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Letters 08-25-14

Save America

I read your paper because it’s free and I enjoy the ads. But I struggle through the left wing tripe that fills every page, from political cartoons to the vitriolic pen of Mr. Tuttle. What a shame this beautiful area of the state has such an abundance of Socialist/democrats. Or perhaps the silent majority chooses to stay silent...

Doom, Yet a Cup Half Full

In the news we are told of the civil unrest at Ferguson, Mo; ISIS war radicals in Iraq and Syria; the great corporate tax heist at home. You name it. Trouble, trouble, everywhere. It seems to me the U.S. Congress is partially to blame...

Uncomfortable Questions

defending the positions of the Israelis vs Hamas are far too narrow. Even Mr. Tuttle seems to have failed in looking deeply into the divide. American media is not biased against Israel, nor or are they pro Palestine or Hamas...

The Evolution of Man Revisited

As the expectations of manhood evolve, so too do the rules of love. In Mr. Holmes’s statement [from “Our Therapist Will See Us Now” in last week’s issue] he narrows the key to a successful relationship to the basic need to have your wants and needs understood, and it is on this point I expand...

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Jack White‘s Raconteurs pull off a surprise album release

Kristi Kates - March 24th, 2008
Detroiter Jack White and his Raconteur bandmates have been slowly but surely working on recording a completely new album that’s - surprise! - complete, and will be in-stores on Tuesday, March 25. Huh? Yep, it’s true - The Raconteurs’ Consolers of the Lonely - complete with new accompanying MS-DOS-humored website (www.theraconteurs.com) is all ready to go right now, in spite of assumptions that the disc would be released later this year. The album is being released on, as the band’s official newsletter puts it, “every format at once,” so as to leave no listener behind - it’ll be available on CD, digital, and vinyl formats, and you’ll be able to get it everywhere from iTunes and Amazon to corporate superstores to the band’s own website. Listen for first single, “Salute Your Solution,” coming soon, too, to a radio station near you... as well as a music video which they say was “just filmed the other day.” When The Raconteurs want to get something done, they apparently don’t mess around...
The famed SXSW (South by Southwest) music conference week has wrapped up again for this year, with plenty of highlights for fans and industry folk who traveled all the way to Austin, Texas to hear some of the best bets in 2008’s newest music. Day one saw the likes of the Raveonettes, Sunburned Hand of the Man, Why?, and Fatal Flying Guilloteens taking the various SXSW stages, while day two’s highlights included performances from N.E.R.D., Yo La Tengo, Thurston Moore, Joseph Arthur, Ezra Furman, and a Lou Reed tribute complete with Reed himself on the sidelines, digicam in hand. Day three wrapped up the festivities with sets from The Chevelles, a revitalized Vines, X, and Tapes N’ Tapes; day four was all about British Sea Power, Lightspeed Champion, and Los Campesinos: and day five showcased the Karaoke Apocalypse (don’t ask)...
Brand new Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Leonard Cohen is prepping to release a new studio album later this year, and has also scheduled out his first world tour in 15 years, which is set to kick off in June. Cohen will bring a plethora of musicians on the road with him to form his backing band, including Bob Metzger (guitar), Neil Larsen (keys, brass), Roscoe Beck (bass), and Javier Mas (acoustic guitar and string instruments), and is expected to announce U.S. dates shortly. In the meantime, if you’re going to be in Canada or Europe, you can catch Cohen at such summer stops as Toronto (6/6 and 6/7), Montreal, Quebec (6/23-6/26), Copenhagen, Denmark (7/5), Lyon, France (7/9), London (7/17), and Budapest, Hungary (8/12)...
And Aimee Mann’s seventh set, @#%&! Smilers, will drop on June 3 on her own SuperEgo Records label. Produced by Paul Bryan, the album is a bit of a departure for Mann, who added more Moog (synthesizer) to the songs and pretty much left electric guitar out of the mix entirely. She also co-wrote one of the new tracks, “True Believer,” with singer-songwriter Grant Lee Phillips, and is expected to begin touring in the next few months to promote the new set; one of her appearances will be on NPR’s “All Things Considered” program...
MODERN ROCK LINK OF THE WEEK:
R.E.M.’s new album will be the first major disc to debut on Facebook (www.facebook.com) prior to its in-store release; all of the album’s tracks will be available for streaming beginning on March 24...

MINI BUZZ:
Performer-producer Daniel Lanois will premiere his movie, Here Is What Is, on March 27 in Los Angeles; the film, which should be available soon in limited release, documents his recording processes with such performers as Brian Eno and U2...
Brooklyn indie-rockers We Are Scientists have announced May 13 as the release date for their sophomore set, which they’ll preface with a European/U.S. tour...
Jason Mraz’s new disc, We Sing, We Dance, Steal Things, is now available and can be snagged online at the Fueled By Ramen webstore...
Ice Cube is set to release his latest album, Raw Footage, which will hit stores on June 17, complete with audio appearances from Westside Connection, Fred Wreck, Nas, and Musiq Soulchild...
Folktronica singer Beth Orton has wrapped her two-year hiatus from the music biz and will begin her return with a few tentative tour dates starting late this month.
And here’s your Periodic Weezer Update: the band reportedly has begun mastering, with the album itself - which is “meaty, crunchy, and melodic,” according to frontman Rivers Cuomo - and is expected out in June...
Meanwhile, expected out this week are these new releases... ON CD: Moby’s Last Night... The B-52’s Funplex... Mike Oldfield’s Music of the Spheres... Yael Naim’s Yael Naim... The Matches’ A Band in Hope... and Live from the Artists’ Den: Season One featuring performances from Josh Ritter, The Swell Season, KT Tunstall, and Martin Sexton... ON DVD: Live Transmissions Collection: Bob Dylan... Saturday Night Live: Lost and Found... The Beach Boys: Collector’s Box Set... and Muse’s long-awaited Haarp Tour: Live at Wembley Stadium... 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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