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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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4Play: Black Keys, Hawthorne Heights, Stone Temple Pilots, Broken Social Scene

Kristi Kates - June 14th, 2010
Black Keys - Brothers - Nonesuch
The ‘70s-influenced pair of Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney worked with pal/producer Danger Mouse on their latest album, on which they kept things close to their tried and true formula while bringing in a few guest collaborators to trick up the mix. A cover of Jerry Butler’s “Never Gonna Give You Up” sets the tone for Auerbach’s fervent vocal delivery and Carney’s decisive drumbeats; other notable tunes include “The Go Getter,” and “Unknown Brother,” with Tchad Blake’s expert mixing bringing out the dynamics.





Hawthorne Heights - Skeletons - Wind-Up
Hawthorne Heights debut set was produced by Howard Benson (Daughtry/My Chemical Romance) and introduces listeners to this alt-rock band by placing a well-honed and cohesive production sheen over their sometimes disparate range of songs. “Bring You Back” is perhaps the most typical of the rock tracks, while “Gravestones” shuffles into alt-country-rock territory, and both first single “Nervous Breakdown” and “Picket Fences” allow the band to experiment with a darker, more ‘80s rock influence.




Stone Temple Pilots - Stone Temple Pilots - Atlantic
Produced by the band themselves and mixed by longtime alt-rock cohort Chris Lord-Alge (Green Day, MCR), STP’s album return has been long awaited (and several times derailed) but now appears to be solidified at last. The new set is mostly the classic STP glam-rock/psychedelic mix that first drew fans to the band, and both those sounds and the hooks continue here with songs like the sly, middle-of-the-road ramble of “Huckleberry Crumble,” the Ziggy-Stardust feel of “First Kiss on Mars,” and edgy first pop-rock single “Between the Lines.”



Broken Social Scene - Forgiveness Rock Record - Arts and Crafts
BSS sifted through over three dozen songs that they’d written to comprise this new album, which also features guest appearances from members of Metric and Stars as well as Ohad Benchetrit and Leslie Feist. “World Sick,” the first track released as a teaser, is typical BSS, and feeds nicely into the synth-y “Chase Scene” and the harmony-laden “All to All,” with its detached vocal ending. The sounds of the Las Vegas stage make a stop via the horns on “Art House Director,” and the band heads to the Old West as the album reaches its close.

 
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