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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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Muse Predict September date for a new set

Kristi Kates - March 23rd, 2009
Muse Predict September Date for New Set
Muse have been working diligently on their fifth studio album since last summer, and now are predicting a September release date for the new set, which will likely be followed by a European tour. Still untitled, the album has plenty of orchestral elements that will remain familiar to Muse’s existing fans, plus a song that the band says was written “in three parts” that’s been an ongoing process for several years; they hope to make this epic number the album’s closing track...
The Hold Steady are set to offer up their first live album and docu-DVD on April 7 via Vagrant Records. The disc, which showcases a Hold Steady Halloween show at Chicago’s Metro in 2007, has been titled A Positive Rage and will include plenty familiar Hold Steady tracks as well as a duo of unreleased tunes, “40 Bucks” and “Spectres.” The documentary portion of the set follows the band around during their 2006 international tour. Next up for The Hold Steady is teaming up with Counting Crows for a run of overseas tour dates in May...
OK Go are hitting the road this week for some tour dates that will help preview and test songs from their next album, which will serve as the follow-up to their 2005 set, Oh No. In a little change-up for the band, frontman Damian Kulash says they were influenced more by soul and Motown than by their own power-pop, so they’ve taken away a lot of their usual guitar work and replaced it with strings, horns, and club beats. The band will play around a dozen dates on the brief tour trek...
And Coldplay are set to kick off a big North American tour on July 10. Their dates will begin in Portland, Oregon, and will run so far through mid-August, with more dates TBA. Coldplay recently won three awards at the Grammys, and were also the feature subject of a special segment during the pre-Grammys episode of 60 Minutes. Coldplay’s tour stops will include San Diego (7/16), Dallas (7/21), and Toronto (7/29)...

MODERN ROCK LINK OF THE WEEK:
Indie rockers and Merge Records founders Superchunk will release a new 5-track EP of songs on April 7 via their own label. Leaves in the Gutter will serve as Superchunk’s first - and highly anticipated - release of tunes since their 2001 album, and will let fans hear the band’s new songs early. Check out all the info online at www.superchunk.com...

MINI BUZZ:
Scott Weiland has announced that Stone Temple Pilots’ Robert and Dean DeLeo have been writing music, and that the band will release a return album sometime in 2010...
American Idol runner-up slash-Grammy winner Jennifer Hudson is set to team up with R&B singer slash-Timberlake wannabe Robin Thicke for a five-week U.S. tour kicking off the end of March...
The National will trek around in May for a short North American tour in order to test out some new songs; tour stops will include Toronto (5/21), Boston (5/23), Washington DC (5/24), Atlanta (5/27), and Philly (5/29)...
TV on the Radio have been tapped to perform at Central Park’s Summerstage in NYC; they’ll play a benefit on June 5 to raise funds to assist the season of free entertainment that takes place in the park each year...
The Antlers’ new album, In the Attic of the Universe, is said to chronicle the band’s evolution from pop to shoegaze, and is in stores now...
And in spite of the demise of several summer music festivals already this year, the Bonnaroo fest will attempt to continue onward, with headliners Phish, Bruce Springsteen, Nine Inch Nails, Wilco, and Crystal Castles...
ON CD: Kelly Clarkson’s All I Ever Wanted... Pet Shop Boys’ latest...... Dan Deacon’s Bromst... Royksoop’s Junior... The Get Up Kids’ Something to Write Home About... and The Decemberists’ Hazards of Love... ON DVD: Taylor Hicks’ Whomp at the Warfield... Hall and Oates’ Live at the Troubadour... Pete Doherty: Grace/Wastelands...and Neil Young’s Fork in the Road... and that’s the buzz for this week’s Modern Rock.

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

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