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Letters 05-02-2016

Facts About Trails I would like to correct some misinformation provided in Kristi Kates’ article about the Shore-to-Shore Trail in your April 18 issue. The Shore-to-Shore Trail is not the longest continuous trail in the Lower Peninsula. That honor belongs to the North Country Trail (NCT), which stretches for over 400 miles in the Lower Peninsula. In fact, 100 miles of the NCT is within a 30-minute drive of Traverse City, and is maintained by the Grand Traverse Hiking Club...

North Korea Is Bluffing I eagerly read Jack Segal’s columns and attend his lectures whenever possible. However, I think his April 24th column falls into an all too common trap. He casually refers to a nuclear-armed North Korea when there is no proof whatever that North Korea has any such weapons. Sure, they have set off some underground explosions but so what? Tonga could do that. Every nuclear-armed country on Earth has carried out at least one aboveground test, just to prove they could do it if for no other reason. All we have is North Korea’s word for their supposed capabilities, which is no proof at all...

Double Dipping? In Greg Shy’s recent letter, he indicated that his Social Security benefit was being unfairly reduced simply due to the fact that he worked for the government. Somehow I think something is missing here. As I read it this law is only for those who worked for the government and are getting a pension from us generous taxpayers. Now Greg wants his pension and he also wants a full measure of Social Security benefits even though he did not pay into Social Security...

Critical Thinking Needed Our media gives ample coverage to some presidential candidates calling each other a liar and a sleaze bag. While entertaining to some, this certainly should lower one’s respect for either candidate. This race to the bottom comes as no surprise given their lack of respect for the rigors of critical thinking. The world’s esteemed scientists take great steps to preserve the integrity of their findings. Not only are their findings peer reviewed by fellow experts in their specialty, whenever possible the findings are cross-checked by independent studies...

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Gabriel, Wyman, Ferry contribute to charity album

Kristi Kates - November 23rd, 2009
Gabriel, Wyman, Ferry
Contribute to Charity Album
Part of a BBC One fundraising effort that’s raised over $850 million to date, a charity cover recording of The Beatles’ classic track “All You Need is Love” is set to be recorded at London’s Studio 2 for the Bandaged Together album. The album will include other tracks as produced by AD Chivers, but the single itself will be the highlight, as it will feature some huge names in rock and pop music, including Peter Gabriel, Bill Wyman, Bryan Ferry, Pink Floyd’s Nick Mason, Queen’s Roger Taylor, and Jamie Cullum, among others...
Another charity project is the latest 7 Worlds Collide album, The Sun Came Out, as helmed by accomplished and underrated New Zealand singer-songwriter Neil Finn. The double-album, now in stores, features contributions from many of the original musicians that collaborated on the first 7 Worlds Collide set, complete with a host of musical luminaries from Radiohead’s Phil Selway and Ed O’Brien to Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy and Nels Cline, KT Tunstall, and Johnny Marr, among others, including Finn’s own wife and son Liam. The entire collection of impressively creative songs was recorded in a mere three weeks...
The Foo Fighters’ Foo Fighters: Greatest Hits has just hit stores, too, complete with plenty of Foo hits as compiled by the band themselves. Included on ...Hits are tracks “Monkey Wrench,” “Times Like These,” “My Hero,” “Everlong,” and “Big Me,” among others; in addition to the classic Foo tunes, the band also included two new tracks as recorded with producer Butch Vig, “Wheels” and “Word Forward.” A deluxe edition of the album will also include a bonus DVD with a new music video for “Wheels” as well as live concert footage, a booklet full of never-before-seen Foo Fighters photos, and more; a third collector’s edition on vinyl will also be available...
And Smashing Pumpkin Billy Corgan recently launched what he’s calling a “spiritually-focused” website that he aims to be a “collective of thoughts about spirituality and the greater good of life in general.” Found at www.everythingfromheretothere.com, Corgan’s site features interestingly philosophical musings by Corgan himself, as well as a variety of other writers; the site’s first major essay is by, of course, Corgan, on which he discusses Walt Disney...

MODERN ROCK LINK OF THE WEEK:
They may currently be busy on tour, but that doesn’t mean that modern rockers White Lies have forgotten about their fans; they’ve just made available the rare track “Taxidermy” for download, a tune that was previously only available on the 7-inch release of their “To Lose My Life” single. Snag it at www.whitelies.com...

MINI BUZZ:
Manchester Orchestra are showing no signs of slowing down as they continue their tour with Brand New in promotion of their second full-length album, Mean Everything to Nothing; they’ll play Long Island’s Nassau Coliseum on November 28 with additional special guest Glassjaw...
The Cranberries are continuing their North American reunion tour dates, and will wrap up the shows on December 7 in Seattle...
Norah Jones has dubbed her new album The Fall; the set is out next week on EMI Records, and finds Jones collaborating with Ryan Adams, among others...
The famed SXSW (South by South West) Music Fest has announced its date for the 2010 event, which will kick off with the SXSW Film section on March 12, and the Music section on March 17 through the 21st...
Interpol frontman Paul Banks is in the middle of a U.S. tour with his solo project, Julian Plenti, and will head to Europe for additional live dates afterward...
Coldplay have donated one million pounds (over one and a half million U.S. dollars) to a London-based charity that provides support to inner-city residents; the band also plan to assist with music lessons in the charity’s centers...
And assisting in depleting your music-buying budget this week are these new releases... ON CD: Boys II Men’s Love... Dashboard Confessional’s Alter the Ending... Norah Jones’ The Fall...and Kraftwerk’s The Catalog... ON DVD: Elbow: The Seldom Seen Kid Live ... 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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