Letters 11-23-2015

Cheering From Petoskey While red-eyed rats boil fanatically up from the ancient sewers of Paris to feast on pools of French blood, at the G20 meeting the farcical pied piper of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue thrusts a bony finger at the president of the Russian Federation and yells: “liberté, égalité, fraternité, Clinton, Kerry--Obamaism!”

The Other Mothers And Fathers Regarding the very nice recent article on “The First Lady of Yoga,” I have taken many classes with Sandy Carden, and I consider her to be a great teacher. However, I feel the article is remiss to not even give acknowledgement to other very important yoga influences in northern Michigan...

Drop The Blue Angels The last time I went to the National Cherry Festival, I picked the wrong day. The Blue Angels were forcing everyone to duck and cover from the earsplitting cacophony overhead...

Real Advice For The Sick In the Nov. 16 article “Flu Fighters,” author Kristi Kates fails to mention the most basic tool in our arsenal during Influenza season... the flu vaccine! I understand you might be afraid of being the victim of Jenny McCarthyism, but the science is there...

Keeping Traverse City in the Dark Our environment is our greatest asset. It sustains our lives; it drives our economy. We ignore it at our peril. Northern Michigan Environmental Action Council (NMEAC) has submitted letters of concern to both the city commission and planning commission regarding the proposed 9-story buildings on Pine Street. We have requested an independent environmental assessment with clear answers before a land use permit is granted...

All About Them Another cartoon by Jen Sorensen that brings out the truth! Most of her cartoons are too slanted in a Socialist manner, but when she gets it correct, she hits the nail on the target! “Arizona is the first state to put a 12-month lifetime limit on welfare benefits.” That quote is in the opening panel... 

Unfair To County Employees It appears that the commissioners of Grand Traverse County will seek to remedy a shortfall in the 2016 budget by instituting cuts in expenditures, the most notable the reduction of contributions to various insurance benefits in place for county employees. As one example, the county’s contributions to health insurance premiums will decrease from ten to six percent in 2016. What this means, of course, is that if a county employee wishes to maintain coverage at the current level next year, the employee will have to come up with the difference...

Up, Not Out I would like to congratulate the Traverse City Planning Commission on their decision to approve the River West development. Traverse City will either grow up or grow out. For countless reasons, up is better than out. Or do we enjoy such things as traffic congestion and replacing wooded hillsides with hideous spectacles like the one behind Tom’s West Bay. At least that one is on the edge of town as opposed to in the formerly beautiful rolling meadows of Acme Township...

Lessons In Winning War I am saddened to hear the response of so many of legislators tasked with keeping our country safe. I listen and wonder if they know what “winning” this kind of conflict requires or even means? Did we win in Korea? Did we win in Vietnam? Are we winning in Afghanistan? How is Israel winning against the Palestinians? Will they “take out” Hezbollah...

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Fatboy Slim, Doves, Editors at snowboarding event

Kristi Kates - March 22nd, 2010
Fatboy Slim, Doves, Editors at Snowbombing 2010
Haven’t had enough of ski/snowboard season yet? Well then, grab a
plane ticket and join Norman Cook, aka Fatboy Slim, who will hit the
Austrian slopes (so to speak) between the Penken and Ahorn mountains
alongside Doves, Friendly Fires, The Enemy, James Zabiela, Editors,
and De La Soul at this year’s Snowbombing 2010 Festival bash. Slim,
who pulled out of the event last year to voluntarily enter alcohol
rehab, is back in fine, healthy form, and will contribute his DJ
skills while the rest of the artists will perform their own live sets
at the wintery musical celebration, which will take place at
Mayrhofen, Austria on April 5 through the 10th...
The 2010 Sasquatch Festival in Washington state has released their
lineup for this year’s fest, too - their ninth annual happening will
include headliners Vampire Weekend, MGMT, My Morning Jacket - and
Pavement will be appearing here, too. Sasquatch, which is held every
Memorial Day weekend (this year running May 29-31), will also stage
sets from OK Go, Massive Attack, The National, The Hold Steady, and
Heralded as “The Best British Rock Concert of All Time,” the Live at
Knebworth benefit concert, which took place in Hertsfordshire, England
in 1990, featured headliners Paul McCartney, Tears for Fears, Eric
Clapton, Robert Plant, Elton John, Pink Floyd, Genesis, and Status
Quo, all performing for free in support of charity. A 20th Anniversary
reissue of this landmark event in a 2-CD format is now set for release
on March 23, and will continue to raise funds for Nordoff-Robbins
Music Therapy organization and The Brit School of Performing Arts.
Tracks from all of the above artists are set to be included, as well
as additional tracks from Cliff Richard and the Shadows, Dire Straits,
and Phil Collins...
And Kraftwerk are the subject of an unlikely art/toy tribute - namely,
the fact that German sculptor Dirk Roessler has rendered the band
members as action figures. Roessler, in a recent interview, explained
how he purchased some old Mattel Ken figures, and sculpted new
Kraftwerk heads to apply onto the bodies. Roessler went on to explain
how it was impossible to find “good clothes” for the new toys - so he
sewed Kraftwerk’s red shirts and grey pants on his own. Unfortunately,
no plans for mass-marketed Kraftwerk action figures are in the werks -
uh, works - as of yet...
The 2010 Academy Awards may not have given much attention to the Best
Original Songs this year, but Billboard Magazine did; the industry mag
recently posted “10 Awesome Oscar Live Performances,” from U2’s “Hands
That Built America” (from Gangs of New York) to Elliott Smith’s
poignant “Miss Misery” (from Good Will Hunting). See them all,
complete with video, via Billboard at http://tinyurl.com/ylosvh3...

The Songwriters Hall of Fame will induct their latest 2010 honorees at
a ceremony on June 17; among those getting songwriter kudos will be
Leonard Cohen, David Foster, and Johnny Mandel...
Devo - although they haven’t released a studio album since 1990 - have
been rumbling around lately, piquing fans’ interest in the band’s
possible revival; in addition to Devo’s performance at the Vancouver
Olympics in February, they’ve also been spending some time in the
recording studio, and are booked to perform at the Coachella festival
this spring...
Mark E. Smith and the Fall have newly signed to Domino Records, and
will release their latest album, Your Future Our Clutter, on May 4...
Stone Temple Pilots have wrapped work on their as-yet-untitled
comeback album, which will be STP’s first since 2001; the band,
complete with Scott Weiland back on frontman duties, will play a
series of festivals in Europe early this summer, and then is expected
to book U.S. dates..
Greg Dulli is currently working on another Twilight Singers album,
which he says he hopes to have completed by the end of this month...
A collaborative album between Ghostface Killah, Method Man, and
Raekwon is just out this week - Wu-Massacre will include tracks
“Gunshowers,” “How to Pay Rent,” and “Dangerous”...
And also out this week are these new releases...ON CD: The Dillinger
Escape Plan’s Option Paralysis... Goldfrapp’s Head First... The Bird
and the Bee’s Interpreting the Masters Volume 1: A Tribute to Daryl
Hall and John Oates... and Dave Holland Octet’s Pathways... and Nas
and Damien Marley’s Distant Relative... 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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