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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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Tron gets reboot with new film & soundtrak

Kristi Kates - August 23rd, 2010
Tron Gets Reboot with New Film, Soundtrack
Tron: Legacy, the new Tron remake-slash-sequel, may not be on the way to theaters until this upcoming December, but Tron: Legacy the soundtrack will beat it to stores this fall. Penned by none other than legendary electro-pioneers Daft Punk, the soundtrack for the film will feature Daft Punk music exclusively, and is available for pre-order on Amazon, although the album itself won’t be available until November 23rd (with the movie’s release date being December 17th in both standard theaters and 3D IMAX)...
Psychedelic Canadian rockers Black Mountain have wrapped work on their latest album, which was recorded in Vancouver, Los Angeles, and Seattle, and will spend the rest of their summer touring North America and Europe, including stops on both coasts, in Los Angeles (8/26) and Brooklyn NY (8/30). The album itself, Wilderness Heart, will be in-stores on September 14th, with an as-yet-unspecified single heading to radio this week...
And the Black Eyed Peas have reportedly been collaborating with none other than Avatar director James Cameron to put together a Black Eyed Peas concert film - but not just your usual concert film. This one will be a documentary-style movie about the Peas’ world tour, on stage and backstage, and is also set to be presented in 3D, concert footage and all...
Thequickly-gaining-in-popularity Bestival music fest is scheduled for September 9th through the 12th on the Isle of Wight, so get your tix for this buzz-y overseas event now; the relatively new event has been snagging some pretty hip bands, this year including Toro Y Moi, Dizzee Rascal, Echo and the Bunnymen, Caribou, and Wax Tailor, among others; festival curator Rob Da Bank has named this year’s Bestival the “year of the fantastic”...

MODERN ROCK LINK OF THE WEEK:
Seattle’s Bumbershoot Festival is just around the corner (September 4th-6th), too, so if you’re planning a trip there, and you’re a music fan, that’s a great time to go. Headliners this year include singer/songwriter Bob Dylan as well as Weezer and hip-hopster Mary J. Blige; additional performers include The Decemberists, The English Beat, Ra Ra Riot, Billy Bragg, and Balkan Beat Box. Get all the details and tix info at http://bumbershoot.org...

MINI BUZZ:
This year’s Electric Picnic in Ireland is set for September 3rd through the 5th, with the likes of Roxy Music, LCD Soundsystem, UNKLE, Foals, and Massive Attack among the headliners...
Gov’t Mule have just released an archival 3-disc live recording that they’ve dubbed Mulennium...
Queens of the Stone Age/Them Crooked Vultures musician Alain Johannes is stepping away from his many, many band projects to focus on his own solo album, Spark, which is set for release on August 31st...
Slash has kicked off yet another round of touring in support of his own self-titled solo album, which will now keep the guitarist on the road until early October...
The Sword’s third album, Warp Riders, will be released on August 24th on Kemado Records; a video trilogy is being released one at a time to accompany the disc...
Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings will be taking their classic Stax-styled soul on tour this fall, including live shows in Memphis (9/18), Dallas (9/23), Phoenix AZ (9/26), and Denver CO (9/28)...

And set for release this week are these new albums... Eels’ Tomorrow Morning... Jenny Wilson’s Hardships!... and Maximum Balloon’s Maximum Balloon... 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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