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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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4Play: Booka Shade, Kaskade, LCD Soundsystem, Minus the Bear

Kristi Kates - July 5th, 2010
Booka Shade - More! - GP Music
Booka Shade revamps their percussionist stance again on their newest set, which puts 90% of the emphasis on the beats and hands over vocal duties (for the most part) over to the likes of C. Jones and Yello. Although a couple of the tracks are just too plain weird to call up a proper description, the majority are strong, moody techno-electro numbers like the darkened “Regenerate,” the new-wave inflected “Bad Love,” and the synthy background that helps define the disgruntled vocal mumbles of Yello’s Dieter Meier on “Divine.”





Kaskade - Dynasty - Ultra Records
Sticking with an eclectic house-music format for his sixth album, Kaskade adds in a few acoustic sounds for variety on songs like the peppy, guitar-seasoned zing of “Fire in Your New Shoes,” the uber-danceable “Start Again,” and the start-stop exchange of “Call Out.” Highlight “Don’t Wait” continues the acoustic guitar and frosts it with cool, spiralling synths. Kaskade’s worked hard to get to the top of the DJ heap, and he has; when he’s not busy remixing the likes of Britney and Lady Gaga, his own career is moving along just fine, thank you.





LCD Soundsystem - This is Happening - DFA
LCD’s first set since their highly-lauded 2007 album, This... isn’t necessarily LCD’s attempts at a set of hits - as Murphy says himself on “You Wanted a Hit” - but a collection of tunes that’s both self-referential and staunchly new. “Pow Pow” references tunes by Jellyfish, while “I Can Change” is reminiscent of the ‘80s hit “Cars”; all the beats, though, are more club-focused, with sharp snares and rolling styths, albeit in direct contrast to Murphy’s aggressive, cantankerous lyrics - an interesting contrast, but it’s a danceable one.




Minus the Bear - Omni - Dangerbird
Another complex and evasive set from the alt-dance band, Omni is a slow burn of a listen. It may take you several spins to catch on to the sound - but it’s a compelling one, from the sliding guitars of “Excuses” to the gaunt keyboards and elusive instrumentals of “Into the Mirror” and the heavier emo-punk of “Summer Angel” and “The Thief.” Mixing the serious experimentation of previous album Planet of Ice and the more commercial side of El Oso, it’s a somewhat disjointed collection of songs, about half hits and half misses.


 
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