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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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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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