Monday, November 18, 2019

Friday Nov 22, Wild Allegations, Alexandria Lillian, Brother Odd, Kid Wolf Saturday Nov 23 @ Club Bohemia

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Friday November 22 @ the one and only 
CLUB BOHEMIA
Event Page for Friday 11/22/19
https://www.facebook.com/events/554053365407753/
The Wild Allegations, 
Alexandria Lillian, 
Brother Odd 

Event Page for Friday 11/22/19
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Club Bohemia on Friday and Saturday …Friday November 22, 2019 The Wild Allegations, Alexandria Lillian, Brother Odd and Kid Wolf are at Club Bohemia @ The Cantab Lounge, 728 Mass. Ave in Cambridge. Saturday night there’s Metal Madness meets Punk Attitude with Chapels, Psycho featuring Charlie Infection, Z/28 and Stasis. It’s your Cantab pre-Thanksgiving party. https://thesomervillenewsweekly.blog/2019/11/19/hotline-to-the-underground-week-5-by-joe-viglione-monday-nov-18-2019/ 




This Saturday Night - Pre Thanksgiving BLAST

NOV23
Chapels,Psycho,Z/28 and Stasis
Public · Hosted by Psychoboston and Charlie Infection

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Chapels
Psycho
Z/28
Stasis




Club Bohemia Top 10


#1 TABLE SCRAPS by TOM MICH



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Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Friday Central Underground: Deep House 11/15 - and Saturday 11/16 - Kids Like You and Me Present Saturday 11/16/19 + Aquaman DVD Review, ERIC LEE, BORN YESTERDAY

FRIDAY NOVEMBER 15
CENTRAL UNDERGROUND
DEEP HOUSE AT CLUB BOHEMIA



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SATURDAY NOVEMBER 16
Kids Like You & Me (KLYAM) Presents:

FACEBOOK EVENT PAGE
https://www.facebook.com/events/3112258102180490/




M.O.T.O (NH)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aWTiVbA0z8I
https://www.facebook.com/MOTO-17549598293/

ELECTRIC STREET QUEENS
https://electricstreetqueens.bandcamp.com/
https://www.facebook.com/ElectricStreetQueens/

STICKER SHOCK
https://stickershock.bandcamp.com/
https://www.facebook.com/stickershock/

JOHNNIE AND THE FOODMASTERS
https://johnnieandthefoodmasters.bandcamp.com/
https://www.facebook.com/johnnieandthefoodmasters/

$10 8 PM 21+

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November 23  PSYCHO RETURNS

 

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November 29

Soaked in Strange, Bare Ass, Hate the Thought, & Reapercussion


Event page:
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Soaked in Strange is playing alongside other bands Bare Ass, Hate the Thought, and Reapercussion

Directions to the club 


DIRECTIONS TO CLUB BOHEMIA IN CENTRAL SQ at the CANTAB,  
738 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139     tel: (617)354 2685

Click here:
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TRIP ADVISOR

REVIEW OF BAD ANGLE
#2 BAD ANGLE
"Wrong Side" starts off this super fun e.p. with a dash of mid-70s Deep Purple (you KNOW which Purple I mean!) - three minutes and fifty-four seconds beginning with underwater guitar blending into a guitar lead that is intertwined with police sirens followed by a catchy riff and a memorable chorus. This is no-nonsense rock and roll which melts into the sounds of the sea for track two, "Sea of She," clocking in at 5:08 it's got the Mick Ralphs/Bad Company "Ready For Love" feel, a ballad that rocks inside the moody tempo. Co-founder Bill Passaro's drums churn away with bassist Trevor O'Deady - especially on "Sea of She" and the tune that follows, "Fit Into It" with beautiful guitar work from lead vocalist/lead guitarist Philippe Doucet and rhythm guitar Eric Nugent.
The four minute and twenty-seven second "Bad Angle," the James Bond Theme of this ensemble, continues the solid combination of riff/musicianship/hooks, a traditional formula in a new setting for this post Millennial new age! http://joevigtop40.com
Bad Angle has lots of material, these four songs are from the ReverbNation page

JANUARY 10, 2020

MAD PAINTER


MAD PAINTER at CLUB BOHEMIA
Friday, January 10, 2020 at 10 PM – 11 PM

8 pm   The N Connection 


10 PM Mad Painter




Someone published a biography of Joe V on
Rate Your Music


Biography

At the age of 15, Joe Viglione published a fanzine called "Varulven" (Nordic for Werewolf) in 1969. He also shot a couple of short films, showing his fascination with Count Dracula and the like, and on stage he usually appeared wearing a Dracula cape under the name of "The Count". A few years later Varulven turned into a Boston-based record label, and in 1980 Joe became the A&R man for the European New Rose Records, where he signed acts as Willie Alexander and Johnny Thunders.

Joe Viglione is also known as a Rock-journalist and as a hardcore Lou Reed fan. He is the owner of a Lou Reed Yahoo-group and wrote a lot of album reviews for the All Music Guide.  (I think we don't follow the Yahoo group anymore ...and "a lot of album reviews" i think it's like 5,000 in 9 years! Joe V)
https://rateyourmusic.com/artist/joe-viglione

 Joe Viglione and Blowfish of Groupie News
in Paradise, 1970s...  Photo Jeannie Archibald


BORN YESTERDAY
https://www.bornyesterdayband.com/album-review


"Hysteria" is energetic and powerful from the initial blastoff and throughout.   Guitar that pulsates and crunches at the  same time, the music is a hard glide, like surfing on a buzzsaw with direct lyrics and a stern vocal, somewhere between The Ramones meets Pearl Jam.  Two minutes and forty-two seconds of sonic blasts, the way we like 'em.  

"Sun Shines Through" slows things up into a grunge/garage band reading over solid drums and no-nonsense words and lead vocals that have an authority which sounds determined and assured.   The lead guitar is spot on in an entertaining way that begs repeated spins.  This might be what Black Sabbath would sound like if they started their reign in 2019...a refined and hard sound that has lots of appeal. 

"Woah Oh Oh (It Takes Two To Go Around" adds some pop music to the hard rock, the band has equal dashes of irreverence with the serious, and is most impressive.   Highly recommended.
- Joe Viglione
Club Bohemia
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AQUAMAN DVD REVIEW





Film Review: Diving Deep Into Aquaman


By Joe Viglione

According to Wikipedia, as of Jan 1, 2019, 751.8 million has come in worldwide for Aquaman on a budget estimated to be between 160 and 200 million, without promotional costs.
So how did Warner Brothers/DC Comics turn it around after a set of genuinely dreadful films based on iconic comic book characters? Copy the competition!
With Norse god Thor emerging from Germanic mythology it is intriguing that the 2017 motion picture Thor Ragnarok could ring up $854 million (#66 on the Top 100 worldwide according to Box Office Mojo as of 12/20/18) when the character is in the public domain, which brings us to a unique situation. Aquaman, from D.C. Comics, the corporation affectionately called “Brand Ecch” by its nemesis, Marvel, is a 1941 fictional personality that arrived two years after Marvel’s (Timely Comics) 1939 debut of an absolute doppelganger, the Sub-Mariner. Fast forward to 2018 and the film, Aquaman, takes liberally from – of all things – Disney/Marvel’s interpretation of the Norse god Thor and his mega-movie antics. Aquaman is a fast-paced two hour and twenty-three-minute visual delight from 41-year-old director James Wan (Furious 7, Saw, The Conjuring) who takes the viewer on a magic carpet ride to Italy, Australia’s Gold Coast of Queensland, Tunisia, and Newfoundland. The Boston, Massachusetts Aquarium is also referenced as are the wondrous worlds of the seven seas, most notably Atlantis. That Wan and crew failed to secure the Donovan song classic, Atlantis, for this soundtrack makes no sense – another opportunity for Marvel  but that’s a quibble as the Aquaman film – as of the original writing of this piece (12/20/18, 7:26 pm) – according to Wikipedia – budgeted at 200 million – has raked in 266.4 million overseas (released November 26.) See above for the update 12 days later.
Actor Jason Momoa plays Aquaman and you may have experienced his work as Khal Drogo from Game of Thrones and/or Ronon Gates from Stargate: Atlantis. He does a suitable job in this origin story after introducing the dual water/land being in 2016’s awful Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice as well as the almost as bad Justice League (2017) … but don’t hold that against him. A rugged dude whose good looks get erased by the make-up (Chris Hemsworth’s features are not as drained by Thor’s regalia,) Momoa channels Hemsworth as Thor in his creation of Aquaman’s motion picture identity – DC / Warner Bros. Films so obviously lifting the Thor success for this particular film and the result is spot on success, quite compelling actually.
The two minute and twenty-five second trailer #1 gives a good “Cliff Notes” look into the film, from the first rain-soaked opening drama and historical character development that one doesn’t usually see in such previews, to an inviting search for the Raiders of the Lost Ark …errr Trident adventure that unfolds.
The pacing is efficient as Atlantean “aliens” blast into the quiet lighthouse home of Tom Curry (New Zealander Temuera Morrison – who was Abin Sur in 2011’s Green Lantern from D.C. as well as Jango Fett in 2002’s “Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones.”) and (Queen) Atlanna – Nicole Kidman, who is absolutely superb in the role as Aquaman’s mother. The underwater aliens and Atlanna cause the expected havoc, and the tale begins.
Young Arthur/Aquaman’s fade-to-sparkling-gold eyes perhaps make him a bit of a freak to his fellow students (reminiscent of X-Men’s Mystique from Marvel Comics,) as the sea creatures come to his rescue from the schoolboy bullies visiting the New England Aquarium at 1 Central Wharf, Boston, and it is a unique moment in the story, but it is this reliance on fun Marvel moments that actually gives this Aquaman film a sort of Marvel sheen and its charm. Nothing succeeds like success Consider that William Dafoe, who played one of Marvel’s greatest villains – the Green Goblin in Sony/Marvel’s Spiderman debut – is here as “Vulko” teaching young Arthur the ways of The Force. Vulko, as in Vulcan and Star Trek’s half-breed Mr. Spock teaching the half-breed Arthur Curry. Yes, you will find film references to Star Wars, Star Trek, the Matrix and Avatar throughout the journey, but that’s been a Hollywood formula for decades now, so it is not unexpected.
There’s lots of gun violence, knife violence, violence for violence’s sake, and perhaps the young audiences still want that- the director has worked on (Fast and)Furious 7, but for this critic it is the exploration of the underwater worlds that are the most captivating, Avatar submerged, if you will. If not part of a comic book series, as a standalone, with some different tweaks, Aquaman could have touched on territory owned by The Wizard of Oz, the first three Star Wars films and other Hollywood classics. But the money today is in superheroes, and before I even put hands to keyboard, this film was well on its way to breaking even and pulling in a boatload of cash.
If my review is too cerebral as well as steeped in comic book lore, the first portion of the WB press release could be helpful and give you a perspective:
“From Warner Bros. Pictures and director, James Wan comes an action-packed adventure that spans the vast, visually breathtaking underwater world of the seven seas, “Aquaman,” starring Jason Momoa in the title role. The film reveals the origin story of half-human, half Atlantean Arthur Curry and takes him on the journey of his lifetime—“

The superb result puts this Aquaman in second or third place in the D.C. Universe either above or below Wonder Woman with The Dark Knight*, of course, still perched at #1. (*Keep in mind the DCEU (DC Comics Extended Universe) started AFTER the Batman/Chris Nolan trilogy, with 2013’s Man Of Steel. However, since the powers that be have been idiotic about their “extended universe” venture – Suicide Squad and aforementioned Batman v Superman, Justice League Exhibits 1, 2, and 3 – let us identify the top 3 DC films of this century as Dark Knight Wonder Woman/Aquaman.

Music Review: Eric Lee – Heartache Town

by Joe Viglione
 

In the 3 years since the eponymous Eric Lee extended-play mini album comes this perfectly produced collection of twelve compositions with huge crossover potential. Heartache Town, the title track, is pure pop Americana succinctly wrapped up in two minutes and forty-five seconds. It drives, captivates, and brings the listener in with the elegance of James Taylor and an integrity so essential to believability.

The singer’s voice is the intro flowing into an immediate groove that gives a solid foundation for the storyline – for Lee’s prime instrument is (actually are) those vocal chords, above his ability to play, pluck and strum a variety of different vibrating strings attached to a multitude of different wooden platforms.

“Another Bloody Mary Morning” is a rock hootenanny with bluegrass overtones and a showcase for the singer’s ability to discretely traverse different styles. Those styles change quickly from song to song, quickly yet ever so slightly, with the tunes placed in an inviting way begging for repeated spins.
“Silver Headstone” goes pure traditional country – almost three minutes before the five minute “Prince of Dreamers.” And despite the reference to James Taylor above, Lee’s influences aren’t that glaring, he tucks the many sources he draws from onto an original canvas that makes it all very appealing.

Two epics are “Fall of Man,” and “To Write You A Song,” the latter appearing on the previous collection as well. “Fall of Man” features Eric Lee – lead vocal, acoustic guitar, mandolin, baritone violin, electric fiddle, violins, electric guitar, Tracy Grammer – harmony vocal, Greg Greenway – harmony vocal, Matthew Thornton – cello, Jim Henry – electric lead guitar, Paul Kochanski – bass, J.J. O’Connell – drums, Brian Johnson – sitar – and the accompanists are listed straight from the press information to give a scope on how many different ideas and vibrations combine to give these story songs such lively brio and heart.

The semi-duet on “Lucky Penny,” a song co-written with Neale Eckstein, brings a nice change of pace, though it’s still Eric Lee’s vocal chords that pave the way. A deep, intentionally underplayed acoustic guitar as lead instrument, “I Wish I Was a Plumber” is a musician’s lament, reminiscent of Tony Hendra (Spinal Tap) and his amazing, insightful John Lennon parody “If I could be a fisherman I would be a fisherman but I can’t because I’m a (expletive) Genius.” Co-written with Pete Nelson the rhythm section of Kochanski and O’Connell are a delight while Ryan Hommel’s pedal steel also demanding mention.

Again it is Lee’s heartfelt voice and observations which catch your attention while sterling accompaniment embraces the themes of the dozen written essays, smoothly enveloped by these vibrant musical textures
http://eric-lee-music.com


1. The Garden (Where No Burdens Will Pass Through) 03:09
2. Heartache Town 02:45
3. Another Bloody Mary Morning 03:49
4. Silver Headstone 02:58
5. Prince of Dreamers 05:08 buy track
6. Fall of Man 06:29
7. I Wish I Was a Plumber 05:51
8. Lucky Penny 03:50
9. Life Without You 03:10
10. To Write You a Song 06:35
11. Giving Up On You 05:18
12. Help My Neighbor On 04:31


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Bandcamp:https://ericleesongs.bandcamp.com/releases

  CRAIG FENTON REVIEWS
AUDIOSCAM

On a conference call circa August 2011 to promote Audioscam’s second release “When The Money’s Gone” I was introduced to Brian Pitcher.

The initial question I had was did he make a concerted effort to author songs that would somehow accomplish the nearly unworkable?  That is the fulfillment of pleasing three vastly different record buyers, the passionate British Invasion and straight-ahead rocker (especially 1964-Mid 1970’s), the rebellious New Wave, Power Pop, and Punk fan of the 70’s and early 80’s, and the exponent of the Indie-Rock scene from 2000 to the present.

Brian’s response cemented how potent he was as a songwriter and Audioscam as a band.  Brian told me “As long as I have been writing songs I have never attempted a pre-fabricated approach.  I let things take a natural course.”

With the fans of the aforementioned styles of sound as divided as the current United States political parties, it gave me an even more reinforced view of Audioscam.

After over four years we finally have the follow-up to 2014’s “Audioscam 3.”  This time around the Australian powerhouse serves up the six tracks “Kicking And Screaming.”  It is one thing to commandeer a room but another to sequester the listener.  From the first note we are secluded.  There is no outside interference, the only duty is to interpret the stellar recorded works and all else becomes secondary.

The opening number “Just Like Jamaica” serves a dual-meaning.  Brian penned the tune first as homage to the 1988 Jamaican Bobsled team that gained world-wide attention and everlasting respect at the 1988 Olympic Winter Games in Calgary, Canada.

Brian’s additional (but in no way taking a back-seat) message is to never let others foil your dreams and prevent your life from taking its own unique shape.  Comingling the mellow sounds of Jimmy Buffet with a dose of Rock “N’ Roll” the latest project is not only off and running but catapulting forward.

Track 2 “Baby Done Bad” is Brian’s story of meeting his wife Julie.  We the listener are thrown into the reverse time machine and land in the year 1972.  On the radio is the rock and boogie sound of Humble Pie’s “30 Days In The Hole.”  Audioscam has unearthed the Humble Pie sound and brought it forward.

Next up is “Get Used To This.”  After getting married Brian found himself in a place he couldn’t believe existed.  There was contentment and stability.  Although in the back of his mind there was skepticism that the dream would be shattered, Brian and Julie remain an unbreakable team.  The Talking Heads, Television, and Joe Jackson resonate in your mind as Audioscam sends a message of hope.

The fourth song “Batesfield” brings Brian back to yesteryear.  Written by his friend from High School, Mark Gable.  A bank robbery and a country mile removed from the crime is the thematic scene.  ACDC and Alice Cooper are prevalent in the musical beat.
Onward to “Hand Of Sin.”  Open to your own interpretation.  To quote Brian “There is an evil vibe to it.”  Talking Heads and Graham Parker come to mind in terms of the musical spectrum.

As a bonus the CD ends with a gem.  A live version of “When The Money’s Gone” the title track

from the 2011 release.
Here are the players:
Brian Pitcher- Vocals, drums, acoustic guitar
Brad Wallace- Bass, backing vocals, guitar, and keyboards
Wayne Macintosh- Guitar
Additional Personnel:
Tenor Mel Miller- Steel drums and pans on Just Like Jamaica
Jason Byrne- Guitar on Batesfield and When The Money’s All Gone
Ross Wedding- Guitar on When The Money’s All Gone
Miss Ari Safari- Backing vocals on When The Money’s All Gone
Audioscam’s gift to us for an eternal summer.
After being engulfed in the new release you can purchase the following as well:
Abbattack August 12, 2008
When The Money’s Gone August 18, 2011
Audioscam 3 May 6, 2014
All the best,
Craig Fenton
Author: Jefferson Airplane “Take Me To A Circus Tent”
Jefferson Starship “Have You Seen The Stars Tonite”
Thanks to guest contributor – Craig Fenton

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Alternate Universe Erotic Wizard of Oz Remake Mamma Mia 2 Here We Go Again

by Joe V.

 

The early reference to Witches of Eastwick co-star Cher as “The Wicked Witch” in Mamma Mia! 2 Here We Go Again! Is just a hint at the references to 1939’s The Wizard of Oz in this wacky, colorful, beautifully filmed sequel to 2008’s Mamma Mia, The Movie. (Oz playing Mon, Aug 13 Coolidge Corner Theatre – Map 6:15 pm 7:00 pm)
Now, if you don’t read up on the first film, which this writer did not see, it will be convoluted from the start, so try Wikipedia if you didn’t and you are going to (see the new flick without having the storyline in your head!)

This is an erotic version of the Wizard of Oz, and I’m not kidding when I say that. Read further for more details.

Mamma Mia! 2 Here We Go Again has parallel timelines, which the filmmakers expect you realize, and for some reason, they have killed off Meryl Streep’s character, Donna Sheridan, and have actress Lily James playing a younger version of her, though Streep is in the film, as a ghost. Streep is Glinda the Good Witch juxtaposed against her film mama Cher as the Wicked Witch of the West. Confused yet?

Though the 2018 release is ten years after the 2008 original (and 19 years after the stage show) it is supposedly set five years after the 2008 release with Amanda Seyfried (from Channing Tatum’s Dear John hit) again as Sophie. Seyfried does bear a resemblance to actress Lily James, who – as stated – plays the younger version of Sophie/Seyfried’s mother, it’s a lot of character development to get up to speed to without seeing the first film, so buyer beware.

Lily James as young Donna gets to bang the Scarecrow (handsome Hugh Skinner as Colin Firth’s character “Harry,”) the Tin Woodsman (handsome Josh Dylan as a younger Stellan Skarsgård’s character “Bill,”) and the pièce de résistance Pierce Brosnan’s younger Sam, hunky handsome Jeremy Irvine. In other words, this Twilight Zone meets Golden Girls version of a 26-year-old Dorothy Gale from Kansas is a slut having casual sex with every guy she meets on her yellow brick road to some Gilligan’s Island in Greece. It’s the Matrix of chick flicks grabbing elements from the fun film and TV shows and throwing them into the mix master for your summer pleasure. There’s even a Kansas-styled tropical weather storm (not a twister) to try to wreck the party too!, so don’t think the Wizard wasn’t on the filmmakers’ minds. He was!

When Scarecrow/Young Harry Hugh Skinner begs Donna (let me repeat – Lily James as the reconstituted Dorothy from Oz) for casual sex, even claiming to be a virgin, they go into Abba’s breakthrough hit “Waterloo” (the ending credits song from the first film) in a bizarre Munchkinland kind of foreplay in a bar before they IHop it into bed. Even their meeting in a hotel with Skinner in his bathrobe is in your face sexuality, not to mention the camera zooming in suggestively on both sexes. With the zillions of dollars the original film and its DVD spawned (in an age where DVDs do not sell as they used to,) the producers/powers that be, including Abba and Tom Hanks, know what they’ve got and deliver the goods to the audience that they know is out there.
Girls will drag their boyfriends to this chick flick, but the guys might get into the swing of things as the acting is superb all the way around, surpassing the twisted script. As with any good Golden Girls episode, you will see the jokes coming; it’s the delivery that each actor puts into it that makes it all work.

Cher getting it on with an older Andy Garcia as “Fernando” – which is a spoiler – is just part of the star power of Sunny Bono’s ex. Cher steals the show, the build-up is to Cher, and the critics at the early screening applaud her performance. The rock icon brings everything to an entirely different level, and her duet with Garcia on “Fernando” has hit record written all over it. The ending song, “Super Trouper,” which played in the original film, is a take-off of the conclusion of Kevin Kline’s gay farce In and Out where enemies and friends all party and dance together to The Village People’s Macho Man

Super Trouper has Cher and Toto Too, well, not Toto Too, but you get the idea. A bizarre but fun sexy summer oasis that is at times incomprehensible, so just suspend your belief and go along for the ride.


Joe Viglione is the Chief Film Critic at TMRZoo.com. He has written thousands of reviews and 
biographies for AllMovie.com, Allmusic.com, Gatehouse Media, Al Aronowitz’s The Blacklisted Journal, and a variety of other media outlets. Joe also produces and hosts Visual Radio, a seventeen year old variety show on cable TV which has interviewed Jodie Foster, director/screenwriter David Koepp, Michael Moore, John Cena, comics/actors Margaret Cho, Gilbert Gottfried, Gallagher, musicians Mark Farner and Don Brewer of Grand Funk Railroad, Ian Hunter of Mott The Hoople, Ray Manzarek, John Densmore, Felix Cavaliere of The Rascals, political commentator Bill Press and hundreds of other personalities.

  Boston News Group publishes
Rising Tyranny, a review of Star Wars:The Last Jedi by Joe Viglione






Space age megalomaniacs with ingenious mechanical marvels and fancy ancient titles, from The First Order to Supreme Leader – facing off against a dwindling resistance, the Rebellion, with odds stacked heavily against the good guys, making for an exciting roller coaster ride of things blowing up, spaceships digitally disappearing and re-appearing at will, with deep colors drenching the screen in a variety of shades. Welcome to the very precise re-shaping of the Star Wars legacy courtesy of the Walt Disney Corporation, a dark, desperate saga that hits the home run the fan base and the general public are both looking for.
The film is a thrilling, looming monster, and that’s a monster in a good way.
This is a movie about the grandson of Darth Vader, and given that there’s no James Earl Jones or Alec Guinness, it is the legacy of the chronicle that sustains the magic featuring the established stars in the series. Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher are, naturally, front and center – their last time together unless computer-generated imagery comes into play for future episodes. Keep in mind that Hamill was 26 when STAR WARS: A New Hope launched in 1977, which makes him 66 as of this writing (December 12, 2017.) The late Carrie Fisher was sixty and two months when she passed December 27, 2016, and that they – along with 71 year old Anthony Daniels (C-3PO,) 73 year old Peter Mayhew as Chebacca, the Millennium Falcon and R2-D2 …and Yoda…are the last remnants of the rebellious first initiates makes for an intriguing passing of the torch to the new personalities being established in the Star Wars canon. Kenny Baker, the original R2-D2, passed in August of 2016, four months before Fisher, and in The Last Jedi Jimmy Vee replaces Baker. Vee is known for performing as Gringott’s Goblin in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone as well as some Dr. Who characters. Nice to keep the fantasy/science fiction fans happy with their treasured heritage.
Rather than bringing in too many larger-than-life stars as Lucas did with Christopher Lee in the prequels, we have Laura Dern (the original Jurassic Park, 1993) playing Vice Admiral Amilyn Holdo as well as Joseph Gordon-Leavitt’s voice somewhere in the film. As with Carrie Fisher, Dern’s parents were in the movies while Gordon-Leavitt was a child star, so there is film history in their DNA, but the point is that it is the Star Wars machine itself that is the bright light that all involved get to follow.

There are some historical “Easter eggs,” if you will, from both real life and the film world, as Supreme Leader Snoke channels former Texas Senator Lloyd Bentsen’s immortal JFK line to Dan Quayle: “You’re no Vader, you’re just a child in a mask.” (“Senator, you’re no Jack Kennedy” was a remark made during the 1988 United States vice-presidential debate by Democratic vice-presidential candidate Senator Lloyd Bentsen)
And yes, Andy Serkis is a big star from The Hobbitt, The Lord of the Rings, Ulysses Klaue in the Avengers, Caesar in the Planet of the Apes films, so my comment about not having huge names to keep the fires burning is arguable and welcomes debate, fans of Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac and the rest of Star Wars: The Next Generation. The Easter eggs continue with references to the Matrix and Keanu Reeves – Maz Kanata, the magical little female creature with the glasses, channeling the Oracle from the Matrix with her words, the Rebellion pushed smack dab into the middle of Zion. It could not be any more obvious under Rian Johnson’s direction and script, and it is more intentional science fiction crossover fun than any kind of plagiarism. Heck, in the original Independence Day Bill Pullman gives an exact quote from C-3PO to Brett Spiner of The Next Generation “Exciting is hardly a word I would choose to describe it.” Sci-Fi fans love the nuances tucked in to other films, the trading-card thread that keeps the ball rolling…in a good way.
C-3PO “Is hardly the word I would choose” http://www.tzr.io/yarn-clip/27f5ec77-2ba0-4e27-9447-6cb12de87abb
“Exciting” is hardly the word I would choose.
Find video clips by quote. GetYarn.io now.
Amazon.co.uk:Customer reviews: Independence Day
the president’s reply which actually sums up the stupid and unwarranted humour in this film,is as folows:(millions of people are dying: “exciting is hardly the word I would choose!!.)
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It’s like masked Kim Jong-un a thousand years from now looking to conquer the universe. That’s the basic premise, anyway, and it hasn’t changed since Star Wars first burst on the scene with A New Hope, the first Star Wars film that they also call the fourth… but putting the upside down chronology aside, the franchise under the Disney company’s direction is tight, polished, with nothing left to chance, and an enormous blockbuster barreling full steam ahead into the Christmas season, 2017.

 

https://bostonnewsgroup.com/2019/11/15/rising-tyranny-a-review-of-star-warsthe-last-jedi-by-joe-viglione/




Jeff Mastroberti (Jeffland 12) – No Condiments, Please


In April 2015 I received a call from Music & Film Producer Joe Viglione.  The circumstances of the communication were to discuss the upcoming New York Yankee/Boston Red Sox three game series and to afford me an invite to attend a performance by Jeff Mastroberti.

Since the end of the 1970’s music and poetry in any form have often lacked originally, conviction, and memorable moments.  With a profusion of people making up many demographics praising Jeff’s words and his meritorious skill in articulation along with the groundswell of approval Jeff’s gigs had earned made me resonate a loud “Yes” to Joe’s offer.

In 2002 Jeff had settled in Pennsylvania and the soil for his unique style had been planted.  The term Spoken-Word often pigeonholes an artist and poet.   The stereotypical definition is some girl or guy is reading from a book or scribed notes without musical accompaniment.
To place Jeff into a sea of conformity not only is insulting to his performances and vision but limits someone with his ability to reach a weightier base of exposure.

The case in point is the experience that I rubber-stamp to this day sitting in the audience soaking up the auditory sounds.  Jeff immediately commandeered the room with a connection to his fans and a speaking style that was both pleasant, natural, and never condescending.  Many of the Spoken-Word performers even in the most intimate of settings don’t make eye contact and seem to protect themselves with the Great Wall of China, rather than let the guard down and allow natural occurrences to be the order of the day.

In the sixty-minutes Jeff not only read flawlessly in a solo format from his 2012 book of forty-four poems, he also presented us with a backing-band that would without blemish play jazz, country, blues, and folk music as Jeff would open his soul, heart, and mind to the mesmerized audience.
Jeff’s third CD release “No, Condiments, Please” follows “Caution: Your Entering Jeffland” and “This Land Is Jeffland.”

The twelve tracks are taken from the 2012 book.  It must have been forever painstaking to narrow down the choices to a dozen since any of the poems could have been successful in Spoken-Word form (without music representation) or with a group of musicians.

The first track “My Place” with an easy jazz feel behind it slams you to the mat during the first verse “My frown is becoming permanent, my crown is aching with pain” but salvation is obtainable as Jeff pens at the end “Believe in myself, God, and dream.”  No predictability here, only a solution that allows Jeff to persevere another day.

The second selection “I Recall” immediately changes the route as the sounds of a finely-tuned old time country band keeps the beat as Jeff struggles with the need for the mighty dollar and the dependence having become the thirteen-thousand-pound elephant in the room.  The superlative expression is highlighted by Jeff’s Spoken-Word interchanged with a peerless vocal.
As we fast-forward to track five “Onion Waits” it will rip your eyes open with the instrumentation at times reminiscent of the Beatles “Eleanor Rigby.” Jeff ponders is he insane or a master of words and imagery?  The proficiency is clear, and he is the master of words and imagery.
Number eight on the docket is haunting.  “Kimberly” with an intro redolent to one of the finest songs ever designed “Today” from the Jefferson Airplane.  “Kimberly” contains one of the best lines a poet has ever carved, “She can please a beggar without ever giving him a dime.”
Finality for now with “The Rain” has become a reality, the CD is approaching the laser’s last spin.  The words “I taught her to enjoy the rain, she taught me how to feel the pain” rip through the skin as a nurse changing a band-aid on a still open wound.  The concluding sentence “I learn to live alone again” is not meant for eternal bleakness, only to memorialize the words from “My Place”, “Believe in myself, God, and dream.”

All the best,
Craig Fenton
Author: Jefferson Airplane “Take Me To A Circus Tent”
Jefferson Starship “Have You Seen The Stars Tonite”
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Aerosmith's Joe Perry Solo Disc




Sweetzerland Manifesto is Joe Perry Having Fun Again?


Sweetzerland Manifesto is Joe Perry having fun again, as he did with 1982/1983’s Once A Rocker Always a Rocker, only more so. “Rumble in the Jungle” is no relation to Jethro Tull’s 1974 epic, “Bungle in the Jungle,” it is ­­­an exciting soundscape arranged by the Aeromsith guitarmaster with drums programmed by one of Joe’s sons, Anthony Perry, percussion and vocals from Colin Douglas with backing vocals by Colin and co-producer Jack Douglas. It is both highly entertaining and not anticipated music, the avant-garde approach(for you young readers “new and unusual or experimental ideas, especially in the arts, or the people introducing them”) that permeates the entire album in a surprising and very positive way. JP’s arrangement is sublime with a descending line straight out of the late producer Jimmy Miller’s Spencer Davis/Chicago classic “I’m a Man.”
Growling Brit vocalist Terry Reid brings his talents to “I’ll Do Happiness,” and it is a revelation with magical quasi-gospel backing vocals, Zack Starkey’s drums and riveting guitar work from Perry. The album is a montage of different vibrations, much like – coincidentally – the current release from Jimi Hendrix – Both Sides of the Sky. The difference being, of course, that the Hendrix disc is a compilation (the third and concluding part of an amazing trilogy of releases from Jimi for we musicologists) whose titles would most likely never have been placed in this order by the artist – because they would have appeared in different spaces of the Hendrix catalog, if at all… Joe Perry gets to place his work carefully, and the sequencing grooves very nicely.
“Aye Aye Aye” features Robin Zander on vocals and is a co-write with JP. The song and Robin’s appearance reminds me of a Cheap Trick Orpheum show where a young lady had her breasts autographed by Zander (???)…she saw me and said “Joe, what are you doing here? You don’t like Cheap Trick!” I replied “I’ve come to Fxxx Robin Zander,” which, of course, wasn’t true because he’s not my type…except for his being featured on this disc, which is how we want him, adding spice to this most recent “Perry Project,” which IS a project and unfolds with all sorts of amazement. “I Wanna Roll” is a co-write with David Johansen, the New York Dolls singer on vocals, co-produced by Jack Douglas with Zak Starkey’s boom boom jungle beat drumming throughout and a beautiful interplay between dad Joe Perry’s guitar and son Roman Perry’s synth.
Aerosmith fans will be delighted with the album’s independent identity and image. “I Wanna Roll,” “Rumble in the Jungle,” “I’ll Do Happiness,” the convergence of multiple voices – Johansen, Zander, Reid on their respective contributions with Joe Perry singing P.F. Sloan’s immortal classic, “Eve of Destruction,” brings a cohesive variety that makes the appeal great for the audience beyond the millions and millions of Aerosmith fans out there.
Where the successful 1999 Supernatural disc from Santana (15 times platinum in the U.S.) was intentionally jolting, reaching a massive audience but flowing in a jagged fashion, Sweetzerland Manifesto brings the dissimilar chord changes into the fold smoothly, allowing for a good listen from track to track without the lurching that Santana’s masterpiece felt for the listener over the first few spins.
Back to “Eve of Destruction,” that 1965 #1 hit from Barry Maguire of the New Christy Minstrels, great choice for a cover in these times, the dark, blues-based pop song is portrayed here as a slow, methodical stomp, and a “180” from the opening neo-science fiction aura of “Rumble in the Jungle.” Speaking of Neo (from the Matrix this time,) Perry’s attire within all five photos of the album jacket and panels has Perry as the dominant force that he is. Each Joe Perry solo project has merit, and where out-takes from 1983’s Once a Rocker would make for an impressive re-release of that outing, Sweetzerland Manifesto is something more. It is one part incredible blues album with “I’m Going Crazy,” “Haberdasher Blues,” “Sick and Tired ”(you won’t be able to get Terry Reid’s angry and naughty vocal out of your head) all morphing on track 10 back to hard rock as “Won’t Let Me Go” is straight out of Deep Purple’s “Perfect Strangers,” and equally as memorable.
There are two bonus tracks on the Record Store Day release (April 21, 2018)that we can all look forward to while Perry appears at the House of Blues in Boston on April 18, 2018, with a band that we hear is full of big surprises. All in all, Joe Perry has delivered the unexpected with this disc; it is one of those albums that you will pull out and play repeatedly. It’s not just very, very good, Sweetzerland Manifesto is extraordinary.




Joe Viglione is the Chief Film and Music Critic at Club Bohemia News Daily. 
He has written thousands of reviews and biographies for AllMovie.com, Allmusic.com, Gatehouse Media, Al Aronowitz’s The Blacklisted Journal, and a variety of other media outlets. Joe also produces and hosts Visual Radio, a twenty-four year old variety show on cable TV which has interviewed Jodie Foster, director/screenwriter David Koepp, Michael Moore, John Cena, comics/actors Margaret Cho, Gilbert Gottfried, Gallagher, musicians Mark Farner and Don Brewer of Grand Funk Railroad, Ian Hunter of Mott The Hoople, Ray Manzarek, John Densmore, Felix Cavaliere of The Rascals, political commentator Bill Press and hundreds of other personalities.


Review: The Complaints – Talk to Me

By
Joe Viglione
After the Complaints released the driving CD singles, “Trade Up,” and the Chris Lord-Alge produced “South Side Suicide,” they bring the angst down a few notches for this release, Talk to Me, an exquisitely packaged and beautifully crafted collection of eight compositions along with a reworking of the first track, “The View.”    And it is a perfect way to open and close the disc, both renditions subtle and commanding, it’s the kind of melody and lyric that Fleetwood Mac, Bruce Springsteen, and the Eagles would certainly wish they came up with. Dean Petrella – vocalist, guitarist, keyboard player, wrote the majority of the words (except “Mountains” which the liners note was written and performed by The Complaints and Adam Go.)   “The View” opens and closes the disc though it metamorphoses into two different perspectives a la George Harrison’s “Isn’t it a Pity” on All Things Must Pass, a light poppy venture to begin the journey, a darker quasi-dance mix to bring this very strong album to its conclusion.  Play both “View” renditions back to back and it is most revealing.
Co-produced by the band and legendary engineer Phil Greene (Buddy Guy, John Cafferty/Beaver Brown, New Kids on the Block – as well as guitarist with the vastly underrated Swallow on Warner Brothers) the album is balanced and compelling.  “Hanging Out” is one of four songs (of the 9 tracks) that hit the 3:52 mark, time-wise, most of the material clocking in around 2:40 – 3:20, short and sweet and making the point.    It’s an easy going dissertation, at least by pop standards, with the next track, “Atlas (Carry You)” a minute shorter.   Both tracks – “Hanging Out” and “Atlas” Triple-A rock with authority.   And has it been 17-18 years since the Complaints released the Fear disc, with Criminal Mind in 2002?  This veteran group just grows stronger through the years like fine wine and this recording has real staying power throughout.
“Wouldn’t Change A Thing,” track five, has all the markings of a radio-friendly composition with the potential to be memorable.  “Talk To Me,” which precedes it, also has that captivating mood.  Phil Greene and the Complaints smartly combine their talents to create something very special.  Each tune has its own identity, and the sequencing is perfect as the listener is taken on a journey.  From  “Breathe,” not the Pink Floyd song, to “Home,” drop the needle/sequence button anywhere and there’s something entertaining and thought-provoking within.
Chris Cruz on bass and vocals, Anthony Marotti on drums/vocals and Dean Petrella are The Complaints.    Add “Trade Up” and “Southside Suicide” to this disc as bonus tracks and you have an amazing set of recordings.


Ian Hunter and the Rant Band Live at the City Winery, Boston 2-11-18



by Joe Viglione
unday night at the City Winery Boston, a new venue that opened December 2017, Ian Hunter’s Rant band wrapped up the two night stand in this classy environment. Comfortable, low-key blue light rains softly over the dinner tables creating what has to be one of the great atmospheres for entertainment in this six-state region. The charging sounds opened the show at 7:08 pm with the band mostly dressed in black (the exception being a stray red shirt on one of the guitarists) and Ian Hunter rocking’ like a man in his twenties or thirties, as timeless as Peter Noone, and continuing to spread his gospel to we who have been attending his concerts since the early 1970s.
It’s an interesting thing reviewing a concert in the 2018 age of YouTube where video clips from previous concerts proliferate. At an Ian Anderson solo-from-Tull concert a few years back, Ian had mentioned in the interview prior to the show that he didn’t like the audience taping him…the first notes of Aqualung had a sea of cellphones in the air rather than the cigarettes we witnessed in the 70s and 80s, and this critic’s thinking “Anderson’s worst nightmare!”
Without getting a “refresher course” from these clandestine videos on the web, one has to rely on the memory of a fun night of rock and roll, and his (or her) notes…the experience as a whole rather than the single song or two. However, I shall try to reconstruct my recollection of Sunday at the City Winery Boston, so here we go!
On this night Ian Hunter performed mostly his solo material from the multitude of solo discs. Interesting that for me the music from the newest, Fingers Crossed, stood out, especially the title track, Ghosts and the sublime “Dandy,” Backstage I noted to Ian that “Dandy” is a perfect tribute song, tucking in pieces of David Bowie song titles and life events without becoming tacky or maudlin. Indeed, it feels as if it is a Bowie/Hunter co-write, created in the style of La David, the intro guitar lick almost an inverted and truncated inspiration from the Mick Ralphs / Mick Ronson magic of the All the Young Dudes opening sequence. A constant reconfiguration on such masterpieces as “Honoloochie Boogie” and “Roll Away the Stone” were welcome treats on the albums Mott and The Hoople, respectively.
The opening guitar riff on “When I’m President,” though, is totally unique and this particular tune is fast becoming my favorite all-time Hunter composition (along with “Dandy” now,) music that is masterful, memorable, entertaining and extraordinary in a world where radio has gone haywire; radio which is supposed to spread the gospel instead is carefully constructed with 200 songs that zombies, not listeners, expect to hear when they get into their car to go to or come home from work. Freeeeebird and Sweet Home Night Moves be damned, would you rather hear boring old Eagles for the nine millionth time or Ian singing “Welcome to the Pit and the Pendulum…I’m gonna lean on the 1 percent when I’m President…”
Live the tunes reflected their respective recordings (When I’m President CD title track, August 2012; “Dandy” from Fingers Crossed, September 2016) and that’s thanks to Hunter’s creativity and wise choices in musicianship. It’s amazing that these legendary performers backing up Ian Hunter are not often mentioned in reviews… “One Take Steve” Holley has toured with Hunter on and off since 1987, having met the Mott the Hoople frontman in 1978. Dennis DiBrizzi has appeared playing keyboards on Genya Ravan recordings, bassist Paul Page performs with Holly in their project, the Sidney Green Street Band, while James Mastro and Mark Bosch team up with Ian for a three-prong guitar attack when Hunter isn’t doubling on keyboards with DiBrizzi.
It’s notable because as The Wrecking Crew and the Section are achieving the fame they deserve years later, Janis Joplin’s Full Tilt Boogie Band and the Lou Reed/Alice Cooper Rock n Roll Animal Band (with Steve Hunter and Dick Wagner) getting their props as well, the Rant Band has yet to be noted for their reliability and enormous skills. Perhaps an Ian Hunter documentary in the future can bring the entire project full circle to the world consciousness which needs to know!
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The Rant Band 2018 is in great form, and so is Hunter, notes from the concert scribbled on a small piece of paper the establishment offered me, along with both sides of two lengthy menus the amiable waiter handed me. (In fact, the help at City Winery Boston are all beneficial and polite to everyone, which is the way it should be. ) Trying to decipher the rock journalist’s own handwriting like interpreting/transcribing hieroglyphics …oh, what the heck, I’m not going to sit here and go bonkers attempting to inadvertently mix metaphors by finding Just Another Night or Man Overboard suddenly merged in the Star Trek transporter beam with Rosemary-Pecorino Truffle Fries at seven bucks a pop or the lovely Pavlova which is City Winery’s meringue with compressed apples and vanilla sox mix (also 7 bucks, thank you very much.)
Ian Hunter is one of the last great rock stars, and he gave those in attendance nearly two hours (one hour, fifty minutes) of non-stop performance which is most difficult past forty years of age…for lesser men, that is.
“Sweet Jane,” from the All The Young Dudes album, is wonderfully back in the set as a bookend sort of tribute to composer Lou Reed in the same fashion as “Dandy” is the nod to Bowie. Lou, Iggy, and the Stooges, Mott the Hoople – the bands we adored from the 60s and 70s (Mott and Iggy emerging circa 1969, the Velvet Underground a few years before that) – were loved by their cult of listeners; Bowie in the 1970s changed all that and brought the music to the forefront that was as much the genius of Bowie/Mick Ronson as it was David’s skills as a songwriter.
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Ghosts” from Fingers Crossed was riveting…especially in the light of the loss of Reed, Bowie, Mott bassist Overand Watts, Mott drummer Buffin, Mick Ronson, our heroes from the days of what they called “Glam” rock but which was actually the second coming of Psychedelia, at least in my mind.
“All the Way to Memphis” and “All the Young Dudes” proving essential as part of the encore/closing act. Yes, you can watch ’em all on YouTube now or download the live albums from Amazon, but the Rant Band live and in concert at the City Winery in Chicago, New York, and Boston is an exquisite experience, a beautiful new venue, a reliable band of rockers that know how to entertain.*
*Not since the days of the Jazz Workshop and Paul’s Mall has the region had a nightspot like this. City Winery Boston is even better than those two iconic old rooms!

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