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Letters 08-31-2015

Inalienable Rights This is a response to the “No More State Theatre” in your August 24th edition. I think I will not be the only response to this pathetic and narrow-minded letter that seems rather out of place in the northern Michigan that I know. To think we will not be getting your 25 cents for the movie you refused to see, but more importantly we will be without your “two cents” on your thoughts of a marriage at the State Theatre...

Enthusiastically Democratic Since I was one of the approximately 160 people present at when Senator Debbie Stabenow spoke on August 14 in Charlevoix, I was surprised to read in a letter to Northern Express that there was a “rather muted” response to Debbie’s announcement that she has endorsed Hillary Clinton for president...

Not Hurting I surely think the State Theatre will survive not having the homophobic presence of Colleen Smith and her family attend any matinees. I think “Ms.” Smith might also want to make sure that any medical personnel, bank staff, grocery store staff, waiters and/or waitress, etc. are not homosexual before accepting any service or product from them...

Stay Home I did not know whether to laugh or cry when I read the letter of the extremely homophobic, “disgusted” writer. She now refuses to patronize the State Theatre because she evidently feels that its confines have been poisoned by the gay wedding ceremony held there...

Keep Away In response to Colleen Smith of Cadillac who refused to bring her family to the State Theatre because there was a gay wedding there: Keep your 25 cents and your family out of Traverse City...

Celebrating Moore And A Theatre I was 10 years old when I had the privilege to see my first film at the State Theatre. I will never forget that experience. The screen was almost the size of my bedroom I shared with my older sister. The bursting sounds made me believe I was part of the film...

Outdated Thinking This letter is in response to Colleen Smith. She made public her choice to no longer go to the State Theater due to the fact that “some homosexuals” got married there. I’m not outraged by her choice; we don’t need any more hateful, self-righteous bigots in our town. She can keep her 25 cents...

Mackinac Pipeline Must Be Shut Down Crude oil flowing through Enbridge’s 60-yearold pipeline beneath the Mackinac Straits and the largest collection of fresh water on the planet should be a serious concern for every resident of the USA and Canada. Enbridge has a very “accident” prone track record...

Your Rights To Colleen, who wrote about the State Theatre: Let me thank you for sharing your views; I think most of us are well in support of the first amendment, because as you know- it gives everyone the opportunity to express their opinions. I also wanted to thank Northern Express for not shutting down these types of letters right at the source but rather giving the community a platform for education...

No Role Model [Fascinating Person from last week’s issue] Jada quoted: “I want to be a role model for girls who are interested in being in the outdoors.” I enjoy being in the outdoors, but I don’t want to kill animals for trophy...

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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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