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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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Cruisin‘ the Rockin‘ Islands with 311

Kristi Kates - January 17th, 2011
Cruisin’ the Rockin’ Islands with 311 1/17/11
311 are prepping to take their first-ever ocean cruise this March on a dedicated “311 Cruise” event that will include a few guests and an entire boatload of 311 fans. The trip will begin on March 3 aboard the Carnival Destiny, departing from Miami, and will trek through the Turks and Caicos Islands, with, of course, plenty of 311 music on tow. The band will also reportedly pose for a photo with every passenger as they board the ship, will host several Q and A sessions, and will invite the likes of DJ Soulman and Pepper on stage with them for some shipboard jams...
Ric Ocasek and his four surviving bandmates - Elliot Easton, Greg Hawkes, and David Robinson - recently posted around a minute’s worth of a new (yes, new!) Cars song called “Blue Tip,” a surprise to fans who had long given up on a Cars reunion of any kind. Now it’s reported that the band are in the studio working with esteemed producer Jacknife Lee, and are planning to release their first album in over twenty years early this year; a reunion tour may follow. Who knew?...
Eagle Rock Productions is offering up another rare concert from the famed Rockpalast TV series, this one being a 105-minute showcase of Aussie band INXS live in concert in June of 1997, just a few months before the untimely passing of lead singer Michael Hutchence. The disc, dubbed INXS: Mystify, is in-stores now, and includes the band performing all seven of their U.S. Top Ten singles, including their big landmark MTV hit “What You Need.” Six songs performed at the band’s first appearance at the Rockpalast back in May of 1984 are also included as a bonus...
And modern-pop singer Kelly Clarkson has mostly wrapped work on her new album, which will serve as the follow up to her 2009 set, All I Ever Wanted, and which is slated for release this year. Clarkson has said that her fave song from the new tracklisting is “You Love Me,” and that the new album will also include two duets between Clarkson and two mystery collaborators that she’s yet to reveal. A preview single may preface the album to radio by the end of this year...

MODERN ROCK LINK OF THE WEEK:
If you like reading about music as much as you like listening to it, then you’ll really dig Innerviews: Music Without Borders, a compilation of - what else? - interviews with two dozen rock and jazz musicians talking to journalist Anil Prasad about their musical lives and careers. Of particular interest to Modern Rock readers would likely be the interviews with Bjork, Bela Fleck, and Chris Whitley, although the book contains plenty of other interesting tales as well. We snagged a great complimentary copy to read early, but you can get your own copy now at http://innerviews.org...

MINI MODERN BUZZ:
Stone Temple Pilots singer Scott Weiland is set to release his autobiography, the co-written Not Dead and Not For Sale, on March 1...
Australia’s popular St. Kilda Festival has finally been given the go-ahead for 2011 after major concerns over funding; the event, which gives over 100 acts the chance to showcase their music and gives audiences free admission, is now set for February 13...
Post-rock band Silverstein are currently working on a new album after having left their prior label home at Victory Records; no tracklisting or title are being revealed just yet...
Richard James, aka Aphex Twin, recently announced that he’s completed not one, not even two, but six albums’ worth of new Aphex Twin songs; we’ll see how that plays out, though, given that Aphex Twin’s last full album release was in 2001...
Red Hot Chili Peppers are working on a new studio set as well, and are reportedly about halfway through the process; no word on a release date yet though...
And already through their own recording process are this week’s new CD releases, all ready for your purchase... Braids’ Native Speaker... The Decemberists’ The King is Dead... Neon Quintet’s Catch Me... Robert Pollard’s Space City Kicks... and The Script’s much-anticipated Science and Faith... and that’s the buzz for this week’s Modern Rock.

Questions, comments, rants, raves, suggestions on this column? Send ‘em to Kristi at modernrocker@gmail.com

 
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