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Letters 08-03-2015

Real Brownfields Deserve Dollars I read with interest the story on Brownfield development dollars in the July 20 issue. I applaud Dan Lathrop and other county commissioners who voted “No” on the Randolph Street project...

Hopping Mad Carlin Smith is hopping mad (“Will You Get Mad With Me?” 7-20-15). Somebody filed a fraudulent return using his identity, and he’s not alone. The AP estimates the government “pays more than $5 billion annually in fraudulent tax refunds.” Well, many of us have been hopping mad for years. This is because the number one tool Congress has used to fix this problem has been to cut the IRS budget –by $1.2 billion in the last 5 years...

Just Grumbling, No Solutions Mark Pontoni’s grumblings [recent Northern Express column] tell us much about him and virtually nothing about those he chooses to denigrate. We do learn that Pontoni may be the perfect political candidate. He’s arrogant, opinionated and obviously dimwitted...

A Racist Symbol I have to respond to Gordon Lee Dean’s letter claiming that the confederate battle flag is just a symbol of southern heritage and should not be banned from state displays. The heritage it represents was the treasonous effort to continue slavery by seceding from a democratic nation unwilling to maintain such a consummate evil...

Not So Thanks I would like to thank the individual who ran into and knocked over my Triumph motorcycle while it was parked at Lowe’s in TC on Friday the 24th. The $3,000 worth of damage was greatly appreciated. The big dent in the gas tank under the completely destroyed chrome badge was an especially nice touch...

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Arcade Fire take their tunes to the suburbs

Kristi Kates - July 26th, 2010
Arcade Fire Take Their Tunes to The Suburbs
Canadian indie-rockers Arcade Fire have announced a short U.S. tour to support their new album, The Suburbs, which will hit stores on August 3 on Merge Records. The Suburbs was recorded with producer Markus Dravs, who also took the boards for Arcade Fire’s last album, Neon Bible. The band will take to the road the first half of August, playing shows in Boston, Philly, NYC, Columbia Maryland, Nashville, and Atlanta, Georgia, plus a stop at the Lollapalooza Fest in Chicago (August 6-8). Several of the dates will also feature Spoon as opening act...
Radiohead drummer Phil Selway has been working on his debut solo album with producer Ian Davenport, recording the set at the band’s Oxford base, Courtyard Studios. The new album, which will include songs “A Simple Life,” “The Ties That Bind Us,” and “By Some Miracle,” will also feature contributions from Wilco drummer Glenn Kotche, former Soul Coughing bassist Sebastian Steinberg, and multi-instrumentalist Patrick Sansone, and will be dropped on August 30 of this year. Radiohead are currently working on their next album in Los Angeles...
Adam Young, aka Owl City, has gone back into the studio to start tracking on his sophomore album, which will serve as the follow-up to his platinum-selling debut disc Ocean Eyes. The self-admitted shy artist is reportedly glad to be back home and working on his next set, although he’s headed back out in the road in early August. Young/Owl City’s tour stops, on which he’ll be opening for a variety of (surprisingly badly-matched) major-label artists, will include a show in Clarkston MI (8/5 at the DTE Energy Theater with Maroon 5). For those who don’t want to wait, Young’s other musical project, Sky Sailing, is available now...
Musician pals James Mercer and Danger Mouse are beginning work on what will be the second Broken Bells album, their collaborative project that allowed Mercer to take a break from his work in The Shins. Mercer explained that they already have a lot of songs that are “too good for B-sides,” and that he’s also planning another Shins album, having recently revamped the band lineup with the addition of new members Ron Lewis and Modest Mouse’s Joe Plummer...

MODERN ROCK LINK OF THE WEEK:
Apparatjik, the new band featuring Coldplay’s Guy Berryman, A-Ha’s Magne Furuholmen, Mew’s Jonas Bjerre, and Martin Terefe, have announced the release of a free EP. Dubbed 4 Can Keep a Secret If 3 of Them Are Dead, the EP includes 3 songs and can be snagged for free at www.eyeoncommittee.com...

MINI BUZZ:
Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin will be back this summer with a new album on Polyvinyl Records; Let It Sway will hit stores on August 17...
Underworld’s first new album in three years, Barking, will serve as the band’s follow up to 2007’s Oblivion with Bells, and will hit stores on September 13...
A Time and a Place is the title for a new four-CD box set of Emerson, Lake and Palmer that’s due for release on July 27; the set will include unreleased material from the band dating from 1970 to 1998...
New collaboration project Floored by Four, featuring the quartet of Minuteman/occasional Stooge Mike Watt, ex-Cibo Matto Yuka Honda, Dougie Brown, and Wilco guitarist Nels Cline, will release their eponymous debut on September 28...
A Tribe Called Quest will play their first-ever Australian shows this August - August 11 in Sydney, and August 12 in Melbourne...
Jukebox The Ghost’s second set, Everything Under the Sun, is set to drop on September 7; they’ll also be making a stop at this year’s Lollapalooza fest...

And making a stop at your local multimedia store are this week’s new CD releases.. Charlotte’s Medusa Groove... Lachi’s Lachi... Tony Da Gatorra vs. Gruff (Super Furry Animals) Rhys’ The Terror of Cosmic Loneliness... 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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