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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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V Fest, Voodoo, Monolith announce lineups for this year‘s shows

Kristi Kates - May 12th, 2008
V Fest, Voodoo, Monolith Announce Lineups For This Year’s Shows
Festival news continues to roll in right on the heels of the Lollapalooza and Rothbury announcements. This year’s V Fest, which will take place in Baltimore on August 9-10, will include headliners Jack Johnson, Stone Temple Pilots, Iggy Pop, Bob Dylan, Wilco, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, The Go! Team, and The Black Keys, while the dedicated dance/electronica music tent will include DJ sets from Moby, Ferry Corsten, and Underworld, among others. The 10th Voodoo Music Experience (October 24-26) will also host Stone Temple Pilots as one of their headliners, along with R.E.M. and The Neville Brothers; and the Second Annual Monolith Festival (Sept. 13-14) will feature Devotchka, Band of Horses, TV on the Radio, Vampire Weekend, Cut Copy, The Fratellis, and (as the popular term goes) many, many more...
Influential Brit mod-rocker Paul Weller (The Jam, Style Council) will drop his ninth solo CD on June 24 on Yep Rock Records, making this Weller’s first disc of new tracks in three years. Weller does a lot of experimenting on this latest set, mixing his usual Brit-pop/soul approach with some spoken word, a bit of classical, and a little Moog; his special-guests list is looking pretty cool, too, with appearances from Graham Coxon and Oasis’ Noel Gallagher, among others. Tracks on 22 Dreams include “Empty Ring,” “Invisible,” “Black River,” “Why Walk When You Can Run,” and “111” - and yes, Weller fans, he does plan to embark on a U.S. tour later this year...
Speaking of Stone Temple Pilots, singer Scott Weiland is currently hard at work with producer Steve Albini, recording his second solo album, which he hopes to have in-stores by this upcoming November. No Doubt drummer Adrian Young is one of Weiland’s other collaborators, although it’s unsure if Weiland’s previous recording work with Pharrell Williams - the track “Happy” - will be included on the new set. Stone Temple Pilots have tentative plans to hit the studio later this year, as well...
And in other recording news, singer-songwriter Ben Folds (where’ve ya been, Ben?) is working on a new album, too, and has already begun to preview several of his new tracks at live shows, including stops at festivals in Berlin, Germany and the UK, plus an upcoming appearance at the Beale Street Music Festival in Memphis. As usual, Folds’ quirky sense of humor is included in his songs, of which some of the preview titles include “Errant Dog,” “Free Coffee,” and “Effington”...

MODERN ROCK LINK OF THE WEEK:
Wanna win some free Kills stuff? Then take a listen to their new song (the third single from their new album, Midnight Boom) “Last Day of Magic,” and upload a photo inspired by the song to www.midnightboom.com before June 9; a winner chosen by the band themselves will win an original framed and personalized piece of artwork from The Kills, plus other goodies...

MINI BUZZ:
Smashing Pumpkins were just inducted into the Hollywood RockWalk last week, complete with a special ceremony for SP’s Billy Corgan and Jimmy Chamberlin that took place at Hollywood’s Guitar Center...
Garbage singer Shirley Manson’s solo album is in a state of limbo, as the singer and her label are disagreeing on the songs Manson’s recorded to date; the label wants more “pop” music, while Manson’s work is less frivolous and shallow than the label expected...
Blondie will kick off a short summer tour on June 5th in Baltimore to celebrate the 30th anniversary of their classic Parallel Lines album...
In other retro‘80s band news, Aussie band Midnight Oil are currently remastering several of their albums, which will be released via iTunes; the new version of Diesel and Dust is out now, complete with the previously unreleased bonus track “Gunbarrel Highway”...
Chicago-based duo Walter Meego (yep, that’s duo, as in Colin Yarck and Justin Sconza, not a guy named Walter) are teaming up with touring bandmate Andrew Bernhardt and will set off on a cross-country tour to help promote their upcoming May 28 album Voyager - tour stops will include Los Angeles (5/20), Vancouver (5/24), Minneapolis (5/29), Chicago (5/30), and Toronto (5/31)...
And Wolf Parade have completed recording on their new disc, which they’ve dubbed At Mount Zoomer and which will be in stores on June 17...
In stores this week - you guessed it, another groovy lineup of new discs... ON CD: Setting Sun’s To the Next Place... Death Cab for Cutie’s Narrow Stairs... Jason Mraz’ We Sing. We Dance. We Steal Things.... Old 97’s Blame It On Gravity... Toy Gun Cowboy’s Big Blue... and Joseph Arthur’s Untitled EP... ON DVD: Lindsey Buckingham’s Live at the Bass Performance Hall... John Tesh: Alive Music and Dance... The Supremes: Classic Video Hits... and The Muppet Show: The Complete Third Season with old-school performances from Roy Rogers, Roger Miller, Loretta Lynn, Pearl Bailey, and Harry Belafonte ... 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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