Old Dogs, new tricks

By BOB GULLA  |  April 23, 2008

To stay healthy, Hymers had given up drinking after the last episode. Still, his abstinence hasn’t freed him from health concerns. “I just don’t want people to think we pulled a fast one. We’re definitely gonna do one,” he says. “I just want to make sure I’m not gonna die doing it.”

Tasty tunes
Yummy Yum Yum Yum Records, a new, local indie label on the city’s West Side, is having a showcase at White Electric Coffee on Westminster Street on Friday, April 25, at 7 pm. So far, the Y4 imprint boasts a roster that includes MILO GREENE, JELEN, MONSTERY, NOLA’S ORGAN, and PONY. These artists have already toured the Northeast twice since coming together as a collective and they have plans to head out again next month. Y4 plans to release records from its distant family: the Bossettes, Sarika, and the Paper Sailors Rain. You can check out the whole operation at-myspace.com/yummyyumyum

Rhythm & rootless
The Rhythm & Roots Festival will be looking for a new home after this year’s bash. The town of Charlestown has proposed changes in the rules and regulations within the park that seem intent on pushing the festival out. E-mails to festival producer Chuck Wentworth were unanswered at press time, but in a prepared statement, co-producer Mary Doub commented: “When we arrived at Ninigret Park ten years ago, we made a significant investment in the park’s infrastructure. Our intention was to make this site our permanent home. Proposed changes by the Town Council and the Parks & Recreation Commission have sent us a strong signal that we need to find a new location for next year. We are fully committed, though, to holding our 2008 festival at Ninigret Park in Charlestown.”

We are big fans of the festival and believe it to be one of the music season’s highlights. We hate to see it abandon its seaside roots and head to higher ground. That said, anyone with suggestions for a new site should contact the producers at Production@RhythmandRoots.com or 401.783.3926.

Wandering eye
You can get the blues at both ends of the state on Friday, April 25: JOSH BARBER & THE STACK plays the Narragansett Café in Jamestown (401.423.2150), while Chan’s in Woonsocket hosts YOUNG NEAL & THE VIPERS (401.765.1900). THE MASONS, VON DOOM, and SUICIDE BILL AND THE LIQUORS gig for free at Jake’s on Saturday, April 26. Suicide Bill will be giving away free copies of his new album. Call 401.453.5253. Also on Saturday at the Blackstone, it’s THE JESSE MINUTE and FASHION FAILURES joining up for a free show. Call 401.726.2181. On Sunday, April 27, at AS220, Bill Daniels will show his film, Who is Bozo Texino? Opening the night is CHRIS MONTI playing solo acoustic, as well as the ONE TIME STRING BAND, with lotsa fiddles and stuff. Call 401.831.9327.

On Monday, April 28, SINGER, a Chicago band on Drag City featuring, uh, four singers and other sounds, play AS220. Unhistories, the band’s debut, is complicated but cool and accessible, with frac-tured rhythms and heavy dynamics. Singer toured last year with Battles.

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