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Remember Bush-Cheney Does anyone remember George W. Bush and Dick Cheney? They were president and vice president a mere eight years ago. Does anyone out there remember the way things were at the end of their duo? It was terrible...

Mass Shootings And Gun Control The largest mass shooting in U.S. history occurred December 29,1890, when 297 Sioux Indians at Wounded Knee in South Dakota were murdered by federal agents and members of the 7th Cavalry who had come to confiscate their firearms “for their own safety and protection.” The slaughter began after the majority of the Sioux had peacefully turned in their firearms...

Families Need Representation When one party dominates the Michigan administration and legislature, half of Michigan families are not represented on the important issues that face our state. When a policy affects the non-voting K-12 students, they too are left out, especially when it comes to graduation requirements...

Raise The Minimum Wage I wanted to offer a different perspective on the issue of raising the minimum wage. The argument that raising the minimum wage will result in job loss is a bogus scare tactic. The need for labor will not change, just the cost of it, which will be passed on to the consumer, as it always has...

Make Cherryland Respect Renewable Cherryland Electric is about to change their net metering policy. In a nutshell, they want to buy the electricity from those of us who produce clean renewable electric at a rate far below the rate they buy electricity from other sources. They believe very few people have an interest in renewable energy...

Settled Science Climate change science is based on the accumulated evidence gained from studying the greenhouse effect for 200 years. The greenhouse effect keeps our planet 50 degrees warmer due to heat-trapping gases in our atmosphere. Basic principles of physics and chemistry dictate that Earth will warm as concentrations of greenhouse gases increase...

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4Play: White Stripes, Slash, Jakob Dylan, Peter Wolf

Kristi Kates - May 10th, 2010
White Stripes - Under Great Northern Lights- Warner Bros.
Recorded while Jack and Meg White undertook an ambitious tour across every province and territory in Canada, this album is the audio accompaniment to the film of the same name, capturing the Stripes’ emotional performances on all levels, from bowling alley sets to legendary theater venues. You’ll get familiar and more obscure tracks, from “Seven Nation Army” through “Icky Thump,” all presented with the powerful dual attack that this duo is capable of, and that’s less frequently captured on more controlled, sterile studio recordings.





Slash - Slash - DHR
Also pulling in more than a few guest musicians, former Guns ‘N Roses lead guitarist Slash sets the pace with his distinctive guitar stylings, while collaborating on a range of rock songs for his first solo (well, kinda solo) album. While Slash did most of the songwriting and arranging, his duties, surprisingly, are mostly as album mastermind and guitarist, while his pals take the spotlight, from The Cult’s Ian Astbury (“Ghost”) to Iggy Pop (“We’re All Gonna Die”) to Fergie (“Beautiful Dangerous”) and Soundgarden’s singer-gone solo Chris Cornell (“Promise”.)





Jakob Dylan - Women and Country - Sony
Following his work with The Wallflowers, frontman Jakob Dylan struck out on his own, stepping out from behind the shadows of both his band and his famed father (yes, Bob.) Now on his sophomore set, he enlists Grammy winner T Bone Burnett on production and shares mics with such guest vocalists as Neko Case and Kelly Hogan. Dylan’s own gravelly tones stay grounded yet are beautifully melodic on tracks like the jazz-inflected “Lend a Hand,” the ‘70s-esque “Smile...” and the instant classic ballad “Nothing But the Whole Wide World.”




Peter Wolf - Midnight Souvenirs - Verve
Wolf’s seventh studio set stays in his usual vein of storytelling songs that rely on the details as much as the melodies to get across their tales of woe and/or romance. This time around, Wolf sounds a little more hopeful then before as he duets with the likes of Shelby Lynne, Neko Case (again), and Merle Haggard on songs like the country-blues lament “Tragedy,” the rootsy “Overnight Lows,” and the encouraging “There’s Still Time.” As for Haggard, “It’s Too Late For Me” finds the two music veterans commisserating through the blues.

 
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