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Safety on the “Bridge to Nowhere” Grant Parsons wrote an articulate column in opposition to the proposed Traverse City pier at the mouth of the Boardman River. He cites issues such as limited access, lack of parking, increased congestion, environmental degradation, and pork barrel spending of tax dollars. I would add another to this list: public safety...

Vote Carefully A recent poll showed 84% of Michiganders support increasing Michigan’s renewable energy standard to at least 20% from the current 10%. Yet Representative Ray Franz has sponsored legislation to eliminate the standard. This out of touch position is reminiscent of Franz’s opposition to the Pure Michigan campaign and support for increased taxes on retirees....

Credit Where Credit Is Due I think you should do another article about the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund giving proper credit to all involved, not just Tom Washington. Many others were just as involved...

I’ve Changed My Mind The Supreme Court has determined that states cannot keep same-sex couples from marrying and must recognize their unions. This has happened with breathtaking suddenness. It took 246 years for Americans to decide that slavery was wrong and abolish it, but it’s been only a couple of decades since any successful attempt was made to legalize same-sex marriage, and four years since a majority of the American public supported legalization...


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White Lies wait until 2010 for new tunws

Kristi Kates - September 14th, 2009
Modern Rock
Kristi Kates 9/14/09
White Lies Wait Until 2010 For New Tunes
White Lies fans will have to be patient until some time next year to hear any new songs from the band, who have been busy on tour all summer, and say that they’re “not a band who can write on the road” - instead, singer Harry McVeigh prefers to get back to his house and use his own keyboard to write new tunes. You will, however, be able to catch them on tour again this fall, via a schedule that will see them play their biggest headlining shows to date and that will include a stop at the acclaimed London O2 Academy Brixton on November 19...
German electronica guru Paul Van Dyk is currently working on a number of new projects, including score for a videogame, a best-of disc, and a 17-date tour; but his main focus is really working up tracks for his next full-length album. Van Dyk says he’s currently in the writing phase - and indeed plans to spend most of this month teaming up with co-writer Johnny McDaid to work on more new tunes - although there’s no projected date yet for the new set. In the meantime, fans can check out that best-of disc, Volume, which consists of two CDs and his remixes of everyone from Justin Timberlake to U2, and the music he’s contributed to EA Games’ new Grand Slam Tennis videogame...
Alice in Chains are back, having recently completed a headlining set at the recent Rock on the Range Festival in Columbus, Ohio, and signing a brand new recording deal with EMI. The band, who are now working with singer William DuVall (who’s been touring with the band since 2006), recently wrapped sessions with producer Nick Raskulinecz (Foo Fighters), and mixed the disc at Henson Studios in Hollywood; the new album will hit stores this month, and it’s a record the band say they’re “really proud of”...
If you want to keep track of all the concerts and music festivals that you attended this summer, check out Songkick (www.songkick.com), a new networking site targeted specifically at concert-goers. The site allows users to review concerts as well as post concert flyers/posters, ticket stubs, and setlists for concerts they’ve attended, and to list gigs they plan to attend in the future. Users can also search for gigs and shows taking place near their location. The site’s organizers spent over a year working on Songkick’s database, so their archived concerts stretch back to a Bob Dylan show in 1960, and continue up to current events...

MODERN ROCK LINK OF THE WEEK:
And if you snagged a copy of Incubus’ two-disc greatest hits album, Monuments and Melodies, earlier this summer, then you’d better take a second look at those liner notes, provided you kept the packaging (you did keep the packaging, right?); the band says that each copy of the album has its own code that fans can use on the band’s official website, www.enjoyincubus.com, to access “The Vault,” a collection of over 500 pieces of downloadable Incubus memorabilia and other goodies...

MINI BUZZ:
Kings of Leon have just embarked on a new round of tour dates this fall; they’ll be on the road throughout this month, up to an October 16 show in Nashville...
After wrapping up over a year of touring earlier this year, Cut Copy is taking a break from the road until 2010; they’ll be working on their third album, doing DJ sets, and helming their boutique label, Cutters Records, in the meantime...
Fever Ray have announced some fall North American live show dates, including stops in NYC (9/28 and 9/29), Toronto (10/2), and Chicago (10/3)...
The Longcut have completed work on their follow-up album to their 2006 set, A Call and Response; their new disc, Open Hearts, will hit stores on October 3...
The Horrors have announced that they’ll be embarking on a U.S. tour starting next week; the jaunt will include shows in Philadelphia (9/16), Washington DC (9/19), Portland, Oregon (10/5), Chicago (10/11), and at Detroit’s Magic Stick (10/12)...
The Americana Music Association Awards are set to be held on September 17, with Alejandro Escovedo, The Flatlanders, and singer-songwriter Buddy Miller up for the most nominations...
And nominating themselves for the hard-earned money in your wallet are this week’s new discs... ON CD: Bone Thugs-n-Harmony’s Uni5... Whitney Houston’s Undefeated... L’il Wayne’s Rebirth... and Drive By Truckers’ The Fine Print... ON DVD: Alter Bridge - Live in Amsterdam and John Cusack in the ultimate vinyl-collector’s movie, High Fidelity... 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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