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Letters 08-03-2015

Real Brownfields Deserve Dollars I read with interest the story on Brownfield development dollars in the July 20 issue. I applaud Dan Lathrop and other county commissioners who voted “No” on the Randolph Street project...

Hopping Mad Carlin Smith is hopping mad (“Will You Get Mad With Me?” 7-20-15). Somebody filed a fraudulent return using his identity, and he’s not alone. The AP estimates the government “pays more than $5 billion annually in fraudulent tax refunds.” Well, many of us have been hopping mad for years. This is because the number one tool Congress has used to fix this problem has been to cut the IRS budget –by $1.2 billion in the last 5 years...

Just Grumbling, No Solutions Mark Pontoni’s grumblings [recent Northern Express column] tell us much about him and virtually nothing about those he chooses to denigrate. We do learn that Pontoni may be the perfect political candidate. He’s arrogant, opinionated and obviously dimwitted...

A Racist Symbol I have to respond to Gordon Lee Dean’s letter claiming that the confederate battle flag is just a symbol of southern heritage and should not be banned from state displays. The heritage it represents was the treasonous effort to continue slavery by seceding from a democratic nation unwilling to maintain such a consummate evil...

Not So Thanks I would like to thank the individual who ran into and knocked over my Triumph motorcycle while it was parked at Lowe’s in TC on Friday the 24th. The $3,000 worth of damage was greatly appreciated. The big dent in the gas tank under the completely destroyed chrome badge was an especially nice touch...

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Beck‘s record club tackles INXS

Kristi Kates - June 21st, 2010
Beck’s Record Club Tackles INXS
Beck’s Record Club, the musical project started by - you guessed it - Beck - in August of last year, is on to its next phase. The Record Club’s goal is to cover an entire album by another artist in a mere day; so far, the intrepid group (which changes members fluidly, as each separate project begins) has covered Skip Spence’s Oar, Leonard Cohen’s Songs of Leonard Cohen, and The Velvet Underground’s Nico. Their latest installment has been to cover INXS’ ‘90s album, Kick, and the RC is releasing the songs from this set on a weekly basis; the newest, a pretty, string-based take on “Never Tear Us Apart,” is online now at Beck’s website (www.beck.com/recordclub/), as are the rest of the offerings...
Tokyo Police Club’s new album, Champ, was just released last week, and the band are celebrating its arrival with a challenge to their fans. The competitive TPC are looking to “do something fun in every city we’re visiting on tour” in the form of fan-based competitions, suggested by the fans, who will then have the opportunity to win merch, tix, and other TPC prizes by testing the band at various activities of the fans’ choosing at each tour stop; the stops themselves will include shows in New Orleans (6/16), Royal Oak MI (6/25 at the Royal Oak Music Theater), Philly (6/27), Jackson MI (7/23) and at Chicago’s Metro (8/20). For more info on how to challenge Tokyo Police Club, stop by www.tokyopoliceclub.com...
Green Day’s very own edition of the Rock Band videogame is out now, as the band continues to grow and establish themselves as something of a punk rock brand. The punkers join The Beatles as the only other single act given their own Rock Band game, which frontman Billie Joe Armstrong calls “a glorified karaoke machine.” A plethora of unlockable bonuses are available to win throughout this particular edition of the game, including footage of Green Day performances, outtakes, interviews, and a tour of their road vehicle...
Indie rockers Ra Ra Riot, who performed at Interlochen last July, have been riding on the success of their debut set, The Rhumb Line, for the past couple of years, and now have a new set of songs to offer their fans. RRR’s second full-length album, The Orchard, is now set for a summertime release date - August 24, to be exact - on indie label Barsuk Records. Included on The Orchard will be new songs “Too Dramatic,” “Foolish,” “Boy,” “Do You Remember,” and the title track...

MODERN ROCK LINK OF THE WEEK:
Elephant Stone are offering up two instrumental tracks for free from their upcoming Glass Box EP; the opening tune, “Alap,” and a later sitar-filled number called “Dhun.” The Glass Box album is out now, but you can snag the two complimentary tracks on the band’s website, www.elephantstonemusic.com...

MINI BUZZ:
Pop-punksters Mayflower are prepping to release their new full-length album, Second Best Sunsets, and will tour to support same...
Devo have been tapped to appear in the 100th episode of animated series Futurama...
Arcade Fire’s upcoming new album, The Suburbs, will be prefaced by the disc’s first single, “Month of May”...
Get-well wishes going out this week to acclaimed musician/producer Daniel Lanois, who has had to cancel all of his summer concert appearances to recuperate from a recent motorcycle accident; Lanois is expected to make a full recovery...
Congratulations to newlywed Alanis Morissette, who recently announced via Twitter that she quietly married rap artist Mario “Soulway” Treadway...
Congrats, also, to Garbage singer/solo artist Shirley Manson, who told hipster TV host Craig Ferguson last week that she recently got married in Los Angeles to an as-yet-unnamed American fellow...
And showing up at CD stores everywhere are this week’s new releases... Papa Roach’s To Be Loved... Chamillionaire’s Venom... Cyndi Lauper’s Memphis Blues... Chemical Brothers’ Further... and Sia’s We Are Born... 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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