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Letters 05-02-2016

Facts About Trails I would like to correct some misinformation provided in Kristi Kates’ article about the Shore-to-Shore Trail in your April 18 issue. The Shore-to-Shore Trail is not the longest continuous trail in the Lower Peninsula. That honor belongs to the North Country Trail (NCT), which stretches for over 400 miles in the Lower Peninsula. In fact, 100 miles of the NCT is within a 30-minute drive of Traverse City, and is maintained by the Grand Traverse Hiking Club...

North Korea Is Bluffing I eagerly read Jack Segal’s columns and attend his lectures whenever possible. However, I think his April 24th column falls into an all too common trap. He casually refers to a nuclear-armed North Korea when there is no proof whatever that North Korea has any such weapons. Sure, they have set off some underground explosions but so what? Tonga could do that. Every nuclear-armed country on Earth has carried out at least one aboveground test, just to prove they could do it if for no other reason. All we have is North Korea’s word for their supposed capabilities, which is no proof at all...

Double Dipping? In Greg Shy’s recent letter, he indicated that his Social Security benefit was being unfairly reduced simply due to the fact that he worked for the government. Somehow I think something is missing here. As I read it this law is only for those who worked for the government and are getting a pension from us generous taxpayers. Now Greg wants his pension and he also wants a full measure of Social Security benefits even though he did not pay into Social Security...

Critical Thinking Needed Our media gives ample coverage to some presidential candidates calling each other a liar and a sleaze bag. While entertaining to some, this certainly should lower one’s respect for either candidate. This race to the bottom comes as no surprise given their lack of respect for the rigors of critical thinking. The world’s esteemed scientists take great steps to preserve the integrity of their findings. Not only are their findings peer reviewed by fellow experts in their specialty, whenever possible the findings are cross-checked by independent studies...

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4Play: Foo Fighters, The Dears, Noah & the Whale, old War Kids 3/21/11

Kristi Kates - March 21st, 2011
Foo Fighters - Wasting Light - RCA
Recorded on defiant analog tape in Dave Grohl’s garage (albeit with the
assistance of superproducer Butch Vig and top-notch mixer Alan Moulder),
the songs on the Foo’s latest are an equally yin-yang mix of the high
sheen and the grungy. First official single “Rope” has pushy drums that
solidify the raw pop/rock beat and charging punk-popster “Bridge Burning”
plays out that garage-band feel, while more restraint and smoother
arrangements are shown on tracks like “These Days,” “I Should Have Known,”
and the Bob Mould-guesting “Dear Rosemary.” The new songs are definitely
fodder for the Foo’s potential headlining spot at Lollapalooza this year.


The Dears - Degeneration Street - Dangerbird
The Dears’ fifth set is a mournful one, mired in the years of backstory -
and member changes - that this band has gone through, with tension and
desperation showing through in many of the songs. Reuniting their original
lineup seems to have added just as many problems as the band had back when
they were a more fragmented group, as evidenced in the melodramatic plot
points of the lyrics; melodically, it’s okay at best, with the “big” songs
(“Stick with Me, Kid,” “Thrones”) being overly earnest, and the quieter
tracks (“Galactic Tides”) falling tepid. Hopefully they’ll work the
wrinkles out and conjure up something better next time.

 Noah and the Whale - Last Night on Earth - Def Jam
After Noah’s lead singer Charlie Fink directed a short film to go along
with the band’s prior album, The First Days of Spring, he found himself
inspired by filmmaking in and of itself, and those visualization elements
are showcased in part here on their third set. The album’s first single is
the ridiculously catchy, modern-campfire singalong “L.I.F.E.G.O.E.S.O.N.”
with its spell-check refrain; “Just Me Before We Met” taps into Fink’s
romantic, poetic side; and “Tonight’s the Kind of Night” depicts a late
night escape from the mundane, which is a good representation of the album
itself, and its quirky brand of indie-folk-pop appeal.
 
Cold War Kids - Mine is Yours - Interscope
American indie-rockers CWK having been making big strides out of their
So-Cal locale the past few years, first with a standout set at
Lollapalooza and now with their latest album. Full of the familiar dense
guitar/busy beats/arena-ready vocals that fans have already become
familiar with, lead single “Louder Than Ever” begins the chartattack with
its immediate hook, and is followed up by the likes of the
Bono-reminiscent “Bulldozer,” the soulful “Royal Blue,” and the
dynamically-arranged “Out of the Wilderness” that almost blends two
different song moods into one great track. It’s more accessible than
previous efforts, but without losing the band’s aim.

 
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