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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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Wilco working to Get Well Soon...

Kristi Kates - June 13th, 2011
Get Well Soon Everybody is the working title for Wilco’s upcoming eighth studio album, which will serve as the follow-up to the band’s 2009 set, Wilco (the album.) They’ve reportedly tracked a couple dozen songs already for the set, which is being recorded at the band’s own studio in Chicago, with an eye on a fall release date. The latest tunes are said to be a blend of experimental indie-rock plus Americana plus a few tribal influences, and will be released on Wilco’s recently-formed record label, dBpm Records; a nearly 15-minute long jam-track may also be included on the set, all ten verses of it…
Hip-hop fest Rock the Bells is bringing back their “Classics” theme for the 2011 Rock the Bells tour, which will include several headliners performing classic albums of their own in their entirety, including Lauryn Hill performing The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, Cypress Hill performing the Black Sunday album, and Nas performing Illmatic. Mos Def and Talib Kweli will be reprising their collaboration’s self-titled 1998 debut set, and regular sets will be performed by Erykah Badu, Curren$y, and a host of others…
Pink Floyd are finally making plans to remaster all 14 of their studio albums, and will also be putting together deluxe editions of the band’s albums that are set to include demo tracks, live cuts, and more. The Wall co-producer James Guthrie will be doing the remastering duties, with the studio albums being made individually or as a box set; the special deluxe “Experience” edition albums, which will be limited to The Dark Side of the Moon, You Were Here, and The Wall, will get the two-disc treatment, with the remastered album on one disc and the bonus goodies on the second. The albums will begin hitting stores in late September in the U.S….
They broke up back in 2004, departing their home label of RCA Records, but now it looks like SoCal rockers Eve 6 are back, having signed a new record deal with Fearless Records. The band, who have been quietly and methodically touring and working on their internet sites, recently brought back original guitarist Jon Siebels, which effectively unites Eve 6’s complete original lineup; snagging old producer Don Gilmore (who produced the band’s 2001 hit album Horrorscope) to helm their latest set was the final piece of the puzzle…

MODERN ROCK LINK OF THE WEEK:
Peter Bjorn and John are set to return to the States later this summer to kick off a six-week tour, which will be their longest American tour to date; check out all the show dates (and more) on this hipster buzz band at http://peterbjornandjohn.com/blog/tour/…

MINI MODERN BUZZ:
A new East coast multi-day festival titled the MTK Fest is set to take place in Southampton, New York, as put together by the creator of England’s Secret Garden Party festivals; the NY version will include headliners White Rabbits, Patti Smith, and Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros…
The legendary Chick Corea’s album Concord Records will be releasing a two-disc collection titled The Definitive Chick Corea in honor of the musician’s upcoming 70th birthday…
Whatever happened to Lenny Kravitz? Well, he’s been working on his ninth studio album, Black and White America, which is now set for release on August 30, with the single “Stand” to precede the album to radio this month…
Performer/producer Toro Y Moi will be hitting the road in July for a 3-month North American tour that will include stops in Athens GA (9/9), Toronto (9/18), Detroit (9/19 at the Magic Stick), Minneapolis (9/25), and New Orleans (10/10)…
The Hold Steady will be touring this summer, too, with stops in Milwaukee (8/24), Chicago (8/25 at The Metro), and Omaha, NE (8/26)…
Enter Shikari will release their new live CD/double-DVD collection, Live from Planet Earth, on July 11…
And these artists are releasing their latest collections of tunes this week… Sondre Lerche’s Sondre Lerche… Peter Murphy’s Ninth… Frank Murphy’s England Keeps My Bones… and Arctic Monkeys’ latest… 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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