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Letters 05-23-2016

Examine The Priorities Are you disgusted about closing schools, crumbling roads and bridges, and cuts everywhere? Investigate funding priorities of legislators. In 1985 at the request of President Reagan, Grover Norquist founded Americans for Tax Reform (ATR). For 30 years Norquist asked every federal and state candidate and incumbent to sign the pledge to vote against any increase in taxes. The cost of living has risen significantly since 1985; think houses, cars, health care, college, etc...

Make TC A Community For Children Let’s be that town that invests in children actively getting themselves to school in all of our neighborhoods. Let’s be that town that supports active, healthy, ready-to-learn children in all of our neighborhoods...

Where Are Real Christian Politicians? As a practicing Christian, I was very disappointed with the Rev. Dr. William C. Myers statements concerning the current presidential primaries (May 8). Instead of using the opportunity to share the message of Christ, he focused on Old Testament prophecies. Christ gave us a new commandment: to love one another...

Not A Great Plant Pick As outreach specialist for the Northwest Michigan Invasive Species Network and a citizen concerned about the health of our region’s natural areas, I was disappointed by the recent “Listen to the Local Experts” feature. When asked for their “best native plant pick,” three of the four garden centers referenced non-native plants including myrtle, which is incredibly invasive...

Truth About Plants Your feature, “listen to the local experts” contains an error that is not helpful for the birds and butterflies that try to live in northwest Michigan. Myrtle is not a native plant. The plant is also known as vinca and periwinkle...

Ask the Real Plant Experts This letter is written to express my serious concern about a recent “Listen To Your Local Experts” article where local nurseries suggested their favorite native plant. Three of the four suggested non-native plants and one suggested is an invasive and cause of serious damage to Michigan native plants in the woods. The article is both sad and alarming...

My Plant Picks In last week’s featured article “Listen to the Local Experts,” I was shocked at the responses from the local “experts” to the question about best native plant pick. Of the four “experts” two were completely wrong and one acknowledged that their pick, gingko tree, was from East Asia, only one responded with an excellent native plant, the serviceberry tree...

NOTE: Thank you to TC-based Eagle Eye Drone Service for the cover photo, taken high over Sixth Street in Traverse City.

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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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