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Letters 10-20-2014

Doctor Dan? After several email conversations with Rep. Benishek, he has confirmed that he doesn’t have a clue of what he does. Here’s why...

In Favor Of Our Parks [Traverse] City Proposal 1 is a creative way to improve our city parks without using our tax dollars. By using a small portion of our oil and gas royalties from the Brown Bridge Trust Fund, our parks can be improved for our children and grandchildren.

From January 1970 Popular Mechanics: “Drastic climate changes will occur within the next 50 years if the use of fossil fuels keeps rising at current rates.” That warning comes from Eugene K. Peterson of the Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Land Management.

Newcomers Might Leave: Recently we had guests from India who came over as students with the plan to stay in America. He has a master’s degree in engineering and she is doing her residency in Chicago and plans to specialize in oncology. They talked very candidly about American politics and said that after observing...

Someone Is You: On Sept 21, I joined the 400,000 who took to the streets of New York in the People’s Climate March, followed by a UN Climate Summit and many speeches. On October 13, the Pentagon issued a report calling climate change a significant threat to national security requiring immediate action. How do we move from marches, speeches and reports to meaningful work on this problem? In NYC I read a sign with a simple answer...

Necessary To Pay: Last fall, Grand Traverse voters authorized a new tax to fix roads. It is good, it is necessary.

The Real Reasons for Wolf Hunt: I have really been surprised that no one has been commenting on the true reason for the wolf hunt. All this effort has not been expended so 23 wolves can be killed each year. Instead this manufactured controversy about the wolf hunt has been very carefully crafted to get Proposal 14-2 passed.

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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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