The Brute fan club

By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  October 30, 2013


Your superior correspondents have just found out about a place to eat in Tiverton that’s getting rave reviews from its patrons. It’s called Bistro 524 and it’s located at (of course) 524 Main Road in that lovely, rustic town. The owner/GM is Karen DeLeo and she has a very enthusiastic staff, one of whom recommends the short ribs or lobster mac and cheese. Take a gander at their menu at and tell ’em P&J sent you.


Speaking of evening activities. . . everybody knows we love Mark Cutler & Men of Great Courage but this Saturday, November 2, when they play at the Courthouse Center in West Kingston, you should come down early to check out the art exhibits. The music starts at 8 pm and there will be a showing of photography by Watt Casey, Jr. and Mark Sven Oltedale, as well as some paintings by the ever-eclectic Mr. Cutler. A good option for art fans on a Saturday night.


If you never heard of rocker Jackie Lomax, you’re not alone. He sadly passed away last month at age 69 (alas, P&J were a bit late to hear the news). Jackie was one of P&J’s favorites, and also highly regarded by those musical parvenus, the Beatles, who made him one of the earliest signings to their Apple label, where he produced a great album, Is This What You Want? Despite critical acclaim, Jackie was never a huge success. And P&J were lucky enough to see him live in the early ’70s at a small theater in Attleboro, leading off for the Kinks. (Yes, kiddies, there was a time when the biggest stars played small venues.)

Mohair suits and cowboy boots and plastic troops with guns that shoot

A lady with whom you know you can take fruits

This what you want?

Does it make you happy, does it make you feeeeel good?

Is this what you want?

Thanks, Jackie.


Flags were lowered to half-staff at Casa Diablo Sunday when we learned of the death of Lou Reed. The passing of this rock ’n’ roll original was especially poignant for Jorge (Rudy Cheeks) as, though he had only met Lou for a very brief moment 25 years ago, Lou was a close friend of both the late Doc Pomus and the Talking Heads, all good friends of Jorge’s.

In our brief meeting in the hallways of WHJJ/WHJY, Jorge found Lou to be quite unlike his public image — a fact confirmed by mutual friends. In real life, Lou was very sweet and soft-spoken, a real gentleman.

Legend has it that almost all the people who bought that first self-titled Velvet Underground album when it was released (it didn’t sell well at that time, though it’s become recognized as one of the essential rock albums) started bands of their own. This was certainly true of Jorge and many people he’s talked to who have said what an inspiration the Velvets were to them. The fact that they had Moe Tucker on drums, a woman playing the most macho of instruments, was a truly revolutionary act that helped open the doors for many women in rock.

Lou was one of the people who took
care of Doc when he was dying of cancer, an experience that inspired his album Magic and Loss and he was extremely helpful to Talking Heads when they started out in NYC in the mid-’70s. For all of these reasons, P&J loved Lou Reed and we mourn his passing.

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