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Letters 11-28-2016

Trump should avoid self-dealing President-elect Donald Trump plans to turn over running of The Trump Organization to his children, who are also involved in the transition and will probably be informal advisers during his administration. This is not a “blind trust.” In this scenario Trump and family could make decisions based on what’s best for them rather than what’s best for the country...

Trump the change we need?  I have had a couple of weeks to digest the results of this election and reflect. There is no way the selection of Trump as POTUS could ever come close to being normal. It is not normal to have a president-elect settle a fraud case for millions a couple of months before the inauguration. It is not normal to have racists considered for cabinet posts. It is not normal for a president-elect tweet outrageous comments on his Twitter feed to respond to supposed insults at all hours of the early morning...

Health care system should benefit all It is no secret that the health insurance situation in our country is controversial. Some say the Affordable Care Act is “the most terrible thing that has happened to our country in years”; others are thrilled that, “for the first time in years I can get and afford health insurance.” Those who have not been closely involved in the medical field cannot be expected to understand how precarious the previous medical insurance structure was...

Christmas tradition needs change The Christmas light we need most is the divine, and to receive it we do not need electricity, probably only prayers and good deeds. But not everyone has this understanding, as we see in the energy waste that follows with the Christmas decorations...

CORRECTIONS & CLARIFICATIONS 

A story in last week’s edition about parasailing businesses on East Grand Traverse Bay mistakenly described Grand Traverse Parasail as a business that is affiliated with the ParkShore Resort. It operates from a beach club two doors down from the resort. The story also should have noted that prior to the filing of a civil lawsuit in federal court by Saburi Boyer and Traverse Bay Parasail against Bryan Punturo and the ParkShore Resort, a similar lawsuit was dismissed from 13th Circuit Court in Traverse City upon a motion from the defendant’s attorney. Express regrets the error and omission.

A story in last week’s edition about The Fillmore restaurant in Manistee misstated Jacob Slonecki’s job at Arcadia Bluffs Golf Course. He was a cook. Express regrets the error.

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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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