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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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Monday, September 5, 2011

Old School Meets New Via?Tony Bennett?

Modern Rock Kristi Kates Tony Bennett, vintage pop/jazz singer and comeback king, just celebrated his 85th birthday a few weeks ago, and shows no sign of slowing down musically, appearing on such current shows as Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and collaborating with a surprising range of today’s pop singers. Bennett’s upcoming Duets II album, due out on September 20, finds the singer dueting with everyone from those perhaps expected (Norah Jones, Michael Buble, and Andrea Bocelli) to less traditional pairings such as Sheryl Crow, Carrie Underwood, and Lady Gaga, who appropriately croons with Bennett on “The Lady is a Tramp.” One of Amy Winehouse’s last recordings, a duet with Bennett on “Body and Soul,” will also be on the set…
 
Monday, August 29, 2011

Take Two Documentaries About Beatles

Modern Rock Kristi Kates Take Two Documentaries About Beatles
Paul McCartney’s documentary, The Love We Make, which chronicles his experiences as he prepped for the Concert for New York City benefit show that was staged six weeks after 9/11, is now set to premiere on the Showtime network on September 10. Directed by Albert Mayles (who directed the classic Stones doc Gimme Shelter), the McCartney film was shot in black and white, and is said to be an “uplifting” view, complete with appearances from Eric Clapton, Stone Mick Jagger, and David Bowie…
 
Monday, August 29, 2011

4Play: Sonic Youth, Counting Crows, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Pearl Jam

Modern Rock Kristi Kates Sonic Youth - Hits Are for Squares - Geffen
Essentially a hits collection in defiance of the album’s name, this Sonic Youth best-of was put together in an interesting fashion - specifically, by a group of fellow artists personally selected by the band who in turn chose the Sonic Youth songs that would be included here. Given that the tracks were chosen by such a wide range of folks, it’s to be expected that the album itself is somewhat uneven, but it’s still entertaining - top picks include the Beck-selected “Sugar Kane,” the Radiohead-chosen “Kool Thing,” and the Mike D-dubbed “100%,” while Eddie Vedder, Chloe Sevigny, and Gus Van Sant picked less appealing Sonic Youth tunes.
 
Monday, August 22, 2011

Boyz II Men Review 20 Years of Hits

Modern Rock Kristi Kates 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)…
 
Monday, August 15, 2011

Shamrock & Roll with Dropkick Murphy‘s

Modern Rock Kristi Kates St. Patrick’s Day will arrive a little early - namely this September - when the Dropkick Murphys host the first annual Shamrock-N-Roll Festival, set to take place September 8 and 9 in the band’s hometown of Boston, with several touring shows to follow. In addition to the Murphys, The Mahones, Street Dogs, Chuck Ragan, and several other national and regional acts will perform at the event, which will also include a boxing demonstration and autograph session with boxer “Irish” Micky Ward, who inspired the movie The Fighter…
 
Monday, August 8, 2011

Strokes still promoting Angels album

Modern Rock Kristi Kates Strokes Still Promoting Angles Album
The Strokes are still riding the wave of the April release of their fourth set, Angles,and are simultaneously putting together a fall tour and working on a follow-up album to Angles. Currently cruising through some overseas live dates, they already have two shows scheduled for late summer, specifically Pearl Jam’s 20th Anniversary concerts, which will take place at the Alpine Valley Music Theater in East Troy, Wisconsin on September 3 and 4. Earlier reports pointed out that there’s been a little conflict in the band as the bandmates work separately on songs for the new Strokes set, but perhaps that friction will simply translate to more good, spiky modern rock music…
 
Monday, August 1, 2011

Afro-Punk Fest arriving in August

Modern Rock Kristi Kates The seventh annual Afro-Punk fest will take place this year on August 28 and 29 in Brooklyn, and they’re bringing back the Battle for the Streets Skate and BMX Competition for the second time this year; making its debut at the event will be the Afro-Punk Bites and Beats, which will include food vendor trucks from around the world. But let’s get to the music - the lineup’s been announced, too, and will include sets from Ninjasonik, Jay Electronica, Rocky Business, Reggie Watts, and Toro Y Moi, among others, all rocking out in Brooklyn’s Commodore Barry Park…
 
Monday, July 25, 2011

Cee-Lo, Lowe, Apple Pay Homage to Buddy Holly

Modern Rock Kristi Kates Rave On, Buddy Holly is the title of a new tribute album put together to pay musical homage to one of America’s rock legends, and it’s available right now. Among the covers on the eclectic and worthy set are Paul McCartney’s authentic take on “It’s So Easy,” Cee-Lo’s version of “(You’re So Square) Baby, I Don’t Care,” Nick Lowe’s “Changing All Those Changes,” Modest Mouse’s “That’ll Be the Day,” The Black Keys’ “Dearest,” and Fiona Apple and Jon Brion’s collaboration on “Every Day”…
 
Monday, July 18, 2011

Polaris nominates Arcade Fire, Sloan, Dears

Modern Rock Kristi Kates Polaris Nominates Arcade Fire, Sloan, Dears
This year’s Polaris Music Prize nominees have been announced, with the qualifying albums being released from June 1, 2010 to May 31, 2011. The albums will be judged solely on artistic merit (not sales or other numbers), with the long list of artists being narrowed to a shorter list, and then eventually to the main winner, who will be announced September 19 at the Sixth Annual Polaris Music Prize Gala in Toronto. Already on the long list are modern rockers Ron Sexsmith, Arcade Fire, The Dears, and Sloan…
His Gorillaz Plastic Beach tour is over, and Blur is in a transitional phase (or something), so what’s a supremely talented overachiever to do? Well, if you’re Damon Albarn, you simply embark on yet another project - in this case, Albarn’s writing a rock opera, with the subject matter being Queen Elizabeth I’s scientist/adviser, John Dee. Albarn recently debuted one of the opera’s musical numbers, titled “Apple Carts,” on the BBC - take a listen to the beautiful, pensive song via this Spin link: http://www.spin.com/articles/damon-albarn-debuts-pretty-tune-new-opera. The opera itself, which Albarn
 
Monday, July 11, 2011

Incubus going On Display for new album

Modern Rock Kristi Kates Incubus will be kicking off their “Incubus HQ Live” project on July 12, the same day their latest album, If Not Now, When? is set to hit stores. The band is opening a gallery in Los Angeles where the band members will be available (to a point) for eight hours a day through how-to clinics and special performances; ech band member will have their own camera, so that fans can watch them online at incubushq.com. As if that weren’t enough live exposure, Incubus will also be touring this summer in support of the album, with a start date set for August 17 in Denver, Colorado…
 
Monday, July 4, 2011

Hot tickets major festivals outside the region

Modern Rock Kristi Kates Coachella and Bonnaroo may have already passed for this year, but never fear, music fans; there are plenty of musical destinations left both nationwide and overseas for the 2011 summer season.
So grab those extra funds that are burning a hole in your pocket, prep for those steamy summer temps with sunscreen and bottled water, and make your destination picks from our yearly preview picks list of this summer’s hottest festival tickets.

TEMPERATE TUNES
Summerfest, June 29-July 10, Milwaukee WI (www.summerfest.com)
If you’re going by the numbers, Wisconsin’s Summerfest is the biggest in the U.S., hosting hundreds of thousands of folks and a dozen stages. This year’s event will play host to live sets from another eclectic mix of performers from old-school (Meatloaf, Hall and Oates) to country-rock fusions (Sugarland, The Black Keys) to hip-hop n’ pop (Kid Cudi, Kanye West.) Bring: miniature American flags, Milwaukee Brewers sweatshirts, Pepto-Bismol tablets to combat the range of carnival foodstuffs.
 
Monday, June 27, 2011

Afro-Punk Fest Arriving in August

Modern Rock Kristi Kates The seventh annual Afro-Punk fest will take place this year on August 28 and 29 in Brooklyn, and they’re bringing back the Battle for the Streets Skate and BMX Competition for the second time this year; making its debut at the event will be the Afro-Punk Bites and Beats, which will include food vendor trucks from around the world. But let’s get to the music - the lineup’s been announced, too, and will include sets from Ninjasonik, Jay Electronica, Rocky Business, Reggie Watts, and Toro Y Moi, among others, all rocking out in Brooklyn’s Commodore Barry Park…
 
Monday, June 20, 2011

Blondie ?Panics? On Brand New Album

Modern Rock Kristi Kates Newly revived new wavers Blondie will be releasing their latest album, dubbed Panic of Girls, this upcoming fall, complete with two cover tracks and surrealistic cover art (by Dutch artist Chris Berens.) The set was recorded in New York’s Woodstock region, and includes a number of experimental elements, from vocals in Spanish and French to those aforementioned cover tunes - Beirut’s “A Sunday Smile” (from their Flying Club Cup album) and an old ‘80s reggae track. The new set will hit stores in September…
‘90s alt-rockers Cracker will be making an unexpected appearance in Northern Michigan at Legs Inn in Cross Village on June 24, performing a special unplugged set that’s sure to highlight several of Cracker’s fan favorite songs
 
Monday, June 13, 2011

Wilco working to Get Well Soon...

Modern Rock Kristi Kates Get Well Soon Everybody is the working title for Wilco’s upcoming eighth studio album, which will serve as the follow-up to the band’s 2009 set, Wilco (the album.) They’ve reportedly tracked a couple dozen songs already for the set, which is being recorded at the band’s own studio in Chicago, with an eye on a fall release date. The latest tunes are said to be a blend of experimental indie-rock plus Americana plus a few tribal influences, and will be released on Wilco’s recently-formed record label, dBpm Records; a nearly 15-minute long jam-track may also be included on the set, all ten verses of it…
 
Monday, June 6, 2011

Moby destroys the charts with new album and book

Modern Rock Kristi Kates 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…
 
 
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