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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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Smashing pumpkins making stop in Grand Rapids

Kristi Kates - June 28th, 2010
Smashing Pumpkins : Making Stop in Grand Rapids
The Smashing Pumpkins will embark on a series of small-club U.S. tour dates to preface their upcoming Summer Sonic Festival appearances in Japan. The band, whose Teargarden by Kaleidyscope Vol. 1: Songs For a Sailor EP was released both for free online (one song at a time) and as a conventional purchase CD, say that they’ll play some classics, some new songs, and some Teargarden material on the short trek, during which select fans will be specially invited to attend the band’s sound checks. Stops on the mini-tour will include Grand Rapids MI (7/8 at The Orbit Room), Baltimore (7/12), and Memphis (7/24). After the Pumpkins’ European shows, they are mapping out plans to tour South America and Australia, with an expected return to the U.S. later this year...
Legendary singer-songwriter Elvis Costello has announced that he’s cancelled his upcoming pair of gigs in Israel, as a quiet protest of the country’s treatment of Palestinians. The singer, on his blog, said that he feared performing the gigs (previously scheduled for June 30 and July 1) might be seen as him supporting the country’s government. “Sometimes a silence in the music is better than adding to the static,” Costello said...
Deadmau5 is prepping for a 20-date U.S. tour this summer, complete with his gigantic light/LED screen/FX show. Deadmau5 says that his show has grown so massive that he often doesn’t have room on various summer stages to bring the entire setup; so some of his shows will be billed as “Unhooked,” which means you’ll see less lights, but Deadmau5 will perform longer to make up for the difference. Following a round of European shows, his stateside dates will include stops in Toronto (6/30), Chicago (7/2), Detroit (7/3), Philly (7/24), and Washington DC (7/28)...
We Are Scientists are kicking off a slate of U.S. dates as an arm of their World Tour in support of their brand-new album, Barbara, which hit stores June 15. As far as the tour goes, it will put the band on the bus on July 3 in Albany, New York, with extra band member Andy Burrows (Razorlight) along for the ride on the drums. WAS’ tour dates will include stops in Philly (7/15), Toronto (7/19), Ann Arbor MI (7/20), Chicago (7/21), and Seattle (7/28) before they hop overseas to continue the tour in Europe...

MODERN ROCK LINK OF THE WEEK:
Pop orchestra Bjorkestra (you guessed it - they perform instrumentals of Bjork songs) are working to raise money to release a recording of their two-night stand last year at New York’s Jazz Standard; if you’d like to help make the release of Live at the Jazz Standard a reality, stop by this link (www.kickstarter.com/profile/bjorkestra) to find out more...

MINI BUZZ:
Yoko Ono spoke to fans in a Q and A session online, and said that she is a fan of Oasis, and that she hopes the band will reunite and make more albums because “we need the power of goodness from their music”...
Kings of Leon are working on their new album in New York City; they say the next set is apt to be “darker” in tone, and will serve as their fifth release...
Simply Red singer Mick Hucknall has married his longtime girlfriend, Gabrielle Wilke-Wesberry, in a small ceremony in Scotland...
The Enemy are taking a couple of breaks from working on their third album so frontman Tom Clarke can take on a few DJ gigs at various London clubs...
Hot Hot Heat have just released their first album for Dangerbird Records, Future Breeds...
And Kylie Minogue’s eleventh studio album, Aphrodite, will hit stores on July 5; among the songwriters who have contributed to Minogue’s set are Calvin Harris and Keane’s acclaimed songsmith Tim Rice-Oxley...

These artists want you to pay attention to the tunes they’ve written, too, so here are this week’s new releases... Sebastian Blanck’s Alibi Coast... Macy Gray’s The Sellout... Alejandro Escovedo’s Street Songs of Love... and Herbie Hancock’s The Imagine Project... 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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