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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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Elbow supports Coldplay, U2 on tour

Kristi Kates - July 27th, 2009
Elbow supports Coldplay, U2 on tour
Kristi Kates 7/27/09
Elbow Supports
Coldplay, U2 On Tour

Elbow Supports
Coldplay, U2 On Tour

Brit modern rockers Elbow have been pounding the pavement for the past year in support of their critically-acclaimed album, The Seldom Seen Kid, and are now reaching the end of that campaign with several stadium support slots for both U2, a homecoming show at Manchester’s MEN Arena on September 17, and of course their slate of opening shows for Coldplay in the U.S. throughout July and August. Following all of that activity, Elbow’s singer Guy Garvey says that the band will begin work on their next album; they’ve reportedly already been writing on tour, and are planning the next set’s release for sometime late next year...
Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Yoko Ono Lennon, and Olivia Harrison all showed up at the recent E3 videogame conference in Los Angeles to unveil some of the details about the upcoming The Beatles: Rock Band videogame, which is slated for a September 9 release. Included in this special edition of Rock Band will be Beatles songs “I Want to Hold Your Hand,” “Back in the USSR,” “Taxman,” and “Get Back,” among others; different venues played by The Beatles will be recreated for the game, from the Ed Sullivan Show set to Shea Stadium and the Budokan in Japan; the band’s later years (after they stopped touring) will be recreated through what the game is calling “Dreamscapes,” settings that capture The Beatles’ fashion and genre transformations. A demo version of the game was made available for E3 attendees...
Cranberries singer Dolores O’Riordan has finished tracking on her new album, No Baggage, which she co-produced with Dan Brodbeck, who also served as producer on her 2007 solo debut, Are You Listening? The newest set only took about five months, which O’Riordan says is the quickest she’s ever worked in the studio; the Cranberries have been on hiatus for the past six years, with O’Riordan using that time to write and record her own music, more for herself instead of as the “job” that she says The Cranberries somewhat turned into. O’Riordan will be in the U.S. this month for a series of live shows; her album will be released on August 25, with the first single, “The Journey,” on radio now...

The Strokes Fabrizio Moretti’s side project band, Little Joy, is going to have to keep busy without Fabrizio himself for the rest of the summer, as Moretti is currently working in the studio in NYC with his primary band - The Strokes, of course - working up songs for the band’s new album, which is expected later this year. Little Joy, in the meantime, will bring in Jack Dishel on guitar and backing vocals for their upcoming string of summer headlining shows, as well as for their opening spot for Regina Spektor at NYC’s Beacon Theater...

MODERN ROCK LINK OF THE WEEK:
The Rifles’ club night in London was launched late last month, and will take place every month in Camden’s Narrow Minded Social Club, which is in fact named after one of the band’s songs; DJ sets and performances (sometimes from The Rifles themselves) will take place on the club nights; check out
www.myspace.com/therifles for more info if you’re looking for a cool place to spend an evening during your European summer vacation...

MINI BUZZ:
Raconteurs co-frontman Brendan Benson will offer up his fourth solo album, My Old, Familiar Friend, on August 25 in the U.S...
Arctic Monkeys have revealed that their new album will be titled Humbug, and will hit stores on August 24 complete with tracks “My Propeller,” “Potion Approaching,” and “Cornerstone”...
Grammy-winning singer Adele says she’s keeping her distance from this summer’s music festivals on purpose, instead taking the season to “chill” and continue writing songs for her second album; she says she’s about halfway completed with the songwriting process, and that most of the songs will be about boys, as she still “has the same boy problems”...
30 Seconds to Mars are currently recording their third album with Smashing Pumpkins’ producer Flood; the set is due in the fall...
Bedouin Soundclash are set to release a tour EP in conjunction with their shows supporting No Doubt; the EP will be released as physical copies that will be sold at shows, and among those shows will be stops in San Diego (7/30), Regina SK Canada (8/8), and at the Roots and Blues Festival in British Columbia...
Tokyo Police Club have been busily writing songs for their new album, and are set to hit the studio soon to begin recording it; but first, the band will surface at the All Points West Music fest in New Jersey on August 1st to perform live...
And Vampire Weekend’s Rostam Batmanglij and Ra Ra Riot singer Wes Miles have teamed up to form the side project band Discovery; their debut album is out now, and includes tracks “Orange Shirt” and “Osaka Loop Line”...
They may not be debut albums, but this week’s new releases are looking to win your attention nonetheless... ON CD: Ian Hunter’s Man Overboard... Mellowdrone’s Angry Bear... Sugar Ray’s latest ... and Rescue Signals’ Indecisions... ON DVD: Morrissey: From Where He came to Where He Went - With and Without The Smiths... and Raphael Saadiq: Live From the Artists Den... 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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