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...
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On September 3rd I reviewed the wonderful title
track of this album, and seventeen days later Mr. Hunter is scheduled to
be on my TV show, Visual Radio Live, 8:00 PM carried on wincam.org We’re going to explore his album in depth, but right now, here are my immediate thoughts.
“Comfortable (Flyin’ Scotsman)” has a roller coaster “Brown Sugar”
ride resplendent in that classic style familiar to Mott The Hoople fans
around the globe. The Rolling Stones may have been exiled on Main
Street back in the 1970s but as Ian Hunter crafts album after album with
solid songwriting his musical essays are expanding the original vision
Arlocor Music has released a 5 song maxi-CD from
Joey Ammo, recorded at New Alliance Audio in Cambridge. It is a
terrific outing from the former lead singer of Boston area legend
Birdbrain in a nice compact package rife with the obligatory religious
overtones. Opening with a quick burst of “Love Me”, in all its
glorious two minutes and fifty seconds, the authoritative riff brings
Seattle-styled alt rock to this era with the gritty determination that
was such a big part of Birdbrain. The unrequited love hook is followed
by Badfinger/Eric Clapton/Cream kinda jangles. Mike Davy and Ammo are a
charging guitar duo with lines that flourish, Davy and Alan Ferix
(bass) also adding great vocal harmonies. READ MORE HERE:
Dean Petrella sings “Trade Up” with an
exuberance that’s been missing on so many recordings being issued both
independently and by record labels (not to mention those forced on us by
corporate radio.) The second surprise here is that this great little
song is all that is on the CD single; a relentless onslaught of the
clever words and compelling music keeps your attention focused on one
fantastic tune as it spins in the car stereo.
It’s probably my favorite single since Marilyn Manson’s “The Dope
Show”, though a lot more uptempo and exhilarating . Listening to this
Rhode Island group’s music for over a decade (see my reviews on Rovi /
AllMusic.com ) all I can say is that I wish more artists would go back
to the single as a way of garnering attention. “Trade Up” has all the
elements: great production, a passionate vocal and a band, the Complaints, that hit it out of the park. Just superb. 16) Stephen Day Namaste 3 song E.P.
2)Top of the Stairs
3)11th & Montana
"Namaste", the song, is a nice one-word chant - a bit simpler than Jim Pepper's underground classic "Witchy Tai Toe" It's a driving four minute and fifty-one second essay with Indian instruments, Rolling Stones bassist Darryl Jones, and Stephen Day's very clever and matter-of-fact vocals which work as effectively as David LaFlamme and It's A Beautiful Day's iconic "White Bird", though Day's voice is more appealing, as is the psychedelic guitar that kicks in during the last minute as the orchestration fades. As wonderful as that track is my fave has to be "Top of the Stairs". The EP was recorded in Delhi india and in three different studios in Hollywood and the production is reminiscent of The New Radicals 1999 hit "You Get What You Give" http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/You_Get_What_You_Give
A lilting "na na" over the swirling instruments and voices that go counter to the melody make for an extraordinary listening experience. Very nice indeed. "11th and Montana"could show up in a Neil Young movie, on the back of a wooden house on the farm with what sounds like a ukulele or banjo, low key Simon & Garfunkel with a solid backbeat. The 3 song sampler oozes with professionalism and fun, great stuff.
In The Pink was a popular Boston area group and
their bassist was (for a limited time) Berklee graduate Gary Schutt.
With Puppets in Symmetry Schutt blasts an all out pop/rock assault that
hearken’s back to late 80s metal, though heavy on the misogynistic
tendencies. “Psycho Bitch” is as much fun as it is politically
incorrect, head bangers will find its core – a man being physically
abused by his girlfriend – a good back atcha that will have Dr. Phil
scratching his head with worry. It’s hard to say it’s all in good fun as
the guy is emotionally and physically wounded by his chosen one not
being stable enough to be with him “forever”, as the song promises.
Domestic abuse is front and center these days and if the song emerged
out of a personal experience the protagonist has chosen an angry audio
assault for his therapy rather than, well…therapy!Read more here: http://www.tmrzoo.com/2012/38641/music-review-gary-schutt-puppets-in-symmetry
Joe Viglione of Medford was just 15 years old in
1969 when he produced his first issue of Varulven, a fan magazine
featuring interviews and film and music reviews. A collector of 8mm
science fiction and fantasy films, Viglione was also an aspiring
filmmaker and musician whose original songs first aired on WBCN-FM when
he was 17.
THANK YOU ED SYMKUS