Show: Word of Mouth ReunionTour
Reviewer: Gin and the sour defeat
Venue: House of Blues
Arrival time: 8:00
Total drink count: I started out day drinking and lost count plus two gin and tonics at the show.
Other substances: Chocolates from Colorado
This show was almost identical to the one J5 and Dilated did back in 2001 except for Evidence performing some new tracks off of his various solo releases and a couple new Dilated Peoples’ tracks. The whole show was strange, honestly, Dilated were great, Supernatural MC performance was almost a carbon copy of what I remembered and I left three songs into J5… they played the two tracks I wanted to hear and I really wanted to go to El Pelón Taqueria (yes the one currently in the top 16 of FiveThirtyEight’s burrito bracket) before they closed at 11 so I left. Again I can not stress how strange it was seeing almost the exact same show 12 years later so I’ll focus on the only thing I don’t remember seeing on the first Word of Mouth tour: the opening act The Beat Junkies as it was listed, but more specifically the one, the only, “the glass eye wearing, b-boy for life, DeeJay Rhett, Rhett, Rhett, Rhettmatic, aka Black Magic”….
Rhettmatic was the reason why I went to the show at 8pm, he’s the founder of The World Famous Beat Junkies, one of the best turntablists on the planet, and I had never seen him spin live. I’ve listened to countless mixes by all the members of the Beat Junkies, over and over again, I’ve used them as practice templates like I used to with Miles and Dizzy when I played Trumpet, but none more than The World Famous Beat Junkies Volume 2. Rhettmatic is fucking magic on that mix and his track selections were brilliant. During his set at House of Blues Rhett busted out a tribute to J Dilla and did the longest transition humanly possible with Runnin’ by the Pharcyde. Rhett started sprinkling this version of Saudade Vem Correndo into the track he was mixing out of and continued to do so for for what seemed like forever (Squints from the Sandlot like forever). Rhett looped it and let it ride for probably 30-45 seconds after the track he was mixing out of ended and then finally dropped in Runnin’ and the crowd went a bit nuts.
Within a minute (an actual minute and not the hip usage of the word minute these days) of departing the House of Blues I ran into Rhettmatic of the Beat Junkies. Rhettmatic was standing across the street from the House of Blues, by a food cart eating a pretzel. I’m horrible when running into people that have a deep amount of respect for and rarely ever say anything to them, but I decided I had to this time… I fumbled out some words said ‘hi’ shook his hand and then hastily made my way towards some rickshaws stationed by Fenway park to catch a ride to El Pelón like an idiot, it was great.
I had high but reasonable expectations going into El Pelón Taqueria. They made it into the sweet sixteen of the burrito bracket, but it was twenty-five minutes before they were closing. I wasn’t expecting this to be the greatest beef burrito in the world and it wasn’t, the beef was a little tough, the tortilla was torn thus making it next to impossible to eat as a burrito. Outside of the steak and tortilla, all the remaining ingredients in the burrito were excellent, properly cooked and provided the burrito with a lot of flavor. Boston is kind of lacking in the good burrito options [Editors note: Gine and the sour defeat is new to Boston and has not yet learned the fanatical reverence that Bostonians hold for Anna’s Taqueria. Please do not physically attack him for this slight] despite two being in the burrito bracket and while this burrito was good, it’s not going to justify the 30 minute or so trip on the MBTA when I have a place that is of the same quality three blocks from my house.
-Gin and the sour defeat