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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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2010 Bonnaroo lineup announced

Kristi Kates - March 15th, 2010
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The 2010 Bonnaroo Music Fest is set to take place on June 10 through the 13th this year in Manchester, Tennessee, a familiar destination to plenty of Northern Michigan concertgoers. 125 acts are scheduled to perform at this year’s event, including a rare festival appearance from Detroit’s own Motown icon, Stevie Wonder. Other sets will be presented from fellow Detroiter Jack White, whose The Dead Weather project will perform; as well as Kings of Leon, Jay-Z, the Dave Matthews Band, John Fogerty, and the Zac Brown Band. Flaming Lips will put on a special performance of Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon album, and reggae/ska fans will rejoice at the appearance of Jimmy Cliff...
Spoon have announced that they’re embarking on an extensive set of tour dates this spring in support of their new album, Transference, and they’re bringing a variety of musical pals - among them Micachu and the Shapes, the Strange Boys, and Royal Oak - along with them as opening acts. The tour itself will begin on March 17 in Austin, Texas, where Spoon will take on an SXSW performance; additional tour stops will include Washington DC (3/22 and 3/23), Toronto (3/29), Royal Oak, MI (3/30), Chicago (4/1), and Minneapolis (4/2 and 4/3)...
Billy Corgan has been doing more collaborating - this time with the very unexpected Jessica Simpson (yes, that Jessica Simpson.) The Smashing Pumpkin songwriter recently explained that Simpson contacted Corgan about working on the theme song for her new VH1 series, The Price of Beauty, which Corgan thinks has an “interesting concept” (Simpson will travel around the world showcasing how different people and cultures perceive beauty) - and he ended up co-writing the alterna-pop song with Simpson...

The Big Ears Festival is all set to take place from March 26 through the 28th in Knoxville, Tennessee, so get set for a short trip if you’re in the mood to catch a whole weekend’s worth of great music. Electronica musician Tim Hecker is set to collaborate live with composer Ben Frost, chamber ensemble Bang On a Can All-Stars will perform Brian Eno’s classic Music for Airports, and additional performances will be presented from the likes of The National, St. Vincent, Adrian Belew, and Vampire Weekend, among others; check out www.bigearsfestival.com for more details...

MODERN ROCK LINK OF THE WEEK:
You probably remember OK Go’s famed treadmill video, which featured the four indie-rockers doing intricate choreography on - yes, treadmills - but the Chicago/L.A. band’s latest vid may even one-up their own buzz. For the track “This Too Shall Pass,” OK Go utilized Rube Goldberg as an inspiration, and spent four months crafting a two-story machine that triggers a wealth of complicated reactions. It’s almost beyond explanation, but a definite must-see - check it out now at http://tinyurl.com/yjcjxkm...

MINI BUZZ:
Peter Gabriel’s newest album, Scratch My Back, which features his orchestral cover versions of songs from the likes of Radiohead and Talking Heads, will be followed-up by a companion album, dubbed I’ll Scratch Yours, which will feature many of the same artists responding by covering Gabriel’s own songs...
Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins will drop his second solo album with his side band The Coattail Riders on April 19; the new album, Red Light Fever, will include contributions from Elliot Easton (The Cars), Brian May (Queen), and Hawkins’ pal and Foo bandmate Dave Grohl...
Of Montreal’s 2009 European tour will be chronicled in an on-the-road documentary titled Family Nouveau, which premiered recently at the Chicago International Movies and Music Festival...
Funk-popster Jamie Lidell is releasing his latest album, Compass, next week, complete with a lengthy roster of musical guest stars, among them Beck, Wilco’s Pat Sansone, and Gonzales...
JLo, aka Jennifer Lopez, has broken up with her longtime label home, Epic Records, and is shopping her latest album, Love? around to other labels...
And Smiths/Cribs guitarist Johnny Marr has had one of his favorite guitars returned after it was stolen a whopping ten years ago; the thief, Stephen White, pilfered the instrument after he was invited backstage at a concert, and pleaded guilty to theft at the Highbury Corner Magistrates Court, where he was sentenced to 200 hours community service...
ON CD: Gorillaz’ Plastic Beach... Josh Rouse’s El Turista... The Whigs’ In the Dark... Drive-By Truckers’ The Big To-Do... Miles Kurosky’s The Desert of Shallow Effects... and Follow the Train’s Mercury... 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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