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Letters 07-21-2014

Disheartened

While observing Fox News, it was disheartening to see what their viewers were subjected to. It seems the Republicans’ far right wing extremists are conveying their idealistic visions against various nationalities, social diversities or political beliefs with an absence of emotion concerning women’s health issues, children’s rights, voter suppression, Seniors, Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid...

Things That Matter

All of us in small towns and large not only have the right to speak on behalf of our neighbors and ourselves, we have the duty and responsibility to do so -- and 238 years ago, we made a clear Declaration to do just that...

An Anecdote Driven Mind

So, is Thomas Kachadurian now the Northern Express’ official resident ranter? His recent factfree, hard-hearted column suggests it. While others complain about the poor condition of Michigan’s roads and highways, he rants against those we employ to fix them...

No On Prop 1

Are we being conned? Are those urging us to say “yes” to supposedly ”revenue neutral” ballot proposal 1 on August 5 telling us all the pertinent facts? Proposal 1 would eliminate the personal property tax businesses pay to local governments, replacing its revenue with a share of Michigan’s 6 percent use tax paid by us all on out-of-state purchases, hotel accommodations, some equipment rentals, and telecommunications...

Fix VA Tragedy

The problems within the Veterans Administration identified under former President Bush continue to hinder the delivery of quality health care to the influx of physically wounded and emotionally damaged young men and women...

Women Take Note

I find an interesting link between the Supreme Court Hobby Lobby and the crisis on the southern border. Angry protesters shout at children to go home. These children are scared, tired, hungry and thirsty, sent to US prisons awaiting deportation to a country where they may very likely be killed...


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4Play: Moby, Blondie, Above & Beyond, BT

Kristi Kates - June 20th, 2011
Moby - Destroyed - Mute
Moby’s latest set is a thematic one, focusing on the busy musician’s many hours spent in spare hotel rooms, impersonal airport lounges, and in transit. All of the songs were written on the road - many fueled by Moby’s insomnia - and many are also accompanied by photographs that Moby took, which can be acquired via a separate photography book of the same name. Opening the album is the evocative instrumental piece “The Broken Places” (several other “just” instrumentals are also included here, the best being “Sevastopol”); also included are danceable tracks “After” and “Blue Moon,” and the more introspective “When You Are Old.”
 


Blondie - Greatest Hits - Capitol
With Blondie prepping a brand new album for release later this year, now seems like a good time to revisit their remastered … Hits set, which - although it could stand an update with some of the band’s more recent tunes (other than “Maria”) - is the best representation of the influential group to date. Showcasing their progressing from a more punk outfit (“X Offender,” “Rip Her to Shreds”) to the synth-pop, catchy songs they became known for, the collection includes fan and critical faves “Heart of Glass,” “The Tide is High,” “Hanging on the Telephone,” “Island of Lost Souls,” and the landmark “Rapture.” It’s icy cool, and great indeed.
 



Above and Beyond - Group Therapy - Ultra
At once both shoegazy and dance-floor-friendly (somehow?), Above and Beyond’s latest equally showcases the vocal work of Richard Bedford and Zoe Johnson, staying well within the trance realm but adding plenty of personalized emotion and thoughtful arrangements. “Filmic” proves A and B’s skills with synths, weaving around a subtle piano line and a catchy theme. “Thing Called Love” gets more energetic and poppy, while “Sun and Moon” gets even heavier; the album balances well between those moments and quieter ones, such as the harp-laden “Eternal” and “Only a Few Things” with its lonely ambiance.
 


BT - These Re-Imagined Machines - Nettwerk
This two-disc set takes BT’s Grammy-nominated studio album, These Hopeful Machines, and hands it over to the likes of Armin van Buuren and Marcus Schossow, among others, for some serious and crafty remixing. Even if you purchased the original set (or BT’s one-disc, compressed version of the same), you’ll still want this third version of the set, from the Cedric Gervais remix of “Le Nocturne de Lumiere” all the way through van Buuren’s take on “Every Other Way.” Other standouts include Ferry Corsten’s revamping of “Suddenly,” Schossow’s version of “The Emergency,” and the Sultan/Shepard remix of “Rose of Jericho.”

 
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