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Letters 12-05-2016

Trump going back on promises I’m beginning to suspect that we’ve been conned by our new president. He’s backpedaling on nearly every campaign promise he made to us...

This Christmas, think before you speak Now that Trump has won the election, a lot of folks who call themselves Christians seem to believe they have a mandate to force their beliefs on the rest of us. Think about doing this before you start yelling about people saying “happy holidays,” whining about Starbucks coffee cup image(s), complaining about other’s lifestyles…

First Amendment protects prayer (Re: Atheist Gary Singer’s contribution to the Crossed column titled “What will it take to make America great again?” in the Nov. 21 edition of Northern Express.) Mr. Singer, the First Amendment states: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof …”

Evidence of global warming Two basic facts underlay climate science: first, carbon dioxide was known to be a heat-trapping gas as early as 1850; and second, humans are significantly increasing the amount of CO2 in Earth’s atmosphere through the burning of fossil fuels and other activities. We are in fact well on our way to doubling the CO2 concentrations in our atmosphere...

Other community backpack programs I just read your article in the Nov. 28 issue titled “Beneficial backpacks: Two local programs help children.” It is a good article, but there are at least two other such programs in the Traverse City area that I am aware of...

A ‘fox’ in the schoolhouse Trump’s proposed secretary of education, Betsy DeVos (“the fox” in Dutch), is a right-wing billionaire; relentless promoter of unlimited, unregulated charter schools and vouchers; and enemy of public schooling...

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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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