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,," ...... PagelO PosT-GA'2:Ei=I:E. FEBIu.FW 15, )013" Fac reviewin9 MAGIC CITY - SONGS AND SCORE FROM THE SERIES Silva Screen Magic City is the Starz TV series set in 1959 Miami's Miramar Playa Hotel, where the Kennedys, the mob and the CIA hold court. The music on two discs is split with an 11-track of songs from the era and a wonderful score com- posed by Daniele Luppi. Era songs include Bo Diddley's l'm a Man, Pattie Austin reprises her Ella Fitzgerald role with Tenderly, the catchy Venus (Frankie Avalon), The Dia- monds walk via The Stroll, the rhythmic conga drums of Tito Puente pulse out Mambo Gallego and Albert King de- livers the bluesy Drowning On Dnj Land. Johnny Otis has his way with Willie and the Hand Jive, Julie London rolls the dice for Chances Are, Beny More provides the sway of Mi Chiquita Quiere Guarachar and the jazz gem The Sidewinder gets the Lee Morgan treat- ment and Ray Charles set the mood with Moon Over Miami. The show is Magic City -- and the songs and score from the series are magical! TIM McGRAW - TWO LANES OF FREEDOM Big Machine Records Tim McGraw is in the driver's seat for his 11-song collection of music he de- scribes as innovative, heart- felt and authentic. The road in Two Lanes of Freedom is paved with fresh sounds that include the title cut, along with the pretty One of Those Nights, the third-party rumor Friend of a Friend, professing his desire for Southern Girl, the driving Truck Yeah and Nashville Without You marks the halfway point. Tim tells about the memories of Book of John, feeling numbing pain in Mexicoma, the sad tale of driving drunk on Number 37405, sharing his love with It's Your World and the album's highlight cut Highway Don't Care features Taylor Swift and Keith Urban participat- ing. Excellent album that is full of life experiences! FRIGHTENED RABBIT - PEDESTRIAN VERSE Canvasback-Atlantic Frightened Rabbit is a Scot- tish rock band that will startle your ears with their emo- tional melodies and frank lyricism. Scott Hutchison is the lyrical mastermind, also performing on (lead vocals/ rhythm guitar), with Billy Kennedy (bass), Andy Mon- aghan (guitar/keys), Grant Hutchison (drums) and Gor- don Skene (guitar/keys). The quintet open with the self- incriminating Acts of Man, trailed by the 'heads up' Back- yard Skulls, a bit of insecurity comes through on Holy, stack- ing their thoughts on the first single The Woodpile, finally succumbing to Late March, Death March. The questioning December's Tradition contin- ues Rabbit's run, plus Hous- /ng (/n), the deteriorating Dead Now, onto the diagnosis of fail- ure via State Hospital, and requests a dose of Nitrous Gas by bob morello ,the rest (a/k/a 'laughing gas' to cure his ails). The brevity of Hous- ing {out) brings Pedestrian Verse to its end with the tox- icity of The Oil Slick. Fright- ened Rabbit's 2013 North American Tour will visit Boston's House of Blues 4/2. FELA KUTI - THE BEST OF THE BLACK PRESIDENT 2 Knitting Factory Afrobeat originator Fela Kuti has been gone for 15 years, but the Nigerian icon's mu- sical legacy lives on. Thanks to the efforts of Afrobeat his- torian Chris May, Kuti's music is being re-packaged, beginning with this 2-disc collection with Senegalese- American R&B/hip-hop art- ist Akon penning the fore- word. Kuti had no qualms es- pousing his political views, which are still relevant today, through his music. Opening to the strains of Everything Scatter- a combative cut, trailed by his bust for weed possession Expensive S--t, traveling on to Underground System (Part 2), regarding the assassination of revolution- ary leader Thomas Sankara. The blues-ballad Troub/e Sleep Yanga Wake Am is interesting, then Fela speaks up for the underpaid and uncared for Nigerian workforce titled Mon- key Banana and finishes off CD 1 with an extended ver- sion of Sorrow Tears and Blood. CD 2 ishines with Black Man's Cry with Ginger Baker joining in on drums. Kuti's Mr. Follow Follow brought the wrath of Nigeria's army down on him, his family and re- cording studio, and addresses those who lose their moral and civic bearings in life with He Miss Road. Kuti's dis- pleasure of Nigerian women bleaching their skin is the basis of Yellow Fever, the con- troversial Na Poi is horn- laden, and leads to the finale Colonial Mentality. All tracks written by Fela Kuti! KEN HATFIELD SEXTET - FOR LANGSTON Arthur Circle Music American poet Langston Hughes is honored by guitar- ist/composer Ken Hatfield who gives flight to Hughes' rhythmically agile verse. The chamber jazz work is en- hanced by the beautiful voice of Hilary Gardner. Pick your favorites from cuts as, Dream Boogie, the samba groove of Not What Was, stop to smell the Breath of a Rose, the raucous blues tinged I Don't Believe in Titles and the sad Lonely Nocturne. Discovery of new love results in In Time of Silver Rain, the rhythmic Silent One is followed by the tribute Poem to a Dead Sold/er and the tri- umphant Song of the Revolu- t/on. Winding down Hatfield's observations of Langston's thoughts about love, life and politics is Convent/ Silence, the soaring Jazzonia and the final strokes of this musical masterpiece is the blissful slice titled The Bells Toll Kindly. Rounding out the sextet are Jamie Baum, alto flute; Hans Glawischnig, bass; Jeff Hirshfield, drums; and Steven Kroon, percussion. 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 EAST BOSTON CHAMBER RE-ELECTS DIANE MODICA AS PRESIDENT Recently, the East Boston Chamber of Commerce held their Installation Dinner at Spinelli's Function Hall in Day Square. Diane Modica was re-elected to a second term as president and was sworn in by City Councilor Sal LaMattina. Among the many guests attending were former City Councilor Rose- mary Sansone, who will cel- ebrate another birthday this month. The winner of the Chamber's Christmas Win- dow Display contest was Villa's Boutique on Meridian Street near Central Square. MEETING OF THE MINDS At the recent East Boston Chamber of Commerce ban- quet and installation of new officers, I bumped into former City Councilor Rose- marie Sansone who chairs the Downtown Crossing im- provement group and I saw her talking with Diane Modica who was just elected to her second term as Cham- ber president. Modica is also a former city councilor. Today both of these women continue to be community leaders. Diane is trying to build up the economic base of East Boston and Rosemarie trying to create a vibrant new Downtown Crossing community. MICAH YOUNG FOUNDATION This year the Micah Young Scholarship Fundraiser will be held on March 9 th from 7:00 pm until midnight at the Knights of Columbus Hall on Medford Street in Charlestown. Tony V and Patty Driscoll Gould will pro- vide the stand-up stuff and Dennis Taylor will be the DJ for dancing. The fund was created in memory of Micah Young of Charlestown and provides scholarships to students of the arts from Charlestown. TRIVIA KITE COMING SOON The Bunker Hill Associ- ates will be sponsoring a Trivia Kite at the Knights on Saturday , March 2 "0 begin- ning at 7:00 pm. Doors open at 6:00 pm. Dancing music provided by DJ Dennis Tay- lor starting at 9:00 pm. For more information, contact Cookie at 617-447-1406. I'M STILL TRYING TO UNDERSTAND THIS STORY Up in Saugus, the police station is now open to ac- cepting old prescription medicines at a drop-off kiosk at the station house. Saugus Police Lt. Ronald Giorgetti was shown in a photo that ran in the February I st Daily Item in Lynn next to the kiosk saying this shows "residents ... the proper way to dispose of prescription medicines." It is sad when someone states that many people don't know what to do with old medicines. If I remember correctly as a kid back in the old days, my par- ents just flushed them down the toilet. Talk about Nanny Nation, people can't even fig- ure out something as simple as this without the police running interference for them. PIZZA TO GO AT FORT POINT Fort Point is about to get another restaurant by this summer. Former Founda- tion Lounge owner George Lewis and Chef Todd Winer are planning to open Pasto- ral, a 140-seat pizza-centric eatery with Mediterranean flavor. Winer has worked under Todd English ... Other restaurants on the hori- zon for the area include Bastille Kitchen on Melcher Street, International Matter at 35 Channel Center and possibly a pizzeria on Sum- mer Street. MAYOR BOOKER KICKING OFF SALEM STATE SPEAKERS SERIES Newark, NJ Mayor Cory Booker will be the first speaker of Salem State University 2013 Speakers Series in Lynn. Booker will appear at Veterans Memo- rial Auditorium on April 7 th as the kick off for this speakers series now enter- ing its 31 st year. TAKING THE WAYBACK MACHINE TO 1962 Recently, I got a glimpse at an old Boston Record Ameri- can page from back in 1962 and read a news story on the governor's race that year and the headline seems so amusing today. See if you agree, "PEABODY RAPS VOLPE ON CO." First off, I never knew they had COs back then. However, more interesting is I never knew that Chub Peabody was even a rapper. Has any political junkie out there heard it? Funny isn't it how words can have different meanings at different times of society. This CD in question wasn't a disc nor something you keep in a bank; it was short for Civil Defense. As for the rapping back 50 years ago, you could get a bad rap, you could be rapped and if arrested could be given a rap sheet but none of this was about music in any matter, shape or form. By the way, the 1962 governor's race was one of the closest in state history. Chub Peabody edged out Gov. John A. Volpe that elec- tion. Volpe would come back into the governor's of- fice again after beating Frank Bellotti in the 1964 Italian-American Gover- nor's Showdown. Volpe ended up a three-term governor winning again in 1966 before going off to Washing- ton in 1969 to become Presi- dent Nixon's Transportation Secretary. DORCHESTER'S STACEY MONAHAN PICKED BY PATRICK AS DTA HEAD Governor Deval Patrick has picked Stacey Monahan, a Dorchester Democrat, to head the state's welfare department after the previ- ous head had to resign reportedly under pressure after an Inspector General Report showed much waste and apparently too little oversight in the agency. Monahan will now serve as interim commissioner of the Department of Transi- tional Assistance. She has served previously as the former head of the Massa- chusetts Democratic Party and back in 2005 did make an unsuccessful bid for state representative after Speaker Tommy Finneran left office. She has also served as chief of staff to U.S. Rep. Stephen Lynch and has been a campaign advisor to City Councilor Ayanna Pressley. Good luck, Stacey. It's Winter (Continued from streets around them already have those auto igloos built until spring. I am also amazed at how easily residents from Central and South America have adjusted to snow. They even seem to enjoy it. Not since being a kid growing up in crowded confines of Rox- bury have I enjoyed snow especially when measured in feet. Once again people com- plained about how badly the City of Boston did with plow- ing. When there are few if any driveways available, it is little wonder that streets look unpassable for so long. Considering the close quarters of urban life, the city did a good job all in all. I was saddened to hear that one child from Roxbur3/ Page I) died of carbon monoxide poi- soning and that two other children in East Boston were found on the verge of death inside an automobile that was also running. You really can't stay warm in a car for long with the exhaust pipe impacted into a snow-mound before you die. Risking death to stay warm is never a good option. Remember this well. Also, while driving around the city on Sunday, I was over on Dorchester Avenue where the city had to ticket and tow vehicles parked along this emergency ar- tery. However, in the middle of all the chaos, I had to laugh as two joggers were running right in the middle of the mess as if to say noth- me started on bicyclists, they seem to think they have snow tires. I had to feel sorry for wor- shippers coming out of Sun- day service on Dorchester Avenue with either tickets on their windshields or try- ing to find out where their cars were towed. Churches without parking lots probably should have cancelled ser- vices. For those who drove to work, they heard a message from God but outside on the street, it came from Mayor Menino. Meanwhile, go out and take some good photos so that this summer when you are down at the beach soak- ing in the sun, you can tell all you survived the Blizzard ig -tO- t-tletre.--Rd -d0 fit get - -I-'I: ........ , , . . , . . . - . ..... .