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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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MTV officially gives up on music

Kristi Kates - March 29th, 2010
MTV Officially Gives Up on Music
MTV has finally done what most music fans have thought they should do
for years - removed the “music television” tagline from their MTV
logo. The VP of MTV finally admitted to the press that the network is
“not just about music anymore” (uh - how about at all), and that the
channel is “going in a new direction” - part of which is “no longer
being interested in Generation Y” - which, unfortunately, probably
means more episodes of Jersey Shore and other questionable reality
programming instead of music videos and coverage of actual musicians,
both something that the channel has been sorely lacking for a long
time now...
In festival news, it may be a little difficult to believe, but famed
rockers U2 are lined up to play their first festival appearance in 25
years; and they’re going to do so with a big splash as they headline
the Glastonbury Festival’s 40th anniversary on June 25 of this year.
The band will play to a sold-out crowd of over 177,000 people on
Glastonbury’s Pyramid Stage, leaving their own extravagant stage
apparatus from the 2010 leg of their North American 360 Tour behind
for the overseas event. The band will return to the U.S. just in time
for their June 27 show in Minneapolis, at that city’s TCF Bank
Stadium...
The second Jonathan Demme-directed film in Demme’s planned trilogy
about legendary folk-rocker Neil Young is now set for release on DVD
and Blu-Ray later this year; dubbed “Neil Young Trunk Show,” the film
was shot on handheld HDCam, HDV, and Super 8mm cameras, encapsulating
footage from two 2007 shows that Young performed at the historic Tower
Theater near Philadelphia. Plenty of behind-the-scenes and offstage
footage is included in the movie, plus Young’s performance of songs
“Mexico,” “After the Gold Rush,” and “Kansas,” among others...
And the expanded 2CD reissue of Duran Duran’s classic Rio album was so
successful that Capitol/EMI is putting together another round of Duran
reissues; the next will be a March 30 expanded 2 CD/DVD limited
special editions of Duran Duran’s 1981 eponymous debut CD plus 1983’s
landmark disc Seven and the Ragged Tiger. Both of the discs will be
remastered and presented in limited edition packaging, including
deluxe lift-lid boxes with replicated album art and additional
postcards. Both albums will also be issued on vinyl, complete with a
bonus 12-inch single...

MODERN ROCK LINK OF THE WEEK:
Another free tune this week - if you don’t want to wait until the new
Deftones album, Diamond Eyes, hits stores on May 18, well, you don’t
have to - download their first single, Rocket Skates, for free at
www.myspace.com/deftones..

MINI BUZZ:
MTV’s 2010 MTV Movie Awards and MTV Video Music Awards will both take
place in Los Angeles this year, with the Movie Awards arriving on June
6, and the VMAs hitting L.A. on September 12...
MGMT’s second album, Congratulations, will hit stores on April 13,
complete with tracks “It’s Working” and “Brian Eno”...
Slash (yes, Guns n’ Roses Slash) is wrapping up work on his solo
album, and recently revealed the many musical collaborators that he’s
been working with; among those making guest appearances on Slash’s set
are Chris Cornell, Dave Grohl, Maroon 5’s Adam Levine, Ian Astbury,
Ozzy Osbourne, and Fergie...
Peter Kember and Spectrum have kicked off a European tour, and also
have plans to release a new single, “Words May Shatter,” this April,
as well as a new album later this year...
Rockers Saving Abel have shipped out to the Persian Gulf to perform
concerts for servicefolk as part of an Armed Forces/USO Performance
Tour...
And the 2010 London Music Show has been confirmed, and all of its new
music-gear reveals, rock star performances, and other events will take
place on October 8 through the 10th in - where else? - London...
ON CD: Edwin McCain’s The Best of Edwin McCain... Jonsi’s Go... FM’s
Metropolis... and Seasick Steve’s Man From Another Time... ON DVD:
“Small Faces All or Nothing, 1965-1968” and Dusty Springfield’s “Once
Upon A Time” ... 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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