Letters 05-25-2015

Michigan’s Depleted Funds So now we know why the Michigan legislators wanted to rush Proposal 1 down our throats.

Legality of Marriage & Divorce An article in the May 25th issue of Time reveals that: “We now have reached a point where fewer than half of kids leaving high school will have their parents living together.”

Cold Paradise Your May 18 cover story “Why is Northern Michigan So White?” is preposterous. For starters, we have plenty of diversity in this region: German, Polish, Swedish, Lithuanian, Norwegian, French Canadian, etc. – all groups that flourish in colder, harsh winter climates.

Unpave Those Roads Michigan legislators recently put before the people a proposal to increase tax to increase funds to the DOT and road commissions across the state for road repairs. The proposal failed by a significant margin.

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Gallagher‘s beady eye makes bold claims

Kristi Kates - November 8th, 2010
Gallagher’s Beady Eye Makes Bold Claims
Ex-Oasis singer Liam Gallagher is making some pretty big claims regarding the upcoming album from his new band project, Beady Eye, especially considering Oasis’ gigantic success over the years. The band has reportedly completed work on the album, which Gallagher says won’t be released until 2011 - but he’s already claiming it will be the “best album of the next 50 years” and will be “bigger than Oasis.” The other members of Beady Eye are ex-Oasis members Andy Bell on bass and Gem Archer on guitar, plus Chris Sharrock on drums. Oasis’ other half, Liam’s brother Noel Gallagher (who was responsible for the majority of songwriting in Oasis) is already hard at work on his own solo album project...
Sting has added “Farm Shopkeeper” to his list of accomplishments - the former leader of The Police turned critically-acclaimed solo artist, who’s also dabbled in acting and who supports charitable causes, has teamed up with wife Trudie Styler to sell produce that’s raised on their 900-acre Tuscan estate in Italy. Sting’s farm, Il Palagio, has been in operation commercially since 2005 (“If I don’t eat well, I can’t sing,” Sting explained to a local Italian newspaper), but his organic wares - which include oil, wine, acacia honey, and a specialty salami, will now be available at the estate/farm’s store, which he’s dubbed Tenuta il Palagio...
In a project supported by the always-present Yoko Ono, three time capsules have been filled and stored - one at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, and the other two at “undisclosed locations” - to mark what would have been Beatle John Lennon’s 70th birthday. The trio of time capsules, which contain fan dedications, music performances and artwork, plus restored prints of Lennon’s own LP artwork and a newly commissioned essay on his artistic life, are set to be re-opened in 30 years on October 9, 2040, to mark the centarary of Lennon’s birthday...

And the Trans-Siberian Orchestra have announced a massive 2010 winter tour that will take them through 80 cities and 120 shows, with tix starting as low as $25 in order to help more of their fans attend. TSO’s spectacular shows often include state-of-the-art lighting, lasers, and pyrotechnics alongside their unique music; dates for TSO’s 2010 North American Winter Tour will include stops in Toledo OH (11/11), Chicago (11/26), Indianapolis (11/27), Toronto (12/23), Minneapolis (12/27), Grand Rapids (12/29 at Van Andel Arena), and Detroit (12/30 at the Palace of Auburn Hills)...

Chicago modern rockers OK Go are just wrapping up their fall tour dates, and took over NYC’s Terminal 5 last Friday night, complete with confetti cannons, LED light-up jackets, standout vocals from frontman Damian Kulash, and of course all of those uber-catchy OK Go hits. What some fans might not know is that there are several important causes that are close to OK Go’s heart, too. Take a peek at their latest, cleverly-choreographed music video at www.youtube.com/user/okgo (“White Knuckles” is the song - complete with cute dog co-stars) and then follow the band’s dedicated link (www.okgo.net/dogs) to go buy the vid for as little as $2, net proceeds going toward ASPCA animal rescue...

Welsh singer Duffy is set to drop Endlessly, the follow-up to her smash debut set Rockferry, later this year; fans can snag it early as an import after its U.K. release date of November 29... Weezer has announced the beginnings of what they’re calling their Blinkerton Tour, where the band will perform their debut album (thought of as the “Blue” album) one night, and its follow-up set, Pinkerton, the next; the first two sets of shows will be November 26-27 in Los Angeles, and November 29-30 in San Francisco... Singer-songwriter Badly Drawn Boy is embarking on selected tour dates in support of his upcoming new album, It’s What I’m Thinking Pt. 1: Photographing Snowflakes...
Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood has found a diary that he kept as a teenaged musician in the 1960s, and may publish it as an autobiographical novel...No Doubt are still in the writing stages for what will be their sixth studio album, which bassist Tony Kanal recently told Billboard will “absolutely” be supported by a tour... Akon’s danceable new album, Akonic, which includes tracks “Time is Money” and “Angel,” is now due in-stores on November 23...
ON CD: Brian Eno’s Small Craft on a Milk Sea... Stereolab’s Not Music... Warpaint’s The Fool... and Josh Groban’s Illuminations... 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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