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Letters 05-02-2016

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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Rockin‘ the Ozarks at Wakarusa

Kristi Kates - February 28th, 2011
Rockin’ the Ozarks at Wakarusa
Mulberry Mountain in Ozark, Arkansas will be the setting for this year’s 2011 Wakarusa Festival, which has just announced its lineup for the music fest event. It’s a good-sized spring roadtrip from Northern Michigan, but it’ll be well worth it - Ben Harper and the Relentless 7, Thievery Corporation, and buzz band Mumford and Sons are among the headliners, with over 150 bands in all taking over six stages from June 2 through 5. The roster also includes Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, Ghostland Observatory, Dark Star Orchestra, and Ozomatli, among plenty of others…
The latest inductees to the Recording Academy’s Grammy Hall of Fame have been announced, honoring the latest lineup of recordings “of lasting historical or qualitative significance” that are at least 25 years old. This set of honorees include The Marvelette’s peppy “Hey Mr. Postman,” The Beatles’ landmark “Penny Lane,” and The Jackson Five’s many-times-rerecorded “I’ll Be There”…
Foo Fighters have wrapped a long series of studio sessions with Garbage/Nirvana helmsman Butch Vig, and have finally completed their latest album, which will serve as follow-up to their 2007 set, Echoes, Silence, Patience and Grace. The album, due out late this spring, was actually tracked in Foo Dave Grohl’s garage, and is said to have been recorded in classic rock style, without any computers…
Meanwhile, Evanescence are going the opposite recording route, and are reportedly taking more musical risks on their next collection of songs. Working with producer Steve Lillywhite (U2) on the set, they’ve added a lot of “futuristic electronic” elements, although they assure fans that singer Amy Lee’s trademark vocals will still very much be in evidence. The new album will also be the first that the band is recording with their new lineup (three of the band’s original members left between 2006 and 2007)…

MODERN ROCK LINK OF THE WEEK:
Toro Y Moi’s new album, Underneath the Pine, is out this month, and you can check out the set’s first song before you buy - take a listen to “Still Sound” at http://soundcheckmagazine.com/news/2369-mp3-toro-y-moi-still-sound..

MINI MODERN BUZZ:
The Band guitarist Robbie Robertson is set to release his new album, How to Become Clairvoyant, on March 29, complete with a guest appearance from Tom Morello…
Canadian pop-rocker Avril Lavigne’s new album, Goodbye Lullaby, is scheduled for a March 8 release date on RCA Records…
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart will hit the road with Twin Shadow for a dual tour this spring…
The Deftones are bringing along The Dillinger Escape Plan for their spring tour of North America…
Miranda July has tapped the songwriting skills of composer Jon Brion to put together the music for her latest film, The Future…
Death Cab for Cutie have selected May 31 as the drop date for their seventh album, which they’ve dubbed Codes and Keys…

And this week is the drop date for these albums - namely, this week’s new CD releases… Alexander’s Alexander… Ron Nesmith’s Long Player, Late Bloomer… Adele’s 21… Beady Eye’s (ex-Oasis members) Different Gear, Still Speeding… and Papercuts’ Fading Parade…

Questions, comments, rants, raves, suggestions on this column? Send ‘em to Kristi at modernrocker@gmail.com
 
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