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Letters 10-20-2014

Doctor Dan? After several email conversations with Rep. Benishek, he has confirmed that he doesn’t have a clue of what he does. Here’s why...

In Favor Of Our Parks [Traverse] City Proposal 1 is a creative way to improve our city parks without using our tax dollars. By using a small portion of our oil and gas royalties from the Brown Bridge Trust Fund, our parks can be improved for our children and grandchildren.

From January 1970 Popular Mechanics: “Drastic climate changes will occur within the next 50 years if the use of fossil fuels keeps rising at current rates.” That warning comes from Eugene K. Peterson of the Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Land Management.

Newcomers Might Leave: Recently we had guests from India who came over as students with the plan to stay in America. He has a master’s degree in engineering and she is doing her residency in Chicago and plans to specialize in oncology. They talked very candidly about American politics and said that after observing...

Someone Is You: On Sept 21, I joined the 400,000 who took to the streets of New York in the People’s Climate March, followed by a UN Climate Summit and many speeches. On October 13, the Pentagon issued a report calling climate change a significant threat to national security requiring immediate action. How do we move from marches, speeches and reports to meaningful work on this problem? In NYC I read a sign with a simple answer...

Necessary To Pay: Last fall, Grand Traverse voters authorized a new tax to fix roads. It is good, it is necessary.

The Real Reasons for Wolf Hunt: I have really been surprised that no one has been commenting on the true reason for the wolf hunt. All this effort has not been expended so 23 wolves can be killed each year. Instead this manufactured controversy about the wolf hunt has been very carefully crafted to get Proposal 14-2 passed.

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The Cult Comes to Streeters

Kristi Kates - August 4th, 2014  

If you ask The Cult’s frontman Ian Astbury how he feels about the current music scene and what he’s been listening to lately, be prepared to hear a pretty long list.

“David Bowie, Nick Cave, Darkside, The Black Ryder, Chelsea Wolfe, Icarus Line, Boris, Black Bananas, Pusha T, Ice Age, Alt-J, Dev Hynes as Blood Orange, White Mangingos, Primal Scream,” Astbury ticked away.

And there’s more. Those, he says, are just off the top of his head.

Always inspired by powerful, ambitious sounds verging on the mystic (think Bowie, Joy Division, the album cuts of The Doors), The Cult were frontrunners for the goth rock scene in the mid-’80s.

Tracks like “She Sells Sanctuary” and “Fire Woman” were their ticket. But by the mid-’90s, the roller-coaster portion of their career began, as they would break up and reunite several times, with Astbury at one point announcing that they would never make another studio album.

Obviously, he changed his mind, perhaps skewed in part by all of the music he was hearing being churned out year after year by his many peers listed above.

The Cult’s latest (and ninth) studio set, “Choice of Weapon,” was released in 2012. And now, a tenth album is due for release in 2014, although according to Astbury, the new sounds are going to be trickled out as he sees fit.

“We are in the process of seeing what material we have and working on rough ideas,” he said. “When we have some good sketches, we shall refine the songs into a good working shape before we even enter a studio.”

He would like to, he continued, release at least one song by mid to late fall of this year.

But first, there’s a current tour to wind their way through, and a new music industry model to figure out.

“There is still an overwhelming demand for the album format, even with more focus on single songs,” he said. “But I feel both formats are valid. The world is constantly evolving on many levels, so we are always reacting to those changes.”

That means a Cult album – a full length, proper album, not merely a Cult single, or a Cult mobile ringtone – is still on the way, Cult fans.

For Astbury, it’s all about their fans being able to really connect with the members of The Cult, as he connects with that long list of the music he listens to.

“Technology has evolved and affected the recording process, and that’s a huge shift,” he said, “but the human element is essential.”

The Cult will be in concert at Streeters Center/ Ground Zero in Traverse City on Aug. 8. For tickets, visit groundzeroonline.com.

 
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