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Letters 05-02-2016

Facts About Trails I would like to correct some misinformation provided in Kristi Kates’ article about the Shore-to-Shore Trail in your April 18 issue. The Shore-to-Shore Trail is not the longest continuous trail in the Lower Peninsula. That honor belongs to the North Country Trail (NCT), which stretches for over 400 miles in the Lower Peninsula. In fact, 100 miles of the NCT is within a 30-minute drive of Traverse City, and is maintained by the Grand Traverse Hiking Club...

North Korea Is Bluffing I eagerly read Jack Segal’s columns and attend his lectures whenever possible. However, I think his April 24th column falls into an all too common trap. He casually refers to a nuclear-armed North Korea when there is no proof whatever that North Korea has any such weapons. Sure, they have set off some underground explosions but so what? Tonga could do that. Every nuclear-armed country on Earth has carried out at least one aboveground test, just to prove they could do it if for no other reason. All we have is North Korea’s word for their supposed capabilities, which is no proof at all...

Double Dipping? In Greg Shy’s recent letter, he indicated that his Social Security benefit was being unfairly reduced simply due to the fact that he worked for the government. Somehow I think something is missing here. As I read it this law is only for those who worked for the government and are getting a pension from us generous taxpayers. Now Greg wants his pension and he also wants a full measure of Social Security benefits even though he did not pay into Social Security...

Critical Thinking Needed Our media gives ample coverage to some presidential candidates calling each other a liar and a sleaze bag. While entertaining to some, this certainly should lower one’s respect for either candidate. This race to the bottom comes as no surprise given their lack of respect for the rigors of critical thinking. The world’s esteemed scientists take great steps to preserve the integrity of their findings. Not only are their findings peer reviewed by fellow experts in their specialty, whenever possible the findings are cross-checked by independent studies...

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Killers, Williams join Davies on Kink‘s cover set

Kristi Kates - May 3rd, 2010
Killers, Williams Join Davies on Kinks Covers Set
The Kinks’ Ray Davies is prepping to release a new album late in 2010, in part inspired by last year’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Concert, where Davies shared the stage with Metallica, who covered a couple of Kinks songs. For the new disc, Davies has already recruited The Killers, Lucinda Williams, and Jon Bon Jovi, among others (Metallica is also rumored to be in the plans) to help him re-record classic Kinks tracks. Davies is also working on a solo album, and has mentioned a possible Kinks reunion as well...
The Gaslight Anthem have wrapped work on their latest album, and have dubbed it American Slang, with the set due out on June 15th through SideOneDummy Records. The album will serve as the follow-up to the band’s The ‘59 Sound, which gained plenty of critical acclaim; the new set was produced by Ted Hutt (Jesse Malin, Bouncing Souls) and was recorded at NYC’s Magic Shop Recording Studio. In addition to the new album, the band will take on a few European concert dates in June and July, including stops in Scheessel, Germany (6/20), London (6/26), and Amsterdam (7/1)...
The legendary Ministry Of Sound may find their 18-year flagship nightclub in London closed down due to a property development getting underway next to the club itself. With a residential building in the planning stages, chances are the MOS - who hold over 200 events a year with attendance over 300,000 people - will be susceptible to being edged out by property developers and investors, but time will tell...
And yes, it’s true, ABBA fans - the legendary 1970s Swedish pop quartet (also recent subjects of the hit stage and film musical Mamma Mia!) are the subject of ABBAWorld, a brand new traveling theme park and museum in London that pays tribute to Benny Andersson, Anni-Frid Lyngstad, Bjorn Ulvaeus, and Agnetha Faltskog over 30,000 square feet. Fans will be able to check out recreations of the Stockholm cabin where many of the band’s songs were written, as well as the recording studio they worked in, while the interactive elements (aka “the theme park part”) include holographic video technology that puts fans singing and dancing “alongside” the band themselves. Speaking of which, ABBA do support the project, and have donated memorabilia and recorded interviews that play throughout the park...
MODERN ROCK LINK OF THE WEEK:
And although Joe Strummer himself would probably (loudly) declare them corporate crap, Converse have designed a new line of Clash shoes to celebrate the 30th anniversary of The Clash’s London Calling album. Five different Clash sneaker designs are available for between $50-$80 at www.converse.com (just search “Clash” once you get there)...

MINI BUZZ:
Scottish singer/producer Calvin Harris will launch his own record label, Fly Eye, this month; his first release will be from DJ Mr. Blink, a pal who has supported Harris at his own gigs...
Pet Shop Boys will embark on a series of UK arena shows in July, including stops in Blackpool (7/13), Bournemouth (7/20), and Newcastle (7/23)...
Rufus Wainwright’s sixth studio album, All Days Are Nights: Songs For Lulu is out now, complete with songs “Sad With What I Have,” “True Loves,” and “Zebulon”...
Battles are sequestered in the Machines with Magnets Recording Studio in Rhode Island working on their next album, which they say is in part influenced by the Times Square area of New York City...
The Walkmen are back in the studio, too, recording the sequel to their 2008 You and Me album in NYC with producer Chris Zane...
And Two Door Cinema Club will kick off their first headlining tour of the U.S. on May 5th in support of their debut disc, Tourist History; the band’s schedule will include stops in Portland OR (5/7), Philly (5/13), and Toronto (5/17)...
ON CD: Iggy and the Stooges’ Raw Power: Legacy Edition... Arctic Monkeys’ My Propeller... The Radio Dept.’s Clinging to a Scheme... and Tokyo Police Club’s Champ... 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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