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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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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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