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Letters 09-07-2015

DEJA VUE Traverse City faces the same question as faced by Ann Arbor Township several years ago. A builder wanted to construct a 250-student Montessori school on 7.78 acres. The land was zoned for suburban residential use. The proposed school building was permissible as a “conditional use.”

The Court Overreached Believe it or not, everyone who disagrees with the court’s ruling on gay marriage isn’t a hateful bigot. Some of us believe the Supreme Court simply usurped the rule of law by legislating from the bench...

Some Diversity, Huh? Either I’ve been misled or misinformed about the greater Traverse City area. I thought that everyone there was so ‘all inclusive’ and open to other peoples’ opinions and, though one may disagree with said person, that person was entitled to their opinion(s)...

Defending Good People I was deeply saddened to read Colleen Smith’s letter [in Aug. 24 issue] regarding her boycott of the State Theater. I know both Derek and Brandon personally and cannot begin to understand how someone could express such contempt for them...

Not Fascinating I really don’t understand how you can name Jada Johnson a fascinating person by being a hunter. There are thousands of hunters all over the world, shooting by gun and also by arrow; why is she so special? All the other people listed were amazing...

Back to Mayberry A phrase that is often used to describe the amiable qualities that make Traverse City a great place to live is “small-town charm,” conjuring images of life in 1940s small-town America. Where everyone in Mayberry greets each other by name, job descriptions are simple enough for Sarah Palin to understand, and milk is delivered to your door...

Don’t Be Threatened The August 31 issue had 10 letters(!) blasting a recent writer for her stance on gay marriage and the State Theatre. That is overkill. Ms. Smith has a right to her opinion, a right to comment in an open forum such as Northern Express...

Treat The Sickness Thank you to Grant Parsons for the editorial exposing the uglier residual of the criminalizing of drug use. Clean now, I struggled with addiction for a good portion of my adult life. I’ve never sold drugs or committed a violent crime, but I’ve been arrested, jailed, and eventually imprisoned. This did nothing but perpetuate shame, alienation, loss and continued use...

About A Girl -- Not Consider your audience, Thomas Kachadurian (“About A Girl” column). Preachy opinion pieces don’t change people’s minds. Example: “My view on abortion changed…It might be time for the rest of the country to catch up.” Opinion pieces work best when engaging the reader, not directing the reader...

Disappointed I am disappointed with the tone of many of the August 31 responses to Colleen Smith’s Letter to the Editor from the previous week. I do not hold Ms. Smith’s opinion; however, if we live in a diverse community, by definition, people will hold different views, value different things, look and act different from one another...

Free Will To Love I want to start off by saying I love Northern Express. It is well written, unbiased and always a pleasure to read. I am sorry I missed last month’s article referred to in the Aug. 24 letter titled, “No More State Theater.”

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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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