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Letters 12-14-2014

Come Together There is a time-honored war strategy known as “divide and conquer,” and never has it been more effective than now. The enemy is using it against us through television, internet and other social media. I opened a Facebook account a couple of years back to gain more entries in local contests. Since then I had fallen under its spell; I rushed into judgment on several social issues based on information found on those pages

Quiet The Phones! This weekend we attended two beautiful Christmas musical events and the enjoyment of both were significantly diminished by self-absorbed boors holding their stupid iPhones high overhead to capture extremely crucial and highly needed photos. We too own iPhones, but during a public concert we possess the decency and manners to leave them turned off and/or at home. Today’s performance, the annual Messiah Sing at Traverse City’s Central Methodist Church, was a new low: we watched as Mr. Self-Absorbed not only took several photos but then afterwards immediately posted them to his Facebook page. We were dumbfounded.

A Torturous Defense In defense of the C.I.A.’s use of torture in a mostly fruitless search for vital information, some suggest that the dire situation facing us after 9-11, justified the use of torture even at the expense of the potential loss of much of our nation’s moral authority.

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Cee-Lo, Lowe, Apple Pay Homage to Buddy Holly

Kristi Kates - July 25th, 2011
Cee-Lo, Lowe, Apple Pay Homage to Buddy Holly
Rave On, Buddy Holly is the title of a new tribute album put together to pay musical homage to one of America’s rock legends, and it’s available right now. Among the covers on the eclectic and worthy set are Paul McCartney’s authentic take on “It’s So Easy,” Cee-Lo’s version of “(You’re So Square) Baby, I Don’t Care,” Nick Lowe’s “Changing All Those Changes,” Modest Mouse’s “That’ll Be the Day,” The Black Keys’ “Dearest,” and Fiona Apple and Jon Brion’s collaboration on “Every Day”…
Neverending White Lights frontman Daniel Victor has announced that, after four years of writing, rewriting, and going through a few medical issues, he’s finally ready to release his much-anticipated new album, Act III: Love Will Ruin. Victor has collaborated with an eclectic range of fellow musicians on the new set, including LIGHTS, Pilot Speed, and Hot Hot Heat, among others, although he points out that it’s pretty much “all Canadians” working together. Act III… will serve as the follow-up to Victor’s 2007 set, Act II: The Blood and the Life Eternal, and is expected to hit stores in July…
A number of modern indie-rockers have teamed up with The Mental Health Foundation and the Mental Health Arts and Film Festival to craft a special album of songs with the purpose of raising awareness about mental health. Two songs are currently available for download at www.fruittreefoundation.com, with a full album on the way shortly; the collaborative group, who are calling themselves Fruit Tree Foundation, include James Yorkston, Jenny Reeve, Idlewild’s Rod Jones, and Twilight Sad’s James Graham, among others…

Michigan’s own Madonna is apparently ready to get back into the recording studio, according to her manager, Guy Oseary’s, recent postings online. Rumors now have it that Maddie will be returning to studio sessions this month, although she’s yet to decide on a musical direction for her next album, which will serve as the follow-up to her 2008 effort, Hard Candy; she’s been keeping busy in the meantime with her co-created clothing line (with her daughter, Lourdes), her chain of workout gyms (also called Hard Candy), and her upcoming movie, W.E.…

MODERN ROCK LINK OF THE WEEK:
Evanescence’s new album has gone through a restart, with the band shelving a well-underway set with producer Steve Lillywhite in favor of a more “band-focused” set - replacement producer Nick Raskulinecz (Foo Fighters, Deftones) is newly at the helm. The latest Evanescence album is now set to hit stores on October 4th. For all the latest updates as the band goes back into the studio, check out Evanescence’s official site at www.evanescence.com…

MINI MODERN BUZZ:
The 2012 edition of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival is now set to expand into a two weekend event from its prior one weekend show, in order to try and accommodate the large numbers of people who try to buy tix to the event…
More Lindsey Buckingham news this week - after Buckingham’s new album, Seeds We Sow, hits stores in September, he’ll hit the road for a few live shows, including stops Minneapolis (9/16), Chicago (9/18 at The Vic), NYC (9/27), and Seattle (10/23)…
Danish band Volbeat are kicking off a U.S. tour on July 24 in Toronto; the tour will include stops in Allentown PA, Flint MI, and Anaheim, CA at the House of Blues…
The Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson has announced via London’s Evening Standard newspaper that after he plays a set of Royal Festival Hall concerts in London this year, he may completely retire from touring…
James Blake is wrapping up a series of U.S. live dates, and will now be making his way to Europe and then back to America for a second round, including stops in Los Angeles (9/16), Seattle (9/24), Minneapolis (9/28), and Toronto (9/30)…
Mates of State will be returning to make another advance on the indie charts in September with their new Barsuk Records album, Mountaintops…

And advancing on your wallet with their new albums are this week’s new releases… The Killers’ Ronnie Vannucci’s side project band, Big Talk’s Big Talk… They Might Be Giants’ Join Us… 3 Doors Down’s Time of My Life… and actor/musician Tim Robbins and his Rogues Gallery Band’s eponymously-titled new set… and that’s the buzz for this week’s Modern Rock…

Questions, comments, rants, raves, suggestions on this column? Send ‘em to Kristi at modernrocker@gmail.com
 
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