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Letters 02-08-2016

Less Ageism, Please The January 4 issue of this publication proved to me that there are some sensible voices of reason in our community regarding all things “inter-generational.” I offer a word of thanks to Elizabeth Myers. I too have worked hard for what I’ve earned throughout my years in the various positions I’ve held. While I too cannot speak for each millennial, brash generalizations about a lack of work ethic don’t sit well with me...Joe Connolly, Traverse City

Now That’s an Escalation I just read the letter from Greg and his defense of the AR15. The letter started with great information but then out of nowhere his opinion went off the rails. “The government wants total gun control and then confiscation; then the elimination of all Constitutional rights.” Wait... what?! To quote the great Ron Burgundy, “Well, that escalated quickly!”

Healthy Eating and Exercise for Children Healthy foods and exercise are important for children of all ages. It is important for children because it empowers them to do their best at school and be able to do their homework and study...

Mascots and Harsh Native American Truths The letter from the Choctaw lady deserves an answer. I have had a gutful of the whining about the fate of the American Indian. The American Indians were the losers in an imperial expansion; as such, they have, overall, fared much better than a lot of such losers throughout history. Everything the lady complains about in the way of what was done by the nasty, evil Whites was being done by Indians to other Indians long before Europeans arrived...

Snyder Must Go I believe it’s time. It’s time for Governor Snyder to go. The FBI, U.S. Postal Inspection Service and the EPA Criminal Investigation Division are now investigating the Flint water crisis that poisoned thousands of people. Governor Snyder signed the legislation that established the Emergency Manager law. Since its inception it has proven to be a dismal failure...

Erosion of Public Trust Let’s look at how we’ve been experiencing global warming. Between 1979 and 2013, increases in temperature and wind speeds along with more rain-free days have combined to stretch fire seasons worldwide by 20 percent. In the U.S., the fire seasons are 78 days longer than in the 1970s...

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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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