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Letters 07-27-2015

Next For Brownfields In regard to your recent piece on brownfield redevelopment in TC, the Randolph Street project appears to be proceeding without receiving its requested $600k in brownfield funding from the county. In response to this, the mayor is quoted as saying that the developer bought the property prior to performing an environmental assessment and had little choice but to now build it...

Defending Our Freedom This is in response to Sally MacFarlane Neal’s recent letter, “War Machines for Family Entertainment.” Wake Up! Make no mistake about it, we are at war! Even though the idiot we have for a president won’t accept the fact because he believes we can negotiate with Iran, etc., ISIS and their like make it very clear they intend to destroy the free world as we know it. If you take notice of the way are constantly destroying their own people, is that living...

What Is Far Left? Columnist Steve Tuttle, who so many lambaste as a liberal, considers Sen. Sanders a far out liberal “nearly invisible from the middle.” Has the middle really shifted that far right? Sanders has opposed endless war and the Patriot Act. Does Mr. Tuttle believe most of our citizens praise our wars and the positive results we have achieved from them? Is supporting endless war or giving up our civil liberties middle of the road...

Parking Corrected Stephen Tuttle commented on parking in the July 13 Northern Express. As Director of the Traverse City Downtown Development Authority, I feel compelled to address a couple key issues. But first, I acknowledge that  there is some consternation about parking downtown. As more people come downtown served by less parking, the pressure on what parking we have increases. Downtown serves a county with a population of 90,000 and plays host to over three million visitors annually...

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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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