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PAGE 10 POST-GAZE'FrE, FEBRUARY 10, 2017 ....... by bob morello 'l reviewing the best! i forgetting the rest GOLD - MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK Var~se Sarabande Matthew McConaughey por- trays Kenny Wells, a prospector desperate for a lucky break in the film Gold. He teams up with a geologist and sets off to find gold in the uncharted jungle of Indonesia. The film's soundtrack is a unique collection with songs performed by a variety of art- ists. The title track "Gold," is an original tune, performed by Iggy Pop in his trademark drone vocal style. It's followed by "Ron Klaus Wrecked His House," (Big Dipper), the violin-flavored `This Must Be the Place -- Naive Melody" (Kishi Bashi)," an Isley Brothers flashback, "Spill the Wine," that goes down easily, and Linda and Richard Thomp- son marking the mid-point of this ten-song collection with "I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight." Soundtrack second half happenings have "Rip It Up" from the group Orange Juice, the energetic `Temptation" (New Order), The Pixies giving a shout out with "Hey," the Joy Division making light of things with the haunting "Atmosphere," and the finale, "1880 or So" from the American punk rock band Television! BRANTLEY GILBERT - THE DEVIL DON'T SLEEP Valory Music Company Branfley Gilbert is a country music songwriter/rocker who has had the rare success of back-to-back platinum-certified albums (Halfway to Heaven and Just As I Am). With The Devil Don't Sleep, Gilbert is hop- ing to score a third platinum album. His sixteen songs are geared toward life after letting go of the bottle, during which he takes on multiple issues, i.e. love, getting the girl back, the thrill of the moment, and more. Gilbert admits, "Every love song I've ever written has been about my wife." In ad- clifton to the lead single, "The Weekend," and the raucous "It's About to Get Dirty," Gilbert con- tinues to deliver with, "Rockin' Chairs," the retrospective "The Ones That Like Me," and the promising "You Could Be That Girl." The songs from his life continue with "Bro Code," th6 forewarning "Tried to Tell Ya," and the realization of "In My Head." Gilbert's romantic, side reveals a first love with "Way Back," the sexy ballad "Baby Be Crazy," the pensive "Outlaw In Me," the explosive *Bullet In a Bonfire," the attention-getting title cut "The Devil Don't Sleep," the wishful "We're Gonna Ride Again," and Gilbert's final say, "Three Feet of Wafer." TRAIN - A GIRL - A BOTTLE - A BOAT Columbia Records Train is right on track with their tenth studio album A Girl - A Bottle - A Boat. Pat Monahan is the frontman and engineer on this album, having had a hand in the writing of all 11 songs. Train pulls out of the station to the hook-laden "Drink Up," then making stops with cuts like the free-spirited, first single, "Play That Song," and "The News" putting print into song. He hits the jackpot on "Lottery," soars to praise the "Working Girl," and adds it all up nicely with the change of "Silver Dollar." The pledge on "Valentine" hits the heart's bullseye, trailed by the dance beat of the pleading "What Good Is Saturday," the smooth feel of "Loverman" featuring the added vocals of Priscilla Renea, the driving "Lost and Found," and, as Train punches their ticket with the final Stop, the pretty piano ballad of encouragement rifled, "You Better Believe!" An excellent Train album that in- eludes songs that are chock full of encouraging lyrics to enjoy. TERRA GUITARRA- OF SEA & STARS Earthsign Records Bruce Hecksel and Julie Pa- tchouli are the acoustic guitar duo Terra Guitarra. Their latest album, Of Sea & Stars, is ex- plained as a correlation between the exploration of earth's oceans and outer space. Their Latin- based music contains rhythms and sounds from Spain, Greece and Morocco and sometimes the Caribbean, or Central and South America. Now they've added Native American wood flute and subtle elements from places such as Northern Europe and Africa. Sample 13 delicious slices to arouse your curiosity about the world around you. The guitar journey highlights include "Wave Walker," the name of a Viking ship; the spirited "Alegria" (bliss in Por- tuguesel; the pretty "Of Wind & Wood," flowing smoothly; the title track "Of Sea & Stars," and the energetic "Circadia" (a play on words). The duo's abil- ity to fuse sounds is evident on "Night River," a Middle Eastern melody played on a Native American flute over a Spanish guitar rhythm, and Wiracocha" (a god who taught the civilized arts to the Incas). "Zorbas" is a cover version of the "Zorba the Greek" film theme, while "The Messenger" paves the way to the album finale, "Aurora." HANS ZIMMER- THE CLASSICS Sony Classical Hans Zimmer is considered to be one of the world's most innovative musical talents and leading film composer of our time. This brand new album, Hans Zimmer -- The Classics, features some of Hollywood's greatest ever movie themes performed by stellar musicians. New arrangements of Zim- mer's movie themes include, "The Dark Night Rises: The Main Theme" featuring violin- ist Lindsey Stirling; "Themes From Pirates of the Caribbean" from video superstars The Piano Guys; "Gladiator Rhapsody" by pianist Lang Lang; "Inception: Time" by cellist Tina Guo; and "The Lion King: This Land" from saxophonist Amy Dickson. The Classics continues with "Gladiator: Now We Are Free" with vocals by Leona Lewis; "Man of Steel: Flight" with Lang Lang and violinist Maxim Vengerov; "The Thin Red Line: Light" by Vengerov; "Gladiator: The Battle Scene" from pianist Khatia Buniatishvili; qncep- tion: Mombasa" by cellist 2Cel- los; and appropriately ending with "Interstellar: The Docking Scene" performed by organist Roger Sayer. 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 HOO DUN'IT AT THE LIBRARY? On Saturday, January 28th, the East Boston Branch Library's Menino Community Room was packed with folks, especially kids, to see all those owls that came for a visit from the Blue Hills Nature Center. Libraries are not just about books any more. For more info on further events, call this branch library at 617-569-0271. I GUESS SOUTHIE IS CELEBRATING ST. JOSEPH'S DAY THIS YEAR The St. Patrick's Day parade is on March 19% the Sunday after St. Patrick's Day this year, the same day as St. Joseph's day. The Parade Marshall's Banquet is on Sunday March 5~ at the Lithuanian Club Hall on West Broadway, in South Boston. SPOTTED AT THE TASTE OF EASTIE The Annual Taste of Eastie was yet again a great success. The hall at the Hilton Logan Airport Hotel was packed with what looked like the largest crowd yet for this yearly event. ANTI-DOMESTIC VIOLENCE GROUPS FEAR BUDGET CUTS A budget blueprint the Trump Administration seems to be fol- lowing proposes slashing the Violence Against Women Act grants. Police departments respond to all kinds of calls, but the most common violent crime often deals with domestic violence. Right here in Massachusetts, nearly one in three women and one in five men have expe- Caught on camera at the event were Tonia Scalcione and Max Tassinari as they were making their way from restaurant to restaurant sampling the diverse ethnic foods available for a taste. If you sampled everything, you had a great dinner that night. (Photo by Sal Giarratani) rienced physical violence, rape, or stalking by an intimate partner according to the Centers for Disease Control and Preven- tion survey, and often numbers are actually under-reported. Reportedly, the Trump Ad- ministration is seeking to re- duce federal spending with budget cuts to the tune of $10.5 trillion and those Violence Against Women grants are on the chopping block. As of yet, no concrete action has been taken on defunding the Violence Against Women Act grants. Now is the time to lobby your federal representatives on Capitol Hill. QUOTE TO NOTE "(U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren) makes it obvious with every shrieking meltdown she takes when on stage, that the last thing she wants is a united country, speaking on their behalf." -- John Ciccone, Editor, South Boston Today ANYBODY CALL FOR A CAB? Does anyone out there think 'that in ten years there will still be a taxi industry out there? I am thinking not, except for a few old school cabbies who don't know what else to do. The cab industry refused to modernize their ser- vice as Lyft and Uber stepped into the picture and now cabs are falling further and further behind. I think it is just too late to play catch-up. The wave of the future doesn't seem to have taxi cabs in the picture. Personally, I see the Boston Hackney Divi- sion shutting up shop within the next ten years, becoming as totally irrelevant as the cabs themselves. WHAT'S THE SUNSCREEN POLICY IN THE BAY STATE? Children in Rhode Island public schools would no longer need a doctor's note to bring in sunscreen under a bill intro- duced by Rep. Dave Bennett, D-Warwick. He filed the bill after hearing about a student who came home sunburned because she wasn't allowed to take sunscreen on a field trip. Just thinking out loud as I often do, why is sunscreen even being considered a medication need- ing a doctor's note? However, I digress. Boston Public Library and February School Vacation Week Programming Boston Public Library is offering engaging programming for children and teens during February school vacation week, February 18th-24% sponsored by the Highland Street Foundation with support from Boston Public Library Foundation donors. For a complete list of offerings at locations across the city this week, visit calendar. "We are grateful to the Highland Street Foundation for their ongoing support and for ensuring we can continue to providing youth and their caregivers fun, educational, and entertaining programming this week," said David Leonard, President of the Boston Public Library. Schedule: HANSEL AND GRETEL WITH THE BOSTON LYRIC OPERA Join the Boston Lyric Opera to learn how to bring the story of Hansel and Gretel to life through music, acting, and movement. Two professional singers, a pianist, and a teaching artist will engage audiences in this interactive introduction to opera through a one-hour retelling of the Brothers Grimm classic fairytale. Ideal for youth ages 6-12. Younger children are welcome with supervision. Saturday, February 18th- 11:00 am - Central Library - Children's Library Tuesday, February 21't - 11:00 am - Dudley Branch Tuesday, February 21"t - 2:00 pm - Egleston Square Branch Wednesday, February 22"d - 1:30 pm - West End Branch (pre-registration required, contact branch) Thursday, February 23~ - 2:00 pm - Faneuil Branch Friday, February 24th- 2:00 pm - Adams Street Branch THE PINEAPPLE PROJECT Please j Din US for The P/neapp/e Project, an original play about gender, creativity, and each child's freedom to be who they are. The Pineapple Project was born during a moment of play between actor Mal Malme and her niece in which her niece said "Boys Can't Be Princessesl" As a gender non-conforming person and theater artist, Mal couldn't ignore this statement. This led Mal and colleagues Becca A. Lewis and Renee Farster-Degenhardt to create a theatre piece for children ages 3-8 to broaden the gender conversation and validate each child's identity. Tuesday, February 21"t - 10:30 am - Uphams Corner Branch Tuesday, February 21st - 2:00 pm - Brighton Branch Wednesday, February 22"d 10:30 am - Fields Corner Branch Wednesday, February 22~ 3:30 pm - Honan-Allston Branch Thursday, February 23~ - 10:30 am - Connolly Branch Thursday, February 23~ - 3:00 pm - Charlestown Branch Friday, February 24th - 10:30 am - North End Branch Friday, February 24th - 2:30 pm - East Boston Branch YOUTH CONCERT SERIES WITH JUDY PANCOAST Join Grammy nominee Judy Pancoast for a "Cabin Fever Reliever" concert where we'll dance, sing, and chase away the winter bluesl Tuesday, February 21st - 10:30 am - Lower Mills Branch Thursday, February 23~ - 10:30 am - Central Library - Children's Library Thursday, February 23"d - 1:00 pm - South Boston Branch Friday, February 24th - 11:00 am - West Roxbury Branch About BOSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY The Boston Public Library has a Central Library, twenty- four branches, map center, business library, and a website filled with digital content and services. Established in I848, the Boston Public Library has pioneered public library service in America. It was the first large free municipal library in the United States, the first public library to lend books, the first to have a branch library, and the first to have a children's room. Each year, the Boston Public Library hosts thousands of programs and serves millions of people. All of its programs and exhibitions are free and open to the public.