JEFFREY MORGAN’S MEDIA BLACKOUT #861.600.234!
Mudvayne – Mudvayne (Epic) :: Visually, the artwork appears blank unless seen under
a black light. Musically, the disc should’ve been left blank too.
David Lee Roth – “Blacklight” (Wawazat!)
:: You see?
– My Name...José Jiménez (Kapp) :: You see?
JW-Jones – Midnight Memphis Sun (Northern Blues) :: Did
I hear a hint of Pat Boone in JW’s voice on this bloozified country twanger? Lemme go play it again; I’ll be right
– In A Metal Mood: No More Mr. Nice Guy (Hip-O) :: I bet Tony Bennett wishes he had Ronnie James Dio
and Ritchie Blackmore sitting in on one of his swingin’ sessions!
JW-Jones – Midnight Memphis Sun (Northern Blues) :: Indeed
– Nice, Nice, Very Nice (File Under: Music) :: As nice as this gentle romp is, wouldn’t it be nicer if
Canada’s answer to Kevin Ayers could now find his Canucklehead counterparts to Cale, Nico, and Eno?
Kevin Ayers – “Falling In Love
Again” (Island) :: Exactly!
Hadouken! – For The Masses (Surface Noise) :: The cover sticker claims that this
one contains “The Prodigy’s energy” but it’s just a monotonous retread of Liam Howlett’s brainchild
without a single shred of originality. Now you know why the band’s name translated into in English means: “Bland
Bjorn – Living Thing (Sony) :: Track one is awash with a pale pallet of minimal synth sounds and handclaps.
Track two introduces the drum machines. Track three, well, you get the idea.
Dusty Rhodes And The River Band – Palace And Stage (Side
One Dummy) :: Don’t let the band name fool you ’cause this ain’t no country hoe-down, it’s an ambitious
aural production that’s reminiscent of ELO-down.
Vienna Teng – Inland Territory (Zoë) :: Is this the richly complex imaginary
soundtrack to a silent film or a foreign film? Either way, it’ll provide you with a wealth of mental
images that’ll last a lifetime. Close your eyes and see for yourself.
Charles Mingus – Epitaph (Eagle Eye) :: This two hour
excursion into the depths of tuxedoed symphonic avant jazz is boring to watch but an excellent aural delight if you pass on
the visuals and just play it as an audio disc.
Billie Holiday – The Life And Artistry Of Lady Day (MVD Visual) :: Stacked &
Smacked is more like it.
Lovely Feathers – Fantasy Of The Lot (Sparks) :: Hysterically tinged melodrama that dresses like a
New Wave queen but kicks like a ’80s synthpop mule.
Geoff Berner – Klezmer Mongrels (Jericho Beach) :: If you can’t say anything good about a song
called “Half German Girlfriend” with lyrics like: “The Nazi and the Orthodox Jew would both be disgusted
if they knew about the dirty things we do,” then don’t say anything at all.
Blue Ash – No More, No Less (Collectors’ Choice) :: This debut album from 1973 interprets the
mid-’60s Who, right down to the guitar and drums, with pop songs that are more tightly focused than most complete Who
albums from that early era, along with a dash of Badfinger thrown in for good measure.
Emma-Lee – Never Just A Dream (Special Agent) :: This singing songstress
does it all with a switch-hitting style that runs the gamut from languid piano blues to bouncing bossa nova to jazzy horned-up
swing. She emotes earthily and wails wildly, but can she rock?
Batusis – Batusis (Smog Veil) :: Holy misunderstanding! At first I thought this was
some kinda Adam “Batusi” West tribute album! Then I took another look and discovered that it’s a four track
EP by Cheetah “Dead Boy” Chrome and Sylvain “Sylvain” Sylvain that’s gotta lotta grungy guitar!
Fleming – World In Reverse (Tin Forest) :: Don’t let the ambiguous name fool ya ’cause
Kele’s a she and she’s got the kind of powerful high ululating voice that, in my world, would be screamin’
out maximum amped rock ’n’ roll just like Grace Slick used to do—so you can imagine just how expressive
and impressive Kele sounds singing her own insightfully sensitive songs from behind an acoustic guitar.
The Black Pacific – The Black Pacific
(Side One Dummy) :: I dunno; sounds like a double time thrashmo version of Marilyn Manson, whadda you think?
The New Czars – Doomsday
Revolution (Samson) :: Now that the Ramones are ancient history, these wannabe revolutionaries are D-U-M-B enuff to think
that the coast is clear for them to steal the Gabba Four’s patriotic American eagle logo without anyone noticing—which
only proves that they’ve been snorting too much Carbona. At least they have the common decency to record an album of
Steve Miller meets ZZ Top hard-edged power pop puds instead of the expected “1-2-3-4!” knock-offs, but still...
SIZZLING PLATTER OF THE WEEK:
Kate Reid – I’m Just Warming Up (self released) :: With song titles like “The Only
Dyke At The Open Mic” and “Emergency Dyke Project,” you can probably guess which side of the swingin’
gate country singin’ Kate is straddling. She’s got a brain as big as her heart and a good-natured sense of humor
that’s even bigger. But don’t let her cheerful chirpy voice fool ya ’cause Kate’s nobody’s
fool, nuh uh. That’s why she prefaces each set of lyrics in the booklet with insightful little explanations and relevant
bits of advice like: “In mainstream pop culture, lesbianism is becoming a marketing tool to reach male audiences. Not
Of course Kate’s
right but, what with me bein’ a guy who still harbors eleventh hour Honor Blackman conversion fantasies, I’m not
ashamed in the least to admit that talkin’ tales like “Ex-Junkie Boyfriend” and “Truckdriver”
made me fall head over heels for her.
Marlene Dietrich – “Falling In Love Again” (Decca) :: Can’t help
Be seeing you!