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Letters 02-08-2016

Less Ageism, Please The January 4 issue of this publication proved to me that there are some sensible voices of reason in our community regarding all things “inter-generational.” I offer a word of thanks to Elizabeth Myers. I too have worked hard for what I’ve earned throughout my years in the various positions I’ve held. While I too cannot speak for each millennial, brash generalizations about a lack of work ethic don’t sit well with me...Joe Connolly, Traverse City

Now That’s an Escalation I just read the letter from Greg and his defense of the AR15. The letter started with great information but then out of nowhere his opinion went off the rails. “The government wants total gun control and then confiscation; then the elimination of all Constitutional rights.” Wait... what?! To quote the great Ron Burgundy, “Well, that escalated quickly!”

Healthy Eating and Exercise for Children Healthy foods and exercise are important for children of all ages. It is important for children because it empowers them to do their best at school and be able to do their homework and study...

Mascots and Harsh Native American Truths The letter from the Choctaw lady deserves an answer. I have had a gutful of the whining about the fate of the American Indian. The American Indians were the losers in an imperial expansion; as such, they have, overall, fared much better than a lot of such losers throughout history. Everything the lady complains about in the way of what was done by the nasty, evil Whites was being done by Indians to other Indians long before Europeans arrived...

Snyder Must Go I believe it’s time. It’s time for Governor Snyder to go. The FBI, U.S. Postal Inspection Service and the EPA Criminal Investigation Division are now investigating the Flint water crisis that poisoned thousands of people. Governor Snyder signed the legislation that established the Emergency Manager law. Since its inception it has proven to be a dismal failure...

Erosion of Public Trust Let’s look at how we’ve been experiencing global warming. Between 1979 and 2013, increases in temperature and wind speeds along with more rain-free days have combined to stretch fire seasons worldwide by 20 percent. In the U.S., the fire seasons are 78 days longer than in the 1970s...

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Blondie ?Panics? On Brand New Album

Kristi Kates - June 20th, 2011
Newly revived new wavers Blondie will be releasing their latest album, dubbed Panic of Girls, this upcoming fall, complete with two cover tracks and surrealistic cover art (by Dutch artist Chris Berens.) The set was recorded in New York’s Woodstock region, and includes a number of experimental elements, from vocals in Spanish and French to those aforementioned cover tunes - Beirut’s “A Sunday Smile” (from their Flying Club Cup album) and an old ‘80s reggae track. The new set will hit stores in September…
‘90s alt-rockers Cracker will be making an unexpected appearance in Northern Michigan at Legs Inn in Cross Village on June 24, performing a special unplugged set that’s sure to highlight several of Cracker’s fan favorite songs, which fans likely hope will include the catchy “Eurotrash Girl” and what was perhaps Cracker’s biggest radio hit, “Low.” While the band has continued to tour and release albums since their heyday in the ‘90s, they’ve spent little time on the charts - but their recent acoustic shows may just spur a new well-deserved interest in the band’s interesting blend of folk, punk, Americana, and psych-pop music…
Gaslight Anthem singer Brian Fallon is working on a debut album from his side project band, The Horrible Crowes, and hopes to release the set, titled Elsie, in the fall. Fallon is currently working on the disc in a recording studio in New Jersey with collaboration from GA’s roadie-slash-fellow-musician Ian Perkins; the pals are fusing a wide range of rock sounds together for the disc, from layered harmonies to keys, electronica beats to traditional-sounding organs…
The Futureheads’ drummer Dave Hyde is working on his own side project too - his band, titled Hyde and Beast, includes, of course, Hyde, along with drummer pal Neil Bassett - both of them are primarily using their voices as the instruments. The pair of beatmakers, who claim The Velvet Underground and ‘60s sounds among their musical influences, have named their debut set Slow Down, and it’s already set to hit stores on August 15, to be preceded by the single “Pictures in the Sky” which will be made available as a free download…
 
MODERN ROCK LINK OF THE WEEK:
Fancy a jaunt over to Canada? Well, August might be a great time, if you’re a music fan - Calgary’s X-Fest has announced their alterna-rock lineup, which is set to include Weezer, Jane’s Addiction, Social Distortion, rappers House of Pain, and Canadian “locals” The Rural Alberta Advantage, among others; tix are around $80 for the full day’s worth of rockin’ live sets. Get all the info at www.xfestcalgary.com…
 
MINI MODERN BUZZ:
The Killers’ drummer Ronnie Vannucci has completed work on his solo album, Big Talk, and it’s now set to hit stores on July 12…
The Black Eyed Peas’ will.i.am is working on a solo album of his own, which he’s already titled Black Einstein…
The Kooks third studio set, Junk of the Heart, is in production, too - it’ll serve as the follow-up to their hit 2008 set, Konk, is being produced by Beck collaborator Tony Hoffer, and will hit stores on September 12…
Talking Heads sibling band Tom Tom Club will be celebrating their 30th anniversary as a band by trekking through a quintet of live shows in the UK starting July 14…
Brit singer-songwriting Frank Turner, currently promoting his newbie album England Keep My Bones, will be hitting the U.S. this fall for a series of live shows, including stops in NYC (9/21), Phoenix AZ (10/10), Seattle (10/16), Chicago (10/26), Detroit (10/27 at The Magic Stick), and Toronto (10/28)…
Fleetwood Mac guitarist/vocalist Lindsey Buckingham’s sixth solo set, Seeds We Sow, will hit stores on September 6, and was written, performed, produced and mixed by the musician himself…
 
And hitting stores this week are these new musical releases… Black Veil Brides’ Set the World on Fire… Junior Boys’ It’s All True… Ziggy Marley’s Wild and Free… and The Wonder Years’ Suburbia I’ve Given You All and Now I’m Nothing… 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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