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Letters 05-02-2016

Facts About Trails I would like to correct some misinformation provided in Kristi Kates’ article about the Shore-to-Shore Trail in your April 18 issue. The Shore-to-Shore Trail is not the longest continuous trail in the Lower Peninsula. That honor belongs to the North Country Trail (NCT), which stretches for over 400 miles in the Lower Peninsula. In fact, 100 miles of the NCT is within a 30-minute drive of Traverse City, and is maintained by the Grand Traverse Hiking Club...

North Korea Is Bluffing I eagerly read Jack Segal’s columns and attend his lectures whenever possible. However, I think his April 24th column falls into an all too common trap. He casually refers to a nuclear-armed North Korea when there is no proof whatever that North Korea has any such weapons. Sure, they have set off some underground explosions but so what? Tonga could do that. Every nuclear-armed country on Earth has carried out at least one aboveground test, just to prove they could do it if for no other reason. All we have is North Korea’s word for their supposed capabilities, which is no proof at all...

Double Dipping? In Greg Shy’s recent letter, he indicated that his Social Security benefit was being unfairly reduced simply due to the fact that he worked for the government. Somehow I think something is missing here. As I read it this law is only for those who worked for the government and are getting a pension from us generous taxpayers. Now Greg wants his pension and he also wants a full measure of Social Security benefits even though he did not pay into Social Security...

Critical Thinking Needed Our media gives ample coverage to some presidential candidates calling each other a liar and a sleaze bag. While entertaining to some, this certainly should lower one’s respect for either candidate. This race to the bottom comes as no surprise given their lack of respect for the rigors of critical thinking. The world’s esteemed scientists take great steps to preserve the integrity of their findings. Not only are their findings peer reviewed by fellow experts in their specialty, whenever possible the findings are cross-checked by independent studies...

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Boyz II Men Review 20 Years of Hits

Kristi Kates - August 22nd, 2011
Boyz II Men Review 20 Years of Hits
Boyz II Men are prepping to celebrate 20 years in the music biz with - what else? - a new album - that’s set to include some new tracks and several revamped versions of their classic ‘90s hits. Simply named Twenty, the album will feature the Boyz - now a trio (Shawn Stockman, Nathan Morris, and Wanya Morris) following the departure of Michael McCary - mostly singing their standard romantic songs and hoping to both reach their older fans, plus a new generation…
Interlochen music festival faves Ra Ra Riot, still promoting their 2010 album The Orchard, have confirmed an extensive schedule of live shows that will keep the band on tour through most of this fall. While a new Ra Ra record isn’t in the works just yet, the band’s bass player, Mathieu Santos, has a solo album just out titled Massachusetts 2010. In the meantime, fans will be able to catch the band at the Fuji Rock Festival, East Hampton NY’s Music to Know Festival, and additional stops in Minneapolis (10/2), Grand Rapids MI (10/4), Toronto (10/6), Los Angeles (11/10), and Chicago (11/18)…
Switchfoot will release their eighth studio album, Vice Verses, this upcoming fall, and worked with Weezer producer Neal Avron on the set, which was recorded primarily in Switchfoot’s own San Diego home studio. Said to be an album of “polarity” and opposites - highs and lows - the band also plan to launch a fairly extensive world tour alongside the new album to help promote all of the new songs; the album itself will hit stores on September 27…
And Amy Winehouse’s father, Mitch recently met with the British government to try and help prevent the same sort of situation that led to the recent death of the singer. Her father’s goal is to improve drug rehabilitation facilities in England in order to help keep young people out of drug and alcohol situations that “could be avoided.” Mitch Winehouse made the presentation in memory of his daughter; the Chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee agreed to take a second look at adjusting how accessible rehab facilities are to those in need…
MODERN ROCK LINK OF THE WEEK:
For those of you who enjoy traveling to music towns, Austin, Texas is calling you September 16-18 for the 2011 Austin City Limits Festival. This year’s headliners include Coldplay, Kanye West, Arcade Fire, and the always-cool Stevie Wonder; get the full schedule (and more info on the whole event) at www.ACLfestival.com/schedule…

MINI MODERN BUZZ:
Alt-rockers Bush’s next album, The Sea of Memories, is now set for release in September on their own Zuma Rock Records as produced by Bob Rock…
Psych-popsters Real Estate will drop their latest set, Days, on October 18th, with the first single “It’s Real” preceding the album’s release…
Morrissey is reportedly planning to publish his autobiography in December of 2012…
The Drums will be returning with their sophomore full-length album, which they’ve dubbed Portamento, on September 13…
Lollapalooza guru Perry Farrell and his band Jane’s Addiction will return to the stores in September as well, with their next album, The Great Escape Artist, which will feature single “End to the Lies”…
The 2011 DeLuna Festival is now set for Pensacola Florida in October, and will feature over 80 bands in only the fest’s second year; 2011’s big ticket performers include Ra Ra Riot, Weezer, The Shins, Cut Copy, Manchester Orchestra, and Cake…

And these artists are now set to release their new albums this very week… 12 Stones’ Only Human… Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks’ Mirror Traffic… Ganglians’ Still Living… and Chelsea Wolfe’s Apokalypsis… 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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