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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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Roots welcome DJ Jazzy Jeff, Bajah to Picnic

Kristi Kates - May 17th, 2010
Roots Welcome DJ Jazzy Jeff, Bajah to Picnic
The Roots 3rd Annual Picnic Event is set to take place at Philadelphia’s Festival Pier on Saturday, June, 5, so if you’re a hip-hop fan plan and have been eyeing a trip to Philly, now’s the time. The all-day concert will feature sets from DJ Jazzy jeff, Pattern is Movement, Tune-Yards, MM Jamboys, Bajah and the Dry Eye Crew, and of course The Roots themselves; The Roots will also continue their tradition of backing another legendary group for a live set (last year it was Public Enemy), so stay tuned...
Singer-songwriter Jack Johnson’s newest album, To the Sea, is now set for release on June 1, with the first single, “You and Your Heart,” already at radio as you read this. Johnson’s latest was recorded in a mere three weeks at his own solar-powered studio in Hawaii, and the musician will take his band on the road for a series of tour dates in Europe this June and July...
Indie rockers Golden Dogs have been working diligently on a follow-up album to their 2006 set, Big Eye Little Eye, and have also added two new members to their lineup, which now numbers singer/guitarist Dave Azzolini, guitarist James Robertson, bassist Dave Dalrymple, drummer Taylor Knox, and keyboardist Jessica Grassia. The band are already playing live shows together, and say that an album release date is imminent...
Danger Mouse’s long-delayed album Dark Night of the Soul, on which he collaborates with the likes of Iggy Pop and Super Furry Animals’ Gruff Rhys, among others, was legally stopped from release by DM’s label EMI last year after it was leaked online through peer-to-peer sharing sites. Instead of the album’s music, Dark Night of the Soul was released as a blank CD with a sticker saying ‘use it as you will’ on it, accompanied by a photo book. Not quite the album fans were looking for. Now, the label dispute has reportedly been resolved, and the album is slated for (actual) release in June...
MODERN ROCK LINK OF THE WEEK:
Sigur Ros’ Jonsi Birgisson has announced that the band has embarked on a break for an unspecified length of time, and have stopped work on their new album. Birgisson says that although the band did begin recording the follow up to their 2008 disc, Meo Suo I Eyrum Vio Spilum Endalaust, they decided to trash what they’d already completed and start over at a later date. In the meantime, Birgisson has just released his own album, Go, in March; you can check it out at http://jonsi.com/...

MINI BUZZ:
Belle and Sebastian are reportedly in a Glasgow studio writing some new songs, and will trek to L.A. for the actual recording of the album...
Doves, Jack Johnson, and Mika have been confirmed to perform at this year’s Eden Sessions in Cornwall, England...
And Muse is now confirmed to headline the T in the Park show in Balado on July 9-11, along with Kasabian...
The Black Keys’ latest set, Brothers, is in-stores now, with drummer Patrick Carney saying that the album is more “personal” than previous efforts; Brothers includes songs “She’s Long Gone,” “The Go Getter,” and “Unknown Brother”...
The Foo Fighters are set to regroup for a new album this year, after band members Taylor Hawkins and Dave Grohl have wrapped work on their current round of side projects...
And Arctic Monkeys spent their spring warming up with a short run of live dates, and now will be embarking on their own summer tour...

ON CD: Jamie Lidell’s Compass... Deftones’ Diamond Eyes... LCD Soundsystem’s This Is Happening... and The Black Keys’ Brothers... ON DVD: The Kinks: You Really Got Me - The Story of The Kinks... 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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