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Hello Jeremy Fisher

11 Jun

How much do I love discovering great new artists? Only a smidge more than I love telling y’all about them. Most recently, I did it with Amy Winehouse, Jon McLaughlin, and James Morrison, but there have been others. And now I’ve got another one for you. On Monday I got an advance copy of Jeremy Fisher‘s debut CD, Goodbye Blue Monday, in the mail at work. Intrigued by the press materials, I loaded it up and was instantly captivated by the breezy hooks and Paul Simon–like sound. Jeremy’s a singer-songwriter whose music is an appealing mix of folk, soul, blues and pop — kind of like a cross between Van Morrison, early Bob Dylan and, yes, Paul Simon — which makes him something of a throwback to the ’60s folk revival sound. Whatever you call it, I really like the CD.

As it turns out, Goodbye Blue Monday is only Jeremy’s U.S. debut — he released his first CD in his native Canada in 2004, and Blue Monday was released up there in March. The video for Jeremy’s song “Cigarettes” has already been viewed on YouTube nearly two million times. Personally, I prefer the song “Scar That Never Heals,” and the video for that is below for you to sample. The song is like a cross between “Me & Julio Down by the Schoolyard” and the Violent Femmes’ “Blister in the Sun.” If you want to download those two tracks and three others, you can do so at this site. The full Blue Monday CD won’t be out stateside until August 28, so those five tracks should tide you over until then. Actually, I’m kind of surprised the CD isn’t being released sooner; “Scar That Never Heals” is a perfect summer song. It’s one of the catchiest tunes I’ve heard in a long time, particularly that tongue-twister of a chorus with all those “doo doo doos.” I expect to play it many times in the coming months. And maybe you’ll be doing the same.

Here’s the Beef

11 Jun

For months and months, I’ve been teased by the ad in the Improper Bostonian for Ruth’s Chris Steak House that features a perfectly cooked filet. (It’s the one to the left.)

Just seeing the thing practically makes my mouth water (so does writing a blog post about it).

I’ve been to Ruth’s Chris a handful of times (last one was December 2005), and have always loved it.

So this year there was only one place I wanted to go with my family to celebrate my birthday. And when my juicy filet mignon arrived in front of me Saturday night, I was practically in heaven.

Holy crap, it was so good. Continue reading

Maybe She Needs to Be Schooled?

11 Jun

I was reading the letters to the editor in today’s Boston Globe about BC‘s move into Brighton, and residents’ resistance to it.

And this line in the letter by Maria Guadalupe Rodrigues struck me as particularly telling:

“Many residents of the neighborhood have links to the area that go back more then three generations.”

Hmmmm … it seems Maria made the common then/than switcheroo.

Perhaps having some academia closer to home might do her some good?