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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Jukian Casablacas records solo set

Kristi Kates - November 2nd, 2009
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Kristi Kates 11/2/09
Julian Casablancas Records Solo Set
The Strokes singer Julian Casablancas is following in the footsteps of his bandmates, Albert Hammond Jr. (whose second solo album, Como Te Llama?, was released last year) Fabrizio Moretti (whose side project band, Little Joy, also released a CD in 2008) and Nikolai Fraiture (whose solo album under the name Nickel Eye dropped this year), and is working on his own solo album for release November 2 (U.S.). The set was produced by Mike Mogis, and recorded in NYC, L.A., and Nebraska; songs so far set for inclusion on the album are “Glass,” “Ludlow Street,” and “River of Brake Lights.” As for The Strokes themselves, they’d been on a self-imposed (but not hostile) band hiatus since 2007, but began working on new Strokes songs earlier this year...
It’s perhaps the first major music festival to take place in the United Arab Emirates state of Dubai, and they’ve dubbed it The Dubai Sound City Festival (www.dubaisoundcity.com.) Set to take place from November 5 through November 7 in various venues throughout Dubai, the lineup so far is sure to draw plenty of indie-rock fans, with sets scheduled from Happy Mondays, Super Furry Animals, Ocean Colour Scene, Doves, Alphabeat, Ian Brown, The Wombats, and The Human League - the question is, how many indie-rock fans are actually going to be in Dubai? so far, mostly the provenance of uber-wealthy tourists, real estate magnates, oil barons, and financial executives?
Hot Chip have announced that they’ll be releasing a new album early next year, and that the new tunes will be “more mellow” than their 2009 release. Synth player Joe Goddard mentioned in a recent interview that the band is making the next album more focused, and were influenced by more pop songs as opposed to dance floor tracks that “have bits of songs bolted onto them.” The album is still untitled, but song titles currently up for the cut include “Alley Cats” and “One Life Band”; Hot Chip have also invited Peter Gabriel to work with them on the new set, and have recruited a new drummer, too...
Heavy-metal frontman and unintentional television comedian Ozzy Osbourne will be the subject of a new documentary that will be released next year. The movie, titled Wreckage of My Past: The Ozzy Osbourne Story will document Osbourne’s newly-sober life and look back at his past difficulties as well as his success as a musician. The rockumentary will be the first released by Ozzy’s son Jack Osbourne on his own Jacko Productions imprint; the Osbournes are self-financing the film, which will include interviews of Ozzy and his friends and family, plus all the original members of his band. Jack Osbourne recently stated that he wants to “paint a realistic picture of who my father is,” instead of the “bumbling, senile idiot” that the television show The Osbournes often portrayed him to be...

Tired of the built-in, tinny ringtones on your new phone? Well, you can now choose not only one of your fave songs to use as a ringtone, but also choose the precise section of song, too. Just stop by their website at http://audiko.net/, upload the song of your choice, edit the section you want as your ringtone (way easier than it sounds), and send your new ringtone to your phone. The best part? It’s free...

Sigur Ros have reportedly nearly completed work on a new full-length album that’s said to be “slower and more ambient” than previous releases; the disc is expected sometime next year...
They Might Be Giants have added some more dates to their fall tour schedule, including stops in Los Angeles (11/14) Philly (11/21), and Washington DC’s famed 9:30 Club (11/28)...
The Tragically Hip will be in the U.S. for a couple weeks’ worth of tour dates, including shows in St. Paul Minnesota (11/3) and Syracuse NY (11/7), before heading to Europe for more shows through the beginning of December...
The Raveonettes are on tour in America, too, with appearances slated for Seattle (11/6), Portland (11/7), and Las Vegas (11/15)...
A handwritten essay about Queen Elizabeth II written by Paul McCartney when he was 10 years old was recently discovered in a Liverpool Library, and after further investigation, it’s now thought to have been “quite advanced” for McCartney’s age, according to the AP...
A variety of musicians have signed up with www.artistmusicexchange.com and Live Nation to offer cut-price concert tix across Europe in an effort to offer recession-friendly entertainment to fans; among the artists participating so far are David Byrne and Lenny Kravitz, with more reportedly on the way...
CDs in general are pretty recession-friendly, too, as you can probably snag most of this week’s new releases for under $20... ON CD: R.E.M.’s Live at the Olympia... Squirrel Nut Zippers’ Lost at Sea... and Weezer’s Raditude... ON DVD: Green Day: The Only Rhyme That Bites and Spandau Ballet: Gold - The Best Of ... 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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