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Letters 05-02-2016

Facts About Trails I would like to correct some misinformation provided in Kristi Kates’ article about the Shore-to-Shore Trail in your April 18 issue. The Shore-to-Shore Trail is not the longest continuous trail in the Lower Peninsula. That honor belongs to the North Country Trail (NCT), which stretches for over 400 miles in the Lower Peninsula. In fact, 100 miles of the NCT is within a 30-minute drive of Traverse City, and is maintained by the Grand Traverse Hiking Club...

North Korea Is Bluffing I eagerly read Jack Segal’s columns and attend his lectures whenever possible. However, I think his April 24th column falls into an all too common trap. He casually refers to a nuclear-armed North Korea when there is no proof whatever that North Korea has any such weapons. Sure, they have set off some underground explosions but so what? Tonga could do that. Every nuclear-armed country on Earth has carried out at least one aboveground test, just to prove they could do it if for no other reason. All we have is North Korea’s word for their supposed capabilities, which is no proof at all...

Double Dipping? In Greg Shy’s recent letter, he indicated that his Social Security benefit was being unfairly reduced simply due to the fact that he worked for the government. Somehow I think something is missing here. As I read it this law is only for those who worked for the government and are getting a pension from us generous taxpayers. Now Greg wants his pension and he also wants a full measure of Social Security benefits even though he did not pay into Social Security...

Critical Thinking Needed Our media gives ample coverage to some presidential candidates calling each other a liar and a sleaze bag. While entertaining to some, this certainly should lower one’s respect for either candidate. This race to the bottom comes as no surprise given their lack of respect for the rigors of critical thinking. The world’s esteemed scientists take great steps to preserve the integrity of their findings. Not only are their findings peer reviewed by fellow experts in their specialty, whenever possible the findings are cross-checked by independent studies...

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R.E.M. Go Old School For New Album

Kristi Kates - October 11th, 2010
Autumn Defense is working on their upcoming album, too - dubbed Once
Around, the set will serve as the band’s fourth, and will be released
on November 2 on Yep Roc albums. Included in Autumn Defense’s band
lineup, of course, are Wilco members John Stirratt and Pat Sansone,
who are able to work on some “un-Wilco-like” music in their
nonetheless very catchy side project. Tunes set for inclusion on Once
Around will be “Huntington Fair,” “The Rift,” “Step Easy,” “Every
Day,” and the title track... Brian Eno, the electronic pioneer known
both for his own solo work and his time in Roxy Music as well as his
groundbreaking producing for the likes of U2, Coldplay, and Talking
Heads, is set to release his next album on Warp Records, most likely
some time later this year. The new set is said to sound both live and
“alien,” as well very unusual and unique sonically, even given all of
Eno’s musical sound experimentations over the years...
And for those of you who have been living under a TV-free rock, Fox
has announced (in a live webcast hosted by Ryan Seacrest, ‘natch) that
the previously unsettled and unknown roster of judges for the next
round of singing competition American Idol has finally been settled.
With Idol “dawg” Randy Jackson still on the judging panel, favorite
Paula Abdul long gone, and perhaps the only truly accurate judge,
Simon Cowell, now departed, the remaining judge places will be taken
up by performer Jennifer Lopez and Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler.
The new season of Idol is set to begin January 12, 2011...

MODERN ROCK LINK OF THE WEEK:
U2 premiered a couple of new songs this past summer at one of their
live shows in Turin, Italy; one called “North Star” and the other
called “Flowering Rose of Glastonbury” about - what else? -
Glastonbury, the festival that they missed due to Bono’s back surgery.
To see live video of both performances, check out www.u2gigs.com/article672.html
...

MINI BUZZ: The Gracious Few have kicked off their fall tour in
promotion of their eponymous debut disc, which they released on their
own label; the band will make stops in Atlanta GA (10/10), Little Rock
AR (10/16), Memphis (10/19), Columbus OH (10/28), Flint MI (10/29),
and Lancaster PA (10/31)...
Swedish band ABBA are taking legal action against the Danish People’s
Party, after the political group changed the words of one of ABBA’s
songs in order to have a theme song for their party’s leader...
The Coral will be taking on some UK dates, too, in promotion of their
new album Butterfly House; their shows will include Leeds (11/14),
London (11/15), and Glasgow (11/19)...
Austin, Texas experimental popsters The Octopus Project will release
their new album, Hexadecagon, on October 26, after performing the
album in its entirety at SXSW to over-capacity crowds...The War Child
David Bowie tribute album is now set for release on October 11th,
complete with contributions from Duran Duran, Warpaint, Afghan
Raiders, Corridor, and John Frusciante, among others... And start
crafting those crazy costumes, all you “little monsters” - Lady Gaga
has added dates to her 2011 North American tour, and one of them is
set to be a stop at Grand Rapids’ Van Andel Arena on March 1- tickets
are on sale for that show now...
And these CDs are looking to add their music to your CD collection...
Manic Street Preachers’ Postcards from a Young Man... No Age’s
Everything In Between... (Genesis drummer-turned-solo-artist) Phil
Collins’ Going Back... and Ice Cube’s I Am the West... 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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