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Letters 11-24-2014

Dangerous Votes You voted for Dr. Dan. Thanks!Rep. Benishek failed to cosponsor H.R. 601. It stops subsidies for big oil companies. He failed to cosponsor H.R. 1084. There is an exemption for hydraulic fracturing written into the Safe Drinking Water Act. H.R. 1084. It would require the contents of fracking fluids to be publicly disclosed to protect the public health.

Solar Is The Answer There have been many excellent letters about the need for our region, state and nation to take action on climate change. Now there is a viable solution to this ever-growing problem: Solar energy is the future.

Real Minimum Wage In 1966, a first class stamp cost 5 cents and minimum wage was $1.25. Today, a first class stamp is 49 cents, so federal minimum wage should be $11.25.

Doesn’t Seem Warmer I enjoy the “environmentalists” twisting themselves into pretzels trying to convince us that it is getting warmer. Sure it is... 

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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Peas inspire with music video academies

Modern Rock Kristi Kates The Black Eyed Peas are utilizing their charity, the Peapod Foundation, to open a music school in New York City to teach youth music and video production. They’ve teamed up with the Adobe Foundation to make their school plans happen, with the New York academy set to begin offering classes this July. The Peas, Peapod, and Adobe have already opened up several of their “Youth Voices” academies in California…
 
Monday, May 23, 2011

Well, isn‘t that album just the Living End

Modern Rock Kristi Kates Aussie Band The Living End have wrapped recording on their sixth album, which they worked on in Melbourne, Australia at the Red Door Sounds Studio. The new set of songs, which will now be shipped to mixmaster Brendan O’Brien (Pearl Jam, Springsteen) for mixing, have also been road-tested by the band over the past few months - they selected the album’s tracklisting from over 3 dozen new tunes, including “Postcard American Town,” “Heatwave,” and “Black and White”…
 
Monday, May 16, 2011

Stripes Look Back at Mississippi, Minnesota Shows

Modern Rock Kristi Kates The White Stripes themselves may now be defunct, but there’s still some Stripes music left to be heard (and seen), starting with an album recording of their last complete live performance from back in July of 2007. Dubbed Live in Mississippi, the disc will be released in both CD and vinyl formats, and will include the duo performing several covers in addition to their own setlist. A live DVD of one of the band’s year 2000 shows will also be released around the same time; titled Moorhead Lights All Fargo Night, this one showcases the Stripes performing at a small bar in Minnesota. Additional releases are expected…
 
Monday, May 9, 2011

Electric Forest Fest Replaces Rothbury

Modern Rock Kristi Kates A fest of special local interest for several years was the Rothbury Festival, several hours downstate right here in Michigan. Well, Rothbury itself is no longer, but another fest has sprung up in its place - the Electric Forest Festival, which will run June 30 through July 3 in… the town of Rothbury. With a focus on what appears to be a trifecta of sounds - bluegrass, electronica, and local-ish bands - the lineup so far includes The String Cheese Incident, Tiesto, Stephen Marley, Galactic, The Ragbirds, The MacPodz, and Railroad Earth, among others… get more info at www.electricforestfestival.com…
 
Monday, May 2, 2011

Dido returns with new Electronica-fied album

Modern Rock Kristi Kates Dido Returns with New Electronica-fied Album
Electro-indie-pop singer-songwriter Dido’s long-awaited album is almost here, right on the heels of her Academy Award nomination (for co-writing the song “If I Rise” from the James Franco movie 127 Hours). Once again working with her brother, Rollo Armstrong (who was one of her bandmates in Faithless) as well as a few other producers, she says that the new set is much more electronic than her last album, 2008’s Safe Trip Home, and that she’s looking forward to performing the new songs live…
Influential Brit band The Kinks will reissue seven of their classic albums throughout this year, with each of the albums being reconfigured as double CDs, complete with added outtakes, demo tracks, session recordings, rarities, and a wealth of extensive liner notes. March 28 already saw two of the reissues hit stores, Kinda Kinks and The Kink Kontroversy
 
Monday, April 25, 2011

Oasis‘ Noel Gallagher not quite solo yet

Modern Rock Kristi Kates Oasis’ Noel Gallagher Not Quite Solo Yet
With his brother’s new band, Beady Eye, taking the bulk of media attention at the moment, talented songwriter Noel Gallagher - who actually wrote most of the songs for the brothers’ prior band, a little outfit called Oasis - has been calmly waiting under the radar to make his next move. The press and musical peers keep speculating as to whether or not Gallagher has already started recording a solo album - fueled in part by Gallagher’s acquisition of his new website name, www.noelgallagher.com
 
Monday, April 18, 2011

Phoenix start sesions in Aussie studio

Modern Rock Kristi Kates Phoenix Start Sessions in Aussie Studio
The land down under has welcomed French indie-pop-rockers Phoenix, who are currently doing some recording for their next album in Australia’s Byron Bay, working in some orchestral elements to their new songs. Early listens indicate that Phoenix’s next set is a pretty even mix between the classic Phoenix sound and some more retro-futuristic elements, as the band is including both organic sounds and a blender’s worth of rhythms that spin up drum machine sounds, loops, and actual (live!) drumming. No date has been set yet for the album’s release…
Capitol Records have finally confirmed that they’ll be releasing the legendary “lost” Beach Boys album, Smile, some time this year, as produced by archivist Alan Boyd and engineer Mark Linett. Re-dubbed The Smile Sessions, the album will be released as a 2-CD set, a limited edition box set, and on iTunes as a digital album, although real Beach Boys fans will probably want to spring for the box set, with its additional vinyl records and a 60-page hardbound book on the band. Brian Wilson
 
Monday, April 11, 2011

New documentary profiles The Libertines

Modern Rock Kristi Kates New Documentary Profiles The Libertines
A new documentary about modern rockers The Libertines is set to premiere at this year’s East End Film Fest in London, but stateside fans of the band will be happy to hear about the movie, too. Directed by Roger Sargent, the film will be prefaced by Libertine frontman Carl Barat’s solo single, “Death Fires Burn at Night,” which hit radio last weekend; the fest will take place from April 26 to May 2. The fate of the band itself, though, remains in limbo, with no live dates surfacing nor any mentions of further recordings…
 
Monday, April 4, 2011

Buzz Band Mumford & Sons 4/4/11

Modern Rock Kristi Kates Buzz band Mumford and Sons, along with Old Crow Medicine Show Buzz band Mumford and Sons, along with Old Crow Medicine Show and Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, are kicking off their Railroad Revival Tour in a pretty cool way - all three bands will be traveling through their tourdates across the American Southwest in vintage railroad cars, which will be pulled by two locomotives. The train itself, 1500 feet long, will travel over 2000 miles during the tour dates that will take the trio of bands across five states. Fans can either buy regular tickets for $55, which include a commemorative ticket and an MP3 download of some of the tour’s live recordings; or shell out $155 for all six commemorative tickets,
 
Monday, March 28, 2011

Storytellers and their songs return to VH 1 3/28/11

Modern Rock Kristi Kates Storytellers and Their Songs Return to VH1
VH1 is moving into the 15th season of its intriguing Storytellers series, which feature a wealth of stories, explanations on how songs were written/recorded, tales from the tour bus, and more in between performances of songs by a wide range of artists. This season’s roster will be kicked off in May by Kings of Leon, who will be followed in the 2011 lineup by the likes of Maxwell, Cee Lo Green, Ray LaMontagne, and Death Cab for Cutie…
 
Monday, March 21, 2011

Got Foo? Get it at a theatre near you 3/21/11

Modern Rock Kristi Kates Got Foo? Get It at a Theater Near You
Foo Fighters revealed their documentary at SXSW (the South by Southwest Fest) last week, and now the masses will be able to view the band’s latest film project. Back and Forth, as the doc is titled, will now be showcased in theaters across the country, starting with a series of special screenings on April 5 during which the film will screen and will be followed by the broadcast of a live performance by the Foos themselves, who will perform their new album, Wasting Light, which hits stores on April 12…
 
Monday, March 14, 2011

Bono‘s Doppleganger makes a movie

Modern Rock Kristi Kates Bono’s “Doppelganger” Makes a Movie
Comedy-drama film Killing Bono, the movie version of the Neil McCormick
memoir I Was Bono’s Doppelganger that chronicles the lives of two
schoolmate brothers who left U2 before they hit the big time, is set for
release this April, and will actually include a song from U2’s veeeeery
early days, back when they were still called “The Hype” and when The
Edge’s brother, Dik Evans, was still in the band (which is now, of course,
a four-piece.) The tune, “Street Mission,” will also be on the movie’s
soundtrack, alongside songs sung by Irish singer-songwriter Joe Echo and
the two actors who portray brothers Neil and Ivan McCormick in the movie,
Ben Barnes and Robert Sheehan…
 
Monday, March 7, 2011

Obamas celebrate Motown music in D. C.

Modern Rock Kristi Kates Obamas Celebrate Motown Music in DC
President Obama and the First Lady celebrated Motown at a special White House event last week that included a slew of live performances. Mr. Obama, who called Motown’s music “the soundtrack of the civil rights era... that helped blur the line between music that was considered either black or white” - and Michelle Obama, who named Stevie Wonder as her favorite Motown artist and said that in addition to Motown music being a soundtrack, it was also “a heartbeat” - were treated to a kickoff off of the festivities in the East Room via a Motown medley by Seal, John Legend, Jamie Foxx, and Nick Jonas. Next up, Natasha Bedingfield, Jordin Sparks, and Ledisi channeled the Supremes with their take on “Stop! In the Name of Love.” Other performers included the legendary Smokey Robinson, Berry Gordy, Sheryl Crow, and yes, Michelle’s fave, Stevie Wonder himself...
 
Monday, February 28, 2011

Rockin‘ the Ozarks at Wakarusa

Modern Rock Kristi Kates Rockin’ the Ozarks at Wakarusa
Mulberry Mountain in Ozark, Arkansas will be the setting for this year’s 2011 Wakarusa Festival, which has just announced its lineup for the music fest event. It’s a good-sized spring roadtrip from Northern Michigan, but it’ll be well worth it - Ben Harper and the Relentless 7, Thievery Corporation, and buzz band Mumford and Sons are among the headliners, with over 150 bands in all taking over six stages from June 2 through 5. The roster also includes Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, Ghostland Observatory, Dark Star Orchestra, and Ozomatli, among plenty of others…
The latest inductees to the Recording Academy’s Grammy Hall of Fame have been announced, honoring the latest lineup of recordings “of lasting historical or qualitative significance” that are at least 25 years old. This set of honorees
 
Monday, February 21, 2011

OPapercuts presents their Fading Parade

Modern Rock Kristi Kates Papercuts Present Their “Fading Parade”
Papercuts are set to release a new album early this spring, complete with plenty of new songs from Papercuts mastermind Jason Quever. The latest set, which Quever recently said purposefully avoids being the “aggressive music” that’s often so prominent with indie bands today, leans more toward the folky side of shoegaze pop (and the more folky side of Papercuts’ own sound), and Quever has titled it Fading Parade. The new Papercuts set will hit stores on Sub Pop Records on March 11...
 
 
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