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Letters 02-02-2015

History Lesson  “The days of cheap oil and easy acquisition are over. “ -- President Obama, June 2010

A Study In Mudslinging In the January 12 issue of Northern Express, Grant Parsons wrote a piece that touched on behind-the-scenes campaign financing. Mr. Parsons referenced attack ads he received in the mail prior to the November elections.

Sad Story I read with sadness in the Detroit Free Press of 24-year-old Angela Marie Alexie, who abandoned her just born baby boy in an unheated Eastpoint, Michigan garage to die alone in the cold, and who had also previously lost 3 children to foster care, the youngest of which, a girl, suffered withdrawal symptoms because of Alexie’s drug use during pregnancy.

Balance On The Page Having looked through the Northern Express for years, I have finally found something worth reading besides News of the Weird and the Advice Goddess!

An Eye On Congress The U.S. Senate on January 21 voted 98 for and 1 against to adopt a non-binding resolution stating, “It is the sense of the Senate that climate change is real and not a hoax.”

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4Play/ R.E.M., James Apollo, The Smiths, Landy

Kristi Kates - June 15th, 2009
R.E.M. - Reckoning: Deluxe Edition - IRS/A&M
Kristi Kates 6/15/09
R.E.M. continue their series of reissues with a great 25th anniversary deluxe version of their 1984 album, Reckoning, which arrives via IRS. Another two-disc set (like last year’s reissue of the band’s Murmur), the first disc includes the remastered album, with super-clear sound on such tracks as “So. Central Rain” and “Pretty Persuasion,” while the second disc is a live show recorded in Chicago in 1984 at the Aragon Ballroom; that disc features live renditions of eight songs from Reckoning as well as “Driver 8” and “Hyena,” which were new at the time.



James Apollo - Angels We Have Grown Apart - No Alternative
He’s better known overseas than he may be in the U.S., but that doesn’t diminish James Apollo’s talent at all - Americans are just gonna have to catch up with his redolent brand of thoughtful, soulful folk-pop. “Morphine and Wine” blends American jazz with mournful lyrics; a viola serves as the carrying thread throughout the song “It’s Cruel,” with its veering tempo changes; and “Dead Men Weigh More Than Broken Hearts” is perhaps the perfect audio representation of Apollo’s jazzy, melancholy songs and his distinctive, smoky 2 a.m. vocals.


The Smiths -The Sound of the Smiths: The Very Best - Rhino
This deluxe two CD set of The Smiths is quite accurate in its “Best” description; this album really does bring together most of the band’s best tracks from their beginnings in 1981. Morrissey and Johnny Marr’s skills and songwriting complexities stand up even today, whether you’re listening to Smiths classics like “How Soon is Now?” “Girlfriend in a Coma,” or “Panic” - or slightly lesser-known tracks like “The Boy with the Thorn in His Side,” or “Shoplifters of the World Unite,” you’ll hear why The Smiths are still an influential band to plenty of today’s indie-rockers.


LANDy - Eros and Omissions - Apology
LANDy is the pseudonym for actor-slash-musician Adam Goldberg (Friends, Saving Private Ryan), who’s actually been crafting music almost as long as he’s been acting. Goldberg teams up here with the Flaming Lips’ Steven Drozd to arrange and enhance Goldberg’s own songs of love and loss, which he actually began writing way back in 2002. Eighteen songs are included here, from the first single, the quirky-poppy “BFF!” to the piano-riddled “Apology 2,” the more complex “Every Time It’s Over,” and “No One in Particular,” which blends peppy music with saddened lyrics.

 
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