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!