Letters 11-23-2015

Cheering From Petoskey While red-eyed rats boil fanatically up from the ancient sewers of Paris to feast on pools of French blood, at the G20 meeting the farcical pied piper of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue thrusts a bony finger at the president of the Russian Federation and yells: “liberté, égalité, fraternité, Clinton, Kerry--Obamaism!”

The Other Mothers And Fathers Regarding the very nice recent article on “The First Lady of Yoga,” I have taken many classes with Sandy Carden, and I consider her to be a great teacher. However, I feel the article is remiss to not even give acknowledgement to other very important yoga influences in northern Michigan...

Drop The Blue Angels The last time I went to the National Cherry Festival, I picked the wrong day. The Blue Angels were forcing everyone to duck and cover from the earsplitting cacophony overhead...

Real Advice For The Sick In the Nov. 16 article “Flu Fighters,” author Kristi Kates fails to mention the most basic tool in our arsenal during Influenza season... the flu vaccine! I understand you might be afraid of being the victim of Jenny McCarthyism, but the science is there...

Keeping Traverse City in the Dark Our environment is our greatest asset. It sustains our lives; it drives our economy. We ignore it at our peril. Northern Michigan Environmental Action Council (NMEAC) has submitted letters of concern to both the city commission and planning commission regarding the proposed 9-story buildings on Pine Street. We have requested an independent environmental assessment with clear answers before a land use permit is granted...

All About Them Another cartoon by Jen Sorensen that brings out the truth! Most of her cartoons are too slanted in a Socialist manner, but when she gets it correct, she hits the nail on the target! “Arizona is the first state to put a 12-month lifetime limit on welfare benefits.” That quote is in the opening panel... 

Unfair To County Employees It appears that the commissioners of Grand Traverse County will seek to remedy a shortfall in the 2016 budget by instituting cuts in expenditures, the most notable the reduction of contributions to various insurance benefits in place for county employees. As one example, the county’s contributions to health insurance premiums will decrease from ten to six percent in 2016. What this means, of course, is that if a county employee wishes to maintain coverage at the current level next year, the employee will have to come up with the difference...

Up, Not Out I would like to congratulate the Traverse City Planning Commission on their decision to approve the River West development. Traverse City will either grow up or grow out. For countless reasons, up is better than out. Or do we enjoy such things as traffic congestion and replacing wooded hillsides with hideous spectacles like the one behind Tom’s West Bay. At least that one is on the edge of town as opposed to in the formerly beautiful rolling meadows of Acme Township...

Lessons In Winning War I am saddened to hear the response of so many of legislators tasked with keeping our country safe. I listen and wonder if they know what “winning” this kind of conflict requires or even means? Did we win in Korea? Did we win in Vietnam? Are we winning in Afghanistan? How is Israel winning against the Palestinians? Will they “take out” Hezbollah...

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Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with Mexican Music!

Kristi Kates - April 28th, 2014  

From the synth-grunge of Reacta to the electrified translations of Yibel Jme’tik Banamil, Cinco de Mayo is the perfect occasion to check out what Mexico’s offering up in the indie-rock department, and we’ve picked five great bands for you to start with.


Hailing from Aguascalientes, Mexico, this band is currently as sizzling as the hot springs that radiate through the region they live in. Their new album, “Refraction,” just out this past February, was specifically written for their hometown fans. However, it’s so accessible and catchy they’re snagging new fans from all over the world.

Their sound recalls a mix of The Bravery, Gavin Rossdale, and vintage Incubus, although the grungy energy is all their own. Suggested Single: “Complication” Web: reacta.bandcamp.com


After seeing the Flaming Lips perform live in Mexico City, this six-piece outfit was formed, inspired by the FL’s cartoony persona and danceable tunes.

Blending electronica and pop with a cheerful and lively stage presence, they’re touring with tunes from their newest album, “King Bono vs Los Flight Simulators,” and bringing plenty of showmanship and props with them, from costumes and confetti to a disco-worthy light show. Suggested Single: “Light of Day” Web: facebook.com/theplasticsrevolutionmx


Also from Mexico City, the complex rhythms and patterns of math rock are mashed up with a little pop to form Vicente Gayo’s edgy, scratchy sound. It’s chock-full of dynamics and with just enough hook to keep you around until the next track.

Singer Alan Ortiz and his bandmates Joshua, Armando, and Javier don’t shy away from musical experimentation, and it’s paying off big for them, with airplay already happening on MTV Latino. Suggested Single: “Circuitos Doblados” Web: vicentegayo.com


Cuernavaca, Mexico’s Zoé is an altpsychedelic band that has already snagged a couple of Latin Grammy Awards for their well-honed mix of ‘70s heft and ‘80s synths.

It’s all set solidly behind singer Larregui Leon’s boyish vocals; their cover of “Besame Mucho” flipped the Mexican bolero track into a whole new sound. Zoé’s latest (and fifth) studio album, “Programatron,” is said to be both their best and most experimental set to date.

Suggested Single: “Nada” Web: zoetheband.com


Their name translates to “Root of Earth,” and they’re led by frontman Valeriano Gomez. But they’re not a folk outfit.

These distinctive Mexican musicians sing their indie-rock-inflected songs in Tzotil, a language spoken by the indigenous Maya in Mexico’s Chiapas state. It’s their bid to help preserve the language via their music, and they do it with style, from their sharp electric guitar riffs to the matching ponchos they often wear on stage. Suggested Single: “Son Jlumaltik” Web: myspace.com/yibeljmetikbanamil

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