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Letters 07-21-2014

Disheartened

While observing Fox News, it was disheartening to see what their viewers were subjected to. It seems the Republicans’ far right wing extremists are conveying their idealistic visions against various nationalities, social diversities or political beliefs with an absence of emotion concerning women’s health issues, children’s rights, voter suppression, Seniors, Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid...

Things That Matter

All of us in small towns and large not only have the right to speak on behalf of our neighbors and ourselves, we have the duty and responsibility to do so -- and 238 years ago, we made a clear Declaration to do just that...

An Anecdote Driven Mind

So, is Thomas Kachadurian now the Northern Express’ official resident ranter? His recent factfree, hard-hearted column suggests it. While others complain about the poor condition of Michigan’s roads and highways, he rants against those we employ to fix them...

No On Prop 1

Are we being conned? Are those urging us to say “yes” to supposedly ”revenue neutral” ballot proposal 1 on August 5 telling us all the pertinent facts? Proposal 1 would eliminate the personal property tax businesses pay to local governments, replacing its revenue with a share of Michigan’s 6 percent use tax paid by us all on out-of-state purchases, hotel accommodations, some equipment rentals, and telecommunications...

Fix VA Tragedy

The problems within the Veterans Administration identified under former President Bush continue to hinder the delivery of quality health care to the influx of physically wounded and emotionally damaged young men and women...

Women Take Note

I find an interesting link between the Supreme Court Hobby Lobby and the crisis on the southern border. Angry protesters shout at children to go home. These children are scared, tired, hungry and thirsty, sent to US prisons awaiting deportation to a country where they may very likely be killed...


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4Play: Duffy, Carole King & James Taylor, Trey Gunn, The Bombastic Meatballs featuring Chad Smith

Ross Boissoneau - December 13th, 2010
Duffy – Endlessly (Mercury)
The Welsh pop chanteuse has teamed up with producer/composer Albert Hammond for a set of songs that hit all the bases: there are string-laden, melancholy mood pieces (“Don’t Forsake Me”), electro-house beats (“Lovestruck”), pure pop for now people (“Girl”), jangly alternative acoustic rock (“Breath Away” and the title track). Throughout, Duffy’s little girl voice matches passion with compassion. Think Petula Clark meets Claire Grogan. Like those two singers, the voice can become too thin or simply wear on the listener after a while. But the songs stand up to repeated listens, the accompaniment is spot-on, and if the listener can get used to or even enjoy her little-girl voice, there’s much to be savored here.


Carole King/James Taylor – Live at the Troubador (Hear Music)
Recorded during their joint tour, old friends James Taylor and Carole King revisit a past shared through their music by boomers everywhere. Yes, the hits from yesteryear are all there: “Carolina in my Mind,” “It’s Too Late,” “Smackwater Jack,” “Will You Love Me Tomorrow,” “You’ve Got a Friend” and ten others. The concert is duplicated on the accompanying DVD, and the booklet includes classic photos from today and the original recording sessions for Tapestry and Sweet Baby James. With three-fourths of the original Section – Danny Kortchmar, Lee Sklar and Russ Kunkel – Taylor and King hit all the right notes. No, there aren’t any surprises, but try to find anyone who says that’s a problem.



Trey Gunn – I’ll Tell What I Saw (7d Media)
This compilation from the one-time King Crimson bassist and stick player hits a lot of, well, bases. Ambient rock soundscapes, thumping drum & bass explorations, instrumentals and vocal tracks – and that’s on just the first tune! This two-CD collection includes material from various band, solo and duo excursions. Gunn’s music is ever-restless, and titles like “Misery, Misery, Die, Die,” “Thick and Thorny” and “Absinthe & a Cracker” offer a hint at the worlds he explores. Unfortunately, there’s nothing here from Crimson or his new UKZ project with Eddie Jobson, an offshoot of prog/fusion band UK (which was itself an offshoot of ‘70s-era Crimson), but what is here is adventurous, occasionally melodic and always interesting.

The Bombastic Meatbats featuring Chad Smith – More Meat (Warrior)
Hold on! The drummer for The Red Hot Chili Peppers has taken his cue from the jam-heavy sound of Brand X or Greg Howe, with a set of bracing, in-your-face tracks that find the funk in fusion. This doesn’t sound like what one might expect from a drummer’s solo album. The drum solos are few and far between, instead leaving the space mostly to guitarist Jeff Kollman, and he grabs it with gusto. Keyboard player Ed Roth fills the remaining spaces, often with ‘70s-style sounds from his electric piano and wonderfully out-of-tune clavinet. Meanwhile, the rhythm section of Smith and bassist Kevin Chown grabs the beat and wrestles it into submission. There’s not much subtlety here. That’s just too bad.
 
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