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Letters 07-21-2014

Disheartened

While observing Fox News, it was disheartening to see what their viewers were subjected to. It seems the Republicans’ far right wing extremists are conveying their idealistic visions against various nationalities, social diversities or political beliefs with an absence of emotion concerning women’s health issues, children’s rights, voter suppression, Seniors, Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid...

Things That Matter

All of us in small towns and large not only have the right to speak on behalf of our neighbors and ourselves, we have the duty and responsibility to do so -- and 238 years ago, we made a clear Declaration to do just that...

An Anecdote Driven Mind

So, is Thomas Kachadurian now the Northern Express’ official resident ranter? His recent factfree, hard-hearted column suggests it. While others complain about the poor condition of Michigan’s roads and highways, he rants against those we employ to fix them...

No On Prop 1

Are we being conned? Are those urging us to say “yes” to supposedly ”revenue neutral” ballot proposal 1 on August 5 telling us all the pertinent facts? Proposal 1 would eliminate the personal property tax businesses pay to local governments, replacing its revenue with a share of Michigan’s 6 percent use tax paid by us all on out-of-state purchases, hotel accommodations, some equipment rentals, and telecommunications...

Fix VA Tragedy

The problems within the Veterans Administration identified under former President Bush continue to hinder the delivery of quality health care to the influx of physically wounded and emotionally damaged young men and women...

Women Take Note

I find an interesting link between the Supreme Court Hobby Lobby and the crisis on the southern border. Angry protesters shout at children to go home. These children are scared, tired, hungry and thirsty, sent to US prisons awaiting deportation to a country where they may very likely be killed...


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4Play: The Black Crows, Los Lobos, House of Heroes, Filter

Kristi Kates - August 23rd, 2010
The Black Crowes - Croweology - Megaforce
1990 was the year, Shake Your Money Maker was the debut disc, and the band was The Black Crowes. Twenty years later, the band has released their first album of all-acoustic tracks, a double album being sold at the cost of a single set to thank the band’s fans. Produced by Paul Stacey, the album itself includes unplugged versions of prior Crows songs, plus a couple of newbies; opener “Jealous Again” is punchy and strong, while classic “She Talks to Angels” adds in pedal steel and mandolin to the acoustic guitars, and “Thorn in My Pride” finds the band doing a little acoustic jamming to Robinson’s distinctive vocals.




Los Lobos - Tin Can Trust - Shout Factory
Los Lobos’ first collection of new original songs in four years, the album brings together blues, rock, both English and Spanish-language tracks, and even a cover tune. “27 Spanishes” presents a musical history lesson complete with guitar work from Cesar Rosas; Texas polka makes an appearance on “Mujer Ingrata”; Susan Tedeschi steps in to contribute backing vocals on “Burn It Down”; and the band pays homage to the Grateful Dead with their version of “West L.A. Fadeaway.” A nice progression for this skilled band.





House of Heroes - Suburba - Gotee Records
Pop-rockers House of Heroes draw mostly on classic rockers (think Springsteen, The Who, John Mellencamp) to hammer together their current album, although many of their songs take things a step heavier. The album’s theme, as one might guess from the title, is “growing up in middle class suburbia,” according to the band’s Tim Skipper; the arena-friendly tracks send along messages of utilizing spirituality to get through the tough times, all wrapped in pop hooks from “So Far Away” to “Independence Day for a Petty Thief.”




Filter - The Trouble with Angels - RS
Richard Patrick (vocalist) and his band Filter harken back to the band’s good ol’ days on this set - by that, of course, meaning the days when Patrick, pre-pop/rock-charts, used to put far more focus on the aggressiveness of his vocal lines, right down to some actual screaming. These equally strong songs aren’t necessarily for everybody, with their heavily metallic instrumental backdrops and Patrick’s unflinching subject matter, but Filter fans will be glad to see the band return on such impact-making songs as “The Inevitable Relapse,” “No Love,” and “Fades Like a Photograph.”

 
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