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Letters 02-08-2016

Less Ageism, Please The January 4 issue of this publication proved to me that there are some sensible voices of reason in our community regarding all things “inter-generational.” I offer a word of thanks to Elizabeth Myers. I too have worked hard for what I’ve earned throughout my years in the various positions I’ve held. While I too cannot speak for each millennial, brash generalizations about a lack of work ethic don’t sit well with me...Joe Connolly, Traverse City

Now That’s an Escalation I just read the letter from Greg and his defense of the AR15. The letter started with great information but then out of nowhere his opinion went off the rails. “The government wants total gun control and then confiscation; then the elimination of all Constitutional rights.” Wait... what?! To quote the great Ron Burgundy, “Well, that escalated quickly!”

Healthy Eating and Exercise for Children Healthy foods and exercise are important for children of all ages. It is important for children because it empowers them to do their best at school and be able to do their homework and study...

Mascots and Harsh Native American Truths The letter from the Choctaw lady deserves an answer. I have had a gutful of the whining about the fate of the American Indian. The American Indians were the losers in an imperial expansion; as such, they have, overall, fared much better than a lot of such losers throughout history. Everything the lady complains about in the way of what was done by the nasty, evil Whites was being done by Indians to other Indians long before Europeans arrived...

Snyder Must Go I believe it’s time. It’s time for Governor Snyder to go. The FBI, U.S. Postal Inspection Service and the EPA Criminal Investigation Division are now investigating the Flint water crisis that poisoned thousands of people. Governor Snyder signed the legislation that established the Emergency Manager law. Since its inception it has proven to be a dismal failure...

Erosion of Public Trust Let’s look at how we’ve been experiencing global warming. Between 1979 and 2013, increases in temperature and wind speeds along with more rain-free days have combined to stretch fire seasons worldwide by 20 percent. In the U.S., the fire seasons are 78 days longer than in the 1970s...

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Killers add tour dates across the U. S.

Kristi Kates - August 24th, 2009
Killers Add Tour Dates Across the U.S.
Kristi Kates 8/24/09
Following their recent smash Lollapalooza appearance, The Killers have announced yet another round of tour dates in continued promotion of their current album, Day and Age. The band will trek to Washington DC to begin the new schedule, and will stay on the road through the end of September, with stops including a few legendary ones (Red Rocks Amphitheater in Colorado, the Hollywood Bowl, and NY’s Jones Beach Theater), as well as cities from Toronto (9/6) to San Diego (9/18), from their hometown of Las Vegas (9/19) to Portland, Oregon (9/24). The Killers’ music video for their track “A Dusted Fairytale” is also available now on iTunes, as is the album itself...
Oasis’ own label, Big Brother Records, is set to drop special editions of all seven of Oasis’ studio albums on vinyl records, from their debut set, Definitely Maybe, to their current album Dig Out Your Soul - their 1998 B-sides collection, The Masterplan, will get a reissue as well, and all of the vinyl editions will get new sleeve liner notes as written by NME Reviews Editor Hamish MacBain. The new albums are available now; quick purchasers will also have access to a limited number of box sets that will feature all eight records plus new artwork. Check out www.oasisnet.com for more info...
A new 16-track live recording of Tim Buckley is set to drop next week; called Tim Buckley - Live at the Folklore Center NYC - March 6, 1967, the album will include six Buckley songs that have never been released on any of his studio or live albums, including “Just Please Leave Me,” “Country Boy,” and “I Can’t Leave You Loving Me.” The album will be the earliest live recording of the singer-songwriter that has been released yet; the Folklore Center was known as a venue for emerging folk singers. The album will also include a previously unpublished interview with Buckley by the owner of the Folklore Center that took place over March 17 and 18th, also in 1967. The CD will hit stores on August 25...
Police drummer Stewart Copeland has been working on a project that’s a far cry from his work with Sting; unless you count the sting of a real eagle’s claws. Ben Hur Live is the project he’s just completed composing the soundtrack for - a touring production that’ll include 400 actors and over 100 animals in its ranks. Being described as “the world’s biggest arena production,” Ben Hur Live will debut at London’s O2 Arena in September before it begins its tour of Europe; the show, along with Copeland’s music, will include a chariot race, several ancient languages including Latin and Aramaic, a sea battle with “daring stunts,” and lots more...

MODERN ROCK LINK OF THE WEEK:
Art Brut’s Eddie Argos and bandmates got treated to an extensive tour of the NYC DC Comics offices recently, as a result of writing the song “DC Comics and Chocolate Milkshake,” which is included on their latest album. Argos wrote a column for undertheradarmag, and the magazine chronicled the tour in a cool photo diary that’s viewable at www.undertheradarmag.com/news/art_brut_at_dc_comics/; Argos says that he’s been a DC comics fan since he was given a pile of Batman comics as a kid, and he soon became a fan of other DC characters as well...

MINI BUZZ:
Fightstar have announced that they’ll embark on a UK tour in October, following the release of a new Fightstar single, “Never Change,” which hit radio last week...
Retro-popster Daryl Hall, while continuing his musical series “Live at Daryl’s House” and occasionally participating in Hall and Oates gigs, is also just beginning work on what he says will be his next full-length solo album...
The debut album from the Danish chamber-pop group Choir of Young Believers, titled This is for the White in Your Eyes, has already been nominated for six Danish Grammy Awards, and is in U.S. stores this week...
Turin Brakes are celebrating their 10th anniversary as a band by releasing a double-disc best-of CD; the band and their management chose the tunes for CD number one, while fans were allowed to pick the songs that went on CD number two...
Afghan Whigs were honored with a tribute album recently; as summer wanes, pick up a copy of Summer’s Kiss: A Tribute to the Afghan Whigs, complete with covers of the band’s songs by the likes of Mark Lanegan, Joseph Arthur, Zykos, and more...
Portland band Blitzen Trapper’s Black River Killer EP will be in-stores next week courtesy of Sub Pop Records, who put together the EP from a CDR that the band has been selling informally at their live shows...
And this week’s new releases are on sale for you, informally or formally, whichever you prefer (just don’t forget your wallet)... ON CD: Sean Paul’s Imperial Blaze... The Lemonheads’ Varshons... Imogen Heap’s Ellipse... and Third Eye Blind’s latest (title TBA)... ON DVD: Jeff Healey Band’s Songs from the Road ... 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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