Letters

Letters 08-31-2015

Inalienable Rights This is a response to the “No More State Theatre” in your August 24th edition. I think I will not be the only response to this pathetic and narrow-minded letter that seems rather out of place in the northern Michigan that I know. To think we will not be getting your 25 cents for the movie you refused to see, but more importantly we will be without your “two cents” on your thoughts of a marriage at the State Theatre...

Enthusiastically Democratic Since I was one of the approximately 160 people present at when Senator Debbie Stabenow spoke on August 14 in Charlevoix, I was surprised to read in a letter to Northern Express that there was a “rather muted” response to Debbie’s announcement that she has endorsed Hillary Clinton for president...

Not Hurting I surely think the State Theatre will survive not having the homophobic presence of Colleen Smith and her family attend any matinees. I think “Ms.” Smith might also want to make sure that any medical personnel, bank staff, grocery store staff, waiters and/or waitress, etc. are not homosexual before accepting any service or product from them...

Stay Home I did not know whether to laugh or cry when I read the letter of the extremely homophobic, “disgusted” writer. She now refuses to patronize the State Theatre because she evidently feels that its confines have been poisoned by the gay wedding ceremony held there...

Keep Away In response to Colleen Smith of Cadillac who refused to bring her family to the State Theatre because there was a gay wedding there: Keep your 25 cents and your family out of Traverse City...

Celebrating Moore And A Theatre I was 10 years old when I had the privilege to see my first film at the State Theatre. I will never forget that experience. The screen was almost the size of my bedroom I shared with my older sister. The bursting sounds made me believe I was part of the film...

Outdated Thinking This letter is in response to Colleen Smith. She made public her choice to no longer go to the State Theater due to the fact that “some homosexuals” got married there. I’m not outraged by her choice; we don’t need any more hateful, self-righteous bigots in our town. She can keep her 25 cents...

Mackinac Pipeline Must Be Shut Down Crude oil flowing through Enbridge’s 60-yearold pipeline beneath the Mackinac Straits and the largest collection of fresh water on the planet should be a serious concern for every resident of the USA and Canada. Enbridge has a very “accident” prone track record...

Your Rights To Colleen, who wrote about the State Theatre: Let me thank you for sharing your views; I think most of us are well in support of the first amendment, because as you know- it gives everyone the opportunity to express their opinions. I also wanted to thank Northern Express for not shutting down these types of letters right at the source but rather giving the community a platform for education...

No Role Model [Fascinating Person from last week’s issue] Jada quoted: “I want to be a role model for girls who are interested in being in the outdoors.” I enjoy being in the outdoors, but I don’t want to kill animals for trophy...

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Monday, April 13, 2009

Now that‘s what they call a TV Show

Modern Rock Kristi Kates Record Store Day
You’ve probably heard of the Now That’s What I Call Music! series of pop/rock hit compilation CDs - but did you know that there might be a TV show based on the discs themselves? Simon Fuller - the man behind American Idol - is developing a show that he’s calling a “new take on music programming,” with possible performances by the artists whose singles are included on the Now compilations via performance footage or even in-studio appearances, plus possible other appearances by musicians and bands such as interviews. The show would also potentially be involved in “finding the next Now artists,” such as unsigned or recently signed bands. A website is expected to accompany the new series...
 
Monday, April 6, 2009

Wilco‘s all ready for Record Store Day

Modern Rock Kristi Kates Wilco’s All Ready for
Record Store Day

April 18 is this year’s Record Store Day, and Wilco is marking the occasion by making their new Nonesuch concert DVD available early solely to indie retail record stores for the occasion. Recorded across the U.S. during Wilco’s 2008 tour, the DVD - dubbed Ashes of American Flags - will serve as a precursor for Wilco’s next studio album, which is on the way later this year. As for Record Store Day, it was created to promote independent record stores nationwide, and the clerks that work in them who can always find the disc you’re looking for, so make sure you stop into your local record store on April 18 to pick up some cool new music...
 
Monday, March 30, 2009

Ok Go, Bareilles, Dashboard go bananas

Modern Rock Kristi Kates Ok Go, Bareilles, Dashboard go bananas
Kristi Kates 3/30/09

In another mixing of music and commerce, a number of indie-pop, classical, and rock musicians are set to become the faces of Banana Republic’s 2009 spring/summer ad campaign. The national commercial series will feature print ads, window displays, and billboards with the musicians wearing the company’s clothing. Among the artists set to model Banana Republic’s latest duds are popsters OK Go, Sara Bareilles, and Dashboard Confessional, plus saxophonist David Sanchez and edgy classical violinist David Garrett...
 
Monday, March 23, 2009

Muse Predict September date for a new set

Modern Rock Kristi Kates Muse Predict September Date for New Set
Muse have been working diligently on their fifth studio album since last summer, and now are predicting a September release date for the new set, which will likely be followed by a European tour. Still untitled, the album has plenty of orchestral elements that will remain familiar to Muse’s existing fans, plus a song that the band says was written “in three parts” that’s been an ongoing process for several years; they hope to make this epic number the album’s closing track...
 
Monday, March 16, 2009

Peter Bjorn & John to release new disc

Modern Rock Kristi Kates Peter Bjorn and John are prepping to release the follow-up to their hit 2006 disc, Writer’s Block, and it’ll hit stores on March 31. Dubbed Living Thing, the album will be accompanied by a series of European tour dates. The set already has a fan in Kanye West, who posted the band’s tune “Nothing to Worry About” on his blog a few weeks ago. PBandJ’s Peter Moren is also still promoting his solo set, The Last Tycoon, and the band also released a mostly instrumental album dubbed Seaside Rock last September that fans can still snag online...
Singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell recently collaborated with Jean Grande-Maitre on a ballet that blends together her music with dance and war-themed visual art images from Mitchell’s latest art project, “Green Flag Song.” The 48-minut production, titled The Fiddle and the Drum, was produced by the Alberta Ballet, and is also going to be featured at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. Footage of the project has also been filmed for a DVD, which is expected for release in the near future...
 
Monday, March 9, 2009

The Killers ready to rock new covers album

Modern Rock Kristi Kates The Killers will embark on a covers album project as a follow-up to their latest album, a brief break from their usual roster of eclectic new-wave influenced rock originals. Frontman Brandon Flowers said in a recent interview that the covers album will likely include the band’s renditions of songs by Rod Stewart, Genesis, and Tom Waits, among others; no release date has been given for the covers set yet, but in the meantime you can catch the band on the road in Munich, Germany (3/16), Madrid, Spain (3/22), Seattle (4/22), Indianapolis (5/1), Columbus (5/5), and Cleveland (5/6)...
Norman Cook (aka Fatboy Slim) has been collaborating with a variety of his pals, and has released some of those collaborations as an album under the name Brighton Port Authority. The album, which has been dubbed I Think We’re Gonna Need a Bigger Boat, is in stores now, and features Cook himself working with such talented friends as David Byrne, Dizzee Rascal, Iggy Pop, and Pete York. Most of the songs were recorded in impromptu fashion in Cook’s own studio, which is next door to his house in - where else? - Brighton, England...
 
Monday, March 2, 2009

WB covers album features black Keys, Sandler, Branch

Modern Rock Kristi Kates Covered, A Revolution in Sound: Warner Bros. Records is the wordy title of a new covers CD from - who else? - Warner Brothers Records, on which a plethora of Warner musicians each cover a classic song from the label’s back catalog. Sharp-eared music fans may have already heard one of the tracks from the set, namely Adam Sandler’s cover of Neil Young’s “Like a Hurricane,” which he performed recently on David Letterman’s Late Show. Also on the tracklisting for Covered... are The Used, who cover Talking Heads’ “Burning Down the House”; Flaming Lips, who cover Madonna’s “Borderline”; Michelle Branch, who does her take on Joni Mitchell’s “A Case of You”; and James Otto, who interprets Van Morrison’s “Into the Mystic.” The album hits stores this week...
 
Monday, February 23, 2009

Nick Lowe gets two-disc retrospective

Modern Rock Kristi Kates Two-Disc Retrospective
Singer-songwriter Nick Lowe will be the subject of a new best-of double CD, 49 tracks in all that will detail Lowe’s career from 1974 through 2007. The double disc will also be available in a special edition that includes a DVD of vintage Lowe videos and a 2007 live show; both versions of the album, which has been titled Quiet Please... The New Best of Nick Lowe, will contain such tunes as “(What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding,” “Heart of the City,” “I Love the Sound of Breaking Glass,” “Wishing Well,” and of course the Lowe classic “Cruel to Be Kind”...
Modern popsters Death Cab for Cutie are still hard at work promoting their Grammy-nominated 2008 album, Narrow Stairs, namely with an upcoming spring tour on which they’ll take along Ra Ra Riot, Cold War Kids, and Matt Costa as opening acts. The spring tour will directly follow their February Australia/Japan tour, and will include stops in Washington DC (4/8), Chicago (4/17), East Lansing, MI (4/18), San Diego (4/29), and Atlanta, GA (5/6)..
 
Monday, February 23, 2009

Nick Lowe gets two-disc retrospective

Modern Rock Kristi Kates Two-Disc Retrospective
Singer-songwriter Nick Lowe will be the subject of a new best-of double CD, 49 tracks in all that will detail Lowe’s career from 1974 through 2007. The double disc will also be available in a special edition that includes a DVD of vintage Lowe videos and a 2007 live show; both versions of the album, which has been titled Quiet Please... The New Best of Nick Lowe, will contain such tunes as “(What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding,” “Heart of the City,” “I Love the Sound of Breaking Glass,” “Wishing Well,” and of course the Lowe classic “Cruel to Be Kind”...
Modern popsters Death Cab for Cutie are still hard at work promoting their Grammy-nominated 2008 album, Narrow Stairs, namely with an upcoming spring tour on which they’ll take along Ra Ra Riot, Cold War Kids, and Matt Costa as opening acts. The spring tour will directly follow their February Australia/Japan tour, and will include stops in Washington DC (4/8), Chicago (4/17), East Lansing, MI (4/18), San Diego (4/29), and Atlanta, GA (5/6)..
 
Monday, February 16, 2009

Grammy‘s feature uneven mix of performers & awards

Modern Rock Kristi Kates Grammys Feature Uneven Mix of Performers, Awards
U2 opened the 2009 Grammy Awards show last week with a bombastic performance of their new song “Get On Your Boots,” complete with lyrics and psychedelic graphics projected on a giant screen, and the band in top form as if it were the ‘80s all over again. Additional smash performances by the likes of Radiohead (complete with marching band), Justin Timberlake with T.I., and a Four Tops tribute with Smokey Robinson and Ne-Yo continued to impress (although the sound-mixing skills of the Grammy techs were quite subpar for TV listening). Also impressive was a much-anticipated performance by Coldplay, who began with a solo Chris Martin on piano, added in Kanye for an in-person remix rap, and then showcased the entire band in full force on the Grammy stage for an energetic rendition of “Viva La Vida.” The Grammys’ ever-growing tradition of unusual pair-ups continued, too, with one hit - an always-cool Paul McCartney with the Foos’ Dave Grohl on drums - and many misses, among them the “wha?” pairing of Stevie Wonder with an awkward Jonas Brothers, the tepid Sugarland and Adele, Kid Rock’s overblown medley, and the placement of John Mayer and his guitar next to the legendary and unmatchable B.B. King.
 
Monday, February 9, 2009

Pearl Jam celebrates 20th anniversary

Modern Rock Kristi Kates Still together and solid (by rock band standards, anyway), Pearl Jam will be celebrating their band’s 20th anniversary next year, and they’ll kick off a two-year anniversary celebration by offering up four deluxe reissues of their debut album, Ten, which fans will be able to pre-order at www.pearljam.com. Among the releases will be the Legacy Edition of the album, which will contain two CDs, the original version of Ten and a version as remixed by Brendan O’Brien (plus bonus songs); and a Super Deluxe Edition, which will include two CDs, an MTV Unplugged DVD, two vinyl records, a vinyl live version of one of the band’s Seattle gigs, a cassette replica of PJ’s original demo album, and a pile of liner notes and other memorabilia...
 
Monday, February 2, 2009

U2 looks toward Horizon for a new album

Modern Rock Kristi Kates Horizon for New Album
U2 worked with an all-star trio of producers for their upcoming (and twelfth) studio album, which will arrive on Interscope Records March 3. Brian Eno, Steve Lillywhite, and Daniel Lanois were behind the boards for U2’s latest set, which was recorded in Dublin, Fez, and New York City, and has been titled No Line on the Horizon. The album was originally scheduled for release in 2008, but U2 felt the set wasn’t completely ready, and therefore kept working. The new songs are said to be a bit different from U2’s previous work, but nonetheless compelling...
 
Monday, January 26, 2009

War Child covers album to arrive in February

Modern Rock Kristi Kates The upcoming War Child Heroes album has now been confirmed for a February 16 release date, with plenty of legends (Brian Wilson, Bob Dylan, The Kinks, Paul McCartney) getting their songs covered by plenty of upstarts (Elbow, Beck, Duffy, The Kooks). Most of the acts have completed their tracking, and the album is being mastered in north London; other contributors include U2, various members of The Clash, and Hot Chip. All profits from the album will go to the warchild.org.uk charity cause...

The Fray’s eponymous sophomore set is on the way February 3 on Epic Records, with its lead single, “You Found Me,” already infiltrating both radio and the download market, where it’s sold a quarter-million copies. In addition to that track, the album will include songs “Syndicate,” “Where the Story Ends,” “We Build Then We Break,” “You Found Me,” and “Happiness.” The band will preview the album with a few club dates this month and next, including a show on February 4 in NYC that will be broadcast on the band’s website; a full North American tour is in the works...
 
Monday, January 19, 2009

2009 Langerado to feature Snoop, Dashboard, Death Cab

Modern Rock Kristi Kates Michigander music fans who migrate to Miami for part of the winter might want to ensure that they’ll be there during the first week of March, when the latest edition of the Langerado Music Festival is set to take place in Miami’s Bicentennial Park. This year’s fest will feature sets from Death Cab for Cutie, Snoop Dogg, Dashboard Confessional, The Faint, Mute Math, and Ryan Adams, among others, as well as late-night shows in and around the city of Miami.
 
Monday, January 12, 2009

Aretha Franklin, John Williams set for Obama Inauguration

Modern Rock Kristi Kates Aretha Franklin, John Williams Set For Obama Inauguration
Alongside the 10,000 U.S. troops that are being assigned to watch over the festivities, a plethora of special guests and speakers will be part of President-elect Barack Obama’s swearing-in ceremonies in just a couple of weeks on January 20. As many as four million people are expected to be on site in Washington, DC when Obama takes his Presidential oath at noon on the steps of the Capitol. Along with the ceremony itself will be performances from the U.S. Marine and Navy bands as well as from Detroit’s Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin; there will also be the performance of a new work as composed by John Williams (Star Wars, Jaws) and played by Cellist Yo-Yo Ma and violinist Itzhak Perlman. Vice President-elect Joe Biden will also take his oath on this day, which is already being called “an event of historic proportions”...
 
 
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