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Page 10 POST-GAZETTE, APRIL 26, 2013 _ ,2 ,, by bob morello XC rewewlng BATTLESTAR GALACTICA: BLOOD &amp; CHROME La-La Land Records Bear McCreary composed the music for 'Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome,' utilizing heavy distorted synthesizers and searing electric guitar performances. The SyFy special event soundtrack soars to the heavens on the strength of "Dear Dad," followed by "The Galactica" featuring vocals by Raya Yarbrough, who is also featured with McCreary on "Apocalypse: Blood & Chrome." Additional tracks of note have, "Archeron," "The Last Battle of the Osiris," "The Ice Cave," the threat "You Will Regret This," "The Ski Lodge Battle," "A Cyclon Spy," and "Husker." Joohyun Park performs the memorable "Coker's Interlude." The limited edition of 3,000 units of 'Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome,' has a total time of an hour-plus of exciting McCreary sounds com- posed for the Cyclon Wars! SHAKE IT UP: I<3 DANCE Disney Channel Bella Thorne (CcCc) and Zendaya (Rocky), both stars of the hit series 'Shake it Up,' take to the dance floor with a dozen dance tracks. The upbeat "Contagious Love" is the debut single, trailed by the driving "This Is My Dance Floor," as Zendaya solos with the staccato-thump of "Beat of My Drum," next up is Bella's disco-driven "Blow the System." 'Shake It Up' co-stars Roshon Fegan and Caroline Sunshine party hardy with "After Party," while Hollywood Records artist Coco Jones raps "Holla at the DJ," and Olivia Holt steps up with a fine version of Nancy Sinatra's 1966 hit "These Boots Are Made for Walkin'." Hollywood Records' McClain Sisters serve up the cutting "Sharp As a Razor," and "Future Sounds Like Us" has Dove Cameron saluting Dance Nation. Y.LA outlines the ultimate dance contest via "I Can Do Better," the 'Shake It Up' theme song is polished up and delivered by Selena Gomez, and the bonus track is the soulfully smooth slice "We're Dancing" by Bridgit Mendler ends it all! FEMI KUTI - NO PLACE FOR MY DREAM Knitting Factory Records Femi had a plan that he wanted to be his own man, with his music and his life. Being groomed to be like his father, Fela, and to take over the band one day, even to the point of being made to dress like him -- but Femi wanted his own style. He eventually formed his own band and was able to find the perfect balance, and in the process express his own visions. Check out the soulful vocal on "Nothing To Show For It," the lyrical gem "The World Is Changing," the hom- laden "No Place For My Dream," the percussive "AcUon Time," criticizing economic injustice and hitting home with "No Work No Job No Money." Femi delivers an important mes- sage with "Carry On Pushing On," addressing government corruption on "Politics Na Big Business," exclaiming "Na So We See Am," and stands alone on "One Man Show." Femi kept Afrobeat alive with the rhythms, catchy call-and- response choruses, thick arrangements and hot-button lyrics, but on his own terms. The dream winds down with the rapid beat of "Wey Our Money," and the prophetic "This Is Only the Beginning!" Release date for this exciting CD is scheduled for June 25, 2013. DEBORAH LATZ - FIG TREE June Moon Productions New York-based jazz vocalist Deborah Latz has the knack of singing a ballad like few can. The proof is in the dozen vocal tracks on her third album, 'Fig Tree.' Bearing fruit are 'winners' as, "Blue Skies," the piano vibe of "Hi-Fly," plus Cole Porter's beautiful "You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To," the breezy "I'm Having A Good Time," the Latz original titled "You Are," and takes the classic George & Ira Gershwin's "S'Wonderful" and makes it her own. Deborah's title track "Fig Tree" was penned by her and shines throughout, "Embraceable You" is a second Gershwin gem that Latz handles to perfection, following with her tender creation "She Was," and has her fmal say with a wonderful rendiUon of the Mercer/Mancini classic "Moon River." Latz with a relaxing, enjoyable jazz albuml JEFF HEALEY- AS THE YEARS GO PASSING BY: LIVE IN GERMANY inakustik Norman Jeffrey "Jeff" Healey was a blind Canadian jazz and blues-rock vocalist and guitarist who attained musical and personal popularity, particularly in the 1980s and 1990s. Healey sadly lost his sight to. retinoblastoma, a rare cancer of the eyes at the tender age of 11 months. Healey died of cancer at the much too young age of 41. Marking the fifth anniversary of his untimely death, inakustik records has released a 3-CO set of 'live' concerts: Disc 1 -- Ohne Filter Extra (May 10, 1989); Disc 2 -- Extraspat in Concert (April 2, 1995); and Disc 3 -- Ohne Filter Extra (October 31, 2000). Included is a booklet that provides an insightful look into the evolution of Jeff Healey. The 11-year span covers differ- ent periods of the Jeff Healey Band, although lined by the common thread, Germany. Healey's wife Cristie stated: "We were looking for a special way to commemorate and help celebrate Jeffs life and legacy, as a result, The Jeff Healey Estate is very proud to endorse this release. It's the first collection of archive material to be officially released with the approval of the Healey Family since Jeff" left us all too soon. We are privileged to continue the legacy of his immense efforts, incredible talent and sheer love of imsic, for every- oe I .to enjoy." ,.. . 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 HAPPY 95 TM BIRTHDAY GREETINGS TO ... On Sunday, April 7% fam- ily and friends gathered together to celebrate Don Alessi's 95 th birthday. Don's first love was the violin but he eventually became a great guitarist. During the Big Band Era he was a "first called" guitarist and often played at Blinstrub's Night- club over in South Boston up to the '60s. Sammy Davis, Jr., wanted him to join up with his band but he decided to stay put in Boston. He ended up on radio and tele- vision often though; and be- came a backup guitarist for Tony Bennett and Jerry Vale. He rubbed elbows with count- less legends like Connie Francis and Frank Sinatra to name just two. He has been called a "Southie Treasure." GUY ASLEEP IN HIGH SPEED LANE Staties found a Framing- ham man asleep behind the wheel of his car parked in the left lane of 1-93 recently. The driver was arrested after both a short chase and be- ing woken up. THE ETERNAL CAMPAIGN TRAIL Politics is a blood sport around here and right now we are drowning in it all. We are facing two upcoming heated special elections, one for U.S. Senate to re- place John F. Kerry and an- other for State Senate to re- place Jackie Hart. We also have a cattle herd of mayoral candidates trying to become the next mayor of Boston with Tommy Menino hang- ing it up after five terms in office. Do we really need to hear that someone has already announced for Lieutenant Governor in 2014? I read recently in the Dorchester Reporter that an aspiring heId a fundraiser recently at the Union Oyster House, a politician named Stephen Kerrigan. A good Irish name. Kerrigan used to work with mayoral candi- date and District 5 Councilor Rob Consalvo for years in U.S. Sen. Edward M. Ken- nedy's Office. Consalvo added, "He's in early so I think he'll build a lot of momentum." Personally, I think it's a bit too early and we could all just grow tired of him. Get in to soon and you can go stale fast. LOOKS LIKE THEY'RE ALL JUMPING SHIP Is the Titanic sinking? Lat- est city councilor running for mayor is District 8's Michael Ross from Mission Hill. Rumor has it that City Councilor Stephen Murphy is still mulling over the race and latest news from the Bos- ton Herald is that political folks are urging At-Large bers. Many say, unlike any, thing seen before in Bos- ton's storied political history. There are so many empty seats to be had and so many wannabes out there looking for the right moment to run. This could be it. Looks like incumbents are running for the exit doors like passen- gers on that ill-fated ocean liner. Talk about opening win- dows and letting fresh air enter the place. I can tell you that political junkies are going to love all this as are members of Boston print and broadcast media and what about all the advertising to sell. WEST ROXBURY ROCKS Don't forget to mark your calendars on Friday, April 26 TM with West Rox- bury Rocks, live Irish ilnd classic rock music by "Tra- dition." With dinner, danc- ing, silent auction and raffles. This is an annual celebration to benefit Etho's Agewell West Roxbury Pro- gram, which helps seniors live independently and lead healthy and vibrant lives. For more details, visit or call 617-477-6724. CARNEY JOB DEPARTURE LINGERS ON FOR WALCZAK Bill Walczak, a Dorchester community activist, who announced he was running for mayor this year has an impressive history in Dor- chester. Among his achieve- ments is the founding of the Codman Square Health Cen- ter, a non-profit he led for 35 years. He left there for a job at the Carney last April af- ter only 14 months after be- coming its CEO. He states he left the hospital by "mutual agreement" and adds that the agreement he signed prevents him from further discussion on its terms. Mayoral candidates cannot keep secrets on the cam- paign trail. Questions about his Carney days and reasons for leaving that hospital are fair game for other mayoral candidates and the public also has a right to know too. If he needs to keep secrets perhaps he shouldn't be run- ning for public office at this time. DON ORIONE HOME SPRING SOCIAL On Monday, April 22, the Don Orione Home hosted its annual Spring Social and the place was hopping. It was a fun-packed evening with din- ner, drinks and music by Smokin' Joe. WALSH OFFICIALLY JOINS MAYOR'S RACE Dorchester Democrat and Boston mayoral hopeful Rep. Marty Walsh will for- mally announce his mayoral candidacy on my birth- day May 4 TM. Walsh is the chair of the House Ethics Committee and begins his campaign in Dorchester of course. He says he is a proud resident of 02125 and now wants to represent every zip code in Boston too. MEDFORD WAKES UP TO SWASTIKAS Recently, Medford officials and community activists denounced the actions by someone or group who spray painted about a dozen swastikas and racial slurs through the community. City officials said the spray- ing apparently took place sometime between April 6  and April 7 , marking Holo- caust Remembrance Day. These hate symbols were spray-painted near schools and playgrounds. BATALI OPENS FORT POINT EATERY Restaurateur and celeb- rity chef Mario Batali plans to open a new restaurant in the Fort Point District. Batali owns several other eateries including New York and Vegas and soon will be opening "Babbo Pizzeria e Enoteca" on Summer Street. QUOTE TO NOTE "If I weren't a councilor, I would be a social worker. All l'm really interested in is doing things that help people. I really care about the lives of people in the city.  -- District 5 City Councilor Tom Menino in 1993 LETTERS POLICY The Post-Gazette invites its readers to submit Letters to the Editor. Letters should be typed, double-spaced and must include the writer's name, address and telephone number. Anonymous letters are not accepted for publication. Due to space considerations, we request that letters not exceed two double-spaced, type-written pages. This newspaper reserves the right to edit letters for style, grammar and taste and to limit the number of letters published from any one person or organization. Deadline for submission is 12:00 noon on the Monday prior to the Friday on which the writer wishes to have the material published. Submission by the deadline does not guarantee publication. Send letter to: Pamela Donnaruma, Editor, The Post-Gazette, P.O. Box 130135, Boston, MA 02113