The Joe Vig Top 40

Critic Joe Viglione reviews movies, books, DVDs, CDs, and has all sorts of opinions on a variety of things. The monthly Top 40 is a sort-of directory... commentaries and essays expand the thought process on RockJournalistJoeVig.blogspot.com ...so the reviews on the Top 40 aren't final, they are just the starting point to more discussion. You can always contact Joe directly at visual_radio [@] yahoo.com

Saturday, June 02, 2007

 

June 2007 Top 40 - Just A Few Reasons Why Joe Vig is one of the most prolific writers in New England.

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Photo of Little Walter DeVenne, DJ featured in our story on radio this week (June 1) in the North Shore Sunday.
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Joe Vig's Top 40 for June, 2007

Welcome! Enclosed are some of my reviews and stories appearing in other publications as well as goodies that we have written (me and my alter ego) specifically for this blog.

Enjoy!

1)Shock and Awe Jocks from the North Shore Sunday, June 1, 2007
http://www.townonline.com/northshoresunday/homepage/x317119233


2)Rani Arbo & Daisy Mayhem
http://allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:avfexzy5ldfe


3)Tim Giovanniello review forthcoming, it's in the CD player now 6/2/07



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4)Barry Goudreau on Barnes & Noble.com

http://music.barnesandnoble.com/search/product.asp?z=y&EAN=793018210423&itm=2

5)God Lives Underwater "Up Off The Floor"
http://allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&token=&sql=10:39frxqlsldfe


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6)BRADDIGAN LIVE AT GOUCHER COLLEGE (Review to follow)


http://braddigan.com/newsletter/06December.html






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7) "Queen Tribute" by Valensia

http://allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:axfexqyald0e


Not to be confused with last month's #12 record (May Joe Vig Top 40)
Northey Valenzuela (self-titled CD)

Review by Joe Viglione
The pairing of guitarist/vocalist Craig Northey with vocalist/guitarist Jesse Valenzuela works very well on Northey Valenzuela's eponymous album, though the cover photo leaves a lot to be desired and doesn't give a glimpse of the great sounds within. The disc opens with a laid-back semi-driving "Talk to Yourself," a very appealing slice of pop drawing from Dwight Twilley and perhaps R.E.M. doing the Eagles' "Already Gone" at half speed. "Counting on You" borrows liberally from George Harrison's "Paperback Writer" riff, and that's a good thing on this bright and shiny music, sounds on that song representative of what you'll find here. "You gotta be cruel to be kind" is a line from track seven, "Let It Go," a little hint that Nick Lowe is an influence, and a positive one at that.

full review:

http://allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:fpftxqydld6e


















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8)Blues Caravan The New Generation
http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&token=E1B2E2E2651DC44CAC776BD8CB651099EE22A349FF6E&sql=10:jzfrxqqrld6e


9)Home and Garden review
http://allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:hxfrxq95ldfe



10)Stop The War Coalition: Benefit Concert Featuring Brian Eno
ALLMUSIC.COM
http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:0cfyxqedldhe


ALLMOVIE.COM
http://allmovie.com/cg/avg.dll?p=avg&sql=1:357199

11)South of Delia / Richard Shindell


http://allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&token=&sql=10:3vftxzu5ldhe






12)The Best of the Joe Perry Project: The Music Still Does the Talking
Well, Billie Montgomery Hirsch Alexander Perry may have pushed her husband on to American Idol....maybe she did, maybe she didn't; the new Mrs. Perry might have also told Steve Tyler to take a hike and leave Aerosmith so she could front the band?
Only her hairdresser and plastic surgeon know for sure... but we have the
Barnes & Noble posting of my review of THE BEST OF THE JOE PERRY PROJECT...this is the stuff he did before Billie left Willie Loco to get her hands on Mr. Perry:

http://music.barnesandnoble.com/search/product.asp?z=y&EAN=612657009826&itm=2


The moral of the story? Joe Perry - let the music do the talking, not the second wife! (Disclaimer: We are Joe Perry fans! It's the 2nd wife we have a problem with!!!)

13)P.J. Shapiro article in Medford Mercury by Joe Vig
http://www.pjshapiro.com/IKWYMO_Reviews.html

14)Bette Midler THE ROSE (CD Soundtrack)
http://www.betteontheboards.com/boards/album-10.htm


15)Lynn Anderson LIVE AT THE RENAISSANCE THEATER

http://shopping.msn.com/Reviews/shp/?itemId=95886486


16)Butterfly Joe on Artist Direct.com
http://www.artistdirect.com/nad/store/artist/album/0,,957264,00.html




17)Bill Janovitz on Visual Radio 2007

http://varulven.com/video.html



18)Charlie Farren's WORLD GONE WILD
http://www.charliefarren.com/Charlie%20Farren%20Reviews%20-%20AMG%20-%20Joe%20Vig.htm


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19)Compilation: Atom Records The First Five Years (2001-2006)

http://cdbaby.com/cd/atomrec

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20)IN DEFENSE OF OUR AMERICA - Book by Anthony D. Romero and Tina Temple-Raston






23)Piper - Billy Squier's PIPER CD on MP3.com Review by Joe Vig
http://www.mp3.com/albums/60842/reviews.html


OK, I couldn't find the PIPER cover so here's the sequel, "Can't Wait" photo






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24)707 GREATEST HITS LIVE
http://allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:difuxqedldse



25)Ken Elkinson "Revelry"
http://allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:fifexqy0ldse


26)BLACKALICIOUS
http://allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:kvfyxqydldte

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27)Blacktop Mourning


Review forthcoming
http://music.download.com/blacktopmourning/3600-8691_32-101039971.html

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28)John R. Phillips - REVIVAL TIME

http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:gbfixqukldje

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29) Calling All Angels - Jack's Waterfall

http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:axfrxq90ldfe


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30)Adverbs by Daniel Handler



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31)Bob Dylan after the ... 97.3 E.Z. Rock site

http://www.ezrock.com/album/857853/review

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32)Lawrence Donegan on Barnes & Noble
http://music.barnesandnoble.com/search/artistbio.asp?CTR=120911


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33)He's a Rebel: Phil Spector Rock and Rolls Legendary Producer (Paperback)
by Mark Ribowsky (Author)






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34)Kerry Kearney's "Welcome To The Pyschedelta"

http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:fxfwxqr0ldfe


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35) For the First Time
Nick Bukuvalas


http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&uid=10:34:00|PM&sql=Adcfuxqu0ldse

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36) How To Create A Rumba or {Como se forma una Rumba)
http://allmovie.com/cg/avg.dll?p=avg&sql=1:289396


(Review should post in a week or so on Allmovie.com)

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37)The Heebie-jeebies at Cbgb's: A Secret History of Jewish Punk By Steven Lee Beeber


http://books.google.com/books?id=Loulao8hWM8C&dq=heebee+jeebies+cbgb's&printsec=frontcover&source=web&ots=X38wNHtqsB&sig=2LaxdSH1aVc_NoM5UxK3uga49dU#PPP1,M1



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38)Eden's Children Part of the Bosstown Sound
http://www.mmguide.musicmatch.com/album/album.cgi?ALBUMID=1044213&AMGLENGTH=full#review



39)Chris Pureka's DRYLAND as reviewed for Inside Out Magazine, Hudson Valley, NY

March Issue


Artist: Chris Pureka
Title: Dryland
Label: Sad Rabbit Music
Year: 2006
Catalog # 329112

Dryland is an impressive follow up to Chris Pureka's first full-length disc, Driving North. Pureka's distinctive voice takes the listener to the places
explored by Elton John and Bernie Taupin back in the days of their Tumbleweed Connection album. It's pop music for the old west, a perfect soundtrack for a
sequel to Brokeback Mountain, perhaps Brokeback Mountain from the female perspective. This Dryland speaks with authority, a youthful voice chock full of
wisdom articulating the moods that swing from disappointment to want, expressed effectively in songs like "Come Back Home" and the title track. "The last
time I saw it I was heading north to the mountain-lands and here I am" she sings in the song "Dryland", perhaps referencing the earlier work while
continuing the theme of missing, waiting and wanting. Pureka has that same drive Janis Ian displayed post "Society's Child" and before her "At Seventeen" phase
with the songs building upon each other, unstated connections that form a cohesive whole, like chapters of the same book. Dryland is a finely textured
fabric, the soaring "Momentary Thief" continuing the requests, the singer putting her private meditations out for public inspection. Co-producer/engineer Marc
Alan Miller helps create a sparse environment for the variety of instruments, and that allows them to slip in and out of the melodic passages without intruding
on the words. The combination of the upright bass from Andy Rice mixed with Sebastian Renfield's ambient electric guitar and violins mark the first song, These
Pages, with an eloquence that reflects the singer's intent. These aren't simple Top 40 poems put to music, they read like pages from a diary with the
songwriter changing the melodies and chords to fit her unique story-telling form. Yes, each title has the ability to work separately from this setting as album
tracks or even a potential Triple A radio single, think Tracy Chapman being low-key and telling her stories in a different framework. It is complex music,
but the complexities don't take away from Chris Pureka's ability to entertain while getting so many issues off her mind.

A different review of Chris Pureka by Joe Vig on Allmusic.com
http://allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:3vfoxqudldse


40)Real Estate Debt Can Make You Rich: What You Owe Today Is What You Will Be Worth Tomorrow (Paperback) by Steve Dexter

Interview on Visual Radio will be posted soon.



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The Atlantics
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