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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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Road trip to Toronto for great new music

Kristi Kates - February 22nd, 2010
Road Trip to Toronto for Great New Music
CMW 2010, otherwise known as Canadian Music Week 2010, is right around the corner, and is set to take place at a plethora of music/club venues throughout Toronto between March 10 and the 14th. You can snag a wristband that will allow you access to the full lineup of festival acts at http://canadianmusicfest.com, and what a lineup it is this year; already confirmed to perform are Bedouin Soundclash, Great Lake Swimmers, Marcy Playground, Constantines, Our Lady Peace, and Monogold, among others, so get your wristbands now...
In other festival-ish news, the lineup for this year’s New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival has been announced, with Pearl Jam standing as one of the fest’s headliners. Also set to perform are The Black Crowes, The Dead Weather (with Detroit’s own Jack White), fellow Detroiter Aretha Franklin, Elvis Costello, and many more; the event will take place April 23/25, April 29/30, and May 1/2...
Erykah Badu’s sixth studio album, New Amerykah, Part II: Return of the Ankh, will hit stores on February 23 on Motown/Universal Records. The album, Badu’s sequel to 2008’s New Amerykah, Part I: 4th World War, is said to be more about “raw feelings” than the conscious message-driven, political songs of the previous set...
And there’s plenty of Bedouin Soundclash news this week; first of all, the band have been working hard on their latest album, and plan to release it this upcoming summer on their own brand-new Pirates Blend record label. In addition, the first release on Pirates Blend will be Bedouin Soundclash frontman Jay Malinowski’s own debut solo disc, Bright Lights and Bruises, out this week, which he recorded on his own in his apartment back in 2009. Malinowski’s track “Life is a Gun” is already garnering attention, and is set to be featured in the upcoming Ryan Phillippe movie Bang Bang Club, which is slated to hit theaters later this year. Prior to that, fans can catch the video for the Bright Lights and Bruises track “There’s a Light,” which Malinowski shot last month in Iceland with director Michael Maxxis...

MODERN ROCK LINK OF THE WEEK:
Label Kill Rock Stars is set to reissue a pair of Elliott Smith’s albums, namely his 1994 debut set Roman Candle and his 2004 late LP From a Basement on the Hill. Both albums will hit stores on April 6th of this year, with Roman Candle having been remastered by Jackpot! Recording Studio’s Larry Crane. In the meantime, you can head over to Kill Rock Stars’ website (www.killrockstars.com) to download an unreleased Smith track for free...

MINI BUZZ:
French electronica duo Air are prepping to kick off a North American tour in a couple of weeks in support of their latest album, Love 2; the tour will see the pair make stops in Atlanta (3/15), Washington DC (3/17), Philly (3/18), Toronto (3/23), and Chicago (3/26)...
Wilco and Califone will be teaming up for a tour that will take both bands across Canada and the northern U.S., including shows in Calgary (2/16), Duluth MN (2/19), Madison WI (2/20), East Lansing MI (2/21), and Hamilton, Ontario (2/22)...
We Were Promised Jetpacks have lined up a series of headlining tour dates, too, that will include them performing live at the SXSW Fest in Austin, Texas in addition to shows in Phoenix AZ (2/23), Vancouver (3/1), and Seattle (3/2)...
Internet radio music service Pandora is working with car manufacturers to bring Pandora into on-board entertainment systems, so that streaming music from the web could replace or be an addition to the FM radio in your car sooner than you might think...
Former Smashing Pumpkins drummer Jimmy Chamberlin is collaborating with The Jackfield’s Mike Reina on a prog-pop band that they’ve dubbed This...
Dub/hip-hop/reggae artist Matisyahu is in the planning stages for his fourth album, which he says will have “more of a band feel” and will capitalize on the success of his improvisational live shows...

And hoping to have success on the charts are this week’s new releases... ON CD: Daniel Merriweather’s Love and War... Shout Out Loud’s Work... and Michelle Branch’s Everything Comes and Goes... ON DVD: Pet Shop Boys - Pandemonium - Live at the O2 Arena, London, 21 December 2009... 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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