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Letters 12-05-2016

Trump going back on promises I’m beginning to suspect that we’ve been conned by our new president. He’s backpedaling on nearly every campaign promise he made to us...

This Christmas, think before you speak Now that Trump has won the election, a lot of folks who call themselves Christians seem to believe they have a mandate to force their beliefs on the rest of us. Think about doing this before you start yelling about people saying “happy holidays,” whining about Starbucks coffee cup image(s), complaining about other’s lifestyles…

First Amendment protects prayer (Re: Atheist Gary Singer’s contribution to the Crossed column titled “What will it take to make America great again?” in the Nov. 21 edition of Northern Express.) Mr. Singer, the First Amendment states: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof …”

Evidence of global warming Two basic facts underlay climate science: first, carbon dioxide was known to be a heat-trapping gas as early as 1850; and second, humans are significantly increasing the amount of CO2 in Earth’s atmosphere through the burning of fossil fuels and other activities. We are in fact well on our way to doubling the CO2 concentrations in our atmosphere...

Other community backpack programs I just read your article in the Nov. 28 issue titled “Beneficial backpacks: Two local programs help children.” It is a good article, but there are at least two other such programs in the Traverse City area that I am aware of...

A ‘fox’ in the schoolhouse Trump’s proposed secretary of education, Betsy DeVos (“the fox” in Dutch), is a right-wing billionaire; relentless promoter of unlimited, unregulated charter schools and vouchers; and enemy of public schooling...

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Franz Ferdinand Start New Year with new album

Kristi Kates - December 29th, 2008
Perhaps completing a resolution to get some new songs to their fans early in the new year, Scottish modern rockers Franz Ferdinand’s latest record is now due for release January 26. Dubbed Tonight: Franz Ferdinand, the new 2009 set was recorded throughout 2008, both in a South London recording studio and at Franz’ own headquarters in Govan, Glasgow, Scotland. Songs on the new set include “Ulysses,” “Live Alone,” and “Twilight Omens;” the first single and all the details of Franz’ upcoming tour schedule are also set to be announced shortly...
NY band The Strokes, who have recently been on hiatus with various side projects (including drummer Fabrizio Moretti’s new band Little Joy, which just played a well-received show in NYC), have now made plans to regroup in February to start work on composing some new songs and tentatively discussing plans for more touring. No release date has been announced for the new album, but it’s expected to surface before the end of 2009. Moretti also plans to keep on performing and recording with Little Joy, even during his continued work with The Strokes...
Norwegian singer-songwriter Sondre Lerche - now based in NYC - spent the latter half of 2008 traveling between New York and Bergen, Norway, recording a new album that’s set for release around mid-2009. In addition to his usual band arrangements, Lerche added more string and brass to his songs, to make it more of a studio-sleek album than his previous releases. He’s got several mini-tours tentatively planned to test out his new tunes, so keep an eye on his website for upcoming live dates...
The Killers have announced that they’ll be embarking on an early-2009 tour in support of their third album, Day and Age, whose first single, “Human,” spent several weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. They got in a little practice for the tour the past few weeks, which included shows in London and Seattle; the official 2009 tour schedule will include stops in Chicago (1/20), Ypsilanti, MI (1/22), Toronto (2/23), New York City (2/25), Atlanta (1/30), and Nashville (1/31), and will be followed by a 3-week UK tour that will kick off February 20 in Ireland...

MODERN ROCK LINK OF THE WEEK:
Tenacious D is set to be the subject of a second volume of its The Complete Masterworks DVD series, out this month on Epic; this DVD includes a documentary about the pair’s 2007 film, “Tenacious D in the Pick of Destiny,” as well as a Late Night with Conan O’ Brien performance and additional performances from SNL and the MTV Movie Awards; check out a trailer at the band’s website. http://tenaciousd.com...

MINI BUZZ:
Dismayed at the recent cancellation of the BBC’s Top of the Pops annual Christmas special, American Idol judge Simon Cowell has offered to buy Top of the Pops from the BBC itself to ensure the continuation of the British music series and special...
The Trans-Siberian Orchestra have released a new tune called “Night Enchanted” as a sample from their long-delayed new album; you can snag the song via Amazon.com as a free MP3 download...
North Carolina band Annuals have announced a half-dozen U.S. live dates to support the release of their sophomore album, Such Fun - the band will make stops in Chicago (1/22) and Toronto (1/24) among other cities...
Singer-songwriter Glen Phillips has been hard at work with his side supergroup project, the Works Progress Administration, which, in addition to Phillips, includes members of various other bands, including Cracker, Nickel Creek, and Elvis Costello’s Imposters; WPA plans to release their debut disc early next year, but you can preview songs now at www.wpamusic.com...
Looking for a topic for lively discussion for your upcoming New Year’s party? Then hop online to www.rollingstone.com and check out their list of the 100 Greatest Singers of All Time - chosen by a panel of “experts.” there’s plenty here to spark arguments, whether you agree or disagree with such choices as John Lennon, Bono, Brian Wilson, Annie Lennox, and Iggy Pop...
And here’s a quick thanks to my Modern Rock readers for your readership and your emails over the past year - and cheers to a terrific 2009, in which we’ll continue to bring you more modern rockin’ music news and info right here at Express...
In the meantime, here are this week’s sparse but worthy new releases... ON CD: Fear the State’s Against the Ropes... ON DVD: The Kinks: Life on the Road... 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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