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Letters 05-23-2016

Examine The Priorities Are you disgusted about closing schools, crumbling roads and bridges, and cuts everywhere? Investigate funding priorities of legislators. In 1985 at the request of President Reagan, Grover Norquist founded Americans for Tax Reform (ATR). For 30 years Norquist asked every federal and state candidate and incumbent to sign the pledge to vote against any increase in taxes. The cost of living has risen significantly since 1985; think houses, cars, health care, college, etc...

Make TC A Community For Children Let’s be that town that invests in children actively getting themselves to school in all of our neighborhoods. Let’s be that town that supports active, healthy, ready-to-learn children in all of our neighborhoods...

Where Are Real Christian Politicians? As a practicing Christian, I was very disappointed with the Rev. Dr. William C. Myers statements concerning the current presidential primaries (May 8). Instead of using the opportunity to share the message of Christ, he focused on Old Testament prophecies. Christ gave us a new commandment: to love one another...

Not A Great Plant Pick As outreach specialist for the Northwest Michigan Invasive Species Network and a citizen concerned about the health of our region’s natural areas, I was disappointed by the recent “Listen to the Local Experts” feature. When asked for their “best native plant pick,” three of the four garden centers referenced non-native plants including myrtle, which is incredibly invasive...

Truth About Plants Your feature, “listen to the local experts” contains an error that is not helpful for the birds and butterflies that try to live in northwest Michigan. Myrtle is not a native plant. The plant is also known as vinca and periwinkle...

Ask the Real Plant Experts This letter is written to express my serious concern about a recent “Listen To Your Local Experts” article where local nurseries suggested their favorite native plant. Three of the four suggested non-native plants and one suggested is an invasive and cause of serious damage to Michigan native plants in the woods. The article is both sad and alarming...

My Plant Picks In last week’s featured article “Listen to the Local Experts,” I was shocked at the responses from the local “experts” to the question about best native plant pick. Of the four “experts” two were completely wrong and one acknowledged that their pick, gingko tree, was from East Asia, only one responded with an excellent native plant, the serviceberry tree...

NOTE: Thank you to TC-based Eagle Eye Drone Service for the cover photo, taken high over Sixth Street in Traverse City.

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Math-Rockers Mute Math offer up Armistice

Kristi Kates - August 31st, 2009
Modern Rock
Kristi Kates 8/31/09
Math-Rockers Mute Math Offer Up Armistice
New Orleans math-rockers MuteMath have completed work on their new album, and it’s available this week via Teleprompt/Warner Bros. Records. Produced by Elvis Costello/Hives/Modest Mouse collaborator Dennis Herring, the set was recorded both in the band’s hometown and in Mississippi, and is said to showcase the band’s “lyrical development” as well as a dozen new MuteMath songs. The tracklisting includes tunes “Backfire,” “Pins and Needles,” and “The Lost Year,” and the set has been titled Armistice...
Rockers Collective Soul recently departed singer Ed Roland’s Lake House studio, where they self-produced their latest album, which will be their debut release on Roadrunner Records. Titled Collective Soul (Rabbit), the set was prefaced by a first single, “Staring Down,” which you might’ve already heard on radio; additional new Collective Soul tunes include “Lighten Up,” “My Days,” “Welcome All Again,” and “Dig.” The album itself hits stores this week...
The Black Crowes’ newest studio CD, Before the Frost, is set to arrive on September 1 - but that’s not the only album news from the soul-rockin’ band. A second album, titled Until the Freeze, will be given away for free only through a unique download code that will be included in Before the Frost’s packaging as a thank you to fans for “two decades of support.” Both albums were recorded over five nights in Woodstock, NY, at Levon Helm Studios, and both include all-new material and previously unreleased songs, twenty tunes in all...
And The Cribs have pretty much wrapped work on their latest album, too (their fourth), and they’re set to release it in September. The set was recorded in L.A. with producer Nick Launay at Launay’s studio in Laurel Canyon; the band spent three months recording the new album, as opposed to a week for their first set. Twelve tracks will appear, including “Stick to Your Guns,” “Ignore the Ignorant,” and “Last Year’s Snow”; the album is being mixed in London, and the band is still deciding on the order of the tunes. While they’re figuring the tracklisting out, they’ll also be busy with a series of UK tour dates in September, and they’re also hoping to tour the U.S. before the end of the year...

MODERN ROCK LINK OF THE WEEK:
The Gaslight Anthem are still charging ahead with their summer and fall tour dates, and if you’ve missed them, never fear - there are plenty of live dates left at which to catch the New Jersey road-rock/punkers. They’ll be making stops at, among other cities, Cincinnati (9/9), Los Angeles (9/17), Seattle (9/23), Minneapolis (10/3), Detroit (10/6), and Philly (10/18). Catch their full schedule at www.gaslightanthem.com...

MINI BUZZ:
Richard Hawley is set to release his newest album, Truelove’s Gutter, on September 21; recorded in his hometown of Sheffield, England, the set will include tracks “Remorse Code,” “Soldier On,” and “Don’t You Cry”...
Rock noir duo The Raveonettes are still in the recording studio working on their upcoming fourth full-length album, which is due on Vice Records this fall...
Brian McKnight has almost wrapped work on his latest set, too, on which he’ll duet with both Jill Scott (“More Than Just a Thing”) and the legendary Stevie Wonder (“Without You”)...
Former At the Drive-In frontman (and current Mars Volta frontman) Cedric Bixler-Zavala hinted in a recent interview that he may be reuniting soon with his At the Drive-In bandmates, now that they’ve had a little time to fix some of their band conflicts...
In other At the Drive-In related news, former ATDI guitarist (and current Sparta guitarist) Jim Ward recently released the debut album for his alt-country side project, Sleepercar...
And in this week’s, er, unusual news, former Shins drummer Jesse Sandoval, instead of joining another band, has opened a street-vendor food cart in Portland Oregon; called Nuevo Mexico, the cart and Sandoval’s Mexican food were recently featured on VendrTV, a new web video series in which the host travels around the U.S. sampling street-vendor food...
And offering up their discs, debut or otherwise, this week, are this week’s new releases... ON CD: Dolores O’Riordan’s (Cranberries) No Baggage... Sean Kingston’s Tomorrow... and Zechs Marquise’s Our Delicate Stranded Nightmare... ON DVD: Elvis: Love Me Tender - The Love Songs ... 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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