Saturday, July 23, 2016
JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #532
Sat, July 23, 2016 | link
MORGAN’S MEDIA BLACKOUT #532.163!
Eno – Taking Tiger Mountain (By
Strategy) (Astralwerks) :: Old Uncle Een’s first album may be noisier and his third one may be quieter, but it’s
his second one which is a true work of art whose understated depth and surreal resonance only gets richer with the passage
of time. Neatly positioned between two extremes, Taking Tiger Mountain (By Strategy) isn’t bawdily brawny like
Here Come The Warm Jets, nor is it ambitiously ambient like Another Green World. Instead, it has a playful
opulent majesty that confidently combines the best boisterous elements of the earlier album (“Third Uncle”) while
foreshadowing the peerless placid moments of the later one (“Taking Tiger Mountain”).
From the typewriter
percussion of “China My China” to the half-speed whistled “Colonel Bogey March” in the background
of “Back In Judy’s Jungle,” each new listening reveals a hidden textural gem. That’s why it’s
safe to say that Eno’s Taking Tiger Mountain (By Strategy) is a unique masterpiece which will never ever be
SIZZLING PLATTER OF THE WEEK: Doug Hilsinger & Caroleen Beatty
– Taking Tiger Mountain (By Strategy): A Modern Recreation of Brian Eno’s 1974 Masterpiece (DBK Works)
:: Multi-instrumentalist Hilsinger has singlehandedly crafted a joyful note for note remake-remodel that’s… Well,
as Eno himself writes in his liner notes: “I don’t often listen to my own records after they’re finished,
but hearing this one as though through someone else’s ears and mind had a powerful effect on me. I thought ‘How
sweet! How touching! How sympathetically done! And actually…they aren’t bad songs after all.’ ”
not—especially when you hear all ten of them sung in sequence with a woman’s touch by Beatty. Admits Eno: “Caroline’s
beautiful singing—such an improvement on mine!” Reason enough to buy the one record that’s earned the right
to be filed with the rest of your Eno albums; that should give you its main point of reference.
Saturday, July 16, 2016
JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #531
Sat, July 16, 2016 | link
MORGAN’S MEDIA BLACKOUT #531.162!
Hells Angels – From Pool Cues
To Miscues: The Failed 1969 Plot To Murder Mick Jagger (Altamonterey Flop) :: Sonny Bungler is more like it.
Vriend – When We Were Spies (self-released) :: Infectiously cooed pop tunes by an April
Dancer chanteuse stuffed into a tight trench coat fulla pseudo-THRUSH shenanigans. Open channel D!
Kravitz – It’s Time For A Love Revolution (Virgin) :: He stole the riff of “Are
You Gonna Go My Way” from Hendrix. He sucked the coolness outta “American Woman.” He swiped this album’s
back cover from Dylan and its title track from his own “Are You Gonna Go My Way,” thus making it twice stolen.
Then he shamefully loots everybody else from Led Zeppelin to KISS. Thief.
– Venus On Earth (M80) :: What starts out as a Klaus Schulze space-out miraculously mutates into a psychedelic
Jefferson Starship bongo beat before ending up on a rice paddy with a finger-snappin’ mini-skirted Cambodian chanteuse.
Hey, Joe! You got gum?
Magic Mushroom Band – Singles And Rarities
(MVD Audio/Voiceprint) :: Where else can a track like “Eight Miles High” frottage “Set the Controls for
the Heart of the Sun” and have it all make sense in a solidly stoned hippie-dippy-trippy kinda cosmic way?
PLATTER OF THE WEEK – FRONT SIDE: Andi Sex Gang – Inventing New Destruction (MVD
Audio/Pink Noise) :: One part Another Low World and one part Their Satanic Sex Pistols Request, this synth-soaked
slice of purloined, fur-lined Germanic pop musik koncrète has the kind of hallucinatory hyper-spatial 3D mix that Unca
Lou only dreamed of getting on Street Hassle but never did.
OF THE WEEK – BACK SIDE: Ronnie Earl & The Broadcasters – Hope Radio (Stony
Plain) :: A fully loaded and completely instrumental live blues-cum-jazz album that ecstatically evokes Booker T & The
MGs and Santana with Jimi’s Nine To The Universe hyper-space noodling—all in one multi-orgasmic roof-raisin’
ear rush? Beulah, don’t ask how: Just open that bottle of emotion lotion and start a-latherin’!
Saturday, July 9, 2016
JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #530
Sat, July 9, 2016 | link
MORGAN’S MEDIA BLACKOUT #530.161!
Satellite – Into The Night
(MVD Audio/Metal Mind) :: Poland’s answer to Phil Collins-era Genesis isn’t nearly as dire a disc as you might
think because the music is quantumly heavier—and that’s always a good sign.
The Haggis – Soapbox Heroes (UFO) :: With a band handle like “Enter The Haggis,”
you just know that it’s got to be chockablock fulla the hottest and heaviest synth ’n’ shredded guitar rock
’n’ roll this side of Boiled In Lead.
– Dry Bones (self-released) :: Cheerful funky fiddle folk music that sounds as if it was recorded in the Dust
Bowl days of the great Depression.
Tamara Nile – At My Table
(self-released) :: And this banjo-fueled feminine folk rock sounds like it was raised on the right acoustic side of Led
Zeppelin III’s tracks.
Rick Wakeman – Aspirant Sunshadows
(MVD Audio/Music Fusion) :: Let one of rock’s most spiritual adherents gently lull you into slumberland with these elegant
and elegiac soothing soundscapezzzzzz.
Porkbelly Futures – Porkbelly
Futures (self released) :: And you thought “The Beatles” was a stupid name for a group.
PLATTER OF THE WEEK: Duke Robillard – Duke Robillard’s World Full Of Blues (Stony
Plain) :: “All Killer! No Filler!” is the truthful tag on this enthusiastic and encyclopedic brass-backed double
disc by one of the modern masters of the blues. Bonus points for covering obscure selections like Dylan’s “Everything
Is Broken” and making them sound even hipper!
SARCASTIC PLATTERS OF THE WEEK: Ed
Sanders – Sanders’ Truckstop & Beer Cans On The Moon (Collectors’
Choice) :: Proving that there’s just no justice in the rock ’n’ roll world, Fugs founder Sanders failed
to shake some chart action on these two early ’70s satirical broadsides, which contain irreverent acerbic send-ups of
every known socio-political sacred crow from here to infirmary. But don’t blame Ed; instead blame an insensate society
for not recognizing that insightful shit-stirrers like “Henry Kissinger” and “The Maple Court Tragedy”
(aka “Polaroid Spread Shots”) were just slightly ahead of their whine.
Saturday, July 2, 2016
JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #529
Sat, July 2, 2016 | link
MORGAN’S MEDIA BLACKOUT #529.160!
Jane Vain & The Dark Matter
– Love Is Where The Smoke Is (Rectangle) :: Ponderously portentous primo percolating Portisheadish paeans of
passion and penance.
SIZZLING ELECTRIC PLATTER OF THE WEEK: The Wagon — Match
Made In Hell (Las Conchas) :: The Beach Boys meet Grand Funk meets Cheap Trick meets The Who on this heavier than Hebben
crunge-rock extravagonzo that’s too unfit to quit. If you don’t like this record, then I’m afraid that you
just don’t like rock ’n’ roll, son.
SIZZLING ACOUSTIC PLATTER OF THE WEEK
-- LATE SHOW: The Kingston Trio – Once Upon A Time (Collectors’ Choice) :: Thems
that’s in the know sure as heck know that the Kingston Trio are as big a slice of Americana pie as you can find this
side of the Rat Pack. And on this long-overdue reissue, which was originally a double album recorded in July 1966 at the Sahara-Tahoe
gamblin’ den in Nevada, the perennially short-sleeved K3 ride again with their trademark style of good pickin’
and good playin’ in tow. Everything you want to hear is here, from the hang-’em-high melodrama of “Tom Dooley”
to “Silicone Bust,” which predated the Faces’ own “Silicone Grown” by almost a decade.
Even better are
the song introductions, which are liberally peppered with the Trio’s own unique brand of humorous generation-gap rap:
“There’s a lot of great rock ’n’ roll groups around now that we like very much. There’s one
group in L.A. in fact that is so wild, they make Hells Angels look like Robert Goulet. [audience laughter] This song
is written by rock ’n’ roll’s pretender to the throne, Bob Dylan. [audience laughter]”
ACOUSTIC PLATTER OF THE WEEK -- EARLY SHOW: The Kingston Trio – Twice Upon A Time (Collectors’
Choice) :: You’ll want to go out and get this previously unreleased companion live album right now just to watch the
bonus promo video of the Trio singing “Tomorrow Is A Long Time” by pretender to the throne Bob Dylan.
Saturday, June 25, 2016
JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #528
Sat, June 25, 2016 | link
MORGAN’S MEDIA BLACKOUT #528.159!
Beastie Boys – The Mix-Up
(Capitol) :: I get the Zappa-influenced bargain basement cretin slop mentality, but these mushy instrumentals are strictly
for ’luded out losers. A-heads prefer Teenage Fanclub’s The King.
Cullen – Buttercup Bugle (self-released) :: A bouquet of brass-backed melodies that are light
and airy, just like windswept love is supposed to be. This clever Cupid’s got a hammer and she’s swingin’
it all over this land.
The Grip Weeds – House Of Vibes Revisited (Ground
Up) :: They’re not the Beatles, but an incredible stimulation!
Nathan Lawr &
The Minotaurs – A Sea Of Tiny Lights (Minotaur) :: Ever get the feeling that too many
people are making too many records these days? I sure do.
– A Radical Recital (Filthy Bonnet) :: Are you ready for two women playing cello versions of “Barracuda”
and “Rock And Roll”? I sure am.
Raine Maida – The Hunters Lullaby
(King Noise) :: For a second, I thought that “China Doll” was Iggy’s Idiot song, but then I realized
that even Bowie at his most cocked-out never wrote wretched lyrics like: “She’s sweet like honey, sour like democracy.”
– Brave New World (self-released) :: This mind-bending garage-surf art rock album whose hippie-trippy touchstone
is the 13th Floor Elevators is going up so punch a higher floor!
– Highway Prayer (self-released) :: Producer Colin Linden has brought out the best in this sweet-pickin’
guy ’n’ gal duo, so how come they don’t got no record label yet?
– Resurrection (Nettwerk) :: And you thought the ’80s were dead.
PLATTER OF THE WEEK: Johnny Hollow – Dirty Hands (Orange) : “Scully, imagine Bernard
Herrmann reincarnated as an aggregate of two gals and a guy and you’ll have an idea of just how spooky this unbalanced
album is.” “What are you saying, Mulder? That this is the most haunted Goth-infested record ever?” “All
I’m saying is that you’ll want to file this one next to Siouxie & The Banshees’ A Kiss In The Dream
House; it’s that good.”
Be seeing you!
Saturday, June 18, 2016
JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #527
Sat, June 18, 2016 | link
MORGAN’S MEDIA BLACKOUT #527.157!
Jerry Bruckheimer – Quentin Tarantino
Presents Roger Corman’s Death Race 3000 (21st Century Film Corporation) :: Bruckheimer’s always wanted to
produce a big budget cult film in the worst way and he’s finally succeeded. Half Easy Rider and half Americathon,
this direct-to-download scenery-chewing sequel sees David Carradine and Sylvester Stallone back in harness as Frankenstein
and Machine Gun Joe Viturbo for one last nationwide ride to save society. One hundred points scored for casting cravat king
Peter Bogdanovich as gung-ho TV announcer Junior Senior!
Per Aspera (MVD Audio) :: Slovenia is a leading horror hothouse of dark dank metal and if you listen to this festering
thick miasma that’s chock a block full of clogged virtuoso majesty, you’ll know why.
Future – Pax Futura (Fireproof) :: It’s not often that such an endearing pop rock
album sashays down the suave glam rock pike. Even better, it includes the hyper-kinetic “What Heart?” from their
earlier Bear Chronicles V.2 extended player.
The Sonic Deli
– Brown Bag Lunch (Sonic Deli) :: Shamefully, I just found this 18 track sampler of varied musical styles by
13 diverse artists at the back of my iFridge—way past its 2005 due date—but amazingly, it still sounds as fresh
as the day it was served. My compliments to the chef!
– Dream Tiger (MVD Audio) :: Take one part ethereal female cooing, add one part Kevin Ayers brooding, stir
in two parts sparse tinkering oriental melodies, and garnish with a Weird Tales pulp aesthetic. Serve immediately.
Iratus – Human Consumes Human (Arctic) :: Gurgling vocal Nine Inch Nonsense from a band
whose translated name means: “Homo Irritates Us.”
SIZZLING PLATTER OF THE WEEK:
Destroy All Monsters – Live In Tokyo & Osaka 1996 (MVD Audio) :: The restless ghosts
of Dave Thomas and Pere Ubu haunt this abusive atonal delight that combines Stockhausenian bloopy blorp short wave radio static
with Electroluxian plugged hose whining. It’s got no beat, you can’t dance to it, I give it a yen.
Saturday, June 11, 2016
JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #526
Sat, June 11, 2016 | link
MORGAN’S MEDIA BLACKOUT #526.156!
Time Again – Darker Days
(Hellcat) :: Imagine a double time version of the early Stranglers. It’s easy if you listen to this hellacious half
hour of hard rock.
The Bleeder Project – The Systematic Subversion
Of Fear And Insecurity (self-released) :: Finally, the female version of Trent Reznor.
Feminists – Can’t Scream Loud Enough (Space Dog) :: Imagine a sensitive guy vaudevillian
version of the Stranglers. I can’t either.
Ann Wilson –
Hope And Glory (Rounder) :: Finally, the female Percy Plant’s balloon-lunged version of “Immigrant Song.”
Mary Three – Day & Night Driving (Bellum) :: Imagine a sensitive-guy powerballad
version of Neil Diamond. Insulin not included.
Foxy Shazam – Introducing
(New Weathermen) :: The back cover blurb says that this Mojo Nixon wannabe is “The Evel Knievel Of Rock ’N’
Roll.” Too bad Evel’s dead.
Pawbox – Pawbox (self released)
:: I’m a Ma box man.
Anna Kramer – The Rustic Contemporary
Sounds Of Anna Kramer & The Lost Cause (International Hits) :: Femmefueled pop a-go-go that isn’t afraid to
bring out the brass and banjos to buff up the bop.
Horror Pops –
Kiss Kiss Kill Kill (Hellcat) :: These rockabilly rebels are back with a hardboiled album about life on the wrong
side of the tracks—and when they snarl “My fist…in the middle of your face” to the tune of “Our
House,” I know that Mickey Spillane is upstairs cracking open a Miller Lite and smiling.
PLATTER OF THE WEEK: Keali’I Reichel – Kukahi: Live In Concert (Punahele DVD) ::
Aloha! If the only things you know about Hawaii are Don Ho, Steve McGarrett and the hippie hula end of the Beatles’
“Hello Goodbye” video, then, boy, are you ever in for a seismic cross-cultural shock. Combining the best of authentic
Hawaiian history and heritage, this two-hour concert by the master of both traditional and modern song and dance will fill
you in on all you need to know about the land that Elvis’ satellite special made famous—and a-Louie luau, oh,
baby, you need to know.
Be seeing you!
Saturday, June 4, 2016
JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #525
Sat, June 4, 2016 | link
MORGAN’S MEDIA BLACKOUT #525.154!
Chase Frank – Midnight Manor
(self released) :: This here Frank ain’t no blank. She’s one tough broad who’s fully capable of kicking
your retro ass into last week so shut up and listen to the lady sing her wiry songs of woe. Sure, you’ll fall in love
with her but she’s used to that, ya sap. Now shove off.
Drama Queen (Bodog) :: Jason Darr is Dr. Neurosonic and it’s obviously apparent from this neumetal mosh-spit
that the Doc wants to be the next Marilyn Reznor—or is that Prince Bowie? Either one would be a laughable ambition if
he didn’t have the snotty songs and ace attitude to back up his brag. Which he does, in spades. So maybe this guy will
succeed where David Warner once failed.
ASG – Win Us Over (Volcom
Entertainment) :: Todd Rundgren never envisioned recording a Utopia album that was heavier than his worst nightmare and featured
two naked women on the cover clawing open their chests to expose their hovering hearts—but I sure did, and I’m
here to tell you that this one is worth every second of that 30-year wait.
– Alive 2007 (Virgin) :: Meanwhile, while Ralf and Florian were sitting on their Düsselduffs watching
the Tour de France, these two smart ’n’ savvy successors to their Kraftwerk throne were actually in Paris recording
this bowel-buffeting trance askance 27 track distillation of everything that’s absolutely right with electronic dance
music these days.
SIZZLING PLATTER OF THE WEEK: Black Mountain – In
The Future (Jagjaguwar) :: All aboard for a record that’s so full of heavy long-strokin’ action that my turntable
bent over and did the deep sonar splits as soon as I put it on. Dig past the trippy album cover and you’ll find some
primo dense stoner music with a melotron gilt-edging that’ll keep you guessing as to what’s next. Here’s
a hint: Whatever it is, it’ll be good ’n’ that’s plenty for me. Choo choo ga choob!
Saturday, May 28, 2016
JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #524
Sat, May 28, 2016 | link
MORGAN’S MEDIA BLACKOUT #524.153!
Octoberman – Run From Safety
(White Whale) :: This dire disc’ll make you feel like leaping off a tall building in a single bound.
In Helsinki – Places Like These (Polyvinyl) :: Prince meets 808 State? Talking Heads
meets B-52s? No matter how you slice it, this one’s a real hoot.
– Welcome To The Night Sky (Labwork) :: Thoughtful ethereal pop music that ends with an ambitious eight-minute
art rock epic called “Miasmal Smoke & The Yellow Bellied Freaks” that’s well worth the price of admission.
– Humanity Hour 1 (New Door) :: If you only buy one classic heavy guitar crunge rock album this week, this
be the one. Of course, I could do without all the treacly power ballads. But, then again, I always have.
McAlister & The Iron Choir – The Way It Rolls (self released) ::
Capable country pickin’ that’s chock-a-block with tasty twang and a fine fiddle finesse.
Dickens – Oh Yell! (307 Knox) :: These here wacky wimmins pack a perky pedigree and strum
smart ’n’ sassy minimal folk rock with a wicked wit quotient that’s half Sparks, half Dictators, and all
Two Hours Traffic – Little Jabs (Bumstead)
:: “Nighthawks” is one charming little pop song, but it’s the rest of the record that’ll give you
Boys Noize – Oi Oi Oi (Last Gang) :: These
relentlessly aggressive Enovative electronic soundscapes go far beyond anything Krautwerk ever envisioned.
PLATTER OF THE WEEK: Rockfour – Memories Of The Never Happened (Anova) :: Israel’s
newest hitmakers have come up with an album that blends the best of Tangerine Dream’s ambient drones (“Glued Half
& Half”) with the Beatles’ psychedelic rock ’n’ roll (“Because Of Damaging Words”).
And that’s just the first two tracks. Stay tuned and you’ll hear the marathon Harrisonic “Dear Truth”
living side by side with the exhilarating Badfinger-steeped “It Ain’t Easy (When You’re Gone).” Inspirational
lyric: “First thing that I thought of when I saw you walk away was, ‘How could someone run so fast on high heels?’”
Saturday, May 21, 2016
JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #523
Sat, May 21, 2016 | link
MORGAN’S MEDIA BLACKOUT #523.152!
SIZZLING PLATTER OF THE WEEK: The Scenics
– How Does It Feel To Be Loved: The Scenics
Play The Velvet Underground (Dream Tower) :: Recorded live in a number of trashy Toronto punk dives between 1977 and
1981, it’s the first album of Velvet Underground covers I’ve ever heard that actually manages to evoke the VU’s
classic cacophony of studio sound—something that latter day Doug Yule-infused live albums like Live At Max’s
Kansas City never seemed to attain.
But somehow the Scenics have managed to do just that with an edge-teetering
fan-based fervor that doesn’t seek to duplicate the Velvets’ sound so much as it uses that primal distortion as
a jumping off point to differentiate themselves from the masters while remaining true to the source. And the fact that all
10 numbers were recorded, in true live Velvets tradition, on a buncha crappy cassette tapes doesn’t tarnish the Scenics’
sonic patina—it only enhances their chances of making this the best VU tribute album ever.
First of all, there’s
their informed choice of song selection. Sure, they do a few obligatory standards like “I’m Waiting For The Man”
and “I’ll Be Your Mirror,” but they also mine the less-obvious depths of Unca Lou’s songbook to essay
what are arguably some of his greatest songs: “New Age,” “I’m Set Free,” “What Goes On,”
“Here She Comes Now” and “I Heard Her Call My Name.” Finally, it all culminates literally live in
a basement with a twisted 10-minute Metal Machine Music meets Television version of “Sister Ray” that
even John Cale never envisioned in his wildest nightmares.
So if the proceedings sound even more demented than
you might expect, that’s because the Scenics don’t ape the Velvets, they enhance them—which only goes to
show that sometimes between rot and depression there lies a lifeline.
Be seeing you!
Saturday, May 14, 2016
JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #522
Sat, May 14, 2016 | link
MORGAN’S MEDIA BLACKOUT #522.151!
The Cinematics – A Strange Education
(TVT) :: For torching a Remington typewriter on the front cover, they get an E. But if it’s only a Photoshop fire, then
they get an F for fake.
Big Business – Here Come The Waterworks (Hydra
Head) :: Led Zeppelin crashes into Black Sabbath. Oh, the inhumanity!
– Here Come The Warm Jets (Island) :: Waterworks, geddit?
– “Golden Showers” (Warner Bros.) :: Warm jets, geddit?
Stranglers – “Golden Brown” (EMI) :: Ewwww, fergeddit.
– Saosin (Capitol) :: Memo to muggers: These whiny pushovers have VICTIM written all over them.
– Wintersleep (Labwork) :: So do these guyzzzzz.
– The Cicadas (Roble Rot) :: Huey Lewis goes country!
– Weightless With Love (City Canyons) :: Buddhist rock is the Next Big Thing, so get on board before this llama
leaves the Potala. Perfect listening for reading T. Lobsang Rampa or watching Lost Horizon.
Beatch – Beatnik Beatch (Noble Rot) :: If you collect album covers with midgets on them,
then this reissue’s for you.
D.O.A. – Bloodied But Unbowed
(Sudden Death) :: One of their songwriting credits is: “Vancouver Punk Trad.” They wish.
Of Pink – Love Is Dead (8th House) :: Raucously rawer than the Stones on smack but too
pussy to call themselves Pink Snatch.
The Rolling Stones – “Torn
and Frayed” (Rolling Stones) :: Ever notice how the singer breaks up and laughs between the words “kick”
Walter Carlos – Switched On Bach (Columbia)
:: Say, whatever happened to seminal synthesizer pioneer Walter Carlos? I haven’t seen his name on an album in decades.
ROCK GODDESS OF ANY CENTURY: Grace Slick – Period (Grunt) :: “White Rabbit.”
“rejoyce.” “Two Heads.” “Lather.” “Bear Melt.” “Hey Fredrick.”
“Eskimo Blue Day.” “Mexico.” “Law Man.” She’s the undisputed all-time greatest female
singer-songwriter in the entire history of rock ’n’ roll. And although it’s true that she never recorded
an album called Period, after waxing her Manhole, she sure should’ve.
Welles – F For Fake (Elmyr de Hory) :: Geddit?
Saturday, May 7, 2016
JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #521
Sat, May 7, 2016 | link
MORGAN’S MEDIA BLACKOUT #521.149!
Jethro Tull – Tullicatessen
(Chrysalis) :: Includes the hit single “Schwarma For One.”
The Unkindness Of Ravens (self released) :: Wherein Karen Kanan Corrêa shows she has her Siouxie Sioux shtick
Mark Davis – Part One: Don’t You Think We
Should Be Closer? & Part Two: Mistakes I Meant To Make (self-released) :: I’d really like to say that
this guy’s the prolifically inventive multi-instrumentalist Todd Rundgren of country music, but I just can’t.
He does get an A for ambition, though.
Belinda Bruce & The Tawny Stars
– The Good Life (self released) :: Capable country cuts that’re elevated by the seven-minute-long “Blackout,”
which invents an entire new genre: ambient country art rock.
The First Time
– Taking Breaking Down (Frontline) :: Snappy snarlin’ songs with a proto-punk pop pedigree.
Holloways – So This is Great Britain? (TVT) :: I bought The Clash’s London
Calling. The Clash’s London Calling is in my record collection. Holloways, you’re no London
Johnny Irion – Ex Tempore
(Rising Son) :: I’ve heard Neil Young ape jobs, but the quavering vocal inflections on this stellar swipe-job are uncannily
eerie, right down to the sparse After The Harvest musicianship. And your point is?
Carrera – Heaven/Hell (Arclight) :: These clods steal Yes’ classic song “Starship
Trooper” and then rename it as their own composition, thinking that no one will notice. Well, I notice everything—and
I hope Chris Squire sues their sorry, thieving asses off.
SIZZLING PLATTER OF THE WEEK:
Kate Mann – Devil’s Rope (Orange Dress) :: Kate’s got a back tat that’s
the size of Oregon and a voice that’s twice as big. Armed with a guitar and harp, she cranks out a chicken-wired wall
of country rock that’ll have your toes tappin’ while you watch out for flying beer bottles.
Zappa, Dolly Parton & Lou Reed – Mother, Jugs
& Speed (Bizarre) :: Includes the hit single “I’m Waiting For My Mammary.”
Saturday, April 30, 2016
JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #520
Sat, April 30, 2016 | link
MORGAN’S MEDIA BLACKOUT #520.148!
SIZZLING PLATTER OF THE WEEK: Lisa Lashes
– Lisa Lashes (Lashed) :: To the uninitiated listener, most DJ mixes are nothing but inorganic 200 beat per
minute ordeals of repetitious headache-inducing noise. But as a veteran disco aficionado and long time dissonance connoisseur
who habitually uses Dr. Reed’s Metal Machine Music to get rid of a headache, I know the difference between
debilitating and therapeutic—which is why I’m qualified to tell you that, when it comes to prescribing the right
overdose of medication, nobody fills a better sonic script than this veteran UK practitioner.
Lisa Lashes is the
greatest DJ in the world because she knows that the true hardcore addict will settle for nothing less than an unrelenting
big beat treatment that’s been specifically engineered to make synapses spasm until they rewire themselves into crazy
On previous direct injection diagnoses like Hard House Euphoria and Lashed Euphoria,
she raised the brutality bar to an irrationally high level of unabated aural aggression. But as bludgeoning as those earlier
lease-breakers were, they don’t hold a decibel to the massive mainline which is her debut solo disc Lisa Lashes.
Just like the lady
herself, this 77-minute marathon is super-stacked with 12 vicious vein melters, all of which are guaranteed to fry your nervous
system to a smoldering crisp. Astutely avoiding the beat deficient ballads which have deep-sixed many a mediocre mix, Lisa
immediately strips down to the Real O Grind and lets loose with a seriously shredded soundtrack of stereo smack that’ll
have you crawling across the floor for more—assuming you can still move after being pummeled into a pulp by tracks like
“Red Admiral,” her penultimate pulse-pounding speed freak rave-up with longtime Tidy Girl cohort Anne Savage.
future of hyper-heavy houserockin’ hardcore is still here and her name remains the same so you know who to blame when
your brain goes insane from the pleasurable pain.
Lisa Lashes rules, OK?
Be seeing you!
Saturday, April 23, 2016
JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #519
Sat, April 23, 2016 | link
MORGAN’S MEDIA BLACKOUT #519.314!
PLATTERS OF THE WEEK: Prince – The Work: 1976–2000 (Thunderball) :: This guy once
put out an album called Musicology—an egghead handle with an edifying air to it that conjured up visions of
Professor Prince holding class in his best zoot suited Cab Calloway mortarboard attire. But if you want a real musical
history lesson in what Prince is up to every night while the rest of the world is sleeping, then I strongly suggest that you
seek out a copy of this definitive 20 disc set.
right, spanning a quarter of a century, this astonishing set contains a whopping 20 discs of unreleased studio demos and outtakes.
That’s a grand total of 331 tracks, all presented in strict chronological order. Amazingly, there are no false starts,
no incomplete songs, and no duplications with any officially released Prince albums or extended singles.
With each individual disc clocking in at a full eighty minutes in length, that’s
over 24 hours worth of music. And for those of you who would like an old school conversion, we’re talking the equivalent
of 40 full-length vinyl records, or 80 album sides. This mammoth monolith makes Keith Jarrett’s original vinyl ten record
Sun Bear Concerts box set look like a one-sided Ramones single.
And although some of these tracks have been available on various individual bootlegs
for decades, more often than not their muffled tenth-generation sound quality was so inferior as to be almost unlistenable—but
not this time around. As might be expected from a major undertaking like this, the sound is uniformly of a high studio quality.
Not only are we privy to outtakes and demos from all of Prince’s own albums,
we’re also treated to an extensive array of unreleased songs from virtually every artist Prince has worked with over
the years, from The Time and The Family to Jill Jones and Carmen Electra—including tracks from completed follow up albums
which were never released. Indeed, after listening to all the myriad variations presented herein, it’s not unreasonable
to think that Prince routinely assembles several completely different versions of each album before he releases it.
Some of the stellar selections contained on The Work include: The original
demo for The Time’s “Chocolate” wherein Prince shows where Morris Day’s ‘ad libbed’ conceited
shtick really comes from, including his “Yessssss” catchphrase; the full unedited 12 minute
version of “Computer Blue” that restores the missing six and a half minutes which were cut from the end of the
version that’s on Purple Rain; and a marathon 30 minute studio version of “I Would
Die For You” that served as the arrangement template for Prince’s live television version.
Folks, that’s only three selections from the first three discs, so you can
just imagine what’s waiting for you on the remaining 17. In other words, school’s in session, so you’d better
take notes because there’s going to be a final exam—and knowing Professor Prince, it’ll be oral.
Be seeing you!
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Testa Rosa – Testa Rosa
(Latest Flame) :: If I could crank out thunder crunge like this FMM trio does on the way-too-brief “Hollow Arm,”
I’d lay off the wispy Melanie melodies and record an album full of similar sonic enlargers.
& The Dominoes – Brand New Key To The Highway (Polydor) :: Donovan used Led Zeppelin
and the Jeff Beck Group as his backing band, so don’t laugh.
– Guerilla Fighting Method (City Canyons) :: I’m not saying that someone should drop these camouflage-clad
sissies into a real war zone and see how long they last, I’m typing it.
– The Narcotic Story (Hydra Head) :: Just say blow.
Brothers Of A Feather Featuring
Chris & Rich Robinson – Live At The Roxy (Eagle Rock) :: The Black Crowes sure do
got their Blind Lemon Gumball voices down cold, they sho ’nuff do.
– Doghouse Dreams (self-released) :: Even better, spin this acoustic set from a group that—unlike the
Robinsons—doesn’t feel the need to imitate dead Delta bloozemen. Plus, they write better songs.
– Infamy And The Breed (Pivotal) :: And in the deaf, as the last few eardrums lay bleeding in the slimy headphones,
black mutant metal shrieked out from Screamo City, some more schlemiels. Swedes the size of rats sucked.
PLATTERS OF THE WEEK: Robyn Hitchcock – Storefront Hitchcock and Jewels For Sophia
(Noble Rot) :: Don’t miss these reissues from one of rock’s most oddball auteurs. Storefront is a sparse
live set that alternates Francis Bacon monologues with time travelogues like “1974” while Jewels is a
full-band blast that features “Viva! Sea-Tac” with its immortal lines: “People flock like cattle to Seattle
after Kurt Cobain. They got the best computers, coffee and smack.”
JEFFREY MORGANíS ROCK íNí ROLL PHOTOGRAPHS
JEFFREY MORGAN’S ROCK ’N’ ROLL PHOTOGRAPHS
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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, April 9, 2016
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Leo – Nightmares (Dream
Makers) :: Welcome to their Nightmares, I think you’re gonna like it. I think you’re gonna feel like
listening to this angst-riddled album.
The Future Kings Of Nowhere – The
Future Kings Of Nowhere (307 Knox) :: Just like the Kingston Trio, only faster and bloodier.
Jansen – Today’s Remains (Black Hen) :: Finally, a country album that cuts through
the current commercial crapola and digs deep to mine the core of quality workmanship.
Soundclash – Street Gospels (Side One Dummy) :: Street garbage that makes me lift my
leg and do the pissant shuffle.
Eve To Adam – Queens To Eden
(KDS) :: Track one is a banal blooper about popping pills. Track two is a pooped popped-up power ballad. The result is an
easy double play that retires the side and leaves the rest of the album stranded in the on-deck circle.
Trash – Going Way Out With Heavy Trash (Yep Roc) :: Jerry Lee Lewis soaks the Cramps
with spo-dee-o-dee wine and gives them a butane flame job. Mucho recommendo.
– Andorra (Merge) :: Ethereal electronics which soar like a hot air balloon escaping from a Fripp & Eno
prisoner of pop camp.
Mister Mann – December Looms (self-released)
:: A guy who looks like Willem Dafoe and sings: “I become the rapist from your past.” What are the odds?
SNATCH PLATTER OF THE WEEK: Gore Gore Girls – Get The Gore (Bloodshot) :: Not since the
recently reunited Cycle Sluts From Hell has there been such primo pseudo-primitive, boob-bouncin’, ball-bashin’,
power-pop that’s more Funicello than a squirtin’ spread-eagled beach blanket quim quench and tuffer than Tura
Satana layin’ a patch over your chewed-off and spat-out knob.
Be seeing you!
Saturday, April 2, 2016
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Isaac Hayes – Live At Montreux
2005 (Eagle Vision) :: Wherein a soporific Black Snoozus ponderously pontificates through his greatest hits. Bonus points
for finally coming alive to conduct the synthesized orchestra on an extended version of “Shaft.” Points deducted
for not having the testicular fortitude to encore with “Chocolate Salty Balls.”
Orchestra – Live At Montreux 1974 (Eagle Vision) :: A year after recording the seminal
Birds Of Fire album, John McLaughlin played Montreux with a new lineup that included Jean-Luc Ponty and Narada Michael
Walden. Picking up where the live-in-Central Park album Between Nothingness And Eternity left off, this rare archival
footage is essential viewing for any Mahafusion fan.
Fantasia: Live In Tokyo (Eagle Vision) :: Any band that can lay claim to playing authentic versions of “Roundabout”
(Steve Howe), “Fanfare For The Common Man” (Carl Palmer), “In The Court Of The Crimson King” (John
Wetton) and “Video Killed The Radio Star” (Geoff Downes) all in one concert is worthy of your admiration, however
Al Di Meola – Speak A Volcano: Return To Electric
Guitar (MVD Video) :: As close to intuitive musical Zen as you can possibly get, the sheer effortless fluidity of Di
Meola’s playing is positively breathtaking. Bonus points for including a video guitar clinic.
Artists – Dear Mr. Fantasy: A Celebration For Jim Capaldi (Eagle Vision) :: Am I the
only one who thinks that the drearily dull “Dear Mr. Fantasy” is the most overrated rock song ever? After watching
these well-meaning geezers dodder around the stage for two hours, I guess I am.
PLATTER OF THE WEEK: Marvin Gaye – Greatest Hits Live In ’76 (Eagle Vision) ::
Wearing a striped slime green barbershop quartet outfit that has to be seen to be believed—sunglasses not included—our
bow-tied man in Amsterdam rips through a whopping 24 songs in a Ramones-worthy 51 minutes flat. Hey, if I wore a
fey-glo leprechaun suit like that, I’d wanna get off the stage as fast as I could too.
Saturday, March 26, 2016
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Bootsy – Ultra Wave (Collectors’
Choice) :: CC—that’s Collector’s Choice not Chocolate City—has just reissued four vintage albums by
everybody’s funniest P-Funkster. But this sly “Made in Detroit” slinkfest is the one I bought first. Aided
and ably abetted by brother Catfish Collins and the legendary Horny Horns of James Brown veterans Fred Wesley and Maceo Parker,
Bootzilla stomps hisself silly all over songs like “Mug Push” and “Sound Crack” until the sonic landscape
is reduced to riotous rubble.
Yes – Live At Montreux 2003
(Eagle Records) :: Granted, this may not be the ferocious metal monster that Yessongs is, but given that it’s
performed by the self-same lineup of Anderson, Howe, Squire, Wakeman, and White exactly 30 years later, it’s definitely
the next best thing.
Rick Wakeman & The New English Rock Ensemble
– Out Of The Blue (MVD Audio) :: Meanwhile, this live Argentinean recording from 2001 is worth owning just
for the marathon reworkings of “Starship Trooper” and “Catherine Parr.”
Sojourners – Hold On (Black Hen) :: Radiating a purifying white light, this is spiritual
three-part harmony gospel music at its redemptive finest.
The Black Swans
– Change! (La Société Expéditionnaire) :: Louie Reed meets Lenny Cohen. T-t-turn and face
Slave To The Squarewave – Big Change (Sparks)
:: Skinny tie retro syntho that smacks of the ’80s in blow-snortin’ way—which is why they’re dopey
enough to steal one of their song titles and lyrics wholesale from “The Jean Genie.”
PLATTER OF THE WEEK: Oblivion Sun – Oblivion Sun (MVD Audio) :: Finally, a band that
knows how to forge Moog-fueled prog-rock just like the masters used to melt. Shades of Phil Manzanera’s similarly-titled
Quiet Sun collide with fragments from Stomu Yamashta’s Go with a bit of early Genesis and ethereal Jade Warrior thrown
in for good groovy Mahavishnu measure—and it’s about time, it’s about space.
Saturday, March 19, 2016
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Johnny Thunders – Who’s
Been Talking? (MVD Visual DVD) :: Recorded a few days before El Thunderoso died in April 1991, this Japanese gig is a
joyous energetic romp, admirably augmented by the big Amazonian lungs of super-stacked platinum blonde chantoozie Alison Gordy.
Better than any smarmy stew Buster JoHasbeen ever served up, this excellent appearance cooks from start to finish just L.A.M.F.
Deep Purple – In Concert With The London Symphony
Orchestra (Eagle Vision DVD) :: The inevitable last word in orchestral rock concerts comes when Ian Gillian and Ronnie
James Dio rip into “Smoke On The Water” and the band plays so loud that you can’t hear the 100 piece orchestra
behind them! Now that’s entertainment.
Tim Buckley – My Fleeting House
(MVD Visual DVD) :: From his early 1967 gig on The Monkees to rare European television and live footage in 1974 just
before he died, this Buckley mixture is the definitive documentary for those loyalists who still revere his unique brand of
musical eclecticism. I’m not one of them, but then again, I never thought Robert Johnson was any great shakes, either.
Rodgers – Live In Glasgow (Eagle Vision DVD) :: The lead singer of Queen wants to break
free—and does! You gotta give the guy credit for not performing any Queen numbers, opting instead to cover more obscure
traditional blues numbers like “All Right Now” and “Can’t Get Enough” in chest-thumpin’
versions that make his Queen songs sound positively fey by comparison.
OF THE WEEK: Harptallica – Harptallica (self released) :: If you thought that Apocalyptica’s
album of four cello versions was the last word in Metallica covers, then you ain’t heard what Patricia Klein and Ashley
Toman can do with just a couple of harps. By extracting the chilling core of Metallica’s music, these women have come
up with the most eerily haunting harp album you’ll hear this year. Even better, they’re two pretty hot babes!
Marx – Harpo In Hi-Fi (Mercury) :: Hush little baby, don’t say a word.