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Letters 10-20-2014

Doctor Dan? After several email conversations with Rep. Benishek, he has confirmed that he doesn’t have a clue of what he does. Here’s why...

In Favor Of Our Parks [Traverse] City Proposal 1 is a creative way to improve our city parks without using our tax dollars. By using a small portion of our oil and gas royalties from the Brown Bridge Trust Fund, our parks can be improved for our children and grandchildren.

From January 1970 Popular Mechanics: “Drastic climate changes will occur within the next 50 years if the use of fossil fuels keeps rising at current rates.” That warning comes from Eugene K. Peterson of the Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Land Management.

Newcomers Might Leave: Recently we had guests from India who came over as students with the plan to stay in America. He has a master’s degree in engineering and she is doing her residency in Chicago and plans to specialize in oncology. They talked very candidly about American politics and said that after observing...

Someone Is You: On Sept 21, I joined the 400,000 who took to the streets of New York in the People’s Climate March, followed by a UN Climate Summit and many speeches. On October 13, the Pentagon issued a report calling climate change a significant threat to national security requiring immediate action. How do we move from marches, speeches and reports to meaningful work on this problem? In NYC I read a sign with a simple answer...

Necessary To Pay: Last fall, Grand Traverse voters authorized a new tax to fix roads. It is good, it is necessary.

The Real Reasons for Wolf Hunt: I have really been surprised that no one has been commenting on the true reason for the wolf hunt. All this effort has not been expended so 23 wolves can be killed each year. Instead this manufactured controversy about the wolf hunt has been very carefully crafted to get Proposal 14-2 passed.

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Monday, September 20, 2010

Lennon‘s musical birthday commemoration

Modern Rock Kristi Kates Lennon’s Musical Birthday Commemoration
EMI Records is slated to release all eight of John Lennon’s digitally-remastered solo albums beginning on October 5 in commemoration of what would have been Lennon’s 70th birthday. Lennon’s Double Fantasy album will also include a new version of the album, dubbed Double Fantasy: Stripped Down, which will showcase new mixes of the album’s songs with less instrumentation. In addition to the albums themselves, EMI will also be repackaging much of Lennon’s solo material, including a greatest hits collection and several box sets...
 
Monday, September 13, 2010

Crowes trek through North America

Modern Rock Kristi Kates Crowes Trek Tunes Through North America
The Black Crowes, who recently released Croweology, their newest album (a double one, no less) of all-acoustic tracks, are in the midst of a North American tour to which they’ve already added more dates. The trek, which will take the Crowes through Knoxville TN (9/15), Austin TX (9/25), Albany NY (10/15), Toronto (10/27), and a quintet of shows at NYC’s Nokia Theater (starting 10/31), will wrap up in mid-December with a whopping six-night stand at San Francisco’s famed The Fillmore, after which the Crowes will take a well-deserved break...
 
Monday, August 23, 2010

Tron gets reboot with new film & soundtrak

Modern Rock Kristi Kates Tron Gets Reboot with New Film, Soundtrack
Tron: Legacy, the new Tron remake-slash-sequel, may not be on the way to theaters until this upcoming December, but Tron: Legacy the soundtrack will beat it to stores this fall. Penned by none other than legendary electro-pioneers Daft Punk, the soundtrack for the film will feature Daft Punk music exclusively, and is available for pre-order on Amazon, although the album itself won’t be available until November 23rd (with the movie’s release date being December 17th in both standard theaters and 3D IMAX)...
 
Monday, August 16, 2010

Yo Gabba Gabba! Rockin‘ North America

Modern Rock Kristi Kates Yo Gabba Gabba! Rockin’ North America
The rock-meets-education Nick Jr. TV show Yo Gabba Gabba!, which has featured musical performances from the likes of Weezer, The Aquabats, and The Shins, and Mos Def, Biz Markie, and Jack Black, is taking its live show across the U.S. and now into the fall. Subtitled There’s a Party in My City! the show has already snagged a sold-out debut performance at the White House and a highly-rated album, and will also be doing its part for the cause while on the road, with one dollar from every ticket sold going to the local city’s Habitat for Humanity fund. Dates on the Yo Gabba Gabba! There’s a Party... tour will include stops in Toronto (9/4), Cleveland (10/6), Detroit (10/8), Chicago (10/9), Huntsville AL (10/20), Atlanta (10/23), Los Angeles (11/26), and Houston (12/10), among other stops...
 
Monday, August 9, 2010

Legendary Grand Ole Opry aims at return

Modern Rock Kristi Kates Legendary Grand Ole Opry Aims at Return
Nashville’s landmark Grand Ole Opry venue, which has hosted performances by everyone from Hank Williams, Patsy Cline, Elvis Presley, and The Byrds to Josh Turner and Carrie Underwood, is in the midst of $17 million worth of renovations to repair the damage the Opry sustained during May’s Tennessee flood. The Opry was partially submerged under two feet of water, which destroyed the stage, store, dressing rooms, and most of the wiring throughout the building. Now, it’s set to reopen on October 1, so keep your eyes out for a revitalized show schedule...
 
Friday, August 6, 2010

White Stripe‘s documentarian to tribute Nick Drake

Modern Rock Kristi Kates White Stripes’ Documentarian to Tribute Nick Drake
You may know his work from his duo of recent documentaries, namely travel/environmental doc 180° South and music film The White Stripes: Under Great White Northern Lights. Now, filmmaker Emmett Malloy has gotten the approval of Nick Drake’s sister, Gabrielle, to pursue an as-yet-untitled documentary on late Brit folk-rocker Nick Drake. Malloy will reportedly also be working on an album and a book to accompany the film project, on which he’s likely to collaborate with (so far) Jack Johnson, Andrew Bird, and Matt Costa, among others...
 
Monday, August 2, 2010

Re-energized STP to play Grand Rapids, Detroit

Modern Rock Kristi Kates Re-energized STP to play Grand Rapids, Detroit
Stone Temple Pilots are snagging special guests Cage the Elephant and are hitting the road for a big North American tour, which is set to begin August 10 in Denver at the Red Rocks Amphitheatre. The band’s new album, simply dubbed Stone Temple Pilots - their first in over 10 years - is the subject of all this promotion, and will see the majority of its songs performed live in cities like Milwaukee (8/16), Grand Rapids MI (8/19 at the Deltaplex), Chicago (8/20), Detroit (8/26 at the Fox Theater), Pittsburgh PA (8/28), and Toronto (8/29)...
 
Monday, July 26, 2010

Arcade Fire take their tunes to the suburbs

Modern Rock Kristi Kates Arcade Fire Take Their Tunes to The Suburbs
Canadian indie-rockers Arcade Fire have announced a short U.S. tour to support their new album, The Suburbs, which will hit stores on August 3 on Merge Records. The Suburbs was recorded with producer Markus Dravs, who also took the boards for Arcade Fire’s last album, Neon Bible. The band will take to the road the first half of August, playing shows in Boston, Philly, NYC, Columbia Maryland, Nashville, and Atlanta, Georgia, plus a stop at the Lollapalooza Fest in Chicago (August 6-8). Several of the dates will also feature Spoon as opening act...
 
Monday, July 19, 2010

Magic Numbers‘ Runaway set for July release

Modern Rock Kristi Kates Magic Numbers’ Runaway Set For July Release
The Magic Numbers have rescheduled the release date for their brand new album and its accompanying tour dates, after having previously planned to release it on June 7. Now, the album, The Runaway, will hit stores on July 26, with limited-edition versions of the set arriving with a four-track live CD as well. And those live dates have been pushed to September/October, with stops only scheduled so far in the UK...
Pearl Jam’s plans to release the shows from their current world tour have gotten more detailed over the past month or so, and now there are several options for fans to choose from. The “bootlegs” will be available in MP3, FLAC, or CD format, with prices beginning at $9.99; fans will also be able to order a box set of all four of the band’s shows at Philly’s Spectrum last October, which will run $60. If this is all too pricey for your wallet, check out Pearl Jam’s official radio station, which you can listen to for free on their website, http://pearljam.com...
 
Monday, July 12, 2010

Imogen Heap working on music documentary

Modern Rock Kristi Kates Imogen Heap Working On Music Documentary
Singer-songwriter Imogen Heap, recent winner of the Grammy for Best Engineered Album, is currently working on a DVD documentary that was, surprisingly, fan-generated. As-of-yet untitled, the doc is being put together from over 350 hours of footage that was filmed from 2007-2009, while Heap was recording her current album, Ellipse. Fans emailed Heap and asked if she could please videotape some of her songwriting process and recording, so they could get a behind-the-scenes look at her album progress, and she did exactly that, filming from her first songwriting days through mixing...
 
Monday, July 5, 2010

OMD, Faces reunite for albums & live show

Modern Rock Kristi Kates OMD, Faces Reunite For Albums and Live Shows
OMD’s original line-up have gotten back together for some touring and are now slated to record, too - and, after a whopping 24 years off the charts, they’ll release a new album as a band again later this year. Andy McCluskey, Paul Humphreys, Martin Cooper, and Malcolm Holmes are all back on board again for the project, which will serve as the (much-delayed) follow up to OMD’s last set, 1986’s The Pacific Age. The new album will be produced by Arctic Monkeys’ producer Mike Crossey...
 
Monday, June 28, 2010

Smashing pumpkins making stop in Grand Rapids

Modern Rock Kristi Kates Smashing Pumpkins :Making Stop in Grand Rapids
The Smashing Pumpkins will embark on a series of small-club U.S. tour dates to preface their upcoming Summer Sonic Festival appearances in Japan. The band, whose Teargarden by Kaleidyscope Vol. 1: Songs For a Sailor EP was released both for free online (one song at a time) and as a conventional purchase CD, say that they’ll play some classics, some new songs, and some Teargarden material on the short trek, during which select fans will be specially invited to attend the band’s sound checks. Stops on the mini-tour will include Grand Rapids MI (7/8 at The Orbit Room), Baltimore (7/12), and Memphis (7/24). After the Pumpkins’ European shows, they are mapping out plans to tour South America and Australia, with an expected return to the U.S. later this year...
 
Monday, June 21, 2010

Beck‘s record club tackles INXS

Modern Rock Kristi Kates Beck’s Record Club Tackles INXS
Beck’s Record Club, the musical project started by - you guessed it - Beck - in August of last year, is on to its next phase. The Record Club’s goal is to cover an entire album by another artist in a mere day; so far, the intrepid group (which changes members fluidly, as each separate project begins) has covered Skip Spence’s Oar, Leonard Cohen’s Songs of Leonard Cohen, and The Velvet Underground’s Nico. Their latest installment has been to cover INXS’ ‘90s album, Kick, and the RC is releasing the songs from this set on a weekly basis; the newest, a pretty, string-based take on “Never Tear Us Apart,” is online now at Beck’s website (www.beck.com/recordclub/), as are the rest of the offerings...
 
Monday, June 14, 2010

Rockers protest immigration law with silent stages

Modern Rock Kristi Kates Rockers Protest Immigration Law with Silent Stages
Several rock acts have formed a new protest group that’s opposing the new SB 1070 immigration law that was recently implemented in Arizona. The law allows police in the state to challenge anybody that they even merely suspect of being an illegal immigrant (failure to provide confirmation will result in arrest.) The musicians - who include Massive Attack, Sonic Youth, Rage Against the Machine, The GoGos, Street Sweeper Social Club, and Tenacious D, are pledging to not play any concerts in Arizona until the bill is amended; some bands are even forbidding their tour buses to drive through the state...
 
Monday, June 7, 2010

Regina Spektor performs for President & guests

Modern Rock Kristi Kates Regina Spektor Performs for President and Guests
Singer-songwriter Regina Spektor performed this past weekend at the White House for President Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, and a host of prominent guests as part of the first-ever White House reception in honor of Jewish-American heritage. Spektor’s performance was especially poignant for many of the attendees, as she is a Russian-born Jewish performer who moved to the U.S. from Soviet Russia over twenty years ago. Spektor also recently dropped her fifth record, Far, and is set to embark on a European tour next month to support that very album...
 
 
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