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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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Buzz Band Mumford & Sons 4/4/11

Kristi Kates - April 4th, 2011
Buzz band Mumford and Sons, along with Old Crow Medicine Show Buzz band Mumford and Sons, along with Old Crow Medicine Show and Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, are kicking off their Railroad Revival Tour in a pretty cool way - all three bands will be traveling through their tourdates across the American Southwest in vintage railroad cars, which will be pulled by two locomotives. The train itself, 1500 feet long, will travel over 2000 miles during the tour dates that will take the trio of bands across five states. Fans can either buy regular tickets for $55, which include a commemorative ticket and an MP3 download of some of the tour’s live recordings; or shell out $155 for all six commemorative tickets, the MP3 downloads plus bonus tracks, and a limited-edition Railroad Revival Tour poster by Italian illustrator Luca Zamoc…
Former The Band guitarist Robbie Robertson, who has attempted to work with ghostwriters in the past to write his memoirs, hasn’t met with much success, so has decided to write his book himself. Robertson reportedly plans to head to a cabin in the woods to start putting together his stories, but is avoiding reading other rockers’ bios, such as Keith Richards’ new effort, so as not to dilute his own approach to the book. While they’re waiting for something to read, Robertson’s fans can pick up his new album, How to Become Clairvoyant, which is due in stores on April 5, complete with Eric Clapton on guitar…
Wild Beasts’ sophomore album will hit stores on May 9, serving as the follow-up to the band’s 2009 set, Two Dancers. Written in just a couple of months and recorded over another month in Snowdonia, Wales with producer Richard Formby, the new album is said to be sharper, more direct, and better arranged than previous efforts, and will include tracks “Loop the Loop,” “Albatross,” and “Bed of Nails” - a UK tour is planned to kick off promotions of the album…
Patrick Wolf’s upcoming fifth album, previously titled The Conquerer, has been redubbed Lupercalia, and is now set for a May 30 release date. Wolf’s new tunes, said to be more spare than his past works, will include kickoff single “The City,” which hit radio on March 14, and will follow up his 2009 effort, The Bachelor. Also included on Lupercalia will be tracks “Bermondsey Street,” “Armistice,” “The Days,” “The Falcons,” and “House”…

MODERN ROCK LINK OF THE WEEK:
An interesting collaborative album by Italian composer Daniele Luppi and Danger Mouse is set for release this spring, as recorded during various sessions over the past five years. Inspired by the film music work of Ennio Morricone (heard in many spaghetti westerns such as The Good, The Bad and the Ugly* and A Fistful of Dollars), the album also includes vocal contributions from the likes of Jack White and Norah Jones. The set, dubbed Rome, will hit stores on May 16; visit romealbum.com online for more info…

MINI MODERN BUZZ:
In strange “musical” news this week, Tom Cruise is now set to star as the main character in the movie version of the musical Rock of Ages. Cruise is reportedly taking voice lessons and “studying the ‘80s” to prep for the role, which was performed by American Idol finalist Constantine Maroulis in the touring show…
Arctic Monkeys fourth studio album is set for a June 7 release in the U.S., with production by (appropriately) Simian Mobile Disco’s James Ford and tracks including “Brick by Brick,” “Don’t Sit Down ‘Cause I’ve Moved Your Chair,” “Reckless Serenade,” and “Love is a Laserquest”…
In other Arctic Monkeys news, the band will be hitting the U.S. for a string of tour dates this spring, including stops in Philly (5/18), Toronto (5/21), Detroit (5/26 at Clutch Cargos), Minneapolis (5/28), and Los Angeles (6/3)…
This year’s Great Escape festival in Brighton, England has just snagged the likes of DJ Shadow, Warpaint, and Friendly Fire to perform at this year’s event…
The Bright Light Social Hour have just released a 4-song EP chronicling their New Year’s Eve set at The Parish…
And Battles new set, Gloss Drop, will hit stores on June 6, complete with appearances from Matias Aguayo and Gary Numan…

Hitting stores this week are these new CD releases… Cold Cave’s Cherish the Light Years... Sharks’ The Joy of Living 2008-2010... The Kills’ Blood Pressures... and Ray Davies’ See My Friends... 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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