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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Influential Beach Boys mark 50 years

Kristi Kates - November 1st, 2010
Influential Beach Boys Mark 50 Years
The Beach Boys, the ‘60s band that’s influenced the sounds of everyone from Wilco to The Shins, Apples in Stereo to Belle and Sebastian, are set to reunite in order to mark their 50th anniversary, with none other than a live - and probably free - performance, although the locale has yet to be determined. The line-up for the event is reportedly going to include Al Jardine, Mike Love, Bruce Johnston, early guitarist David Marks and possibly (emphasis on maybe) the evasive (and busy) Brian Wilson. Jardine recently told Rolling Stone magazine that he personally “wants to see a hundred-date anniversary tour,” but that if one show is all they’re going to do together, then he’ll take it...
INXS are still putting forth plenty of Aussie rock, and have announced a range of guest singers for their new upcoming album; the singers will share the mic with Rockstar: INXS tv show winner JD Fortune, who semi-replaced original INXS singer Michael Hutchence after he passed away. The band will release an initial single, a new version of their 1980 hit “Just Keep Walking,” with Dan Sultan on vocal duties, while other tracks on the full album will include the likes of Rob Thomas, Train’s Pat Monahan, and Ben Harper all putting their own stamp on a tracklisting of INXS classics...
Jack Johnson has announced that his ongoing To the Sea Tour is partnering up with local and national non-profit organizations in areas that were affected by the Gulf oil spill to help accrue donations and encourage volunteerism. In addition, Johnson’s own charity organization, the Johnson Ohana Charitable Foundation, is committing up to $70,000 to the All at Once non-profit partners that are working on Gulf oil spill relief efforts; so in addition to paying for good music by buying Jack Johnson concert tix, you’ll also be helping a very worthy cause...

And The Who are quietly eyeballing tour possibilities for 2011, with singer Roger Daltry suggesting that the band might either put together a new show, or a revamped version of the band’s 1973 rock opera Quadrophenia. The considerations so far as to work around guitarist Pete Townshend’s continuing battle with tinnitus, as well as Daltrey’s own solo dates as a headliner and as opening act for Eric Clapton. Townshend is also working on writing a new musical called Floss, although whether that will or will not be a part of The Who’s live show remains to be seen (heard)...

It’s been two years since The Swell Season won the Oscar for Best Song (and found that they had a fan in President Obama), and since then they’ve released two albums and have kept on touring. Most recently, though, they recorded a cover of Neutral Milk Hotel’s tune “Two Headed Boy” for the Onion’s AV Club. Catch up with the talented duo and check out the video here: http://tinyurl.com/25f58bc

Killers singer Brandon Flowers, whose solo album Flamingo was released in September, said in a recent interview that most of the songs on his solo set were originally penned by him for The Killers themselves...
The Hold Steady have added new shows to their current tour; the expanded schedule will keep the band on the road to November 23... Retro-geezer-rockers Van Halen are reportedly in the studio with original vocalist David Lee Roth working on a new album - their first together in over 25 years - that’s due for release in 2011...
Aussie dark-rocker Nick Cave is rumored to be taking over screenplay-writing duties on a remake of the 1994 action movie The Crow... Neil Young has confirmed that he’ll be releasing four “lost” albums that have been in storage since the ‘70s; Homegrown, Oceanside-Countryside, Chrome Dreams, and Odeon-Budokan Live are reportedly set to be issued for starters, on vinyl from analog masters...
Hugh Laurie, the main character on the TV show House, is going to be the latest actor to move over into music, and is set to record an album of what he’s calling “New Orleans blues” with producer Joe Henry...
ON CD: MS White’s Squares... Sugarland’s The Incredible Machine... Elvis Costello’s National Ransom... Mini Mansions’ Mini Mansions... and Jamiroquai’s Rock Dust Light Star... 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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