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Letters 07-25-2016

Remember Bush-Cheney Does anyone remember George W. Bush and Dick Cheney? They were president and vice president a mere eight years ago. Does anyone out there remember the way things were at the end of their duo? It was terrible...

Mass Shootings And Gun Control The largest mass shooting in U.S. history occurred December 29,1890, when 297 Sioux Indians at Wounded Knee in South Dakota were murdered by federal agents and members of the 7th Cavalry who had come to confiscate their firearms “for their own safety and protection.” The slaughter began after the majority of the Sioux had peacefully turned in their firearms...

Families Need Representation When one party dominates the Michigan administration and legislature, half of Michigan families are not represented on the important issues that face our state. When a policy affects the non-voting K-12 students, they too are left out, especially when it comes to graduation requirements...

Raise The Minimum Wage I wanted to offer a different perspective on the issue of raising the minimum wage. The argument that raising the minimum wage will result in job loss is a bogus scare tactic. The need for labor will not change, just the cost of it, which will be passed on to the consumer, as it always has...

Make Cherryland Respect Renewable Cherryland Electric is about to change their net metering policy. In a nutshell, they want to buy the electricity from those of us who produce clean renewable electric at a rate far below the rate they buy electricity from other sources. They believe very few people have an interest in renewable energy...

Settled Science Climate change science is based on the accumulated evidence gained from studying the greenhouse effect for 200 years. The greenhouse effect keeps our planet 50 degrees warmer due to heat-trapping gases in our atmosphere. Basic principles of physics and chemistry dictate that Earth will warm as concentrations of greenhouse gases increase...

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White Stripe‘s documentarian to tribute Nick Drake

Kristi Kates - August 6th, 2010
White Stripes’ Documentarian to Tribute Nick Drake
You may know his work from his duo of recent documentaries, namely travel/environmental doc 180° South and music film The White Stripes: Under Great White Northern Lights. Now, filmmaker Emmett Malloy has gotten the approval of Nick Drake’s sister, Gabrielle, to pursue an as-yet-untitled documentary on late Brit folk-rocker Nick Drake. Malloy will reportedly also be working on an album and a book to accompany the film project, on which he’s likely to collaborate with (so far) Jack Johnson, Andrew Bird, and Matt Costa, among others...
Dan Wilson, Minneapolis-based former front man of alt-pop group Semisonic, recently dropped his first live album, a performance set at his hometown’s Pantages Theater. For the follow-up, Wilson is in the midst of working on a solo studio album set for release in 2011; but given his in-demand nature as a songwriter and producer lately, chances are you’ll hear him well before that, as he’s worked on tunes for everyone from the Dixie Chicks to Josh Groban, The Bravery to Adele to Jason Mraz...
Seattle folk-popsters The Cave Singers have just signed to Jagjaguwar Records, and are heading into the studio this month with Black Mountain/Boris producer Randall Dunn to work on their label debut disc. Set for release early next year, the album will be chock-full of new Cave Singers tunes, some of which the band has already been previewing at their festival dates this summer...
A new music fest dubbed Campfire Trails will take place in London this fall, from September 15 through the 17th, with the aim of showcasing indie rock and Americana artists. So far, the fest’s roster includes Old Crow Medicine Show, The Dave Rawlings Machine, and Wild Beasts, with each band getting their own night to perform at the Troxy Theater. The special shows will be offered as an “all-three-days” pass, or as individual tickets (at seetickets.com) if you’re only looking forward to one or two of the bands...

MODERN ROCK LINK OF THE WEEK:
Fall Out Boy’s Pete Wentz has formed a new band to take up his time while FOB is on a break; the project, dubbed Black Cards, can be checked out at Wentz’ new accompanying website, www.bl4ckc4rds.com...

MINI BUZZ:
The Darkness’ frontman Justin Hawkins is once again denying the many rumors that the English glam-rock band is about to reunite...
In other “darkness” news, Bruce Springsteen will release a deluxe version of his classic 1978 rock album, Darkness on the Edge of Town, complete with extra outtakes and other surprises...
The Posies, newly revitalized with an impressive new album, have just premiered a new song, “Licenses to Hide” to radio...
Jimm y Eat World have pegged their new album, Invented, for in-store release on September 28; the new set was recorded in their hometown of Tempe, Arizona with producer Mark Trombino...
Robert Plant’s new album, Band of Joy, is now due out on September 14 on Rounder Records, and includes his take on Townes van Zandt’s “Harm’s Swift Way”...
And in other geezer-rock news, Steven Tyler’s recent return to Aerosmith, according to Tyler himself, indicates that fans can expect a new Aerosmith album soon, as the band’s begun writing tunes...

With tunes already written and their music on the shelves for your appraisal, here are this week’s new CD releases... Alain Johannes’ Spark... Portico Quartet’s Isla... Interpol’s Interpol... and Unicycle’s Mirror Mirror... 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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