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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#1 Steve Hunter
Steve “the Deacon” Hunter’s The Manhattan Blues Project
(Deaconrecords (884501903240) is a superb and visionary exploration of
the guitar that sets a mood and lends itself to repeated spins. Opening
with “Prelude to the Blues” you can hear tender melodies from Alice
Cooper’s “I Never Cry” slipping into the guitarlines while 222 W.23rd
has a panther-like feel setting the tone perfectly for any upcoming spy
movie interested in picking this up. Hunter whispers the song title
as well as the word “electrified” in the middle of the song; that – and
some Abbey Road-styled backing vocals on “Gramercy Park” – are the only
voices this critic hears on the otherwise all instrumental disc.
Track 5 is a cover of Peter Gabriel’s “Solsbury Hill” and though
Gabriel’s brilliance cannot be denied I tend to like the instrumental
here better. The fact that Steve Hunter and his colleague, Dick
Wagner, played on the former Genesis lead singer’s 1977 Car album,
produced by Bob Ezrin, is notable as Hunter is probably the guitar
player on the Peter Gabriel solo hit (or one of them as King Crimson’s
Robert Fripp also appears on the Car lp). Read more here:
Steve Hunter will be on Visual Radio Live on June 27, 2013
8 PM Thursday evening http://www.wincam.org
#2 The Rolling Stones
Joe Viglione review
For long-time Rolling Stones fans who have seen the group perform
during the Mick Taylor era and the early days of Ron Wood – and who are
overwhelmed by the jungle of stuff – all the books, DVDs and online
media covering/surrounding the Greatest Rock & Roll band in the
world, Crossfire Hurricane is a wonderful succinct history perfectly
told in a most satisfying way.
This Brett Morgen film is tightly presented with colorful
psychedelia, a terrific “Midnight Rambler”, and lots of information told
in the first person by the boys in the band.
It has the feel of Bob Smeaton’s work with The Beatles on their
Anthology series and, truth be told, why the Stones didn’t put their own
Anthology series together with an idea for a similar high-end project
is a sign of the times. Read more here:
3)Juke Box Heo Lou Gramm and Scott Pitoniak
4) A Lowbudget Barrel of Monkees
5) Jann Klose
6)GIRL ON TOP LIVE FOR IT
featuring the John Fannon production of Karen DeBiasse and band singing Ozzy Osborne's
10. I Don't Want to Stop
7)THE ROLLING STONES UNDER REVIEW
Under Review 1962-1966 the first DVD
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8) STARS & STRIPES AND MILESTONES
10) Steve Chizmadia.
Produced by Peter Calo
is an award winning artist from the Hudson Valley with strong roots in the
singer songwriter tradition, country and rock. His influences include The
Beatles, Townes Van Zandt, Pete Seeger, Steve Earle, and a host of others too
numerous to mention. He's a regular on the Hudson Valley scene with a steadily
growing fan base nationwide. Steve is a winner of The 2011 Hudson Valley
SongFest Emerging Artist Competition, 2011 Wildflower! Music and Art Festival
songwriting competition, 2011 Woody Guthrie Songwriting Contest (Third Place)
and a 2011 Kerrville New Folk finalist. He was the 2010 grand prize winner of
the Music 2Life songwriting competition (created by Noel "Paul" Stookey of
Peter, Paul and Mary) for "The Wall Street Fat Cat Tax Payer Bail Out Blues",.
His first C.D. "It Is What It Is" reached number 12 on the folk D.J. Charts in
He has been a
Kerrville New Folk finalist (2003), a finalist in the Strum magazine songwriting
competition (2010) twice received honorable mention from the Woody Guthrie
songwriting competition (2005, 2010) and has had a tri-centric showcase at
NERFA. He's currently working on his latest C.D. with producer Peter Calo. Steve
plays Gibson and Gretsch guitars.
Chizmadia - six and twelve string guitars, mandolin
Of All Trades"
What It Is"
Hill: We're All Here"
"Hudson Harding Holiday c.d.
Street Fat Cat Tax Payer Bail Out Blues"
11)‘After Earth’ Review – A Great Sci-Fi Movie by M. Night Shyamalan
OK, the reviews are already in and the critics (except for me) seem to really and truly hate After Earth
In fact, one such individual was leaving the theater yelling that he
hates M. Night Shyamalan and thinks he “hasn’t made a good movie since
was OK, and The Sixth Sense
brilliant, but what confounds me is the onslaught of negative reviews on
what I found to be a wonderfully exotic, big science fiction film that
breaks new ground. We’re all entitled to our opinions, and my feeling
is that Will Smith is a pivotal movie star in the sci-fi genre and that
this could be his best performance in a science fiction film.
Shyamalan gives us big, big sets at the films onset. Big apartment
buildings, a big spaceship, big caverns, taking what George Lucas took
from Fritz Lang’s Metropolis and making it larger, more in-depth, more
like something to watch in awe. The spaceship is amazing and – voila –
it actually gets stuck in an asteroid storm, something that devout Star Trek
fans like myself always wondered how and why Warp Speed was never
bogged down by little minute details like a planet the size of Jupiter
in your way.
12) Randy Roos MISTRAL
's guitarist Randy Roos
released his first solo album on Boston legend Bruce Patch
's Spoonfed records, a label which would issue discs by Third Rail produced by Ric Ocasek
Reddy Teddy, the Remains, J.T.S. Flying, and others. "Stew" is a song
that has some great wailing guitar behind percussion and rhythms, the
early playing of this virtuoso falling somewhere between Pat Metheny
and Steve Vai
. The plethora of instruments utilized by the guitarist expose the talents he brought to Rick Berlin
quirky early work on Epic, the bold and highly experimental Orchestra
Luna disc. All those avant-garde notions are stripped away for a smooth
and precise coloring of original tunes and collaborations which range
from three and a half minutes to nearly eight minutes in length. The
instrumentalist notes the different tools he uses to get the sounds on
each song, "Platypus" containing more jazz improvisation, while "Inward
Stroke" is just a lovely, subdued combination of mellow guitar sounds.
"The Hunt" is a bit more driving, allowing Randy Roos
the liberty to stretch. "Horizon Game" opens side two and has more
exquisite playing, inspired ideas which are the furthest thing from
redundant, sounds expanding on "Innisfree" and concluding with the
seven-minute-plus "Marcel Marceau (Three Little Things)," the epic track
on the Mistral
album as "Doris Dreams" was to the Orchestra Luna disc. Read more here:
13)LIBERACE: THE ULTIMATE ENTERTAINER
Huffington Post review
14) Rolling Stones Under Review 1967-1969