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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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Lookin‘ for Lollapalooza

Kristi Kates - April 8th, 2004
Music festival Lollapalooza has added quite a few eclectic acts to this year‘s show roster - among the confirmed bands and artists for Lolla ‘04 are Morrissey, The Flaming Lips, Modest Mouse, The String Cheese Incident, The Polyphonic Spree, and Sonic Youth. Also in the “potentials“ category are Le Tigre and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, both of whom are still mulling over their invitations to perform; Perry Farrell is also scheduled to appear at least as an MC, but his band, Jane‘s Addiction is said to not be performing this year...
The soundtrack to the hip-slackers film *Reality Bites* (starring Ethan Hawke, Janeane Garofalo, Ben Stiller and Winona Ryder) is prepping for a 10th anniversary CD re-release that will include all of the soundtrack‘s original tunes plus 6 bonus tracks that originally appeared in the film, but not on the soundtrack album. A new acoustic version of the disc‘s hit Lisa Loeb tune “Stay“ will also be included, as will a brand new Lisa Loeb song titled “Fools Like Me.“ The CD will be out on June 8th on BMG Records, the same day that Universal will be releasing the film itself on DVD - and the DVD will also include the Ethan Hawke-directed music video for Loeb‘s “Stay“...
Detroiter Jack White joined the legendary Bob Dylan on stage at Detroit‘s own State Theatre; the White Stripes frontman sang backup vocals for Dylan and also threw in a little guitar as Dylan performed his own version of the Stripes‘ tune “Ball and Biscuit,“ a track off the Stripes‘ latest album, *Elephant*...
PJ Harvey is getting ready to release her seventh studio album this summer - titled *Uh Hu Her,* the disc, containing 13 tracks, will hit U.S. stores on June 8th, and will be preceded by Harvey‘s first single from the new disc, “The Letter,“ which should hit radio on May 17th. Also included on Harvey‘s latest offering will be tunes “The Pocket Knife,“ “It‘s You,“ “The Darker Days of Me and Him,“ and “The End. Harvey‘s last album, *Stories From the City, Stories From the Sea,* won the Mercury Music Prize. Harvey will be performing live at a number of European festivals this summer, including the Glastonbury shows...
Billy Corgan will perform his first hometown solo show on April 1st at The Metro in Chicago, where, ironically, Corgan‘s seminal band The Smashing Pumpkins played their final gig as a band. Corgan will perform acoustically at the April show, and will be taping the evening‘s proceedings for possible inclusion in a planned DVD that will also include footage documenting the recording sessions for Corgan‘s first solo CD...

MINI BUZZ:
Ryan Adams is offering a little something Ryan-riffic for Adams fans via Apple‘s itunes online store - the singer-songwriter has posted a 3-track EP titled *The Moroccan Role* that will include three new Adams tunes - “Ah, Life,“ “I‘m Coming Over,“ and “Don‘t Even Know Her Name“...
Sharon Osbourne, whose U.S. TV series, “The Sharon Osbourne Show,“ was cancelled in February, has signed on to do a similar late-night version of her show for Channel 4 in England...
Cake are hard at work in their home studios in Sacramento, California on the follow-up to their last album, *Comfort Eagle* - the upcoming new Cake disc is scheduled for a summer release...
Finch are also in the studio working on their next album, after which they‘re hoping to launch a tour in July...
And Morrissey has been tapped to perform live on the Craig Kilborn show on May 24th...

Showing up to “perform“ in a media store near you are this week‘s new releases... ON CD: controversial diva Janet Jackson releases *Damita Jo*... Trapt presents *Trapt* (EP)... Kajagoogoo drops *The Best of Kajagoogoo*... Patti LaBella releases *Timeless Journey*... and Snow Patrol sez it‘s the *Final Straw*... ON DVD: Marc Anthony‘s *The Concert From Madison Square Garden*... *Peter, Paul and Mary - Carry It On - A Musical Legacy*... *Dead Can Dance: Toward the Within*... and *New England Metal Hardcore Festival 2003*... and that‘s the buzz for this week‘s Modern Rock.

*Questions, comments, rants, raves about your fave artists or this column? Send ‘em to Kristi at expressmodernrock@hotmail.com!*

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