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Letters 10-27-2014

Paging Doctor Dan: The doctor’s promise to repeal Obamacare reminds me of the frantic restaurant owner hurrying to install an exhaust fan after the kitchen burns down. He voted 51 times to replace the ACA law; a colossal waste of money and time. It’s here to stay and he has nothing to replace it.

Evolution Is Real Science: Breathtaking inanity. That was the term used by Judge John Jones III in his elegant evisceration of creationist arguments attempting to equate it to evolutionary theory in his landmark Kitzmiller vs. Dover Board of Education decision in 2005.

U.S. No Global Police: Steven Tuttle in the October 13 issue is correct: our military, under the leadership of the President (not the Congress) is charged with protecting the country, its citizens, and its borders. It is not charged with  performing military missions in other places in the world just because they have something we want (oil), or we don’t like their form of government, or we want to force them to live by the UN or our rules.

Graffiti: Art Or Vandalism?: I walk the [Grand Traverse] Commons frequently and sometimes I include the loop up to the cistern just to go and see how the art on the cistern has evolved. Granted there is the occasional gross image or word but generally there is a flurry of color.

NMEAC Snubbed: Northern Michigan Environmental Action Council (NMEAC) is the Grand Traverse region’s oldest grassroots environmental advocacy organization. Preserving the environment through citizen action and education is our mission.

Vote, Everyone: Election Day on November 4 is fast approaching, and now is the time to make a commitment to vote. You may be getting sick of the political ads on TV, but instead, be grateful that you live in a free country with open elections. Take the time to learn about the candidates by contacting your county parties and doing research.

Do Fluoride Research: Hydrofluorosilicic acid, H2SiF6, is a byproduct from the production of fertilizer. This liquid, not environmentally safe, is scrubbed from the chimney of the fertilizer plant, put into containers, and shipped. Now it is a ‘product’ added to the public drinking water.

Meet The Homeless: As someone who volunteers for a Traverse City organization that works with homeless people, I am appalled at what is happening at the meetings regarding the homeless shelter. The people fighting this shelter need to get to know some homeless families. They have the wrong idea about who the homeless are.

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Moby destroys the charts with new album and book

Kristi Kates - June 6th, 2011
Moby Destroys The Charts with New Album and Book
Moby’s 2010 tour, at least for the musician himself, consisted of even more than Moby music. The ambitious musician decided to write new songs while on the road, and also equipped himself with a camera to keep track of happenings on tour. The result? Two results, actually - one an album and one a photo book, both dubbed Destroyed. Full of airports, backstage areas, stage lights, and cold daylight (the songs and the pics both), the companion works are a great peek at Moby’s traveling-musician life. And the album includes guest spots by fellow musicians Inyang Bassey and Anna Maria Friman, among others; preview the set (out now) via a short digital EP titled Be the One that’s available at www.moby.com…
Coldplay dropped an unexpected new single last week, their first new track in the past couple of years. The band explained on their website that they wanted to test-drive the song, so to speak, in preparation for their upcoming busy roster of summer festival shows, which already included a stop at Germany’s Rock Im Park fest, and will see the band performing at the Austin City Limits festival in September. The song, Every Teardrop is a Waterfall, is available digitally now; check out www.coldplay.com to find out more…
Johnny Depp’s musical talents have been getting a little bit of a workout lately (you might remember Depp’s experiments with his band P, which also included the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ bassist Flea, and Depp’s additional contributions to albums by Shane MacGowan and Oasis) - in addition to hanging out with his pal, Rolling Stone Keith Richards, Depp has reportedly been co-writing some songs with Aerosmith/American Idol’s Steven Tyler. Whether they’re for a Johnny Depp album or just for fun, only time will tell…
Kings of Leon just premiered a new music video for their newest single on Vevo.com last week. The vid itself was shot in Tennessee, around the Nashville area, and is a tribute of sorts to the band’s southern roots. Directed by Casey McGrath, the clip showcases the band performing live outside against a rural background; it was available both on Vevo.com and extensively on the MLB Network, which dropped snippets of the video in with baseball highlights…
 
MODERN ROCK LINK OF THE WEEK:
Smashing Pumpkin Billy Corgan is in the midst of writing what he’s dubbed his ‘spiritual memoirs,’ which is now set to be published by St. Martin’s Press in 2012. Titled God is Everywhere, Corgan is writing the book on his own to give fans an insight into both his band life and his personal life; get more details at www.smashingpumpkins.com…

MINI MODERN BUZZ:
Elton John will be back in Las Vegas this fall with his “Million Dollar Piano Show” for another three-year residency at Caesar’s Palace…
Brit heavy rockers Uriah Heep just released their 23rd album, and are now sending out the set’s first music video for the song “Nail on the Head”…
Good Charlotte will kick off a short co-headlining U.S. tour with Yellowcard in San Diego on June 10 that will run through the end of June…
John Oates (one half of ‘80s pop duo Hall and Oates) is taking a musical diversion from his trademark sound, and is releasing a new album, Mississippi Mile, that showcases his experiments with old blues and roots music…
Arcade Fire will be releasing their Grammy-award-winning set The Suburbs as a deluxe edition later this month; the new version of the album will include two new songs plus a DVD with a Spike Jonez short film, Scenes from the Suburbs, plus a documentary on the recording of the album…
Fountains of Wayne’s latest collection, Sky Full of Holes, is now set for release on August 2 on the band’s new indie-label home, Yep Roc Records; the album will include over a dozen new tunes and will be the band’s first set since 2007…
And these albums are set for release this week… Eddie “Pearl Jam” Vedder’s Ukelele Songs… Johanna and the Dusty Floor’s Northern Lights… and Boris’ Attention Please… 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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