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Remember Bush-Cheney Does anyone remember George W. Bush and Dick Cheney? They were president and vice president a mere eight years ago. Does anyone out there remember the way things were at the end of their duo? It was terrible...

Mass Shootings And Gun Control The largest mass shooting in U.S. history occurred December 29,1890, when 297 Sioux Indians at Wounded Knee in South Dakota were murdered by federal agents and members of the 7th Cavalry who had come to confiscate their firearms “for their own safety and protection.” The slaughter began after the majority of the Sioux had peacefully turned in their firearms...

Families Need Representation When one party dominates the Michigan administration and legislature, half of Michigan families are not represented on the important issues that face our state. When a policy affects the non-voting K-12 students, they too are left out, especially when it comes to graduation requirements...

Raise The Minimum Wage I wanted to offer a different perspective on the issue of raising the minimum wage. The argument that raising the minimum wage will result in job loss is a bogus scare tactic. The need for labor will not change, just the cost of it, which will be passed on to the consumer, as it always has...

Make Cherryland Respect Renewable Cherryland Electric is about to change their net metering policy. In a nutshell, they want to buy the electricity from those of us who produce clean renewable electric at a rate far below the rate they buy electricity from other sources. They believe very few people have an interest in renewable energy...

Settled Science Climate change science is based on the accumulated evidence gained from studying the greenhouse effect for 200 years. The greenhouse effect keeps our planet 50 degrees warmer due to heat-trapping gases in our atmosphere. Basic principles of physics and chemistry dictate that Earth will warm as concentrations of greenhouse gases increase...

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4Play: Danger Mouse and Daniele Luppi, Death Cab for Cutie, David Guetta, Deadmau5

Kristi Kates - May 31st, 2011
Danger Mouse and Daniele Luppi - Rome - Capitol
Italian film music and spaghetti westerns were the influences behind this collaboration between Brian Burton (Danger Mouse) and Italian talent Luppi. Actually recorded in Rome (on top of the other inspirations), the pair worked with an eye toward copying the recording practices of the late ‘60s, recording live to tape and using mostly vintage gear. Another component of the album were the vocals, contributed by Jack White (“Two Against One,” “The World”) and Norah Jones (“Season’s Trees,” “Problem Queen”), as well as soprano Edda Dell’Orso, making for a pop (yes, pop!) record full of depth and complexity.


Death Cab for Cutie - Codes and Keys - Atlantic
Both more spry and more synth-y than previous efforts, Death Cab’s latest - their seventh studio set - focuses far less on guitars and far more on optimism. Ben Gibbard’s distinctive vocals and the front-and-center songwriting of Chris Walla team up to solid effect here, on such songs as the deft balladry of the title track, the observational, pitiful shake of the head at “Some Boys,” the rolling synth lines of “Monday Morning,” the melancholy “Unobstructed Views,” and Gibbard’s ode to new wife Zooey Deschanel on “Stay Young, Go Dancing.” It’s a different DC album, but in this case, different works quite well.




David Guetta - One More Love - 101
Not sure how long Guetta can keep recycling the same album as a “new” version, since this is essentially his One Love album - again (it’s been the subject already of several “special editions” and re-releases). But, hey, if the fans will buy it, then the fans will buy it. Collaborating as usual with long-time vocalist pal Chris Willis, guests contributors here also include the likes of will.i.am (Black Eyed Peas), Kid Cudi, Estelle, former Destiny’s Child vocalist Kelly Rowland, and Akon, among others; this particular edition of the revamped One Love album also includes a Guetta remix of the Peas’ track “I Gotta Feeling.”


Deadmau5 - 4x4=12 - Ultra Records
Toronto musical performer Joel Zimmerman, aka Deadmau5, is well known for tossing together tracks as if they were so many bowls of salad ingredients, mixing and matching primarily his own works into unique, danceable electronica sculptures that are both catchy and innovative for the genre. The album opens with “Some Chords,” which is reminiscent of Deadmau5’s previous work, and shifts quickly from there to the choppy “Bad Selection,” the tougher “One Trick Pony,” and the more pensive (well, as pensive as you can be within the framework of a disco beat) “Raise Your Weapon” and “Everything Before.”
 
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