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Letters 08-24-2015

Bush And Blame Jeb Bush strikes again. Understand that Bush III represents the nearly extinct, compassionate-conservative, moderate wing of the Republican party...

No More State Theatre I was quite surprised and disgusted by an article I saw in last week’s edition. On pages 18 and 19 was an article about how the State Theatre downtown let some homosexual couple get married there...

GMOs Unsustainable Steve Tuttle’s column on GMOs was both uninformed and off the mark. Genetic engineering will not feed the world like Tuttle claims. However, GMOs do have the potential to starve us because they are unsustainable...

A Pin Drop Senator Debbie Stabenow spoke on August 14 to a group of Democrats in Charlevoix, an all-white, seemingly middle class, well-educated audience, half of whom were female...

A Slippery Slope Most of us would agree that an appropriate suggestion to a physician who refuses to provide a blood transfusion to a dying patient because of the doctor’s religious views would be, “Please doctor, change your profession as a less selfish means of protecting your religious freedom.”

Stabilize Our Climate Climate scientists have been saying that in order to stabilize the climate, we need to limit global warming to less than two degrees. Renewables other than hydropower provide less than 3 percent of the world energy. In order to achieve the two degree scenario, the world needs to generate 11 times more wind power by 2050, and 36 times more solar power. It will require a big helping of new nuclear power, too...

Harm From GMOs I usually agree with the well-reasoned opinions expressed in Stephen Tuttle’s columns but I must challenge his assertions concerning GMO foods. As many proponents of GMOs do, Mr. Tuttle conveniently ignores the basic fact that GMO corn, soybeans and other crops have been engineered to withstand massive quantities of herbicides. This strategy is designed to maximize profits for chemical companies, such as Monsanto. The use of copious quantities of herbicides, including glyphosates, is losing its effectiveness and the producers of these poisons are promoting the use of increasingly dangerous substances to achieve the same results...

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Modern Rock: Jack White finally embarks on solo career

Kristi Kates - October 5th, 2009
Modern Rock: Jack White finally embarks on solo career
Kristi Kates 10/5/09
Now that Jack White has already conquered an entire trio of successful bands - The White Stripes, The Raconteurs, and The Dead Weather - what’s left for him to do? Why, a solo career, of course. With the exception of a few musical contributions (and a film role) in the movie Cold Mountain, White’s never really released anything on his own, and now says that he is hoping to begin work on his debut solo album at the end of 2009...
Mono spent all of last year focusing on songwriting for their new album, and that set, Hymn to the Immortal Wind, is in stores now and will be followed by a North American tour kicking off this month. Produced by long-time band friend Steve Albini and recorded to analog tape as opposed to digital, the band used a wide array of instrumental components on their latest tunes, including strings, flutes, piano, organ, and glockenspiel; the songs reflect this attempt at a big, sweeping tone, and are already receiving critical acclaim. Mono’s tour begins this week, and will include stops in Brooklyn NY (9/29), Toronto (10/2), Detroit (10/3 at The Magic Stick), Chicago (10/4 at the Bottom Lounge), Minneapolis (10/5), and Seattle (10/9)...
The 5th Annual Chicago Riot Fest is set to take place October 7 through the 12th at a variety of venues in the Windy City, including the Congress Theater, the Metro, the Double Door, and the Cobra Lounge. The event’s fifth birthday press release notes that the underrated event has featured over 150 bands since its inception (and one FBI “sting” - hmm...); this year’s bands are set to include Alkaline Trio, Screeching Weasel, and NOFX, among others. And if you miss the Chicago event, Los Angeles is set to stage the inaugural Riot Fest West November 12 through the 14th. Get more info at www.riotfest.org
Producer Mark Ronson is busily producing songs for Duran Duran’s next album, which will serve as the follow up to their 2007 release, Red Carpet Massacre, and D2 recently re-recorded their hit song, “Rio,” especially for Ronson, on which they humorously revise the lyrics to include Ronson’s name and to cheer his mixing skills. Kaiser Chiefs’ Nick Hodgson also helped pen a couple of songs for the new Duran album, for which a release date has yet to be announced; but you can hear that “Rio-Ronson” remake on D2’s official website, www.duranduran.com...

MODERN ROCK LINK OF THE WEEK:
Looking to listen to something a little different in the pop department? Then check out the Portland Cello Project, a group of classically-trained cellists who perform and record quirky, complex, originally-arranged covers of such tunes as Britney Spears’ “Toxic” and collaborate with the likes of The Decemberists. Their new album, Power Sessions, is out now; find out more at www.portlandcelloproject.com...

MINI BUZZ:
Happy Mondays, Psychedelic Furs, and Montreal band Islands are all doing some touring together, including stops in Columbus Ohio (10/12) and at Clutch Cargo’s in Pontiac, MI (10/13); Islands will continue on their own after the trio’s tour wraps up...
The Streets’ Mike Skinner has revealed the name of The Streets’ next album; set to drop in February 2010, the album will be titled Computers and Blues...
A box set of rarities is rumored to be expected from ‘90s grunge band Soundgarden, the band that spawned Chris Cornell...
Anti-Pop Consortium are following up their recent reuniting with their return album, Fluorescent Black, which will hit stores on October 14...
The Who’s classic album, The Who Sings My Generation, is now considered significant enough pop-culturally to be included in the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry, right alongside the likes of George Jones and 21 versions of woodpecker calls...
The acclaimed musical TV show Austin City Limits will kick off its latest season on October 3, complete with appearances from Elvis Costello and Pearl Jam...
And making their own appearances on CD and multimedia store shelves are this week’s new releases... ON CD: David Gray’s Draw the Line... Editors’ In This Light On This Evening... Richard Hawley’s Truelove’s Gutter... Pearl Jam’s Backspacer... and Sean Combs’ Last Train to Paris... ON DVD: Secret Policeman’s Ball: The Secret Policeman Rocks!... and The Complete Monterey Pop Festival ... 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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