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Letters 07-27-2015

Next For Brownfields In regard to your recent piece on brownfield redevelopment in TC, the Randolph Street project appears to be proceeding without receiving its requested $600k in brownfield funding from the county. In response to this, the mayor is quoted as saying that the developer bought the property prior to performing an environmental assessment and had little choice but to now build it...

Defending Our Freedom This is in response to Sally MacFarlane Neal’s recent letter, “War Machines for Family Entertainment.” Wake Up! Make no mistake about it, we are at war! Even though the idiot we have for a president won’t accept the fact because he believes we can negotiate with Iran, etc., ISIS and their like make it very clear they intend to destroy the free world as we know it. If you take notice of the way are constantly destroying their own people, is that living...

What Is Far Left? Columnist Steve Tuttle, who so many lambaste as a liberal, considers Sen. Sanders a far out liberal “nearly invisible from the middle.” Has the middle really shifted that far right? Sanders has opposed endless war and the Patriot Act. Does Mr. Tuttle believe most of our citizens praise our wars and the positive results we have achieved from them? Is supporting endless war or giving up our civil liberties middle of the road...

Parking Corrected Stephen Tuttle commented on parking in the July 13 Northern Express. As Director of the Traverse City Downtown Development Authority, I feel compelled to address a couple key issues. But first, I acknowledge that  there is some consternation about parking downtown. As more people come downtown served by less parking, the pressure on what parking we have increases. Downtown serves a county with a population of 90,000 and plays host to over three million visitors annually...

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4Play: Keane, Doves, Ok Go, Gorillaz

Kristi Kates - April 26th, 2010
Keane - Night Train - Island
Serving as a mini follow-up to Keane’s 2008 set, Perfect Symmetry, this EP shows off both what’s best about the band as well as their ability to infuse new elements into their distinctive sound. Recorded on the fly during the band’s last tour, the new songs echo many of the places they traveled, from the South American horns of “Looking Back” to the appearance of Canadian/Somali rapper K’Naan (“Stop for a Minute.”) Songwriter extraordinaire Tim Rice-Oxley even throws in some solid vocals next to Tom Chaplin’s own impressive ones.





Doves - The Best Of - Astralwerks
The Best Of marks ten years of music by the influential Brit pop-rock band Doves, in a worthy retrospective that includes everything from “The Man Who Told Everything” and “Snowden” to more recent hits as “Jetstream” and “Kingdom of Rust.” A special edition of the set will also include a DVD and a 16-page booklet with special artwork and pics; both versions of the collection will include three new Doves songs (including “Andalucia”) as produced by the band themselves; hopefully their next ten years will be just as good as this.




OK Go - Of the Blue Colour of the Sky - Capitol
Helmed by Mercury Rev/Phantom Planet cohort Dave Fridmann, OK Go’s skills for witty art-rock and quirky, danceable compositions are faultlessly showcased on their latest effort, which is both conceptual (via a wellness book by General AJ Pleasonton) and perfectly pop. First single “This Too Shall Pass” melds tubas and military drumbeats with an eminently singalongable refrain, while cell phones lights surely take to the air on “All is Not Lost,” and more experimental elements surface on “Back from Kathmandu” and “In the Glass.”




Gorillaz - Plastic Beach -
Take that, those of you who thought that Blur frontman Damon Albarn’s “virtual cartoon band” project was nothing more than a passing fad. Over ten years later, Gorillaz are still going strong, and have garnered critical acclaim for their clever electro-hip-hop-rock tracks. The “band’s” latest effort focuses on an environmental theme through songs like “Stylo” (featuring Mos Def) and “Some Kind of Nature,” on which guest Lou Reed waxes kinda-poetic on foil and plastics. You won’t recycle this disc, though; you’ll want to listen again and again.
 
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