Saturday, October 1, 2016
JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #542
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MORGAN’S MEDIA BLACKOUT #542.173!
Jethro Tull – Draculung
(Chrysalis) :: They all laughed when Ian Anderson announced that he was going to write a progressive art rock opera about
a rummy child molesting vampire. Well, they’re not laughing now.
The Bangkok Five
– We Love What Kills Us (Long Live Crime) :: This heavy duty mind meld of the Cult and the Beach Boys wails
“You’re takin’ more shots than Muhammad Ali” while landing some pretty heavy deep tissue blows themselves.
Klose – Reverie (3 Frames) :: This guy plays the kind of sensitive music that girls go
ga-ga for, only with a Euro nightclub feel to it that reeks of cigarette smoke and broken hearts—and that makes all
Sean Ashby – Brass And Gold (Black Sparrow)
:: The brass comes from the very first chord which apes the opening of “A Hard Day’s Night.” The gold comes
from the pleasant pop that follows. And yes, I’m being charitable.
FIZZLING USA DOCUMENTARY
OF THE WEEK: The Beatles – Destination Hamburg: The Early Years (Weinerworld DVD) ::
Stop me if you’ve heard this one before, but retrospective music videos really are a dime a dozen these days and almost
all of them do rely on know-nothing wankers spewing half-baked opinions over a slew of still photographs you’ve seen
a million times before—especially this one which is at least honest enough to shamelessly proclaim that: “This
program contains no Beatles music.” Which isn’t to say that Tony Sheridan is a know-nothing wanker; he’s
the only man on the planet to ever have the Fab Four serve as his own personal backing group, so his words of remembrance
do count for something—even if they are spoken over the usual visual mung of blurry silent public domain footage. Even
worse, the bonus 1968 audio interview with John, Paul and Ringo is played back at triple the normal speed in a processing
error that would make David Seville proud. And you wonder why it says “Weinerworld” on the label.