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Page 10 POST-GAZETTE, OCTOBER 26, 2012 NEW LOCATION Fac by bob morello reviewing the rest ELIKEH - BETWEEN 2 WORLDS Azalea City Recordings Elikeh is an eight-member group, part of Washington DC's cross-cultural Afropop sound, fronted by bandleader and songwriter Massama Dogo. The album title "Between 2 Worlds" couldn't be more appropriate as Elikeh's sound of African pop, reggae vibes, plus the African-inflected funk and blues easily straddles two continents. Check out the breezy reggae mind-opening cut, "No Vision," followed by the organ and beats of "Know Who You Are," the powerful "Alonye," the spirited "Olesafrica" and the soaring "Fly To The Sky." Dogo focuses on the causes of poverty and inequality in his homeland Togo, with the moving "Foot Soldier," the groove of "Eh Wee," taking Afro-soul legend Geraldo Pino's hit "Let Them Talk" to new heights, plus jam guitar master John Kadlecik's groove titled "Nye'n Mind Na Wo" and it all comes to an end with "Nye Dji." Catch this ear-opening group 'live' at Lizard Lounge, 1667 Mass. Ave., Cambridge, on Thursday November 1 at 9:00 pm. Musical strains of Fela Kuti & Bob Marleyl FRANKENWEENIE - UNLEASHED Walt Disney Music Karen O, lead singer for the rock band the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, wrote and performs "Strange Love" for Disney's highly anticipated movie, "Frankenweenie". The 14-track compi- lation of music from and inspired by the film also includes, "Electric Heart (Stay Forever)" by Neon Trees, plus Mark Foster's "Polartropic (You Don't Understand Me)," the haunt- ing "Almost There" (Passion Pit), as the Plain White T's bor- row the Rxnones' "Pet Sematary" and Kimbra molds a beauty, "With My Hands." AWOLNATION spills the beans with "Everybody's Got A Secret," as Kerli brings "Immortal" to life, followed by Grace Potter/The Flaming Lips on "My Mechani- cal Friend" and the Imagine Dragons conjure up "Lost Cause." The chilling "Underground" is delivered by Grouplove all while Skylar Grey is "Building A Monster," Robert Smith is performing the classic "Witchcraft" and Winona Ryder sings "Praise Be New Holland!" JEFF HOLMES QUARTET - OF ONE'S OWN Miles High Pianist, composer, arranger and trumpeter Jeff Holmes is a local guy (Lynnfield, MA) joined by Adam Kolker (tenor/ soprano saxophone & bass clarinet); James Cammack (acoustic[electric bass); and Steve Johns on drums. Jeff sets the pace with a perfect recipe for "Macaroons," working hard with no respite on "Labour Day," the tender, beautiful standard "Poinciana," stopping to toss a bouquet to his wife Dawning for whom he wrote "The Senses Delight" and the energetic "One For C.J." marks the midpoint. Second half beauties have, "Waltz #3," plus the title track "Of One's Own," one of the five penned by Holmes, along with the pretty strains of "Rose On Driftwood" and from "The Sound of Music," the popular "So Long, Farewell." The quartet does a wonder- ful job exploring a variety of jazz styles, balancing improv interplay and arranged ensemble! BUTTER - ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK Lakeshore "Butter" is a comedy about sex, power and spreading the wealth. The soundtrack is just as smooth, with a diverse lineup of songs and artists. The craziness starts with Fitz and the Tantrums who deliver a pair of interesting tracks, "Pickin' Up The Pieces" and "Winds Of Change," the festive "Celebrate" (Imani Copola featuring Tim Myers), the tasty track "Bread and Butter" (Hugo), then the starry-eyed Con- stellations sing a musical tribute to "Felicia" and Jonsi steps up to suggest "Go Do." Second half happenings include the band Orleans' hit "Still The One," the Hot 8 Brass Band does an instrumental remake of Marvin Gaye's classic "Sexual Healing" and a dose of royalty as King Harvest bestows the hit "Dancing In The Moonlight" on our ears. The beat goes on as JD and the Straight Shot serve up "Little White Lies," plus the soulful Raphael Saddiq keeps in step with "Keep Marchin'" and Mateo Messina & The Menahan Street Band spread the word on the goodness of "Butter (The Greatest Gift In Life)." An exciting soundtrack with a slice of some- thing for everyone! LIVEWIRE - LIVIN' Way Out West "Livin" is a 10-song menu that evolves into tasty country songs and the group's debut.on Way Out West Records. LiveWire is Andy Eutsler, lead vocals/acoustic guitar; Bobby Degonia, electric and acoustic guitars; Danny Bell, electric rhythm, acoustic guitars and backing vocals; Adam Hagerman, drums; Cory Shultz, fiddle; and Landon Rolfe, bass guitar. Eutsler and Bell had a hand in penning six of the songs, while Country star Chris Young contributed the opener "Don't Nothin' Take My Breath." The coveting of a good friend's girl on "Don't Make Me Love You" shows the diversity of LiveWire and their ability to deliver energy and tenderness without missing a beat. The title track "Livin'" smacks of a life gone well, followed by memories of a pair of lost loves on "Better" and "Whiskey Sunday." The threats of 'a family' man soars with "I'll Go To Prison," the twangy "History" reminds us how fragile love is, plus the truth-be- told "Lies." LiveWire's ability to relate to love, life and family continues with "What Makes You a Man" and the final track tells of courage mustered and romance busted with "Gone. An impressive album that should earn LiveWire a solid spot in country music rotation with several great cuts! 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 THE END OF SMOKING BARS IS NEARING I recently attended a func- tion at Stanza dei Signari over on Hanover Street in the North End of Boston. I had never been in a smoker's bar before and had no idea what to expect. I thought I would smell plenty of cigar odors but I didn't. The place obvi- ously has a good venting sys- tem. The place looked cool. There was a section behind a closed door where guys were smoking expensive cigars, watching a football game and drinking Bourbon. Not bad. The whtfle downstairs looks like every guy's image of a man cave. It had the feel of a place cut out of the inside of a mountain, a cave like I said. Soon, though, thanks to the Boston Health Depart- ment, these cigar bars will be banned in Boston. This is another attempt by gov- ernment to protect us from ourselves. We have come a long way since Paul Revere ended his midnight ride. SALESIANS BOYS & GIRLS CLUB PASTA NITE Don't forget Pasta Nite at the Salesians. This is a great annual fundraising event. I was there last year. You help out a great place and when you leave you aren't hungry anymore either. Tell Father John that Sal from the Post- Gazette sent you. What a deal for only ten bucks. Don't forget, November 2 "d from 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm. ROSLINDALE OPEN STUDIOS Once again, Roslindale Open Studios has returned for another year. This is year number 8 for this event which will feature over 100 local and visiting artists in 40 locations. This event is sponsored by the Roslindale Arts Alliance and will be held on November 3 rd & 4 th from 11:00 am until 5:00 pm. Remember, you will find art around every corner of Roslindale. For further infor- mation, please log on to RoslindaleOpenStudios. org. I LIKE CAPUANO BUT There are times he seems too big for himself as when he becomes a surrogate for Elizabeth Warren in her cam- paign against U.S. Senator Scott Brown. He plays that class warfare stuff too far when he actually makes fun of Brown's daughter Arianna and her show horse. He says he owns a Ford Escape and his son has a dog. I'm sur- prised he didn't make his metaphor better by saying he once drove a Ford Pinto. This race should be about the issues facing all of us, but it has come down to don't vote for Brown because his daughter owns a horse when I can only afford a crummy dog. I think, perhaps, what Capuano's district needs is a bit of fresh air. Maybe, after seven terms, Cap's get- ting a bit stale. That line about pushing back on family members who like Brown seemed sorta un-Christian- like, especially being made inside a place called Portu- guese Holy Ghost Society Hall. Sounding tough doesn't make you right. However, it can also be counter-pro- ductive. Perhaps, the con- gressman's recent campaign rhetoric might serve as a re- minder that term limits isn't such a bad idea, huh? NON-STOP TO WHERE? The other evening coming home through the Callahan tunnel, I noticed an airline ad on a billboard facing me at the start of the McClellan Highway Route 1 announc- ing you could now get daily non-stop flights to Milwau- kee. I had to wonder who _k "d that Logan finally has non-stops to this city. I myself have to think, isn't January or February a great time to vacation in Milwaukee, NOT. I have to think the last time I was in the City of Beer had to be NEVER. My late brother Dominic went there once on business for two days and took in a Brewers-Red Sox game since he could never afford to see the Brewers at Fenway Park. FLOATING RESTAURANT PLANNED FOR EASTIE If Boston Harbor Cruises' principal owner Rick Nolan has his way, there will be a restaurant anchored just off Piers Park. Recently, he and Harry Collins pitched their idea at a meeting of the Jeffries Point Neighborhood Association. If it comes to pass, the name of the place will be dubbed "The Moor- ing." The more I hear of this idea, the better I like the sound of this restaurant on the water. SAD TIMES FOR CHARLESTOWN The charging of a long- time City Hall guy from Charlestown reportedly for possession of kiddie porn on his home computer has ap- parently ripped the neighbor- hood apart. He comes from a prominent political family and had been a good friend and ally of the mayor. He started off back in 1984 shortly after Ray Flynn came into office as mayor. I know him and many of his family members from my years of living in CharlestowrIjj'Lpg politics. This terribleirws story once again points out the effect this kind of crime has on so many innocent folks. Shame and anger al- ways rise to the surface from it all. We live in a not so nice place sometimes and can never lower our guard in the protection of our children. Criminal minds seem every- where, but that's the world we live in today. GATEWAY TO 24 SOUTHIE APARTMENTS Down on West Broadway years ago, old St. Peter and Paul's Church was turned into condo units and now the original Gate of Heaven Church may be turned into apartment units thanks to plans by South Boston devel- oper Jon Cronin to convert the former Archdiocese of Boston property at 616 East 4 th Street into 24 residential units. The 4-story building, the original Gate of Heaven Church, was built in 1863 and became the parish hall in 1900 when the current church replaced it. Cronin calls the original parish church, "A beautiful old brick building in a great little neighborhood with won- derful neighbors." Report- edly, the exterior of the building will be preserved. For the neighborhood, the influx of parking is a major concern. The archdiocese is also in talks with another developer that would convert the former Gate of Heaven School building into more apartments in this South Boston neighborhood. PUT THOSE RUMORS TO REST Those rumors making their way around District 1 that Sal LaMattina was going to be leaving office have absolutely no merit. This Sal was talking to that Sal in question and he told me that he loves his job represent- ing constituents in District 1 and has no plans whatso- ever in giving up his seat on the Boston City Council. 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