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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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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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