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Letters 04-25-2016

Taking Our Trees Seconds ago this pine tree was alive. Well, Mr. Cook — our County Road Commission head —and Peninsula Township government … by not weighing in (I guess it’s not your problem or responsibility to communicate with residents), you allowed the County Road Commission to bulldoze down huge swaths of lakeside trees in order to increase the bike lane. This can’t be happening. I have no clue why they would cut trees down that help block snow from creating drifts on Peninsula Drive and help keep the beach area intact. Plus, they are not increasing the width of the road when they repave. I just don’t get it. This is amateur hour at county and township government...

Government Service Unrewarded I served the federal government for XX years with the [agency], [doing XX]. I also worked in the private sector, [doing XX]. When I retired, I was surprised to learn my Social Security benefit would be $XXX less per month than my colleagues and neighbors who had never worked for the federal government. This is all because of the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) under the Social Security law...

Which Greased Palm Now that “Chicago values” have utterly corrupted the executive and judicial branches of our federal government, this November We the Plebeians shall either vote to right the governing integrity of the United States constitution’s twin pillars of limited government and separation of powers or turn and step collectively onto the blood soaked road to serfdom...

The Political Mess And Challenge As citizens we are faced with a real challenge. The media and the political candidates have taken over a year to attack those whom they are opposing. The unfavorable ratings of those who may be nominated are above 50 percent. That should be no surprise, considering the length of time given to bloodying one another with opinions that have little relationship to truth. The polling companies, which confess they are not reliable, make everything a game of winning...

CORRECTIONS In last week’s issue we had photos with the incorrect stories on page five. The dance photo should have accompanied the story about grants to nonprofits. The image of Crooked Tree Arts Center Petoskey should have accompanied the story about the ArtPrize exhibit at CTAC.

We also reported the incorrect day for the Bayshore Marathon in Traverse City. The correct date is Sat., May 28.

We apologize for these errors.

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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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