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Letters 10-27-2014

Paging Doctor Dan: The doctor’s promise to repeal Obamacare reminds me of the frantic restaurant owner hurrying to install an exhaust fan after the kitchen burns down. He voted 51 times to replace the ACA law; a colossal waste of money and time. It’s here to stay and he has nothing to replace it.

Evolution Is Real Science: Breathtaking inanity. That was the term used by Judge John Jones III in his elegant evisceration of creationist arguments attempting to equate it to evolutionary theory in his landmark Kitzmiller vs. Dover Board of Education decision in 2005.

U.S. No Global Police: Steven Tuttle in the October 13 issue is correct: our military, under the leadership of the President (not the Congress) is charged with protecting the country, its citizens, and its borders. It is not charged with  performing military missions in other places in the world just because they have something we want (oil), or we don’t like their form of government, or we want to force them to live by the UN or our rules.

Graffiti: Art Or Vandalism?: I walk the [Grand Traverse] Commons frequently and sometimes I include the loop up to the cistern just to go and see how the art on the cistern has evolved. Granted there is the occasional gross image or word but generally there is a flurry of color.

NMEAC Snubbed: Northern Michigan Environmental Action Council (NMEAC) is the Grand Traverse region’s oldest grassroots environmental advocacy organization. Preserving the environment through citizen action and education is our mission.

Vote, Everyone: Election Day on November 4 is fast approaching, and now is the time to make a commitment to vote. You may be getting sick of the political ads on TV, but instead, be grateful that you live in a free country with open elections. Take the time to learn about the candidates by contacting your county parties and doing research.

Do Fluoride Research: Hydrofluorosilicic acid, H2SiF6, is a byproduct from the production of fertilizer. This liquid, not environmentally safe, is scrubbed from the chimney of the fertilizer plant, put into containers, and shipped. Now it is a ‘product’ added to the public drinking water.

Meet The Homeless: As someone who volunteers for a Traverse City organization that works with homeless people, I am appalled at what is happening at the meetings regarding the homeless shelter. The people fighting this shelter need to get to know some homeless families. They have the wrong idea about who the homeless are.

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OMD, Faces reunite for albums & live show

Kristi Kates - July 5th, 2010
OMD, Faces Reunite For Albums and Live Shows
OMD’s original line-up have gotten back together for some touring and are now slated to record, too - and, after a whopping 24 years off the charts, they’ll release a new album as a band again later this year. Andy McCluskey, Paul Humphreys, Martin Cooper, and Malcolm Holmes are all back on board again for the project, which will serve as the (much-delayed) follow up to OMD’s last set, 1986’s The Pacific Age. The new album will be produced by Arctic Monkeys’ producer Mike Crossey...
In other reuniting news, The Faces - albeit without original frontman Rod Stewart - are now set to play a show at the Vintage at Goodwood Festival in the UK in August, with Simply Red’s Mick Hucknell stepping in to take on Stewart’s vocals, and Sex Pistols bass player Glen Matlock performing in place of The Faces’ late bassist Ronnie Lane. Original Faces members Ronnie Wood, Kenney Jones, and Ian McLagan will all appear; the revived camaraderie, the band says, is both a result of a live show they played recently that went well, and the fact that they found a renewed energy in their ol’ band after receiving a PRS Lifetime Achievement Award last year...
After six years out of the music scene, L.A. trio Autolux is set to release their sophomore (finally) album, Transit Transit, via TDB Records, with the album serving as the follow up for their 2004 debut, Future Perfect. The band says they never stopped working on music during their perceived hiatus, and that the reasons why they vanished for so long are “multitudinous, unfit for print, and predominately boring.” No matter - Autolux fans can still snag Transit Transit soon enough, as it will hit stores on August 3...
And the 10th anniversary of the Siren Music Festival is set for Saturday, July 17 at NYC’s Coney Island, so you can both watch great bands and check out the amusement park rides. Two stages will welcome the likes of Harlem and Ted Leo and the Pharmacists, among others; the best part? The fest is totally free, no tickets required (but be prepared to deal with over 100,000 people attending)...

MODERN ROCK LINK OF THE WEEK:
Influential rockers Pixies will perform their 1989 Doolittle album, plus its B-sides, in its entirety on a tour set to kick off in Philly on September 7. The jaunt will include stops in Atlanta (9/13), Dallas (9/19), and Las Vegas (9/25); not sure who the Pixies are? Well, they’ve influenced the likes of Weezer and Nirvana, so go learn more at www.pixiesmusic.com...

MINI BUZZ:
The 2010 Bestival is now set for September 9 through the 12th on the Isle of Wight in England, and will feature DJ sets from the likes of Ewan Pearson plus live performances from Fever Ray, Echo and the Bunnymen, Hot Chip, and Dizzee Rascal, among others...
The 9th Annual Northwest String Summit with Mickey Hart, Yonder Mountain String Band, and Rhythm Devils (among others) is set for July 16 through the 18th this year near Portland, Oregon...
Lilith Fair has added more dates to its itinerary, now making stops in Chicago (7/17), Indianapolis (7/18), Detroit (7/21 at the DTE Energy Music Theater, Toronto (7/24), Cleveland (7/27), Philly (7/28), and Washington DC (8/3)...
Singer Bat for Lashes is just beginning work on her third album, with a 2011 release date scheduled for the new set...
The White Stripes might begin work on some new songs soon, too, according to the Stripes’ Jack White, who mentioned in a recent interview that he would like to resume writing and recording with bandmate Meg White, now that she’s reportedly gained control of her struggle with anxiety...
Big Head Todd and the Monsters are set to release their new studio album, Rocksteady, on July 20 on Big Records...

And rockin’ their way to your CD collection are this week’s new releases... Katzenjammer’s Le Pop... Wolf Parade’s Expo 86... Judy Collins’ Paradise... Three 6 Mafia’s Laws of Power... and Kylie Minogue’s Aphrodite... 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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