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Saturday, October 18, 2014

JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #442


JEFFREY MORGAN’S MEDIA BLACKOUT #442.45!

The Daughtermelons
™ – Rindhouse (Seed Spitter) :: What a great name for an all girl rock ’n’ roll band! Unfortunately they don’t exist because I thought up the name myself. But when Kim Fowley steals it, just remember that you read it here first.

Bob Dylan
Live At The Gaslight 1962 (Sony) :: He would’ve played at a Starbucks, but there weren’t any back then.

Federation X
Rally Day (Estrus!) :: This follow-up to X Patriot includes some good Ted Nugent meets Page Hamilton singing, some good Grand Funk meets Kyuss playing and some truly atrocious Terry Knight meets Helen Keller sound production that’s so bad it’s good.

Naomi Klein
No Logo (Picador) :: Logos are bad. Unless of course it’s the trendy designer logo that’s plastered on the front cover of your own overrated, overhyped, and overstocked delete bin book.

Bob Dylan
Live At Starbucks (Starbucks Music) :: Well he’s a Starbucker, Starbucker, Starbucker, Starbucker star. Oh, yes you are, yes you are.

Billy Joel
™ – Always Crashing In The Same Car (Bye Bye Brinkley) :: Kids, never give your money to anyone who has a registered trademark symbol next to their name on an album cover.

SIZZLING PLATTER OF THE WEEK: T.A.G.C. Meontological Research Recordings
Teste Tones (Soleilmoon) :: Still using Metal Machine Music to buff your brainpan shiny? Then it’s time to upgrade to this sonic tonic that’s so potent it packs a proviso: “Warning! Care Should Be Taken During Playback Of The Recording As Certain Frequency Information Could Damage Under-Specified Loudspeakers At High Db Levels.” Yeah, like that stopped me from cranking it up.

Be seeing you!

Sat, October 18, 2014 | link 

Saturday, October 11, 2014

JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #441


JEFFREY MORGAN’S MEDIA BLACKOUT #441.44!

Lenny Bruce
Thank You Mask Man (Fantasy) :: No, thank you.

Andrew Dice Clay
The Diceman Cometh (American) :: Now, more than ever.

Vaughn Meader
The First Family (Cadence) :: He looked like JFK, he sounded like JFK, and three shots later his comedy career was as dead as JFK.

Bob Booker
& George FosterYou Don’t Have To Be Jewish (Kapp) :: Lou Jacobi! Frank Gallop! Jack Gilford! So what’s not to like?

Don Rickles
Hello Dummy! (Warner Bros.) :: This hockey puck needs a box-set retrospective.

Rodney Dangerfield
No Respect (MCA) :: Here’s another guy who’s got no retrospective, no retrospective at all.

Sam Kinison
Live From Hell (Priority) :: Oh! Ohhhhhhh! Add this 96-decibel freak to the want list!

Groucho Marx
An Evening With Groucho (A&M) :: Erin Fleming is the Yoko Ono of comedy.

Rusty Warren
Knockers Up! (Jubilee) :: Oh yasss!

Steve Martin
Let’s Get Small (Warner Bros.) :: The Metallica of comedy is a mild and lazy guy.

Bill Cosby
Revenge (Warner Bros.) :: The Cos was a very funny fellow.

Eddie Murphy
The Haunted Mansion (Disney) :: Eddie, what happened?

Richard Pryor
Live On The Sunset Strip (Warner Bros.) :: A 50-foot solid gold monument wouldn’t even begin to do the man proper justice.

Bob Newhart
The Button Down Mind Of Bob Newhart (Warner Bros.) :: “King Kong” will remind you why Bob’s cool.

SIZZLING PLATTER OF THE WEEK: Shelley Berman
Inside Shelley Berman (Verve) :: But the coolest of the cool remains Mr. Berman, who’s still making bridled anxiety an art. Even cooler: His classic telephone routines are more relevant today than they were back in the ’50s.

Be seeing you!

Sat, October 11, 2014 | link 

Saturday, October 4, 2014

JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #440


JEFFREY MORGAN’S MEDIA BLACKOUT #440.43!

Buckwheat Zydeco
Jackpot! (Tomorrow) :: Purists may decry the primitive Bill Haley commerciality of songs like “Rock, Boogie, Shout” but Buck’s turgid, son, which is why this just might be the biggest-selling record of his career.

Embrace
Out Of Nothing (Lava) :: Power balladry at its best, even if their enveloping anthems do sound a bit too U2 for my liking.

Situation Nowhere
One Of The Loudest Tragedies Ever Heard (Wedgie) :: Their wonky inflective singer sounds just like Pee-Wee Herman, but the playhouse pudknocker never had a butane-burning band like this rocking out behind him.

Icky Boyfriends
A Love Obscene (Menlo Park) :: Talent is an asset and these retards don’t have it.

Flashlight Arcade
The Art Of Blacking Out (OTR) :: Yet another poky record from five slackids too lazy to spell-check their inane lyrics.

Scary Kids Scaring Kids
The City Sleeps In Flames (Immortal) :: The singer’s vox sounds a little like John Foxx so why does he insist on screaming?

Kazzer
Broke (Linus) :: When a “marshal arts champion” makes a rap record, I expect to hear the aural equivalent of lean, mean Ken Shamrock, not gabby flabby Chris Tucker.

SIZZLING PLATTER OF THE WEEK: Chris Beard
Live Wire (Northern Blues) :: Now here’s one Chris who ain’t tuckered out, not by a long shot. Taped on stage in Michigan and Chicago and in the studio in New York, guitarist CB gets hot on the sizzlin’ JB funkified sax ’n’ organ good foot with an added dose of primo Prince percolation tossed in for bad bluesy measure.

Be seeing you!

Sat, October 4, 2014 | link 

Friday, October 3, 2014

JEFFREY MORGANíS ROCK íNí ROLL PHOTOGRAPHS

JEFFREY MORGAN’S ROCK ’N’ ROLL PHOTOGRAPHS

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 prime:

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:

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Fri, October 3, 2014 | link 

Saturday, September 27, 2014

JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #439

JEFFREY MORGAN’S MEDIA BLACKOUT #439.42!

Darkest Hour
Undoing Ruin (Victory) :: It’s always darkest before the yawn.

Catlow
Kiss The World (Boompa) :: Chandler’s restless lunatic daughter from The Big Sleep records a chirpy album of perky power pop rubber-room refrains.

Kid Icarus
The Metal West (Summersteps) :: Track one has a jing-janglin’ juju stutter-step. Then they vary the menu with a buffet of smart ’60s stylings that range from acoustics and harp to rude unruly fuzztone.

Led Zeppelin
Presence (Swan Song) :: It’s easy to forget how unrelentingly brutal these four guys could be when they were really angry. Bonus points for singing with a broken leg.

Ringo Starr
Choose Love (KOCH) :: Hey, if half of your old band was gone, you’d start singing heartfelt spiritual songs like “Oh My Lord” too.

Pete Townshend
& Roger DaltryWho’s Left (Decca) :: Then again, maybe you wouldn’t.

The Moggs
The White Belt Is Not Enough (Absolutely Kosher) :: He’s a git picker. She’s a skin whacker. Together they beat the Kills at their own minimalist game.

Devildriver
The Fury Of Our Maker’s Hand (Roadrunner) :: Where have you gone, Phil Anselmo? A nation turns its bleeding ears to you.

Ric Flair
To Be The Man (WWE Books) :: Woo! Woo! Woo!


SIZZLING PLATTER OF THE WEEK: Jennifer Foster
Fit For Mars (Kanada Kid) :: Jen has the vivacious looks, the vocal hooks, and an engaging witty songwriting style that’ll playfully sucker-punch you when you least expect it and have you down on the floor looking up with a new-found respect before you even know what hit you. You can trust me when I tell you she’s that good.

Be seeing you!
Sat, September 27, 2014 | link 

Saturday, September 20, 2014

JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #438


JEFFREY MORGAN’S MEDIA BLACKOUT #438.41!

Daphne Loves Derby
On The Strength Of All Convinced (Outlook) :: Tie your brother down! Freddie Mercury joins Wings!


Kraftwerk
Minimum-Maximum (EMI) :: What’s the speed limit on Information Highway 69? Clickety-split.

The Hurt Process
A Heartbeat Behind (Victory) :: Are you ready for the CSNY of screamo? Me neither.

The Pages
Creatures Of The Earth (Unsound) :: Heads they’re an electric Kingston Trio, tails they’re a folkie Velvet Underground.

Jobriath
Creatures Of The Street (Elektra) :: Even at his summer-camp swishiest he’s still heavier than Xiu “Yoo Hoo” Xiu.

Sybris
Sybris (Flameshovel) :: Take a banana peel and throw it down the stairs! Siouxsie Sioux joins the Velvets!

Various Artists
Vans Warped Tour 2005 (Side One Dummy) :: Two discs, 50 tracks, the tympanum-shredding price we have to pay for Monterey Pop.

The Evil Queens
First It Boils, Then It Spills (Addison) :: Finally it hardens into this hot steamin’ slab of heavy molten rock.

Pointed Sticks
Perfect Youth (Sudden Death) :: Whatever you do, make sure you don’t overlook this excellent reissue of infectious good-time new-wave power pop from 1980.

The Number Twelve Looks Like You
nuclear. sad. nuclear. (Eyeball) :: I’m not ready for flamenco screamo either.

Ulver
Blood Inside (Jester) :: She’s giving me bad vibrations! Diamanda Galás joins the Beach Boys!

SIZZLING PLATTER OF THE WEEK: Odiorne
Heavy Wish (File 13) :: This echoing pop album begins by using the watery tremulous horns from “It’s Only A Northern Song” and concludes by being the orchestral trance record that Yellow Submarine should’ve been.

Be seeing you!

Sat, September 20, 2014 | link 

Saturday, September 13, 2014

JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #437


JEFFREY MORGAN’S MEDIA BLACKOUT #437.39!

Various Multi-millionaire Rock Stars
Live 8 (Shell Out for UNICEF) :: Bangladesh. Live Aid. Nicaragua. Farm Aid. Kampuchea. Band Aid. There’s nothing like a bunch of multi-millionaire rock stars supporting their personal pet projects on the backs of their loyal fans. The lineup to get fleeced forms to the left.

CREEM Magazine
August 1981 (Page 53) :: I was right then and I’m right now. You could look it up.

Celine Dion
– “Not Leaving On A Jet Plane” b/w “Not Leaving Las Vegas” (Rich And Lazy) :: I guess no one bothered to tell Mrs. Howard Hughes that it’s called “Live 8” not “Live Video Feed 8.”

Muhammad Ali, George Foreman, James Brown, B.B. King, Miriam Makeba, The Pointer Sisters
The Rumble In the Jungle (Don King) :: At least they had the guts to actually go there.

The Ladies And Gentlemen
Small Sins (Boompa) :: At first listen, one man band Thomas D’Arcy sounds kinda like the Frausdots. Which is good. Then you begin to realize that he just might be the new Bryan Ferry. Which is even better.

Fugue
Mysterious Animals (RiYL) :: “Frankie Teardrop” Suicide? “The Pleasures Of Interstate Trucking” Big Black? “Caligari’s Mirror” Pere Ubu? Whatever your poison, this ripe tornado of torment is guaranteed to provide Fast! Fast! Relief! from life’s sunny moments. FDA approval not pending.

Sizzling Prediction Of The Year: Jeffrey Morgan’s Media Blackout #13
I Told You So (December 15, 2004) :: “Start saving your pennies now because there are only seven months left until Live Aid 2005: The 20th Anniversary Con Job.”

Baa seeing you!

Sat, September 13, 2014 | link 

Saturday, September 6, 2014

JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #436


JEFFREY MORGAN’S MEDIA BLACKOUT #436.38!

Xiu Xiu
La Forêt (5RC) :: Proof positive that you can suck and blow at the same time.

Ron Spencer & Jumpstart
Livin’ Low (Blue Wave) :: Not only is Ron no slouch in the jumpin’ jive guitar department, you’ll also dig that he has the septuagenarian father of rock ’n’ roll Jimmy “The Houserocker” Cavallo guesting on vocals and sax.

Some Girls
The DNA Will Have It’s Say (Three.One.G) :: Funny how they can spell “Nazi” but not “its.”

The Knitters
The Modern Sound Of The Knitters (ZOË) :: This oughtta be the twangabilly sound track to Tarantino’s next movie.

Ambry
Holding On By The Blindfolds We Hide Behind (Death Scene) :: Well, there goes my word count.

Clumsy Lovers
Smart Kid (Nettwerk) :: It figures that Canada’s answer to Boiled in Lead would record an instrumental ditty called “Cock Of The North.”

SIZZLING PARODY OF THE WEEK: John Cena
Bad, Bad Man (WWE) :: Don’t laugh because what started out as a pathetic Marky Mark goof has now evolved to the point where Cena can star in a note-perfect A-Team video satire and nail George “Hannibal” Peppard’s trademarked mannerisms right down to the old carpetbagger’s megawatt grin. I love it when an MB comes together.

Be seeing you!

Sat, September 6, 2014 | link 

Saturday, August 30, 2014

JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #435


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 folk bands.

Lapush
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!

Sat, August 30, 2014 | link 

Saturday, August 23, 2014

JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #434


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?

Los Casualties
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!

Sat, August 23, 2014 | link 

Saturday, August 16, 2014

JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #433


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.

Laughter’s 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?”

Kyle 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!

Sat, August 16, 2014 | link 

Saturday, August 9, 2014

JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #432


JEFFREY MORGAN’S MEDIA BLACKOUT #432.34!

Iron Butterfly
In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida (Atco) :: Miles Davis, eat your heart out.

Princess
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!

Sat, August 9, 2014 | link 

Saturday, August 2, 2014

JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #431


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.

George Harrison
“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.

Erin McKeown
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!

SIZZLING PLATTER 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!

Sat, August 2, 2014 | link 

Saturday, July 26, 2014

JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #430


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.

Michael 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.

The Factory 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.

Be seeing you!

Sat, July 26, 2014 | link 

Sunday, July 20, 2014

JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #429


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?

Spitalfield
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 ceiling.

Andy Stochansky
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!

Sun, July 20, 2014 | link 

Sunday, July 13, 2014

JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #428


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.

SIZZLING 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!

Sun, July 13, 2014 | link 

Sunday, July 6, 2014

JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #427


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.

Backyard Babies
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 KLFDoctorin’ 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.

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Sunday, June 29, 2014

JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #426

JEFFREY MORGAN’S MEDIA BLACKOUT #426.28!

Carl Stalling
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-b’uh, uh-be seeing you!
  
Sun, June 29, 2014 | link 

Saturday, June 28, 2014

JEFFREY MORGANíS ROCK íNí ROLL PHOTOGRAPHS

JEFFREY MORGAN’S ROCK ’N’ ROLL PHOTOGRAPHS

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 prime:

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:

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Sat, June 28, 2014 | link 

Sunday, June 22, 2014

JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #425

 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. 

Ivy - 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. 

Rockethouse - 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. 

Yellow Second - 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. 

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Sun, June 22, 2014 | link 

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