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Letters 10-27-2014

Paging Doctor Dan: The doctor’s promise to repeal Obamacare reminds me of the frantic restaurant owner hurrying to install an exhaust fan after the kitchen burns down. He voted 51 times to replace the ACA law; a colossal waste of money and time. It’s here to stay and he has nothing to replace it.

Evolution Is Real Science: Breathtaking inanity. That was the term used by Judge John Jones III in his elegant evisceration of creationist arguments attempting to equate it to evolutionary theory in his landmark Kitzmiller vs. Dover Board of Education decision in 2005.

U.S. No Global Police: Steven Tuttle in the October 13 issue is correct: our military, under the leadership of the President (not the Congress) is charged with protecting the country, its citizens, and its borders. It is not charged with  performing military missions in other places in the world just because they have something we want (oil), or we don’t like their form of government, or we want to force them to live by the UN or our rules.

Graffiti: Art Or Vandalism?: I walk the [Grand Traverse] Commons frequently and sometimes I include the loop up to the cistern just to go and see how the art on the cistern has evolved. Granted there is the occasional gross image or word but generally there is a flurry of color.

NMEAC Snubbed: Northern Michigan Environmental Action Council (NMEAC) is the Grand Traverse region’s oldest grassroots environmental advocacy organization. Preserving the environment through citizen action and education is our mission.

Vote, Everyone: Election Day on November 4 is fast approaching, and now is the time to make a commitment to vote. You may be getting sick of the political ads on TV, but instead, be grateful that you live in a free country with open elections. Take the time to learn about the candidates by contacting your county parties and doing research.

Do Fluoride Research: Hydrofluorosilicic acid, H2SiF6, is a byproduct from the production of fertilizer. This liquid, not environmentally safe, is scrubbed from the chimney of the fertilizer plant, put into containers, and shipped. Now it is a ‘product’ added to the public drinking water.

Meet The Homeless: As someone who volunteers for a Traverse City organization that works with homeless people, I am appalled at what is happening at the meetings regarding the homeless shelter. The people fighting this shelter need to get to know some homeless families. They have the wrong idea about who the homeless are.

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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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