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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Thursday, January 11, 2007

They‘re up in the air

Modern Rock Kristi Kates French electronica duo Air are “mostly done” with their upcoming album, which has been dubbed Pocket Symphony and which will include contributions from Pulp singer-gone-solo Jarvis Cocker and The Divine Comedy’s Neil Hannon. The 12-track disc, which Air’s JB Dunckel says is “very influenced by classical music,” also reclaims several songs from the soundtrack for the Sofia Coppola film Marie Antoinette, namely “Night Vision,” “Napalm Love,” and “Once Upon a Time.”  Air will likely follow up the album’s release on March 6 on Astralwerks Records with a world tour, which is tentatively planned to kick off in Sheffield, England...
Thursday, January 4, 2007

Lemonheads squeeze out a tour

Modern Rock Kristi Kates The Lemonheads, whose new album, innovatively titled The Lemonheads is just out, have also announced a winter 2007 tour that will arrive right on the heels of the completion of their current 3-month tour of Europe and the U.S.  The reformed Lemonheads - which now includes original singer Evan Dando along with a couple of members of The Descendants and a few others to make up Dando’s touring band - will kick off the run on January 25th in Carrboro, North Carolina, and will stay on the road until the end of February, including stops in New Orleans (2/6), Houston TX (2/8), Indianapolis (2/16), Milwaukee (2/17), and Brooklyn NY (2/23)...
Thursday, December 28, 2006

HBO puts on a show

Modern Rock Kristi Kates Singer-songwriter Aimee Mann has just embarked on her First Annual Christmas Variety Show, which had its first show on December 4 in San Francisco. Mann, whose first Christmas album, One More Drifter in the Snow, was released last month, will perform original material as
well as her versions of some seasonal classics, including Mann’s rendering of “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch,” which
also includes narration by fellow singer-songwriter Grant Lee Phillips. Mann is promoting the tour as a kind of traveling holiday circus, and of course will perform along with a series of special guests, which so far will include Phillips as well as comedian Fred Armise
Thursday, December 28, 2006

HBO puts on a show

Modern Rock Kristi Kates HBO has just previewed a new music show, set to begin airing next year, that’ll be hosted by Dave Stewart (best known for his work with Eurythmics) and is patterning itself after the famed Inside the Actors Studio program that delves into the details of actors’ lives. The new show, called Off the Record, will be taking that same interview-in-front-of-a-live-audience approach, with various musicians and bands talking about their creative processes, songwriting, and more; the kickoff preview show featured U2’s Bono and The Edge; this preview will be the only episode aired this year, until the regular series schedule begins in 2007 - keep an eye on the upcoming show schedule at http://www.hbo.com/offtherecord/...
Thursday, December 21, 2006

Aimee Mann sticks it to the Grinch

Modern Rock Kristi Kates Singer-songwriter Aimee Mann has just embarked on her First Annual Christmas Variety Show, which had its first show on December 4 in San Francisco. Mann, whose first Christmas album, One More Drifter in the Snow, was released last month, will perform original material as
well as her versions of some seasonal classics, including Mann’s rendering of “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch,” which
also includes narration by fellow singer-songwriter Grant Lee Phillips. Mann is promoting the tour as a kind of traveling holiday circus, and of course will perform along with a series of special guests, which so far will include Phillips as well as comedian Fred Armisen...
Thursday, December 14, 2006

Iggie‘s back on track

Modern Rock Kristi Kates The always-hip Iggy Pop has teamed up with his Stooges to complete work on the band’s first studio album since 1973.  Recorded with Steve Albini in Chicago, the sessions were a result of several songwriting sessions at Pop’s Miami house earlier this year, and the musicians tracked everything live except for a few of the vocals, including one set of vocals contributed by The Raconteurs’ Brendan Benson. Although they’re still deciding on a title for the disc, it’s expected out in March, and will be followed by a spring tour; Pop and the Stooges are also on the ballot for possible induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, which will also be decided in the spring...
Thursday, December 7, 2006

Modern Rock

Modern Rock Kristi Kates The Black Eyed Peas made, er, pea soup out of their fellow nominees last week at the American Music Awards, which were held in Los Angeles. Riding on the success of their latest album, Monkey Business, the AMAs shelled out three awards to The Peas, namely Favorite Group Hip-Hop/Rap, Favorite Group Soul/R&B, and Favorite Hip-Hop/Rap album. Other winners of the night included the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Kelly Clarkson, and live performers at the big show included Fall Out Boy and Gwen Stefani...
Thursday, November 30, 2006

Rockers go Acoustic

Modern Rock Kristi Kates A set of special acoustic shows are coming up for the lucky folks in Los Angeles (or those of you visiting Los Angeles over the holiday season) - it’s two big nights of the KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas, an annual West Coast event that draws hipster music fans over the weekend of December 9 and 10. This year, the Friday show will feature sets from Fall Out Boy, My Chemical Romance, and Wolfmother, and the Saturday show will showcase Beck, The Raconteurs, The Killers, Foo Fighters, Gnarls Barkley, and Panic! At The Disco.  Angels and Airwaves and Incubus are also scheduled to appear, although their night has yet to be confirmed..
Thursday, November 23, 2006

Grizzled Green Day

Modern Rock Kristi Kates Way back in 1991 and 1992, respectively, Green Day’s first two albums,
1,039 and Kerplunk! were released on Lookout! Records, and both albums are
now set for reissue on Reprise Records coming up this December 19. 
Kerplunk! appears just as it did back in ‘92, but 1,039 will duplicate a
set of extra content that was included on the disc’s previous 2004
re-release, which featured 20 minutes of live performance footage,
handwritten lyrics, a radio interview, and various posters. To really get
an idea of how far Green Day have come, consider that their 1994
major-label release has now sold 7.8 million copies in the U.S., while
Kerplunk! has only sold 699,000...
Thursday, November 16, 2006

It‘s back to work for James Blunt

Modern Rock Kristi Kates A vacation did James Blunt good - after completing a brief holiday in Europe, Blunt is set to get back to work, having written at least a half-dozen new songs that he plans to record for his next album, which will serve as the follow-up to his 2005 platinum release, Back to Bedlam.  Blunt will also be testing some of the new songs - among them the catchy “I Can’t Hear the Music” - on his current tour, which began last week and will continue through the middle of December...
UK urban musician Tricky is in the midst of writing, too, and just started to record material for a new album that he expects to have out some time in 2007. Tricky, who began his career with Massive Attack before embarking on his own solo albums (his most recent being 2003’s Vulnerable), has been spending most of his time over the past few years with his record label, Brown Punk, where he’s been taking on production duties and also working on TV and film scores, but now it’s time to get back to his own music...
Thursday, November 9, 2006

Post-preggers Gwen is back on the job

Modern Rock Kristi Kates Gwen Stefani may have taken some time off after giving birth to son Kingston (with Gavin Rossdale), but now she’s back in full force with several new projects that include her second solo album, which she hopes to have out before the end of the year. She’s already been working with Pharrell Williams on several collaborative songs that didn’t make the cut on her first solo disc, and has also been putting in some studio time with No Doubt bandmate Tony Kanal.  A Gwen Stefani concert DVD, Harajuku Lovers Live, was shot at Arrowhead Pond in Stefani and No Doubt’s hometown of Anaheim, California, as directed by Sophie Muller, and that DVD is expected before the end of the year, as is the release of eight dolls that were inspired by Gwen’s album and tour; the dolls will be packaged with posters, trading cards, and, of course, extra outfits, as reflects the fashion-forward Ms. Stefani...
Thursday, November 2, 2006

Everything you ever wanted to know about the Gorillaz

Modern Rock Kristi Kates Time to Feel Good, Gorillaz and Damon Albarn (Blur) fans - the band’s got a new pro-ject on the way out this fall, and it’s taking the shape of a Gorillaz autobiography. Written by the band themselves, the book is set to be around 300 pages long, complete with color illustrations provided by the band’s co-founder, Jamie Hewlett, who also created the “Tank Girl” comic book series. The band promises plenty of “juicy bits of Gorillaz info,” in the book, which has been titled Rise of the Ogre and which will hit stores on November 2...
Thursday, October 26, 2006

The Duran-Timberlake Nexus

Modern Rock Kristi Kates Duran Duran and Justin Timberlake? Yep, you read that right - the innovative ‘80s English dance-popsters and naughties’ hitmaker Timberlake have been in the studio together working with producer Timbaland for a collaboration that is likely to appear on D2’s next album. The Elaborately Hairsprayed Quintet and the N’Syncer originally met at the 2003 MTV Video Music Awards, where Duran Duran were presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award, and Timberlake later talked with the band - who he is reportedly a huge fan of - about the possibility of them working together...
Thursday, October 19, 2006

Beasties back on track

Modern Rock Kristi Kates Beasties back on track
The Beastie Boys are serving as headliners for the Gimme Shelter: Rock & Rescue benefit concert this week in New York City at the Maritime Hotel’s Hiro Ballroom. Hosted by Rational Animal and the ASPCA, the event’s purpose (besides to entertain, of course) is to raise funds for local animal rescue groups and to promote NYC’s mission of eliminating animal euthanasia by the year 2010. Also set to appear on the bill are The Star Spangles, Marshall Crenshaw, Nellie McKay, and a special appearance by Debbie Harry...
Thursday, October 12, 2006

All you need is love from the Beatles

Modern Rock Kristi Kates Stemming from a project in which remaining Beatles Paul and Ringo, along with Yoko Ono Lennon and Olivia Harrison, asked Beatles producer Sir George Martin to make some experimental mixes for a Beatles collaboration with Cirque du Soleil, there will now be a “new” Beatles CD in stores this November.  Martin, working with his son Giles Martin, utilized the archive of Beatles recordings to make a unique, remixed Beatles masterpiece that’s been titled LOVE. Tracks from the disc are also set to be featured in the Beatles/Cirque du Soleil collaborative production show of the same name, which will be staged at the Mirage in Las Vegas.  Martin stated that the music was originally designed for the Cirque du Soleil project, but in doing so, a new Beatles album was created, much in line with how the Beatles were always looking for new ways to express themselves.  
In other Beatles news, thanks to British copyright laws, Paul McCartney will reclaim the publishing rights to the Beatles biggest hits in 10 years, after losing a high-profile bidding war to Michael Jackson in 1984.  McCartney - who says it “doesn’t feel very good” having to pay royalties every time he plays one of his own songs live - will claim his rightful ownership of the Beatles songs in or around 2016, a return that is long overdue...