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Page 10 POST-GAZETTE, AUGUST 16, 2013 Fact 'iiiiiii!}iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii !i!iiiii!i!iil; iiiiiilil reviewing the best forgetting the rest CODY SIMPSON - SURFERS PARADISE Atlantic Records Australian heartthrob Cody Simpson is riding the big wave on the strength of his eight-song 'Surfers Paradise' CD. The talented young art- ist co-wrote every song on this 'breath of fresh air' collection, including his hit single, "Pretty Brown Eyes," and the romantic "Summertime of Our Lives." Sandwiched in between are tasty tracks as the mellow pop of "La Di Da," the reggae-flavored "No Ceil- ing" with guest vocals by Ziggy Marley, Cody falls into the sea of love via "Sinkin' In," followed by "Imma Be Cool" with a taste of rapper Asher Roth's vocals and his 'letter of love' in song titled "If You Left Him for Me." The final track is one of the many highlights on Simp- son's album, as Marley joins in with an excellent sound on their dual interpretation of romance with "Love." Simpson completed his 'Para- dise Tour,' and has just fin- ished a two-month tour that included eleven dates, open- ing for Justin Bieber for Justin's 'Believe Tour.' NU-BLU - TEN Rural Rhythm Records If bluegrass music is your 'cup of tea' -- then Nu-Blu has the perfect thirst quencher. Their CD "Ten" confn-ms one of the many rea- sons why they are considered; one of today's most popular bluegrass groups. Husband and wife team, Carolyn and Daniel Routh founded Nu-Blu a decade ago, joined by Levi Austin and Austin Koerner to solidify the quartet. Their music paves the way with 'q'hat Road," the album's first single, trailed by the pretty "Without A Kiss," picking up the pace for "Caught In The Middle," plus the super ser- vice of "Eddie's Garage," and roar down the track with the memories of "Trains I Didn't Take." Nu-Blu's fifth album continues to shine with, 'rhe Seed," the upbeat "It's A Good Day To Be With You," the unity of "All Americans," along with the fast-paced "Giant Squid" an instrumen- tal penned by Koerner and the final track offers up the haunting "Shadows Of The Night." A perfect "Ten." THE MUPPET MOVIE - ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK Walt Disney Records It's been 35 years since the young and old were first treated to the classic "The Muppet Movie" and since no- body seems to tire of it, Walt Disney Records has re- released the Grammy-win- ning soundtrack album. Paul Williams and Kenny Ascher wrote the eleven songs every- one loves. Memories have Kermit performing "Rainbow Connection," teaming with Fozzie for the driving "Movin' Right Along," the sexy Miss Piggy vocalizes on "Never Be- fore, Never Again," followed by an instrumental version of the song, as Kermit & Rowlf offer the encouragement of "I Hope That Somethin' Better Comes Along." Dr. Teeth & The Electric Mayhem asks, "Can You Picture That?" an instrumental version of "I Hope That Somethin' Better Comes Along," as Gonzo takes center stage with the con- fident "I'm Going To Go Back There Someday." Fozzie deserves a salute for his tra- ditional version of "America," winding down with an instru- mental cut of "Animal ... Come Back Animal" and the finale has "The Magic Store." IMER SANTIAGO - HIDDEN JOURNEY Jazz Music City Nashville trumpeter/com- poser Imer Santiago makes an impressive debut album with 'Hidden Journey.' Dis- playing a clean, crisp sound, Imer makes awesome music beginning with the straight out "Girls Night Out," the number is the sum on "Fourthcoming," plus a pair of interesting cuts -- the first "Flat 2176 (For Miles)" is a fast-paced dash utilizing a Harmon mute, much like Miles Davis used and "Flat 2176 (Para Puente)" is dedi- cated to Tito Puente and played with a true Latin fla- vor. It doesn't get any better than Santiago's "The Very Thought Of You" with Stephanie Adlington's vocals, the mystery of the title cut "Hidden Journey," paying tribute to Louis Armstrong with a polished waltz time version of "What A Wonderful World." Santiago works in the dreamy composition "Lonely Nights," before switching to the finger-snapping, toe-tap- ping gem titled "Reminis- cence" and his finale is the tender tune he wrote for his now 20-month-old son, Keegan Imer Santiago -- "Keegan's Lullaby." Excellent CDI KICK-ASS 2 - SOUNDTRACK Sony Classical The movie soundtrack has the same effervescence as the film and it enlists new music by Jessie J, James Flannigan, DJ Fresh Lemon and others. The music kick- starts with Flannigan's pow- erful instrumental track, "Yeah Yeah," followed by the guitar-driven "Nobody Move" (Hanni E1 Khatib), the English boy band Union J serves up "Carry You," UK pop diva Chloe Howl ties it all up with "No Strings," while Lemon squeezes out "Pussy Drop." Canadian trio Danko Jones provides the energy for "Dance," trailed by British export The Bees' "A Minha Menina," Bust Out Brigade explodes with "The GoI Team," Scottish indic-rockers, Glas- vegas, crank up the emo- tion with "Euphoria, Take My Hand" and alternative punk rockers Ozma perform their 2002 tune "Korobeiniki." Hip hop hit sounds emerge from Marco Polo & Torae as they lay it down with "Danger," followed by "Motherquake," a new track first released on this compilation by DJ Fresh, and the very popular Jessie J puts the icing on this CD with "Hero." 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 RONNIE YONUSS STILL REMEMBERED Last week down at the Dunkin' Donuts on Ben- nington Street in East Bos- ton, I bumped into Dickie DeNardo who reminded me that his grandson Ronnie's anniversary was coming up again. Dickie's grandson died on March 3, 2007 and Dickie still carries that prayer card in his wallet every day. Ronnie was only 24 years old when he was killed and his grandfather says Ronnie will live on in his memory and that of family members. The poem on the prayer card starts off, "I'd like the memory of me to be a happy one. I'd like to leave an afterglow of smiles when life is done." As sad as Dickie looks when talking about that life ended much too soon, you can see a smile on Dickie's face too as he looks back on those good memo- ries that will always been so important to those missing a loved one. MONTMORENCI AVE. BLOCK PARTY HUGE SUCESS AND FUN AS USUAL The Annual Montmorenci Ave. Block Party was held last Saturday up on Orient Heights. City Councilor Ayanna Pressley made the rounds and bumped into friend Corinne Petraglia, the mayor's East Boston Neighborhood Coordinator Every summer residents of Montmorenci Avenue high up on Orient Heights hold their annual block party. This year's party was held last Saturday, a day made in heaven. All the usual suspects were there, Eastie residents and a slew of candidates for public of- fice. Mayor Tom Menino spent most of his day there outside City Councilor Sal LaMattina's place. Kudos go out to all the folks who made this annual event such a success. I called up Donnie Portella and told him I had a great time enjoying myself there for the very first time. He invited me back quickly for next year's block party. I told him the rice balls were required eating at an Eastie block party. NORTH END AGAINST DRUGS B-B-Q I was over once again at the annual NEAD B-B-Q at the Little League ballpark. Plenty to eat and lots of good "Street Magic" entertained the crowd this past Sunday at the annual North End Against Drugs B-B-Q down by the bocce courts on Commercial Street great memories of my old favorites. ELVIS WILL BE IN THE BUILDING, SORTA Back by popular demand Mark Stanzler will be at Quincy's Kennedy Center on Friday, September la th at 12:30 pm to perform a num- ber of Elvis Presley's biggest hits. Mark has performed his Elvis Tribute Show all over New England for ten years. Tickets and more information can be had by calling the Quincy Council on Aging at 617-376-1506. SENIOR TRIP TO FOXWOODS The next North End Senior Club trip to Foxwoods will be held on Wednesday, Sep- tember 4 th. The bus leaves from the Prado. For details call Ida at 617-635-5166. KUDOS TO SQUANTUM GIRLS RAISE $13,311 FOR RICHARD FAMILY FUND This past April four Squantum girls rallied to- gether to raised over $13,311 for Martin Richard Fund, he was the youngest victim of the Marathon Bombings and his family. Kudos go out to Ciara O'Connor, Lauren Manning, Brigid Norris and Mary Loney whose efforts raised nearly $500 within hours of starting their fundraiser. AN EVENING UNDER THE STARS Sacred Heart Parish in East Boston will be holding a Cocktail Lawn Party on Fri- day, August 23 rd at 7:00 pm. Tickets are now for sale after Mass or at the rectory. There will be four tasting stations with hot and cold Hor d'oeuvres and a cash bar. The Cocktail Lawn Party will be held on the back lawn of the church and all proceeds benefit the parish. MENINO VERSUS DeMARIA TURNING FEISTY There is little need for the battle over a Boston casino fight turning nasty or per- sonal, but the news in the Boston Globe show both Mayors Carlo DeMaria of Everett and Tom Menino of Boston are starting to get hot and heavy with each other like a WEE main event. Most people assume that either Everett and Steven Wynn or Suffolk Downs and Caesar's Palace will end up with the casino fight. As the December 31st deadline for competition closes in, Everett and East Boston/Revere are getting antsy. Everett so far is ahead in the race with a public vote in favor of an Everett casino already history. Mayor Menino is starting to reportedly put pressure on the Suffolk Downs teams to move faster in negotiations with the City of Boston and is also starting to sound tougher with Everett over whether or not Boston is also a host city with the Everett casino built right along the Everett-Charlestown border. Everett says Boston is a sur- rounding community much like Chelsea or Somerville but Boston is making noise that part of the Everett casino falls inside the bor- ders of Charlestown. You knew sooner or later politics would start to heat things up a bit. WJIB REACHES GOAL Bob Vitner's has reached his fundraising goal as of August 4 th which happened to also be the station's 21st anniversary as the Memories Station. I love this music and take it with me to the beach. Whenever, I get ready to fold up my chair and pack it in, other beach-goers want me to stay "just a little bit longer" as the old song goes, right? EASTIE PRIDE DAY This Saturday, folks in East Boston will celebrating the 25 th anniversary of Eastie Pride Day down at Piers Park starting at 3:00 pm. Among the entertainment this year will be Smokin' Joe Cheffro's Band starting at 4:45 pm and the main event at 8:00 pm with Tavares. Kudos go out to City Coun- cilor Sal LaMattina and everyone who puts this event together. The POST-GAZE-I-I-E newspaper is a paper of general circulation. We are qualified to accept legal notices from any court in each town that we serve. For information on placing a Legal Notice in the POST-GAZETTE, please call (617) 227-8929; or mail notice to: POST-GAZETTE, P.O. BOX 135, BOSTON, MA 02113 Attn: Legal Notices music. Once again "Street ................................................................................................................................................ Magic" showed up to head- line the entertainment. They sang lots of great old tunes, The Temptations, the Four Seasons, the Beach Boys, etc. They brought back