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!
Saturday, February 7, 2015
JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #458
Sat, February 7, 2015 | link
JEFFREY MORGAN'S MEDIA BLACKOUT #458.61!
Frey - A Million Little Pieces (Doubleday) :: He who makes a liar out of himself gets rid of the burden of being honest. Indeed. Which means we'll
never get to see an Oprah's Book Club sticker on the cover of the 45th anniversary edition of Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas, eh?
Hunter S. Thompson - 1937-2005 (R.I.P.) :: Has it been ten years already?
Glamour Puss - Bluesman's
Prayer (Northern Blues) :: The opening track is a bald-faced rewrite of "The Weight," which pretty much explains
why these Pussies sound just like The Band.
Journey - Generations
(Sanctuary) :: If you use only one glossy prog rock album to test drive your next pair of high-end speakers, make it this
Melissa O'Neil - Melissa O'Neil (Sony BMG) :: Wherein the
generic winner of Canadian Idol uses her generic voice to record a generic album guaranteed to generate genuine generic
Rex Goudie - Under The Lights (Sony BMG) :: So does the generic runner-up.
Güajiro - Güajiro (Achala) :: Punk bands are a ripe dime a dozen, but
a punk band that sounds like they're straight outta 1976? Now that's what I call speaking my language!
Watermelon Slim & The Workers - Watermelon Slim & The Workers (Northern Blues)
:: Crust-laden smut-soaked Tijuana Bible Belt blues ejerkulated out by a stain-shootin' cranky old wank that'll have you itchin'
for a hot Clorox shower.
SIZZLING PLATTER OF THE WEEK: Fear And Loathing In Las
Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson (Margaritaville) :: You can thank Jimmy Buffett for this ace audio adaptation, which
features the voices of Harry Dean Stanton, Maury Chaykin, Jim Jarmusch, Dan Castellaneta, Buck Henry, Laraine Newman, Harry
Shearer and, yes, even Raoul Duke himself. Indeed.
Be seeing you!
Saturday, January 31, 2015
JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #457
Sat, January 31, 2015 | link
JEFFREY MORGAN'S MEDIA BLACKOUT #457.59!
Disney - Pixar ($teve Jobs)
:: Walt would've loved the new digital animation technology, but he would've hated that his own animators couldn't master
Deerhoof - The Runners Four (Kill Rock Stars) :: They're still as demented as ever and that's
good. They're also beginning to remind me of Yoko Ono and that's bad.
D.O.A. - War On 45 (Sudden Death)
:: What are these naïve America-bashing Canadian kids good for? Absolutely nothing.
Young Canadians - No Escape (Sudden Death) :: What are these Canadian power pop punks good for? Absolutely something, play
Fenix Tx - Purple Reign In Blood (Adrenaline) :: With a witty album title like that I was
hoping to hear an album of Prince Slayer tunes not a raucous remake of CCR's "Fortunate Son."
The WB - UPN (The CW) :: I knew the WB was in trouble when they chose Michigan J. Frog as their logo mascot
instead of Marvin Martian.
- State Of Mind (Manhattan) :: What do I call a guy who sings like Stevie Wonder and actually has Old Blind Eyes
hisself playing harp on a track? I call him mellow, fellow.
Donovan - Greatest Hits (Epic)
:: Unlike Donno who had Led Zeppelin and the Jeff Beck Group backing him.
PLATTER OF THE WEEK: Anoushka Shankar - Rise (Angel) :: And speaking of Led Zep, if you've worn out your vinyl copies of "Kashmir"
and "In The Evening" now's the time to upgrade to the real thing.
Be seeing you!
Saturday, January 24, 2015
JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #456
Sat, January 24, 2015 | link
JEFFREY MORGAN'S MEDIA BLACKOUT #456.58!
- Minnie The Moocher And Me (Crowell) :: The Professor of Swingformation could teach all the crude dudes a thing
or two about being cool. How cool? Cool enough to play poker with Steve McQueen and Edward G. Robinson in The Cincinnati
Kid, that's how cool.
Days Like These - Inventure (Lobster) ::
Introspective angst at its prattling portentous best!
Dramarama - Everybody
Dies (33rd Street) :: This Chris Carter-less wandering refried glam reunion sure ain't the Everyothers. Velvet Genesis,
Paulson - All At Once (One Day Savior) :: Singing so flat it
makes Ellen Foley look like Pandora Peaks.
VooDoo Blue - Smile 'N Nod
(DCide) :: Oh boy, almond Oy!
Trespassers William - Having (Nettwerk)
:: Languid squid music that evokes Julee Cruise at her most ethereal.
Concentration Face/Homeboy (5rc) :: I like naked chicks on album covers, but Blind Faith and Electric
Ladyland never gave me a primo screamo headache.
Harry Manx - Mantra
For Madmen (Dog My Cat) :: The modern master of the mohan veena is back with another round of intelligent Indian blues
that's well worth listening to.
Head Wound City - Head Wound City (Three.One.G)
:: Seven shots in 10 minutes? Lee Harvey Oswald got off half that many in six seconds.
Fully Down - Don't Get Lost In A Movement (Fearless) :: Introspective angst at its prattling portentous
SIZZLING PLATTER OF THE WEEK: Fireball Ministry - Their Rock Is Not
Our Rock (Liquor and Poker) :: Attention shoppers! Step this way for hard-rock mayhem just like your rummy old man used
to get juiced and pass out to. Last year they were Black Sabbath. This year they're KISS. Who will they be next year? Angel?
Be seeing you!
Friday, January 23, 2015
JEFFREY MORGANíS ROCK íNí ROLL PHOTOGRAPHS
JEFFREY MORGAN’S ROCK ’N’ ROLL PHOTOGRAPHS
Fri, January 23, 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, January 17, 2015
JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #455
Sat, January 17, 2015 | link
MEDIA BLACKOUT #455.57!
Bleed – In The Wake Of Separation (The End) :: Mine ears bleed.
Wolf Parade – Apologies To Queen Mary
(Sub Pop) :: What if Bowie and Ronson had recorded Hunky Dory while stewed to the gills on a case of scotch?
The Dead Science – Frost Giant (Absolutely
Kosher) :: Nasty canasta Mexicano melodies merged with woozy wasted wastrel wails.
Detonation – Portals To Uphobia (Osmose Productions)
:: Prog metal? I dunno, but it’s amazing how palatable screamo vocals can be when they’re shored up by solid production
and a relentless brace of burgeoning bludgeoning beats.
Aaron Lines – Waitin’ On The Wonderful (BMG) :: He may strike a Paddy Smiff meets
Zimmer pose on the inner tray photo, but he sure sings like the sincere second coming of classic country.
Epoch Of Unlight – The Continuum Hypothesis
(The End) :: Gosh, I miss The Obsessed.
Of The Sun – Monarchs Of A Fallen Society (DCide) :: What at first blush appears to be
the usual slapdash hodgepodge of generic angst pop is quickly quelled by the swirling dashes of Kirk Hammett guitar work.
ABSU – Mythological
Occult Metal 1991-2001 (Osmose Productions) :: And then this compilation of feelth metal’s greatest grates and
rarest wracks comes along to show everyone where it began and who to blame.
SIZZLING PLATTER OF THE WEEK: Chromelodeon – Heart Of Sawdust
(Bloodlink) :: Any band that names itself after an obscure Harry Partch work gets my vote right off the bat—especially
when they title their six songs an economically minimal “One” through “Six.” But when all six are
prog rock instrumentals á la Nash The Slash, well, when I say I’m in love, you best believe I’m in love,
Be seeing you!
Saturday, January 10, 2015
JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #454
Sat, January 10, 2015 | link
JEFFREY MORGAN’S MEDIA BLACKOUT #454.56!
Styx – The Complete Wooden Nickel Recordings (Hip-O) :: File Under: Don’t Take
Logh – A
Sunset Panorama (Hydra Head) :: This quartet starts off with a koda intro and concludes with a primo screamo coda.
Metric – Live
It Out (Last Gang) :: Girls ’n’ guitars will always be my number one fave rave and this edgy ethereal euro
syntho sonic assault reminds me why, big time.
Honeyhander – Wooly Mannerisms (SAF) :: Smootho ’90s Duran Duran fused with distorto
’90s Marilyn Manson—and it works!
Seventeen Evergreen – Life Embarrasses Me On Planet Earth (Pacific Radio Fire) :: Leonard
Cohen may be broke, but his influence lives on in this excellent album. Or is that Unca Lou?
Altamont – The Monkees’ Uncle (Ant Acid
Audio) :: This band called Altamont is more fun than a front row seat at Dick James’ speedway so don’t be played
for a dupe, stupe. Pool cue not included.
– No Guts, No Gravy (Unsound) :: Hanner is Johanna Wright and Johanna Wright is what
Joan Baez would have sounded like if Joanie had been on the back of that bike without a helmet when Zimmer crashed—which
is a very good thing indeed.
New England Roses
– Face Time With Son (Dogg Pony) :: And this set of wonkie tunes would’ve been recorded if a helmetless
Peter, Paul & Mary had been on the back, too.
Tera Melos – Tera Melos (Springman) :: Very adept stutter-steps that splatter all over
the instrumental electro jazz bop canvas from here to Ornette.
SIZZLING PLATTER OF THE WEEK: The Sharking – The Sharking (202 Lions) :: Get outta
that cage and dig the ragged jagged beat, the pure pop pulse, the Costello vocals, and the Enossififed snake guitars!
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Saturday, January 3, 2015
JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #453
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JEFFREY MORGAN’S MEDIA BLACKOUT #453.55!
Vailcode – Vailcode (Times Beach) :: This lean and lanky new album by Motor City guitar
legend slammin’ Sammy Vail is easily as thoughtful as Elliott Murphy at his “Diamonds By The Yard” best.
And that’s definitely saying something.
Marcos Hernandez – C About Me (TVT) :: Y’know, back in 1986 they would’ve
used “If You Were Mine” during one of Tubbs’ hot make-out scenes on Miami Vice.
The Pathways – Boat Of Confidence (RIYL)
:: They set sail with a loose wandering intro before checking the chart and drifting into a Captain Sensible mode that I quite
– The Lair Of The White Worm (Metal Blade) :: I’m not too crazy about the band’s name, but that
doesn’t stop me from digging their savage sound which, the guttural glotteral vocals aside, is about as close to classic
double-time Metallica as you can find these days.
The Gunshy – Souls (Latest Flame) :: Head gunner Matt Arbogast gets nailed for aping
Tom Waits so much, but that misses the whole point because he does it so well. When you do it as long and as well as he does,
the purloined style eventually becomes all your own. And on this album, it finally does.
SIZZLING PLATTER OF THE WEEK: Baleen – Follow Me Blind
(Liquilab) :: Now here’s one worth listening to that’s all over the audio map. It starts out being on some kind
of soul trip only to swerve into a herky-jerky Angletrax vein, albeit a little more mellow and melodic. And since I know you
don’t know who Angletrax are, don’t you be making the same mistake twice.
Be seeing you!
Saturday, December 27, 2014
JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #452
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THE BEST OF JEFFREY MORGAN’S MEDIA BLACKOUT #452!
Presented for your approval, in semi-strict alphabetical order so as not to show any undue
payola favoritism, is Jeffrey Morgan’s 2014 Top Ten List Of Records as they appear on my official ballot for this year’s
Village Voice rock critics poll, which I’ve been voting in annually ever since Robert Christgau was kind enough
to give me the nod five decades ago. In other words, and I’ve got a million of ’em, these are my Sizzling Platters
Of The Year, all of which deserve repeated spins on your Victrola.
01 :: The 24th Street Wailers – Wicked (self released) :: Four on the floor supercharged
rock ’n’ roll? Fused with the power of the blues? The greatest liner notes you’ll read this year? Boy howdy!
02 :: Backhand – Through The Turbulence (Melodic Revolution)
:: Tune in and turn on as this trippy synth-soaked progressive rock experiment takes you out of your head and then some.
03 :: The Empty Hearts – The
Empty Hearts (429 Records) :: Exuberant old style rockin’ power pop that’ll have you feeling young’r
than you’ve ever been.
04 :: Jimmy Greene
– Beautiful Life (Mack Avenue) :: Not since John Coltrane’s latter day discs of inner discovery has there
been such a heartfelt spiritual saxophonic display of enlightening audible luminosity that’s guaranteed to infuse your
heart with hope.
05 :: The Jerry Cans
– “Aakuluk” (Boycott Northmart Records) :: They state that their sound is a “unique mix of
Inuktitut country swing, throat singing, and reggae” so who am I to say nay when this exulting album excels at being
one of the greatest avant toe tappers I’ve heard in decades. Were this 1976, they’d be on Island produced by Eno.
06 :: Martha Johnson – Solo
● One (Muffin
Music) :: You know Martha as the voice of the Muffins, most memorably on their “Echo Beach” single, but this new
intelligent and elegant album elevates her already iconic voice into an even more resonant state of sublime emotive evocation
that’s full of verve and swerve.
07 :: Marco
Minnemann – EEPS (Lazy Bones Recordings) :: Marco Minnemann plays the drums like Jeff Beck plays the
guitar, which pretty much tells you all you need to know about this unreasonably hypersonic session that sounds like a kinetic
cross between Todd Rundgren and Frank Zappa performing their most visionary and volatile audio pyrotechnics.
08 :: Betty Moon – Amourphous (Evolver) :: Years ago I pegged
Betty as a “heavy hard rockin’ revolutionary hellion who’s got a slinky ’n’ sly predatory eye
on your dangling prize” and this new long player of hers more than ably props up that profile by producing an even more
swaggering shot of style, if that’s possible—and it most certainly is.
09 :: Mr. Airplane Man – Long Lost! The Unreleased Fat Possum Sessions
(Moanin’ Records) :: Wherein my two favorite blues-beltin’ babes are back with a forty minute ten tracker that
should’ve come out eons ago but is well worth the wait. If you only listen to one snaky slide guitar session while waiting
for your midnight crossroads appointment to arrive, make sure it’s this one.
10 :: Various Artists – 24 Classic Blues Songs From The 1920s Volume 11
(Blues Images) :: For years I’ve been bending your ear about John Tefteller’s annual Blues Images calendars, each
one of which is accompanied by a long player of vintage historical 78 rpm tracks. Well, consider this a friendly reminder
that it’s high time you went to BluesImages.com and found out for yourself why the 2014 edition made my Top Ten list.
Better yet, go there now and start the new year right by buying their 2015 wall calendar and getting a head start on hearing
why the accompanying Volume 12 disc is bound to be glorified on next year’s Top Ten list!
Be seeing you!
Saturday, December 20, 2014
JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #451
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JEFFREY MORGAN’S MEDIA BLACKOUT #451.54!
Cold – A Different Kind Of Pain (Flip) :: Coldplay. Coldpain. Coldpause. Coldeject.
– Pro-Twelve Thinker (Strictly Amateur Films) :: If the names Korg, Roland, Casio and Stylophone mean anything
to you, then you just might enjoy the primitive electronics krafted on this sparse sampling of snatches.
Brian Blain – Overqualified For The Blues
(Northern Blues) :: Now here’s something you don’t hear every day: a bluesman singin’ the blues about how
lousy the blues singin’ business is these days, and that’s a twist worthy of Ron Mael, who was a crotchety old
bluesman himself in his own wry way.
With Merzbow – Sun Baked Snow Cave (Hydra Head) :: One track, one hour long. An electro
acoustic environmental excursion that makes Eno’s early ambient albums sound like Motörhead on speed—if that’s
not too oxymoronic for ya.
– The Delores Lesion (The End) :: They sound like they’ve been watching David Fincher’s Se7en
a touch too much, but this just may be screamo prog rock at its best.
Conjure One – Extraordinary Ways (Nettwerk) :: MainMan touted Dana Gillespie as the
female David Bowie, but the way this dish phrases comes a lot closer.
The Myriad – You Can’t Trust A Ladder (Floodgate) :: But you can trust the singer
to shamelessly ape Bono.
Agents Of The Sun
– Monarchs Of A Fallen Society (DCide) :: OK, so maybe shamelessly aping Bono isn’t such a grievous sin
SIZZLING PLATTER OF THE WEEK: Rogue
Wave – Descended Like Vultures (Sub Pop) :: Paul McCartney? Todd Rundgren? Brian Wilson?
No, it’s the return of Zach Rogue, whose new pop album is every bit as good as last year’s Out Of The Shadows.
Be seeing you!
Saturday, December 13, 2014
JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #450
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Orgy – Trans Global Spectacle 1997 - 2004 (D1) :: Whether
they’re falling down stairs in stages or eliciting stares on stages, this modern stoned-age family has a gay old time
for over two hours. Whether you laugh with them or at them is up to you.
Emery – The Question (Tooth & Nail) :: They look like they stepped out of a western,
but their sound is strictly generic melodramatic screamo.
Everything At Once – Everything At Once (Linus) :: More generic melodramatic screamo
from a group that prides itself on bloodily gouging their album title into the back of a naked woman.
The Beatles – Yesterday And Today (Capitol)
:: And to think that their baby butcher cover was banned in 1966 for being offensive.
Alice Cooper – “Dead Babies” (Warner Bros.)
:: On the other hand, astute social commentary is never offensive.
Kill Rock Stars – Video Fanzine III (Kill Rock Stars) :: If you’re into classic
rock and have absolutely no idea what’s going on these days in the alternative world of nonmainstream music, then these
25 tracks of rampant fun ’n’ mayhem will either set you on the path to higher enlightenment or spook the heebie-jeebies
out of you.
– The Desired Effect (Battle Axe) :: The undesired effect is that this crap rap makes me nap.
SIZZLING PLATTER OF THE WEEK: Danzig – Il
Demonio Nera (MDM) :: Volume 9 in the complete Danzig AV library features 12 different versions of six different videos,
one of which features a very stacked nude babe. Offensive? Perhaps, perhaps not. But I predict that director Danzig will give
director Zombie a run for his money by becoming the new Bob Guiccione of Satano Sinema™.
Be seeing you!
Saturday, December 6, 2014
JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #449
Sat, December 6, 2014 | link
JEFFREY MORGAN’S MEDIA BLACKOUT #449.52!
Various Artists – Run The Road (Last Gang) :: This clever
compilation contains enough speed rap to give you whiplash. And although it may not be socially responsible to use the sampled
sounds of jacked chambers and gun blasts as percussion on “Terror Danjah” by Cock Back, it’s a Kraftwerkian
touch that gets my toe a-tappin’. And speaking of cocks...
Goblin Cock – Bagged And Boarded (Absolutely Kosher) :: They have a pierced knob on
the front cover. Their singer is named Lord Phallus. Their guitarist is named Bane Ass-Pounder. Then how to explain that they
sound like Blue Cheer on Valium? I know: They’re KISS in disguise!
Khanate – Capture And Release (Hydra Head) :: This spry little lease-breaker has but
two tracks, the first of which runs 18:13 and consists of nothing but anguished screaming over ponderous power chords. The
second is 25:03 of more of the same.
Dentata Organ – Sex Star (VDO) :: However, Jordi Valls did this kind of thing much better
way back in 1986 by taping copulating couples instead.
Rosie Thomas – If Songs Could Be Held (Nettwerk) :: Thought-provoking; heartbreaking;
life-affirming; Rosie is the female George Harrison, if you know what I mean.
A Wilhelm Scream – Ruiner (Nitro) :: Decades from now,
if they ever grow up, these kids will regret that they ever recorded this album.
Abigail Washburn – Song Of The Traveling Daughter (Nettwerk)
:: Banjo-pickin’ country music fused with Chinese melodies. Something new under the sun and then some.
SIZZLING PLATTER OF THE WEEK: The Trews – Den
Of Thieves (Epic) :: Wanna know why these hot young snots got to open for those cold shot spots the Stones?
Be seeing you!