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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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Hip Hop honors, Celebrate De La Soul, Cypress Hill

Kristi Kates - September 15th, 2008
VH1’s Hip Hop Honors show is now set to air on October 7, with comedian/actor host Tracy Morgan, and will recognize (appropriately) five acts at this year’s fifth annual ceremony. Honored for their “significant contributions to hip hop culture, and for helping to elevate hip hop into a truly global phenomenon” will be De La Soul, Too $hort, Slick Rick, Naughty by Nature, and Cypress Hill; fans can also check online through VH1 for a dedicated Hip Hop Honors website, on the way soon...
In an unusual meeting of music and food, the National Cooperative Grocers Association is set to host “Co-ops Rock!” in Seattle to benefit the Northcountry Cooperative Develop Fund Foundation’s Cooperative Disaster Relief Fund, proceeds of which will help out farmers in Iowa, Wisconsin, and other states who were affected this summer by flooding. In addition to presentations and videos by organic farmers, live concert performances on-site at the Moore Theater will take place by indie-rockers The National and Portland, Oregon post-rock trio Menomena...
Hip-hopsters The Roots have announced a headlining tour, on which they’ll be teamed up with opening acts Gym Class Heroes and Estelle. The tour will take the band throughout Europe for a plethora of festival dates before bringing them back stateside for the SOCO Music Experience; additional U.S. dates will include stops in Atlanta (10/6), Austin, TX (10/12), Phoenix, AZ (10/14), Las Vegas (10/19), Chicago (10/24), and Detroit (10/25)...
David Gilmour’s upcoming concert set, which was originally intended to be a live album covering the extent of his recent tour, has ended up being more of a focused album - focused, specifically, on Gilmour’s set in the Polish city of Gdansk. The night Gilmour played there - a night that coincidentally also marked the 26th anniversary of the founding of the Solidarity Trade Union, saw the musician accompanied by a 40-piece string section from the Baltic Philharmonic Symphony, conducted by the same conductor who had done the orchestral arrangements on Gilmour’s latest solo album, On An Island. After trying to select songs from different nights on the tour, it became apparant that most of the magic had happened in Gdansk, so Live in Gdansk the album became, and is now due out on September 16 in both CD and DVD versions...


MODERN ROCK LINK OF THE WEEK:
Tired of those blank spots on your iTunes? Don’t feel like scanning in all those missing album covers? Then check out www.itunescovers.com online - they’ll find the covers for you and all you have to do is drag n’ drop ‘em into iTunes. It’s an easy and cool way to make your iTunes look all organized again...
MINI BUZZ:
Singer-songwriter Sebastien Grainger, who previously worked in dance-punk bands, is changing his tune to become a solo artist, releasing the more rockin’ set Sebastien Grainger and The Mountains on Saddle Creek Records this upcoming October...
Smiths frontman Morrissey’s next album, previously due in September, has now been pushed back to 2009; fans will be able to snag his Years of Refusal early next year...
Psychedelic rockers Crystal Stilts have a new album on the way, too - their Alight of Night will hit stores on October 28, complete with tracks “Departure,” “The Dazzled,” and “Bright Night”...
Forward, Russia have announced that they’ll be taking a “lengthy break”, and have already cancelled a series of previously booked gigs set to take place this fall; a final show at the Brainwash Festival in Leeds, England, on October 17 is the only remaining live date left for the band...
Brooklyn indie-rockers Takka Takka, fresh off a lineup of U.S. and UK performances and a successful stop at SXSW, have released their sophomore album, Migration...
And retro-’80s singer Chris de Burgh, still popular in the Middle East, is set to perform live in Tehran, Iran in late November; he’ll play alongside an Iranian pop band during what will be the first pop concert in the country in nearly 30 years...
Playing soon on a CD/DVD player near you (provided you purchase them, of course) are this week’s new releases... ON CD: The Dark Romantics’ Heartbreaker... Joan Baez’ Day After Tomorrow... Calexico’s Carried to Dust... Robin Thicke’s Something Else... Okkervil River’s The Stand Ins... and Metallica’s cheery Death Magnetic... ON DVD: Cat Stevens’ Tea for the Tillerman..., Soundstage Presents: Sheryl Crow Live... Willie Nelson’s The Unforeseen ... and Santana - Broadcasting Live... and that’s the buzz for this week’s Modern Rock.
Questions, comments, rants, raves, suggestions on this column or your fave musicians? Send ‘em to Kristi at modernrocker@gmail.com
 
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