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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.

Be seeing you!

Sun, July 6, 2014 | link 

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. 

Be seeing you!

Sun, June 22, 2014 | link 

Sunday, June 15, 2014

JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #424

JEFFREY MORGAN'S MEDIA BLACKOUT #424.25!

Sparks - Kimono My House (Island) :: Geddit?

SIZZLING PARTY PLATTER OF THE WEEK: Rosemary Clooney - "Come On-A My House" (Columbia) :: Who invited all these people?

KISS - "Rock And Roll All Nite" (Casablanca) :: Oh, man, that'll never wash out!

Quiet Riot - "Cum On Feel The Noize" (Pasha) :: Keep it down before the neighbors complain!

Andrew WK - "Party Hard" (Mercury) :: C'mon, let's use this empty bedroom!

Slade - "How D'You Ride?" (Polydor) :: Who parked on the lawn?

Elton John - "Saturday Night's All Right For Fighting" (MCA) :: Guys, guys, take it outside!

Elvis Costello - The Delivery Man (Lost Highway) :: Pizza's here! Who's got the money?

Lou Reed - "The Power Of Positive Drinking" (Arista) :: I think I can jimmy the lock on this liquor cabinet!

John Entwistle - "Whiskey Man" (Decca) :: Got it!

Faces - Five Guys Walk Into A Bar... (Warner Bros.) :: Hey, while you're up!

The B-52's - "Party Out Of Bounds" (Reprise) :: The beer bottles in the freezer exploded!

The Who - "However Much I Booze" (MCA) :: Where's the keg?

Kim Mitchell - "I Am A Wild Party" (Anthem) :: Where's the can, I gotta go water my horse!

Johnny Winter - "Too Much Seconal" (Columbia) :: Dude, you look peaked!

Blood, Sweat & Tears - "And When I Die" (Columbia) :: Dude?

Rick Derringer - "Still Alive And Well" (Epic) :: Dude, that was close!

The Irish Rovers - "Wasn't That A Party?" (Epic) :: Cold pizza and beer, breakfast of champions!

Johnny Cash - "Sunday Morning Coming Down" (Columbia) :: Keep those drapes closed! And don't slam the door when you leave!

Be seeing you!

Sun, June 15, 2014 | link 

Sunday, June 8, 2014

JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #423

JEFFREY MORGAN'S MEDIA BLACKOUT #423.24!

John Cale & Lou Reed - Songs For Drella (Sire) :: Everything they've done separately, no matter how good, is mere artifice compared to this sincere, monumental work of art. When's the last time you listened to it?

The Sharp Ease - Going Modern (olFactory) :: Meanwhile, if Cale and Lene Lovich had sired quadruplet daughters 25 years ago, those four femmes would've grown up to record this smart 'n' sassy pop album.

Tara Angell - Down And Out: The Come Down EP (Rykodisc) :: Hide the razorblades because if ever a record lived up to its title, it's this one. This dour dish makes Marianne Faithfull sound like Toni Basil cranked to the gills on a helium speedball.

Josh Rouse - Nashville (Rykodisc) :: Maybe the Ryman Auditorium isn't ready for a guy who sings lyrics like: "Later on, after the show, we can go to your room, I can try on your clothes."

Johnny Cash - "A Boy Named Sue" (Columbia) :: Then again, maybe it is.

SIZZLING PLATTER OF THE WEEK: The Devlins - Waves (Nettwerk) :: Having survived the trauma of Chas being killed by Harry Flowers, the two remaining brothers buck up and record this fine album. I like that, turn it up.

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Sun, June 8, 2014 | link 

Sunday, June 1, 2014

JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #422

JEFFREY MORGAN'S MEDIA BLACKOUT #422.23!

Dave Cooper - Underbelly: Additional Observations On The Beauty / Ugliness Of Mostly Pillowy Girls (Fantagraphics Books) :: This coffee table art book contains erotically singed paintings of large ravenously mandibled women who have the bug-eyed visages of Sandy Dennis in leering lolling heat. Roll over Bill Ward, and tell Robert Crumb the news. 

Dandi Wind - Bait The Traps (Bongo Beat) :: Lene Lovich + Iggy Stooge + Nina Hagen + Eno + Diamanda Galás + Kraftwerk = Crazy, man, crazy! 

Aselin Debison - Bigger Than Me (Epic) :: Bland on bland. 

Audra Kubat - Since I Fell In Love With The Music (Times Beach) :: Audra has the delicate demeanor of a sparrow, coupled with a heartfelt emotive voice and superior songwriting skills. She's the new Joni Mitchell, only a whole lot better. 

The Static Age - Neon Nights Electric Lives (Tarantulas) :: "Ghosts" has a propulsive jangling that's somewhat reminiscent of the Banshees but, more often than not, this intelligent quartet has a suave sound that's nothing less than the debonair second coming of Ultravoxy Music. 

Femme Fatale - From The Abundance Of The Heart, The Mouth Speaks (Last Gang) :: King, it's Shellac vs. the Beastie Boys in a last-band-standing, elimination chamber, hell-in-a-cell, grudge match. 

SIZZLING PLATTER OF THE MONTH: Mommy And Daddy - Fighting Style Killer Panda (Kanine) :: Here's a delightfully kooky EP that features a nutty sonic mélange of blipping Casio keys, pounding Roland drum machines, heavy metal guitars and snatch-snarling female vocals. This New York duo is being portrayed as "a married couple who play stripped-down, avant garde, primitive, post-punk, lo-fi, electropop retro rock." Which is one way of describing them, I suppose. Here's another: They're outta their heads. 

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Sun, June 1, 2014 | link 

Sunday, May 25, 2014

JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #421


JEFFREY MORGAN’S MEDIA BLACKOUT #421.22!

Black Maria
Lead Us to Reason (Victory) :: Never place an ad that says: Lead Singer Wanted, Personality Not Required.

Armor For Sleep
What To Do When You Are Dead (Equal Vision) :: Never answer an ad that says: Lead Singer With No Personality Looking For Band.

Kaddisfly
Buy Our Intention (Hopeless) :: Well, that’s three for three.

Faces
Ooh-La-La (Warner Bros.) :: Personality!

The Everyothers
The Everyothers (Hautlab) :: Personality!


David Bowie
Pinups (RCA) :: Personality!

Mott The Hoople
Mott (Columbia) :: Personality!

Lene Lovich
Stateless (Stiff) :: Personality!

David Lee Roth
Sonrisa Salvaje (Warner Bros.) :: Personality!


The Stooges
Fun House (Elektra) :: Personality!

Alice Cooper
Killer (Warner Bros.) :: Personality!

Leon Russell
Leon Russell (Shelter) :: Personality!

Slade
Slayed? (Polydor) :: Personality!

Elvis Costello
Armed Forces (Columbia) :: Personality!

Bob Marley
Live (Island) :: Personality!

Ted Nugent
& The Amboy DukesSurvival Of The Fittest (Polydor) :: What, are you kidding?

Robert Palmer
Sneakin’ Sally Through The Alley (Island) :: Personality!

Aerosmith
Rocks (Columbia) :: Personality!

Sparks
Propaganda (Island) :: Personality!

Roxy Music
Country Life (Atco) :: Personality!

Nico
Desertshore (Reprise) :: Personality!

John Cale
Fear (Island) :: Personality!

The Diodes
Tired of Waking Up Tired (Epic) :: Personality!

T. Rex
The Slider (Reprise) :: Personality!

Grand Funk
Grand Funk (Capitol) :: Personality!

Be Bop Deluxe
Modern Music (Harvest) :: Personality!

Pete Townshend
Who Came First (Decca) :: Personality!

New York Dolls
New York Dolls (Mercury) :: Personality Crisis!


SIZZLING PLATTERS OF THE WEEK
: All of the above, minus the first three. Thus endeth the lesson.

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Sun, May 25, 2014 | link 

Sunday, May 18, 2014

JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #420

JEFFREY MORGAN'S MEDIA BLACKOUT #420.21!

Ray Wylie Hubbard - Delirium Tremolos (Philo/Rounder) :: If you're in the market for a new country blues album, give this instant classic by old mutha Hubbard a shot. Another reason to believe: Faces stalwart Ian "Mac" McLagan works the Hammond B-3 on several tracks.

Neal Schon - i On U (Favored Nations) :: Journey-man Schon rises above the synth backing tracks to craft an instrumental guitar album that's part silky David Gilmour and part psycho Jeff Beck. Too bad he'd rather play with himself than be in a real band, though.

Soul Sirkus - World Play (Soul Sirkus) :: Well whaddya know? Schon upgrades to actual human beings! If you still proudly listen to old Sammy Hagar albums, then this thud's for you.

Burn The 8-Track - The Ocean (Abacus) :: These four guys aren't old enough to remember vinyl, let alone an 8-track. But they are mature enough to make an album that's powerful and passionate.

Liam Titcomb - Liam Titcomb (Columbia) :: Canada's answer to John Mellencamp is a long-haired pretty boy who writes hand-clappin' good-time music including a little ditty called "Get Down" that actually does.

SIZZLING PLATTER OF THE WEEK: Vanessa Williams - Everlasting Love (Lava) :: Need some '70s make-out music? Then slide in and take this VW for a ride that's so smooth you could cut a diamond in the back seat. My favorite track is the Kraftwerkian "Tuning," which consists of nothing but Vanessa tuning in different radio stations. Really.

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Sun, May 18, 2014 | link 

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