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Letters 08-29-2016

Religious Bigotry President Obama has been roundly criticized for his apparent unwillingness to use the term “radical Islamic terrorism.” His critics seem to suggest that through the mere use of that terminology, the defeat of ISIS would be assured...

TC DDA: Focus On Your Mission What on earth is the Traverse City DDA thinking? Purchasing land around (not within) its TIF boundaries and then offering it at a discount to developers? That is not its mission. Sadly enough, it is already falling down on the job regarding what is its mission. Crosswalks are deteriorating all around downtown, trees aren’t trimmed, sidewalks are uneven. Why can’t the DDA do a better job of maintaining what it already has? And still no public restrooms downtown, despite all the tax dollars captured since 1997. What a joke...

European-Americans Are Boring “20 Fascinating People” in northern Michigan -- and every single one is European-American? Sorry, but this is journalistically incorrect. It’s easy for editors to assign and reporters to write stories about people who are already within their personal and professional networks. It’s harder to dig up stuff about people you don’t know and have never met. Harder is better...

Be Aware Of Lawsuit While most non-Indians were sleep walking, local Odawa leaders filed a lawsuit seeking to potentially have most of Emmet County and part of Charlevoix County declared within their reservation and thus under their jurisdiction. This assertion of jurisdiction is embedded in their recently constructed constitution as documentation of their intent...

More Parking Headaches I have another comment to make about downtown TC parking following Pat Sullivan’s recent article. My hubby and I parked in a handicap spot (with a meter) behind Mackinaw Brew Pub for lunch. The handicap spot happens to be 8-10 spaces away from the payment center. Now isn’t that interesting...

Demand Change At Women’s Resource Center Change is needed for the Women’s Resource Center for the Grand Traverse Area (WRCGT). As Patrick Sullivan pointed out in his article, former employees and supporters don’t like the direction WRCGT has taken. As former employees, we are downright terrified at the direction Juliette Schultz and Ralph Soffredine have led the organization...

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Obamas celebrate Motown music in D. C.

Kristi Kates - March 7th, 2011
Obamas Celebrate Motown Music in DC
President Obama and the First Lady celebrated Motown at a special White House event last week that included a slew of live performances. Mr. Obama, who called Motown’s music “the soundtrack of the civil rights era... that helped blur the line between music that was considered either black or white” - and Michelle Obama, who named Stevie Wonder as her favorite Motown artist and said that in addition to Motown music being a soundtrack, it was also “a heartbeat” - were treated to a kickoff off of the festivities in the East Room via a Motown medley by Seal, John Legend, Jamie Foxx, and Nick Jonas. Next up, Natasha Bedingfield, Jordin Sparks, and Ledisi channeled the Supremes with their take on “Stop! In the Name of Love.” Other performers included the legendary Smokey Robinson, Berry Gordy, Sheryl Crow, and yes, Michelle’s fave, Stevie Wonder himself...
Gov’t Mule co-founder Warren Haynes is set to release his soulful fourth solo album, Man in Motion, this upcoming May. Recorded in Austin, Texas, the set actually includes some Motown-like R&B musical references (since we‘re on that topic…), including the sounds of Stax and Memphis’ Hi Records. Citing The Four Tops, James Brown, Ray Charles, and B.B. King among his influences, Haynes said in a recent interview that it was just “time” to make a soul-inflected album, and he’ll promote the same with a tour set to kick off in April…
English music fans - and plenty of American fans who saved up to attend the big Glastonbury music fest in the UK last year - were disappointed and concerned when U2 were unable to perform last year due to Bono’s back injury. But the Irish rockers are back in B-I-G form this year, and are now confirmed and set to join Coldplay and Beyonce as the top three headliners at this year’s Glasto event. U2 will play the festival’s huge Pyramid stage on Friday, June 24, for literally tens of thousands of fans, many of whom camp on the Glastonbury grounds for the privilege of watching loads of great live music…

R.E.M. are calling their new studio album, Collapse Into Now, one of their best ever, and it’s a set that features an eclectic, diverse mix of songwriting as well as special guests. Recorded starting in November of last year, the band worked with acclaimed producer Jacknife Lee on the set at studio locales in Nashville, New Orleans, and Berlin, Germany. And as for those guests, they include Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder, Patti Smith Band guitarist Lenny Kaye, and Patti Smith herself…

MODERN ROCK LINK OF THE WEEK:
March 8 has been selected as the release date for that aforementioned new R.E.M. album - but while-u-wait, you can snag a brand new MP3 track, “Discoverer,” via the band’s official website, remhq.com…

MINI MODERN BUZZ:
This year’s Pitchfork Music fest in Chicago has set its dates - get ready to hit Union Park July 15-17 for the 2011 event, tix go on sale March 4...
TV on the Radio have snagged April 4 as the release date for their new album Nine Types of Light, and will promote the album with a short spring U.S. tour…
The Black Keys, meanwhile, have announced their plans for not a spring, but a summer tour set to kick off on June 27 in Vancouver, Canada…
Phish will begin their 2011 summer tour on Memorial Day weekend this year, with dates only scheduled to run through mid-June…
Paramore plan to record a new batch of songs this summer, in preparation for a new album, although a date has yet to be announced…
Guitarists Steve Vai and Nigel Tufnel (of Spinal Tap - aka Christopher Guest) teamed up in an attempt to set a new Guiness World record last week, in which the pair tried to teach the world’s largest online guitar lesson…
And trying to find their way into your music collection are this week’s new CD releases… Dance Gavin Dance’s Downtown Battle Mountain Pt. II... Avril Lavigne’s Goodbye Lullaby... Wye Oak’s Civilian... Sara Evans’ Stranger... and Lupe Fiasco’s Lasers... 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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