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Letters 08-24-2015

Bush And Blame Jeb Bush strikes again. Understand that Bush III represents the nearly extinct, compassionate-conservative, moderate wing of the Republican party...

No More State Theatre I was quite surprised and disgusted by an article I saw in last week’s edition. On pages 18 and 19 was an article about how the State Theatre downtown let some homosexual couple get married there...

GMOs Unsustainable Steve Tuttle’s column on GMOs was both uninformed and off the mark. Genetic engineering will not feed the world like Tuttle claims. However, GMOs do have the potential to starve us because they are unsustainable...

A Pin Drop Senator Debbie Stabenow spoke on August 14 to a group of Democrats in Charlevoix, an all-white, seemingly middle class, well-educated audience, half of whom were female...

A Slippery Slope Most of us would agree that an appropriate suggestion to a physician who refuses to provide a blood transfusion to a dying patient because of the doctor’s religious views would be, “Please doctor, change your profession as a less selfish means of protecting your religious freedom.”

Stabilize Our Climate Climate scientists have been saying that in order to stabilize the climate, we need to limit global warming to less than two degrees. Renewables other than hydropower provide less than 3 percent of the world energy. In order to achieve the two degree scenario, the world needs to generate 11 times more wind power by 2050, and 36 times more solar power. It will require a big helping of new nuclear power, too...

Harm From GMOs I usually agree with the well-reasoned opinions expressed in Stephen Tuttle’s columns but I must challenge his assertions concerning GMO foods. As many proponents of GMOs do, Mr. Tuttle conveniently ignores the basic fact that GMO corn, soybeans and other crops have been engineered to withstand massive quantities of herbicides. This strategy is designed to maximize profits for chemical companies, such as Monsanto. The use of copious quantities of herbicides, including glyphosates, is losing its effectiveness and the producers of these poisons are promoting the use of increasingly dangerous substances to achieve the same results...

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Gorillaz go bananaz on new documentary film

Kristi Kates - April 27th, 2009
Gorillaz Go Bananaz On New Documentary Film
4/27/09
The long-underground Gorillaz documentary Bananaz finally debuted on the website Babelgum on April 20, where it will reside in streaming form for four weeks alongside a special Gorillaz channel, which will feature Gorillaz vids, games, live footage, and more. After the film’s initial Babelgum run, it will be released theatrically by EMI as well as on DVD this June, although the theater bookings are sure to be somewhat limited. Bananaz features Gorillaz themselves alongside such collaborators as Dennis Hopper, Dan the Automator, Danger Mouse, and De La Soul, as well as a giggly outtakes reel titled The Bananaz Home Movie Club...
Columbia/Legacy records are set to honor late singer-songwriter Jeff Buckley with the upcoming release of Grace Around the World, a DVD/CD package that focuses on Buckley’s live performances from 1994-1995, right after his original Grace album hit stores. The DVD includes U.S. shows in Chicago and New Orleans, plus overseas shows in Germany, Japan, London, and France; the audio CD includes a dozen live tracks from the DVD. A deluxe version of the set includes an extra DVD with the documentary film Amazing Grace: Jeff Buckley, which has won several festival awards including one at CMJ. Both the regular and deluxe versions of Grace Around the World include plenty of interviews and liner notes...
Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher, although he’s not giving up the music career any time soon, has added “fashion designer” to his resume, even if he seems somewhat anti-fashion in that he’s trying to get rid of “that skinny look, man.” Gallagher’s new clothing line is called Pretty Green (named after a song from mod-fashion-rockers The Jam), and includes what Gallagher is calling “classic” clothes in “plain” shades of blacks and browns (what, no green?) Pretty Green the clothing line launches this June...
Help for Africa arrives this week courtesy of The Weakerthans, Death Cab for Cutie’s Ben Gibbard, and Cold War Kids’ Nathan Willett, who are among those contributing to a celebrity art auction set to raise funds for Song for Africa/Canadian Artists for African Aid, a non-profit that educates Canadians about African humanitarian issues. Weakerthans guitar Stephen Carroll’s art print is being auctioned on eBay, while both Gibbard and Willett - whose bands are on tour together - are tracking their running miles (at www.runforwaterwells.com) and asking their fans to chip in a dollar for every mile they complete - but hurry, the trek ends May 1st...

MODERN ROCK LINK OF THE WEEK:
A brand new season of Later with Jools Holland is kicking off on BBC2 this month, with a lineup of standout musical guests already set, and Jools Holland back in the show’s driver’s seat. Already booked for Later are the likes of Franz Ferdinand, Marianne Faithfull, and Doves; check out the full schedule and a variety of video clips and other info at www.bbc.co.uk/later...

MINI BUZZ:
The Decemberists will make a repeat appearance on mock-feud opponent Stephen Colbert’s television show for a performance on April 27...
A documentary film called Thin White Dukes: A Documentary Film, about The Killers’ climb to fame and their ongoing success and including exclusive interviews with the band, is in stores this week...
David Byrne is set to perform at the opening night of the Celebrate Brooklyn Gala, one of NYC’s longest-running free performing arts festivals; Byrne will take the Prospect Park stage on June 8th...
Maximo Park are back with their third album as recorded with producer Nick Launay; the band is also set to tour this summer...
Coldplay have snagged Pete Yorn for a couple weeks’ worth of dates as their opening act; Yorn will join Coldplay at shows in Atlanta (5/17), Philly (5/26), and Detroit (6/2), among others...
In other Coldplay news, the band has just become part of the popular iPhone game Tap Tap Revenge; The “Coldplay Edition” of the game is available now at the iTunes store...
And hoping to become part of your music/music film collections are this week’s new releases... ON CD: Better Than Ezra’s Paper Empire... Super Furry Animals’ latest... The Bigger Lights’ Fiction Fever... Sigur Ros’ Ba Ba Ti Ki Di Do... Peter Bjorn and John’s Nothing to Worry About... The Rakes’ Clang... ON DVD: Arcade Fire: Mirror Noir.. and Ultravox: The Very Best Of ... 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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