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Letters 10-20-2014

Doctor Dan? After several email conversations with Rep. Benishek, he has confirmed that he doesn’t have a clue of what he does. Here’s why...

In Favor Of Our Parks [Traverse] City Proposal 1 is a creative way to improve our city parks without using our tax dollars. By using a small portion of our oil and gas royalties from the Brown Bridge Trust Fund, our parks can be improved for our children and grandchildren.

From January 1970 Popular Mechanics: “Drastic climate changes will occur within the next 50 years if the use of fossil fuels keeps rising at current rates.” That warning comes from Eugene K. Peterson of the Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Land Management.

Newcomers Might Leave: Recently we had guests from India who came over as students with the plan to stay in America. He has a master’s degree in engineering and she is doing her residency in Chicago and plans to specialize in oncology. They talked very candidly about American politics and said that after observing...

Someone Is You: On Sept 21, I joined the 400,000 who took to the streets of New York in the People’s Climate March, followed by a UN Climate Summit and many speeches. On October 13, the Pentagon issued a report calling climate change a significant threat to national security requiring immediate action. How do we move from marches, speeches and reports to meaningful work on this problem? In NYC I read a sign with a simple answer...

Necessary To Pay: Last fall, Grand Traverse voters authorized a new tax to fix roads. It is good, it is necessary.

The Real Reasons for Wolf Hunt: I have really been surprised that no one has been commenting on the true reason for the wolf hunt. All this effort has not been expended so 23 wolves can be killed each year. Instead this manufactured controversy about the wolf hunt has been very carefully crafted to get Proposal 14-2 passed.

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Bono and The Edge bring Spiderman to Broadway

Kristi Kates - October 12th, 2009
Modern Rock
Kristi Kates 10/12/09
Bono and The Edge Bring
Spiderman to Broadway

More details are gradually being revealed about U2 bandmates Bono and The Edge’s venture into Broadway with their show Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, which takes Spidey from his comic book/movie roots to the big stage. Tix for the show are already in advance presale, even though Broadway previews don’t begin until January 16 of next year (the show officially opens February 18) - oh, and did we mention it’s a musical? Bono said in a recent interview that he and The Edge wanted to put the punk rock and comic book aspects of pop culture into a blender to see what they get. Keep an eye on all of the details - including casting, none of which has been confirmed as of yet, at http://spidermanonbroadway.marvel.com...
The Museum of Modern Art in New York is currently celebrating one of the most notable musical scenes of all time - namely the NYC punk scene of the ‘70s and ‘80s. Looking at Music: Side 2 is an exhibit devoted specifically to all of the music and artwork that happened during that era, and it will include exhibit items from the likes of CBGB, Patti Smith, Basquiat, and Sonic Youth, among others, plus dozens of old photos of iconic NYC bands as shot by the major rock photogs of the day. Visitors will also be able to hear stories by the artists themselves as told via an audio tour, and music that was recorded live at the city’s clubs. Looking at Music: Side 2 will run through November 30th of this year...
Massive Attack have revealed plans for an immense world tour to support the upcoming release of their fifth album, which will hit stores this fall. MA have already confirmed over 40 dates, beginning with three London shows, and they say that the full schedule is likely to include a whopping 150 shows, including U.S. dates and shows in Asia, and Eastern and Southern Europe. Massive Attack first debuted several of the new songs at their 2008 Meltdown Festival; the album will be released this month on EMI Records...
And the defunct Elektra Records label has returned after five years of being dormant - Fueled by Ramen President John Janick and A&R VP Mike Caren, they have teamed up to bring the label back to life. The iconic imprint was previously label home to such acts as The Doors, Missy Elliot, Bjork, and The Pixies, and the new label will be making an attempt to live up to such diverse signings; their new roster so far includes Gnarls Barkley’s Cee-Lo, French electronica duo Justice, and dance-pop singer Little Boots...

MODERN ROCK LINK OF THE WEEK:
If you like George Harrison’s music, and you like electronica, then chances are you’ll really dig the band thenewno2. None other than George’s son, singer-songwriter Dhani Harrison, fronts the band (his main band collaborator is pal Oli Hecks, although the band itself expands even more for live shows), and the songs blend psychedelic guitars with ambient loops and dark, thoughtful pop; they recently made a great splash at this year’s Lollapalooza fest. Listen and see what you think at
www.thenewno2.com...

MINI BUZZ:
Mission of Burma are back this week with their new Matador Records album, The Sound, The Speed, and The Light; the album is broken up into four different suites of songs...
Indie duo Mark Lanegan (Screaming Trees/Queens of the Stone Age) and Isobel Campbell (Belle and Sebastian) have rebooked their earlier cancelled May shows for this month, in continued preview support of their upcoming November CD release, Sunday at Devil Dirt...
U2 are continuing their tour with more tour dates this month, including stops in Phoenix (10/20), Las Vegas (10/23), and Vancouver, BC (10/28)...
Kings of Leon have launched their own record label, a joint venture with an L.A. music publisher for which the first release will be the latest album from fellow Tennessee band The Features...
Matchbox Twenty frontman Rob Thomas’ first solo live performance DVD, Rob Thomas: Something to Be Tour - Live at Red Rocks is in stores now...
And if you’ve yet to snag a copy of Mos Def’s newest album, The Ecstatic, you can get it in a unique format - namely, a T-shirt, which embeds a URL and code in the shirt so purchasers can download the album’s music, and get some cool duds, too...
Hoping to be unique in your music collection are this week’s new discs... ON CD: La Roux’s La Roux... Air’s Love 2... Neon Indian’s Psychic Charms... and Lyle Lovett’s as-yet-untitled latest... ON DVD: Kurt Cobain: About a Son... and Wynton Marsalis - Chops ... 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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