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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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Gnarls shout out to James Brown via a new single

Kristi Kates - December 1st, 2008
Gnarls Barkley has just unveiled four different versions of their James-Brown-themed track “Who’s Gonna Save My Soul” on a nifty new digital EP of the same name that’s out this week on Atlantic Records. “...Soul” appears in its original version, as well as the demo version, an instrumental take, and as the audio from MTV’s “52 Bands.” Also included on the EP is a live version of “Neighbors” as performed at Athens, Georgia’s 40 Watt Club (the town where Danger Mouse himself went to college), and extra half-instrumental/half-vocal track “Mystery Man”...
Singer-songwriter Jesse Malin used to play covers when he started performing in support of his debut disc, and when people started requesting some of the covers almost as often as his original songs, he started joking around about recording a covers album. Well, that quip has become a reality, as Malin’s On Your Sleeve is out now in the U.S. on One Little Indian Records, although it’s been out in the UK since April. The set - which Malin says is more of a “tip of the hat” to musicians he admires, as opposed to a “karaoke set” - includes Malin’s takes on songs by Paul Simon (“Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard”), The Rolling Stones (“Sway”), Harry Nilsson (“Everybody’s Talking”), Neil Young (“Looking for Love”), and The Hold Steady (“You Make Them Like You”)...
Good Charlotte have had some of their biggest hits remixed on their new The Greatest Remixes set, which is in-stores now. All the songs are from albums that the band’s released over their 12-year career to date, and arrives via Epic Records. Remix artists that took part in the set included Teddy Riley, who remixed “I Just Wanna Live,” Patrick Stump (“Little Things”), Troublemaker (“Where Would We Be Now”), The Academy Is... (“Hold On”), and The Game (“Fight Song:)...
NYC power popsters Nada Surf are the subjects of a box set out this week from Barsuk Records. Limited to 1,000 numbered copies, the set will contain all five of the band’s studio albums on vinyl, plus a 24-page book with photos/lyrics, a vinyl repressing of the band’s first single, a pile of rare bonus tracks and B-sides, and a download code for MP3s. Nada will be touring early this month, too, with stops in Boston (12/2), Philadelphia (12/4), Washington DC (12/5), NYC (12/6 and 12/7), and Hoboken, New Jersey (12/8)...

MODERN ROCK LINK OF THE WEEK:
When Simple Plan singer Pierre Bouvier discovered that his brother had been diagnosed with cancer, he turned to songwriting as a method of therapy; and one of the resulting songs was the track “Save You.” Now, the Simple Plan Foundation is donating net proceeds from digital downloads of “Save You” to various cancer-focused charities; so download the song now through the end of January at www.simpleplanfoundation.org, and you’ll be helping others, as well...

MINI BUZZ:
The Streets have announced two new 2009 live dates; Mike Skinner and crew will now play six UK/Ireland dates in January, including stops in Liverpool (1/22), Dublin (1/25), and London (1/29)...
Indie hip-hop duo The Cool Kids are set to headline the fourth annual Bounce Tour, which is set to promote the new 2K Sports basketball videogame NBA 2K9; in addition to their tour spot, The Cool Kids will also be playable characters in the game itself...
Boston indie-rockers Letters to Cleo will reunite after an eight-year hiatus for a quartet of live shows this fall; the band, including original vocalist Kay Hanley, will play shows in Los Angeles, Boston, and NYC...
Red Hot Chili Pepper Anthony Kiedis is adapting his autobiography, Scar Tissue, for an upcoming series that’s slated to run on HBO...
Ra Ra Riot have added dates to the second leg of their U.S. tour, too; they’ll visit Burlington, VT (12/3), Swarthmore, PA (12/6), and Athens, GA (12/13) in support of their latest album, The Rhumb Line...
Merge Records have gathered together a top-notch list of indie artists for their subscription-only boxed set (available via the Merge Records website), Score! The First 20 Years; the set will include a covers album (with tracks contributed by The National, Ryan Adams, and Death Cab for Cutie, among others), a remix album with tracks from Battles, Caribou, and Kieran Hebden (also among others), an art book, and 14 curated complilations...
Want to score a new CD or DVD? Well, here are this week’s new releases for you (and your wallet) to pick from... ON CD: Razorlight’s Slipway Fires... Metro Area’s Fabric 43...Tunnel Trance Force’s Tunnel Trance Force... The Hollies’ Special Collection... Penicillin’s Supernova... and a groovy enhanced version of Beck’s Sea Change... ON DVD: Foo Fighters: Live at Wembley Stadium... Alison Krauss’ A Hundred Miles or More: Live from the Tracking Room... and Morrissey: Live at the Hollywood Bowl ... 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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