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Letters 08-29-2016

Religious Bigotry President Obama has been roundly criticized for his apparent unwillingness to use the term “radical Islamic terrorism.” His critics seem to suggest that through the mere use of that terminology, the defeat of ISIS would be assured...

TC DDA: Focus On Your Mission What on earth is the Traverse City DDA thinking? Purchasing land around (not within) its TIF boundaries and then offering it at a discount to developers? That is not its mission. Sadly enough, it is already falling down on the job regarding what is its mission. Crosswalks are deteriorating all around downtown, trees aren’t trimmed, sidewalks are uneven. Why can’t the DDA do a better job of maintaining what it already has? And still no public restrooms downtown, despite all the tax dollars captured since 1997. What a joke...

European-Americans Are Boring “20 Fascinating People” in northern Michigan -- and every single one is European-American? Sorry, but this is journalistically incorrect. It’s easy for editors to assign and reporters to write stories about people who are already within their personal and professional networks. It’s harder to dig up stuff about people you don’t know and have never met. Harder is better...

Be Aware Of Lawsuit While most non-Indians were sleep walking, local Odawa leaders filed a lawsuit seeking to potentially have most of Emmet County and part of Charlevoix County declared within their reservation and thus under their jurisdiction. This assertion of jurisdiction is embedded in their recently constructed constitution as documentation of their intent...

More Parking Headaches I have another comment to make about downtown TC parking following Pat Sullivan’s recent article. My hubby and I parked in a handicap spot (with a meter) behind Mackinaw Brew Pub for lunch. The handicap spot happens to be 8-10 spaces away from the payment center. Now isn’t that interesting...

Demand Change At Women’s Resource Center Change is needed for the Women’s Resource Center for the Grand Traverse Area (WRCGT). As Patrick Sullivan pointed out in his article, former employees and supporters don’t like the direction WRCGT has taken. As former employees, we are downright terrified at the direction Juliette Schultz and Ralph Soffredine have led the organization...

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Stripes Look Back at Mississippi, Minnesota Shows

Kristi Kates - May 16th, 2011
Stripes Look Back at Mississippi, Minnesota Shows
The White Stripes themselves may now be defunct, but there’s still some Stripes music left to be heard (and seen), starting with an album recording of their last complete live performance from back in July of 2007. Dubbed Live in Mississippi, the disc will be released in both CD and vinyl formats, and will include the duo performing several covers in addition to their own setlist. A live DVD of one of the band’s year 2000 shows will also be released around the same time; titled Moorhead Lights All Fargo Night, this one showcases the Stripes performing at a small bar in Minnesota. Additional releases are expected…
Paul McCartney is reportedly working on a new album, this one set to feature guest bands and artists covering McCartney’s own solo material as well as additional songs by his band, Wings. Macca is said to be personally choosing the musicians that will be performing the covers, and has so far snagged B.B. King, Billy Joel, and Paul Rodgers, among others. McCartney’s musician son, James, is going to appear on the album, as well…
Former Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr is wrapping up his three-year gig with band The Cribs, saying via his website that he’s departing from the band “on good terms,” that they remain friends, and that he will instead be working on his new solo records, planning to release a couple of albums over the next year. Marr explained how working with The Cribs was “fantastic,” but that he now needs the time for himself, his own projects, and some additional film soundtrack work…
 
And a couple of bits of LCD Soundsystem-related news this week; first of all, their final concert (at Madison Square Garden in NYC last April) is set for release as a DVD, which frontman James Murphy says will be properly edited and “much nicer” than the live stream that went out from the original show. In addition, a still-busy Murphy himself has been tapped for a high-profile DJ set at the upcoming Sonar Music Festival (June 16-18 in Barcelona, Spain), and will DJ again at Sonar Galicia that same weekend…
 
MODERN ROCK LINK OF THE WEEK:
This year’s Billboard Music Awards will be given out on May 22 this year, with the awards hitting ABC TV in Northern Michigan live from Las Vegas. Among the 2011 nominees are Bruno Mars, The Black Keys, Taylor Swift, U2, Jack Johnson, Mumford and Sons; see the whole list and pick your faves at http://tinyurl.com/4xe2zu6…
 
MINI MODERN BUZZ:
In other music awards news, the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards will be heading back to Los Angeles on August 28 for their (coincidentally) 28th annual ceremonies; the show will air live on MTV at 9:00 p.m….
William Shatner’s upcoming covers album, Searching for Major Tom, is set to drop later this year, with a whole host of guest stars including The Kinks’ Dave Davies, The Strokes’ Nick Valensi, Johnny Winter, and more…
Two old Weezer outtakes have shown up on the radar via Weezer drummer Pat Wilson, namely the first full-band performance versions of “You Won’t Get with Me Tonight” and “I Swear It’s True”…
TV on the Radio have crafted a short film to go along with their latest album, Nine Types of Light; fans will be able to snag the film as a digital download by purchasing the deluxe edition of the album…
Peter Bjorn and John are adding more tour dates to their schedule to help support their newest (and sixth) album…
Pitchfork.com has launched a new series, Pitchfork 3D, which will feature single-song performances from artists and bands, enhanced with 3D imagery and effects…
 
And these artists hope to enhance your music collection with this week’s new releases… The Cars’ Move Like This… The Devil Whale’s Teeth… Danger Mouse and Daniela Luppi’s Rome… and Moby’s Destroyed… and that’s the buzz for this week’s Modern Rock.
 
Questions, comments, rants, raves, suggestions on this column? Send ‘em to Kristi at modernrocker@gmail.com
 
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