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As we build our new Top 40 for June keep in mind, we also have a Top 10 list of songs played on Joe Vig's Pop Explosion
Joe Vig's reviews on Sabotage Times
1)Don't Let Me Down - the Beatles
2)FLY AWAY - Fox Pass
3)Neighbourood - Space
June is a work in progress, stay tuned.
Michael J. Roy Eclectricity
Mike Roy's first solo album features fourteen tracks by the long-time guitarist and founding member of pioneering Boston new wave band Fox Pass as well as Mercury recording artist Tom Dickie and the Desires. "Land of Forgotten Dreams" blasts things off at 3:27 proclaiming that the veteran performer has no intention of dropping the rock. The 4:48 of "Barely There" is a luxurious riff (think 2nd side of Abbey Road) that is an instrospective lament while "Stop The Rain" owes nothing to Creedence. More like a John Lennon Starting Over track if Darryl Hall and John Oates were collaborating with the Beatle. Stompes/Fox Pass rhythm section Steve Gilligan (Bass) and Lenny Shea Jr. (Drums) would make you possibly think that this is 3/4 Pass, but it is not. The lethal Gilligan/Shea combo don't always have to play like Yardbirds "...ex-rhythm guitarist Chris Dreja bumped over on bass, Jim McCarty on stiff though effective drumming" which the liner notes to LIVE YARDBIRDS called "twin-steam shovels" - a favorite line of Fox Pass colleague Fred Pineau (who has the same initials as Fox Pass.) The 4 minutes plus of "On a Sunday" bring another brooding moment which blends into the uptempo "Your Own Way." Roy seems to be looking back on these songs, and they would have been nice additions to the Desires albums for sure. "The Difference" and "In a Well" both clock in at four minutes and seventeen seconds each, "In a Well," perhaps, the most likely candidate to be re-cut by Fox Pass for a reunion album sometime in the future. "Wherever You Are" features the background vocals of Nancy Francis (not to be confused with long-time Fox Pass associate Nancy Neon) and that's it for musicians, Shea, Gilligan and Francis buoy this extremely good solo recording from Mike Roy who plays every other instrument himself, a kind of Emmit Rhodes / Paul McCartney break-away
"Heartless" has fragments from the Crowded House hit "Something So Strong" - the first line of "Heartless", "How can I begin" mirroring "Love can make you weep." But it diverts quickly before going into "He's So Fine'/"My Sweet Lord" territory so Tommy Mottola won't have to come calling... Outside of the opening track (3:27,) "Heartless" (3:04), song 11 "Say Goodbye" (not Fox Pass classic "When I Say Goodbye) and track 13, "Wired to Wonderland" (2:38) the material veers mostly into four minute territory. There are many songs that are extremely appealing, but the 5:35 "Water from the Moon" is my favorite, thus far.
With bassist Steve Gilligan releasing multiple CDs, and Jon Macey's Actuality In Process, Intenion and collaboration with Gilligan, Everything Under the Sun, it's amazing that this is Michael J. Roy's solo debut. "You're Own Way" and "Water from the Moon" are catchy and memorable, so much material to absorb in what is certainly a burst of creative energy. Can't wait for the next.
BOBBY HEBB'S 'SUNNY'
ON NEW CD FROM GREEN TEA U.K.
Live at Elixir
Green Tea Live at Elixir
Review by Joe Viglione
The exquisite instrumental music played by keyboardist Andrey Novikov, guitarist Jake Pashkin, bassist Damien Langkamer, and drummer Gaetano di Giacomo is a sublime jazz/funk performed with the perfect touch. Not to be confused with the American group – also called Green Tea - which disbanded in September of 2014, the U.K. Green Tea adds a spacey vibration to its eclectic and moody musical presentation, track 5, “Red Baron,” a good case in point off of the CD Live at Elixr’s.
The band seems to be big on John Scofield, former guitarist with Andy Pratt (way back in the early 1970s) opening with Scofield’s “A Go Go” from his 1997/98 album of the same name (A Go Go, track 1) and closing with “Green Tea” – the 7th track from that disc, and clearly where the group found their name. The musicianship is most faithful, Green Tea (the band) giving a lighter version of Scofield though, at times, with cutting instrumental work carving out their own identity. It’s that ebb and flow from smooth to brittle that seems to define Green Tea’s version of the music they like.
“Cantaloupe Island’ changes gears, from Steely Dan-styled keyboards to heavily influenced-by-Hendrix guitar. Where Herbie Hancock’s original from the 1964-ish album Empyrean Isles sounds more like the Doors gone jazz (before the Doors ever put a note to record,) Green Tea take Hancock and bring him into the world of the artists noted above. Azymuth’s classic and sampled-many-times “Dear Limmertz” is delicious here, Green Tea providing ethereal partitions in their space/rock cum jazz flourishes.
The 5 minute 29 second rendition of "Sunny" blasts into the song with dexterity, an uptempo drive which flows from a dancing keyboard solo by Andrey Novikov into (via segue) drummer Gaetano di Giocomo’s vision, giving us 41 seconds of improvisation from 3:16 to 3:57 in the middle of Bobby Hebb's classic, Guitarist Jake Pashkin has style and passion, the sound from his axe reminiscent of Greg Howe's "Sunny" that has permeated YouTube.
Green Tea’s “Sunny” is a welcome addition to the Bobby Hebb collection of “Sunny” covers and worth of your attention.
BOBBY HEBB'S 'SUNNY'
ON FROM GREEN TEA U.K.’s CD
Live at Elixir
Members: Andrey Novikov, keyboards
Jake Pashkin, guitar
Damien Langkamer, bass
Gaetano di Giacomo, drums
ARTICLE ON GREEN TEA bassist Damien Langkamer
ELSEWHERE 4 song E.P. plus Radio Edit
Met the lead singer/guitarist of Elsewhere, Michael Aroian, at the Model Cafe in Allston for the June 2015 edition of the Rock n Roll Social and he gave me a copy of the new E.P. created with Boston notable David Minehan of Wooly Mammoth Studio (Minehan out on tour with The Replacements at the time this essay is written, June 11, 2015.)
The disc starts off with "Multi-Man," a highly commercial slice of what the group calls "Progressive Punk." Perhaps 'progressive/alternative' is more like it as the guitar, bass and drums all combine for a driving and smart pop tune which fluctuates from the music of Sparks, King Crimson (think "21st Century Schizoid Man" on steroids,) the Romantics, Rush and much more, all put into a mixer to come up with something fresh, new and exciting. "Multi-Man" is the PICK TO CLICK on the Top 40 this month of June, 2015. The full-length that starts the CD off is 5:09, the radio edit clocks in at 4;12 and concludes the disc.
"We've Got a Movement" has cascading guitars to complement the revolutionary theme. With the addition of his keyboards, guitarist/singer Aroian builds a big sound, think Peter Townshend and the Who circa the Who's Next / Lifehouse phase.
Track #3 is a live version of "Waiting Alone for a Spotlight," the studio take on the album entitled 1981 album. Recorded Live at Ralph's Chadwick Diner in Worcester you can hear the studio version of it on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zK8a5nC6ydI The material is just as strong live as Elsewhere's studio recordings are, a consistent presentation that buzzes along in a fun and entertaining way.
Track #4 "Before the Stars Align" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x7L4bDTM0yQ rocks out on the live tape, also from Ralph's Diner More groups should consider putting the emphasis on a couple of new recordings and emphasizing material from a previous outing in a "live," remix or out-take setting. With the glut of new music from so many artists, old and new, it's mandatory to get a song out to as many ears as possible. Revisions of previous work gives those titles another shot at becoming a familiar favorite.
"Multi-Man" - the song - is a standout.
The Rolling Stones "Satisfaction" 50th Anniversary
TOM DICKIE AND THE DESIRES COMPETITION
By Joe Viglione on AllMusic.com
Tom Dickie reinvented his formula after the failure of Susan on RCA. He brought half of Boston's underground band Fox Pass on board -- guitarist Mike Roy and singer/songwriter/poet Jon Macey (formerly Jon Hall, who changed his name to Macey to avoid confusion with John Hall, leader of the group Orleans). "Downtown Talk" kicks off the Competition LP and remains the best song by this pop band. Resplendent with drug references, "Downtown Talk" has a hard-hitting riff and catchy melody. The title track's calypso feel is a nice diversion from the rest of the LP. "Waiting, Waiting" has a boss riff and is perhaps the album's best performance.
TOM DICKIE AND The Desires
REVIEW BY Joe Viglione
With a crisper sound than its predecessor, the Competition LP, Ed Sprigg's production of The Eleventh Hour helps the revamped Tom Dickie & the Desires, but not enough. Singer/songwriters Tom Dickie and Jon Macey as well as guitarist Mike Roy are all playing synthesizers, replacing Gary Corbett from the first album. Mickey Currey has departed, and Chuck Sabo handles the drums and percussion on this disc. With the band having a chance to jell since Competition, the songs are more concise, perhaps even a little more determined,
A New Era for Fox Pass
MARTY BALIN LIVE ON THE BOSTON ESPLANADE, JUNE 14, 2008
Produced and Directed by Joe Viglione
Article by Ed Wrobleski
DVD Review: Marty Balin Live On the Esplanade
It was a very high energy show. Marty covered a good portion of his well-known catalog from the Jefferson Airplane, Jefferson Starship and solo material including such masterpieces as “Runaway,” “Somebody to Love,” “White Rabbit,” which features Didi Stewart from Boston area favorites Girls Night Out and Didi Stewart & The Amplifiers on lead vocals, the Berklee College professor doing a fine job on these two giants from the ‘Summer of Love.’ And what vocals!…so amazingly close to Grace Slick. It gave Marty a breather so that he could counterpunch the crowd with his voice on classics like “Count on Me,” “Miracles,” “Volunteers,” his Top 10 solo hit “Hearts” plus a few more.
I thought that not only the performance was fabulous but the bonus footage was superb as well, such as Marty rehearsing for the gig, a splendid rendition of the Essra Mohawk/Duke Williams tune “Shaping the Night,” a one hour interview with Marty , interviews with Signe Anderson the original founding lead singer of the Airplane predecessor to Grace Slick, along with interview footage of the two Airplane biographers, Jeff Tamarkin and Craig Fenton. What more could we ask for? You get a lot of bang for your buck here you won’t be disappointed it’s a fine two and a half hour monumental piece that will stand the test of time in years to come.
In this reviewer’s opinion it deserves five stars all around the board for content and nothing else is yet out there “solo” on this Iconic Rockand Roll Hall of Fame legend. You can find Marty on J.A. and J.S. DVDs, of course, but this film, produced and directed by Joe Viglione, is the initial blast of Marty Balin live on DVD.
Special Thanks to Guest Contributor Ed Wrobleski
An Interview with Peppy Castro
An Interview with Peppy Castro of the Blues Magoos
A: Over the years and decades people have always been suggesting a reunion. It actually took years to put into place. Once it was decided that we would attempt it, I (Peppy) came up with the CD title. I wanted to have the word Psychedelic in the title as this has been part of the groups legacy.
Q:It’s fun to see Mark Lindsay with a splashy, colorful CD cover, as well as current “garage bands” utilizing neo-psychedelia – perhaps pastel meets psychedelic. Who did your cover art and who came up with the concept?
A: The Cover was a combination of two friends and myself. Kenn Lubin who is an iconic Art Director started it off and then Scotty McAloon took it from there and did the majority of the lay out and design. They both are with a company called King Displays in New York that do all the signage for the Broadway Shows among other things.
Q: Do you know what TV show this clip of We Ain’t Got Nothing Yet is from?
A: Sorry I did survive the sixties in tact but haven’t a clue anymore as to where that one was. I want to say a local TV show in Texas?
Q:What was the “Demo That Got The Deal” for the 45 RPM on Verve Records and/or was it a live performance that got the contract for”So I’m Wrong and You Are Right” b/w “The People Had No Faces”
A: Really The Magoos on the streets of New York playing the Nite Owl Cafe got us the attention but I would say both songs were independently produced and that secured the Verve Deal.
Q:Were guitarist Dennis LePore and drummer Jon Finnegan onboard for the Verve single or had they already been replaced by Geoff Daking on drums and Mike Esposito on guitar?
A: Yes we never went to records with Dennis and John.
Q:What is the current 2015 line-up of Blues Magoos?
A: Ralph Scala (Keys voc Orig) Geoff Daking (Orig drums) Peppy Castro (Orig Guitar/vox Mike Ciliberto (New Member Guitar
Peter Stuart Kolhman (New member Bass).
Q:What was the Demo that Got The Deal for Mercury Records or was it a live show?
A: I’d say more based on the group live.
Q:Did you know other Mercury/Philips acts like Spanky & Our Gang, Bobby Hebb and Buzzy Linhart?
A: We were on the same bills with Spanky and knew them as label mates and casually at shows. I didn’t know Bobby Hebb but was very close with Buzzy.
Q:Did the Blues Magoos ever play onstage with Jimi Hendrix?
A: Never with a professional gig. He did come in and jam with us at the Nite Owl.
Q:Ralph and/or Peppy, did you fellows know Jimi Hendrix well?
A: We knew Jimi in passing and hanging out in the same places in the Village. The Tin Angel etc.
Q:Did you and Buzzy Linhart ever jam together with Hendrix?
A: Not all three. Separately. Again Buzzy was very close to all of us but I have to say more so with me. We spent a lot of time together.
Q:How does a group in 2015 launch a single in this climate? Internet radio, YouTube, traditional terrestrial radio?
A: All of the above. Sadly intellectual property and the sanctity of ones creative recorded works seems to be public domain these days.
Q:Are there plans for a follow-up to Psychedelic Resurrection?
A: At the moment it is a gargantuan effort to even play out and gig. The logistics of being a working band is much harder these days. So it is more a labor of love and reunion. We are taking things one day at a time. The creative juices are there though.
Q:The Vanilla Fudge play their self-titled hit album in its entirety on tour, will the Blues Magoos be performing Psychedelic Lollipop and/or Electric Comic Book on tours?
A: Not in it’s entirety. Oddly enough Basic Blues Magoos our 3rd Lp is a fabulous record and we even do some songs from that as well.
Q:Are you considering a live album from this tour?
A: It hasn’t been discussed. I think we are testing the waters.
Q:Do you have live tapes from previous years, and would you consider a vintage Blues Magoos Live album from tapes made back in the day?
A: We haven’t really done that much. One offs here and there. I don’t think recordings exist with any kind of quality. If we keep performing, that would be an option. The band is very musical live and the more we play out the tighter we become.
Q:What do you think of the CD vs Vinyl and the new Vinyl craze?
A: Vinyl is always welcomed to the purists. CD’s bring in a younger audience. I think both are pretty obsolete in the big picture because people just rip off the music and records sales are way off.
In 2011 Sundazed Records reissued Psychedelic Lollipop and Electric Comic Book on limited edition (1000 copies) vinyl and CD from the first generation Mercury master tapes with greatly improved sound quality compared to earlier reissues. (from Wikipedia)
A: The people at Sundazed are dedicated Audiophiles and keep the music alive and much appreciated.
Thanks for your time, Peppy!
My Pleasure Joe. All the best.
Peppy to be interviewed on BostonFreeRadio.com 2 pm on Wednesday, May 20, 2015. The Blues Magoos will appear at Johnny D’s in Somerville on Thursday, May 21, 7 PM
Here are the dates for Somerville/Boston, Connecticut and New York for this upcoming weekend.
May 21 – Somerville, MA – Johnny D’s
May 22 – New Haven, CT – Café Nine
May 23 – New York, NY – Bowery Electric
Duel Movie Review: Ex-Machina vs Poltergeist 2015POLTERGEIST 2015
Director Gil Kenan sets up a spooky scenario with Poltergeist 2015, child actor Kyle Catlett as the terrified Griffen Bowen makes the small house look so much larger. He, a lost soul a la the small alien from E.T. the Extra-Terrestria, is the center of the hysteria that is to follow, and it is that fear and sense of dread and wonder that director Kenan failed to elaborate on. A 3-D film that appears to have tricks made specifically for the 3-D glasses, poor Sam Rockwell can’t come to grips with the character he’s supposed to be playing, down and out dad Eric Bowen. After such striking work in Duncan Jones 2009 celebrated sci-fi flick, Moon, as well as his paranoid / schizophrenic Guy Fleegman in the 1999 Star Trek send-up, Galaxy Quest, this should have been a walk in the park for Rockwell. It’s his out of sorts demeanor that pulls the film one way while the novice Kyle Catlett gives the film its life. Actress Rosemarie DeWitt fares no better than Rockwell, her out-of-touch mom routine as Amy Bowen.
Hiring the older Will Robinson from 1998’s Lost In Space, Jared Harris sixteen years later, to be the “new” Tangina Barrons (played brilliantly by Zelda Rubinstein in the first three Poltergeist flicks.)
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Duel Movie Review: Ex-Machina vs Poltergeist 2015
THIS HOUSE IS CLEAN
Director Kenan beats us over the head with the “this house is clean” line, never once bringing something equally memorable to the updated version. It’s not a reboot, it’s a remake thirty-three years later, and while showing promise, the film fizzles terribly at the end, all the suspense and jolts evaporating like a ghost into thin air.
COME INTO THE LIGHT
Written and Directed by Alex Garland
As with Duncan Jones’ celebrated sci-fi mini-masterpieces, Moon and Source Code, Garland creates a compelling and quite interesting film, yet another perspective on artificial intelligence, and one that succeeds if you suspend your belief and watch the interplay between the characters.
The first question, of course, is why would some multi-billionaire owner of the “Blue Book” search engine (as thinly a veiled Google as the Michael Douglas/Demi Moore mini-classic Disclosure’s DigiCom appeared to be about the Digital Corporation) not have a bevy of human security around him and keep sober with so much at stake? The second question, one ignored by The Avengers Age of Ultron and The Matrix is that if these artificially inseminated machine gods really were plugged in to all of cyberspace, there would be absolutely no stopping them.
The term “Deus ex machina” – god (f)rom the machine – is a theme as well, one repeated in science fiction. From Stephen Spielberg’s A.I. to the Terminator and Matrix series, The Avengers Age of Ultron and now Alex Garland’s “Ex-Machina” – it coming on the heels of Ultron – these films being the most obvious of many, many other extensions of imagination into a world where the counterfeit is, somehow, supposed to be superior to the creator.
Friedrich Nietzsche’s Thus Spoke Zarathustra: A Book for All and None notes “I teach you the overman. Man is something that shall be overcome. What have you done to overcome him?” Science Fiction overrides Nietzsche’s man-into-god routine and forsakes mankind for a world where robots – even if microscopic and unseen by the human eye, are in control.
Where Will Smith had to fight off thousands, and then one, in I Robot, 26 year old Caleb (Domhnall Gleeson – who played Bill Weasley in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows) is in a modern day catacomb which, despite the trimmings, is as stark as anything in THX1138, the 1971 George Lucas/Francis Ford Coppola classic. The cat and mouse game – with Caleb as the mouse and both the android, Ava (as in the first letter of the alphabet Eve, or the counterfeit Eve, played well by Alicia Amanda Vikander) and her creator, Nathan Batgeman (Oscar Isaac who played the exiled Outcome operative, Number Three in 2012’s The Bourne Legacy) as the cats, engage in some kind of mind game triangle, just as Jodie Foster, Denzel Washington and Clive Owen did while working out the puzzles throughout Spike Lee’s “Inside Man.” Isaac and Jeremy Renner had great chemistry in The Bourne Legacy, but here there’s an intentional distance between Bateman and his ten-year junior employee Caleb Smith. And what’s with yet another use of the name Smith a la the main agent in The Matrix? Where Renner and Number Three were in the wilds of Alaska when Edward Norton decided he needed to eliminate them, Bateman and Smith are in a similar claustrophobic retreat filmed in Valldalen (or sometimes just Valldal), Norway.
The internet mogul has a harem of robots, quite predictable for the viewer when they first see Kyoko (the acting debut of Sonoya Mizuno, playing a servant with the name of Yoko Ono’s once-lost daughter, actually said to be a very common name in Japan.) Caleb Smith seems oblivious to Kyoko’s mechanical history, and Nathan Bateman’s aloof attitude, and descent into alcohol, is the antithesis of Victor Frankenstein, the modern Prometheus.
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Richard Berry LOUIE LOUIE
Steve Gilligan's Winter Rain doesn't believe in sorcery, at least that's what he says on track 2, "All That You Are." The CD Baby site notes that this CD is a " blend of contemporary acoustic based music, with hints of Celtic within an Americana framework." And that it is, "The Dawn of Bitter Moons" is not from the repertoire of John Philip Sousa, less military and more old world, permissible in the wild west when the minstrels hail from the emerald isle. "Tangle" is also gentle, Gordon Lightfoot, Kenny Rankin with Gilligan's enormous talents and imagination taking it into new territory. Where colleague Mike Roy offers 14 tracks, there are 13 on this 2014 release where its predecessor, 2012's Jacob's Well, gave the world 15. That's 28 songs between Jacob's Well and its sequel. "Lesson In Gray," track 11 off of of the Jacob's Well release fits nicely into "Tangle" from this disc, while "Change," track 10, is sort of like The Band backing Dylan if Dylan had as good a voice as Gilligan. "The Thunder Rolling By" has the authenticity with European flavors while "I Let Her Go" is pure Americana. Where multi-instrumentalist Peter Calo took songs of the old west and gave them his perspective on the CD Cowboy Song, Gilligan creates his own compositions, and - when put alongside his work in Fox Pass, the Stompers and Mike Roy's solo cd, Eclectricity - one can see just how brimming with talent and creativity the members of these respective groups are, and how distinctively different the album releases are from the music presented onstage when unique personalities combine to do something different.
How an artist takes special performances and brings them to the world when their known for playing rock clubs is the challenge, and with NPR, libraries and a plethora of streaming online radio stations, there are new outlets for this kaleidoscope of classy vocals and accompaniment.
COWBOY SONG PETER CALO
AllMusic Review by Joe Viglionehttp://www.allmusic.com/album/cowboy-song-mw0000586500
Peter Calo is known as both a jazz performer and session man, but on Cowboy Song ("Contemporary Arrangements of Songs From the American West") he turns his attention to traditional songs of the American frontier. The liner notes explain that the artist was inspired by the composition "Red River Valley," with its theme of parted lovers. Calo found many of these tunes in a book published in 1910 by University of Texas professor John Lomax, as well as in poet Carl Sandburg's collection The American Songbag. What he's created is an extraordinary 13-track collection of new interpretations of timeless melodies. Both ambitious and commendable, the artist flavors these renditions with his impeccable timing, sparse but eloquent instrumentation, and a sense of adventure. "Shenandoah" starts the album off, followed by a medley of "I Ride an Ol' Paint"/"St. James Infirmary." These are the performances with the most jazz influence, but things get decidedly more Old West with "A Cowboy's Lament," featuring Antoine Silverman's very nice violin work. Calo essays his thoughts on much of the material in the liner notes, and the eight-page booklet is very detailed. The musicians attack this material as if it is their own, and that's the beauty of Cowboy Song -- sincere reworking of music, much of which came from a time before tape recorders. In probably the same fashion as classical music has floated down the rivers of time, so too "Red River Valley" is reborn with cello, violin, and Calo's acoustic guitar.
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