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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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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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