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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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Greenland is 30 seconds to Mars‘ choice video shoot

Kristi Kates - February 25th, 2008
Greenland Is 30 Seconds to Mars’ Choice for Video Shoot
Jared Leto and the rest of his bandmates in 30 Seconds to Mars utilized their latest video to document the effects of global warming 200 miles north of the Arctic Circle, in an effort to share their “life-changing” video shoot and travel experience with fans. Shot in Greenland, the clip, for 30 Seconds’ song “A Beautiful Lie,” was directed by Angakok Panipaq, and continues the band’s burgeoning tradition of shooting videos in unusual locations; the band’s previous video (for the track “From Yesterday”) was the first American music video shot in the People’s Republic of China...
The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival is prepping for its return this April 25-27 in Indio, California, and you can bet it will be cause once again for a spring road trip. Jack Johnson and Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters are the headliners, along with fellow major-stagers Kraftwerk, Spiritualized, Jack White’s band The Raconteurs, Death Cab for Cutie, Fatboy Slim, Battles, Rilo Kiley, Cafe Tabuca, The National, Cold War Kids, Minus the Bear, and The Streets among others; also appearing will be Portishead, in their first American show in almost 10 years. Tix are on sale now at
www.coachella.com...
Moby, whose new album, Last Night, will hit stores at the end of March, will serve as host for the Institute for Music and Neurologic Function benefit concert, which will be staged at New York’s Terminal 5 on March 4. Headliners and organizers The Beastie Boys will be the main draw, with proceeds going to the institute, which seeks to “use scientific research on music and the brain to establish new knowledge and develop more effective therapies which awaken and heal through the extraordinary power of music.” More info about the institute can be found at http://www.bethabe.org/MUSIC_INSTITUTE55.html, while details on how to get your tix (on sale now) can be snagged at http://www.terminal5nyc.com/...
Muse has released info on their combined live album/DVD package, which will hit stores in the UK on March 17 on Warner Bros. Records. Dubbed the mysterious name of H.A.A.R.P, the set was recorded during performances at Wembley Stadium in June of last year, with the CD offering marginally different song selections from the DVD, and the DVD set to include plenty of pics and behind-the-scenes footage. For the time being, Muse fans will have to pick up the release as an import, as no U.S. release date has been selected...

MODERN ROCK LINK OF THE WEEK:
30 years after hip-hop hit the national music scene, the Smithsonian is recognizing the hip-hop scene with a special exhibit called “Recognize! Hip Hop and Contemporary Portraiture,” which will run now through October 26 at the Smithsonian’s Portrait Gallery. Check it, yo, at www.npg.si.edu/exhibit/recognize/index.html

MINI BUZZ:
Proving yet again that the Grammy Awards refuse to veer from their continuing road of music irrelevance, Herbie Hancock’s CD River: The Joni Letters was named Album of the Year; nothing against the very talented Herbie, but c’mon - Album of the Year? - do more than a couple of you Modern Rock readers even own that album?...
OK Go have put together a five-song digital EP that was recorded entirely in New Orleans and which will feature three re-interpreted tracks from the band’s latest album, plus a pair of covers, with all proceeds dedicated to help repatriate thousands of local New Orleans musicians who were displaced by Hurricane Katrina...
Electro band Ladytron are set to launch a North American tour in May that will take them back and forth across the U.S. before wrapping on the 4th of July, after which the band will regroup for a series of worldwide live dates; the U.S. tour will include stops in Seattle (5/24), San Diego (5/31), Atlanta (6/13), Chicago (6/17), Detroit (6/18), and Montreal, Quebec (7/2)...
Feist will be kicking off a tour of her own in support of her latest disc, The Reminder - her tour stops will include Detroit (4/10), Dallas (4/16), Cleveland (4/23), Toronto, Canada (5/13), Amsterdam, Netherlands (5/24), and Frankfurt, Germany (6/1)...
Clinic have completed work on their fifth full-length album, which they’ve dubbed Do It! and which has yet to be given an exact release date; songs will include “Free Not Free,” “Memories,” and “Mary and Eddie”...
And Detroit’s own legendary Aretha Franklin aka The Queen of Soul was just named MusiCares Person of the Year at an L.A. benefit that found Re-Re honored by the likes of Quincy Jones, Jimmy Jam, John Legend, Corrine Bailey Rae, and Clive Davis...
ON CD: Mike Doughty’s Golden Delicious... American Music Club’s The Golden Age... The Grand Archives’ The Grand Archives... The Heavenly States’ Delayer... Marianne Faithfull’s No Regrets... and Jack Kerouac/Steve Allen’s Poetry for the Beat Generation... ON DVD: A Tribute to Johnny Cash... Bob Dylan’s New York... Paul McCartney’s Ecce Cor Meum... and Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers Live in San Remo 1963... 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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