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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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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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