Sunday, March 11, 2012
JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #306
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NUMBER ONE WITH A JEFFREY
MORGAN’S MEDIA BLACKOUT #306!
– Back To Stereo (Philles) :: After the Supreme Court refused to overturn the life sentence of convicted murderer
Phil Spector—thus ensuring that he’ll stay behind bars where he can’t threaten anyone anymore—every
record company that the disgraced producer ever worked for jointly agreed to delete all of Spector’s original mono recordings
from their back catalogues and then have Academy Award winning Lucasfilm sound sculptor Walter Murch digitally remix the original
studio multi-tracks into THX benchmark stereo and 9.1 surround sound at Skywalker Ranch. As one veteran record executive explains
in the liner notes to this ten disc box set: “I’ve been waiting to get back at that bald-headed bastard
ever since he pulled a gun on me during the recording of ‘He Hit Me (It Felt Like A Kiss).’ Mono. What
does that woman slayer think this is, anyway? 1950?”
SIZZLING PLATTER OF THE WEEK: Andre Williams – Hoods And Shades (Bloodshot) :: The first thing you
notice is that the album cover comes gang bangin’ atcha straight outta some kinda drive-by ghetto blasted vintage blaxploitation
one sheet: I’m talkin’ ’bout a tricked out pimp daddy flashin’ dual solid gold JAIL and BAIT knuckle
rings with his meaty mitts wrapped around two dishy thunder-age bikini-clad gun-toting foxes; a Cagnesque exploding oil refinery;
a double barreled pump action guitar; a trench coated machete wieldin’ maniac escapin’ a fiery inferno multi car
collision via a danglin’ helicopter ladder; plus a sinister as sin cadre of terrorist fist-jabbin’ Unabomber
And with songs like the moralistic “A Good Day To Feel
Bad” and the animalistic “Jaw Dropper” and the hoodooistic “Mojo Hanna” you’d better believe
that this one’s got the ginchiest gonad-grabbin’ goods ’cause Williams has forgotten more about life than
you’ll ever learn so mebbe it’s about time for you to pick up on what he’s putting down, y’hear?
SIZZLING VIDEO OF THE WEEK: The B-52s – With The
Wild Crowd! Live In Athens, Georgia (Eagle) :: I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: show me a live-in-their-hometown
reunion album and I’ll show you a lazy litany of last gasp let down expectations—but not this time I
won’t ’cause this is the most kinetically frenetic fun fiesta since their pulsating Party Mix!
radically redefined what a remix record should sound like. And now that you can actually see them in action
on this outta sight two hour video in their Day-Glo get ups in front of a vertiginous Time Tunnel backdrop, you’ll
agree that these kitschy camp runamuck jive bombers haven’t missed a strategically placed lick since their “Private
Idaho” and “Love Shack” hit single heyday. Not only do they rock harder than ever, their witty retro-ironic
antics jibe with today’s pop culture landscape in a kooky cool way that vitally resonates even more than it did thirty
years ago. That’s why the line to elect supersexy Cindy Wilson into the Rock Hall starts here.
Be seeing you!