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Letters 05-23-2016

Examine The Priorities Are you disgusted about closing schools, crumbling roads and bridges, and cuts everywhere? Investigate funding priorities of legislators. In 1985 at the request of President Reagan, Grover Norquist founded Americans for Tax Reform (ATR). For 30 years Norquist asked every federal and state candidate and incumbent to sign the pledge to vote against any increase in taxes. The cost of living has risen significantly since 1985; think houses, cars, health care, college, etc...

Make TC A Community For Children Let’s be that town that invests in children actively getting themselves to school in all of our neighborhoods. Let’s be that town that supports active, healthy, ready-to-learn children in all of our neighborhoods...

Where Are Real Christian Politicians? As a practicing Christian, I was very disappointed with the Rev. Dr. William C. Myers statements concerning the current presidential primaries (May 8). Instead of using the opportunity to share the message of Christ, he focused on Old Testament prophecies. Christ gave us a new commandment: to love one another...

Not A Great Plant Pick As outreach specialist for the Northwest Michigan Invasive Species Network and a citizen concerned about the health of our region’s natural areas, I was disappointed by the recent “Listen to the Local Experts” feature. When asked for their “best native plant pick,” three of the four garden centers referenced non-native plants including myrtle, which is incredibly invasive...

Truth About Plants Your feature, “listen to the local experts” contains an error that is not helpful for the birds and butterflies that try to live in northwest Michigan. Myrtle is not a native plant. The plant is also known as vinca and periwinkle...

Ask the Real Plant Experts This letter is written to express my serious concern about a recent “Listen To Your Local Experts” article where local nurseries suggested their favorite native plant. Three of the four suggested non-native plants and one suggested is an invasive and cause of serious damage to Michigan native plants in the woods. The article is both sad and alarming...

My Plant Picks In last week’s featured article “Listen to the Local Experts,” I was shocked at the responses from the local “experts” to the question about best native plant pick. Of the four “experts” two were completely wrong and one acknowledged that their pick, gingko tree, was from East Asia, only one responded with an excellent native plant, the serviceberry tree...

NOTE: Thank you to TC-based Eagle Eye Drone Service for the cover photo, taken high over Sixth Street in Traverse City.

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How to have a modern rockin‘ Holloween

Kristi Kates - October 25th, 2010
How to Have a Modern Rockin’ Halloween
With Halloween right around the corner, music fans as well as “regular” folk are pondering just what to be for this year’s festivities. It’s Modern Rock to the rescue - how can you lose with any of the great looks put forth by this year’s colorful crop of performers? The frontrunner, of course, is Lady Gaga - choose any one of her bordering-on-insane combos (bubbles, orbits, or, uh, meat, anyone?) and pop fans will have no problem knowing who you are. But popular rockin’ costumes this year can also be had by approximating the looks of Kanye West (just think shutter shades), Justin Bieber (you’ll need a blow-dried wig), Devo (one word: flowerpot), the modern-punk sensibilities of Green Day, or the country-pop-glam of Carrie Underwood. And, hey, if you can sing like any of ‘em, all the better...
Speaking of great singers, Snow Patrol frontman Gary Lightbody has been working away at his side project, Tired Pony, which has turned into a supergroup of sorts. The band/project’s debut album, The Place We Ran From, out just last month, features songs that were all recorded in first or second takes, with Snow Patrol/Bloc Party producer Garret ‘Jacknife’ Lee at the helm. And on those songs are contributions from the likes of R.E.M.’s Peter Buck, Editors singer Tom Smith, Belle and Sebastian drummer Richard Colburn, and Snow Patrol collaborators Troy Stewart and Iain Archer; the band’s first live show took place in London this past July, but we’re still awaiting news of any American concert dates other than their October 1 one-off show in NY...
Speaking of Snow Patrol, they’re among the performers who will appear on an upcoming tribute album for the late John Martyn, along with Beck, Devandra Banhart, Blackships, Vetiver, and David Gray. Martyn, who passed away in 2009, was an accomplished folk-rock/folk-jazz singer-songwriter and guitarist who crafted many critically-acclaimed albums and also won the favor of musical colleagues from Phil Collins to Eric Clapton to Keane...
And in other tribute album news, the previously-mentioned tribute set in honor of The Kinks is now set for release on November 1 on Universal Records, with The Kinks very own Ray Davies appearing on every track of the set in collaboration with a wide variety of musicians. Several retroactive tunes will also make the tracklist. The album, titled See My Friends, will include Kinks tunes “Waterlook Sunset” (featuring Jackson Browne), the title track (featuring Spoon), “Tired of Waiting” (with Snow Patrol’s Gary Lightbody), and “All Day and All of the Night” (with Smashing Pumpkin Billy Corgan)...

MODERN ROCK LINK OF THE WEEK:
A new online literary magazine called Five Dials is publishing a series of short stories, poetry, and anecdotes by the likes of Iggy Pop, British Sea Power, Ryan Adams, and LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy. The mag, which is available as a PDF file, has released the special “Festival Issue” edition for free, so go snag your copy at fivedials.com...

MINI BUZZ:
Boomtown Rats singer/Live Aid head honcho Bob Geldof will be having a film made about his journey to put Live Aid together; the film, currently being shot in Ireland, will feature Irish actor Domhnall Gleeson as Geldof...
The Smiths/The Cribs guitarist Johnny Marr recently wrote and recorded what will be the theme song for the UK’s Channel 4 sitcom The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret...
The Bees will release their fourth album, Every Step’s a Yes, later this year; the Isle of Wight band will precede the set with a new single dubbed “I Really Need Love”...
HBO’s Bruce Springsteen documentary, The Promise: The Making of ‘Darkness on the Edge of Town,’” recently debuted on the cable channel and is running now...
London folk-rock band Mumford and Sons have just embarked on a North American tour that will include stops in Minneapolis (10/29), Chicago (10/31), Atlanta GA (11/7), Philly (11/9), and Toronto (11/13)... And is it just us, or is it a little bit of a sad statement on the status of the current music scene that the cast of the TV show Glee - who, while talented, mostly perform cover versions of other peoples’ songs - have beaten The Beatles’ record for most appearances in the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart by a non-solo act?...
This week’s new CD releases are all set to join your collection, most of them with Original Music Included... ON CD: Darius Rucker’s Charleston SC 1966... Deluka’s You Are the Night... Bryan Ferry’s Olympia... Athlete’s Singles 01-10... and Taylor Swift’s Speak Now... 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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