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Page 10 POST-GAZETTE, MAY 10, 2013 41L Fac reviewing r the rest THE MUSIC OF NASHVILLE m ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK m SEASON 1, VOL. 2 Big Machine Records We've waited and now we are rewarded, as 'The Music of Nashville -- Volume 2' has been released. ABC's hit show cast delivers ten tracks of country comfort. Sam Palladio & Clare Bowen (Gunnar/Scarlett) open with the swaying "Fade Into You," one of the many highlights featured has sisters Lennon and Maisy Stella (Maddie/Daphne -- Rayna's daugh- ters) singing a cover of The Lumineers' hit "Ho Hey" that Big Machine is promoting as a single on Big Machine Records. Gunnar returns with "Gun For a Mouth," followed by show co-star Juliette (Hayden Panettiere) pouring out her heart with "We Are Water," Scarlett solos on "Looking For a Place to Shine" and co-star Rayna (Connie Britton) builds confi- dence via "Stronger Than Me" and the powerful "Bitter Memory." Avery (Jonathan Jackson), delivers the moving ballad "Let There Be Lonely," Juliette shows off her magic on "Hypnotizing," Scarlett/Gunnar deliver super tight, har- monies on their studio version of "I Will Fall" and Juliette has the final say with "Nothing In This World Will Ever Break My Heart Again." Superb! WOMEN OF BRAZIL Putumayo World Music If your musical tastes include sensuous sambas and beau- tiful bossa novas, then you will strike gold with 'Women of Brazil.' Putumayo put together eleven Brazilian vocalists that will steal your heart with a single performance. Italian-born Nossa Alma Canta sets the mood with her silky smooth "Bossanova," three veteran vocalists offer up, "Saudade e Solidao" (Graca Cunha), the haunting "Mangue e Fogo" (Luisa Maita) and the accordion strains of "Boi de Haxixe" from Miriam Maria. The bossa nova beat of Clara Moreno's "Balanco Zona Sul" contrasts the reggae vibes of Flavia Coehlo's "A Foto," trailed by Maguinha's rhythmic "Gema" and Aline Morales' seductive samba "Pra Que Sambar." Maintaining the mood are beauties as, Juliana Kehrs "Ele Nao Sabe Sam- bar (Pedrarias Prata e Po)," the velvety jazz-flavored sounds of Mart'nalia's "Para Comigo" and Swedish vocalist Miriam Aida's "Por Causa de Voce Meninha." Quente CO! IRON MAN 3: HEROES FALL Marvel MusicHollywood Records Described as twelve super heroes of indie and alternative rock, they band together to create 'Heroes Fall," a compila- tion of music inspired by Marvers "Iron Man 3." Musical su- per heroes create cuts as, "Ready Aim Fire" (Imagine Drag- ons), the driving "Some Kind of Joke" (Awolnation), as Neon Trees plants the idea "Some Kind of Monster," Passion Pit drains the lyrics of "American Blood," the seconds tick off with Rogue Wave's "No Time" and take a second for Capital Cities' "One Minute More." Mr. Little Jeans knocks your pants off with "Back To the Start," the powerful "Keep Mov- ing is compliments of Wolfmother's Andrew Stockdale and Redlight King stops to seek atonement with "Redemption." Walk the Moon eclipses the fear of "Big Bad Wolves" and "Bad Guy" surfaces on 3OH!3's rocking cut, finishing up this ex- citing soundtrack with The Wondergirls' (feat. Ashley Hamilton/Robbie Williams) on "Let's Go All The Way." TERRA GUITARRA - DRAGONFLY Earthsign Records Nuevo-fiamenco music played by Bruce Hecksel and Julie Patchouli, infused with melodies that as the duo say, "Are reflective of the earth's energy and vibrations." As Terra Guitarra, the pair takes listeners on a spiritual 13-track journey. "Janvier" is the soaring opener that sets the pace for this high energy, instrumental voyage. Glide with the graceful, "The Swan," trailed by John Barry's theme from the James Bond movie "You Only Live Twice," the well-trav- eled "Troubadors," the campfire inspired "The Story" and the intrigue of "Amarantha." The flowing "Danu" is named after the Irish goddess of rivers, it's Greek to me, but the title of the pretty "Kairos," translates as the ancient Greek word for a 'special time,' while the catchy rhythms of "Alchemist" was inspired by Paulo Coelho's book 'The Alchemist." The tune "Discovery" was reworked to feature the Spanish-style guitar playing, the reflection of fertile ground is felt on "Kokopelli" -- the name of the Native American fertility symbol, plus the emotions of "Elements" and the finale "Anastasia," inspired by a Russian author's theme about restoring the planet and people connection. NOAH PREMINGER - HAYMAKER Palmetto Records Tenor saxophonist Noah Preminger merges his talents with guitarist Ben Monder, bassist Matt Pavolka and drum- mer Colin Stranahan to deliver a knockout album titled 'Haymaker.' Preminger penned the tracks, with exceptions being -- Monder's alluring composition "Animal Planet," a fine version of Tomorrow" from 'Annie' and a cover of the Dave Matthews Band's "Don't Drink the Water." Preminger's contributions include, "Morgantown" written for the town in West Virginia, you can almost smell the lingering smoke on the tender "My Blues for You" and the genius of the improvi- sational title cut "Haymaker." One of the many highlights has, "15,000" from his initial skydiving attempt, the uplift- ing "Stir My Soul," paying tribute to the late wife of his first saxophone teacher via "Rhonda's Suite" and it all becomes history following the ballad "Motif AttractifI" 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 WELCOME BACK MICHAEL GRAHAM I've missed Michael Gra- ham on the radio since FM 96.9 changed formats. How- ever, all those Graham fans out there are happy again knowing that he has moved to WCRN 830 AM in Worces- ter. I can pick him up while driving around Boston clear enough to enjoy his Noon to 3:00 pm time slot. You can call him at 781-433-0404. COMING TOGETHER IN CHARLESTOWN Both the Charlestown Preservation Society and the Charlestown Historical Society (which I hold life membership) held a joint fundraiser at the Abraham Lincoln Post 11 at Memorial Hall to bring awareness to the efforts and contributions by Post 11 members to the Charlestown community. I am also a member of Post 11. This is the first time in recent memory that these two groups have worked to- gether. The Preservation folks are about saving his- toric structures in the com- munity while the Historical folks are about what folks were doing inside their his- toric homes over centuries past. Buildings and people are equally important parts of Charlestown's long his- tory going back to 1628 and the birth of Charlestown. PAUL REVERE'S RIDE TO FIND CHEAP GAS To cars to cars, cheap prices are comingF -- Paul Revere if he drove a car. Gas pump prices remain all over the map. Down at my favorite King Gas on the West Roxbury-Dedham line, gas is going for $3.19 a gal- lon, while a few miles north in Egleston Square, it is still a whooping $3.99 a gallon. Do I have to say which one has no cars at it and which one has long lines? Meanwhile, the latest ver- sion of a new tax bill being debated on Beacon Hill is calling for a new 3-cent gas tax which will forever be attached to the rate of infla- tion. Politicians under this plan would never have to vote on a gas tax hike again. Talk about chickens. Also, every time I look around I keep hearing talk of a pro- posed tax on driving as if driving an automobile was un-American. Liberals want us all forced onto the MBTA crammed like sardines in a tin can. I like driving my Dodge Neon. I go when I want to go and where I want to go and most importantly do it in comfort. No squeezing, no sex offenders and on my own schedule. HOTEL DEVELOPERS ARE AGAIN CHECKING INTO SOMERVILLE AND CAMBRIDGE Hotel developers who checked out of many Boston area sites during the worst of our Great Obama Reces- sion are now seemingly making reservations in both Cambridge and Somerville again. In Porter Square, there are plans for a boutique hotel by a Cambridge devel- oper once again. Over in nearby Somerville at Davis Square, the city is looking for bids to turn a parking lot into some kind of hotel. The cross-border sites less than a mile apart would serve a healthy mix of businesses, schools and tourists, young and old alike. Hotels would seem to complement each other. I lived in Somer- ville back in my college days when Somerville was referred to as "Slumerville," when Davis Square was a destination to nowhere and Porter Square next door little more than a strip mall. All that has changed as the whole area has changed completely into something great as an urban destination. JAY HAJJ FROM MIKE'S CITY DINER IS COOKING UP A STORM Jay Hajj of Mike's City Diner at the comer of Wash- ington and East Springfield Streets in Boston's South End celebrated his Lebanese roots when he took over the kitchen at the nearby Toro not long ago. He will be working alongside chefs Ken Oringer and Jamie Bissonnette. "Lebanese food is so good it actually doesn't taste healthy," joked Hajj. Hajj was only 8 years old when his family immigrated to Boston and by the time he was 17, he was already working in Middle Eastern restaurants. He opened Mike's in 1995. I have eaten there many times and the lines are always long, espe- cially on Sunday mornings. He also purchased a former restaurant site in Downtown Boston and plans to re-open the place under a new name later this year. By the way, back in the day when I was a kid from East Springfield Street, the site of Mike's Diner was a cool British-style fish & chips eatery. They made the best French fries in the world and next door to the place, rather than a Yuppie drinking hold, it was Smith & Sheehan's Tavern or as we called it "The Bucket of Blood" for all the chronic fighting inside the place. GOP IN SURPRISE PEABODY WIN The Massachusetts Re- publican Party recently had something great to cel- ebrate. In a recent special state representative elec- tion in Peabody, a 24-year- old Republican nurse beat two seasoned politicians and called it a referendum on Governor Patrick's tax hike plan. Leah V. Cole won the three-way race in the 12 th Essex District and took a long-held Democratic seat. Her opponents were Democrat Barbara Dunne, a Peabody School Committee member and independent Dave Gravel, a Peabody city councilor. The special elec- tion was held to replace State Rep. Joyce Spliliotis who passed away last November. ROSLINDALE PARADE COMMITTEE TALENT SHOW/AWARDS DINNER The Roslindale Day Parade Committee will be hosting their Annual Awards Din- ner on Friday, May I0 th at St. Nectarios Church Hall in the Square. The event will feature dinner, a raffle, music with Glenn Williams and much more. The event will also feature the Fourth Annual Talent Show with cash prizes and a chance to ride on your own parade float. How cool is that, huh? Visit www.roslindaleparade committee.corn for more infor- mation on it all. All proceeds from the annual dinner and award ceremony will go towards the 38 th Annual Roslindale Day Parade on Sunday, October 6 th. Visit the above website or call 617-327-4886 for all the in- formation you will need about this upcoming event. WALGREENS OPENS IN DOWNTOWN BOSTON On May 2 nd, Walgreens opened an upscale version of its Downtown Crossing store at the comer of Healthy and Happy Square better known as the intersection of School and Washington Streets. 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