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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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Mexican pop rocks

Kristi Kates - May 2nd, 2011
Mexican Pop Rocks! Rock your Cinco de Mayo with these South of the Border bands
By Kristi Kates
Mexico isn’t necessarily the first country you might think to look into while searching for up and coming new indie pop and rock bands. But in recent years, and especially with the ever-growing influence of the internet, Mexico’s been fertilizing its own burgeoning crop of Mexican indie-rockers, and there are plenty of them cool enough for school - so, for our Cinco de Mayo issue, we’ve rounded up a few of the best for you to take a listen to, complete with a starting suggested single. Disfrutar de la msica!

LOS FANCY FREE
Born in the Mexican state of Chihuahua, singer/songwriter Martin Thulin moved with his parents to Sweden as a youth, and returned to his homeland of Mexico in his later years. This makes for a pretty unique mix of Mexican-electro-pop music, influenced as it is by such a broad geographic range. Thulin’s tracks are reminiscent of ‘80s bands like the Human League and Soft Cell; Thulin himself reminds one of an elegant, Mexican David Bowie.
Suggested Single: “Voltage is Ok”

JOTDOG
Only formed in 2009, this Mexico City synth-pop band is also influenced in part by the music of the ‘80s (so much so that they recorded a version of Cyndi Lauper’s “True Colors” for their debut album), primarily writing songs about romantic relationships set to festival-pop rhythms. In spite of their short career to date, they’ve already snagged nominations for the MTV Latin America Video Music Awards and the Latin Grammys.
Suggested Single: “Hasta Contar a Mil”

XYX
Mou Ortiz and Anhelo Escalante make up the noise-punk duo XYX, which hails from Monterrey, Mexico. Only two years old (the band itself, not the members), the pair of musicians - one on drums, and one on bass, with vocals - load up their respective instruments with piles of effects units (they’re particularly fond of delay), and charge through their tunes with the energy of those extra-sugary pink-frosted Mexican cupcakes.
Suggested Single: “Momento Acido Contemporaneo”

CHIKITA VIOLENTA
Mexico City indie-rockers Chikita Violenta are a quartet inspired by some of America’s most notable underground bands, such as Sonic Youth, Pavement, and Built to Spill. After snagging producer Dave Newfeld to helm a couple of their discs, attention on the band began to increase, enabling them to collaborate (to good measure) with such musical peers as Broken Social Scene, crafting even more of their anthemic, arena-ready pop-rock.
Suggested Single: “Laydown”

LOS DYNAMITE
Another Mexico City-based band, Los Dynamite take their musical cues from such East Coast post-punk bands as Interpol and The Strokes, singing in English and cheekily naming their debut album Greatest Hits. Frontman Diego Solorzano favors vintage wear such as leather jackets and old-school sunglasses on stage, while the music of his band focuses on jittery, agitated rhythms teamed up with hooky melodies and a city-fied retro approach.
Suggested Single: “Katatonic”

MEXICAN INSTITUTE OF SOUND
Helmed by Camilo Lara - who also just happens to be the head of EMI Mexico - MIOS fuses together chunks of sound into electronic musical patchworks, blending classic Mexican folk music samples from the ‘20s-’60s with various vocal samples, vinyl scratching, and beat loops. MIOS’ newest album, Pinata, even includes a little collaboration with someone else famed for experimental music - Talking Heads drummer Chris Frantz.
Suggested Single: “Escribeme Pronto”
 
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