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Letters 10-27-2014

Paging Doctor Dan: The doctor’s promise to repeal Obamacare reminds me of the frantic restaurant owner hurrying to install an exhaust fan after the kitchen burns down. He voted 51 times to replace the ACA law; a colossal waste of money and time. It’s here to stay and he has nothing to replace it.

Evolution Is Real Science: Breathtaking inanity. That was the term used by Judge John Jones III in his elegant evisceration of creationist arguments attempting to equate it to evolutionary theory in his landmark Kitzmiller vs. Dover Board of Education decision in 2005.

U.S. No Global Police: Steven Tuttle in the October 13 issue is correct: our military, under the leadership of the President (not the Congress) is charged with protecting the country, its citizens, and its borders. It is not charged with  performing military missions in other places in the world just because they have something we want (oil), or we don’t like their form of government, or we want to force them to live by the UN or our rules.

Graffiti: Art Or Vandalism?: I walk the [Grand Traverse] Commons frequently and sometimes I include the loop up to the cistern just to go and see how the art on the cistern has evolved. Granted there is the occasional gross image or word but generally there is a flurry of color.

NMEAC Snubbed: Northern Michigan Environmental Action Council (NMEAC) is the Grand Traverse region’s oldest grassroots environmental advocacy organization. Preserving the environment through citizen action and education is our mission.

Vote, Everyone: Election Day on November 4 is fast approaching, and now is the time to make a commitment to vote. You may be getting sick of the political ads on TV, but instead, be grateful that you live in a free country with open elections. Take the time to learn about the candidates by contacting your county parties and doing research.

Do Fluoride Research: Hydrofluorosilicic acid, H2SiF6, is a byproduct from the production of fertilizer. This liquid, not environmentally safe, is scrubbed from the chimney of the fertilizer plant, put into containers, and shipped. Now it is a ‘product’ added to the public drinking water.

Meet The Homeless: As someone who volunteers for a Traverse City organization that works with homeless people, I am appalled at what is happening at the meetings regarding the homeless shelter. The people fighting this shelter need to get to know some homeless families. They have the wrong idea about who the homeless are.

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Oasis‘ Noel Gallagher not quite solo yet

Kristi Kates - April 25th, 2011
Oasis’ Noel Gallagher Not Quite Solo Yet
With his brother’s new band, Beady Eye, taking the bulk of media attention at the moment, talented songwriter Noel Gallagher - who actually wrote most of the songs for the brothers’ prior band, a little outfit called Oasis - has been calmly waiting under the radar to make his next move. The press and musical peers keep speculating as to whether or not Gallagher has already started recording a solo album - fueled in part by Gallagher’s acquisition of his new website name, www.noelgallagher.com - but Gallagher says that he’s not; chances are, he’s writing, but as far as actual studio progress, he simply told the press “it’ll be out later rather than sooner”…
Smiths singer/songwriter Morrissey, though, has been solo for quite some time, and is releasing a solo compilation disc, The Very Best of Morrissey, on April 25, which will include a bonus DVD of Morrissey’s music videos. The set, which will include well-known solo works such as “The More You Ignore Me, The Closer I Get,” “The Last of the Famous International Playboys,” “Interlude,” “Everyday is Like Sunday,” and “Tomorrow,” will be preceded by the re-release of Morrissey’s 1992 single “Glamorous Glue,” which will include double B-sides of two previously-unreleased songs, “Safe Warm Lancashire Home” and “Treat Me Like a Human Being”…
This year’s RockNess Festival has snagged a date and a pretty good indie-rock lineup, so if you’re heading overseas this June, make sure to make a stop in Dores, Scotland (part of Inverness) for the event, which is scheduled for June 10-12. You’ll be rewarded by great outdoor performances from the likes of The Chemical brothers, Kasabian, We Are Scientists, DJ Shadow, Groove Armada, Simian Mobile Disco, Two Door Cinema Club, The Cribs, and Glasvegas; check out rockness.co.uk for more info…
Many people may not know that Beatle John Lennon was actually a prolific letter writer, and wrote hundreds of letters over the course of his life; now the physical copies of many of the letters, previously owned by Beatles biographer Hunter Davies and Yoko Ono, have been purchased by London publishers Orion Books, and a collection of the letters will be published next year, in October 2012. They’re said to be on a wide range of topics, are both “funny and sad,” and are also filled with numbers of Lennon’s quirky and distinctive drawings…

MODERN ROCK LINK OF THE WEEK:
Owl City’s latest, dubbed All Things Bright and Beautiful, is due in-stores on May 17 via Universal Republic, and OC - aka Adam Young - will be hopping on the tour bus on June 13 to promote the set. Produced by Young himself at his own home studio, Sky Harbor in Owatonna, Minnesota, the album features a dozen new Owl City songs and was mixed by Jack Joseph Puig (Beck.) Get all the details and check out Young’s witty and often insightful blog at www.owlcitymusic.com…

MINI MODERN BUZZ:
Garbage singer Shirley Manson has released a new single on iTunes, a song from the musical Prometheus Unbound; Garbage’s recording process, Manson mentioned in a recent blog post, is also well underway for their new album…
Dubstep musician James Blake is touring in support of his debut self-titled album this spring/summer, and will be making stops in Philly (5/9), Toronto (5/14), Minneapolis (5/16), and at Chicago’s Pitchfork Music Festival (7/15) after a nearly two-month run in Europe…
Ian Brown has added vocals to Metric’s previously-instrumental song, “Open Your Eyes,” of which the new version is due at radio on May 1…
Manchester Orchestra have announced a short lineup of live U.S. shows in promotion of their upcoming album, Simple Math…
Muse are making plans to begin work on a new album later in 2011, and hope to tour Russia sometime this year, as well…
Bela Fleck and the Flecktones will be releasing the first album with their original lineup since 1991 - pick up Rocket Science on May 17, and watch for Bela and the band on a national tour beginning May 29…
And here are some more albums you should consider picking up - namely, this week’s new releases… Architecture in Helsinki’s Moment Bends… Fleet Foxes’ Helplessness Blues… and Lions! Tigers! Bears!’ Shallow Waters, Endless Depth … 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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