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Letters 02-01-2016

Real Contamination In 1968, Chicago (its Mayor Richard Daley in particular) felt menaced by anti-war protesters (Abbie Hoffman in particular) threatening to put the hallucinogenic LSD into Chicago’s water supply. In reaction to the 9/11 terrorist attacks on New York and Washington, D.C., we reacted vigorously to a perceived threat of chemical or biological terrorist attacks on our water supply. A religious cult contaminating a city water tank with salmonella in Oregon, sickening about 700, was the only such attack in our country until now. The water supply of Flint, Mich., was attacked and contaminated, not by terrorists or protesters, but by our own government...

Why The Muslim Debate? I was passing through your fine town last week and picked up a couple copies of Northern Express. There I noted a discourse concerning the Muslim situation in Dearborn. It is interesting to note that I see similar conversations in newspapers and blogs throughout the country and, in fact, throughout the world...

Kachadurian Has It All Wrong Thank you for continuing to publish Thomas Kachadurian’s bigoted editorials. If not for this publication, I wouldn’t know that such people lived in my sweet northern Michigan...

Over The Line I felt Sarah Palin crossed the line when she indicated our president did not care about those like her son who came home wounded. No one challenges her on these remarks; to me it is shameful...

Flints’ Man-made Disaster Governor Snyder’s Financial Emergency Manager Law has created a State of Emergency in Flint. In 2011, newly elected Governor Snyder signed Public Act 4, giving him the freedom to take over any city government his office found financially bankrupt, with power to override any decision of elected city officials. This law showed his primary motive — money before people. In November 2012, the People of Michigan voted down his Financial Emergency Manager Law, as they resented losing control of their cities. In December 2012, he showed his contempt for the people’s vote and signed a revised version, one that did not give power back to the people...

Defending the AR15 And Gun Rights I was amazed to read David Downer’s recent letter. He admits he is a gun owner but he expresses his ignorance of what an “assault rifle” really is, and thereby spreads the antigun position that an AR15 is an assault rifle...

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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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