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#age 10 IOST-GA[E'r'IE,jAiOARY 31,20:14 ql% F - by bob morello ac x reviewing 2014 GRAMMY NOMINEES Atlantic Records The '2014 Grammy  Nomi- nees' album includes many of the year's most prominent recordings and performers, highlighted by the nominated artists and songs, in the high-profile Record of the Year (RotY}, Album of the Year {AotY), Song of the Year (SotY), Best New Artist {BNA}, Best Pop Solo Performance {BPSP), and Best Country Album {BCA} category. On Sunday's the winners were picked, and those who missed it have the chance to hear the nominees' songs again. Enjoy "Locked Out Of Heaven" {Bruno Mars} RotY/ SotY; "Blurred Lines" {Robin Thicke) RotY; "Royals" (Lorde) RotY/SotY/BPSP; "Radioac- tive" (Imagine Dragons) RotY; "Get Lucky" (Daft Punk) RotY/AotY; "Roar" (Katy Perry) SotY/BPSP; "Mirrors" (Justin Timberlake) BPSP; "Brave" (Sara Bareilles) AofY/BPSP: and "Same Love" (Mackle- more & Ryan Lewis) AotY/ SotY/BNA. Additional nomi- nees have "Retrograde" (James Blake) BNA; "Swim- ming Pools (Drank)" (Ken- drick Lamar) AotY/BNA; "Lego House" (Ed Sheeran) BNA; "Just Give Me A Rea- son" (Pink) SotY; "Begin Again" (Taylor Swift) BCA; "Mine Would Be You" (Blake Shelton) BCA; "Merry Go 'Round" {Kacey Musgraves} BNA/BCA; "Highway Don't Care" (Tim McGraw featur- ing Taylor Swift & Keith Urban On Guitar) BCA; "Take A Little Ride" (Jason Aldean) BCA. FROM ANOTHER WORLD: A TRIBUTE TO BOB DYLAN Buda Musique Bob Dylan's music, like himself is considered global, proof of that is this 13- song collection of his music performed by musicians from East to West. Covers have "All Along The Watch- tower" (Eliades Ochoa/Cuba), "Mr. Tambourine Man" (Puma & Bapi Das Baul/Ben- gal, India), "Corrina Corrina" (Taraf of Haidouks/Ruma- nia), "I Want You (i) (Burma Orchestra Saing Waing/ Myanmar), "Every Grain Of Sand" (Salah Aghili/Iran), "Tangled Up In Blue" (Musi- cians of the Nile/Egypt) and "Jokerman" (Divana/Rajas- than, India). Dylan tributes continue via "Blowin' In The Wind" (Keh Lang/Hungary), "I Want You (2)" (Trio Mei Li De Dao/Taiwan), "With God On Our Side" {Lhamo Dupka/ Bhutan), "Man Gave Names To All The Animals" (Sayfi Mohamed Tahar/Algeria), "Rainy Day Woman" (Kocani Orkestar/Macedonia) and the finale is titled "Father Of Night" (Aboriginal People Yolingu of Yalakun" (Arnhem Land, Australia). Superb! BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN - HIGH HOPES Columbia Records Bruce Springsteen delivers 'High Hopes' as his follow- up to 2012's 'Wrecking Ball.' Recorded in a number of different musical settings, with the E Street Band, Rage Against the Machine's Tom Morello, and additional players. The result is a dozen tracks that feature Morello on guitar and "The Ghost of Tom Joad" on which he duets with Bruce. The rau- cous title track is the opener, followed by "Harry's Place," the fearful "American Skin (41 Shots)," Chris J. Bailey's sizzling "Just Like Fire Would," plus seven Spring- steen-penned cuts -- the haunting "Down In The Hole," and the spiritual-flavored "Heaven's Wall." The mood is maintained with "Frankie Fell In Love," overcoming fear with "This Is Your Sword," proving all is fair in love with "Hunter Of Invisible Game," along with the touch- ing "The Wall" inspired by Army infantryman Walter Cichon who went missing in Vietnam in 1968, admired by Springsteen and the album ends with a cover of Martin Rev & Alan Vega's "Dream Baby Dream." Bruce is back! AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY - SOUNDTRACK Sony Music The original motion picture soundtrack of 'August: Osage County, features songs spe- cially written for the film by Kings of Leon and JD and the Straight Shot. Along with songs by Bon Iver, "Himmon, TX, the soulful "Last Mile Home" (Kings of Leon), the classic blues "Lay Down Sally" (Eric Clapton), plus for short compositions by Adam Taylor -- "Don't Let Go," "The Kiss," "The Decision" and "Forward." Wellesley's Billy Squier rec- reates his 1981 hit "The Stroke," plus singer/song- writer John Fullbright's "Gawd Above," JD & Straight Shot's moving "Violet's Song," and actor Benedict Cumber- batch singing "Can't Keep It Inside." A blend of orchestral strings and twangy guitar chords created by Gustavo Santaolalla & Anibal Kerpel result in "End Credits," "And Then They're Here" and "Barb Balcony," with Mateo Messina putting the finish- ing touch on the soundtrack with "Street Beater aka Sanford And Son." Unique! PAULINHO GARCIA- BEAUTIFUL LOVE Jazzmin Records Vocalist/guitarist Paulinho Garcia packages up a Valen- tine's Day gift of beautiful songs about love. Gift-wrapped are American Songbook stan- dards all painted with bossa nova soul Among the 15 cupid deliveries are, "When I Fall In Dye," "Like Some- one In Love," the tasty title track, trailed by "With Every Breath I Take," "Boulevard Of Broken Dreams," and "I Wonder Who's Kissing Her Now." Brazilian gems have Antonio Carlos Jobim's "I Know I'm Going To Love You," Garcia's original "Do You Remember Me," and the silky "Tiny House." No lan- guage barrier when it comes to love -- Paulinho translates the emotion beautifully. The time has come, the walrus said, TO TALK OF MANY THINGS of shoes and ships and sealing wax of cabbages and kings by Sal Giarratani Among the restaurants showing off their menus at the Taste of Eastie was Taqueria Jalisco. This Mexican eatery is located in Day Square. (Photo by Rosario Scabin, Ross Photography) TASTE OF EASTIE A GREAT SUCCESS This year's 18 th annual Taste of Eastie celebration sponsored by East Boston Main Streets at the Hilton Boston Airport had a great turnout even as the weather on January 21st turned stormy. This year the list of participating restaurants grew and there was an end- less supply of tasting for all who showed up to sup- port East Boston's business community. WOUNDED WETS PROJECT FUNDRAISER IN REVERE On Saturday, January 25% a fundraiser for the Wounded Vets Project was held at the Mottola Post 4524 in Revere. It was billed as a "Cabin Fever Night" with great food and live music. Over 250 showed for our veterans in need. GROSSMAN STOP-OVER IN DORCHESTER State Treasurer Steve Grossman is really out there running for governor. Re- cently, he ended up over at the Flat Back Coffee Shop by Ashmont Station getting in- terviewed by a reporter from the Dorchester Reporter news- paper. He showed up with top campaign aide DJ Napolitano. Grossman said he had a team of a half-dozen folks focused on his ground game. Grossman added, "If there were two words that I'd like people to use to describe me, it's "He's everywhere." And we try to be relentless in motion. Wherever I have been go- ing lately, Dorchester, Quincy or wherever else; there's Steve Grossman walking toward me. Among the goals he stated, "... it is to leave no one behind and jobs and economic security to me is the critical issue that trumps almost every other." SULLIVAN SQUARE AND RUTHERFORD AVENUE To most commuters driv- ing across the Mary Gilmore Bridge from Cambridge, the road they turn left on is Route 99 but to folks in Charlestown, it is Ruther- ford Avenue, a very busy neighborhood street that motorists take to and from work from further north to- ward places like Somerville and Medford or across the Alford Street Bridge to places like Everett or Malden. Recently, they are trying to help Charlestown out whether they want their help or not. These are the folks Howie Carr calls moonbats. We know the type who say "This is good for you because we know more than you." These liberal environmen- talists want to implode both the Austin Street Underpass by the community college and the underpass at Sullivan Square. They talk of trees and flowers. Most folks in Charlestown know better. Without those under- passes, Rutherford Avenue as bad as it is, can only get worse and traffic will move into the neighborhood and take over Main Street. Ironically, I have noticed that since they closed the Callahan Tunnel for three months of work, officials have opened up both sides of the Sullivan Square Under- pass. Apparently, they know how important that under- pass really is for moving traf- fic through and around Sullivan Square. MANGIA MANGIA Great places to eat. We all have some. I have a few. Down in North Quincy near the Sacred Church on Bill- ings Road is O.B's Cafe. Breakfast all day long. Down in Wollaston Center little more than a mile away is Newcomb Farms. It used to be the neighborhood's Mug & Muffin. Great food too ... Over in West Roxbury on Centre Street near Roche Bros., is Los Amigos with great Mexi- can fast food. Further north, I recently had a great find. In Billerica on Nashua Street by the river bridge is Riverside Restaurant. Up that way, try it out and you won't be sorry. IF YOU'RE A BEATLES LOVER The Wilbur Theatre will be presenting "All You Need is Love, the Beatles Tribute Concert on February 13 th. More on this, go to The Wilbur. Com. BOSTON'S 4 TM ANNUAL WOUNDED WETS RUN Once again, it is time to get ready for the latest Wounded Vet Run which is scheduled this year on April 27 th. For more information, go to ' I was Among the many showing up for the evening was Michael Caggiano and Michelle DeFronzo. there for last year's Motor- cycle Ride and Concert. As usual, everything starts at Boston Harley Davidson on Revere Beach Parkway in Everett and ends at Suffolk Downs for the party. Any questions, call Andy at 903-340-9402. All proceeds go to the wounded vets and charities of their choosing. Recently, over at the Mattolo VFW Post in Revere, the first fundraiser for the Wounded Vets Project saw a great turnout. AVELLONE TAPS JACK KELLY AS ADVISOR Democrat governor's can- didate Joe Avellone has tapped Charlestown's Jack Kelly who ran for Boston City Council in 2013 to work on the Avellone campaign as a senior advisor. As Avellone stated, "I met Jack over the summer during his cam- paign and I was impressed ... Jack is a great inspiration to everyone that needs a second chance. I have enor- mous respect for Jack and believe he will be an invalu- able part of our team." IT AIN'T THE LOWER END ANYMORE Growing up the Lower Side near Broadway Station wasn't a-much respected area of Southie by anyone inside or outside the neighborhood. Lower Side it was and not by geography. The tough end of West Broadway. It started by the bridge at Fourth Street and ran down to the train station. It had some really good places like Murs Diner and Amrheim's but seemed pretty industrial for the most part. In recent years, that has all changed as more expensive housing contin- ues to pop up. It is looking more like upscale South End with condos quite expensive. Now the new folks have started calling the area Broadway Village and the moniker is sticking. This is no longer the Southie of my younger days. IF YOU LOVE COUNTRY MUSIC I really like good country music. Back in college, my favorite weekly TV show was the Johnny Cash Hour on ABC-TV. Johnny Cash had a story to tell and songs to sing. On Saturday, February 22 "d at 8:00 pm, Cash is King The Ultimate Tribute Show to Johnny Cash will be held at the Regent Theatre in Ar- lington. For more info visit www.