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Letters 10-27-2014

Paging Doctor Dan: The doctor’s promise to repeal Obamacare reminds me of the frantic restaurant owner hurrying to install an exhaust fan after the kitchen burns down. He voted 51 times to replace the ACA law; a colossal waste of money and time. It’s here to stay and he has nothing to replace it.

Evolution Is Real Science: Breathtaking inanity. That was the term used by Judge John Jones III in his elegant evisceration of creationist arguments attempting to equate it to evolutionary theory in his landmark Kitzmiller vs. Dover Board of Education decision in 2005.

U.S. No Global Police: Steven Tuttle in the October 13 issue is correct: our military, under the leadership of the President (not the Congress) is charged with protecting the country, its citizens, and its borders. It is not charged with  performing military missions in other places in the world just because they have something we want (oil), or we don’t like their form of government, or we want to force them to live by the UN or our rules.

Graffiti: Art Or Vandalism?: I walk the [Grand Traverse] Commons frequently and sometimes I include the loop up to the cistern just to go and see how the art on the cistern has evolved. Granted there is the occasional gross image or word but generally there is a flurry of color.

NMEAC Snubbed: Northern Michigan Environmental Action Council (NMEAC) is the Grand Traverse region’s oldest grassroots environmental advocacy organization. Preserving the environment through citizen action and education is our mission.

Vote, Everyone: Election Day on November 4 is fast approaching, and now is the time to make a commitment to vote. You may be getting sick of the political ads on TV, but instead, be grateful that you live in a free country with open elections. Take the time to learn about the candidates by contacting your county parties and doing research.

Do Fluoride Research: Hydrofluorosilicic acid, H2SiF6, is a byproduct from the production of fertilizer. This liquid, not environmentally safe, is scrubbed from the chimney of the fertilizer plant, put into containers, and shipped. Now it is a ‘product’ added to the public drinking water.

Meet The Homeless: As someone who volunteers for a Traverse City organization that works with homeless people, I am appalled at what is happening at the meetings regarding the homeless shelter. The people fighting this shelter need to get to know some homeless families. They have the wrong idea about who the homeless are.

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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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