MORGAN’S MEDIA BLACKOUT #694.415.16!
– Close My Eyes (Hellcat) :: Closed my ears instead.
Loque – So Long (Lava) :: Low key, see ya.
Stroke 9 – All In (Records,
Man!) :: Stupid band name. Smart rock album.
Warning – Suffer, Survive (Machine Shop) :: Fair warning: delete, delight.
The Aeffect – Secrets and Lies
(Hitchhiker) :: Gosh, I miss the Human League.
Seconds – Take It Back, Take It On, Take It Over! (Side One Dummy) :: Ramones meet Badfinger
and carry on bopping till tomorrow.
And Spark – Witch Season (Absolutely Kosher) :: The credits list 25 musicians who crafted
this smart set of acoustic-based harmonious pop music, including the name of the guy who did the hand claps. Too bad they
forgot to name any of the singers.
Clarkson – Breakaway (RCA) :: If legendary record producer Clive Davis honestly thinks
that this puerile pap is what passes for a good female vocalist these days, then he oughtta have his head read.
Janis Joplin – Pearl (Columbia)
:: With her dowdy looks and coarse voice, you just know she’d never get signed by fuddy-duddy Davis today.
Moody Bluegrass – A Nashville Tribute
To The Moody Blues (Rounder) :: Finally, a banjo and fiddle version of “Nights In White Satin.”
The Trews – House Of Ill Fame
(Epic) :: One of 2003’s unmitigated pop masterpieces is back on the racks with a bonus disc of new live tracks including
their seismic extrapolation of “Hey Jude.”
PLATTER OF THE WEEK: Mark Dignam – Box Heart Man (Times Beach) :: Irish folk singer Dignam
starts off his record with a classic George Harrison “Blue Jay Way” drone before abruptly shifting gears down
into some of the strongest and most heartfelt pickin’ and singin’ I’ve heard in quite a while.
Be seeing you!