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Letters 10-20-2014

Doctor Dan? After several email conversations with Rep. Benishek, he has confirmed that he doesn’t have a clue of what he does. Here’s why...

In Favor Of Our Parks [Traverse] City Proposal 1 is a creative way to improve our city parks without using our tax dollars. By using a small portion of our oil and gas royalties from the Brown Bridge Trust Fund, our parks can be improved for our children and grandchildren.

From January 1970 Popular Mechanics: “Drastic climate changes will occur within the next 50 years if the use of fossil fuels keeps rising at current rates.” That warning comes from Eugene K. Peterson of the Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Land Management.

Newcomers Might Leave: Recently we had guests from India who came over as students with the plan to stay in America. He has a master’s degree in engineering and she is doing her residency in Chicago and plans to specialize in oncology. They talked very candidly about American politics and said that after observing...

Someone Is You: On Sept 21, I joined the 400,000 who took to the streets of New York in the People’s Climate March, followed by a UN Climate Summit and many speeches. On October 13, the Pentagon issued a report calling climate change a significant threat to national security requiring immediate action. How do we move from marches, speeches and reports to meaningful work on this problem? In NYC I read a sign with a simple answer...

Necessary To Pay: Last fall, Grand Traverse voters authorized a new tax to fix roads. It is good, it is necessary.

The Real Reasons for Wolf Hunt: I have really been surprised that no one has been commenting on the true reason for the wolf hunt. All this effort has not been expended so 23 wolves can be killed each year. Instead this manufactured controversy about the wolf hunt has been very carefully crafted to get Proposal 14-2 passed.

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Get Up Kids get working on a new album

Kristi Kates - November 15th, 2010
Get Up Kids Get Working on New Album
The Get Up Kids, who released their latest set, Simple Science, earlier in 2010, had planned out a series of EPs with release dates starting this year. That plan’s a no-go now, though - instead, the band is sketching out the details on what will be a new full-length album, as they say they have more than enough songs to fill it. As for that release date, you’ll have to wait until early next year, as the full-length, they (kinda) confirm, will take until “January, February, or spring” to complete...
The uneven but quirkily-talented comedic actor Sacha Baron Cohen, known for his roles as Borat and Bruno, among others, will finally move on into more serious acting when he takes on the role of Queen’s Freddie Mercury in an upcoming biography film about the musician and the band. The film, with script penned by Peter Morgan (The Last King of Scotland, Frost/Nixon), will start production in 2011, and will track Mercury’s career from the start of Queen to the band’s performance atethe 1985 Live Aid concert in London. Whether Cohen will attempt to sing Mercury’s high-pitched vocals or will simply sync to the original recordings remains to be seen (heard)...
In music-slash-stage news, Elton John is reportedly teaming up with writer Lee Hall for a new show based on writer George Orwell’s influential novel Animal Farm, which was a satire about the Stalinism era. After working hard on acquiring licenses for the storyline, John and Hall are set to turn Animal Farm into a musical rock opera, although they say it will likely be at least two years before the play is ready to be premiered...
And for those who prefer their rock a little less modern and a little more rootsy, John Mellencamp has a new album on the way this month, No Better Than This, and is embarking on a fall tour to promote the set. The tour will be presented in three separate segments - acoustic Mellencamp, Mellencamp with a small combo, and Mellencamp’s rock band - and kicked off in Mellencamp’s home state of Indiana last week. Additional stops on the tour will include Indianapolis, Detroit,Minneapolis, and Chicago...

MODERN ROCK LINK OF THE WEEK:
Toro Y Moi - aka (mostly) Chaz Bundick - has just embarked on a fall tour that will include stops in L.A. (11/11), Portland OR (11/15), Vancouver (11/17), and Denver (11/20), with more dates expected in both North America and Europe. Check out his experimental-dance-pop fusion of sound at www.myspace.com/toroymoi...

MINI BUZZ:
Cee Lo Green’s new solo album, The Lady Killer, is now in stores,and can also be ordered at Green’s official website, www.ceelogreen.com...
The Aquabats are said to be in the planning stages for what will be their next new full-length album...UK band The Wombats (are we seeing a band-naming theme here?) recently released their new single, “Tokyo,” and also announced that they’ll be releasing their as-yet-untitled second album at the end of this year...
Troubled soulful singer Amy Winehouse and producer Mark Ronson are teaming up for a Winehouse cover of “It’s My Party” for an upcoming Quincy Jones tribute CD... NY band Crime in Stereo are reportedly breaking up, in spite of the fact that their latest album, I Was Trying to Describe You to Someone, was just released last February...
If you’re interested in smelling like pop desperation, then you’ll want to pick up one of the new fragrances on the way from Coty Inc.; the perfume company has just signed a deal with Lady Gaga in which the diva performer will craft her own scents, with the first one due to arrive in stores in 2012...
And these CDs are arriving in stores as part of this week’s new releases... City Champs’ The Set-Up... Elton John and Leon Russell’s The Union (import)... Good Charlotte’s Cardiology... Kid Cudi’s Man on the Moon II - The Legend of Mr. Rager ... 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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