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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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Hanson‘s musical trick or treat

Kristi Kates - October 25th, 2007
A “mystery artist” was recently played on Chicago alt-rock station WKQK, with a song titled “The Great Divide” being put up for listener feedback. Within weeks, the song was receiving tons of requests, putting it into the station’s heavy rotation playlist; and it was only then that WKQK announced that the song was performed by long-maligned former teen-rock band Hanson, who have recently released their latest album, The Walk, Needless to say, listeners were surprised, and the band gained a few more grains of respect; and now, they’re in the middle of a U.S. tour, so you can check ‘em out for yourselves...

Moby has wrapped work on his newest studio album, which he says is “more electronic” than usual and is a bonafied dance record, although reportedly an eclectic one. The album, expected out in February or March of next year, will serve as the follow-up to Moby’s 2005 studio disc, Hotel, and his greatest hits package, Go. The new Moby album may also include a bonus disc, which Moby says he wants to be one 75-minute-long ambient piece of music. Moby fans can also go online to download “Extreme Ways (Bourne’s Ultimatum),” which is the song heard during the closing credits for the Matt Damon movie “Bourne Ultimatum”...

The Polyphonic Spree and Rooney are teaming up for a U.S. tour, hitting the road in October with opening act The Redwalls in order to promote both of the band’s new albums (Fragile Army for the Spree, and Calling the World for Rooney.) Rooney is currently a VH1 “You Oughta Know” artist, while the Spree will be releasing their second single, “We Crawl,” while on tour, after they perform in Atlanta at the environmental awareness music fest The Echo Project. The duo’s tour dates will include stops in Pontiac MI (10/14), Chicago (10/17), Minneapolis (10/19), Seattle (10/25), Los Angeles (11/2), and Houston (11/8)...

Talking Head David Byrne will offer up his new album, The Knee Plays at the end of October via Nonesuch Records. The disc will feature a series of Byrne’s compositions that were initially intended for the Robert Wilson opera The Civil Wars, which were never performed live as funding fell through; the songs, composed over 20 years ago, will include tunes “The Sound of Business,” “Tic Toc 2 (In the Future),” “Theadora is Dozing,” and “Faust Dance,” and the disc will also include eight previously unreleased instrumentals and a DVD slideshow of 400 black and white pics from the opera’s pre-production...

MODERN ROCK LINK OF THE WEEK: Crime in Stereo have a new album coming out on October 23rd titled Crime in Stereo is Dead, but you can get a sneak preview of a track from the album - namely “Vicious Teeth” - online at
www.myspace.com/crimeinstereo...

MINI BUZZ:
Lemonhead Evan Dando is hitting the road for a series of solo shows through the end of October, and will then repack his bags for a tour with the Lemonheads themselves; Lemonheads live dates include stops in Los Angeles (12/1), Chicago (12/11 and 12/12), Ann Arbor MI (12/15), and Cleveland OH (12/17)...
Modest Mouse are adding on more tour dates, too, complete with Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr on, well, guitar, of course; the MM show will pass through Calgary, Alberta Canada (11/3), Milwaukee WI (11/11), Chicago (12/2), and Minneapolis (12/3)...
Indie rockers Man Man are yet another band planning out a little fall touring, with shows in Memphis (10/15), Houston (10/18), Sacramento CA (10/26), and Seattle (10/30) set to practice up some works-in-progress from their upcoming new album; they’ll be opening up for the aforementioned Modest Mouse on some dates, too...
Lollapalooza guru Perry Farrell has announced plans to start up a new record label; dubbed Bells Are Ringing, the label’s first release will be Farrell’s own band Satellite Party’s album, Ultra Payloaded, and Farrell says that he’s ready to become part of the “new indie trend” whereby musicians are given more creative freedom...
Kylie Minogue will be back later this year - November 26th, to be exact - with her tenth studio album, X, a disc that will include songs “In My Arms,” “Speakerphone,” and “All I See” as well as the album’s first single, “2 Hearts”; Minogue will also appear in a new documentary, White Diamond, that will chronicle her return to the stage after her recovery from cancer...
New Zealand rockers Steriogram will be back this week with their sophomore album, This is Not the Target Market, which is their first on Rock Ridge Music...

And plenty of artists are back this week with other new releases for you... ON CD: Angels and Airwaves’ I-Empire... Carrie Underwood’s Carnival Ride... Cobra Starship’s If the World is Ending, We Are Throwing the Party... Ian Ball’s Who Goes There... Faith Hill’s Greatest Hits... and the Backstreet Boys (ahem) whose title remains TBA... ON DVD: An Evening of Yes Music Plus... Bob Dylan: The Other Side of the Mirror: Live at the Newport Folk Festival... Elvis Presley’s Destination Vegas... and Gospel Music of Johnny Cash... and that’s the buzz for this week’s Modern Rock.

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