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Letters 07-06-2015

Safety on the “Bridge to Nowhere” Grant Parsons wrote an articulate column in opposition to the proposed Traverse City pier at the mouth of the Boardman River. He cites issues such as limited access, lack of parking, increased congestion, environmental degradation, and pork barrel spending of tax dollars. I would add another to this list: public safety...

Vote Carefully A recent poll showed 84% of Michiganders support increasing Michigan’s renewable energy standard to at least 20% from the current 10%. Yet Representative Ray Franz has sponsored legislation to eliminate the standard. This out of touch position is reminiscent of Franz’s opposition to the Pure Michigan campaign and support for increased taxes on retirees....

Credit Where Credit Is Due I think you should do another article about the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund giving proper credit to all involved, not just Tom Washington. Many others were just as involved...

I’ve Changed My Mind The Supreme Court has determined that states cannot keep same-sex couples from marrying and must recognize their unions. This has happened with breathtaking suddenness. It took 246 years for Americans to decide that slavery was wrong and abolish it, but it’s been only a couple of decades since any successful attempt was made to legalize same-sex marriage, and four years since a majority of the American public supported legalization...


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Bono‘s Doppleganger makes a movie

Kristi Kates - March 14th, 2011
Bono’s “Doppelganger” Makes a Movie


Comedy-drama film Killing Bono, the movie version of the Neil McCormick
memoir I Was Bono’s Doppelganger that chronicles the lives of two
schoolmate brothers who left U2 before they hit the big time, is set for
release this April, and will actually include a song from U2’s veeeeery
early days, back when they were still called “The Hype” and when The
Edge’s brother, Dik Evans, was still in the band (which is now, of course,
a four-piece.) The tune, “Street Mission,” will also be on the movie’s
soundtrack, alongside songs sung by Irish singer-songwriter Joe Echo and
the two actors who portray brothers Neil and Ivan McCormick in the movie,
Ben Barnes and Robert Sheehan…
British buzz band Mumford and Sons, still enjoying the residence of
their album, Sigh No More, in the top 20 a year after its release,
recently told MTV news that they’re already working on songs for their
sophomore set, and in fact spent some time in Nashville, Tennessee
recently working on new music, which they plan to tour first and record
later after they see how the crowds respond to the new material. If
you’ve yet to hear the reasons why they’re being called a “buzz” band
these days, just keep your ears open for singles “The Cave” and “Little
Lion Man” on radio…
The already (of course) well established Dave Matthews Band are set to
host a quartet of music festivals this summer to celebrate their 20th year
anniversary as a band, with DMB in each festival’s headlining spot and a
variety of other bands taking up the day long schedule of acts. No cities
have been confirmed as of yet, but June 24-26 are set for the Northeast
run, July 8-10 will be when the DMB-helmed fest hits the Midwest, and
other geographical locales are set to be announced soon…
And even more established than DMB may be The Cars, who are prepping their
band’s first new album in over two dozen years. The new Cars set, titled
Move Like This, was recorded by most of The Cars’ original lineup - Ric
Ocasek, David Robinson, Elliot Easton, and Greg Hawkes (Benjamin Orr
passed in 2000) - and they all get a little help from standout producer
Jacknife Lee, who produced half of the album, while the band themselves
produced the other half. A tour is not planned to promote the new album,
but frontman Ocasek told the press that they might do a couple of shows…
 
MODERN ROCK LINK OF THE WEEK:
More Beastie Boys news this week - with their much-delayed album, Hot
Sauce Committee Part 2, officially set to drop on May 3, complete with
tracks featuring Santigold (“Don’t Play No Game That I Can’t Win”) and Nas
(“Too many Rappers”), it’s time to revisit the Boys themselves on their
recently-updated website - check it out at http://beastieboys.com/ …
MINI MODERN BUZZ: Heading to SXSW in Austin? Make sure to catch the free
Strokes concert set to hit the city’s Auditorium Shores on Thursday, March
17, and Duran Duran’s set on March 16, as they’re two of the
most-anticipated shows of this year’s event...
If you’re waiting for new music from Fall Out Boy, and are still waiting
for frontman Patrick Stump’s solo artist debut, Soul Punk (now pushed to
summer), snag Stump’s 6-song digital EP, now available on iTunes…
Death Cab for Cutie, whose new Codes and Keys album will hit stores on May
31, have just been booked to film an installment of VH1’s Storytellers…
Ben Harper’s 10th studio album, Give Till It’s Gone, features two tracks
drummed on and co-written with none other than Beatles drummer Ringo Starr
(“Spilling Faith” and “Get There From Here”)…
Autolux’s The Bouncing Wall/Census EP, previously only available as a
European release, is in digital stores now in the U.S. including 3
unreleased tracks… And White Stripe Jack White - well, no longer a White
Stripe, technically speaking, since the band formally dissolved a few
weeks ago - says that he’s happy with his current projects (his solo and
production careers, and bands The Raconteurs and The Dead Weather), and
will never form another band…
And these bands are already formed, thank you very much, and are offering
you this week’s new CD releases...The Dodos’ No Color... Noah and the
Whale’s Last Night on Earth... Telekinesis’ 12 Desperate Straight Lines...
and Robotanists’ Plans in Progress... 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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