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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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Ticket Master expands paperless concert tix

Kristi Kates - April 12th, 2010
Ticketmaster Expands Paperless Concert Tix
Don’t be surprised if you won’t be able to save all of your concert ticket stubs any more - because in many cases, they simply won’t exist. Oft-maligned concert ticket broker Ticketmaster have announced that they’re continuing to expand their paperless ticketing methods - in which customers purchase seats and gain admission to shows via their credit cards and IDs - in order to shut down ticket scalpers and overpriced ticket resales. 2009 saw the likes of Bruce Springsteen and Metallica utilizing the paperless tix for their gigantic show events, and 2010 is set to pull even more artists into the paperless ticket roster...
Yet another David Bowie tribute album is on the way, and it’ll be a 2-CD set with appearances from a wide range of musicians and bands. The set, which is a benefit album for charity, will be released on Manimal Vinyl (with the album itself available on CD and download as well as limited-edition vinyl, of course), and is tentatively set for release this May. Participants so far include Duran Duran, who cover “Boys Keep Swinging,” Warpaint’s take on “Ashes to Ashes,” We Are the World’s version of “Afraid of Americans,” and as-yet-unconfirmed tracks by MGMT, Soulwax, and Mick Karn, among others...
A wide range of bands will be making the jaunt to Columbus, Ohio on May 22-23 to perform the 4th annual ROTR (Rock on the Range) Festival. The event is said to be planning to offer “relatively low” ticket prices for Rock on the Range music fans (heretofore referred to as “Rangers”), and will include sets from Slash, Deftones, Papa Roach, Puddle of Mudd, Rob Zombie, and Columbus hometown band Noise Auction, with more bands to be added...
After a showing with former lead singer/contest winner JD Fortune at a performance at the Olympics, INXS is continuing on with their first new album in five years, although it won’t contain a whole lot of new songs. Instead, the band is reinventing their classic hits with different singers and arrangements. Rob Thomas is on board, as are Ben Harper and Tricky, while The Killers Brandon Flowers sings on the band’s “Beautiful Girl.” No word on whether or not Fortune - who won the Rockstar: INXS tv show and subsequently toured as frontman for INXS - will be included on the disc, as he was dismissed from the band after the tour, reportedly due in part to his drug use...
MODERN ROCK LINK OF THE WEEK:
New collaborative duo alert: The Shins’ James Mercer and producer Danger Mouse have teamed up to form Broken Bells, a psychedelic-pop outfit that blends Mercer’s melodic sensibilities with synths, horns, and Brit ‘60s-era rhythms. If you haven’t heard them yet as they’ve snuck onto the scene under the radar, you should - so get more info and sneak a listen at www.brokenbells.com...

MINI BUZZ:
Apples in Stereo will be taking on a schedule of live shows in support of their new album, Travellers in Time and Space; the Apples tour stops will include Philadelphia (4/20), Cleveland (4/27), Pontiac MI (4/28 at the Pike Room), Chicago (4/30 at Lincoln Hall), and St. Paul MN (5/1)...
The 2010 San Miguel Primavera Sound Festival has added a plethora of bands to its roster for this May; performers will include Broken Social Scene, Owen Pallett, Florence and the Machine, Sunny Day Real Estate, Pet Shop Boys, and plenty more...
Austin singer-songwriter Bill Callahan has just released a live album called Rough Travel for a Rare Thing; the set features songs from Callahan’s solo career, plus tunes from his work with Smog...
Oxford band Foals have dubbed their second album Total Life Forever, and have now set a release date for May 10 for the new set of songs...
Actor/musician Johnny Depp is keeping busy directing a documentary on pal Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones...
Bad Lieutenant have announced the rescheduled dates for their U.S. tour, which will now include shows in San Francisco (4/16), Chicago (4/19), and NYC (4/21)...
ON CD: Death Cab for Cutie’s The Open Door EP... Josh Ritter’s Runs the World... and Squeeze’s ArgyBargy Reissued ... 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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