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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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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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