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Letters 05-25-2015

Michigan’s Depleted Funds So now we know why the Michigan legislators wanted to rush Proposal 1 down our throats.

Legality of Marriage & Divorce An article in the May 25th issue of Time reveals that: “We now have reached a point where fewer than half of kids leaving high school will have their parents living together.”

Cold Paradise Your May 18 cover story “Why is Northern Michigan So White?” is preposterous. For starters, we have plenty of diversity in this region: German, Polish, Swedish, Lithuanian, Norwegian, French Canadian, etc. – all groups that flourish in colder, harsh winter climates.

Unpave Those Roads Michigan legislators recently put before the people a proposal to increase tax to increase funds to the DOT and road commissions across the state for road repairs. The proposal failed by a significant margin.

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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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