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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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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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