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Letters 07-06-2015

Safety on the “Bridge to Nowhere” Grant Parsons wrote an articulate column in opposition to the proposed Traverse City pier at the mouth of the Boardman River. He cites issues such as limited access, lack of parking, increased congestion, environmental degradation, and pork barrel spending of tax dollars. I would add another to this list: public safety...

Vote Carefully A recent poll showed 84% of Michiganders support increasing Michigan’s renewable energy standard to at least 20% from the current 10%. Yet Representative Ray Franz has sponsored legislation to eliminate the standard. This out of touch position is reminiscent of Franz’s opposition to the Pure Michigan campaign and support for increased taxes on retirees....

Credit Where Credit Is Due I think you should do another article about the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund giving proper credit to all involved, not just Tom Washington. Many others were just as involved...

I’ve Changed My Mind The Supreme Court has determined that states cannot keep same-sex couples from marrying and must recognize their unions. This has happened with breathtaking suddenness. It took 246 years for Americans to decide that slavery was wrong and abolish it, but it’s been only a couple of decades since any successful attempt was made to legalize same-sex marriage, and four years since a majority of the American public supported legalization...


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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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