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Letters 10-27-2014

Paging Doctor Dan: The doctor’s promise to repeal Obamacare reminds me of the frantic restaurant owner hurrying to install an exhaust fan after the kitchen burns down. He voted 51 times to replace the ACA law; a colossal waste of money and time. It’s here to stay and he has nothing to replace it.

Evolution Is Real Science: Breathtaking inanity. That was the term used by Judge John Jones III in his elegant evisceration of creationist arguments attempting to equate it to evolutionary theory in his landmark Kitzmiller vs. Dover Board of Education decision in 2005.

U.S. No Global Police: Steven Tuttle in the October 13 issue is correct: our military, under the leadership of the President (not the Congress) is charged with protecting the country, its citizens, and its borders. It is not charged with  performing military missions in other places in the world just because they have something we want (oil), or we don’t like their form of government, or we want to force them to live by the UN or our rules.

Graffiti: Art Or Vandalism?: I walk the [Grand Traverse] Commons frequently and sometimes I include the loop up to the cistern just to go and see how the art on the cistern has evolved. Granted there is the occasional gross image or word but generally there is a flurry of color.

NMEAC Snubbed: Northern Michigan Environmental Action Council (NMEAC) is the Grand Traverse region’s oldest grassroots environmental advocacy organization. Preserving the environment through citizen action and education is our mission.

Vote, Everyone: Election Day on November 4 is fast approaching, and now is the time to make a commitment to vote. You may be getting sick of the political ads on TV, but instead, be grateful that you live in a free country with open elections. Take the time to learn about the candidates by contacting your county parties and doing research.

Do Fluoride Research: Hydrofluorosilicic acid, H2SiF6, is a byproduct from the production of fertilizer. This liquid, not environmentally safe, is scrubbed from the chimney of the fertilizer plant, put into containers, and shipped. Now it is a ‘product’ added to the public drinking water.

Meet The Homeless: As someone who volunteers for a Traverse City organization that works with homeless people, I am appalled at what is happening at the meetings regarding the homeless shelter. The people fighting this shelter need to get to know some homeless families. They have the wrong idea about who the homeless are.

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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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