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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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Rockin‘ the Ozarks at Wakarusa

Kristi Kates - February 28th, 2011
Rockin’ the Ozarks at Wakarusa
Mulberry Mountain in Ozark, Arkansas will be the setting for this year’s 2011 Wakarusa Festival, which has just announced its lineup for the music fest event. It’s a good-sized spring roadtrip from Northern Michigan, but it’ll be well worth it - Ben Harper and the Relentless 7, Thievery Corporation, and buzz band Mumford and Sons are among the headliners, with over 150 bands in all taking over six stages from June 2 through 5. The roster also includes Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, Ghostland Observatory, Dark Star Orchestra, and Ozomatli, among plenty of others…
The latest inductees to the Recording Academy’s Grammy Hall of Fame have been announced, honoring the latest lineup of recordings “of lasting historical or qualitative significance” that are at least 25 years old. This set of honorees include The Marvelette’s peppy “Hey Mr. Postman,” The Beatles’ landmark “Penny Lane,” and The Jackson Five’s many-times-rerecorded “I’ll Be There”…
Foo Fighters have wrapped a long series of studio sessions with Garbage/Nirvana helmsman Butch Vig, and have finally completed their latest album, which will serve as follow-up to their 2007 set, Echoes, Silence, Patience and Grace. The album, due out late this spring, was actually tracked in Foo Dave Grohl’s garage, and is said to have been recorded in classic rock style, without any computers…
Meanwhile, Evanescence are going the opposite recording route, and are reportedly taking more musical risks on their next collection of songs. Working with producer Steve Lillywhite (U2) on the set, they’ve added a lot of “futuristic electronic” elements, although they assure fans that singer Amy Lee’s trademark vocals will still very much be in evidence. The new album will also be the first that the band is recording with their new lineup (three of the band’s original members left between 2006 and 2007)…

MODERN ROCK LINK OF THE WEEK:
Toro Y Moi’s new album, Underneath the Pine, is out this month, and you can check out the set’s first song before you buy - take a listen to “Still Sound” at http://soundcheckmagazine.com/news/2369-mp3-toro-y-moi-still-sound..

MINI MODERN BUZZ:
The Band guitarist Robbie Robertson is set to release his new album, How to Become Clairvoyant, on March 29, complete with a guest appearance from Tom Morello…
Canadian pop-rocker Avril Lavigne’s new album, Goodbye Lullaby, is scheduled for a March 8 release date on RCA Records…
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart will hit the road with Twin Shadow for a dual tour this spring…
The Deftones are bringing along The Dillinger Escape Plan for their spring tour of North America…
Miranda July has tapped the songwriting skills of composer Jon Brion to put together the music for her latest film, The Future…
Death Cab for Cutie have selected May 31 as the drop date for their seventh album, which they’ve dubbed Codes and Keys…

And this week is the drop date for these albums - namely, this week’s new CD releases… Alexander’s Alexander… Ron Nesmith’s Long Player, Late Bloomer… Adele’s 21… Beady Eye’s (ex-Oasis members) Different Gear, Still Speeding… and Papercuts’ Fading Parade…

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