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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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
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...

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

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
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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