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POST-GAZETTE, MAY 4, 2012 Page11 I .,, ii,, by bob morello I I Fact ax ! reviewing the besti! the rest SHINEDOWN - AMARYLLIS Atlantic Shinedown's 'Amaryllis' has hit the stores, already climb- ing the charts with their single "Bully." Group front- man Brent Smith explained that this album displays the growth and development of the band over the past de- cade. This CD is the group's first music since 2008's rhe Sound of Madness' charted six #1 singles. Smith delivers empowerment with cuts as the opener "Adrenaline," the bloom of the title cut "Ama- ryllis," trailed by the encour- aging "Unity," the warning of "Enemies" and the realiza- tion "I'm Not Alright." Second six drive right on via "No- where Kids," the inspira- tional "Miracle," pledging love with "I'11 Follow You," recognizing the lies on "For My Sake," identifying the loss of love with "My Name (Wearing Me Out)" and the pain of "Through the Ghost." Shinedown shines power- fully with the help of pro- ducer Rob Cavallo. RASCAL FLATTS - CHANGED Big Machine Rascal Flatts' CD 'Changed' wasted little time in having an effect on country music charts. Debuting at #3 on Billboards 200,with an al- bum that: proves:the group is not resting on their laurels which include six #1 coun- try album awards. The title track sets the pace, as Gary LeVox's vocals mesmerize, followed by their hit single "Banjo," turning up the temp with "Hot In Here," the haunting "Come Wake Me Up," the vixen of love inflict- ing pain with "She's Leaving" and Flatts hits the halfway mark with the ac-ceptance of "Let It Hurt." 'Changed' delivers such emotional tracks as, "Lovin' Me," lower- ing the decibels for the plead- ing "Hurry Baby," the fore- cast is pleasant with "Sun- rise," the Flatts' self-produced "Great Big Love" and fin- ishes up with the comforting "A Little Home." Rascal Flatts celebrated their album release in New York City's AMC Theater in Times Square with a 'One Night Exclusive Movie-Theatre Event.' Excellent album! TITANIC: ANNIVERSARY EDITION Sony Classical Sony Classical has released two newly remastered ver- sions of the original ritanic' soundtrack to mark the 100 n anniversary of the Titanic tragedy. Both versions each feature an unreleased disc of period music recorded for the movie by I Salonisti, the 5,piece quintet that appears in the film. Two of the mar- quee songs on the disc "I Salonisti: Gentlemen, It Has Been a Privilege Playing with You Tonight" are, "Nearer My God To Thee" played as the ship went down and "Song of Autumn" which was not in the film, but is thought to be the actual song played as the ship went down. 'Collector's Anniversary Edi- tion' has two additional discs featuring the re-mastered 'Back To Titanic' soundtrack and 'Popular Music From The Titanic Era,' a new com- pilation of songs from the early 1900s. The original ritanic' soundtrack sold over 26 million units worldwide, and 'Back To Titanic' 3 mil- lion copies. ERIC HUTCHINSON - MOVING UP LIVING DOWN  Warner Bros. Warner Bros. Records art- ist Eric Hutchinson serves up ten tasty tracks on his catchy collection titled 'Mov- ing Up Living Down.' His witty lyrics were thoroughly en- joyed during his sold out Paradise Rock Club tour stop this past Tuesday. "Talk Is Cheap" is the reggae-flavored cut that begins the festivi- ties, the upbeat road travels are reminisced on "Best Days," getting down with the soulful "The Basement," the spirited "Watching You Watch Him" which found its way onto ABC's "Grey's Anatomy," and brings back "Breakdown More," a song from his col- lege days. Simple lyrics that make sense are Eric's strength, as heard on "Thc People I Know," the surreal "Living In the Afterlife," making,his int via "In the First Place," then "I'm Not Cool," putting the finishing beats on his energetic al- bum with "Not There Yet." EVERYONE ORCHESTRA - BROOKLYN SESSIONS Harmonized Matt Butler, the force behind Everyone Orchestra, stepped up and put together this evolving project that defines the word 'creative.' 'Brooklyn Sessions' is his latest venture, and he used that opportunity to invite past collaborators -- musical friends to the studio session. Included were keyboardist/ pianiSt Marco Benevento, /tl Schnier (moe.), drummer Jon Fishman (Phish), Jen Hartswick (Trey Anastasio Band), saxophonist Jeff Cof- fin (Dave Mathews Band), guitarist Steve Kimock, and bassist Reed Mathis (Tea Leaf Green), among others, for two days of exploration and co-creation. The result is a blend of hard-hitting grooves that take unex- pected twists and turns, to sweet and expansive, all guided by a spirit that is both liberated and focused. The resulting eight tracks take on a life of their own in the form of the lengthy (7:42) emotional rollercoaster ride of "Boots," plus the heavenly "Explore Space," the intense "Hold Tight" and the tightly woven "Bass Blanket." The back four tracks feature the raucous, no-holds-barred charge labeled "Funk Explo- sion," along with the tailored sound of "Take Off Your Clothes," the brevity of "Pen- sive" and the slow groove of "Talk To Me." 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 KUDOS TO THE BOSTON HERALD When it comes to this EBT sandal,-kudos go out to the Boston Herald on keeping this gaming of the system in the forefront. Deval seems to think the Herald just likes to stir the pot and keep the public angry. However, the Herald is uncovering some very dumb things going on when it comes to waste and fraud in government programs that seem to be benefiting the wrong folks and not the real people in need. Isn't this another good' reason why Boston needs to remain a two newspaper town? THE CASINO DEBATE CONTINUES Whether or not Suffolk Downs or Foxboro gets the casino, the issue should be decided by residents of the host communities. Person- ally, the impact of having a casino will bring negatives as well as positives. In the case of East Boston, the Knights of Dunkin Donuts along with everyone is discussing and debating the pros and cons. Some Knights think the idea is super and see it as a job creator. Others think it will just hurt poor and working families, bring traffic to a gridlock and not benefit our business community. It's Billy versus Gall time 0n'casinos for most of us. However, in the end it will be the people who hold the key to a casino's future. I plan on being as objective as I can and will listen to all the arguments before I cast my vote and you should too, IRISH SOCIAL CLUB GOING STRONG The Irish Social Club is back and back strong over at its Park Street dance hall. All the hard work seems to have paid off. Membership is quite large and the age group no longer just looks like an AARP meeting. More things are being planned for the younger set. President Mary Maloney was just the right person for the job. She con- nects the best of the past with many ideas for the fu- ture. I am sure all those de- ceased members of the Irish Social Club like my Uncle Neal Harrington are looking down smiling at all the en- ergy put into the club they all started. About a year ago, everyone was seemingly planning an Irish wake for the Irish Social Club but the dearly beloved didn't wish to comply. CHECK OUT THE WEST END MUSEUM Recently, I-spotted some tourists looking for the Sci- ence Museum and I told them the quickest way there was across the street from the Tip O'Neil Building. I also mentioned they would pass by the West End Mu- seum and if it was opened, they should check it out too. They did just that. A few hours later I saw them re- turning by me again and they said,, . the, [oyed,., ,both museums. Best p.r. for the West End Museum is word of mouth. NEXT TIME ON FEDERAL HILL Boston Italians often like traveling down to Rhode Island to visit Federal Hill. It may not be as neat as Boston's North End but it does come with on-street park- ing. If you are going down for a nice weekend lunch, you should try Constantino's right in the piazza. You are pretty close to Providence Place too. A nice day trip that I've made myself. TOWNIE DEMOCRATS FOR BROWN? The Charlestown Patriot Bridge just reported that U.S. Senator Scott Brown received a great reception over at the Bunker Hill Mall on Friday the 13 th for a cam- paign stop in Charlestown reportedly put together by my good friend Moe Gillen. Scott was right there on page one in color wearing his Red Sox jacket and buying his own coffee at Dunkin' Donuts. He even took a photo with a Charlestown Demo- cratic leader who seemed glad to see Brown and sup- ported Brown's efforts to reach out to Democrats up on Capitol Hill. THANK YOU TO THE MEDIA The struggling parishio- ners of the recently locked ui) Mt. Carmel 'Church in East Boston were able to get out the message on their continuing fight to save their parish church twice over the past couple of weeks. Kudos go out to Michele McPhee and WCVB Channel 5, WBZ Radio 1030, NECN, Fox 25 and the Bos- ton Herald for airing the struggle taking place by East Boston Catholics. The fight continues vows vigilers. THE PLAGUE OF KILLINGS IN OUR NEIGHBORHOODS According to the Boston Police, there have already been I 1 murders by April 18, which is four more than last year. Many of our neighbor- hoods turned into killing fields, the culprit remains gang-related violence but for some other neighborhoods, the evil is connected to a drug epidemic. The recent stabbing death of a beloved 67-year-old South Boston mother is the latest violence in that neighborhood which has seen break-ins soar higher and higher. While Southie has a grown afflu- ence as newer people move in to rent or buy property. The underbelly, of this new affluence in this blue collar working class neigh- borhood is a rash of home break-ins where the moti- vating factor appears to be cash for drugs. Apparently, after this latest murder it would appear that law enforce- ment, elected officials and the media have thrown this ongoing community issue off the back burner and on to the front page. Allegedly the person responsible for this gruesome nlrdr ..,as. been apprehended. Hope- fully, also the neighborhood will stand up together loud and clear against the vio- lence that has been tearing at the fabric of what once was a safe neighborhood day or night. ELIOT SCHOOL KIDS GARDEN IS BACK The kids at the Eliot School have started up their little garden again on Charter Street. Another sign that spring has sprung. KUDOS TO THE OLD NORTH CHURCH The "One if by land, two if by sea" Old North Church of Paul Revere fame has a touching tribute to all those who have sacrificed their lives in recent wars fighting tyranny. This dog-tagged garden sends a powerful message to area residents and tourists of all the sacri- fices made during America's history from the Revolution- ary War until today. THOSE EBT HORROR STORIES Recently while driving to work one morning, I tuned into Jeff Katz on Talk 1200 Boston and he is both enter- taining and informative. He mentioned getting gas for his 1998 auto and watching a woman scream- ing and jumping up and down because her EBT card wasn't working at the pump. Finally, the gUY made his way out of his cube to tell her that they only worked at his register. So, she started following him still screaming. Then, returning and filling up her pretty new Cadillac SUV. As she drove off, he checked her pump, super unleaded. Jeff purchased regular unleaded. Moral of the story, Jeff paid for both his gas and hers and never screamed once. "THE BLUTO" AT CARLO'S The other day, my friend Johnny 'I'wo Dog" introduced me to the best pastrami on a roll I've ever had. He took me to Carlo's at the corner of Bennington and Moore Streets. I've been in Eastie now over two years and this was my first, but hardly my last venture to Carlo's. I'll be back for more of their great sandwiches soon. THE LAST KNIGHT STILL IN FLORIDA Sam Malone from Eagle Hill is the last Knight of Dunkin' Donuts still down in Florida. He is scheduled to return around May 10. Then the whole crew can fill up the round table again. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TIME ONCE AGAIN Once again, I turn yet a year older on May 4. I am squeezed in between John Nucci's birthday on May 3 and Diane Modica's birth- day on May 5. Time flies faster and faster the greyer your hair turns. We're all just a bunch of Tauruses. To make matters worse, I am not only left handed, but I was born in the Year of the Rat, too. It all fits me to a tee. The other two birth- day babies can speak for themselve ', I . I'. ' J- 1 .i i.,'), ) "~O,