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
Sat, August 9, 2014 | link
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
Sat, August 2, 2014 | link
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
Sat, July 26, 2014 | link
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
Sun, July 20, 2014 | link
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!
Sunday, July 13, 2014
JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #428
Sun, July 13, 2014 | link
JEFFREY MORGAN’S MEDIA BLACKOUT #428.30!
Super Heavy Goat Ass – 60,000 Years (Arc Light) :: Darn
fine no-nonsense fuzztone blues rock from the Lone Star State that’ll never get the extensive cross-country breakout
FM airplay it rightfully deserves because of their self-defeating career-limiting band name.
Serena Ryder – Unlikely Emergency (Isadora)
:: She’s got a dynamic show-stopping voice that squirts personality by the bucketful every time she opens her mouth,
but her stalled soporific songs would make even Speedy Gonzalez siesta. So ditch the dreary diva dirges and find yourself
a real rock ’n’ roll band that can play in 4/4 time and tow you out of the middle of the road.
Justin Rutledge – No Never Alone (Six
Shooter) :: Because the lyric “too sober to sleep too drunk to cry” is the hanky-honkin’ tonk of the week,
Kleenex stock is up $3.00 at the closing bell.
Ian Tyson – Songs From The Gravel Road (Stony Plain) :: You don’t have to have
lived in a farmhouse on the vast ambient Canadian plains under starry skies to fully appreciate what Ian is singing about
on this touching heartfelt country album. But there are worse ways to live and certainly worse albums to listen to.
Mariah Carey – The Emancipation Of Mimi
(MonarC) :: This being one of them.
PLATTER OF THE WEEK: Jay Giles – Jay Giles Plays Jazz! (Francesca) :: From Charlie Watts
to Randy Bachman, the rock ’n’ roll morgue is littered with many a mangled corpse on a slab that unwisely decided
to unleash its inner jazzbo. And while this isn’t exactly Charlie Christian and Benny Goodman doing “Seven Come
Eleven,” former Lester Bangs sideman J. Giles has come close to cloning that classic ’30s vamp sound.
Be seeing you!
Sunday, July 6, 2014
JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #427
Sun, July 6, 2014 | link
JEFFREY MORGAN’S MEDIA BLACKOUT #427.29!
Doctor Who – Doctor Who (BBC) :: Luckily, the cracked
actor who played the new ninth Doctor as an arrogant, self-righteous twit quit after only one season because he was afraid
of being typecast, if you can believe such twaddle. So, until the adventures of Time Lord No. 10 reach North America later
this year, there’s no denying that the definitive Doctor is still Tom Baker.
Mob Stereo – Too Young To Go Steady (Dollar Record)
:: Not only do these singles going steady have their Ramones 101 song structure down pat, they also have a wasted chanteuse
(that’s good) who’s mixed too far down in the background (that’s bad).
Caribou – The Milk Of Human Kindness (Domino) :: This
ethereal entry stands at the quirky crossroads between Cluster and Terry Riley. Bonus points for naming their band after an
old Elton John album.
– Tinnitus (Liquor and Poker) :: Too disciplined to be the new Dolls and too plodding to be the new Pistols,
these boozetown brats run out of steam after the first two tracks. But what a rip-roarin’ way to go!
The Locust – Safety Second, Body Last
(Ipecac) :: The world’s first screamo opera includes forensic music like “New Tongue Sweepstakes” and “Hairy
Mouth.” Showbiz bible Spice Of Life tags David Cronenberg to direct the movie version.
SIZZLING PLATTER OF THE WEEK: The Timelords & The
KLF – Doctorin’ The Tardis (TVT) :: By expertly combining the late Ron Grainer’s immortal
Doctor Who theme with Gary Glitter’s “Rock ’n’ Roll”—replete with Tardis teleportation
roar and exterminating Dalek dialogue—this innovative eight-minute single from 1991 is the prescient precursor to every
mash mix that exists today.
Be seeing you!
Sunday, June 29, 2014
JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #426
Sun, June 29, 2014 | link
MEDIA BLACKOUT #426.28!
– The Carl Stalling Project (Warner Bros.) :: Two, I say, two volumes of the greatest animated film
music ever heard in the history of the human eardrum!
The Dan Band – The Dan Band (Side One Dummy) :: Even Bowie at his cokehead best didn’t
dare cover “I Am Woman” on David Live. But if Dan’s live romp is any indication, maybe he should’ve.
Any of this gettin’ through to ya, son?
Chuck Jones – Chuck Amuck (Farrar Straus Giroux) :: This good-natured glimpse behind
the scenes at Termite Terrace by one of the world’s greatest directors is more fun than an Illudium Pew 36 Explosive
Space Modulator. Pay attention, boy! I’m cuttin’, but you ain’t bleedin’!
A Change Of Pace – An Offer You Can’t
Refuse (Immortal) :: No it’s not, and yes I can. Nice boy, but he’s built a little too low to the ground!
Over It – Silverstrand
(Lobster) :: Oh, so you three guys actually like having a bland singer without a shred of personality in his voice? Well,
that explains everything. You’ve gotta keep your eye on the ball, son!
Rush – Rush (Moon) :: Don’t laugh. Xeroxed bands
like the previous two could learn a lot from songs like “Finding My Way” and “In The Mood.” Eye!
Full White Drag –
Everything Will Fall One Night (Inter-Flight) :: So could Canada’s plodding answer to the Stranglers. Ball!
Mel Blanc –
That’s Not All Folks! (Warner Books) :: This delightful memoir covers everything from Mel’s “Cu...camonga”
days on The Jack Benny Show to his heavyweight reign as Looney Tunes’ voice man supreme. Eyeball!
SIZZLING CLAGHORN OF THE WEEK: I almost has
a column there, son! Joke, that is.
uh-b’uh, uh-be seeing you!
Saturday, June 28, 2014
JEFFREY MORGANíS ROCK íNí ROLL PHOTOGRAPHS
JEFFREY MORGAN’S ROCK ’N’ ROLL PHOTOGRAPHS
Sat, June 28, 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:
Sunday, June 22, 2014
JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #425
Sun, June 22, 2014 | link
JEFFREY MORGAN'S MEDIA BLACKOUT #425.27!
Jennifer Gentile - Valende (Sub Pop) :: If I were the guy who recorded this dire disc of dissipated diarrhea, I'd hide behind
a girl's name, too.
Gliss - Halfway
Gone (Mountain Lo-Fi) :: On the first track he tries to kick like a mule. Then he perverts to form and dresses like a
queen, it's a real schlemiel deal.
- In The Clear (Nettwerk) :: For good Portishead call Ivy.
Anton Barbeau With The Bevis Frond - King Of Missouri (Bongo Beat) :: Had Elvis
Costello actually been a '70s punk rocker, he just might've recorded this loose and vibrant affair that's part wordy Dylan
and part nasally Lennon.
- Weapons Of Mass Distortion (Kanine) :: Funky fuzztone music that'll have you cage-shakin' in your white go-go boots.
Forever Changed - The Need To Feel Alive
(Floodgate) :: Every time I see a back cover photo of four short-haired kids in T-shirts I cringe because they all invariably
sound the same: lame. Remember what I said about bands that are deficient in the personality department? Well, you can add
these guys to the list.
- Altitude (Floodgate) :: What, another back cover photo of four short-haired kids in t-shirts who sound
lamer than lame? Better add these guys to the list, too.
SIZZLING PLATTER OF THE WEEK: Mardo - Mardo (House Of Restitution) :: They oughtta
give away a free farm-size box of Kleenex with every copy sold because this is one helluva snotty album whose snooty snout
attitude drips straight out of the Punky Meadows Lip Farm. Even Binky knows that Mardo's a retro-retardo smash up of everything
from Love It To Death and Dressed To Kill to Cheap Trick.
Be seeing you!
Sunday, June 15, 2014
JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #424
Sun, June 15, 2014 | link
JEFFREY MORGAN'S MEDIA BLACKOUT #424.25!
- Kimono My House (Island) :: Geddit?
SIZZLING PARTY PLATTER OF THE
WEEK: Rosemary Clooney - "Come On-A My
House" (Columbia) :: Who invited all these people?
KISS - "Rock And Roll All Nite" (Casablanca) :: Oh, man, that'll never wash out!
Riot - "Cum On Feel The Noize" (Pasha) :: Keep it down before the neighbors complain!
Andrew WK - "Party Hard" (Mercury) :: C'mon, let's use this empty bedroom!
Slade - "How D'You Ride?" (Polydor) :: Who parked on the lawn?
John - "Saturday Night's All Right For
Fighting" (MCA) :: Guys, guys, take it outside!
Elvis Costello - The Delivery Man (Lost Highway) :: Pizza's here! Who's got the money?
Reed - "The Power Of Positive Drinking" (Arista) :: I think I can jimmy the lock on this liquor cabinet!
John Entwistle - "Whiskey Man" (Decca) :: Got it!
Faces - Five Guys Walk Into A Bar... (Warner
Bros.) :: Hey, while you're up!
The B-52's - "Party Out Of Bounds" (Reprise)
:: The beer bottles in the freezer exploded!
The Who - "However Much I Booze" (MCA)
:: Where's the keg?
Kim Mitchell -
"I Am A Wild Party" (Anthem) :: Where's the can, I gotta go water my horse!
Johnny Winter - "Too Much Seconal" (Columbia) :: Dude, you look
Blood, Sweat & Tears -
"And When I Die" (Columbia) :: Dude?
Rick Derringer - "Still
Alive And Well" (Epic) :: Dude, that was close!
The Irish Rovers - "Wasn't That
A Party?" (Epic) :: Cold pizza and beer, breakfast of champions!
Johnny Cash - "Sunday
Morning Coming Down" (Columbia) :: Keep those drapes closed! And don't slam the
door when you leave!
Be seeing you!
Sunday, June 8, 2014
JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #423
Sun, June 8, 2014 | link
JEFFREY MORGAN'S MEDIA BLACKOUT #423.24!
Cale & Lou Reed - Songs For Drella (Sire) :: Everything
they've done separately, no matter how good, is mere artifice compared to this sincere, monumental work of art. When's the
last time you listened to it?
The Sharp Ease - Going
Modern (olFactory) :: Meanwhile, if Cale and Lene Lovich had sired quadruplet daughters
25 years ago, those four femmes would've grown up to record this smart 'n' sassy pop album.
Tara Angell - Down And Out: The Come
Down EP (Rykodisc) :: Hide the razorblades because if ever a record lived up to its title,
it's this one. This dour dish makes Marianne Faithfull sound like Toni Basil cranked to the gills on a helium speedball.
Josh Rouse - Nashville (Rykodisc) :: Maybe the Ryman Auditorium isn't ready for a guy who sings lyrics like: "Later
on, after the show, we can go to your room, I can try on your clothes."
Cash - "A Boy Named Sue" (Columbia) :: Then again, maybe it is.
SIZZLING PLATTER OF
THE WEEK: The Devlins - Waves (Nettwerk) :: Having survived the trauma of Chas being killed by Harry Flowers, the two remaining brothers buck up
and record this fine album. I like that, turn it up.
Be seeing you!
Sunday, June 1, 2014
JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #422
Sun, June 1, 2014 | link
JEFFREY MORGAN'S MEDIA BLACKOUT #422.23!
Cooper - Underbelly: Additional Observations
On The Beauty / Ugliness Of Mostly Pillowy Girls (Fantagraphics Books) :: This coffee
table art book contains erotically singed paintings of large ravenously mandibled women who have the bug-eyed visages of Sandy
Dennis in leering lolling heat. Roll over Bill Ward, and tell Robert Crumb the news.
Dandi Wind - Bait The Traps (Bongo Beat) :: Lene Lovich + Iggy Stooge + Nina
Hagen + Eno + Diamanda Galás + Kraftwerk = Crazy, man, crazy!
Aselin Debison - Bigger Than Me (Epic) :: Bland on bland.
Audra Kubat - Since I Fell In Love With The Music (Times
Beach) :: Audra has the delicate demeanor of a sparrow, coupled with a heartfelt emotive voice and superior songwriting skills.
She's the new Joni Mitchell, only a whole lot better.
Static Age - Neon Nights Electric Lives (Tarantulas) :: "Ghosts" has a propulsive jangling that's
somewhat reminiscent of the Banshees but, more often than not, this intelligent quartet has a suave sound that's nothing less
than the debonair second coming of Ultravoxy Music.
Fatale - From The Abundance Of The Heart, The Mouth Speaks (Last Gang) :: King, it's Shellac vs. the Beastie
Boys in a last-band-standing, elimination chamber, hell-in-a-cell, grudge match.
SIZZLING PLATTER OF THE MONTH: Mommy And Daddy - Fighting Style Killer Panda
(Kanine) :: Here's a delightfully kooky EP that features a nutty sonic mélange of blipping Casio keys, pounding Roland
drum machines, heavy metal guitars and snatch-snarling female vocals. This New York duo is being portrayed as "a married
couple who play stripped-down, avant garde, primitive, post-punk, lo-fi, electropop retro rock." Which is one way of
describing them, I suppose. Here's another: They're outta their heads.
Be seeing you!
Sunday, May 25, 2014
JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #421
Sun, May 25, 2014 | link
JEFFREY MORGAN’S MEDIA BLACKOUT #421.22!
Black Maria – Lead Us to Reason (Victory) :: Never place
an ad that says: Lead Singer Wanted, Personality Not Required.
Armor For Sleep – What To Do When You Are Dead (Equal Vision) :: Never answer an ad
that says: Lead Singer With No Personality Looking For Band.
Kaddisfly – Buy Our Intention (Hopeless) :: Well, that’s three for three.
Faces – Ooh-La-La
(Warner Bros.) :: Personality!
– The Everyothers (Hautlab) :: Personality!
David Bowie – Pinups (RCA) :: Personality!
Mott The Hoople – Mott (Columbia) :: Personality!
Lene Lovich – Stateless
(Stiff) :: Personality!
David Lee Roth
– Sonrisa Salvaje (Warner Bros.) :: Personality!
The Stooges – Fun House (Elektra) :: Personality!
Alice Cooper – Killer (Warner Bros.)
– Leon Russell (Shelter) :: Personality!
Slade – Slayed? (Polydor) :: Personality!
Elvis Costello – Armed Forces (Columbia) :: Personality!
Bob Marley – Live
(Island) :: Personality!
& The Amboy Dukes – Survival Of The Fittest (Polydor) :: What, are you kidding?
Robert Palmer – Sneakin’ Sally Through
The Alley (Island) :: Personality!
– Rocks (Columbia) :: Personality!
Sparks – Propaganda (Island) :: Personality!
Roxy Music – Country Life (Atco) :: Personality!
Nico – Desertshore
(Reprise) :: Personality!
– Fear (Island) :: Personality!
The Diodes – Tired of Waking Up Tired (Epic) :: Personality!
T. Rex – The Slider (Reprise) :: Personality!
Grand Funk – Grand
Funk (Capitol) :: Personality!
Deluxe – Modern Music (Harvest) :: Personality!
Pete Townshend – Who Came First (Decca) :: Personality!
New York Dolls –
New York Dolls (Mercury) :: Personality Crisis!
SIZZLING PLATTERS OF THE WEEK: All of the above, minus the first three. Thus endeth the lesson.
Be seeing you!
Sunday, May 18, 2014
JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #420
Sun, May 18, 2014 | link
JEFFREY MORGAN'S MEDIA BLACKOUT #420.21!
Ray Wylie Hubbard - Delirium
Tremolos (Philo/Rounder) :: If you're in the
market for a new country blues album, give this instant classic by old mutha Hubbard a shot. Another reason to believe: Faces
stalwart Ian "Mac" McLagan works the Hammond B-3 on several tracks.
Schon - i On U (Favored Nations) :: Journey-man Schon rises above the synth backing tracks to craft an instrumental guitar album
that's part silky David Gilmour and part psycho Jeff Beck. Too bad he'd rather play with himself than be in a real band, though.
- World Play (Soul Sirkus) :: Well whaddya know? Schon upgrades to actual human beings!
If you still proudly listen to old Sammy Hagar albums, then this thud's for you.
The 8-Track - The Ocean (Abacus) :: These four guys aren't old enough to remember vinyl, let alone an 8-track. But they are mature enough
to make an album that's powerful and passionate.
Liam Titcomb - Liam Titcomb (Columbia) :: Canada's
answer to John Mellencamp is a long-haired pretty boy who writes hand-clappin' good-time music including a little ditty called
"Get Down" that actually does.
SIZZLING PLATTER OF THE WEEK: Vanessa Williams - Everlasting Love (Lava)
:: Need some '70s make-out music? Then slide in and take this VW for a ride that's so smooth you could cut a diamond in the
back seat. My favorite track is the Kraftwerkian "Tuning," which consists of nothing but Vanessa tuning in different
radio stations. Really.
Be seeing you!
Sunday, May 11, 2014
JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #419
Sun, May 11, 2014 | link
MEDIA BLACKOUT #419.20!
– Bye Bye Beauté (Nettwerk) :: Look, if I want to hear a breathy babe cooing sweet nothings to me in
a foreign language, I’ll listen to Lola Dutronic instead, all right?
Lola Dutronic – The World Of Lola Dutronic (Bongo Beat)
:: Whatever Lola wants, Lola gets. So go out and get these luscious covers of “Walking On Sunshine,” “To
Sir With Love,” and “Porpoise Song.”
Loopy – Smile Back Home (Zip) :: This must-have merges all the power of a classic three-chord
rock band with the heavenly heartfelt harmonies of Brian Wilson.
Razor Crusade – Infinite Water (Deathwish) :: Hey, sailor, looking for a hot screw
of screamotronic vocals and a heavy spew of garage guitars?
Theory Of A Deadman – Gasoline (Roadrunner) :: The singer apes Chris Cornell, but this
rent-a-drummer trio does heavy blustery rage that’s right up there with the best of them.
The Living End – Modern ARTillery (Reprise)
:: I don’t know much about art, but I know what I don’t like.
Various Artists – Mary Had A Little Amp (Epic) :: It wasn’t just for show. And
when she played this disc through it, she said: “This record blows!”
SIZZLING PLATTER OF THE WEEK: DMBQ – The Essential Sounds
From The Far East (Estrus!) :: Are you ready for the absolute heaviest rock ’n’ roll album of the week? Hendrix
in the East. Reincarnated in Japan. As Godzilla. With a guitar. And a wall of over-cranked amps. Run for your lives!
Be seeing you!
Sunday, May 4, 2014
JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #418
Sun, May 4, 2014 | link
JEFFREY MORGAN'S MEDIA BLACKOUT #418.19!
Slayer - Still Reigning (American) :: The scariest thing about this live show
is how blood-splattered Slayer bassist Tom Araya now looks exactly like blood-spitting KISS bassist Gene Simmons.
Britney Spears - Greatest
Hits: My Prerogative (Jive) :: Of course they
float, what did you think?
Rod Stewart - Live
at the Royal Albert Hall (J) :: When Woody
joins in for "Stay With Me" and "Gasoline Alley" you almost find a reason to believe that a Faces reunion
would be a good idea. Then you realize how shot the singer's voice is.
Various Artists - Punk Rock Holocaust (Springman) :: Cheesier than a Vivid porno and gorier than the collected
works of Lucio Fulci. If all you need is a holocaust to make your day complete, then you'll enjoy watching everyone from the
Horrorpops to Andrew WK getting brutally butchered.
Dead Boys - Live At CBGB 1977 (Music Video Distributors) :: Watching this rare video of Stiv and the Boys is
about as close to the experience of being in a '70s punk club as you're likely to get. And I was in enough of them back then
The History Of Iron Maiden - Part One: The Early Years
(EMI) :: Five whopping hours of concerts and videos that only cover the years 1980 to 1983. Comprehensive? Yeah, I'd say so.
SIZZLING PLATTER OF THE WEEK: Bill Hicks - Live (Rykodisc) :: Cleese
loves him. Letterman loves him. Leno loves him. Belzer loves him. So why haven't you heard of comedian Bill Hicks before?
Because he died in 1994 before you got a chance to. But as these three performances show, he had a deadly delivery that's
a cross between goofy sweathog Travolta and manic maniac Kinison.
Be seeing you!
Sunday, April 27, 2014
JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #417
Sun, April 27, 2014 | link
MEDIA BLACKOUT #417.18!
– Erotic Thriller (Boompa) :: Flo & Eddie start a synthesizer disco band that’s influenced by A
Night At The Roxbury. Really.
– Protest (Ace Fu) :: Just when I thought that intelligent anti-war protest albums were a thing of the past,
along comes this majestically heroic and elegant elegiac mass for the masses to prove me wrong. But that doesn’t mean
I agree with them.
– Prolonging The Inevitable (Suburban Home) :: Sir or Madam, please don’t take a pass on this heavy band
that kicks Helmet’s ass.
– Formulate A Tragedy (On The Rise) :: Speaking of which: If Page Hamilton’s new women-battering songs
have forced you to sell all your old Helmet records, don’t worry because All Parallels are also a far more intelligent
Self Explanatory (Capitol) :: Remember “Bob George” on Prince’s Black Album? Well, here’s
the real schlemiel.
– A Prairie Home Companion (Rounder) :: Gosh, I miss Mark Russell.
North Mississippi Allstars – Hill Country Revue (ATO)
:: Would somebody please mail me a burned copy of Edgar Winter’s Roadwork?
SIZZLING PLATTER OF THE WEEK: Oneida – Nice.
Splittin’ Peaches. (Ace Fu) :: This eclectic EP of experimental art rock is definitely worth a listen. Clocking
in at a very respectable 15 minutes, “Hakuna Matata” is the kind of jaw-dropping backwards drone that La Monte
Young and Tony Conrad used to specialize in. “Song Y” on the other hand sounds like the kind of crazy country
music that the Who would’ve made had Mike “Wool Hat” Nesmith joined them. Or is that Pete Townshend joining
the Monkees? Either way, you can’t lose.