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Letters 09-29-2014

Benishek Doesn’t Understand

Congressman Benishek claims to understand the needs of families, yet he wants to repeal the Affordable Care Act, which would cause about 10 million people to lose their health insurance. He must think as long as families can hold fundraisers they don’t need insurance...

(Un)Truth In Advertising

Constant political candidate ads on TV are getting to be too much to bear 45 days before the election...

Rare Tuttle Rebuttal

Finally, I disagree with Stephen Tuttle. His “Cherry Bomb” column in the 8/4/14 issue totally dismayed me. I always love his wit and the slamming of the 1 percent. His use of fact and hyperbole highlights the truth; until “Cherry Bomb.” Oh man, Stephen...

Say No To Fluoride

Do you or your child’s teeth have white, yellow, orange, brown, stains, spots, streaks, cloudy splotches or pitting? If so, you may be among millions of Americans who now have a condition called dental fluorosis...

Questions Of Freedom

The administration’s “Affordable Health Care Act” has ordered religious orders to provide contraception and chemical abortions against the church’s God given beliefs and teachings … an interesting order, considering the First Amendment’s clear prohibitions...

Stop The Insults & Talk

I found it interesting that Ms. Minervini used the Northern Express to push the Safe Harbor agenda for a 90-bed homeless shelter in Traverse City with a tactic that is also being utilized by members of the city commission. Those of us who oppose the project are being labeled as uncompassionate citizens...

Roads and Republicans

Each time you hit a road crater while driving, thank the “nerd” and the Tea Party controlled Republican legislature.

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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”...
 
Monday, January 5, 2009

U2‘s Bono tapped for newspaper column

Modern Rock Kristi Kates No exact date has been scheduled yet for the editorials themselves, but U2’s Bono has been invited to write a column for the esteemed New York Times starting later this year. Bono will reportedly be working on the column during his 2009 tour schedule with U2; he’ll cover a range of subjects, of which it’s likely that his charity work causes will be included. And as far as U2 the band goes, their next much-anticipated album is expected to hit stores in early 2009 on Interscope Records...
 
 
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