The independent man

By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  September 11, 2013

Yes, it is a great place to blow your dough. (We’ll let you come up with your own lines about “full blow,” and get your minds out of the gutter, please.)

Take that, Lost Wages.

Party girl

Phillipe is quite proud of his sister, Sally Young, a book editor and musician in London who now does jazz lounge acts with her band at sites like the noted Claridge’s Hotel.

But she seems to be getting more exposure for her past band, Ut, an all-girl trio who earned their spurs in New York City with cutting-edge avant-garde rock in the 1970s and 1980s. Their work was once described in Melody Maker as “Patti Smith meets the Ford Motor Company.” Subtle it was not, as you may have ascertained.

Ut has been championed by Providence music writer Andrea Feldman for years, and she informs P&J that the band, which she helped bring to La Prov and NYC a few years back for a reunion tour, has been summoned to do another Lazarus trick at the famed All Tomorrow’s Parties “End of An Era Part II” festival in November in Camber Sands in the UK. (In this case, P&J don’t expect you to be there or be square.)

What P&J found most amusing in the ATP’s promo materials were the other bands that’ll be playing along with Ut. We definitely have to get American bands (who can actually play music) to come up with better names than Kings of Leon and Foster the People. To wit:

The Dismemberment Plan

Comets On Fire

Girls Against Boys

Dirty Beaches


Built to Spill

Ah, but we’re really just bragging about a kid sister.

Local crime report

A couple of decades ago, Phillipe (Chip Young) used to live on Albert Avenue in the Edgewood section of Cranston. If this name rings a bell, then perhaps you were present at Cranston City Hall this past Saturday when, to celebrate the pride of Cranston — Miss Universe Olivia Culpo — Mayor Allan Fung officially re-christened Albert Avenue Olivia Culpo Way.

Much as he’d like to, Phillipe can claim no credit for Ms. Culpo’s success, as he had already cleaned out his locker and broken camp from Albert Ave. before she was born. But both P&J love the neighborhood. (Jorge lived in Edgewood for about a decade, starting in 2000 and still likes to stop by JP Spoonem’s on Broad Street for breakfast.)

But excitement over Cranston’s newest-named thoroughfare didn’t last long. Apparently some person or persons decided to remove the Olivia Culpo Way signs during the evening hours before Tuesday morning, September 10. This has got to rank way up there on the “stupid criminal acts” scale.

Could the scofflaw responsible be a foe of Nick Jonas, the teen idol reportedly dating Ms. Culpo? Or perhaps it’s someone nursing a crush on Miss Universe? Or maybe a disgruntled Edgewood resident upset about the name change from Albert Avenue?

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