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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: Sia, The XX, The Roots, Groove Armada

Kristi Kates - August 16th, 2010
Sia - We Are Born - Hear Music
UK-via-Australia singer Sia returns with her fourth set, as produced
by Kylie Minogue collaborator Greg Kurstin; Inara George and The
Strokes’ guitarist Nick Valensi also chip in. First single “Clap Your
Hands” sets the dance-floor-friendly tracklisting in motion, alongside
other disco-ish hits “You’ve Changed” and “The Fight.” Elsewhere, Sia
shows off her balladry skills on a Madonna cover as well as her own
songs “I’m Here” and “Stop Trying” - she may have started as a simple
pop singer, but she’s gradually gaining more depth with each album.


The XX - XX - XL Recordings

The XX – ironically signed to XL Recordings for this set - blend
call-and-response male/female vocals with R&B tunes and arrangements
and ’80s synths. Have we lost you yet? It’s definitely a unique mix,
but one that works in a modern new wave way. Opening with the
obviously-titled “Intro,” the sparsely-edited instrumental flows into
the first introduction of singers Sim and Croft (not to be confused in
any way with Seals and Crofts), who proceed to shoegaze beautifully
and quirkily through songs like “Shelter,” “Basic Space,” and
“Crystalized.”


The Roots - How I Got Over - Def Jam

Hip-hop pioneers and Jimmy Fallon house band The Roots have taken
their time to put together their 9th studio album, but the wait was
definitely worth it audio-wise. First single “Dear God 2.0” remakes
the Monsters of Folk song (“Dear God”) and includes contributions from
M. Ward and Conor Oberst; John Legend also shows up - twice - to
collaborate with The Roots on “The Fire” and a revamp of his own tune,
“Again,” here re-dubbed as “Doin’ It Again.” It’s a bright, funky set
with The Roots’ usual snappy arrangements and deft musicianship.


Groove Armada - Black Light - Om Records
After spending a good part of the past 10 years of their career
collaborating with everyone from Fatboy Slim to the aforementioned
Kylie Minogue, Groove Armada’s latest brings in a little pop and a
little art rock to their Eurodisco sound, via the vocals of Will Young
and Roxy Music’s Bryan Ferry, respectively. “Shameless” offers up
Ferry’s smooth vocals and some spoken-word efforts (in French, of
course), while “Fall Silent” adds a dash of The Human League via
Empire of the Sun’s Nick Littlemore, and “History” adds Will Young’s
vocals to the ’70s/’80s mix.

 
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