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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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MacPodz

Kristi Kates - June 6th, 2011
MacPodz
By Kristi Kates
The five members of the band that would become the MacPodz - Brennan
Andes, Nick Ayers, Jesse Clayton, Ross Huff, and Griffin Bastian - spent
much of the latter half of 2005 backing up various singer-songwriters and
other performers around Ann Arbor, including poet/social activist John
Sinclair.
“We all really enjoyed each other’s musical stylings and late-night
antics,” explains percussionist Ayers, “and we just started palling around
more often.”
Andes was equipped with a basement studio at the time, and, as Ayers puts
it, “we’d stay up all night writing instrumental dance tracks.”
After a couple of house party gigs in 2006 (“just for fun,” Ayers points
out), the band became a fast hit, encouraging them to stick with it and
expand the group’s repertoire into more. Fast-forward to 2011, and the
MacPodz are still going strong.
“The response we got at those parties made us say, ‘whoa, we gotta roll
with this,’” Ayers says.

ROCKING AND ROLLING
And that they did, putting together setlists, continuing to rehearse, and
snagging their name from a combination of bandmate moniker and, er, marine
biology (kinda.)
“Well, Brennan toured with the band Smokestack in the early ’00s,” Ayers
explains, “and his nickname was B-Mac. ‘Podz’ [sic] is a group of Orca
whales that once they band together, never part.” And there you have it -
MacPodz.
Never parting is presumably what the plan is for the band, too, if Ayers’
enthusiasm is any indication. Their diverse and slightly wacky blend of
sounds brings together classical, metal, pop, Latin, electronic, and
rhythm and blues music, as Ayers lists; but above all else, it’s about
getting the feet moving, keeping the bandmates challenged and amused, and
keeping the dance floor full.
“We all have an affinity for the freedom of self-expression in jazz music
that keeps the brain occupied,” Ayers says, “but we also love the
mindless, effortless pulse that keeps hips moving ‘till the wee hours. The
style of music is really just a dialect or accent on how the story can be
told.”

FESTIVAL FUN
The MacPodz’ story includes a couple of albums on the way, one this month
and one set for release after the busy summer months conclude.
The Truth E.P. will be available beginning June 21, with the
as-yet-untitled full-length album additionally on the way in the fall.
“You can currently download our new single, ‘The Truth,’ for free online,”
Ayers says.
And the band will be keeping their respective dance cards full with a full
slate of shows and festival appearances until their album is ready for the
masses, including live (and dance-floor friendly) sets at the likes of
Blissfest, Hoxeyville, Dunegrass, and the Electric Forest festival, the
latter of which will serve as the replacement for the defunct Rothbury
Festival. In Ayers’ opinion, the ‘local’ shows end up being some of the
band’s favorites.
“I think Michigan stands out in the Midwest, and therefore in the country,
as being a deep well of talented musicians,” he says, “the economic woes
create great stories from real people, and the people are so proud of
their beautiful homeland.”
Ayers himself is proud of his band and his bandmates, too. When asked what
fans can expect at their upcoming Traverse City show, he says with a wink:
“You’ll see five talented, energetic, and handsome young men whose sole
purpose is to create an environment of joy with their passion for music.”

The MacPodz will be performing at Union Street Station in Traverse City on
Friday, June 10 and Saturday, June 11; shows at 9 p.m. both nights. For
more info on the band and to download their current single for free, visit
them online at www.themacpodz.com.  
 
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