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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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OPapercuts presents their Fading Parade

Kristi Kates - February 21st, 2011
Papercuts Present Their “Fading Parade”
Papercuts are set to release a new album early this spring, complete with plenty of new songs from Papercuts mastermind Jason Quever. The latest set, which Quever recently said purposefully avoids being the “aggressive music” that’s often so prominent with indie bands today, leans more toward the folky side of shoegaze pop (and the more folky side of Papercuts’ own sound), and Quever has titled it Fading Parade. The new Papercuts set will hit stores on Sub Pop Records on March 11...
The 2011 Sonar Festival, Spain’s answer to America’s popular (and heavily-populated) Lollapalooza, SXSW, and Coachella fests, is now set for June 16 through 18 with dual events, one dubbed Sonar Barcelona and the other titled Sonar Galicia. Included in this year’s rilly big bashes will be the expected lineup of live acts - which are set for 2011 to include A-Trak, Underworld, a Battles-less Tyondai Braxton, Magnetic Man, among plenty of others - plus DJ sets, film, audiovisual presentations, installation art, and more...
Soundgarden, complete with standout vocalist Chris Cornell, recently chatted with Toronto radio station CFNY FM about how the band is sorting through a roster of recordings with plans to release a live album in the first half of this year. The new live set may also include some bonus back catalog material from the band, such as rare B-sides and previously unreleased tracks. Soundgarden’s guitarist, Kim Thayil, also mentioned that the band is planning to take better advantage of today’s social media tools, from iTunes to Facebook...
And Sundance welcomes documentary filmmaker Morgan Neville’s new film Troubadours this year, a pensive, thoughtful piece that takes a detailed, reminiscent look at the legendary ‘60s-’70s singer-songwriter scene in Los Angeles. Neville’s work on the movie included both music and first-person accounts from many who were involved in that scene (and who went on to bigger and better things), among them Carole King, James Taylor, Jackson Browne, David Crosby, and others; Neville may have even convinced the often-taciturn King to perform at the festival itself...

MODERN ROCK LINK OF THE WEEK:
Bright Eyes new album, The People’s Key, is out next week, and you can snag the first track from the new set as a free download - pick up your copy of “Shell Games” at Bright Eyes’ label home, www.saddle-creek.com...

MINI MODERN BUZZ:
Columbia/Legacy Records have a two-CD Johnny Cash set on the way this month; Bootlegs 2: From Memphis to Hollywood will be released on February 22...
Greg (Afghan Whigs/Twilight Singers) Dulli is in the midst of a solo tour in the U.S. and Europe, and has also announced the release of a new Twilight Singers album, dubbed Twilight Steps, that will hit stores on February 15...
The Flaming Lips Wayne Coyne recently told Spin Magazine that the band is planning to release a song a month for all of 2011...
Lollapalooza head Perry Farrell and his longtime band Jane’s Addiction are currently in Los Angeles working on their fourth studio album, which is slated for release this upcoming summer...
All Tomorrow’s Parties are kicking off a new rotating festival dubbed “I’ll Be Your Mirror,” which will take place in a variety of worldwide locations; the UK version for 2011 will be curated by Portishead, who will headline as well...
The 2011 Bloc Festival in Minehead, UK is ready for this year’s action, too, from March 11-13; their roster will include Black Devil Disco Club, Digital Mystikz, LFO, and Dopplereffekt, among others...

And these new discs are among this week’s new CD releases... Cut Copy’s Zonoscope... Chamberlin’s Bitter Blood... Beans’ End It All... Drive-By Truckers’ Go-Go Boots and Ian Axel’s This is the New Year... 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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