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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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Coldplay brings in jay-Z for exttra Viva track

Kristi Kates - November 3rd, 2008
Coldplay Brings in Jay-Z For Extra Viva Track
As if their success with their new Viva La Vida album wasn’t enough, Coldplay continue to break new ground and have collaborated with Jay-Z on a new version of their song “Lost!” which is out now and will also be part of a new Coldplay EP. That’s right - just a short time after their full-length 2008 album release, the UK band is releasing Prospekt’s March, an eight-song EP that will include that alternate version of “Lost!” plus a remix of “Lovers in Japan” and six new (aka not included on Viva) songs. The EP will hit stores November 25...
Fellow English band Oasis have announced that they’ll be playing a series of outdoor shows in the UK and Ireland next summer. the ever-humble Noel Gallagher of Oasis noted that he thinks these gigs are “easily going to be the biggest gigs of the next year, if not the decade.” They’ll be taking along support acts Kasabian and The Enemy for the shows, which will include stops at London’s Wembley Stadium and Manchester’s Heaton Park, as well as a performance at Slane Castle, made famous as a concert venue to the general public by an earlier U2 performance. Oasis has also performed there before when they backed R.E.M....
Beatles drummer Ringo Starr seems to have become a little overwhelmed by his bags of fan mail – he recently posted a video on his website stating that “due to time constraints,” he will no longer autograph memorabilia or fan mail. “I’m warning you with peace and love I have too much to do,” Starr said. Fans, of course, immediately became upset, as fans do, – and Starr quickly reversed course, posting a new statement that says the “ban” on fanmail was in response to a large amount of items appearing for sale on eBay from people who repeatedly send him items to be signed. Starr insists the first video message wasn’t aimed at his “real” fans, for whom he’s always signed items...

And Weezer’s latest video is more than a “regular” video – the band actually breaks several world records in the clip, which was put together for the new Weezer song “Troublemaker.” Records broken by Weezer in the video include the Largest Game of Dodgeball, the Most People Riding on a Skateboard, the Largest Air Guitar Ensemble and the Most People in a Custard Pie Fight...

MODERN ROCK LINK OF THE WEEK:
Hot Chip frontman Alexis Taylor has just released his debut solo album, but you can go online to check out a single before you decide to buy. check out Taylor’s tune “Baby” at music blog
www.abeano.com...

MINI BUZZ:
According to a press release from the Lolla folks (who claim to have “shook the Magic 8 ball” to pick a good date), the 2009 Lollapaloza festival has snagged its dedicated weekend, and will now be held August 7 through the 9th at Grant Park in Chicago.
Sigur Ros will drop a deluxe edition of their new album, Med Sud I Eyrum Vid Spilum Endalaust, later in November. the deluxe set will include a DVD directed by Nick Abrahams with live concert footage, plus the video for “Gobbledigook” and a 200-page photo book...
The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Fest has moved its 2009 dates up to April 17 through the 19th, held as usual at the Empire Polo Field in Indio, California – the lineup is set to be announced early next year...
Neil Diamond, whose Rick-Rubin-produced new album Home After Dark became his first-ever number 1 album, has added a pair of new live dates to his concert schedule. he’ll now be performing January 2 in Las Vegas NV, and January 4 in Ontario, CA...
Indie electro-rockers Ghostland Observatory have mapped out a fall/winter tour, which will include stops in Chicago (11/7), Nashville (11/21), NYC (12/12), Washington DC (12/13), and Seattle (12/31)...
A revitalized Duran Duran will utilize the end of the year to charge through some tour dates of their own, including shows in Mexico City, MEX (11/28), Toronto (12/9), and Atlantic City, NJ (12/13)...
And here are some new releases for you to charge (or pay cash for) this week... ON CD: Sarah Brightman’s A Winter Symphony... Q-Tip’s The Renaissance... Kelley Jones (Stereophonics’ singer) Only the Names Have Changed... Benjy Davis Project’s Dust... Stereophonics’ re-release of J.E.E.P.... and Trick Trick’s The Villian... ON DVD: Arctic Monkeys: Live at the Apollo... Jewel’s The Essential Live Songbook... and The Black Keys: Attack and Release - Special Limited Edition ... 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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