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Page 10 POST-GAZETTE, JULY 13, 2012 "'F reviewing TO ROME WITH LOVE - SOUNDTRACK Sony Music Woody Allen's film 'To Rome With Love' features an original motion picture soundtrack chock full of music that is truly a cele- bration of Italian life and love. The 18 tracks include three different versions of Domenico Modugno's well- known "Volare (Nel blu dipinto di blu), one with vocals by Modugno. Italian tenor Fabio Armfliato, known for his operatic music re- cordings, stars in the film and sings three arias. The first two Puccini gems are the emotional "E lucevan le stelle" (Tosca) and "Nessun dorma" (Turandot) and Umberto Giordano's "Amor ti vieta" (Fedora). Operatic of- ferings continue via Verdi's "Libiamo ne' lieti calici," the Drinking Song from 'La Traviata,' and Armiliato per- forms three cuts from Leon- cavallo's 'Pagliacci': "Son qua, son qua," "Vesti la giubba" and "Dueto e Finale." Non-opera offerings include, "Arrivederci Roma," the horn- laden "When Your Lover Has Gone" and the funky "Three Times Bossa" by Mop Mop. FLO RIDA - WILD ONES Poe Boy Music Group- Atlantic Flo Rida delivers his state- of-mind messages with nine tracks that expound high-energy with every beat. Opening with the tongue- in-cheek "Whistle" his most recent chart climber is followed by already charted #1 hits: "Wild Ones" featur- ing Sia and the foot stomp- ing "Good Feeling." Sand- wiched in between are party starters "Let It Roll," the headbanging "In My Mind" (Part 2) with Georgi Kay and Jennifer Lopez's duet gives glamour to the driving "Sweet Spot." The memo- rable "Thinking of You" is trailed by the in-your-face slice "I Cry," with a bonus track titled "Run," featuring Redfoo of LMFAO. Non-stop excitement compliments of Flo Rida! HANK WILLIAMS, JR. - OLD SCHOOL NEW RULES Bocephus-WMN Hank Williams, Jr. is defi- nitely 'old school' and he is about to lay down 'new rules' with his new album release. The 12-songs were penned by Hank, Jr. with the excep- tion of Merle Haggard's "I Think I'll Just Stay Here and Drink." The definitive "Takin' Back the Country" sets the pace, followed by "I'm Gonna Get Drunk and Play Hank Williams" with Brad Paisley, the itinerary of "Three Day Trip," the rules of "Old School" and the political statement of "We Don't Apologize for America" with vocals by Haggard. The emasculating "You Win Again," the humor of "The Cow Turd Blues" with Trace Adkins vocals and the questioning "Who's Taking by b ................ ....... ...... ob morello 'the rest Care of Number One." Will- iams' first single in several years is ,That Ain't Good," making sense with "Keep the Change" and counting his blue chips with "Stock Market Blues." Ending with a duet with Haggard on "I Think I'll Just Stay Here and Drinkl" Are You Ready for Some Great Country Music? LINKIN PARK - LIVING THINGS Warner Bros. If you can blend a dose of human emotions and rela- tionships, you may achieve the success Linkin Park is enjoying with their album 'Living Things." Building upon their previous albums, they push their sound into new territory, the result is a dozen songs, tested and approved by Linkin Park members. The strong-willed "Lost In The Echo" opens, following with the surreal "In My Remains," the debut single "Burn It Down," while "Lies Greed Misery" tells it like it is and the pain of "I'll Be Gone" lingers long after. Linkin Park's new sound is energetic, daring and assertive, with a biting edge. Check out the confron- tational "Castle of Glass," along with the challenging "Victimized," the compas- sionate "Roads Untraveled," the powerful vows of 'Skin to Bone" and push the envelope with "Until It Breaks." The instrumental strains of the glitter of "Tinfoil" lead to the energy draining "Powerless." Linkin Park is taking their music to a new level and startling new heights! TODD FRITSCH - UP HERE IN THE SADDLE Saddle Up Records Todd Fritsch is a Texas cattle rancher and country music entertainer whose debut album 'Up Here In The Saddle,' is about to catch a lot of ears. The welcoming song that can easily become his anthem is titled "My Kind of Crowd," along with the touching "Calls I Haven't Made," feeling the agony of defeat via "That Ain't Gonna Fly," wearing his heart on his sleeve with the pretty "In a Song." Fritsch makes love cool on "Love Never Goes Out of Style," his description of "Texas Girl" and reminisces about rodeo and romance on "Horses He Can't Ride Anymore" the latter the first of five songs penned by songwriter Dean Dillon. The romantic "Top of My List" maintains the mood, plus "It Don't Hurt to Ask," the breezy album title track written by Dillon, "Up Here in the Saddle." Winding down the album is the pain of love lost in the lyrics of "Like I Wasn't Even There" and the finale is in the form of "That Girl's Got a Cowboy Heart" -- paying his girl- friend the ultimate tribute in song. Like the way Todd sings a song, you can feel his emotions becoming exposed on each and every song! 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 THERE'S ANOTHER DONUT SHOP IN TOWN The other day while in Maverick Square, I noticed the long line at the Dunkin' Donuts and looked across the street to the Honey Dew. No lines. I decided to try a Honey Dew coffee and bagel. I wish Boston had more Honey Dew shops. Dunkin' doesn't do as well anymore. The coffee tasted fresh and the bagel was too. Lately, I have had donuts from Kane's in Saugus and Doughboy in Southie and you can't really compare either to Dunkin' which now has fallen down when it comes to donuts. NEW HOUSING COMING TO CHARLESTOWN I was driving toward Austin Street on Rutherford Avenue recently and right after pass- ing Old Rutherford Avenue on my right, there was a large sign announcing the coming of "The Residences at Ruth- erford Square," the latest sign of growth for this historic com- munity. One minute from City Square and a moment away from Old Sully's, this place will fill up fast. REVERE BEACH FESTIVAL THIS WEEKEND Starting Thursday, July 12 through Sunday, July 15, stop by Revere Beach for the Na- tional Sand Sculpting Festi- val. Thursday's opening cer- emonies start at 6:30 pm. This festival is one of the larg- est sand sculpting competi- tions, featuring artists from around the globe. It is free and open to the public. For more info TEA PARTY MUSEUM BACK UP AND RUNNING After two fires destroyed the former Boston Tea Party Museum, the new facility re- opened on June 26. The Boston Tea Party Museum is located on Congress Street in Fort Point Channel. This site in 1773 is where Indian- dressed protestors opposed to the tea tax dumped British tea into Boston Harbor. SUFFOLK DOWNS UP ON JOBS Suffolk Downs recently re- leased details on jobs that would be created if a casino comes to Suffolk Downs. Developers say as many as 4,000 jobs would be created long-term with an average salary of $42,000. According to Rich Rogers, executive secretary of the Greater Boston Labor Coun- cil, "The project will pro- vide employment opportuni- ties from white collar pro- fessionals to blue collar and service sector." DENNIS MILLER JULY 13 Comedian Dennis Miller, a big favorite of the Fox News Network crowd will be at The Wilbur. If you are a conserva- tive, then at least after the Supreme Court's ObamaCare decision, we have something to laugh about. LOVELL DYETT, R.I.P. I was saddened by the pass- ing of Lovell Dyett who hosted both a great TV show and Sat- urday night radio program. His radio show ran for 40 years. He was a liberal and I often disagreed with his views. However, Lovell had class and always presented his arguments in a way that captivated his audience. His voice will be missed in Bos- ton. He had passion and great instincts and wasn't a yeller like many broadcast person- alities today. DOOLEY RUNNING FOR STATE SENATE Thomas Dooley, a Beacon Hill resident making his first run for public office, has an- nounced his Republican cam- paign for the Ist Suffolk & Middlesex Senate Seat up on Beacon Hill and will be taking on Senator Anthony Petruccelli, (D-East Boston) in the November election. BOSTON LATINO TV ACCESS AWARDS A BIG HIT The 5th Annual Boston Latino TV Access Awards was held on Thursday, June 28 at the Royale Boston on Tremont Street in the Theater Dis- trict. Among the many hon- orees was ~Oiste?, the Latino Political Action Committee winning the Visionary Award. Another honoree was co- founder of ZUMIX in East Bos- ton Madeleine Steczynski, winning the Make A Differ- ence Award. Congrats go out to all the winners this year. SUPERMARKET PICKING UP ON OLD HERALD SITE? News has it that Whole Foods Market, Inc., is think- ing about opening another Boston store at the former Boston Herald building in the South End on Harrison Avenue. The company has been eyeing this property for some time and is reportedly close to making a deal. BRIGHAM CIRCLE RE-DO NEEDS MORE RE-DO The City of Boston recent attempt to make life easier for motorists and folks try- ing to cross from one side to the other was but a slight improvement if you are driv- ing down Francis Street away from the Brigham. It is still quite difficult and dan- gerous for drivers trying to turn left onto Huntington Avenue. I hope the neighbor- hood continues to fight on to get things right at this horrible intersection. BUMPED INTO SUE KELLEY DOWN AT THE FIREHOUSE I was down at the "Hunting- ton Express" the other after- noon. This house is home to Ladder 15 and Engine 37. I still remember my old friend Lt. Kevin Kelley who was killed in a horrible crash back on January 9, 2009 when Ladder 15 lost its brakes travelling down Parker Hill Avenue in Mission Hill. It travelled across Huntington Avenue and crashed into a brick wall killing Kelley sit- ting in the passenger seat of the cab. Whenever I stop by I chat with the firefighters and his name always comes into the conversation. On this particular day I parked my car and right across from me was a SUV getting ready to pull out. The driver was Sue Kelley, one of Kevin's daughters. We talked about my friendship with her dad and she told me she is now working at Boston Fire Alarm. Her father must be looking down from heaven smiling about his daughter's choice of employment. I send my regards to the family. WE CAN'T FORGET PATTY CAMPATELLI The race for Register of Probate in Suffolk County has been quiet of late. The pri- mary election will be held on Thursday, September 6. The candidates are Sal LaMattina and Patty Campatelli, both from East Boston. You can be sure both of them will be get- ting over to the other side of the county looking for votes in all the right places. I heard from some good friends of mine from Jamaica Plain that they met Patty recently and had a great time talking with her. Sal has often been seen of late over in West Roxbury. Both candidates will be attending numerous dances over at the Irish Social Club in Westie be- cause those dancers are al- most all registered Suffolk County voters. In the process, Sal and Patty will hear some great Irish tunes at the Park Street dance hall and meet some great folks. IS PACKYS GONE? While driving up Blue Hill Avenue, I noticed Packys, a famed gin house was shut- down and a sign on the build- ing said "For Sale." This place was around forever. The poli- ticians loved the place post- ing their campaign signs out- side on the building. Like old Station 9 and the firehouse (Engine 12) down at Dudley and Blue Hill, all have faded into history. Thank God, St. Patrick's Church is still going strong. REMEMBERING THE OLD U.S.S. WASP Bystanders watched and applauded as the U.S.S. Navy Amphibious Assault Ship U.S.S. Wasp passed by Castle Island on Thursday, June 28 on its way into Boston Harbor for Boston Navy Week. I remember back in the day every May on Armed Forces Day, my parents would take the family over to the old South Boston Naval Annex on that holiday for the annual open house where folks could tour all the ships. Among my favorites was the original U.S.S. Wasp Aircraft Carrier that served in both war and as the pick-up ship for all those Project Mercury astro- nauts after they crashed down into the ocean. My father loved touring the Wasp as much as I did. It is sad that Armed Forces Day has gone along with so many other post-WWII traditions that served us well. MISSION DRUMS JULY 21 Mission Drums, the senior drum & bugle corps competi- tion started in 1958 is back again at Manning Field in Lynn, MA on July 21. For further information, please call 508-284-3546 or e-mail missiondrums, com.