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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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Well, isn‘t that album just the Living End

Kristi Kates - May 23rd, 2011
Aussie Band The Living End have wrapped recording on their sixth album, which they worked on in Melbourne, Australia at the Red Door Sounds Studio. The new set of songs, which will now be shipped to mixmaster Brendan O’Brien (Pearl Jam, Springsteen) for mixing, have also been road-tested by the band over the past few months - they selected the album’s tracklisting from over 3 dozen new tunes, including “Postcard American Town,” “Heatwave,” and “Black and White”…
Fancy a trip to England? Then start packing for the 2011 Glastonbury Festival, a great reason to head overseas. This year’s event is set for June 22-26, and will feature headliners U2, Coldplay, and (incongruously) Beyonce. Also on the bill will be a gigantic lineup of modern rockin’ performers, from classics like Paul Simon and B.B. King to electronica whizzes The Chemical Brothers and Fatboy Slim; funky favorites Cee-Lo Green and Janelle Monae, and indie rockers OK Go, Cold War Kids, TV on the Radio, and Morrissey, among others…
If stateside is more your scene, no problem - Chicago’s Lollapalooza Fest is back for 2011 (August 5-7), and has announced the majority of their roster for this year. Cee-Lo will be making a return trek to Chi-town, and along with him on 8 stages will be the likes of Muse, Foo Fighters, The Cars, Arctic Monkeys, Crystal Castles, Deadmau5, OK Go, Manchester Orchestra, and many more…

David Heyman, one of the producers of the Harry Potter movies, is now looking to work a different kind of film magic - that of bringing a new view of The Beatles to the big screen. Heyman’s next project is slated to be an animated film that will feature insect characters combined with Beatles songs; and for those thinking, “huh?” keep in mind that The Beatles actually all appeared as animated characters themselves in the 1960s film Yellow Submarine…
 
MODERN ROCK LINK OF THE WEEK:
‘80s songstress Kate Bush, perhaps best known for her collaborations with esoteric musician Peter Gabriel, last toured in 1979 - but fans might be getting a chance to see Kate on the road again. Her new album, Director’s Cut, was just released last week, and she’s indicated that she’s hoping she’ll be able to do some live work before she gets “too ancient.” For updates on her new songs and those tour possibilities, visit her official site online at www.katebush.com…
 
MINI MODERN BUZZ:
Snagged your copy of the Beastie Boys’ Hot Sauce Committee Pt. 2 yet? If not, get yours now to also get a copy of the Boys’ short film, Fight for Your Right Revisited…
The first four dates of Soundgarden’s summer reunion tour have been announced, and will cover stops in Toronto (7/2), Philly (7/13), Colorado’s Red Rocks (7/18), and L.A. (7/22)…
Incubus’ new album, If Not Now, When? is now set for release on July 12…
Great modern rockin’ shows are on the way at Interlochen Center for the Arts this summer, including Elvis Costello and the Imposters (6/21), Amos Lee (7/13), Rufus Wainwright (8/12), classics The Beach Boys (7/26), The Decemberists (7/27), and Guster (9/2)…
Toronto house duo Art Department’s latest album, The Drawing Board, is in stores now, complete with tracks “Tell Me Why,” “Living the Life,” and “We Call Love”…
Status Quo are set for an 11-date arena tour in December of this year; dubbed the first “Quofest” tour, the trek will include stops across the UK…
 
And this week’s new albums are hoping you’ll stop and pull out your wallet for their latest tunes … Johanna and the Dusty Floor’s Northern Lights… Planning to Rock’s W… Mai Doi Todd’s Cosmic Ocean Ship… and Wilderness of Manitoba’s When You Left the Fire… 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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