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Letters 02-15-2016

No More Balloon Launches In the recent Wedding issue, a writer noted a trend of celebratory balloon launches at weddings. Balloon releases are nothing more than a wind-born distribution of litter, not an appropriate way to celebrate a marriage or commemorate cancer victims and survivors...

Plenty Of Blame In Flint Many opinions have been voiced about the Flint water crisis; all have left many questions unasked, such as: Lead is the culprit, and a there is a ban on lead in paint, as well as one on lead in new plumbing materials. There are still many service connecting pipes made out of lead in service. Why? Have any been installed despite the ban?

Stop Balloon Releases I was appalled by the column on the wedding traditions article that suggested making new traditions like releasing balloons at the conclusion of the ceremony! I am the president of AFFEW (A Few Friends for the Environment of the World) in Ludington, and we clean beaches four times a year....

Roosevelt Had It Right 202 years ago the British Royal Navy bombarded Fort McHenry during the War Of 1812. While being held captive aboard the HMS Surprise, Francis Scott Key composed the immortal “Star Spangled Banner” poem. 202 years later I ask, “Oh, say can you see” one of the most appallingly dishonest presidential election cycles since the Adams/Jefferson election of 1800...

Avoid Urban Sprawl In Petoskey I urge Resort Township, the City of Petoskey and Emmet County to dissuade Bay Harbor’s proposal to add new business and residential development along U.S. 31 near the main entrance to Bay Harbor...

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4Play: Cake, Soundgarden, Wire, The Go! Team

Kristi Kates - March 7th, 2011
Cake - Showroom of Compassion - Upbeat/ILG
Cake’s latest album - their first since 2004 - sounds pretty much like… their last album in 2004. This isn’t a bad thing. It just means that Cake still pretty much sounds like Cake, complete with horns, punchy guitars, callback harmonies, and John McCrea’s oft-acerbic, wry vocal stylings. There’s nothing particularly edgy here, but the songs are definitely catchy, from the “Never There”-reminiscent “Sick of You,” “Federal Funding,” and “Got to Move” to their left-field cover of Frank Sinatra’s “What’s Now is Now” to the country-inflected “Bound Away.” Groundbreaking, no - entertaining, yes.




Soundgarden - Live on I-5 - A&M
Bringing together a wide range of live Soundgarden tracks from one of the band’s 1996 tour jaunts (and named after a well-trodden West Coast highway), this collection adds 2 popular covers (The Beatles’ “Helter Skelter” and The Stooge’s Search and Destroy) to a track listing that already includes plenty of songs SG fans will be happy to hear, from live band versions of “Spoonman” and “Burden in My Hand” to a solo Chris Cornell rendition of “Black Hole Sun.” Recorded in mobile fashion via a 24-track truck onto 2” tape, it’s a definitive capture of the band at their near best.




Wire - Red Barked Tree - PF
Punky art-rockers Wire rely a lot on their guitars on their latest album, unfortunately to the detriment of some of their songs’ hooks. While the band’s more accessible tunes are just that - far more accessible than the rest of the album - they skew that balance with some otherwise forgettable songs that don’t even really sound like the band themselves. “Adapt” and “Please Take” and among the standouts, with their relative inventiveness and more energetic rhythms, while “Now Was” and “Smash” really aren’t smashes at all. Production isn’t at its best here, either, with abrasive, compressed mastering that overrides the vocals far too often.



The Go! Team - Rolling Blackouts - Memphis
Hip-hop, electro rock, garage pop, rap - it’s difficult to classify The Go! Team as any one genre, whirling as they do through so many different sounds and influences. Opener “T.O.R.N.A.D.O” is a bit grating and insistent at first listen, but the album quickly gets over its own shock value and moves on to more listenable numbers such as the wackily indie-commercial “Ready to Go Steady,” the Spice-Girls-reminiscent “Buy Nothing Day,” the interestingly-arranged (are those kettle drums? Where did the chorus just disappear to?) “Back Like 8-Track,“ and the ‘70s-trip that is the title track.


 
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