Saturday, November 22, 2014
JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #447
Sat, November 22, 2014 | link
JEFFREY MORGAN’S MEDIA BLACKOUT #447.51!
Good evening Mr. and Mrs. America and all the ships at sea! This is Jeffrey Morgan reporting! Stand by
for the Tenth Anniversary Edition of your favorite weekly rock ’n’ roll media column, where every word I write
is the unvarnished and unbiased gospel truth! Flash! Let’s go to press!
& Phil Anselmo – Sing The Louis Armstrong Songbook (Blue Note) :: Screamo meets Satchmo!
(A personal note from Jeffrey Morgan: Folks, I’ve listened to this album so you can believe me when I tell you that
this dynamic duo is an absolute solid-gold knockout. If you haven’t heard it yet, call up your local radio station and
demand that they play it!)
Courtney Love – Courtney At Carnegie Hall
(Capitol) :: She’s the new Judy Garland! (A personal note from Jeffrey Morgan: Folks, I’ve listened to this album
so you can believe me when I tell you that this young lady is an absolute double-platinum jewel. If you haven’t heard
it yet, go to your local record store and demand that they sell you a copy!)
& Queen – Sing The Cab Calloway Songbook (Savoy) :: Hiney hiney ho! (A personal note from
Jeffrey Morgan: Folks, I’ve listened to this album so you can believe me when I tell you that these four lads are an
absolute solid-gold double-platinum jewel of a knockout. If you haven’t seen them yet, go to your local ticket booth
and demand that they give you the best seats!)
And so until next week, I remain your worldwide
correspondent who has come to the conclusion—after listening to some of the latest records—that the wrong musicians
are out of work!
Be seeing you!
Saturday, November 15, 2014
JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #446
Sat, November 15, 2014 | link
JEFFREY MORGAN’S MEDIA BLACKOUT #446.50!
Corb Lund – Hair In My Eyes Like A Highland Steer (Stony
Plain) :: Maybe I ain’t been listenin’ carefully, but I ain’t heard an album with yoyo yodelin’ on
it since Eno’s ululatin’ “Seven Deadly Finns.” Well, thanks to this fine fiddlin’ country album,
I stand corrected. Bonus points for letting Ramblin’ Jack Elliott sing.
Nural – The Weight Of The World (Hopeless) :: What separates
these teens from their boring older brethren is an ability to vary the beat and have a Geddy-esque singer who seems to know
what the word “passion” means.
Baebes – Mirabilis (Nettwerk) :: What we got here are eight—count ’em, eight—come-hither
hotties who’ve managed to come up with an ethereal Celtic cross between Mike Oldfield’s Ommadawn and
Jethro Tull’s Songs From The Woods. I kid ye not.
Loren Drive – Romantic Wealth (Lobster) :: More like a pedantic wealth of angst-driven
Otis Taylor –
Below The Fold (Telarc) :: The next time someone tells you that the art of storytelling songwriting is dead, play them this
intelligent brain-blistering blues album that sounds like an archival roots recording but is as vital as the blood coursing
through your veins.
SIZZLING PLATTER OF THE
WEEK: The Click Five – Greetings From Imrie House (Lava) :: Yeah, yeah, yeah, their name
is meant to evoke Dave Clark’s saxified beat combo, but this new Five alive jive straddles the gap betwixt Cheap Trick
and the Cars, with a Strawberries dollopdash guaranteed to keep your tail wagging. And each copy contains a different bubble
gum card, so collect them all.
Be seeing you!
Saturday, November 8, 2014
JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #445
Sat, November 8, 2014 | link
JEFFREY MORGAN’S MEDIA BLACKOUT #445.49!
Led Zeppelin – Led Zeppelin (Atlantic) :: If he keeps
on strainin’ the larynx gonna break.
– The Luxury Of Time (Gigantic Music) :: Steve McQueen is their hero, which explains why Virgil Hilts might’ve
gotten over that second barbed wire barrier had he been listening to “Green Eyes” at the time.
Hurst – Wanderlust (Round Rock) :: And
if he’d been listening to this slammin’ Sammy slice of Hagarock, the Cooler King could’ve dug all three
tunnels by himself.
– Led Zeppelin II (Atlantic) :: If he keeps on strainin’ the larynx gonna break.
Paul Brickhill – The Great Escape (Faber
and Faber) :: If all you know is the movie, then you only know part of the story, because Brickhill’s account is a premier
(R.I.P.) :: Tigger? I remember him as the ventriloquist straight man to Jerry Mahoney and Knucklehead. But it doesn’t
matter what he’s remembered for, as long as he’s remembered.
Robert Plant – Mighty Rearranger (Sanctuary) :: When the larynx breaks, mama, he got
SIZZLING SERIES OF THE WEEK: Airwolf
– Season One (Universal Home Video DVD) :: If you missed this Blue Thunder superchopper knock-off
when it first aired a few decades back, now’s your chance to atone for your grievous sin of omission by buying this
two-disc set. Not only does Jan Michael Vincent beat Roy Schneider at his own ace stealth pilot game, there’s the extra
bonus of getting to watch co-star Ernest “McHale” Borgnine cranked up and kvetching in his best Escape From
New York “Cabbie” comedy relief mode.
Be seeing you!
Saturday, November 1, 2014
JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #444
Sat, November 1, 2014 | link
JEFFREY MORGAN’S MEDIA BLACKOUT #444.48!
Bobby Love – Rare Herbs (Funky Delicacies) :: The freakalicious
flute king of New Orleans funk is back on track to cream the scene clean with this musky collection of vintage tracks from
1974 that’ll have your gal dropping down to play one too.
Towers Of London – Towers Of London (TVT) :: Memo to publicity: The next time you mail
out a press package, remember to put a copy of the record in the envelope. No wonder Reznor left.
Silverstein – Discovering The Waterfront
(Victory) :: “My Heroine.” Worst drug song ever.
Erin McKeown – We Will Become Like Birds (Nettwerk) :: There’s a gag here somewhere
about one in the hand or two in the bush, but I’ll be gosh darned if I can find it.
A.R.E. Weapons – Free In The Streets
(Defend) :: Synthesized grandeur with a bombastic basting, this would be the result if INXS hired Jim Morrison.
Hermon Hitson – You Are Too Much For The Human
Heart (Soul Tay Shus) :: If you’d like to hear one of the most stirring voices in the history of soul, then pick
up this exemplary testimonial that was recorded between 1961 and 1970.
Jerry Lewis – Jerry Lewis Sings! (Decca) :: Schlock-a-bye your baby.
SIZZLING PLATTER OF THE WEEK: Wolf Parade – Wolf
Parade (Sub Pop) :: “Shine A Light” lifts its title from Exile On Main St. and its opening riff
from “Get Back.” Then Sam Kinison joins Pere Ubu for a vocal rave-up on “You Are a Runner And I Am My Father’s
Son.” But the kicker is “Disco Sheets,” which is about as close to a Number One In Heaven outtake
as you’re likely to get at this late date.
Be seeing you!
Saturday, October 25, 2014
JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #443
Sat, October 25, 2014 | link
JEFFREY MORGAN’S MEDIA BLACKOUT #443.46!
The Amino Acids – Destroy The Warming Sun! (Bowlophonic)
:: And you thought Apple was a stupid name for a record label.
The Ribeye Brothers – Bar Ballads And Cautionary Tales (Times Beach) :: They pump a
hot Farfisa and aren’t afraid to quote Roberto Duran screaming “No mas! No mas!” This just might be the
boozy band Jim Morrison would’ve formed had he gotten out of that tub in Paris.
Voltage – Building The Bass Castle, Volume 1 (Flameshovel)
:: Spastic and sporadic retarded guitar instrumentals that are fretfully confused and prone to wandering.
Demander – Demander (Triplicate) :: Now
here’s an album that just reeks of strident fem attitude—which I guess is to be expected given that some of the
band members have played in the company of Nancy Sinatra. But don’t be misled because their punky pop boots are made
for stalkin’ and one of these days, well, you know.
High On Fire – Blessed Black Wings (Relapse) :: As you might hope, producer Steve “Skinng”
Albini gets a ferocious sound out of these guys. Then the guitarist, who can’t sing a note to save his life, has to
go and ruin everything by opening his mouth.
Motörhead – Orgasmatron (GWR) :: Not that I have anything against guys who can’t
sing opening their mouths, mind you.
– Sings The Cole Porter Songbook (5RC) :: Then again...
SIZZLING PLATTER OF THE WEEK: The Aminio Acids – Destroy The Warming Sun! (Bowlophonic)
:: Stop me if you’ve heard this one before, but this “Telstar” meets “Out of Limits” sonic sliver
fuses a holy-cow campabilly cornball aesthetic with a lowbrow thrashabilly scrounge mentality. It’s got a bleat, you
can sheep to it; I give it a Sven.
Saturday, October 18, 2014
JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #442
Sat, October 18, 2014 | link
MEDIA BLACKOUT #442.45!
– Rindhouse (Seed Spitter) :: What a great name for an all girl rock ’n’ roll band! Unfortunately
they don’t exist because I thought up the name myself. But when Kim Fowley steals it, just remember that you read it
– Live At The Gaslight 1962 (Sony) :: He would’ve played at a Starbucks, but there weren’t any
– Rally Day (Estrus!) :: This follow-up to X Patriot includes some good Ted Nugent meets Page Hamilton
singing, some good Grand Funk meets Kyuss playing and some truly atrocious Terry Knight meets Helen Keller sound production
that’s so bad it’s good.
Klein – No Logo (Picador) :: Logos are bad. Unless of course it’s the trendy designer
logo that’s plastered on the front cover of your own overrated, overhyped, and overstocked delete bin book.
Bob Dylan – Live At Starbucks (Starbucks
Music) :: Well he’s a Starbucker, Starbucker, Starbucker, Starbucker star. Oh, yes you are, yes you are.
Billy Joel™ – Always Crashing In The
Same Car (Bye Bye Brinkley) :: Kids, never give your money to anyone who has a registered trademark symbol next to their
name on an album cover.
SIZZLING PLATTER OF
THE WEEK: T.A.G.C. Meontological Research Recordings – Teste Tones (Soleilmoon) :: Still
using Metal Machine Music to buff your brainpan shiny? Then it’s time to upgrade to this sonic tonic that’s
so potent it packs a proviso: “Warning! Care Should Be Taken During Playback Of The Recording As Certain Frequency Information
Could Damage Under-Specified Loudspeakers At High Db Levels.” Yeah, like that stopped me from cranking it up.
Be seeing you!
Saturday, October 11, 2014
JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #441
Sat, October 11, 2014 | link
JEFFREY MORGAN’S MEDIA BLACKOUT #441.44!
Lenny Bruce – Thank You Mask Man (Fantasy) :: No, thank
Andrew Dice Clay
– The Diceman Cometh (American) :: Now, more than ever.
Vaughn Meader – The First Family (Cadence) :: He looked like JFK, he sounded like JFK,
and three shots later his comedy career was as dead as JFK.
Bob Booker & George Foster — You Don’t Have To Be Jewish
(Kapp) :: Lou Jacobi! Frank Gallop! Jack Gilford! So what’s not to like?
Don Rickles – Hello Dummy! (Warner Bros.) :: This hockey
puck needs a box-set retrospective.
Dangerfield — No Respect (MCA) :: Here’s another guy who’s got no retrospective,
no retrospective at all.
– Live From Hell (Priority) :: Oh! Ohhhhhhh! Add this 96-decibel freak to the want list!
Groucho Marx – An Evening With Groucho
(A&M) :: Erin Fleming is the Yoko Ono of comedy.
Rusty Warren – Knockers Up! (Jubilee) :: Oh yasss!
Steve Martin – Let’s Get Small
(Warner Bros.) :: The Metallica of comedy is a mild and lazy guy.
Bill Cosby – Revenge (Warner Bros.) :: The Cos was a very funny fellow.
Eddie Murphy – The Haunted Mansion (Disney)
:: Eddie, what happened?
– Live On The Sunset Strip (Warner Bros.) :: A 50-foot solid gold monument wouldn’t even begin to do
the man proper justice.
– The Button Down Mind Of Bob Newhart (Warner Bros.) :: “King Kong” will remind you why Bob’s
SIZZLING PLATTER OF THE WEEK: Shelley
Berman – Inside Shelley Berman (Verve) :: But the coolest of the cool remains Mr. Berman,
who’s still making bridled anxiety an art. Even cooler: His classic telephone routines are more relevant today than
they were back in the ’50s.
Saturday, October 4, 2014
JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #440
Sat, October 4, 2014 | link
JEFFREY MORGAN’S MEDIA BLACKOUT #440.43!
Buckwheat Zydeco – Jackpot! (Tomorrow) :: Purists may
decry the primitive Bill Haley commerciality of songs like “Rock, Boogie, Shout” but Buck’s turgid, son,
which is why this just might be the biggest-selling record of his career.
Embrace – Out Of Nothing (Lava) :: Power balladry at its best, even if their enveloping
anthems do sound a bit too U2 for my liking.
Situation Nowhere – One Of The Loudest Tragedies Ever Heard (Wedgie) :: Their wonky
inflective singer sounds just like Pee-Wee Herman, but the playhouse pudknocker never had a butane-burning band like this
rocking out behind him.
– A Love Obscene (Menlo Park) :: Talent is an asset and these retards don’t have it.
Flashlight Arcade – The Art Of Blacking Out
(OTR) :: Yet another poky record from five slackids too lazy to spell-check their inane lyrics.
Scary Kids Scaring Kids – The City Sleeps
In Flames (Immortal) :: The singer’s vox sounds a little like John Foxx so why does he insist on screaming?
Kazzer – Broke
(Linus) :: When a “marshal arts champion” makes a rap record, I expect to hear the aural equivalent of lean, mean
Ken Shamrock, not gabby flabby Chris Tucker.
SIZZLING PLATTER OF THE WEEK: Chris Beard – Live Wire (Northern Blues) :: Now here’s
one Chris who ain’t tuckered out, not by a long shot. Taped on stage in Michigan and Chicago and in the studio in New
York, guitarist CB gets hot on the sizzlin’ JB funkified sax ’n’ organ good foot with an added dose of primo
Prince percolation tossed in for bad bluesy measure.
Be seeing you!
Friday, October 3, 2014
JEFFREY MORGANíS ROCK íNí ROLL PHOTOGRAPHS
JEFFREY MORGAN’S ROCK ’N’ ROLL PHOTOGRAPHS
Fri, October 3, 2014 | link
While you’re visiting, don’t forget to view the dozens of essential selections from my vast
archive of hundreds of extremely rare and previously unseen rock
’n’ roll photographs from the 1970s and 1980s—all of which were taken by myself from my front row center
seat at various venerable venues; vintage historical portraits which include the following rock stars caught in their youthful
David Bowie (1976 Station To Station tour) :: Lou Reed (1974 Sally Can’t Dance tour)
:: Iggy Pop (1977 The Idiot tour) :: Bob Dylan (1978 Street Legal tour)
:: George Harrison (1974 Dark Horse tour) :: Paul McCartney (1976 Wings Over
America tour) :: Pete Townshend (1976 The Who By Numbers tour) :: Johnny Winter
(1976 Captured Live! tour) :: Jeff Beck (1975 Blow By Blow tour) :: KISS
(1977 Love Gun tour) :: Alice Cooper (1975 Welcome To My Nightmare tour) :: Freddie
Mercury (1977 News Of The World tour) :: Amanda Lear (1975 Sweet Revenge tour)
:: Rod Stewart (1977 Foot Loose & Fancy Free tour) :: Mick Jagger (1975 It’s
Only Rock ’n Roll tour) :: New York Dolls (1975 Tokyo Dolls Live tour) :: Keith
Richards (1975 It’s Only Rock ’n Roll tour) :: Ian Hunter (1989 YUI Orta
tour) :: Elton John (1974 Caribou tour) :: Mick Ronson (1989 YUI Orta
tour) :: Steven Tyler (1977 Draw The Line tour) :: Sparks (1975 Indiscreet
tour) :: James Brown (1986 Gravity tour) :: Miles Davis (1985 You’re
Under Arrest tour) :: Roger Daltrey (1976 The Who By Numbers tour) :: Bruce Springsteen
& Clarence Clemons (1975 Born To Run tour) :: John Entwistle (1976 The
Who By Numbers tour) :: Keith Moon (1976 The Who By Numbers tour) :: The Who
(1976 The Who By Numbers tour) :: and more!
Ask any dealer
and he’ll tell you that the best way to get someone hooked on your product is to give them a free sample, so here’s
just a small taste of what’s coming your way when you click on the eleven gallery links to your left:
Saturday, September 27, 2014
JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #439
Sat, September 27, 2014 | link
MEDIA BLACKOUT #439.42!
– Undoing Ruin (Victory) :: It’s always darkest before the yawn.
Catlow – Kiss The World (Boompa) :: Chandler’s
restless lunatic daughter from The Big Sleep records a chirpy album of perky power pop rubber-room refrains.
Kid Icarus – The Metal West (Summersteps)
:: Track one has a jing-janglin’ juju stutter-step. Then they vary the menu with a buffet of smart ’60s stylings
that range from acoustics and harp to rude unruly fuzztone.
Led Zeppelin – Presence (Swan Song) :: It’s easy to forget how unrelentingly
brutal these four guys could be when they were really angry. Bonus points for singing with a broken leg.
Ringo Starr – Choose Love (KOCH) :: Hey,
if half of your old band was gone, you’d start singing heartfelt spiritual songs like “Oh My
& Roger Daltry – Who’s Left (Decca) :: Then again, maybe you wouldn’t.
The Moggs – The
White Belt Is Not Enough (Absolutely Kosher) :: He’s a git picker. She’s a skin whacker. Together they beat
the Kills at their own minimalist game.
– The Fury Of Our Maker’s Hand (Roadrunner) :: Where have you gone, Phil Anselmo? A nation turns its
bleeding ears to you.
– To Be The Man (WWE Books) :: Woo! Woo! Woo!
SIZZLING PLATTER OF THE WEEK: Jennifer Foster – Fit For Mars (Kanada Kid) ::
Jen has the vivacious looks, the vocal hooks, and an engaging witty songwriting style that’ll playfully sucker-punch
you when you least expect it and have you down on the floor looking up with a new-found respect before you even know what
hit you. You can trust me when I tell you she’s that good.
Be seeing you!
Saturday, September 20, 2014
JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #438
Sat, September 20, 2014 | link
JEFFREY MORGAN’S MEDIA BLACKOUT #438.41!
Daphne Loves Derby – On The Strength Of All Convinced
(Outlook) :: Tie your brother down! Freddie Mercury joins Wings!
Kraftwerk – Minimum-Maximum (EMI) :: What’s the speed limit on Information
Highway 69? Clickety-split.
The Hurt Process
– A Heartbeat Behind (Victory) :: Are you ready for the CSNY of screamo? Me neither.
The Pages – Creatures Of The Earth (Unsound)
:: Heads they’re an electric Kingston Trio, tails they’re a folkie Velvet Underground.
Jobriath – Creatures Of The Street (Elektra)
:: Even at his summer-camp swishiest he’s still heavier than Xiu “Yoo Hoo” Xiu.
Sybris – Sybris (Flameshovel) :: Take
a banana peel and throw it down the stairs! Siouxsie Sioux joins the Velvets!
Various Artists – Vans Warped Tour 2005 (Side One Dummy)
:: Two discs, 50 tracks, the tympanum-shredding price we have to pay for Monterey Pop.
The Evil Queens – First It Boils, Then It
Spills (Addison) :: Finally it hardens into this hot steamin’ slab of heavy molten rock.
Pointed Sticks – Perfect Youth (Sudden
Death) :: Whatever you do, make sure you don’t overlook this excellent reissue of infectious good-time new-wave power
pop from 1980.
The Number Twelve Looks Like
You – nuclear. sad. nuclear. (Eyeball) :: I’m not ready for flamenco screamo either.
Ulver – Blood
Inside (Jester) :: She’s giving me bad vibrations! Diamanda Galás joins the Beach Boys!
SIZZLING PLATTER OF THE WEEK: Odiorne – Heavy
Wish (File 13) :: This echoing pop album begins by using the watery tremulous horns from “It’s Only A Northern
Song” and concludes by being the orchestral trance record that Yellow Submarine should’ve been.
Be seeing you!
Saturday, September 13, 2014
JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #437
Sat, September 13, 2014 | link
JEFFREY MORGAN’S MEDIA BLACKOUT #437.39!
Various Multi-millionaire Rock Stars – Live 8 (Shell
Out for UNICEF) :: Bangladesh. Live Aid. Nicaragua. Farm Aid. Kampuchea. Band Aid. There’s nothing like a bunch of multi-millionaire
rock stars supporting their personal pet projects on the backs of their loyal fans. The lineup to get fleeced forms to the
– August 1981 (Page 53) :: I was right then and I’m right now. You could look it up.
Celine Dion – “Not Leaving On A Jet
Plane” b/w “Not Leaving Las Vegas” (Rich And Lazy) :: I guess no one bothered to tell Mrs.
Howard Hughes that it’s called “Live 8” not “Live Video Feed 8.”
Muhammad Ali, George Foreman, James Brown, B.B. King, Miriam Makeba, The Pointer
Sisters – The Rumble In the Jungle (Don King) :: At least they had the guts to actually
The Ladies And Gentlemen
– Small Sins (Boompa) :: At first listen, one man band Thomas D’Arcy sounds kinda like the Frausdots.
Which is good. Then you begin to realize that he just might be the new Bryan Ferry. Which is even better.
Fugue – Mysterious Animals (RiYL) ::
“Frankie Teardrop” Suicide? “The Pleasures Of Interstate Trucking” Big Black? “Caligari’s
Mirror” Pere Ubu? Whatever your poison, this ripe tornado of torment is guaranteed to provide Fast! Fast! Relief! from
life’s sunny moments. FDA approval not pending.
Sizzling Prediction Of The Year: Jeffrey Morgan’s Media Blackout #13 – I Told You
So (December 15, 2004) :: “Start saving your pennies now because there are only seven months left until Live Aid
2005: The 20th Anniversary Con Job.”
Saturday, September 6, 2014
JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #436
Sat, September 6, 2014 | link
JEFFREY MORGAN’S MEDIA BLACKOUT #436.38!
Xiu Xiu – La Forêt (5RC) :: Proof positive that
you can suck and blow at the same time.
Spencer & Jumpstart – Livin’ Low (Blue Wave) :: Not only is Ron no slouch in
the jumpin’ jive guitar department, you’ll also dig that he has the septuagenarian father of rock ’n’
roll Jimmy “The Houserocker” Cavallo guesting on vocals and sax.
Some Girls – The DNA Will Have It’s Say (Three.One.G)
:: Funny how they can spell “Nazi” but not “its.”
The Knitters – The Modern Sound Of The Knitters (ZOË) :: This oughtta be the twangabilly
sound track to Tarantino’s next movie.
Ambry – Holding On By The Blindfolds We Hide Behind (Death Scene) :: Well, there goes
my word count.
– Smart Kid (Nettwerk) :: It figures that Canada’s answer to Boiled in Lead would record an instrumental
ditty called “Cock Of The North.”
SIZZLING PARODY OF THE WEEK: John Cena – Bad, Bad Man (WWE) :: Don’t laugh because
what started out as a pathetic Marky Mark goof has now evolved to the point where Cena can star in a note-perfect A-Team
video satire and nail George “Hannibal” Peppard’s trademarked mannerisms right down to the old carpetbagger’s
megawatt grin. I love it when an MB comes together.
Be seeing you!
Saturday, August 30, 2014
JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #435
Sat, August 30, 2014 | link
JEFFREY MORGAN’S MEDIA BLACKOUT #435.37!
I Hate Sally – The Plague (db) :: Will they be upset
that I call them a thermosonic cross between Pantera and Cradle Of Filth? Not if they’re smart, they won’t.
Aframes – Black
Forest (Sub Pop) :: Q: Are they not Devo Cramps B-52’s? A: They are Devo Cramps B-52s!
Antigone Rising – From The Ground Up
(Lava) :: With their big brains and vivacious voices, these five bodacious babes are the MENSA version of female acoustic
Someplace Closer To Here (FourFiveSix) :: The insight and power of Nirvana without any of the bitter bile. Where
dreamy techno ambience meets the heart and soul of rock ’n’ roll.
Mahi Mahi – Remove Your Body (Corleone) :: Yet another
Telex-worshipping duo with absolutely no songwriting ability is caught raw-handed doing the bedroom synthesizer wank. Kids,
squeezing out runny dribbles of disco bleeps and blorps will only make you go deaf.
SIZZLING PLATTER OF THE WEEK: Frausdots – Couture, Couture,
Couture (Sub Pop) :: Brent “I don’t feel cool, just a little bit cold” Rademaker suits up like Bowie
on the back of Pinups and then proceeds to follow through on that sly nod by recording an album that’s the best glam
rock record since the Everyothers’ dynamic debut.
Be seeing you!
Saturday, August 23, 2014
JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #434
Sat, August 23, 2014 | link
JEFFREY MORGAN’S MEDIA BLACKOUT #434.36!
TSAR – Band Girls Money (TVT) :: Led Zeppelin and Cheap
Trick (“Everybody’s Fault But Mine”) meet Rockpile and Mott The Hoople (“Superdeformed”) in
a fatal four-way! King, this one promises to be a hellacious slobber knocker, and it’s next!
Shawn Desman – Back For More (Sony/BMG)
:: Barry Whiteboy looks like Travis Bickle and sounds like Michael Jacksoff. You were waiting for that, weren’t you?
Ninja Gun – Smooth
Transitions (Barracuda Sound) :: Clever countrified rock at its finest. I laugh every time I hear guitarist Jonathan
Coody’s droll delivery when he laments: “My brother’s pushin’ 30 now and I’m at 25. He’s
making smooth transitions meanwhile I barely survive.” So will you.
Genghis Tron – Cloak Of Love (Crucial Blast) :: Five tracks of speedo shred-metal alternate
with pastoral passages in 12:46, which is four tracks and 9:41 too long.
Sadaharu – The Politics Of Dancing (CI) :: The politics of, ooooh, screeching like
Linda Blair in The Exorcist. The politics of Re-Flex suing your sorry screamo ass for defamation of reputation, uh-huh.
Is this message understood?
– En La Linea Del Frente (Side One Dummy) :: This blistering Barrio-rockin’ Spanish version of their
power-punk album On The Front Line is the missing foreign-language link between David Lee Roth’s Sonrisa
Salvaje and the Stranglers’ “Sevierge.”
SIZZLING PLATTER OF THE WEEK: The Perishers – Let There Be Morning (Nettwerk) :: Too
much time to think, too little to do? Let me tell you about Sweden: only country where songwriter Ola Klüft has distilled
the heartfelt essence of Pete Townshend, George Harrison, and Roy Rogers into an album of exquisite music.
Be seeing you!
Saturday, August 16, 2014
JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #433
Sat, August 16, 2014 | link
JEFFREY MORGAN’S MEDIA BLACKOUT #433.35!
Ian Hunter – Rant (True North) :: “Still Love
Rock ’n’ Roll” is Ian’s greatest song about rock ’n’ roll ever. That’s right, even
better than both “All The Way From Memphis” and “The Golden Age Of Rock ’n’ Roll,” combined.
Punx Unite – Leaders
Of Today (Side One Dummy) :: This essential 32-track throw-down admirably posits the position that punk ain’t passé—and
I remember when listening to “punk rock” meant listening to “New Rose” and “Arabs In Harrods.”
Lewis & Clarke –
Bare Bones And Branches (Summersteps) :: An acoustic expedition that shines an intelligent revelatory light into
the heart of life and love.
Fifth – Love As Laughter (Sub Pop) :: The more I listen, the more I dig their sloppy
guitar-driven Faces-meet-Crazy Horse sound and their cunning karmic lyrics like: “Shallow graves and topless babes,
who will judge how you behave?”
Riabko – Before I Speak (Aware) :: I never understood how people could think that Elvis
Presley was black after they heard him on the radio. Then I listened to this white teenage guitar soul prodigy.
SIZZLING PLATTER OF THE WEEK: A Second Tribute To Jandek
– Down In A Mirror (Summersteps) :: Imagine Dylan ripped out of his gourd on acid, cutting a trippy tune for
the Easy Rider sound track. Well, that’s what Brother JT has done on his cover of Jandek’s “Message
to the Clerk” and that’s reason enough to buy this compilation. Another reason: liner notes by Bible One
fan Gary Pig Gold.
Be seeing you!
Saturday, August 9, 2014
JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #432
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JEFFREY MORGAN’S MEDIA BLACKOUT #432.34!
Iron Butterfly – In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida (Atco) :: Miles
Davis, eat your heart out.
– Princess (Tony Chaos) :: A clogged overflowing toilet is more melodic.
Discordance Axis – Our Last Day (Hydra Head) :: The
final album by these significant screamaniacs is so techno-guttural it makes everyone else on the grind circuit sound like
Perry Como in a coma.
Towers Of London
– On A Noose (TVT) :: These Rotten imitators rob the Clashbah.
Oxford Collapse – A Good Ground (Kanine) :: Kinda like
a Tom Verlaine demo with primitive production values, this one has a haunting heartfelt passion that’s hard to beat.
Speaking of which...
Iggy & The Stooges
– “I Need Somebody” (Columbia) :: Dylan never wrote a line as good as: “Well, I am your crazy
driver. Honey, I’m sure to steer you wrong.”
Bob Dylan – “Hurricane” (Columbia) :: “We wanna put his ass in stir.
We wanna pin this triple mur-der on him.” I rest my case.
Faces – “Silicone Grown” (Warner Bros.) :: And neither of them ever wrote
a line as great as this timeless poetic gem from Rod The Mod: “You’ve got more front than the Hague museum.”
SIZZLING PLATTER OF THE WEEK: Revolver
– Turbulence (Sextant) :: When you’re the son of Goddo guitarist Gino Scarpelli, you’d darn well
better be in a band that kicks everyone’s ass and doesn’t embarrass your old man. These brass-ball commandos lay
down a heavy carpet of sound that’ll have your windows rattling for weeks. This is rock ’n’ roll the way
it’s supposed to be played: with bludgeoning riffs that explode in the air thicker than a barrage of flak bursts over
Normandy on D-Day. Velvet is for pocket-pool pansies. Real men pack concrete.
Be seeing you!
Saturday, August 2, 2014
JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #431
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JEFFREY MORGAN’S MEDIA BLACKOUT #431.33!
The Beatles – “Birthday” (Apple) :: Satanic
Majesties is to Sgt. Pepper what The Beatles are to Satanic Majesties. Think about it.
Orthrelm – Ov (Ipecac) :: Everybody should
own at least one album that can’t be listened to all the way through.
Yoko Ono – Fly (Apple) :: Make that two albums.
Harpo Marx – Harpo In Hi-Fi (Mercury)
:: And a dozen hard boiled eggs.
– “It’s Johnny’s Birthday” (Apple) :: The poor guy couldn’t even inadvertently
cover “Congratulations” without getting sued for millions in back royalties.
Please Mr. Gravedigger – Throw A Beat (Pluto) :: Van
Halen grunge meets Ted Nugent garage. But next time let the frail sing more.
Thee More Shallows – More Deep Cuts (Turn) :: There
are two dead frogs on the cover, the victims of a murder-suicide by bow and arrow. So if I tell you that this album mixes
the synths of Jack Nitzsche’s Performance with the strings of Bernard Herrmann’s Psycho, would
you be surprised? I thought not.
– We Will Become Like Birds (Nettwerk) :: “Aspera” evokes echoes of “For Ladies Only”
but John Kay never sounded like Annette Peacock.
Steppenwolf – At Your Birthday Party (Dunhill) :: It’s all right, Ma, the Hells
Angels are providing security!
OF THE WEEK: Porcupine Tree – Deadwing (Lava) :: This melodic hard rocker manages to
cover all the prog-rock bases from Led Zeppelin to Genesis to Quiet Sun to Brand X. The 10-minute title track has a Moon equipped
engine that’s straight out of Eno’s “Third Uncle” with Adrian Belew doing his obligatory Fripp bit.
Then they put another log on the fire for thee and make some breakfast and coffee.
Be seeing you!
Saturday, July 26, 2014
JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #430
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JEFFREY MORGAN’S MEDIA BLACKOUT #430.32!
VCR – VCR (Side One Dummy) :: Casio camp music so homofied
it makes Xiu Xiu sound like Ted Nugent.
Parks – ...Then Came Bronson (NBC) :: Isn’t it about time that Michael Parks’
1969 Zen motorcycle series finally came out on DVD?
Treiops Treyfid – Feelings Of Unreality (Postfact) :: My feeling is that ‘unreality’
is putting it mildly. Still, this eclectic album does contain “Rolling Blackout” which is one of the best songs
Unca Lou never recorded for Loaded.
Incident – Red Tape (Postfact) :: The singer sounds like a flattened cross between monotonic
John Lydon and histrionic David Bowie after being plugged by Valerie Solanis. But that just gives these jangling rockers an
authentic punk patina.
SIZZLING PLATTER OF
THE WEEK: The Muggs – The Muggs (Times Beach) :: Motorcityrocks.com, with typical retarded
teenage diction, says these guys “rawwwk.” Ann Arbor Paper, with typical gushing fanboy sycophancy, says “Danny
Methric is Detroit’s Angus Young.” Of course, they’re both wrong. What we really have here is Michigan’s
own Methricphetamine version of ZZ Top with all of the bulwark bluster and none of the stylistic subtleties. Their suspended
animation brand of ’70s arena rock boogie may have seen them slotted in as a high noon opener for Ted and Aerosmith
at California Jam, but I doubt it.
Sunday, July 20, 2014
JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #429
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JEFFREY MORGAN’S MEDIA BLACKOUT #429.31!
The Raveonettes – Pretty In Black (Columbia) :: They’re
just like the Lords Of Acid only without the acid.
Hanin Elias – Future Noir (Cochon) :: The female Gary Numan makes a techno Nico record.
Who will love Alanis Sane?
– Stop Doing Bad Things (Victory) :: Stop making bad albums.
Mem Shannon – I’m From Phunkville (Last Load)
:: Ah’m frum Missoura, an’ dis heah silky smood funk elpee sho’nuff dun showed me, yass’um!
Doug Sahm – The Return Of The Formerly Brothers
(Stony Plain) :: Sir Douglas serves up a steamin’ slice of Cajun swamp-wop with a side order of early Chicano honky-tonk
Tex-Mex rock ’n’ roll. Would you like some Canuckistan country boogie with that?
The Curtains – Vehicles Of Travel (Frenetic)
:: Skillfully scattershot, ethereal and ambient, these charming childhood chakras will have your head driftfully grazing the
– 100 (Interscope) :: Andy’s an amped-up Elliott Murphy for the 21st century with songs that are just
as good and a heart that’s just as big.
The Deadly – The Wolves Are Here Again (Pluto) :: Bone-pulverizing Jimmy Page guitar
riffs. Slaughterhouse screamo Tom Verlaine vocals. What’s not to like?
SIZZLING PLATTER OF THE WEEK: The Valley Arena – Take Comfort
In Strangers (Astro Magnetics) :: The chunky guitars and punky vocals are reason enough to stick around, but it’s
the unexpected John Bonham power drumming by Carlos de la Garza that keeps this train from derailing.
Be seeing you!