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Letters 05-23-2016

Examine The Priorities Are you disgusted about closing schools, crumbling roads and bridges, and cuts everywhere? Investigate funding priorities of legislators. In 1985 at the request of President Reagan, Grover Norquist founded Americans for Tax Reform (ATR). For 30 years Norquist asked every federal and state candidate and incumbent to sign the pledge to vote against any increase in taxes. The cost of living has risen significantly since 1985; think houses, cars, health care, college, etc...

Make TC A Community For Children Let’s be that town that invests in children actively getting themselves to school in all of our neighborhoods. Let’s be that town that supports active, healthy, ready-to-learn children in all of our neighborhoods...

Where Are Real Christian Politicians? As a practicing Christian, I was very disappointed with the Rev. Dr. William C. Myers statements concerning the current presidential primaries (May 8). Instead of using the opportunity to share the message of Christ, he focused on Old Testament prophecies. Christ gave us a new commandment: to love one another...

Not A Great Plant Pick As outreach specialist for the Northwest Michigan Invasive Species Network and a citizen concerned about the health of our region’s natural areas, I was disappointed by the recent “Listen to the Local Experts” feature. When asked for their “best native plant pick,” three of the four garden centers referenced non-native plants including myrtle, which is incredibly invasive...

Truth About Plants Your feature, “listen to the local experts” contains an error that is not helpful for the birds and butterflies that try to live in northwest Michigan. Myrtle is not a native plant. The plant is also known as vinca and periwinkle...

Ask the Real Plant Experts This letter is written to express my serious concern about a recent “Listen To Your Local Experts” article where local nurseries suggested their favorite native plant. Three of the four suggested non-native plants and one suggested is an invasive and cause of serious damage to Michigan native plants in the woods. The article is both sad and alarming...

My Plant Picks In last week’s featured article “Listen to the Local Experts,” I was shocked at the responses from the local “experts” to the question about best native plant pick. Of the four “experts” two were completely wrong and one acknowledged that their pick, gingko tree, was from East Asia, only one responded with an excellent native plant, the serviceberry tree...

NOTE: Thank you to TC-based Eagle Eye Drone Service for the cover photo, taken high over Sixth Street in Traverse City.

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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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