Saturday, November 28, 2015
JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #498
Sat, November 28, 2015 | link
MORGAN’S MEDIA BLACKOUT #498.127!
ATTENTION PUBLICISTS: Due to increased
operating expenses, I will no longer be able to continue favorably reviewing your clients’ records for the current sum
of $15 per disc. Therefore, effective immediately, you are now required to enclose a $20 bill in each individual jewel case,
payable in U.S. funds only. Global multinationals: Please inquire about my special bulk discount.
– The Singles (Sudden Death) :: Oops, looks like someone didn’t get their rate increase notice!
But even a million-buck bribe in gold bullion couldn’t get me to say anything good about an alleged anti-racism song
called “Nazi Training Camp.”
Leian – No Going Back (Page)
:: Boy meets girl. Boy plays all the instruments and produces. Girl writes all the lyrics and sings. Together they crank out
enough hellacious guitar rock to make me think that their record company belongs to James Patrick.
Eyes – Tears Of The Valedictorian (Scratch) :: A bad drawing of Howard Hughes on the
front cover. A bad drawing of David Bowie on the back cover. A bad copy of Pere Ubu betwixt.
PLATTER OF THE WEEK: Grainne Ryan – All The Money (self-released) :: Grainne thanks Neil
Young on the back cover for being an inspiration and then transcends him by transforming her multitracked voice into a one-woman
Crosby, Stills & Nash. Somebody find this woman a record company, fast.
OF THE WEEK: Bergraven – Dödsvisioner (Hydra Head) :: These bloodthirsty Swedes
specialize in arch Goth theatrics that are torn from Diamanda Galás’ Saint Of The Pit playbook and then
duly immolated. Yet, despite the Drano-drinkin’, dog-growlin’ vocals, I really like them a lot. Private note to
Bergraven: Thank you for the honor of allowing me to review your new record. I sincerely hope that my words will meet with
your approval. Your cashier’s check for 337.47 kronas is in the mail.
A. Wilford Brimley
– John Carpenter’s The Thing (Universal) :: “They’re Norwegians, Mac.”
Saturday, November 21, 2015
Sat, November 21, 2015 | link
JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #497
Sat, November 21, 2015 | link
MORGAN’S MEDIA BLACKOUT #497.126!
Live In Your Way – Waking Giants
(Solid State) :: I wonder if the singer could scream louder if he had a pair of jumper cables clamped to his balls. OK, try
Michael Moore – Sicko (Dimension) :: Yeah,
like I’m going to let a big fat slob lecture me about health care. Try losing 150 pounds first, tubby.
Exies – A Modern Way Of Living With The Truth (Eleven Seven) :: Are these guys the modern
masters of the power ballad? Beats me, I hate power ballads.
– Mastery Of The Steel (Emergency Umbrella) :: When a record company tells me that a record is “undeniably
epic, somewhere between Iron Maiden and Dance Punk,” I immediately put it on. When I hear otherwise, I immediately take
Pointed Sticks – Waiting For The Real Thing
(Sudden Death) :: Two dozen thinly recorded 1980s new wave pop tunes from Vancouver that sound awfully dated now. I guess
you had to be there.
Jen Paches And Friends – Pretty Little Stars
(self released) :: A besotted babe version of Neil Young’s Tonight’s The Night with a beer chaser instead
of a line of smack.
Cara Luft – The Light Fantastic (Black Hen)
:: Cara is a founding member of the Wailin’ Jennys, so it’s no surprise that her first solo album is a buoyant
babe version of Neil Young’s Harvest and— surprise!—Led Zeppelin III.
Young — Arc (Reprise) :: And you thought that no one would ever record a live version
of Metal Machine Music.
SIZZLING PLATTER OF THE WEEK: Marillion
– Somewhere Else (MVD Audio) :: Some say that the classic art rock concept album as defined by the likes of
Pink Floyd and early Genesis is dead, but don’t you believe it because lush state of the art sonics and high-end graphic
design live on in Marillion’s latest. Inspirational lyric: “He who dies with the most toys is still dead.”
Saturday, November 14, 2015
JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #496
Sat, November 14, 2015 | link
MORGAN’S MEDIA BLACKOUT #496.123!
Marilyn Manson – Eat Me, Drink
Me (Interscope) :: Marry Me, Dump Me is more like it.
– Memory Almost Full (Hear) :: Not only does he sound like Roger Daltrey on the baroque power ballads, he can
still out-yowl Little Richard on the too-few high-note rockers—and my memory is still scarred from his greatest solo
screamo shriekfest, the mentally insane and completely indecipherable “Mumbo.”
Theory – This Is It (Adrenaline) :: In practice, no it ain’t.
X. Heyman – Actual Sighs (Turn-Up) :: Smart savvy pop that evokes Elliott Murphy at his
Big D & The Kids Table – Strictly
Rude (Side One Dummy) :: Mirror in the bathroom, I’ll talk free. This hip, hyperactive ska-fueled upgrade of the
English Beat’s for you and me.
Skull Time – Skull Time
(Latest Flame) :: I don’t usually agree with superhype promo blurbs, but “self-effacing classic rock lovers whose
music requires the throwing of devil horns” sounds about right to me.
– Rockaholics: The Fun Drinking Game (Wannabe) :: Just when you think you’ve heard it all, along comes
this concept album about binge drinking.
Matt Mays – Matt Mays (Beachfire)
:: Matt’s got his Neil Young sound down cold, but Neil never veered down the Dylan meets Bolan alley that Matt does
here on tracks like “Stand Down At Sundown” and “Move Your Mind.”
McCartney – The Russian Album; Unplugged; Run Devil Run (Capitol) ::
Nobody out-rocks Mr. Helter Skelter when he screams out rock ’n’ roll—and on these three albums he screams
out rock ’n’ roll.
SIZZLING PLATTER OF THE WEEK: Jayme Stone
– The Utmost (self released) :: Remember the banjo fever that swept the nation after Bonnie And Clyde and
Deliverance made pop stars out of Flatt & Scruggs and Eric Weisberg? Then relive those glory days of precision
pickin’ on this extraordinary new album.
Be seeing you!
Saturday, November 7, 2015
JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #495
Sat, November 7, 2015 | link
MORGAN’S MEDIA BLACKOUT #495.122!
The Young Gods – Super Ready
/ Fragmenté (Ipecac) :: A .44 Magnum on the front cover? That’s not cool. A pile of coke on the back cover?
That’s not cool. A whole lotta snotty sleazoid electro-distorto rock in between? Now that’s cool.
Slim & The Workers – The Wheel Man (Northern Blues) :: If I were
a less-than-handsome musician and someone callously drew a repellent cartoon of my facial deformities on the front cover of
my new album—insensitively reproduced even larger on the actual disc—I’d sing the blues too.
Bryson – When The Bungalows Roam (Kelp) :: I’m not saying this disc is a dire downer,
but when I played it my copies of Berlin and Tonight’s the Night committed vinylcide.
Day – Night Group (Black Mountain) :: Pure pop for ponderous perky people.
Neins Circa – Sleeves And Wigs (Cooper Spine) :: Stones meet Sparks? Elvis meets Dylan?
Beats the hell outta me but, whatever this musical mishmash is, it sure sounds like they had a whole lotta fun recording it.
Wish I could say the same thing after hearing it.
Jenn Grant –
Orchestra For The Moon (Paris 1919) :: Jenn sounds just like a fragile Annette Peacock, which makes her a lot more
endearing and a whole lot more warmer. Antarctica stops here.
– Paris 1919 (Reprise) :: Geddit?
Loudon Wainwright III
– Strange Weirdos: Music From And Inspired By The Film ‘Knocked Up’ (Concord) :: Finally, the Original
Motion Picture Soundtrack to “The Rusty Warren Story.” Geddit?
OF THE WEEK: The Dollyrots – Because I’m Awesome (Blackheart) :: Speaking of which,
my fave rave living Dollys are back with another album of ball busting, ear bleeding, wazoo wetting, pudenda pounding pure
punkette pop music that’s louder than lust and just as gooey. Plus, the title track is the absolute best Rah! Rah! Sis-Boom-Bah!
School’s Out-take that Alice Cooper never wrote, but sure should’ve. Uh huh.
Saturday, October 31, 2015
JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #494
Sat, October 31, 2015 | link
MORGAN’S MEDIA BLACKOUT #494.120!
Gordon Davis – Shaft (Warner
Bros.) :: Can you dig it?
Geoff Berner with Diona Davies
and Wayne Adams – The Wedding Dance Of The Widow Bride (Jericho Beach) :: It’s not every
day you hear an album that begins: “I’m internationally recognized as a really, really lucky guy. Everybody knows
that I’m the lucky goddamned Jew.”
The Book Of Lists – The Book
Of Lists (Scratch) :: I meant to type “shitfaced Brit psychedelia” but I’ll honor my typo as a hidden
intention and admit that “stiafes brit psychedcecia” is a much better way to describe this Jarvis Bowie meets
Suede Floyd glam pop album.
Dustin Cole with The Specialest
– Try And Love Me (Scratch) :: Crystal clear vocals on cavortin’ cruise control drift languidly over
a barren backwash of minimal and at times deeply distorted in the red instrumentals.
Hayes – “Theme From Shaft” (Stax) :: Right on.
Heat – Amplified Heat (Arclight) :: Feelthy mungified Texas rock that’s stronger
than dirt and sounds just like Lemmy fronting Blue Cheer. Bonus points for stealing the intro from Rush’s “Any
Way I Can” and reinverting it.
ALO – Roses & Clover
(Brushfire) :: Track one on this professionally spit-polished platter is derivative enough of the Springsteen Allmans to get
my attention and original enough to keep it until I start groovin’ on the tasty Simon & Fabfunkle vibe.
Bay-Kays – “Son Of Shaft” (Stax) :: Hot buttered jive turkeys.
PLATTER OF THE WEEK: Various Artists – Stax 50th Anniversary Celebration (Stax) :: Stax
wax is bax to celebrate its 50th birthday with a snatch-smokin’ bag of hot reefer releases that’re both old and
new. This twofer hit from the original box set is not just required listening, it’s a 100 percent cumpulsory pussy-poundin’
screw-e-delic delight. So ditch those effete Motown pansies and drop down for the real honey-humpin’ happening. Oh yassss!
Saturday, October 24, 2015
JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #493
Sat, October 24, 2015 | link
MORGAN’S MEDIA BLACKOUT #493.117!
Elvis Presley – “Hey Jude”
(RCA) :: Words can’t even begin to describe the dire depths of this appalling aural indignity. Never has a major recording
artist been more embarrassingly out of his league both vocally and aesthetically. When Elvis momentarily stops singing toward
the end, rather than try and hit a high note, you want to stand up and cheer. No wonder RCA waited until he was dead before
they released it.
Jeremy Fisher – Goodbye Blue Monday (Aquarius)
:: Jeremy sounds so much like Paul Simon that you won’t believe your delicate little shell-like ears. Except Simon never
sang a line like: “She runs guns, everyone wants guns, there she goes.” But he should have.
Simon – “50 Ways To Leave Your Lover” (Columbia) :: Blow him away, Kay.
Love Kills Theory – Happy Suicide Jim (Xemu) :: Catchy convulsive pop songs that take
their quirky fuzztone cue from Pretties For You. The “Jim” in the album title refers to conniving cult crackpot
Jim Jones. The red Kool-Aid pitcher on the album cover that’s smiling and waving and looking so fine refers to an impending
lawsuit by Kraft Foods.
Buck Brothers – Me (Back2Forward) :: Ron Mael
writing for the Diodes? That’s how schizoid this album is! Inspirational lyric: “My time has come, I’m gorgeously
stupid, I can’t remember my name. I’m gorgeously stupid and I think you’re just the same.”
– “Everybody’s Stupid” (Columbia) :: That’s for sure.
PLATTER OF THE WEEK: Neil Young – Massey Hall 1971 (Reprise) :: What’s really interesting
is how downright gabby the singer is between songs as he previews the yet to be released Harvest. And although I
initially chalked such loquaciousness up to shy hometown nervousness, the torrent of piercing glass-shattering high notes
he unleashes on “Down By The River” and “Ohio” proved me wrong.
Saturday, October 17, 2015
JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #492
Sat, October 17, 2015 | link
MORGAN’S MEDIA BLACKOUT #492.116!
Hello friends, this is Jeffrey Morgan with a vital message of great importance
to us all. Thanks to Don Imus, society has finally decided to do the right thing and hold rap “music” fully accountable
for the socially irresponsible role it plays in the exploitation and degradation of women.
This much needed
and long overdue cleansing of hip-hop is a good start, but we can’t stop there so long as other forms of misogynist
music insist on advocating murderous violence against women:
– “Baby, Let’s Play House” (RCA) :: “I’d rather see you dead, little girl, than
to be with another man.”
Neil Young – “Down By The
River” (Reprise) :: “Down by the river, I shot my baby. Dead. Oooh, shot her dead.”
Hendrix – “Hey Joe” (Reprise) :: “I’m going down to shoot my
old lady. Yes I did, I shot her! Shoot her one more time for me!”
– “Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)” (Imperial) :: “Bang bang, you shot me down.”
Johnson – “32-20 Blues” (Vocalion) :: “Take my 32-20, now, and cut
her half in two.”
Nancy Sinatra – “Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me
Down)” (Reprise) :: “Bang bang, I hit the ground.”
– “Delia’s Gone” (American) :: “First time I shot her, I shot her in the side. Hard
to watch her suffer, but with the second shot she died.”
– “Maxwell’s Silver Hammer” (Apple) :: “Bang bang, Maxwell’s silver hammer came
down upon her head. Bang bang, Maxwell’s silver hammer made sure she was dead.”
After we fumigate
rap, we’ll sterilize the rest of this filth.
Be seeing you!
Saturday, October 10, 2015
JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #491
Sat, October 10, 2015 | link
MORGAN’S MEDIA BLACKOUT #491.113!
Peeler – Evils Of The Modern
Pleasure Dance (Angel Green) :: The boozy bozo “HEY YEAH! SO! COME ON! YEAH!” caterwaul which opens this
album makes it pretty obvious that Craig Peeler has his Yo! Jimbo! shtick down pat, especially on heavy stonerdelic songs
like “Half Past High.”
The Doors – Absolutely Live
(Elektra) :: Lout it, lout it, lout it out loud!
– Break EP (TVT) :: And you thought that skinny leather tie of yours from Japan would never come back in vogue.
Darns – What It All Turns Into (self released) :: These guys sound like a ’70s
new wave version of the Tragically Hip, so you can expect a lot more in the way of unexpected variety.
– College Grove (Spinning Gold) :: A voice that’s a creepy cross between John Cale (“Going Home”)
and Eno (“Queer Bright”) and mauve music that sounds like side three of This End Up.
In The Sky – All Of A Sudden I Miss Everyone (Temporary Residence) :: I’m a soft
touch for instrumental art rock albums, even ones with an surfeit of bombastic Bonzo drumming. Must be all them explosions.
Dodge – The Perfect Face (Remedy) :: It says a lot about Arthur Dodge’s songwriting
ability that the only cover version he does on this tasteful country album—“San Diego Serenade” by Tom Waits—is
the worst written one of the lot.
POLITICALLY NAÏVE PLATTER OF THE WEEK: Jen Militia
– Berlin Boot Camp (Digilog) :: The bad news is that Canada’s answer to Rage Against The Machine uses
Maoist imagery from communist China to sell their tawdry wares. The good news is that they don’t wear T-shirts featuring
the face of mass murderer Ernesto “Che” Guevara. I guess they don’t want to look like Carlos Santana.
Saturday, October 3, 2015
JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #490
Sat, October 3, 2015 | link
MORGAN’S MEDIA BLACKOUT #490.111!
Leeroy Stagger – Depression River
(Boompa) :: Stagger Lee serves up another haunting slab of country rock. “The forest is burnin’ from a half-lit
cigarette; take what you can, go as far as you can get” is the kind of line Busta “Nursery Rhyme” Dylan
wishes he could still write.
Ad Astra Per Aspera – Catapult
Calypso (Sonic Unyon) :: Smart enough to be good musicians but stupid enough to let a mental retard scream their vocals
on Track 1, thus ensuring that I never got to Track 2.
– Bedtime Prayers (Pivotal) :: Meet the new dross. Same as the old dross.
Blue Van – Dear Independence (TVT) :: Pseudo-sloppy and portentously pretentious in a
rote Romantics wannabe way.
New Year’s Day – New Year’s
Day (TVT) :: Chirpy perky femme-inflected pouty power pop with a breathy dash of Mercurial punkette posturing.
Nein – Luxury (Sonic Unyon) :: Dissipated and disjointed, this ambitious aural collage
evokes Beatle John at his most experimentally nonracist wasted.
– A Good Enough Day (Dead Daisy) :: Piano-driven gospel-fuelled melodies merge with soulful singing and Claptonesque
guitar playing. Mucho recomendado.
Various Artists – The Family
Values Tour 2006 (Firm) :: Thrashasaurs Korn and the Deftones defer their extinction with this dynamic album of caustic
rock songs. Bonus points for not including Fred Durst.
Influence (VH1) :: Mellosaurs Tommy Shaw and Jack Blades extend their distinction with this delightful album of classic
rock songs. Bonus points for not including Rod Stewart.
Ten Second Epic
– Count Yourself In (Black Box) :: Until these guys listen to the Diodes and hear how professionals do it,
count me out.
SIZZLING PLATTER OF THE WEEK: Of Montreal – Hissing
Fauna, Are You The Destroyer? (Polyvinyl) :: Robin Scott’s M meets Bill Nelson’s Red Noise via Ron and Russell’s
Sparks on this Eurofried synth-pop art rock album. Miss it at your own risk.
Be seeing you!
Wednesday, September 30, 2015
JEFFREY MORGANíS ROCK íNí ROLL PHOTOGRAPHS
JEFFREY MORGAN’S ROCK ’N’ ROLL PHOTOGRAPHS
Wed, September 30, 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, September 26, 2015
JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #489
Sat, September 26, 2015 | link
MORGAN’S MEDIA BLACKOUT #489.109!
The Stooges – The Weirdness
(Virgin) :: Whaddya mean there’s no “1971”?
– An Inconvenient Truth (Paramount) :: And you thought science fiction films never won Oscars.
Slone – Just Look Pretty And Sing (Orange) :: Her excruciating cover of “Suffragette
City” makes Dana Gillespie sound like Diamanda Galás. Wham, bam, shut up, ma’am.
& The Stooges – “Your Pretty Face Is Going To Hell” (Columbia) :: File
under: Tara Slone.
Paul Michael – Quiet State Of Panic (Stunning
Models On Display) :: The cello is the saddest instrument in the world, just ask Johann Sebastian Bach. The electric guitar
is the most powerful instrument in the world, just ask James Patrick Page. This album is the saddest most powerful album in
the world, just ask me.
Lou Reed – Berlin (RCA) :: Then again, what
do I know?
Clemente – …whilst honey hums (Moodswing)
:: These straight shooters provide quality narrative songwriting that’s trustworthy and sincere in way that those two
peacenik bagmen Dylan and Springsteen never were.
– EPidemic (self released) Steinski stadium scratch rock.
– Steel (Panache) :: I reckon there ain’t nuthin’ wrong with this here record that a varispeed
unit and new lyricist couldn’t fix.
The Twisters – After The Storm
(Northern Blues) :: Most blues lyrics by their very nature are inherently stupid, but these words are so retarded they make
Savoy Brown’s lyrics look as if they were written by Carl Sandburg.
– City Of Big Shoulders (Columbia) :: I wish.
– Station (City Canyon) :: The pure pop melodies of The Beatles. The putrid power maladies of Nine Inch Nails.
The beast of both worlds.
Zozobra – Harmonic Tremors
(Hydra Head) :: You say harmonic. I say moronic. They jacked the whole thing off.
PLATTER OF THE WEEK: Casket Salesmen – Sleeping Giants (Longhair Illuminati) :: Digland’s
newest crypt makers have crafted an intelligent art rock album that’s overly ambitious and altogether extraordinary
in an electro-ambient-Split Enz-meets-Tangerine Dream-slash-high-spirited-Jon Anderson-meets-Don and Philharmonic-Everly-slash-early-irate-Alice-Cooper-Group-meets-no
one kinda way.
Be seeing you!
Saturday, September 19, 2015
JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #488
Sat, September 19, 2015 | link
MORGAN’S MEDIA BLACKOUT #488.107!
Dr. Hunter S. Thompson – 1937-2005
(R.I.P.) :: Has it been ten years already?
Yoko Ono – Yes, I’m A Witch
(Astralwerks) :: Got a match?
Queens Of The Stone Age – “Burn
The Witch” (Interscope) :: Got a match?
Swan Lake –
Beast Moans (Scratch) :: .esrever ni built being church a watching like is album Donovan meet Velvets disjointed
tremulously this to Listening
Frank Gallup – “Got A Match?”
(Spartan) :: I beg your pardon.
The Midway State – The Midway
State (Remedy) :: The thunderous bathroom beat of Led Zeppelin meets the slanderous bathroom beat off George Michael.
Numan – Dance (Beggars Banquet) :: He’s always been infinitely better than you
ever gave him credit for and this ironically titled album is just one shining example why there would be no Nine Inch Nails
without Gary Numan.
Nine Inch Numan – “Here In My Hole”
(Nothing Numa) :: This mishmash of “Head Like a Hole” and “Cars” exists only in my imagination, but
listen to them both and then tell me it doesn’t work.
– House Of Refuge (Black Hen) :: Spiritual blues to salve your soul. Bonus points for having the chutzpah to
include a ukulele rendition of Hoagy Carmichael’s “Stardust” and think it might fit in. Points deducted
because it doesn’t.
The Slits – Revenge Of The Killer
Slits (SAF) :: Track 2 of this reunion EP is punk rock just like Mother used to hate. Tracks 1 and 3 aren’t.
Slats – Boom Patrol (Latest Flame) :: File under: Beastie surf? Ramones rap? Devo rock?
All of the above.
The Sluts – “Me Ruv You Rong Time”
(KFC) :: The first single from Kim Fowley’s new juvenile jail-bait girl group is a cool coolie rice-paddy pastiche about
working girls one night in Bangkok. Just kidding.
SIZZLING SOFT COVER OF THE WEEK: Pamela
Des Barres – I’m With The Band: Confessions Of A Groupie (Chicago Review Press)
:: She’s my little douche coupe, you don’t know what I caught.
Be seeing you!
Saturday, September 12, 2015
JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #487
Sat, September 12, 2015 | link
MORGAN’S MEDIA BLACKOUT #487.105!
John Lennon – “Woman Is
The Nigger Of The World” (Apple) :: Just because your wife comes up with a racist feminist phrase in a magazine
interview doesn’t mean you have to use it as a song title and release it as a single, do you?
Lennon – “Angela” (Apple) :: I guess you do, especially since you can prove
that you’re down with the cause by also writing a tribute song about Black Panther supporter Angela Davis. By the way,
John Lennon has been inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame.
The Rolling Stones
– “Sweet Black Angel” (Rolling Stones) :: Hey, Keith! If it’s good enough for Beatle John,
why don’t we combine both the racist epithet and the Angela Davis tribute in our own B-side?
Rolling Stones – “Midnight Rambler” (Decca) :: Especially since we can prove
that we’re down with the cause by writing a misogynist song that includes the line: “He’s crouching like
a proud Black Panther.”
The Rolling Stones – “Brown
Sugar” (Rolling Stones) :: Not to mention this catchy little ditty about white slavery. By the way, the Rolling
Stones have been inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame.
– “Only Women Bleed” (Atlantic) :: Y’know, maybe if Alice had written a tribute to Angela
Davis using a racist epithet instead of writing songs protesting domestic violence against women he would’ve gotten
inducted into the Rock Hall sooner.
The Rolling Stones – “Angie”
(Rolling Stones) :: Writing a lame power ballad about David Bowie’s wife wouldn’t have hurt his chances either.
Cooper – “Iman” (Bizarre) :: On second thought, forget it. Besides, if they
excluded all the racist, adulterous, insane, suicidal, drunk-driving, wife-beating, gun-shooting, drug-addicted, devil-worshipping,
criminally convicted musicians, who’d be left?
Pat Boone –
“Ain’t That A Shame” (Dot) :: Y’know, maybe if Pat recorded a few heavy metal songs, he’d
be in the Rock Hall just like that other hard-rocking rebel Billy Joel.
– In A Metal Mood (Hip-O) :: On second thought, forget it.
Be seeing you!
Saturday, September 5, 2015
JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #486
Sat, September 5, 2015 | link
MORGAN’S MEDIA BLACKOUT #486.103!
The Mooney Suzuki – The Maximum
Black EP (V2) :: This reissue of 1999’s The Black EP by one of rock’s most engagingly raucous primitive
agit-pop garage bands is freshly adorned with five primo bonus outtake nuggets. Now if only they’d record a new one.
Solter – Canonic (Hometapes) :: SWM into “machines, grease, razor, tape”
seeks atonal audience for disjointed distortion disc. Serious replies only.
Devil – That Handsome Devil (Stardust) :: This sleazy funkified jazzbo lounge album sounds
as if Jeremy “Swimmin’ in Wimmin” Page struck a crossroads deal with Mojo Nixon—and then reneged.
Shi – Rapider Than Horsepower (SAF) :: What if Kurt Cobain’s brain had been recorded
at that exact moment?
Patrick Porter – Die Wandaland LP (Grey Day)
:: The joyous and buoyant “Bond Funeral Home” is a very good start, but the rest of this smart airy acoustic early
Bowiesque pop album is just begging for a Mick Ronson to come along and plug some much needed electricity into the proceedings.
– Yanni Live! The Concert Event! (Image) :: Perfect for making the dishes or washing the bed, this glossy live
in Las Vegas cross between Jean Michel Jarre and Mike Oldfield will appeal to the closet new age syntho symphomaniac art-rock
addict in you.
Totimoshi – Ladrón (Crucial Blast) ::
Led Jappelin (sic) heaviness produced by woman-hater Page Hamilton (very sic)—but try not to hold that against them.
Mooney Suzuki – Have Mercy (V2) :: I love it when a band takes my advice. You’ll
love it that they did.
Kasabian – Empire (RCA) :: 48 crash on Highway
SIZZLING PLATTER OF THE WEEK: Sloan – Never Hear The End Of It
(Murder) :: Thirty songs, all blended into one big mind-bending Beatlesque block of nonstop pop that’s almost as good
as the originals—and “almost” is about as good as you’re gonna get these days, bub.
Beatles – Love (Capitol) :: Like I said.
Be seeing you!
Saturday, August 29, 2015
JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #485
Sat, August 29, 2015 | link
MORGAN’S MEDIA BLACKOUT #485.101!
The 101 – Numbers (Limekiln)
:: Angsters ape oldster Phil Collins.
The Alrights – High School
(City Canyons) :: Well alright! Ah think ah busta vessel in muh eardruhms listenin’ tuh this clevah Beatlesque extravuhganza.
Ah hope they don’t leak owt. Yuh don’t want muh eardruhms to leak owt, now, do yuh?
– Headley (Capitol) :: Music to Vaseline your tattooed arms by.
– Subliminal Genocide (Hydra Head) :: Xasthurbation.
– Stay Under The Stars (Equator) :: He could be the new Jon Anderson, only the Yes man never recorded a live-in-Copenhagen
string quartet version of “Great Balls of Fire” nor a London studio tribute to Satchmo called—wait for it—“Louie
The Strays – Le Futur Noir (TVT) :: Look, if
I want a record with a French title I’ll move to France. This is America. Speak English.
Lee Roth – Sonrisa Salvaje (Warner Bros.) :: Or Spanish.
Natas – El Hombre Montana (Small Stone) :: Hola! Jimi Hendrix meets Speedy Gonzales on
this forged-in-Argentina slab of Mexmetal. Como?
SIZZLING DEBATE OF THE WEEK: Perry
Como – “Dig You Later (A Hubba-Hubba-Hubba)” (RCA) :: “It’s always
fair weather when hep cats get together. And every time they meet, here’s the way you’ll hear them greet. A hubba-hubba-hubba,
let’s shoot some breeze: Say, whatever happened to the Japanese? I got it from a guy who was in the know: It was mighty
smoky over Tokyo! A friend of mine in a B-29 dropped another load for luck. As he flew away, he was heard to say: ‘A
hubba-hubba-hubba, yuk-yuk!’ So be on your way and I will dig you later in the U.S.A.!”
Rundgren’s Utopia – “Hiroshima” (Bearsville) :: And now for an opposing
Be seeing you!
Saturday, August 22, 2015
JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #484
Sat, August 22, 2015 | link
MORGAN’S MEDIA BLACKOUT #484.94!
Jethro Tull – This Was (Chrysalis)
:: Includes the hit single “A Song for Jeffrey.”
– Stand Up (Chrysalis) :: Includes the hit single “Jeffrey Goes to Leicester Square.”
Tull – Benefit (Chrysalis) :: Includes the hit single “For Michael Collins,
Jeffrey And Me.”
Jethro Tull – Aquascum (Chrysalis)
:: Includes the hit single “The Day Jeffrey Finally Got Paid.”
Tull – Thick As A Prick (Chrysalis) :: Includes the hit single “Jeffrey's Ding-A-Ling.”
Tull – A Prussian Play (Chrysalis) :: Includes the hit single “Jeffrey, Talk
Jethro Tull – Whore Child (Chrysalis) :: Includes
the hit single “Jeffrey's Big Score.”
– Bussing Out (Chrysalis) :: Includes the hit single “Jeffrey Comes To Harlem.”
Tull – Songs From Ron Wood (Chrysalis) :: Includes the hit single “Jeffrey
Feels the Fire.”
Jethro Tull – Living In The Snatch
(Chrysalis) :: Includes the hit single “Jeffrey Takes Up Permanent Residency.”
Tull – The Spinster In The Gallery (Chrysalis) :: Includes the hit single “Jeffrey
Closes His Eyes And Thinks Of England.”
Jethro Tull –
Eh? (Chrysalis) :: Includes the hit single “Jeffrey's Hose Head Takes Off.”
Tull – Strokewatch (Chrysalis) :: Includes the hit single “Jeffrey Gets Up
For The Down Stroke.”
Jethro Tull – Pictures Of An
Exhibitionist (Chrysalis) :: Includes the hit single “Jeffrey Pulls Out His Long Lens.”
Tull – Tail From Pornographic Oceans (Chrysalis) :: Includes the hit single “Jeffrey
Plunges Into the Deep End.”
Jethro Tull – Ummacumma
(Chrysalis) :: Includes the hit single “Jeffrey's Cum-ba-ya.”
Tull – Rock ’n’ Roll Cannibal (Chrysalis) :: Includes the hit single “Careful
With That Ax, Jeffrey.”
SIZZLING PLATTER OF THE WEEK: UB40 –
Geoffrey Morgan (Island) :: Look, I don't mind them saying on the front cover that I like white girls, but at least
they could have the common decency to spell my name right.
Be seeing you!
Saturday, August 15, 2015
JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #483
Sat, August 15, 2015 | link
JEFFREY MORGAN’S MEDIA BLACKOUT #483.93!
Brothers – Young Machetes (V2) :: Remember the end of “Draw The Line” when Steve Tyler
jibber-jabbers out the lyrics in one big indecipherable scream stream like he had a big 10-inch toy in his attic? Well, that’s
what this entire album sounds like.
Avett Brothers – The Gleam (Ramseur) :: Sparse
acoustic pickin’ propels plaintive singin’-songwritin’ so have a hanky handy—and a stiff drink.
The Baldwin Brothers
– Return Of The Golden Rhodes (TVT) :: This discofied superfly funkfest is more fun than a drug deal gone good,
you jive turkey!
Sisters Euclid – Run Neil Run (Northern Blues) :: Now appearing nightly in the Deodato
2001 lounge: Neil Young songs performed as Hammond-heavy mighty instrumentals. Bonus points for weaving “Dixie”
throughout “Southern Man.” Points deducted for not quoting “Fixing A Hole” during “The Needle
And The Damage Done.”
Hogan – Undiscovered (SoBe) :: Well let me tell
you something, brother: Whatcha gonna do—WHATCHA GONNA DO—when Debamania runs wild on you?
Eighteen Visions –
Eighteen Visions (Epic) :: Eyeliner guys who can’t decide whether to be choral Queen or deballed Metallica.
Some Action –
The Band That Sucked The Life Out Of Rock ’n’ Roll And Killed Itself In The Process (Gigantic) :: These
dumbelinas shake some action on a raw Ramonesish pawdy record that’ll go great with stash smokin’ and chick chokin’.
PLATTER OF THE WEEK: Jony James Blues Band – What
About Tomorrow (Blue Wave) :: A lot of guys who sing the blues these days sound so gosh-darned healthy that their weepy
message to blub inevitably gets diluted. Jony James, however, sounds so run-through-the-wringer on this new album of his that
he can’t help but get his point across in no uncertain terms. Oh, and his uncanny guitar solo on “Tragic Magic”
just may be the best blues guitar solo ever, this side of Roy Buchanan.
Be seeing you!
Saturday, August 8, 2015
JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #482
Sat, August 8, 2015 | link
JEFFREY MORGAN’S MEDIA BLACKOUT #482.92!
Street To Nowhere – Charmingly Awkward (Capitol) :: Elton
John meets Trent Reznor. Don’t shoot me, I’ll do it myself.
– Hell Songs (Hydra Head) :: Which song I should play first? “Boner X-Ray” or
Xiu Xiu – The Air
Force (5RC) :: Try the buffet, thailor.
The Receiver –
Decades (Stunning Models on Display) :: A cascading waterfall or pure pop pianissimos merged with a heavenly
host of angelic harmonies.
The Curtains – Calamity
(Asthmatic Kitty) :: Sparse. Eno. Ethereal. Eno playing. Naive. Eno playing in. Ambient. Eno playing in Brian. Electric. Eno
playing in Brian Wilson’s. Pop. Eno playing in Brian Wilson’s sandbox.
Gallant – When We Get There (Revenant) :: I spotted this guy walking out of a hotel
elevator lugging two guitar cases, so I flashed my rock critic badge and confiscated one of his records. Well, I’m here
to tell you that it was well worth the grab because Lenny’s heartfelt singing and songwriting skills are on a par with
the great Johnny McLeod—and that’s no mean feat.
Magnolia Electric Co. –
Fading Trails (Secretly Canadian) :: Strangely believe it, this is the long-awaited spiritual kin to Tonight’s
The Night, right down to Neil Young’s rawcous (sic) guitar and primitive peeannie (very sic). But that’s not an
indication of overt aping, it’s just a fluky residual result of them both hitchhiking along the same barren stretch
of wavelength. Need a ride? Get in.
SIZZLING TELEVISION SHOW OF THE WEEK:
Ted Nugent – Wanted: Ted Or Alive (Versus) :: What makes this feral cross between The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
and The Blair Witch Project the absolute greatest reality show ever is watching the omnipresent and omnipotent master
of scaremonies—a cackling, wise-cracking Ted—gleefully relish every mishap that befalls the suffering kids under
his tutelage as they desperately try to survive in the wild on his secluded Michigan farm. Who will survive and what will
be left of them?
Ted Nugent & The Amboy Dukes
– Survival Of The Fittest (Polydor) :: He’s consistent, you gotta give him that.
Be skinning you!
Saturday, August 1, 2015
JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #481
Sat, August 1, 2015 | link
JEFFREY MORGAN’S MEDIA
Towers Of London –
Blood Sweat & Towers (TVT) :: If this were 1976, these sleazoids would be on Neil Bogart’s Casablanca label
right next to Angel.
Kultur Shock –
We Came To Take Your Jobs Away (Koolarrow) :: Y’gotta love a satirical standup ethnic rock opera
about immigrants flooding across the border into America to steal your job. Uh, you do have a job for them to steal, don’t
Broadcast To The World (Icon) :: The rage of Rage Against the Machine meets the power of Powerman 5000.
Vaeda – State Of Nature (PlayTyme)
:: With Korn a desiccated husk, along comes Vaeda to pick up the slacker with their sympathetic bagpipeless brand of heavy
histrionic angst rock.
– Hidden World (Jade Tree) :: Don’t let the dainty Alphonse Mucha inspired artwork fool you because this
is vulgar screamo inspired in part by the Who, Ramones, Clash, and Stranglers.
Mad Tea Party – Big Top Soda Pop (WT) :: Two gals and a guy
dish out a merry menu of kazoos, side whistles and ukuleles in one big, friendly fun-fest of oddball originals, plus a wonky
cover of Melanie’s “Brand New Key” that puts everything into blurry focus.
House Of Heroes – Say No More (Mono Vs Stereo) :: Finally,
a classy album cover that’s strikingly exquisite! But Bryan Ferry always made sure that a Roxy Music album sounded as
good on the inside as it looked on the outside.
Of London – Blood Sweat & Towers (TVT) :: And if this were 1977, they’d be in the delete
bin right next to Starz.
PLATTER OF THE WEEK: System And Station – Here Is Now (Latest Flame) :: Now here is a record that’s
so refreshingly professional it’ll make you realize how truly amateurish most indie releases are. Well arranged and
emotionally engaging, System And Station’s eclectically adventurous brand of melodic music has more than enough of what
it takes to get them noticed today while they carve out a niche in tomorrow’s pop pantheon. Good job, lads. Carry on.
Be seeing you!