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Letters 07-27-2015

Next For Brownfields In regard to your recent piece on brownfield redevelopment in TC, the Randolph Street project appears to be proceeding without receiving its requested $600k in brownfield funding from the county. In response to this, the mayor is quoted as saying that the developer bought the property prior to performing an environmental assessment and had little choice but to now build it...

Defending Our Freedom This is in response to Sally MacFarlane Neal’s recent letter, “War Machines for Family Entertainment.” Wake Up! Make no mistake about it, we are at war! Even though the idiot we have for a president won’t accept the fact because he believes we can negotiate with Iran, etc., ISIS and their like make it very clear they intend to destroy the free world as we know it. If you take notice of the way are constantly destroying their own people, is that living...

What Is Far Left? Columnist Steve Tuttle, who so many lambaste as a liberal, considers Sen. Sanders a far out liberal “nearly invisible from the middle.” Has the middle really shifted that far right? Sanders has opposed endless war and the Patriot Act. Does Mr. Tuttle believe most of our citizens praise our wars and the positive results we have achieved from them? Is supporting endless war or giving up our civil liberties middle of the road...

Parking Corrected Stephen Tuttle commented on parking in the July 13 Northern Express. As Director of the Traverse City Downtown Development Authority, I feel compelled to address a couple key issues. But first, I acknowledge that  there is some consternation about parking downtown. As more people come downtown served by less parking, the pressure on what parking we have increases. Downtown serves a county with a population of 90,000 and plays host to over three million visitors annually...

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4Play: John Digweed, Morcheeba, Wavves, BT

Kristi Kates - October 4th, 2010
John Digweed - Structures - Essential Music
Digweed mixes himself into his latest three-disc collection edition,
right alongside plenty of equally accomplished dancefloor and
electronica talents like King Unique, Nick Muir, Dimitri Nakov, Luis
Junior, and Christian Smith, among others. Digweed’s skills at flow
and beat can’t be - well, beat - and the spins that he crafts linking
up these artists are both a great showcase for their music, and a
platform for Digweed’s own abilities. It’s difficult to pick a
highlight here as far as singles, but overall, this particular set is
marking standards for the DJ patterns of the future.


Morcheeba - Blood Like Lemonade - Pias
Morcheeba’s seventh studio album finds the band in their usual vein of
chilled-out, lounge-beat excellence - nothing drastically different or
experimental shows up here, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing.
Mixed deftly and track-ordered equally well, the album opens with its
strongest tracks, “Crimson” with its mellow feel, “Even Though” with
its immediate pop hook, and the instrumental “Cut to the Chase” with
its trip-hop arrangement. A few of the songs are skippable - namely
the title track with its too-trendy vampire imagery - while the rest
are worthy of a rewind.



Wavves - King of the Beach - FP
As might be expected given the band’s name and the album’s title,
there are shades of The Beach Boys in this new set from the San Diego
band, as well as sprinklings of indie-rock bands like The Cribs and
The Shins. More produced than previous efforts, these surf-y songs
include the Shaun Cassidy-like “Mickey Mouse,” the short-hook appeal
of “Convertible Balloon,” and the ’80s-inflected “Baseball Cards”; the
lyrics sometimes directly oppose the peppy tunes with their repetitive
themes of isolation and “I’m a loser” complaints, but for the most
part it’s a catchy blend.



BT - These Hopeful Machines - Nettwerk
BT - aka Brian Transeau - brings a new level of pop to electronic
music, soaking his ambient-electro foundations in guitar, his landmark
stutter-edits (most likely crafted with the Breaktweaker software that
he developed), and plenty of vocal collaborations. Both danceable
tracks and even a few ballads are included here, from the album’s
first single, “Suddenly,” that features BT himself on vocals, to other
standout tracks “Emergency,” and “The Unbreakable”; the double album
also includes guest vocals from the always-busy Mr. Rob Dickinson.

 
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