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Letters 11-28-2016

Trump should avoid self-dealing President-elect Donald Trump plans to turn over running of The Trump Organization to his children, who are also involved in the transition and will probably be informal advisers during his administration. This is not a “blind trust.” In this scenario Trump and family could make decisions based on what’s best for them rather than what’s best for the country...

Trump the change we need?  I have had a couple of weeks to digest the results of this election and reflect. There is no way the selection of Trump as POTUS could ever come close to being normal. It is not normal to have a president-elect settle a fraud case for millions a couple of months before the inauguration. It is not normal to have racists considered for cabinet posts. It is not normal for a president-elect tweet outrageous comments on his Twitter feed to respond to supposed insults at all hours of the early morning...

Health care system should benefit all It is no secret that the health insurance situation in our country is controversial. Some say the Affordable Care Act is “the most terrible thing that has happened to our country in years”; others are thrilled that, “for the first time in years I can get and afford health insurance.” Those who have not been closely involved in the medical field cannot be expected to understand how precarious the previous medical insurance structure was...

Christmas tradition needs change The Christmas light we need most is the divine, and to receive it we do not need electricity, probably only prayers and good deeds. But not everyone has this understanding, as we see in the energy waste that follows with the Christmas decorations...

CORRECTIONS & CLARIFICATIONS 

A story in last week’s edition about parasailing businesses on East Grand Traverse Bay mistakenly described Grand Traverse Parasail as a business that is affiliated with the ParkShore Resort. It operates from a beach club two doors down from the resort. The story also should have noted that prior to the filing of a civil lawsuit in federal court by Saburi Boyer and Traverse Bay Parasail against Bryan Punturo and the ParkShore Resort, a similar lawsuit was dismissed from 13th Circuit Court in Traverse City upon a motion from the defendant’s attorney. Express regrets the error and omission.

A story in last week’s edition about The Fillmore restaurant in Manistee misstated Jacob Slonecki’s job at Arcadia Bluffs Golf Course. He was a cook. Express regrets the error.

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Original Woodstock Fest gets box set

Kristi Kates - August 17th, 2009
Original Woodstock Fest Gets Box Set
Kristi Kates 8/17/09
Rhino Records will pay tribute to the original Woodstock Festival with a special box set that will be released on August 18, six CDs and 77 songs in all. Included in the set are such previously unreleased recordings as “Pinball Wizard” by The Who and a 19-minute rendition of a Grateful Dead song, plus tracks from Ravi Shankar, Melanie, Sha Na Na, Johnny Winter, Arlo Guthrie, Mountain, and plenty of others. The set, which has been dubbed Woodstock - 40 Years On: Back to Yasgur’s Farm, will retail for $79.98, and will keep the tracklisting accurate to the actual running order of the original festival, as well as including the original stage announcements, Max Yasgur’s famed speech, and audio of Abbie Hoffman meeting Who guitarist Pete Townsend...
Silverstein have joined the ranks of musicians who have crafted their own clothing or shoe line - in Silverstein’s case, it’s all about the shoes, which you’ll be able to purchase through www.loudclothing.com; you’ll find Silverstein’s own line of canvas sneakers there. In addition to their footwear work, the band are also currently wrapping up the end of their summer tour dates in support of their A Shipwreck in the Sand album; they still have a few tour stops planned for Fresno CA (8/19), Sacramento CA (8/21), San Diego (8/22), and Anchorage, Alaska (8/28)...
A revived Pet Shop Boys have announced that they’ll kick off a North American tour in Montreal on August 29; the duo will be touring to support their tenth album, Yes, and have titled their tour the Pandemonium Tour. They’ll be playing plenty of Pet Shop Boys greatest hits (“West End Girls” and “Opportunities (Let’s Make Lots of Money)” are probably the two tunes that will refresh your memory) on the jaunt, as well as material from the new record; they’ll be making stops in NYC (9/1 and 9/2), Chicago (9/14), Milwaukee (9/15), Seattle (9/20), and Las Vegas (9/26), among other places...
And New Zealand indie-rocker Chris Knox is currently at home recovering from a stroke he suffered last month; the stroke is said to have affected the speech and language centers of Chris’ brain as well as the right side of his body, and that recovery may take some time, although Knox personality is reportedly intact. While he’s getting well, a cover album of his indie-rock songs - affectionately titled Stroke - is in the works, featuring contributions from Guided by Voices, Will Oldham, Yo La Tengo, Lou Barlow, The Magnetic Fields, and more. MGMT have also donated all proceeds from a recent DJ set that they did in Auckland to Knox’ recovery; Knox was supposed to open for MGMT on part of their tour. Get well soon, Chris...

MODERN ROCK LINK OF THE WEEK:
French group Nouvelle Vague - who are currently in vogue (ahem) for their bossa-nova-style covers of punk and new wave tunes - are featuring a number of new wave standbys on lounge versions of their own songs. Take a listen to these fun dueted tracks by NV along with the likes of Echo and the Bunnymen’s Ian McCullough, Magazine’s Barry Adamson, and Talking Heads (among others) at Nouvelle Vague’s MySpace page, www.myspace.com/nouvellevague...

MINI BUZZ:
No Doubt singer Gwen Stefani recently made an appearance in Elle Magazine, in which she talks about her current case of writer’s block, the life-changing experiences she’s gone through since marrying Bush frontman Gavin Rossdale, and how it felt to be a solo artist as opposed to working with her longtime band...
The Lilith Fair web site (www.lilithfair.com) now features the brief message “Returning in 2010,” and execs from Nettwerk Music Group (Sarah McLachlan’s label) has been seen twittering about the fest and mentioning possible European dates next year...
Legendary retro-classic-pop singer Natalie Cole has overcome her medical difficulties and has announced that she’ll resume live shows, starting with her September 9th show at Los Angeles’ Hollywood Bowl...
WHY?’s latest album, Eskimo Snow, was recorded back in February 2007, and is now finally set for release this fall; it will serve as the follow-up to WHY?’s 2008 release, Alopecia, and will be accompanied by a series of tour dates...
The state of Oklahoma has officially made The Flaming Lips’ “Do You Realize” its official state rock song; the band is originally from Oklahoma City and released the tune back in 2002...
And in the wacky music news department, American Idol judge and music exec Simon Cowell is reportedly teaming up with Timbaland to remake the movie Saturday Night Fever; on the top of Cowell’s list for the lead role is musical/movie actor Zac Efron...
And on the top of this week’s new releases list are these discs... ON CD: The Stone Roses’ The Stone Roses: Special Edition... Ian Brown’s latest (title TBA)... Chris Garneau’s El Radio... and Wild Beasts’ Two Dancers... ON DVD: Old Crow Medicine Show Live at the Orange Peel and Tennessee Theater and Chris Isaak: Greatest Hits ... 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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