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Letters 08-03-2015

Real Brownfields Deserve Dollars I read with interest the story on Brownfield development dollars in the July 20 issue. I applaud Dan Lathrop and other county commissioners who voted “No” on the Randolph Street project...

Hopping Mad Carlin Smith is hopping mad (“Will You Get Mad With Me?” 7-20-15). Somebody filed a fraudulent return using his identity, and he’s not alone. The AP estimates the government “pays more than $5 billion annually in fraudulent tax refunds.” Well, many of us have been hopping mad for years. This is because the number one tool Congress has used to fix this problem has been to cut the IRS budget –by $1.2 billion in the last 5 years...

Just Grumbling, No Solutions Mark Pontoni’s grumblings [recent Northern Express column] tell us much about him and virtually nothing about those he chooses to denigrate. We do learn that Pontoni may be the perfect political candidate. He’s arrogant, opinionated and obviously dimwitted...

A Racist Symbol I have to respond to Gordon Lee Dean’s letter claiming that the confederate battle flag is just a symbol of southern heritage and should not be banned from state displays. The heritage it represents was the treasonous effort to continue slavery by seceding from a democratic nation unwilling to maintain such a consummate evil...

Not So Thanks I would like to thank the individual who ran into and knocked over my Triumph motorcycle while it was parked at Lowe’s in TC on Friday the 24th. The $3,000 worth of damage was greatly appreciated. The big dent in the gas tank under the completely destroyed chrome badge was an especially nice touch...

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C‘mon and listen to the music of The Who

Kristi Kates - February 8th, 2010
C’mon and Listen to the Music of The Who
There’s one modern rockin’ concert scheduled for New York City’s Carnegie Hall on March 2 - producer Michael Dorf has assembled quite an impressive list of performers for Music of The Who, which will pay tribute to the influential British rock band. No word yet on if Pete Townshend or Roger Daltrey will show up - but attendees will get to hear Who songs interpreted by the likes of The Gaslight Anthem, The Smithereens, Living Colour, Sondre Lerche, The Postelles, Gov’t Mule, and Robyn Hitchcock, among others. Dorf - who’s staged similar events to honor Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, and R.E.M. - says the Who tribute performance will be “one of the most memorable shows yet.” For more info, check out www.carnegiewho.com...
Big news for Massive Attack fans this week - the band is releasing their fifth album, Heligoland, on V Records on February 9, and it’s their first studio full-length since 2003. MA collaborate with a pile of guests on this set, including Blur’s Damon Albarn, Mazzy Star’s Hope Sandoval, Portishead’s Adrian Utley, and TV on the Radio’s Tunde Adebimpe, and new tracks include “Flat of the Blade,” “Babel,” and “Psyche,” plus two tracks from the band’s previously-released EP, Splitting the Atom (“Pray for Rain” and the EP’s title track)...
In festival news, there’s one event that you won’t have to wait all the way until summer to see; namely, the charity-focused fest Harvest of Hope, which is set to run from March 12 through the 14th in St. Augustine, Florida. Echoing last year’s event, a large portion of ticket sales will go to the non-profit Harvest of Hope Foundation, which provides aid to migrant farmworkers. This year’s festival lineup will include sets from Billy Bragg, Rogue Wave, Anti-Flag, Delta Spirit, Cymbals Eat Guitars, Sea Wolf, and Matt Pond PA, among others - around 100 bands in all - and tix are on sale now at www.harvestofhopefest.com...
Foo Fighter Dave Grohl, who’s been collaborating on a supergroup project called Them Crooked Vultures with Queens of the Stone Age’s Josh Homme and Led Zeppelin’s John Paul Jones, says that the band isn’t just a one-off event, but will continue to crank out albums and live performances. The Vultures released their eponymous debut disc in November, and Grohl says that a second album is already in the pre-planning stages, as they have some unfinished songs left over from their first set of recording sessions for the debut CD...

MODERN ROCK LINK OF THE WEEK:
Music for Relief is working in partnership with the United Nations Foundation’s Central Emergency Response Fund, Habitat for Humanity, and Dave Matthews Band’s BAMA Works Haitian relief effort to offer Download to Donate Haiti: A Compilation of Unreleased Music on the www.musicrelief.org website. You’ll snag songs from Alanis Morissette, The All-American Rejects, Kenna, Lupe Fiasco, Peter Gabriel, the aforementioned DMB, and more, and you’ll also be assisting the struggling people in Haiti who are working to recover from the catastrophic earthquake...

MINI BUZZ:
The 2010 AltPress Tour is set to hit the streets in Dallas, Texas on March 19, complete with stops in Seattle (4/3), Chicago (4/10), Nashville (4/15), Pittsburgh PA (5/4), Toronto (5/5), and Detroit (5/6); bands on this year’s trek will include Hey Monday, Never Shout Never, and Every Avenue...
The Gaslight Anthem have reportedly already begun work with producer Ted Hutt on their next album, which will serve as the follow-up to their critically acclaimed set The ‘59 Sound; early hints from the band suggest that there may be a little of a disco influence on the new tunes...
Long-dormant singer Julian Lennon (yes, John’s son), who recently reentered the recording studio after a 10 year hiatus to record the song “Lucy” in tribute to the recently passed Lucy Vodden of “Lucy in the Sky with Diamond,” fame, stayed in the studio a little longer, and now has a new album on the way...
Peter Gabriel will drop an orchestral covers album next week; the set, titled Scratch My Back, includes Gabriel’s takes on songs by David Bowie (“Heroes”), Elbow (“Mirrorball”), and Talking Heads (“Listening Wind”), among others...
R.E.M. have released a free R.E.M. iPhone app that will include a tourist’s guide to the band’s hometown of Athens, Georgia, in addition to song clips, photos, vids, and recording updates...
And Billboard Magazine has named Nickelback as the biggest-selling band of the past decade - feel free to scoff if you must, but they sold over 30 million albums worldwide...
And hoping to sell at least a reasonable fraction of that amount are this week’s new releases... ON CD: The Silent League’s ...But You’ve Always Been the Caretaker... Sade’s Soldier of Love... and Hot Chip’s One Left Stand... ON DVD: Michael Jackson’s This Is It Widescreen... and If It Ain’t Cheap, It Ain’t Punk: Fifteen Years of Plan-It X Records ... 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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