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Letters 02-02-2015

History Lesson  “The days of cheap oil and easy acquisition are over. “ -- President Obama, June 2010

A Study In Mudslinging In the January 12 issue of Northern Express, Grant Parsons wrote a piece that touched on behind-the-scenes campaign financing. Mr. Parsons referenced attack ads he received in the mail prior to the November elections.

Sad Story I read with sadness in the Detroit Free Press of 24-year-old Angela Marie Alexie, who abandoned her just born baby boy in an unheated Eastpoint, Michigan garage to die alone in the cold, and who had also previously lost 3 children to foster care, the youngest of which, a girl, suffered withdrawal symptoms because of Alexie’s drug use during pregnancy.

Balance On The Page Having looked through the Northern Express for years, I have finally found something worth reading besides News of the Weird and the Advice Goddess!

An Eye On Congress The U.S. Senate on January 21 voted 98 for and 1 against to adopt a non-binding resolution stating, “It is the sense of the Senate that climate change is real and not a hoax.”

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The Police‘s worldwide musical raid

Kristi Kates - January 7th, 2008
The Police’s Worldwide Musical Raid
The Police, currently touring in Mexico and South America, will be criss-crossing the globe throughout next year, and have also been tapped to headline the final day of the U.K.’s Isle of Wight Fest, which this year will be held June 13-15; that show is said to be The Police’s only scheduled U.K. festival appearance for 2008. Other stops on the band’s very cosmopolitan tour schedule include Brisbane, Australia (1/22), Osaka, Japan (2/10), Honolulu, HI (2/16), Dusseldorf, Germany (6/8), Oslo, Norway (6/11), and Manchester, England (1/17) If you miss ‘em live and in person, though, you’ll have a chance to snag a live DVD chronicling the band’s reunion tour, which is expected to be released this spring on Interscope Records...
The Smashing Pumpkins have just released a special four-song acoustic EP, with tunes written by Pumpkins ringleader Billy Corgan late in 2007. Available only via iTunes in the U.S., the album - entitled American Gothic - can be enhanced with digital artwork that will be made available at the Smashing Pumpkins’ official website; the album will be sold in stores internationally, complete with all four songs - “The Rose March,” “Again, Again, Again,” “Sunkissed,” and “POX”...
The legendary Art Garfunkel will be joined by local symphony orchestras during his 2008 tour, which kicked off on January 5 in California. Garfunkel, who is promoting his twelfth solo album, Some Enchanted Evening, will put on nine confirmed shows complete with the orchestra accompaniment, plus a number of Garfunkel solo performances throughout the U.S., including stops in San Antonio, TX (1/12), Augusta, GA (2/12), Baltimore, MD (2/15 and 2/16), Colorado Springs, CO (3/29), and Birmingham, AL (4/12)...
The latest crop of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees have been selected from nominees announced last year - and those set for inclusion in the Hall include John Mellencamp, The Dave Clark Five, Leonard Cohen, and Detroiter Madonna, who was one of the first performers to respond to the announcement, saying in a statement that she was “honored and pleased to be recognized.” The 2008 induction ceremony will take place on March 10 at New York City’s Waldorf-Astoria Hotel.

MODERN ROCK LINK OF THE WEEK:
The first live-action movie to be shot, edited, and shown in 3D is none other than U2 3D, a concert film that will premiere in select cities on January 25. Culled from 700 hours of footage, seven U2 live shows, and nine pairs of Sony 3D cameras, fans can get an early peek at the film, plus a trailer at www.u23dmovie.com...

MINI BUZZ:
Madonna has completed the film Filth and Wisdom, starring Eugene Hutz and Richard E. Grant - but Maddie’s not in the movie; nope, it’s her directorial debut, and will premiere at the Berlin Film Festival in February...
The Velvet Underground’s Lou Reed has been named keynote speaker for this year’s SXSW Music Conference - other confirmed speakers for the event include Daryl Hall and Sire Records founder Seymour Stein...
Jay-Z has stepped down as the president of Def Jam Records, citing a desire to “take on new challenges”...
Brit band The Kooks are wrapping up work on their second album with producer Tony Hoffer at an L.A. recording studio...
Australian singer Kylie Minogue was given the Officer of the British Empire (OBE) honor by the Queen, following a year in which Minogue has recovered from cancer and released her tenth studio album...
And Jack White, in a recent interview, stated that since traveling was causing his bandmate Meg White severe anxiety, he wouldn’t care if the band never toured again, pointing out that The Beatles quit touring but continued just fine as a productive band...

ON CD: Natasha Bedingfield’s Pocket Full of Sunshine (or N.B. as a UK release)... The Magnetic Fields’ Distortion... Ringo Starr’s Liverpool 8... Van Hunt’s Popular... Kate Nash’s Made of Bricks... and Muse’s Hullabaloo Soundtrack...
ON DVD: Glen Hansard’s (The Frames) star turn as a street busker musician in Once... Nelly Furtado: The Concert... Classic Artists: The Moody Blues... and Kaiser Chiefs: Behind the Music... 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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