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Letters 07-21-2014

Disheartened

While observing Fox News, it was disheartening to see what their viewers were subjected to. It seems the Republicans’ far right wing extremists are conveying their idealistic visions against various nationalities, social diversities or political beliefs with an absence of emotion concerning women’s health issues, children’s rights, voter suppression, Seniors, Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid...

Things That Matter

All of us in small towns and large not only have the right to speak on behalf of our neighbors and ourselves, we have the duty and responsibility to do so -- and 238 years ago, we made a clear Declaration to do just that...

An Anecdote Driven Mind

So, is Thomas Kachadurian now the Northern Express’ official resident ranter? His recent factfree, hard-hearted column suggests it. While others complain about the poor condition of Michigan’s roads and highways, he rants against those we employ to fix them...

No On Prop 1

Are we being conned? Are those urging us to say “yes” to supposedly ”revenue neutral” ballot proposal 1 on August 5 telling us all the pertinent facts? Proposal 1 would eliminate the personal property tax businesses pay to local governments, replacing its revenue with a share of Michigan’s 6 percent use tax paid by us all on out-of-state purchases, hotel accommodations, some equipment rentals, and telecommunications...

Fix VA Tragedy

The problems within the Veterans Administration identified under former President Bush continue to hinder the delivery of quality health care to the influx of physically wounded and emotionally damaged young men and women...

Women Take Note

I find an interesting link between the Supreme Court Hobby Lobby and the crisis on the southern border. Angry protesters shout at children to go home. These children are scared, tired, hungry and thirsty, sent to US prisons awaiting deportation to a country where they may very likely be killed...


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Monday, May 24, 2010

Galactic Sherpas

Music Kristi Kates Jammin’ with Galactic Sherpas: BC’s ever-changing eco-friendly jam band
By Kristi Kates
“Galactic Sherpas has a history that runs deep in chaos and the
unforeseen,” the band’s Josh Hall chuckles, “and has been an ever-changing
path of many musicians that have wandered in and out of Boyne City over
the past four years.”
 
Monday, May 24, 2010

Local CDs

Music Kristi Kates Local CDs
By Kristi Kates
Dean Wiers-Windemuller - Dean Wiers-Windemuller
Complete with rubber-stamped, recycled-paper CD envelope, Dean Wiers-Windemuller’s set includes contributions from James Forrest Hughes on bass, Brian Morrill on drums, and Michael Crittenden on percussion, although the songs are all written by the Grand Rapids singer-songwriter himself.
 
Monday, May 24, 2010

4Play: Turin Brakes, Freelance Whales, Matt Pond Pa, The Bigger Lights

Music Kristi Kates Turin Brakes - Outbursts - Cooking Vinyl
Brit new-acoustic popsters TB wrote, performed, and produced their current offering mostly on their own, to supply their fans with their first studio album since 2007. First single “Sea Change” is also the album’s strongest highlight, with its spacious sound arriving in steps from the beat through the vocals and more symphonic elements. “Paper Heart” features more acoustic-meets-soul sounds, as do “Will Power” and the heavier “Radio Silence” - but “Sea Change” will likely be the track you’ll be putting into your favorite mixes.
 
Monday, May 24, 2010

The Roots return with brand new album

Modern Rock Kristi Kates The Roots Return With Brand New Album
The Roots new album is slated to hit stores in June - June 8, to be exact. The latest studio effort from the band, dubbed How I Got Over, will be the first since their 2008 set, Rising Down. In addition to How I Got Over and their current gig as house band on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, The Roots have also started tracking with Booker T of Booker T and the MGs for another new album, this one expected to feature a plethora of guest vocalists in addition to The Roots’ contributions...
 
Monday, May 24, 2010

Memorial Day

Features Kristi Kates Memorial Day:: More Than Just a Picnic
By Kristi Kates
Contrary to the belief of thousands of happy three-day weekenders and
returning summer visitors, there’s a lot more to Memorial Day weekend than
just picnics, parties, and retail sales.
 
Monday, May 17, 2010

Taking flight: A new festival

Music Kristi Kates Taking Flight:A new festival that’s for the birds
By Kristi Kates
“When I was younger, I grew up birding around Northern Michigan and
the Whitefish Point area with my father, Jim Porter,” explains concert
producer Sam Porter. “The love for nature and wildlife that grew out
of that experience is my personal inspiration for this event.”
 
Monday, May 17, 2010

The Energizert: Laith Al-Sadi

Music Kristi Kates The Energizer:Blues rocker Laith Al-Saadi gets a charge out of connecting
By Kristi Kates
Guitarist/singer/songwriter Laith Al-Saadi hasn’t had a real job since
he was 15.
“Not having a day job is a great motivator to make sure that you keep
working (on your music),” Al-Saadi explains with a chuckle. “My last
and only ‘real job’ was working at a Sbarro in Briarwood Mall in Ann
Arbor,” he continues, “but as soon as I realized that I could make
money doing what I loved, I was out of there. My high school blues
band, Blue Vinyl, built up a solid following, and I put all my
energies into booking us and writing material for the band.”
 
Monday, May 17, 2010

Big Band Bill plays Charlevoix

Music Kristi Kates Big Band Bill plays Charlevoix:Trumpeter brings memories of playing with the greats
By Kristi Kates
It was Bill Hart’s fourth grade year in Iowa, where his parents owned
a service station. Traveling big bands would stop on their way to and
from gigs to grab some gas and perhaps an ice-cold Coca-Cola; all of
them seemed pretty exotic to the little boy.
 
Monday, May 17, 2010

4Play: Arctic Monkeys, The National, Jonsi, Band of Horses

Music Kristi Kates Arctic Monkeys - My Propeller - Domino
Of remarkable note for a mere 4-song EP (likely a fan-placating measure until the next AM album is well underway), My Propeller’s title track is the definite standout here, taken directly from the band’s last full-length, Humbug, and showcasing the English band’s new, California-inflected sound, in part courtesy of new producer Josh Homme. Accompanying the single are quirky “The Afternoon’s Hat,” the guitar-heavy “Joining the Dots,” and the danceable, confident “Don’t Forget Whose Legs You’re On.”

 
Monday, May 17, 2010

Roots welcome DJ Jazzy Jeff, Bajah to Picnic

Modern Rock Kristi Kates Roots Welcome DJ Jazzy Jeff, Bajah to Picnic
The Roots 3rd Annual Picnic Event is set to take place at Philadelphia’s Festival Pier on Saturday, June, 5, so if you’re a hip-hop fan plan and have been eyeing a trip to Philly, now’s the time. The all-day concert will feature sets from DJ Jazzy jeff, Pattern is Movement, Tune-Yards, MM Jamboys, Bajah and the Dry Eye Crew, and of course The Roots themselves; The Roots will also continue their tradition of backing another legendary group for a live set (last year it was Public Enemy), so stay tuned...
 
Monday, May 10, 2010

4Play: White Stripes, Slash, Jakob Dylan, Peter Wolf

Music Kristi Kates White Stripes - Under Great Northern Lights- Warner Bros.
Recorded while Jack and Meg White undertook an ambitious tour across every province and territory in Canada, this album is the audio accompaniment to the film of the same name, capturing the Stripes’ emotional performances on all levels, from bowling alley sets to legendary theater venues. You’ll get familiar and more obscure tracks, from “Seven Nation Army” through “Icky Thump,” all presented with the powerful dual attack that this duo is capable of, and that’s less frequently captured on more controlled, sterile studio recordings.

 
Monday, May 10, 2010

Get your tix now for the White Stripes...Ballet?

Modern Rock Kristi Kates Get Your Tix Now for the White Stripes... Ballet?
Composer Joby Talbot released an album called Aluminum back in 2006, on which he recorded his covers of ten White Stripes songs alongside XL Recordings’ Richard Russell, a set that made a small rumble in the U.S. Unbeknownst to most White Stripes fans, however, Talbot also spent part of 2006 working with choreographer Wayne McGregor to put together a little something called Chroma, an actual ballet set to similar orchestral versions of Talbot’s interpretations of White Stripes songs. Got all that? As for actually seeing Chroma, you’ll have to road trip to Toronto, where the ballet will premiere November 24 at the Four Seasons Center for the Performing Arts as part of the National Ballet of Canada’s 2010-2011 season.
 
Monday, May 3, 2010

4Play: Big Phony, Field Music, FM Belfast, Juliana Hatfield

Music Kristi Kates Big Phony - Kicking Punching Bags - BPM
Big Phony, aka NYC-Los Angeles coast-hopper Bobby Choy, has quietly stayed under the radar, crafting folk-pop tracks overloaded with catchy melody after catchy melody, all equally understated via Choy’s carefully wistful, mellow performance skills. Songs like the concise “Short Intermission,” “Talk of the Town,” and live, self-deprecating favorite “Girls Like You Don’t Go For Guys Like Me” recollect the folk-pop stylings of Elliott Smith, while his voice echoes that of Sean Lennon or Smith himself; he probably won’t remain under the radar for long.
 
Monday, May 3, 2010

Killers, Williams join Davies on Kink‘s cover set

Modern Rock Kristi Kates Killers, Williams Join Davies on Kinks Covers Set
The Kinks’ Ray Davies is prepping to release a new album late in 2010, in part inspired by last year’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Concert, where Davies shared the stage with Metallica, who covered a couple of Kinks songs. For the new disc, Davies has already recruited The Killers, Lucinda Williams, and Jon Bon Jovi
 
Monday, April 26, 2010

Jazz meets Boogie

Music Kristi Kates Jazz meets Boogie:Matthew Ball wraps up Dennos concert season
By Kristi Kates
Called both “the Gen-X arrival to this uniquely American art form” and
“The Boogie-Woogie Kid,” pianist Matthew Ball specializes in the blues and
- yes, boogie-woogie piano - and will be performing at the Dennos Museum
Center as the wrap-up to the 2009-2010 Dennos concert season.
 
 
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