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Letters 10-27-2014

Paging Doctor Dan: The doctor’s promise to repeal Obamacare reminds me of the frantic restaurant owner hurrying to install an exhaust fan after the kitchen burns down. He voted 51 times to replace the ACA law; a colossal waste of money and time. It’s here to stay and he has nothing to replace it.

Evolution Is Real Science: Breathtaking inanity. That was the term used by Judge John Jones III in his elegant evisceration of creationist arguments attempting to equate it to evolutionary theory in his landmark Kitzmiller vs. Dover Board of Education decision in 2005.

U.S. No Global Police: Steven Tuttle in the October 13 issue is correct: our military, under the leadership of the President (not the Congress) is charged with protecting the country, its citizens, and its borders. It is not charged with  performing military missions in other places in the world just because they have something we want (oil), or we don’t like their form of government, or we want to force them to live by the UN or our rules.

Graffiti: Art Or Vandalism?: I walk the [Grand Traverse] Commons frequently and sometimes I include the loop up to the cistern just to go and see how the art on the cistern has evolved. Granted there is the occasional gross image or word but generally there is a flurry of color.

NMEAC Snubbed: Northern Michigan Environmental Action Council (NMEAC) is the Grand Traverse region’s oldest grassroots environmental advocacy organization. Preserving the environment through citizen action and education is our mission.

Vote, Everyone: Election Day on November 4 is fast approaching, and now is the time to make a commitment to vote. You may be getting sick of the political ads on TV, but instead, be grateful that you live in a free country with open elections. Take the time to learn about the candidates by contacting your county parties and doing research.

Do Fluoride Research: Hydrofluorosilicic acid, H2SiF6, is a byproduct from the production of fertilizer. This liquid, not environmentally safe, is scrubbed from the chimney of the fertilizer plant, put into containers, and shipped. Now it is a ‘product’ added to the public drinking water.

Meet The Homeless: As someone who volunteers for a Traverse City organization that works with homeless people, I am appalled at what is happening at the meetings regarding the homeless shelter. The people fighting this shelter need to get to know some homeless families. They have the wrong idea about who the homeless are.

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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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