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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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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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