Saturday, July 4, 2015
JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #477
Sat, July 4, 2015 | link
MORGAN’S MEDIA BLACKOUT #477.87!
The Gersch – The Gersch
(Tortuga) :: Pinioned pig on the front. Hung human on the back. Pseudo demento guitar rock betwixt.
Win – The Win (Georgeira) :: Geddit?
– The Beat Goes On (Deathwish) :: Dumb keep poundin’ jism to the lame.
Noir – Tower Of Love (My Dad) :: Wouldn’t it be nice if Brian Wilson and the Beatles
recorded a jaunty pop album together?
Brian Wilson – “The Spirit
of Rock ’n’ Roll” (unreleased) :: Wouldn’t it be nicer if Brian Wilson and Bob Dylan actually
did record a song together?
Brian Wilson – Sweet Insanity
(unreleased) :: Wouldn’t it be nicest if the solo album it appeared on had actually been released?
– Nothing That A Bullet Couldn’t Cure (Small Stone) :: The rock ’n’ roll maniacs at Small
Stone are back with another hard rockin’ record that just might be the Best Western-themed album since the James Gang
checked in. But the next time you cowpokes pose for a photo, make sure you lose the sunglasses and toque first, eh?
– Mugimama! Is This Monkey Music? (Ipecac) :: No Lucy, this is cacaloo Ricky Retardo music. It’s also
further proof that yesterday’s insane asylums are today’s independent music labels. If Frances Farmer were alive
today, she’d be signed to Trans-Orbital Records.
– Professor Murder Rides The Subway (Kanine) :: Do you like cowbells? (Say, what if Eno had produced Malcolm
McLaren’s Duck Rock?) Do you like synthesizers? (Say, what if Malcolm McLaren had produced Eno’s Here
Come The Warm Jets?) Do you like Devocals? (Say what?)
SIZZLING PLATTER OF THE WEEK:
Old Crow Medicine Show – Big Iron World (Nettwerk) :: In the best Masked Marauders tradition,
“Down Home Girl” effortlessly combines the freewheelin’ drawl of Dylan, the hard day’s harp of Lennon
and the moonlight guitar of Krieger. But Dylan never wrote a line like “I swear your perfume baby is made outta turnip
greens, every time I kiss you girl it tastes like pork and beans.” Come to think of it, neither did Jim “Dandy”
Mangrum. And that’s just the first song.
Be seeing you!
Saturday, June 27, 2015
JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #476
Sat, June 27, 2015 | link
MORGAN’S MEDIA BLACKOUT #476.86!
The Philosopher Kings – Castles
(Sony BMG) :: This is the album of the year!*
The Brought Low – Right On Time
(Small Stone) :: Dual guitar stereo high jinks in the sonic service of some hooch-swillin’ Southern-fried blues rock.
Of Sue Todd – Kelsey Grammer Loves Us (NachoBake) :: Geeky atonally adenoidal spasmodal
nerd music that shoulda been called “Cult Of Gerry Todd” in tribute to SCTV’s legendary video pioneer.
Sharp Ease – Remain Instant (Olfactory) :: As much as I liked their first album, I like
this new one a whole lot more ’cause it’s a feminized version of analog Television, only with an additional upgrade
of HDTV girl power.
Mothra – Mothra (self-released) :: Ah, so!
Preased to be ristening to this furious female screamo that could kick Reptilicus’ scales in a Japanese minute!
Wasif – Imaad Wasif (Kill Rock Stars) :: The front cover shows him pecking out his lyrics
on an old Underwood as if he were the acoustic second coming of Joseph Strummer—or maybe even better.
Youth – The Therapy Sessions EP (V2) :: Super chunk heavy thunk from Korny punks who…I
can’t even think up a word that rhymes.
Panurge – Walking In The Fog
(Last Gang) :: There ain’t nobody who conjures the mischievous art rock spirit of Kevin Ayers better than Panurge, so
I’m pleased as punch to report that they’re back with yet another soft machine of clever ethereal pop. Bonus points
for taking my advice and getting better album cover art.
SIZZLING PLATTER OF THE WEEK: Five
Horse Johnson – The Mystery Spot (Small Stone) :: I was gonna crack wise about stallion
wangs squirtin’ out hot shot spots of unknown origin. Then I listened to this album and realized it was no joke ’cause
this Led Steppenwolf studfest is nothing less than filthy blues rock at its absolute sleaziest, well-hung, ball-blastin’
best. Recorded in Ferndale. Overdubbed in Ypsilanti. Mastered in Ann Arbor. But of course.
*If you like emasculated
sensitive girly-man music.
Be seeding you!
Saturday, June 20, 2015
JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #475
Sat, June 20, 2015 | link
MORGAN’S MEDIA BLACKOUT #475.85!
The Damnwells – Air Stereo
(Zoë) :: Which is funnier: a) that they open their album singing: “I’ve got you, babe. Diamonds and pearls,
babe. More than a feeling, babe. Radar love, babe. I want you to want me, babe. Kick start my heart, babe. Sweet child of
mine, babe. Wanna be starting something, babe,” or b) that they have a major recording contract and you don’t?
– Nail (Small Stone) :: Ten over-amped distorto guitar-driven scream screeds that reek with the distinctive
raw power patina of early Iggzapoppin’.
Trent Reznor – Quake (id
Software) :: Say, didja know that if you take the original installation disc from id’s first Quake game and
slot it in a standard audio player you can hear NIN’s greatest album in its full-length instrumental entirety?
– “The Robots” (Kling Klang) :: And speaking of slotting it in, I betcha Rosie screws Bender to
Edgewater – We’re Not Robots (Forevergreen) :: On “Caught
in the Moment” they prove that they can excel at dumb rock as well as anyone else. On “Rock Is Dead” they
just excel at being dumb.
Xrayok – Like Life (self-released)
:: A dash of jangling guitar here, a pinch of lush synth texture there, the kind of arch Euromantic tunes that “Street
Life” Ferry and “Quiet Life” Sylvian used to croon to make ’em swoon.
PLATTER OF THE WEEK: Amps for Christ – Every Eleven Seconds (5RC) :: Trust these holy
amplifiers to come up with their most eclectic album yet. Where to begin? With the Velvets distorto of “Augmented Demented”?
The skilled Oldfield meets Hendrix of “Out on the Moon (slight return)”? The gonzo spoken word tribute “Thompson
Hunter”? The country pickin’ of “El Corazon de San Vicente”? The dental drill diatribe “I Hate
This Dumpster”? The bagpipe pneumatics of “Scotland the Brave”? The Ravioli Shankar sitar of “Proof
Man”? The trans-orbital shock treatment of “The Crossing”? The banjo pickin’ “Sweet Dove”?
The Neil Young & Crazy Horse parody “WIB”? The psycho Prince prototype “Monkeys Gone Wild”? You
tell me, babe.
Be seeing you!
Saturday, June 13, 2015
JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #474
Sat, June 13, 2015 | link
MORGAN’S MEDIA BLACKOUT #474.84!
Leon Russell – Leon Live
(Shelter) :: Most creative album title ever!
Ray Davies & The Shelter People
– The Kinks Of Leon (Cola) :: Geddit?
– New English EP (TVT) :: Their last record sucked cockney but this new one shows an impressive maturity that’s
derivative of the Rubber Soul fabs.
North And South – The Spirit
That Guides Us (Goodfellow) :: They don’t pay me enough to listen to faceless immature twaddle like this.
They Say – Antidote For Irony (Fearless) :: Really they don’t.
Fenians – Every Day’s A Hooley (Mizen Head) :: The Irish Rovers bedding Boiled
in Lead is how endearing this fifth of Fenians is. Even better, the title track is a sly sequel of sorts to the old Kingston
Trio hit “Tom Dooley,” so don’t hang down your head and cry.
The Rolling Stones
– Exile On Sesame St. (Children’s Television Workshop) :: OK, now you can hang down your head and cry.
– Love That’s Last (Hydra Head) :: Hey kids, do you like violence? Well, I’m kinda Fonda this Oxbow
incident, so step right up and hear the bitch battle of the century as Diamanda Galás meets Marianne Faithful in a
Paris Hilton – Douchebag Über
Alles (Hansa) :: Heil der neu Nico!
The Salads – The Big Picture
(Kindling) :: Pantera power-pounding meets Van Halen guitar dexterity meets Peter Gabriel social scruples meets a smood dasha
de island beat, mon.
David Bowie – David Live (RCA) :: Most creative
album title ever!
SIZZLING PLATTER OF THE WEEK: Derek Miller – The
Dirty Looks (Curve) :: A veritable studio sound track to his live show, Derek cranks out his distinctive brand of guitar-fueled
barn-burnin’ blues rock with all the possessed intensity of a man who’s made midnight deals at every sulphuric
crossroads from here to hell and back. That’s why I gotta give the devil his due and say that this hard rockin’
record delivers on all counts. Better loosen that tie, ’cause things are only going to get a lot hotter from here on
Be seeing you!
JEFFREY MORGANíS ROCK íNí ROLL PHOTOGRAPHS
JEFFREY MORGAN’S ROCK ’N’ ROLL PHOTOGRAPHS
Sat, June 13, 2015 | 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, June 6, 2015
JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #473
Sat, June 6, 2015 | link
MORGAN’S MEDIA BLACKOUT #473.83!
Everlovely Lightningheart – Everlovely
Lightningheart (Hydra Head) :: A single 40-minute track consisting of a tinny piano-cored music box melody that weaves
through myriad underwater caverns before cross-fading into a convergent realm of mysterious melodies and concrete sounds in
the haunting tradition of Basil Kirchin and Gavin Bryers.
– “Break” (TVT) :: I bet the new Bryan Ferry record isn’t half as hip as this glamatronic
Tommy Emmanuel – The Mystery (Favored Nations)
:: Finally, the virtuoso acoustic guitar equivalent of Rick Wakeman’s The Six Wives Of Henry The Eighth.
Dogg – Love Don’t Live Here No More (Atria) :: “Street lit” mah azz.
But I can’t find it in me to hate a guy who took his name from Hanna-Barbara’s classic cartoon characters Super
Snooper and Doggie Daddy.
Pete Townshend – Horse’s
Neck (Faber & Faber) :: And as Billy Altman astutely pointed out, Cyrano nicked his guitar smashing act from Hanna-Barbara’s
classic cartoon character El Kabong—aka “Queeks Draw” McGraw.
Arnaz – “Babalu” (Desilu) :: Baba Looey, geddit?
Candle – The Wee Hours Review (V2) :: Springstonesish anthemic storytelling rock. Bonus
points for having a guitarist named Nick Jaeger. Really.
– The Original TV Soundtracks! (Colpix) :: Didja know that back in the early ’60s, a half century before
the luxury of complete season DVD box sets, Columbia released a series of long-playing original soundtrack albums of Hanna-Barbera’s
most popular cartoon shows?
Keith Richards – “I Could
Have Stood You Up” (Virgin) :: He had a gay old time. Really; listened to the lyrics lately?
PLATTER OF THE WEEK: Milky Ways – Milky Ways (Alive) :: Back in punk’s halcyonic
heyday, I used to spend every night lurching from one dingy, rat-infested hellhole to another, listening to a buncha snotbox
bands who sounded just like these wonderfully wasted kids. So if you like your rock served raw with a side order of primitive
cool, you’re gonna love these guys ’n’ dolls to deaf, ’cause these Milky Ways ain’t no Milky
Duds—and that’s nothing to Snickers at.
Be seeing you!
Saturday, May 30, 2015
JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #472
Sat, May 30, 2015 | link
MORGAN’S MEDIA BLACKOUT #472.82!
Rae Spoon – White Hearse Comes
Rolling (Washboard) :: You’ve got this critic in a whirl. I’m not sure if you’re a boy or a girl. Hey
babe, you sound alright. Hey babe, you’ve recorded a countrified album that makes Harvest sound like Ace
Of Spades. You tacky thing.
Sonic City – Sonic City
(self-released) :: Pre-pubescent guitar dizbuster Danny Sveinson wears a Ramones T and has classic gabba four producer Ed
Stasium twiddling the knobs. But the resemblance stops there because this album—which has Generic Arena Rock written
all over it—is grievously unfocused and sorely lacking in direction. Talent is an asset and little Danny has it. Too
bad he doesn’t know what to do with it yet.
– Seeds (Jericho Beach) :: Funky native music fuelled by a sexy soulful blend of reggae ’n’ blues.
In Stereo – The Troubled Stateside (Nitro) :: “Kids! We’re in this together.
You’re my new consumer and I don’t want to move back home. Put a big black sticker on the front that says ‘For
Fans Of:’ and you can donate a penny to my future pension. So download all the songs we wrote and hype it up with some
bullshit quotes. Yeah, we’re on a roll.” Boy, and they call me cynical.
CHANTEUSE OF THE WEEK: Lori Cullen – Calling For Rain (Maple Nationwide) :: If you only
buy one album this year by a female jazz and pop singer, make sure it’s this one because Lori Cullen has one of the
purest voices in a generation. Once you’ve heard her, you’ll recognize that she has more than enough talent to
become the next premier interpreter of our time. Most women who sing standards these days are little more than opportunistic
posers cashing in on a nostalgia fad. Every time they open their mouths you can see them mentally watching themselves sing
while they pretend to live in another swankier era. But when Lori Cullen sings, she lives every song without any ironic inflections.
Saturday, May 23, 2015
JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #471
Sat, May 23, 2015 | link
MORGAN’S MEDIA BLACKOUT #471.81!
Agoraphobic Nosebleed – PCP Torpedo
/ Anbrx (Hydra Head) :: The most distorted screamo album ever made opens with a foul-mouthed excerpt from a Richard
Pryor movie. Then they strike up the band and put the dialogue to a mess age of musick.
– Nihilism Is Nothing To Worry About (Palentine) :: I was worried that the band 1986 would be as musically
dull as the year 1986 was. But not to worry because they sound as if Elliott Murphy had replaced Unca Lou after Loaded
and then recorded a fifth Velvet Underground studio album.
Slow Motion Reign
– Slow Motion Reign (Surgical Strike) :: Kinda like Obscure Alternatives Japan with a hint of early
melodic Queen and the languid loopy charm of Hunky Dory Bowie. That said, they have an earnest and ambitious neo-prog
sound that’s all their own and well worth a listen. Worth a listen? Why, it’s more fun than freebasing with a
polyester shirt on!
Hot One – Hot One (The Music Of Nato) :: The
really sexciting songs on this album sound like a pouty punky cross between Nick Gilder’s Sweeney Todd (“Get Your
Priest On!”), Michael Hutchence’s INXS (“Sexy Soldier”) and Prince’s NPG (“Fu*k*n’”).
Needless to say, the really boring ones don’t.
Entitled (Echelon Productions) :: On “You Ain’t Hot,” this nattily dressed synthesizer trio rips
a page outta Morris Day’s little black book and then ups the ante by using enough feelthy lingo to make Prince turn
three different shades of lavender. Are you ready for the new sex-soaked Bee Gees?
PLATTER OF THE WEEK: Mstrkrft – The Looks (Last Gang) :: And speaking of getting soaked,
this anonymous glory hole happening between S’Express, Kraftwerk, Giorgio Moroder, and 808 State is nothing less than
a wet dream hook-up for horny hedonists aching to relive the coke-soaked ’80s—and that’s nothing to sniff
Tiga – Sexor (Last Gang) :: More très fey syntho electro.
Beulah, crack me another amyl.
Jan Hammer – Miami Vice
(MCA) :: Give me Librium or give me meth!
Be snorting you!
Saturday, May 16, 2015
JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #470
Sat, May 16, 2015 | link
MORGAN’S MEDIA BLACKOUT #470.80!
J.R. Ewing – Maelstrom (Dim
Mak) :: You’re not dreaming in a prison shower, this unreasonable metal screamonstrosity sounds just like Ozzy ’n’
Alice ’n’ Ig, oh my!
The Adored – A New Language
(V2) :: Ramonesish perky percolating power pop guaranteed to purify your aural palette.
– Alter (Hydra Head) :: Think their band name is clev—oh, sorry, I already used that one-liner. Well
then, suffice it to say that these 14 tracks have enough remixed industrial menace to make Farmer’s Market sound like
Pete Seeger on valium.
Flattbush – Seize The Time (Koolarrow) :: I’m
told that these hammer and sickle-sporting screamanicacs "bring Filipino political rage hard and raw to the States."
Good thing I live in Canada.
Grant-Lee Phillips – nineteeneighties
(Zoë) :: This is the on-the-nod acoustic album Eric Clapton would record today if old Spikehand were still strung
out on smack and had a craving to carve up 11 antique melodies ranging from "Wave Of Mutilation" to the anal sex
classic "Love My Way."
Toni Basil – “Mickey”
(Capitol) :: And speaking of anal sex classics, she’s still the only woman to offer to take it up the ass on Top 40
Led Zeppelin – In Through The Out Door (Swan Song) :: What did
you think the title meant?
Prince – “Raspberry Beret”
(Paisley Park) :: What did you think “She walked in through the out door” meant?
Zeppelin – “Since I’ve Been Loving You” (Atlantic) :: What did you
think “I open my front door, hear my back door slam” meant?
– “Back Door Man” (Elektra) :: Yeah, yeah, yeah! Priddy neat, priddy neat! Priddy good, priddy
Greeley Estates – Far From The Lies (Record
Collection) :: Music to take prison showers by. Careful with that soap, Eugene…
PLATTER OF THE WEEK: Blood Brothers – Love Rhymes With Hideous Car Wreck (V2) :: Are
you ready for a quirky spastic cabaret cross between the Clash and Marilyn Manson? How about Suicide and Diamanda Galás?
Either way, the hills are alive with the sound of stuck pig music.
Be squealing you!
Saturday, May 9, 2015
JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #469
Sat, May 9, 2015 | link
MORGAN’S MEDIA BLACKOUT #469.79!
Sizzling Autopsy Result Of The Week: New York Dolls –
One Day It Will Please Us To Remember Even This (Roadrunner) :: Don’t be so sure because everyone who had a
hand in the creation of this steaming pile of fly-infested aural excrement—all of whom should have known better, from
the two surviving members (David JoHansen, Sylvain Mizrahi) to the pandering producer (Jack Douglas) to the gratuitous guest
stars (Michael Stipe, Iggy Pop)—should be ashamed of themselves.
But of course, they won’t.
Every single one of them will cravenly defend this wretched album to the death even though they all know, deep down in their
hearts, that it’s a horrible soulless debasement and utter betrayal of everything they used to stand for. And if they
don’t know that, then they’re even dumber than I thought.
Because this isn’t a New York Dolls
record. It’s a 10th-rate, too-little-too-late, David JoHasbeen solo album full of the same pre-fabricated melodramatic
schmaltz that he used to pass off as rock on slick sellout albums like In Style. In fact, this trite tripe isn’t
even good enough to be a bad Buster Poindexter record.
If the rasping atonally flat vocalist isn’t
busy recycling his old ook-ook jungle act and aping Soupy Lee Roth on “Dance Like A Monkey,” he’s shamelessly
stealing from Andrew WK on “Gotta Get Away From Tommy.” Meanwhile, the cloying castrato background vocals that
vandalize this album throughout are appallingly inane; the facile sterile guitars that try oh-so-hard to duplicate Johnny
Thunders’ sloppy smackhead style fail miserably; and the lyrics are a litany of lazy half-baked hackwork rhymes like
“Exorcise your demons with that monkey grin, ’cause we’re gonna inherit the wind” and “Try to
find some comfort what I find instead, like changing my position on a semen bed.”
Maybe if we ignore
them they’ll go away for good this time. So whatever you do, don’t buy this record because it’ll only encourage
them. Instead, walk this schlock right out the door and give it a great big miss.
Be mourning you!
Saturday, May 2, 2015
JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #468
Sat, May 2, 2015 | link
MORGAN’S MEDIA BLACKOUT #468.78!
Demented Are Go —
Hellbilly Storm (Hep Cat) :: Stray Cats meet Alice Cooper. So go.
Blue Alert (Columbia) :: After seeing Anajani One-Name and her boy toy slash co-writer slash producer Leonard Cohen performing
together last month, a good friend who knows his stuff reported back that she sure can sing. And because his word is good
enough for me, I’m saved the trouble of having to slash the shrink wrap and actually listen to this one myself.
Miraglia — Nothing Romantic (CD Freedom) :: “When I cry out loud you stick a dollar
in my mouth,” she laments. “I suck the nipple dry until I realize that there’s no milk coming out.”
Now I ask you: was ever an album more aptly titled?
Iggy & The Stooges
— Raw Power (Columbia) :: Yes.
Schulz — What Apology (Sudden
Death) :: Guenter Schulz splits from the KMFDM bawdy politick and hires Jeff Borden to sing this witty set of wiry muscular
guitar-driven pop rock that’s utterly delightful.
reminder (Kufala) :: Jerome Dillon splits from the NIN nihilism schism and hires Claudia Same to sing this somber
set of suicidal songs that, although beautifully recorded, are utterly malignant. Do not be seduced by the dark side. Choose
Exene Cervenka & The Original Sinners — Sev7en (Nitro) ::
Doxy Exy stumbles out of bed with a tangy twangy dissipated disc full of sloppy schlockabilly songs that reek of cheap cooch
and watered-down hooch. The money’s on the dresser. Now get out.
OF THE WEEK: The Playwrights — English Self Storage (Sink & Stove) :: Not since Sparks
in their high-octane speed-freak heyday or Yes at their most vexingly complex has such a delightful album been recorded that
doesn’t pause to catch its breath. Not a moment of dead space exists as the swirlwind of lyrics merges with the vertiginous
music; all in all, a very impressive feat given that even Russell Mael and Jon Anderson had to come up gasping for air once
in a while.
Be seeing you!
Saturday, April 25, 2015
JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #467
Sat, April 25, 2015 | link
MORGAN’S MEDIA BLACKOUT #467.77!
Stereophonics – Live From Dakota
(Vox Populi) :: I never realized how much the lead singer sounds like Marilyn Manson and the band like INXS until I heard
this twofer. Which means they sound alright. Wholly unoriginal, but quite alright.
– Silver (Hydra Head) :: The marathon melodrama of "Purple Rain" fused with the claustrosonic soundscapes
Tagaq – Sinaa (Jericho Beach) :: Sparse challenging
repetitive primitive chants by a woman who can use her voice much in the same way that Philip Glass can use a keyboard. Only
the sellout Cutty Sark salesman was never aided and abetted by the ice queen Bjorkasaurus.
More Shallows – Monkey vs. Shark (Turn) :: These seven somber songs aren’t bad
but the laughably wretched amateur album cover art will deep-six this disc before it ever gets a chance to be heard. Helen
Keller with an empty box of crayons could do better. Remember kids: You’re supposed to be independent, not incompetent.
Albatross – Blessphemy (Of The Peace Beast Feastgiver And The Bear Warp Kumite) (Ace
Fu) :: King Crimson meets screamo.
David Bowie – The Rise And Fall
Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars (RCA) :: Well, there goes my word count.
Bolan & T. Rex – Zinc Alloy And The Hidden Riders Of Tomorrow (Or a Creamed
Cage In August) (T. Rex Wax Company) :: I give up.
SIZZLING PLATTER OF THE WEEK: SSM
– SSM (Alive) :: Why do these guys rate a SPOTW? Well, first they have a short album title that doesn’t
chew up my valuable word count. Second, they have an equally brief band moniker that stands for Szymanski (cheesy Farfisa)
Shettler (snappin’ traps) Morris (guttural guitar)—three rock star names if I ever heard them. Third, they have
a "96 beers" sound that consists of swirling, mind-bending psychedelics that are so charmingly primitive they make
Grand Funk Railroad sound like Emerson Lake & Palmer. Fourth, "Sick" is the catchiest punk song Todd Rundgren
never recorded. Fifth, "2012" is the best sci-fi masterpiece The Doors never recorded.
Saturday, April 18, 2015
JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #466
Sat, April 18, 2015 | link
MORGAN’S MEDIA BLACKOUT #466.76!
Neil Young – Living With War
(Reprise) :: Commie.
Dixie Chicks – Taking The Long Way (Open Wide)
John Wayne – America, Why I Love Her (MPI)
SIZZLING PLATTERS OF THE WEEK: Dave Rave – Anthology:
Volumes 1 & 2 (Bullseye) :: One night I was waiting for an under assistant West Coast promo man to drop by and listen
to some songs I’d recorded back in the ’70s when I heard a rapping, a gentle tapping, at my chamber door. Sure
enough it was the promo man, but he was unexpectedly accompanied by one of Canada’s most well-respected rockers, the
one—and you’d better believe only—Dave Rave.
Now I’d long known about Dave but
never had the pleasure of meeting him until he strolled in out of the blue to plop his lanky frame onto my living room couch
and give my music the critical once-over. Considering I was being judged by a guy who’d been there and back since the
heady post-new wave days of the early ’80s, I was relieved to have passed the audition.
But enough about
me because Bullseye Records has just released two new separate discs of Dave’s life work under the collective title
Dave Rave: Anthology – Volumes 1 & 2. Together they contain 37 of the purest percolating pop songs you’ll
hear in a long time. Echoing everyone from the best of the UK invasion to U.S. sun-soaked songs and beyond, this music is
so full of youthful fun, it’ll make you feel like a rambunctious kid again.
Spearheading one band after
another, Dave’s planted the seeds of his good-time music everywhere he’s gone: from the Shakes and Crashtones
to fronting Teenage Head to his latter day work with Lauren Agnelli—aka CREEM rock critic Trixie A. Balm. Equally impressive
is that Dave was the first North American musician invited to Russia to record for the USSR’s Melodiya record label.
That kind of experience
can’t be bought, and it sure shows in every joyous note played and sung on these two exuberant albums. Which is why
Dave Rave: Anthology will have you remembering why you fell in love with rock ’n’ roll in the first place.
be seein’ ya, Pilgrim!
Saturday, March 28, 2015
JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #465
Sat, March 28, 2015 | link
JEFFREY MORGAN'S MEDIA BLACKOUT #465.75!
Reed & Don Cherry - The Velvet Underground Railroad (ESP
Disc) :: Includes the hit single "Gil Scott Heroin."
Minmae - le grand essor de la maison du monstere (Greyday) :: Minmae match the Underground sound by duplicating everything from the Velvet's whiplash sonic verities
to Unca Lou's wavering sonorous vocals. Oh, and just in case you were wondering, the translated title says "Big Escort
Monster House Party."
- "Immigrant Song" (How The West Was Won)
:: Funny how I think of Tony Curtis every time I hear Robert Plant warble "Val Haller I yam cummy yee ying yeah."
Public Enemy - "A Letter To The New York Post" (Def Jam) :: And the Maya Hersholt Hip-Hop
Humanitarian Award for best rap lyric goes to Flavor Flav for "It only brings agony, ask James Cagney, he beat up on
a guy when he found he was a fagney." And they call Dylan a poet.
Trigger - Canyoner (Nitro) :: The next stop is Ramonesville Station! Ramonesville Station! Change here for some upbeat screamo thrasho
that'll plaster a stunned smile on your thundermug!
Voodoo Blue - Smile N Nod (DCide)
:: Tonight's main event is scheduled for 14 rounds of musical angst. It's Nirvana versus Aerosmith with the local tout saying
the smart money's on the boys from Boston. And there's the bell!
Lemmy Kilmister - Battlescar Killhackedica
(FOX) :: You can thank Roger Corman for this Conan knockoff that has Motörhead's maim man carving carnage on the small
screen every week, deaf forever to the battle's din.
Tony Curtis - Sings Led Zeppelin
(Bronx Bomber) :: Yonda lies da music of my fadda.
Led Zeppelin - Outhouses Of The Holy
(Swan Song) :: Includes the hit single "D'yer Rh'ea."
HEAD ON A PLATTER: Motörhead - "King
Of Kings" (Columbia) :: "On your knees, dog!" rasps Lemmy at the beginning
of his latest chainmail melody. "The traitor lost both his name and his face!" But it's the catchy chorus of "Bow
down to the King!" which is destined to overthrow "We Are The Champions" as the No. 1 victory anthem in blood
sport arenas around the world. This meïsterwack of medieval mayhem appears on the World Wrestling Entertainment album
Wreckless Intent and I promise you-no, I guarantee-that
it's worth every bloody red cent.
Be seeing you!
Saturday, March 21, 2015
JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #464
Sat, March 21, 2015 | link
JEFFREY MORGAN'S MEDIA BLACKOUT #464.74!
Trick - Rockford (Big 3) :: This is Jim Rockford. I can't take your call because I'm busy investigating why a once-great musical combo
is using my name on their latest lousy album. At the tone leave your name and message, I'll get back to you.
FIZZLING PLATTER OF THE WEEK: Cheap Trick - Rockford (Big 3) :: Hey, Jimbo, it's Angel. Look, I know how
you feel because I can't even begin to tell you how sick and tired I am of these guys constantly aping the Beatles and ELO.
Heaven knows they managed to pull it off to perfection three decades ago on Heaven Tonight, but if they don't know how to make a classic Cheap Trick album anymore-you know, one that actually
sounds like Cheap Trick-then maybe they should just pack it in. I could produce a better Cheap Trick record than this dreary
dreck by putting "Come On Come On Come On" as the first track and then making them write another 35 minutes of equally
blistering rock 'n' roll that doesn't sound like a bunch of lame rejects by George Harrison ("Perfect Stranger"),
Queen ("This Time You Got It"), and Aerosmith ("One More Day"). Sure they're playing better than ever,
but the singing is too affected and the songwriting is too awful. Zander needs to sound more like himself and the band needs
to write some classic Cheap Trick rock 'n' roll songs that are fun, not a bunch of de-balled Beatle ballads. There are many
here among us who feel this album's a joke. So to those who made this treacly tripe, I say there is no hope. NO HOPE. Bye-bye!
So long! Farewell! Small dick, indeed.
Be seeing you!
Saturday, March 14, 2015
JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #463
Sat, March 14, 2015 | link
JEFFREY MORGAN'S MEDIA BLACKOUT #463.73!
McCartney - McCartney (Apple) :: Includes the hit single "Maybe I'm Amazed."
Todd - Comes To Your House
(Southern) :: The craziest experimental horror album of the year. John Oswald's Plunderphonic meets Ed Gein's kitchen. Care for some...vittles?
Oswald - Plunderphonic (self-released) :: In an unprecedented act of brazen censorship, the Canadian government actually seized and destroyed
the remaining print run of this legendary 1989 record. But some of them escaped the crusher so I've got an original mint condition
copy for sale if you're interested in buying it.
Paul McCartney - McCartney 2 (Apple)
:: Includes the hit single "Temporary Secretary."
Moth - Immunity To Gravity
(Hey Domingo!) :: Infectious raw 'n' raucous power pop that evokes Elvis Costello at his early ironic best.
Soupy Sales - Blaa-Oh
Blaa-Oh Blaa-Oh (Rhino Handmade) :: It's bad enough that David Lee Roth stole his entire
act from Jim "Dandy" Mangrum, but this album shows that Roth also stole his whole style of speaking from Soupy!
Black Oak Arkansas - "Moonshine Sonata" (Atco) :: Song title of the century.
Paul McCartney - McCartney
3, Wife 2 (Apple) :: Includes the hit single "Peg O' My Heart."
STACKED PAIR OF THE WEEK: Janiva Magness -
Do I Move You? (Northern Blues) :: Janiva's got
a big set of tits and she's not afraid to lie on her stomach and show them off on her album cover if it means selling a few
extra copies. And on jizz-soaked tracks like "A Man Size Job" and "Stealin' Sugar" she shows that she's
also got a very big voice. Not as big as her tits, mind you, but big.
McCartney - McCartney 64, Wife 0 (Zapple) :: Includes the hit single "No More Nagging Nights."
Saturday, March 7, 2015
JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #462
Sat, March 7, 2015 | link
JEFFREY MORGAN'S MEDIA BLACKOUT #462.71!
- Through The Eyes Of Heathens (Small Stone) :: I anticipated a side order of screamo but got a heapin' helpin' of
bone-pulverizing thud rock instead. And because I do love my thud rock, that's no bull.
David Bowie - Heathen (Columbia) :: Every time I revisit this album expecting to be sorely disappointed, I always come away pleasantly
surprised by its emotional depth and maturity. Which says less about how good an album it is than it does about my inexplicable
ongoing utter lack of faith in it.
Brian Byrne - tuesdays, thursdays and if it rains (Kindling)
:: I'm not saying that this uplifting album was influenced by Mick Ronson or anything, but it sure sounds like it to me. Not
that it matters because I'll take my uplifting music anywhere I can find it.
Potvin - The Way It Feels (Alert) :: Lissome lungs and horny horns provide a percolating pulse that's part blues, part R&B soul and all
heartfelt passion. WARNING: Playing this album may set off your stroke detector
Dozer - Through The Eyes Of Heathens (Small Stone) :: Bull! Dozer! Bulldozer! I almost had a gag there, son! Joke, that is...
SIZZLING PLATTER OF THE WEEK: David Wall - The
Spell I Was Under (Black Hen) :: Ellis Hooks once recorded the best early Rolling Stones
album that the Stones never recorded. Now it's David Wall who's tapped an Exile On Main
St. vein and come up with a soulful blues album that's well worth hearing if only to
dig the latent Leon Russell gospel vibe and background bleatin' country honkin' babes.
Saturday, February 28, 2015
JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #461
Sat, February 28, 2015 | link
JEFFREY MORGAN'S MEDIA BLACKOUT #461.70!
Noisettes - Three Moods Of The Noisettes (Low Altitude) :: Their rip-roarin' vocals are faster than the Pointer Sisters on speed, and their band is more muscular
than a Mr. Olympia posedown.
Blue October - Foiled (Universal) :: What radical new
record will make your soul ache with heartfelt passion? Rats, Foiled. What ambitious new album will make you remember why you like literate rock? Darn, Foiled. What dramatic new disc takes the prog rock spirit of Peter Gabriel's Genesis and admirably modernizes
it into the future? Curses, Foiled again.
Matt Costa - Songs
We Sing (Brushfire) :: This singer-songwriter hooked me by sounding like the second coming
of gentle acoustic Donovan ("Astair"), but when he switched to hard rockin' electric Donovan ("Sweet Thursday")
he reeled me in. You'll be landed and left breathless when you hear him too.
PLATTER OF THE WEEK: Big 10-4 - Big 10-4 (Universal) :: "Well, I'm the one they call the walking disaster" is a kind of heartfelt
lyric that instantly grabs my attention much in the same way that almost being smearcased on the sidewalk by a falling piano
does. The vocals are tough yet passionate, the guitars jangle like sheet metal lightning, and the drums thunder with enough
ten pin power to make Henry Hudson proud. And while I'd never be snooty enough to say that I've heard the future of rock 'n'
roll, I would advise Bruce Springsteen to roll over and tell the E Street Band the news.
Saturday, February 21, 2015
JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #460
Sat, February 21, 2015 | link
JEFFREY MORGAN'S MEDIA BLACKOUT #460.68!
Heights - If Only You Were Lonely (Victory) :: If only I were deaf.
Rubella - Fantastic Success (Doubling Cube) :: What do you get when you cross Pere Ubu with Talking Heads? An infectious new strain on your ears!
Waterdown - All Riot (Victory) :: There's a message inside that says to stay home and read a book. I tried that, but
the buffeting F5 metasonic sound waves coming out of the speakers while I played this primo Van Halen meets screamo album
kept shredding the pages so I watched some senior citizen porn instead.
Fiction - Bloodwork (Last Gang) :: Hi, my name is Steve Albini and I'm your producer. Today's special is a theatrical singer garnished
by a band with a primitive progressive garage sound. Can I get you something to drink first?
The Autumn Offering - Revelations Of
The Unsung (Victory) :: Unsung is right 'cause these growling guttural vocals almost
get pummeled under the weight of the brutal bludgeoning beats that TAO--geddit?--promulgates. And if you don't know what that
last word means, then this album is definitely for you.
Greatdayforup - Flores De Sangre (Small
Stone) :: Heavy double time tunes that'll remind you of Ted Nugent at his most manically possessed, with a side order of Kyuss
SIZZLING PLATTER OF THE WEEK: Action Action - An Army Of Shapes Between Wars (Victory)
:: Smart and stylish, this is Dépêche Duran power pop art rock at its soaring synthesized best. Each and every
track will have you fondly reliving glam's last lush gasp from the glory days of the '80s. And since I utterly loathed the
'80s you can trust me not to steer you wrong on this one.
Be seeing you!
Saturday, February 14, 2015
JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #459
Sat, February 14, 2015 | link
JEFFREY MORGAN'S MEDIA BLACKOUT #459.63!
Charlap & Sandy Stewart - Love Is Here To Stay
(Blue Note) :: Sparse solo piano and sultry chanteuse singing that'll transform your dire digs into a smoky nightclub circa
1957. Ashtray and coaster not included.
Circa Survive - Juturna (Equal Vision) :: Swirling spastic
spin-dizzy songs that'll haunt your hovel for hours. Gravol and Imitrex not included.
Death From Above 1979 - Romance Bloody
Romance: Remixes And B Sides (Last Gang) :: Nothing like releasing a fast-buck career-stalling
remix album that exposes how paper-thin your abrasive retardo-distorto-techno NIN shtick really is. Originality and... Aw,
Man Man - Six Demon Bag (Ace Fu) :: Remember that drag musical in Escape From New York? Well, so does this Tom Waits meets Frank
New York Dolls - Too Little Too Late (Roadrunner) :: Just kidding. I hope.
The Perms - Better
Days (Hugtight) :: A power-pop band with a horny horn section and leering lead singers
who sound like Leon Russell and Randy Newman is a great idea whose time has come today.
Sonic Syndicate - Eden Fire (Nettwerk) :: Now here's something new: rock songs based on the book of Revelations.
The Beatles - "Revolution 9" (Apple) :: Something
The Beatles - "Helter Skelter"
(Apple) :: They invented screamo, too.
SIZZLING PLATTER OF THE WEEK: The
Beatles - The Beatles (Apple) :: This murky mishmash is a sunken slice of seismic miasma that begins with a Beach Boys parody ("Back
In The USSR") and penultimates with the above-noted nine minute John Cage meets William S. Burroughs tape collage before
tucking you in at the end with a sincere children's lullaby ("Good Night"). If you really wanna know why it's called
The White Album, next time focus on its latent spirituality.
Be seeing you!