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Letters 02-08-2016

Less Ageism, Please The January 4 issue of this publication proved to me that there are some sensible voices of reason in our community regarding all things “inter-generational.” I offer a word of thanks to Elizabeth Myers. I too have worked hard for what I’ve earned throughout my years in the various positions I’ve held. While I too cannot speak for each millennial, brash generalizations about a lack of work ethic don’t sit well with me...Joe Connolly, Traverse City

Now That’s an Escalation I just read the letter from Greg and his defense of the AR15. The letter started with great information but then out of nowhere his opinion went off the rails. “The government wants total gun control and then confiscation; then the elimination of all Constitutional rights.” Wait... what?! To quote the great Ron Burgundy, “Well, that escalated quickly!”

Healthy Eating and Exercise for Children Healthy foods and exercise are important for children of all ages. It is important for children because it empowers them to do their best at school and be able to do their homework and study...

Mascots and Harsh Native American Truths The letter from the Choctaw lady deserves an answer. I have had a gutful of the whining about the fate of the American Indian. The American Indians were the losers in an imperial expansion; as such, they have, overall, fared much better than a lot of such losers throughout history. Everything the lady complains about in the way of what was done by the nasty, evil Whites was being done by Indians to other Indians long before Europeans arrived...

Snyder Must Go I believe it’s time. It’s time for Governor Snyder to go. The FBI, U.S. Postal Inspection Service and the EPA Criminal Investigation Division are now investigating the Flint water crisis that poisoned thousands of people. Governor Snyder signed the legislation that established the Emergency Manager law. Since its inception it has proven to be a dismal failure...

Erosion of Public Trust Let’s look at how we’ve been experiencing global warming. Between 1979 and 2013, increases in temperature and wind speeds along with more rain-free days have combined to stretch fire seasons worldwide by 20 percent. In the U.S., the fire seasons are 78 days longer than in the 1970s...

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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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