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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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Well, isn‘t that album just the Living End

Kristi Kates - May 23rd, 2011
Aussie Band The Living End have wrapped recording on their sixth album, which they worked on in Melbourne, Australia at the Red Door Sounds Studio. The new set of songs, which will now be shipped to mixmaster Brendan O’Brien (Pearl Jam, Springsteen) for mixing, have also been road-tested by the band over the past few months - they selected the album’s tracklisting from over 3 dozen new tunes, including “Postcard American Town,” “Heatwave,” and “Black and White”…
Fancy a trip to England? Then start packing for the 2011 Glastonbury Festival, a great reason to head overseas. This year’s event is set for June 22-26, and will feature headliners U2, Coldplay, and (incongruously) Beyonce. Also on the bill will be a gigantic lineup of modern rockin’ performers, from classics like Paul Simon and B.B. King to electronica whizzes The Chemical Brothers and Fatboy Slim; funky favorites Cee-Lo Green and Janelle Monae, and indie rockers OK Go, Cold War Kids, TV on the Radio, and Morrissey, among others…
If stateside is more your scene, no problem - Chicago’s Lollapalooza Fest is back for 2011 (August 5-7), and has announced the majority of their roster for this year. Cee-Lo will be making a return trek to Chi-town, and along with him on 8 stages will be the likes of Muse, Foo Fighters, The Cars, Arctic Monkeys, Crystal Castles, Deadmau5, OK Go, Manchester Orchestra, and many more…

David Heyman, one of the producers of the Harry Potter movies, is now looking to work a different kind of film magic - that of bringing a new view of The Beatles to the big screen. Heyman’s next project is slated to be an animated film that will feature insect characters combined with Beatles songs; and for those thinking, “huh?” keep in mind that The Beatles actually all appeared as animated characters themselves in the 1960s film Yellow Submarine…
 
MODERN ROCK LINK OF THE WEEK:
‘80s songstress Kate Bush, perhaps best known for her collaborations with esoteric musician Peter Gabriel, last toured in 1979 - but fans might be getting a chance to see Kate on the road again. Her new album, Director’s Cut, was just released last week, and she’s indicated that she’s hoping she’ll be able to do some live work before she gets “too ancient.” For updates on her new songs and those tour possibilities, visit her official site online at www.katebush.com…
 
MINI MODERN BUZZ:
Snagged your copy of the Beastie Boys’ Hot Sauce Committee Pt. 2 yet? If not, get yours now to also get a copy of the Boys’ short film, Fight for Your Right Revisited…
The first four dates of Soundgarden’s summer reunion tour have been announced, and will cover stops in Toronto (7/2), Philly (7/13), Colorado’s Red Rocks (7/18), and L.A. (7/22)…
Incubus’ new album, If Not Now, When? is now set for release on July 12…
Great modern rockin’ shows are on the way at Interlochen Center for the Arts this summer, including Elvis Costello and the Imposters (6/21), Amos Lee (7/13), Rufus Wainwright (8/12), classics The Beach Boys (7/26), The Decemberists (7/27), and Guster (9/2)…
Toronto house duo Art Department’s latest album, The Drawing Board, is in stores now, complete with tracks “Tell Me Why,” “Living the Life,” and “We Call Love”…
Status Quo are set for an 11-date arena tour in December of this year; dubbed the first “Quofest” tour, the trek will include stops across the UK…
 
And this week’s new albums are hoping you’ll stop and pull out your wallet for their latest tunes … Johanna and the Dusty Floor’s Northern Lights… Planning to Rock’s W… Mai Doi Todd’s Cosmic Ocean Ship… and Wilderness of Manitoba’s When You Left the Fire… and that’s the buzz for this week’s Modern Rock.

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