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Letters 08-03-2015

Real Brownfields Deserve Dollars I read with interest the story on Brownfield development dollars in the July 20 issue. I applaud Dan Lathrop and other county commissioners who voted “No” on the Randolph Street project...

Hopping Mad Carlin Smith is hopping mad (“Will You Get Mad With Me?” 7-20-15). Somebody filed a fraudulent return using his identity, and he’s not alone. The AP estimates the government “pays more than $5 billion annually in fraudulent tax refunds.” Well, many of us have been hopping mad for years. This is because the number one tool Congress has used to fix this problem has been to cut the IRS budget –by $1.2 billion in the last 5 years...

Just Grumbling, No Solutions Mark Pontoni’s grumblings [recent Northern Express column] tell us much about him and virtually nothing about those he chooses to denigrate. We do learn that Pontoni may be the perfect political candidate. He’s arrogant, opinionated and obviously dimwitted...

A Racist Symbol I have to respond to Gordon Lee Dean’s letter claiming that the confederate battle flag is just a symbol of southern heritage and should not be banned from state displays. The heritage it represents was the treasonous effort to continue slavery by seceding from a democratic nation unwilling to maintain such a consummate evil...

Not So Thanks I would like to thank the individual who ran into and knocked over my Triumph motorcycle while it was parked at Lowe’s in TC on Friday the 24th. The $3,000 worth of damage was greatly appreciated. The big dent in the gas tank under the completely destroyed chrome badge was an especially nice touch...

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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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