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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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Jack White forms yet another side band project

Kristi Kates - May 4th, 2009
Jack White Forms Yet
Another Side Project Band
Kristi Kates 5/4/09


Detroiter-turned-Nashville resident Jack White (White Stripes, Raconteurs) has formed yet another band. Dubbed The Dead Weather, this particular White-helmed group includes Raconteurs bassist Jack Lawrence, Queens of the Stone Age guitarist Dean Fertita, and Kills singer Alison Mosshart. They’ve been a busy new band, too; they’ve already recorded a full-length album, Horehound, which is now due out on June 9 on White’s own Third Man Records label. Want a sneak preview? Stop by iTunes to check out two of the songs, available now...
Beatle George Harrison’s son Dhani Harrison may have done everything he could to avoid becoming a musician - including going to Brown University, competing in the Olympic Games (as a rower), and working as a designer - but the music kept calling, and now his debut release with his band thenewno2 is set for release on March 31. The junior Harrison, who has collaborated with his father’s other band, The Traveling Wilburys, as well as with Rooney and Jakob Dylan, worked with creative pal Oli Hecks on his debut disc. Harrison is also looking forward to the The Beatles: Rock Band interactive game that’s due out on September 9; Harrison has been involved with the development of the game and says it will have some great features...
Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel’s surprise reunion show in February at NYC’s Beacon Theater has played out into more than just the one show for the skillful and legendary musical duo; now they’re set to reunite for a rare concert tour that will kick off in Australia. Stateside or international dates have yet to be announced for Simon and Garfunkel, but chances are if tix sales go well, there will be more dates added to the string of performances already scheduled...
And could it be? MTV is reportedly adding more music videos to its schedule, in an effort to return to its roots as music television (yes, believe it or not, that’s what the “M” stands for.) There’s a catch, though; apparantly, the network thinks that actual music fans only want to see music vids between 3:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. Monday through Thursday, as those are the hours/days they’re limiting “actual” music videos to. Critics of MTV call the network “irrelevant,” given that they play more reality programming than music; so perhaps this move, plus the return of the popular Unplugged series, will give the ailing station a boost...

MODERN ROCK LINK OF THE WEEK:
The first set of acts have been confirmed for the 2009 Bumbershoot Fest set to take place in Seattle over Labor Day weekend (Sept. 5th-7th) at Seattle’s City Center; among this year’s performers are De La Soul, Modest Mouse, World Party, Raphael Saadiq, and Mark Lanegan; get all the details and tix info at www.bumbershoot.org...

MINI BUZZ:
French pop-rockers Phoenix, fresh from an appearance on Saturday Night Live, are set to release their latest album, Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix, on May 26...
A new documentary film on Bon Jovi, as directed by Phil Griffin, made its debut at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival last week, and will also be re-screened on May 2; the movie goes behind the scenes of Bon Jovi’s 25-year trek through the music industry...
The first single, “Know Your Enemy,” from Green Day’s new upcoming album 21st Century Breakdown, is available now via digital download; a music video will also hit TV this week...
Tinted Windows, the Taylor Hanson/James Iha/B.E. Carlos/Adam Schlesinger super group, have been pondering a slate of tour dates, although with only one album, they may just have to fill the rest of the set with covers...
Domino Records will reissue The Kills’ 2003 debut album, Keep on Your Mean Side, this week, complete with several bonus tracks and a few covers as well...
Jack White is reportedly mixing around 40 White Stripes songs for a proposed White Stripes movie that rumor says may be in theaters late this year...
And in music stores and digital outlets this week are these new releases... ON CD: The aforementioned Tinted Windows’ debut disc Tinted Windows... Iron and Wine’s Around the Well... American Idol’s Elliott Yamin’s Fight for Love... St. Vincent’s Actor... Iggy Pop’s Preliminaries... and Crisis in Hollywood’s Safe and Sound... ON DVD: The Specials - Best of Sight and Sound Edition ... and Love: The Forever Changes Concert... 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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