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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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Airborn Toxic event merges rock & classical

Kristi Kates - November 30th, 2009
Airborne Toxic Event Merges Rock and Classical
Indie rockers The Airborne Toxic Event will be presenting a special performance at L.A.’s Frank Gehry-designed Walt Disney Concert Hall on December 4; the band will be performing with the award-winning Calder Quartet (among other special guests) in a cool merging of contemporary music with classical. The show is part of the West Coast Left Coast Festival, a celebration of “the music and culture of California”; The Airborne Toxic Event is the only rock act on the festival’s bill, representing their hometown of East L.A....
Klaxons have been busily re-recording parts of their new album - the follow up to their 2007 debut disc Myths of the Near Future - after initial submissions of the set were rejected by their record label. The band now has over two dozen songs ready to go, but are still looking for a producer to assist them in completing the new album; but now that the year is almost over, they’re content to wait until the new year, saying that their new goal is to release the “first great record of the 2010s rather than the last great one of this decade”...
More dates are on the way for the current Taking Back Sunday/All-American Rejects co-headlining tour, with current dates keeping the bands busy until December 6; a second support act, Anberlin, will join the bill as well to help promote their latest album, New Surrender. The Rejects, of course, are performing songs from their third album, When the World Comes Down, while TBS are supporting their fourth set, New Again. Get all the updated tour dates at www.takingbacksunday.com and www.allamericanrejects.com...
One of the producers behind the original Woodstock festival is working on an untitled musical about the legendary 1960’s hippiefest that will surface on Broadway sometime in the 2010-2011 season. The musical will be based in part on the book “The Road to Woodstock,” with the show’s score to be drawn from the music of the era as well as new songs by musicians who performed at the original event...

MODERN ROCK LINK OF THE WEEK:
AFI have gifted a brand new song, “Fainting Spells,” to fansite www.veronicasawyer.com for fans to download for free; the tune is taken from AFI’s new album, Crash Love, which was just released this fall...

MINI BUZZ:
An endangered, yellow-haired Malaysian spider has been named after none other than similarly yellow-haired David Bowie - discovered by German spider specialist Peter Jager, who has discovered 200 new spider species over the last ten years, the spider, Heteropoda Davidbowie, joins Neil Young’s spider, Myrmekiaphila Neilyoungi, on the endangered spiders roster...
The 32nd Kennedy Center Honors Gala is set to take place on December 6; this year’s event will honor jazz great Dave Brubeck, opera singer Grace Bumbry, and rocker Bruce Springsteen alongside non-musical honorees Mel Brooks and Robert DeNiro...
Dr. Dog have just signed with new label Anti Records, and are working on a new Americana album that’s due early in 2010...
Matisyahu is wrapping up the end of his North American fall tour in support of his new album, Light - the trek wraps up in Rochester, New York on December 8...
The Knitting Factory’s reissue series released the first of a plethora of legendary Afrobeat bandleader Fela Kuti’s albums in October; starting with The Best of the Black President, which just hit stores on October 27, the label’s reissue campaign for Kuti will take place over the next year and a half, and it’s assumed will cover all 45 of the late Kuti’s album releases...
And Guns n’ Roses seem - and we stress “seem” - to be finally planning some live concert dates; rumor has it there are several shows booked in early to mid December in Japan, so can U.S. dates be far behind?...
This week’s new releases include... ON CD: Real Estate’s Real Estate... 30 Seconds to Mars’ This is War... Sean Combs’ Last Train to Paris... and Susan Boyle’s I Dreamed a Dream... ON DVD: Kings of Leon: Live at the O2 London England... ... 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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