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Letters 05-23-2016

Examine The Priorities Are you disgusted about closing schools, crumbling roads and bridges, and cuts everywhere? Investigate funding priorities of legislators. In 1985 at the request of President Reagan, Grover Norquist founded Americans for Tax Reform (ATR). For 30 years Norquist asked every federal and state candidate and incumbent to sign the pledge to vote against any increase in taxes. The cost of living has risen significantly since 1985; think houses, cars, health care, college, etc...

Make TC A Community For Children Let’s be that town that invests in children actively getting themselves to school in all of our neighborhoods. Let’s be that town that supports active, healthy, ready-to-learn children in all of our neighborhoods...

Where Are Real Christian Politicians? As a practicing Christian, I was very disappointed with the Rev. Dr. William C. Myers statements concerning the current presidential primaries (May 8). Instead of using the opportunity to share the message of Christ, he focused on Old Testament prophecies. Christ gave us a new commandment: to love one another...

Not A Great Plant Pick As outreach specialist for the Northwest Michigan Invasive Species Network and a citizen concerned about the health of our region’s natural areas, I was disappointed by the recent “Listen to the Local Experts” feature. When asked for their “best native plant pick,” three of the four garden centers referenced non-native plants including myrtle, which is incredibly invasive...

Truth About Plants Your feature, “listen to the local experts” contains an error that is not helpful for the birds and butterflies that try to live in northwest Michigan. Myrtle is not a native plant. The plant is also known as vinca and periwinkle...

Ask the Real Plant Experts This letter is written to express my serious concern about a recent “Listen To Your Local Experts” article where local nurseries suggested their favorite native plant. Three of the four suggested non-native plants and one suggested is an invasive and cause of serious damage to Michigan native plants in the woods. The article is both sad and alarming...

My Plant Picks In last week’s featured article “Listen to the Local Experts,” I was shocked at the responses from the local “experts” to the question about best native plant pick. Of the four “experts” two were completely wrong and one acknowledged that their pick, gingko tree, was from East Asia, only one responded with an excellent native plant, the serviceberry tree...

NOTE: Thank you to TC-based Eagle Eye Drone Service for the cover photo, taken high over Sixth Street in Traverse City.

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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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