’s opinion; however, if we live in a diverse community, by definition, people will hold different views, value different things, look and act different from one another...

Free Will To Love I want to start off by saying I love Northern Express. It is well written, unbiased and always a pleasure to read. I am sorry I missed last month’s article referred to in the Aug. 24 letter titled, “No More State Theater.”

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Rhythms Del Mundo mix Pop and Cuban music

Kristi Kates - June 29th, 2009
Rhythms del Mundo Mix Pop and Cuban Music
Kristi Kates 6/29/09
The very cool Cuban band Rhythms del Mundo have completed work on another one of their collaboration albums, on which they mash up pop and rock songs with Cuban rhythms and horns, usually in special versions of the songs on which they work directly with the artists. Their latest effort, called simply Classics, is all duets and covers, and includes the likes of The Killers’ singing The Eagles’ “Hotel California,” The Kooks rocking “Are You Ready For Love,” Keane performing Queen/Bowie’s “Under Pressure,” Editors covering Lou Reed’s “Walk on the Wild Side,” and Kaiser Chiefs taking on Motown’s “I Heard It Through the Grapevine.” If you’ve yet to hear a Rhythms del Mundo project, we’ll say that they’re highly recommended, and help good causes, too; this album, like their others, was produced to raise awareness and funds for natural disaster relief and climate crisis projects, and will go on sale in July...
The legendary Peter Gabriel has been jointly awarded Sweden’s prestigious Polar Prize alongside Venezualian composer Jose Antonio Abreau. Each musician will win one million kroner from the Royal Swedish Academy of Music, with the prizes presented by King Carl XVI Gustaf at a special gala ceremony at the Stockholm Concert Hall in August. The Polar Prize is the biggest music prize in Sweden, and is traditionally split between pop and classical musicians; this year, they praised Gabriel for his “ground-breaking” artistry...
Brooklyn duo The Fiery Furnaces are set to release their eighth studio album, I’m Going Away, on July 21, which will make it their first recorded offering since last year’s Remember, a live collection. Produced and written by Matthew Friedberger (one half of the FFs), the album blends delicate piano riffs and more pop-focused melodies, and also includes contributions from the FF’s usual roster of backing bandmates...
And this year’s Latitude Festival Weekend is set for July 16 through the 19th in Suffolk, UK, with the big Obelisk Arena ready to host the likes of The Airborne Toxic Event, Patrick Wolf, and Pet Shop Boys, while the Uncut Arena will feature Spiritualized, Chairlift, and Bat For Lashes; elsewhere at the fest, the Film and Music Arena will welcome Chas and Dave, and the Sunrise Arena will include sets from 1990s and !!!. Get more info online at www.latitudefestival.co.uk...

MODERN ROCK LINK OF THE WEEK:
Finch have launched a new website and are celebrating by giving away their Finch EP- it includes four great Finch tunes, including “Daylight” and “Famine or Disease,” and you can snag it for free at www.officialfinch.com/photos/store/free-ep/...

MINI BUZZ:
The lineup for the 2009 Austin City Limits Music Festival has been released, and among the performers will be The Beastie Boys, Pearl Jam, Kings of Leon, The Dead Weather (Jack White’s new band), Mos Def, The Decemberists, and many more...
Former Guided by Voices member Tobin Sprout has written and illustrated a youth book about a rabbit entitled Elliott that’s been published on Mackinac Island Press...
Austrian pop singer Falco, who had international hits with “Rock Me Amadeus” and “Der Kommissar” before he passed away in 1998, will now have a street named after him in Vienna; the street will be dedicated this month...
Danny Elfman has composed a blended synthesizer/orchestral original score for the new Terminator Salvation movie; the soundtrack is available now on Reprise Records...
UK singer Jack Penate has snagged pal Adele to contribute vocals to his still-untitled second album, which is due for release later this month...
And 1980s giant-mullet-hair’d pop group Kajagoogoo are set to reform, and will stage their first tour (complete with the original band lineup) in over 25 years..
As far as we know, most of the musicians on this week’s new releases are mullet-free... ON CD: Rob Thomas’ Cradlesong...UUVVWWZ’s UUVVWWZ... and Dinosaur Jr.’s Farm... ON DVD: Phoenix’s Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix... and Pink Floyd’s London and Cambridge... 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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