So not only did the Red Sox ditch one of the most interesting figures in Boston for the past decade, but now it appears hizzoner Tom Menino — he of the gahhhbled diction and immutable power — has declared the historic Faneuil Hall to be a no-fun zone, and has ordered a crackdown on all the clowns and the drumming and the commotion and whatnot:
This week, city security officers descended on the plaza around nearby Faneuil Hall and imposed new restrictions on the artists who have become accustomed to entertaining the crowds on the historic site, known on tourist brochures as the Cradle of Liberty.
The officers shooed away clowns and caricature artists. They ordered music and dance acts to contain their performances to a single, small patch of brick – measuring 15 feet by 15 feet – near a stand of trees. And they erected steel crowd-control barricades in a wide swath around three sides of Faneuil Hall, to make sure the performers didn’t sneak back.
The mayor’s spokesperson says Menino — whose office is on the fifth floor of nearby City Hall — wasn’t the only one complaining about the cacophony at Faneuil Hall. There was also a restaurant owner who was peeved or something.
On to the songs:
Michael — Franz Ferdinand
Sweet Black Angel — The Rolling Stones
Sugar The Pill – Bettie Serveert
Edge of the World — Josh Ritter
Ada — The National
Remember When (Side A) — The Black Keys
Get Back — The Beatles
Two Sides of Monsieur Valentine — Spoon
Yours and Mine — Calexico
In Harmony in Silver — Cold War Kids
Large Hadron Collider Rap — AlpineKat
The Rules: The Friday Random 10 is exactly that — random. We open up our iTunes, set the thing on shuffle, and listen to 10 songs. We are not permitted to skip any out of embarrassment or fear of redundancy. Commenters are encouraged to post their own.