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Trump going back on promises I’m beginning to suspect that we’ve been conned by our new president. He’s backpedaling on nearly every campaign promise he made to us...

This Christmas, think before you speak Now that Trump has won the election, a lot of folks who call themselves Christians seem to believe they have a mandate to force their beliefs on the rest of us. Think about doing this before you start yelling about people saying “happy holidays,” whining about Starbucks coffee cup image(s), complaining about other’s lifestyles…

First Amendment protects prayer (Re: Atheist Gary Singer’s contribution to the Crossed column titled “What will it take to make America great again?” in the Nov. 21 edition of Northern Express.) Mr. Singer, the First Amendment states: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof …”

Evidence of global warming Two basic facts underlay climate science: first, carbon dioxide was known to be a heat-trapping gas as early as 1850; and second, humans are significantly increasing the amount of CO2 in Earth’s atmosphere through the burning of fossil fuels and other activities. We are in fact well on our way to doubling the CO2 concentrations in our atmosphere...

Other community backpack programs I just read your article in the Nov. 28 issue titled “Beneficial backpacks: Two local programs help children.” It is a good article, but there are at least two other such programs in the Traverse City area that I am aware of...

A ‘fox’ in the schoolhouse Trump’s proposed secretary of education, Betsy DeVos (“the fox” in Dutch), is a right-wing billionaire; relentless promoter of unlimited, unregulated charter schools and vouchers; and enemy of public schooling...

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Moby destroys the charts with new album and book

Kristi Kates - June 6th, 2011
Moby Destroys The Charts with New Album and Book
Moby’s 2010 tour, at least for the musician himself, consisted of even more than Moby music. The ambitious musician decided to write new songs while on the road, and also equipped himself with a camera to keep track of happenings on tour. The result? Two results, actually - one an album and one a photo book, both dubbed Destroyed. Full of airports, backstage areas, stage lights, and cold daylight (the songs and the pics both), the companion works are a great peek at Moby’s traveling-musician life. And the album includes guest spots by fellow musicians Inyang Bassey and Anna Maria Friman, among others; preview the set (out now) via a short digital EP titled Be the One that’s available at www.moby.com…
Coldplay dropped an unexpected new single last week, their first new track in the past couple of years. The band explained on their website that they wanted to test-drive the song, so to speak, in preparation for their upcoming busy roster of summer festival shows, which already included a stop at Germany’s Rock Im Park fest, and will see the band performing at the Austin City Limits festival in September. The song, Every Teardrop is a Waterfall, is available digitally now; check out www.coldplay.com to find out more…
Johnny Depp’s musical talents have been getting a little bit of a workout lately (you might remember Depp’s experiments with his band P, which also included the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ bassist Flea, and Depp’s additional contributions to albums by Shane MacGowan and Oasis) - in addition to hanging out with his pal, Rolling Stone Keith Richards, Depp has reportedly been co-writing some songs with Aerosmith/American Idol’s Steven Tyler. Whether they’re for a Johnny Depp album or just for fun, only time will tell…
Kings of Leon just premiered a new music video for their newest single on Vevo.com last week. The vid itself was shot in Tennessee, around the Nashville area, and is a tribute of sorts to the band’s southern roots. Directed by Casey McGrath, the clip showcases the band performing live outside against a rural background; it was available both on Vevo.com and extensively on the MLB Network, which dropped snippets of the video in with baseball highlights…
 
MODERN ROCK LINK OF THE WEEK:
Smashing Pumpkin Billy Corgan is in the midst of writing what he’s dubbed his ‘spiritual memoirs,’ which is now set to be published by St. Martin’s Press in 2012. Titled God is Everywhere, Corgan is writing the book on his own to give fans an insight into both his band life and his personal life; get more details at www.smashingpumpkins.com…

MINI MODERN BUZZ:
Elton John will be back in Las Vegas this fall with his “Million Dollar Piano Show” for another three-year residency at Caesar’s Palace…
Brit heavy rockers Uriah Heep just released their 23rd album, and are now sending out the set’s first music video for the song “Nail on the Head”…
Good Charlotte will kick off a short co-headlining U.S. tour with Yellowcard in San Diego on June 10 that will run through the end of June…
John Oates (one half of ‘80s pop duo Hall and Oates) is taking a musical diversion from his trademark sound, and is releasing a new album, Mississippi Mile, that showcases his experiments with old blues and roots music…
Arcade Fire will be releasing their Grammy-award-winning set The Suburbs as a deluxe edition later this month; the new version of the album will include two new songs plus a DVD with a Spike Jonez short film, Scenes from the Suburbs, plus a documentary on the recording of the album…
Fountains of Wayne’s latest collection, Sky Full of Holes, is now set for release on August 2 on the band’s new indie-label home, Yep Roc Records; the album will include over a dozen new tunes and will be the band’s first set since 2007…
And these albums are set for release this week… Eddie “Pearl Jam” Vedder’s Ukelele Songs… Johanna and the Dusty Floor’s Northern Lights… and Boris’ Attention Please… 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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