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Benishek Inching

Regarding “Benishek No Environmentalist” I agree with Mr. Powell’s letter to the editor/ opinion of Congressman Dan Benishek’s poor environmental record and his penchant for putting corporate interests ahead of his constituents’...

Climate Change Warning

Currently there are three assaults on climate change. The first is on the integrity of the scientists who support human activity in climate change. Second is that humans are not capable of affecting the climate...

Fed Up About Roads

It has gotten to the point where I cringe when I have to drive around this area. There are areas in Traverse City that look like a war zone. When you have to spend more time viewing potholes instead on concentrating on the road, accidents are bound to happen...

Don’t Blame the IRS

I have not heard much about the reason for the IRS getting itself entangled with the scrutiny of certain conservative 501(c) groups (not for profit) seeking tax exemption. Groups seeking tax relief must be organizations that are operated “primarily for the purpose of bringing about civic betterment and social improvements.”


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TV on the Radio addresses science for next album

Kristi Kates - September 29th, 2008
TV on the Radio Addresses Science For Next Album
Brooklyn, New York band TV on the Radio have just hit the tour trail for a series of North American dates that will start off in Portland, Oregon, and make stops in Philly (10/10), Indianapolis (10/19), Chicago (10/22), and New Orleans (10/24) along the way, complete with opening acts The Dirtbombs and Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson. And the reason for all this busy activity? Well, the band has finally wrapped work on their third full-length album, Dear Science, which is set to arrive in stores on September 23 via Interscope Records...
The Decemberists are prepping to release a 3-volume series of singles, which will be available both digitally and on 10” vinyl records beginning October 14. Kicking off with “O New England,” the set, dubbed The Decemberists - Always the Bridesmaid: A Singles Series, will follow the first single (and its B-side) up with Volume II, “Days of Elaine,” on November 4th, and Volume III, “Record Year,” on December 2nd. The Decemberists will also make an appearance on Late Night with Conan O’Brien on the eve of Election Day, November 3...
Switchfoot have been busily working in a recording studio they’ve put together in San Diego, working on their next album, which they hope will be a spring 2009 release on their own label, the ATO-distributed Lowercase People Records. The band has been experimenting with infusing a variety of genres into their new songs, from old ‘70s rock to ‘80s pop like Devo; they started working with a couple of different producers, but eventually decided to produce the new set themselves. In addition to the new album, they took part in the Music Builds Tour to help support Habitat for Humanity, and have been assisting old label Columbia in putting together a Switchfoot Greatest Hits album that’s expected for release this fall...
And Blur’s Damon Albarn is having continued success with his pop-opera, Monkey: Journey to the West - so much so, that the show’s going to get its own purpose-built theater in London, right next to the O2 Arena in Meridian gardens. Monkey... is now set to be staged for live shows between Nov. 8th and Dec. 5th of this year, with tix on sale now at www.nme.com/gigs. Characters and music from the opera were also specially adapted for the BBC’s coverage of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games...

MODERN ROCK LINK OF THE WEEK:
Dido is all ready to present her brand new CD - the long-awaited Safe Trip Home, which will include first single “Don’t Believe in Love” and which will hit stores on November 4th. Produced by Jon Brion and Dido along with her brother Rollo Armstrong (the trio work together under the moniker “Ark”), the album also includes one track co-written with Brian Eno. Snag a free sample track, “Look No Further,” now at Dido’s official website, www.didomusic.com...

MINI BUZZ:
Could Coldplay be ready to drop another new album in 2009, in spite of the fact that Viva La Vida just arrived? Word is that their Viva... sessions with Brian Eno were so productive, the band already has enough songs for another full-length CD...
Supergrass at set to play a one-night-only London show on December 10 in promotion of their sixth album, which hit stores earlier this year...
Snow Patrol’s latest set, A Hundred Million Sun,will drop on October 27, as recorded in Ireland and Berlin, Germany; single “Take Back the City” will precede the disc to radio...
Former Pulp frontman Jarvis Cocker has just announced details of a five-date tour set to kick off in his UK hometown of Sheffield, England on November 25; the gigs will feature fellow artists from Cocker’s record label, Rough Trade, as opening acts...
Stereophonics have just wrapped up a world tour of their own, and will now release their previously-unavailable UK chart-topping album, Pull the Pin, in the U.S. this week, to be followed by a best-of set on November 18...
And while your Express will likely stay the same size for quite some time, don’t be surprised if Rolling Stone magazine looks a little different next time you pick it up; the mag will be published in a smaller format beginning with its October 30 issue...
And here are this week’s new releases... ON CD: Oasis’ long-awaited Dig Out Your Soul... Mogwai’s The Hawk is Howling... Sarah McLachlan’s Closer (Best Of)... Mercury Rev’s Snowflake Midnight... Kaiser Chiefs’ Off With Their Heads... and The Police’s Certifiable (Live)... ON DVD: Lou Reed’s Berlin... Legends: Live at Montreux 1997... Talk Talk’s Live at Montreux 1986... and Michael Nesmith - Pacific Arts: Music and Videos... 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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