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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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4Play: Various Artists, Danger Mouse and Sparklehorse, Various Artists, Interpol

Kristi Kates - September 13th, 2010
Various Artists - Yo Gabba Gabba: Music is Awesome - Filter U.S.
The innovative TV series Yo Gabba Gabba mixes up modern-day music (and
bands) with groovy puppets and retro styling to relate simple but
necessary life lessons to anyone who watches. Viral videos often
circulate on YouTube and elsewhere of the many music, tv, and movie
talents that guest star on the show, but this is the first time that
fans can snag the original songs as performed by the Gabba cast and
special guest bands. This release (with hopefully more to follow)
includes the show’s popular theme song, as well as tracks by The Shins
(“It’s Okay, Try Again”), The Roots, Money Mark (“Robo Dancing”), and
Biz Markie’s hilarious “Biz’s Beat of the Day.” Cool.


Danger Mouse and Sparklehorse - Dark Night of the Soul - Capitol
Prior to his passing, Mark Linkous (aka Sparklehorse), worked with
Danger Mouse on this album, which sadly ended up being Linkous’ last
collaborative project. Melding moody psychedelic pop and shoegaze-y
rock, the pair of musical friends also welcomed in a host of guest
performers to make this a diverse, eclectic, and appealing set; “Just
War” includes vocals from Super Furry Animals’ Gruff Rhys, “Pain”
features Iggy Pop on vocals and lyrics, “Insane Lullaby” showcases
James Mercer of The Shins/Broken Bells, “The Man Who Played God”
welcomes back Suzanne Vega, and other tracks include contributions
from The Cardigans, The Pixies, and Julian Casablancas.


Various Artists - Sunshine Pop - Ace UK
Twenty-six happy, and yes, sunny tunes in all inhabit this set of
chart-topping hits from the mid to late ‘60s, songs that have
influenced legions of indie-popsters and producers alike. The landmark
“happy” tune, The Turtles’ “Happy Together,” kicks things off,
followed by Tommy James’ “Crystal Blue Persuasion,” The Lemon Pipers’
“Green tambourine,” The Cowsills’ “The Rain, The Park, and Other
Things,” and other singalongables by The Beach Boys, The Mamas and The
Papas, and The Tokens, among others. Sugary, yes - catchy, definitely.



Interpol - Interpol - Matador
Four albums in, and Interpol is sticking to their musical guns -
namely, their own unique, darkened version of modern art rock. Heavier
on percussion than previous sets (perhaps due to the mix influence of
Alan Moulder), the set veers between spiky indie pop-rock to ’70s
metal-lite, never going off the rails, but almost always barreling
with one wheel off the ground around that next corner. “Lights,” “The
Undoing,” and “Barricade” focus on the melodies, while “Memory Serves”
and “Success” aim more at the overall aggressive mood and ambiance of
their respective songs; these aren’t always immediately accessible
tracks, with their walls up and lights flashing, but they definitely
make an impression.

 
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