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Letters 08-03-2015

Real Brownfields Deserve Dollars I read with interest the story on Brownfield development dollars in the July 20 issue. I applaud Dan Lathrop and other county commissioners who voted “No” on the Randolph Street project...

Hopping Mad Carlin Smith is hopping mad (“Will You Get Mad With Me?” 7-20-15). Somebody filed a fraudulent return using his identity, and he’s not alone. The AP estimates the government “pays more than $5 billion annually in fraudulent tax refunds.” Well, many of us have been hopping mad for years. This is because the number one tool Congress has used to fix this problem has been to cut the IRS budget –by $1.2 billion in the last 5 years...

Just Grumbling, No Solutions Mark Pontoni’s grumblings [recent Northern Express column] tell us much about him and virtually nothing about those he chooses to denigrate. We do learn that Pontoni may be the perfect political candidate. He’s arrogant, opinionated and obviously dimwitted...

A Racist Symbol I have to respond to Gordon Lee Dean’s letter claiming that the confederate battle flag is just a symbol of southern heritage and should not be banned from state displays. The heritage it represents was the treasonous effort to continue slavery by seceding from a democratic nation unwilling to maintain such a consummate evil...

Not So Thanks I would like to thank the individual who ran into and knocked over my Triumph motorcycle while it was parked at Lowe’s in TC on Friday the 24th. The $3,000 worth of damage was greatly appreciated. The big dent in the gas tank under the completely destroyed chrome badge was an especially nice touch...

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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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