Saturday, January 22, 2022
FranÁois Thomas! Jean-Pierre Berthomť! Orson Welles! Everlast! Theyíre ALL in this weekís edition of JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA
BLACKOUT #819 http://www.jeffreymorgan.info
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François Thomas & Jean-Pierre Berthomé – Orson Welles
At Work (Phaidon Press) :: It’s a monument to his undisputed congenital genius that, despite a maddeningly meager
output of a mere 12 feature films completed over the span of 33 years, Orson Welles remains one of America’s greatest
movie directors nearly a quarter century after his death. Now comes this long overdue and comprehensive 300-page hardcover
from Phaidon which will show you why Orson is still held in such high esteem—and I do mean show, because this stylish
retrospective is the biggest and best-illustrated biography of Welles ever published, an ambitious undertaking that dares
to do an extensive examination of the man’s entire bravura cinematic career in sequence. The immortal story begins with
Welles’ early days on the boards and on the radio with the Mercury Theater in New York; follows him through his notorious
trials and tribulations in Hollywood; and finally charts his project-laden globetrotting latter decades—it’s all
And although the initial appeal of the book lies in its vast archive
of more than 400 rare archival studio production photographs, drawings and documents, the true crux of Orson Welles At
Work can be found in the accompanying text which, over the course of 25 chapters, painstakingly delineates both the methodology
and psychology behind Welles’ movies, with the authors being especially adept at noting whether his creative decisions
were made by accident, design, or necessity—it’s terrific!
PLATTER OF THE WEEK: Everlast – Love, War And The Ghost Of Whitey Ford (Martyr Inc) :: Heavier than
the specific gravity of a cosmos-suckin’ black hole, this savage slice of protest rap rock will have you convinced that
Everlast are the public airwaves’ new Public Enemy—and that’s no radio hoax. Inspirational lyric: “To
the victors go the spoils and that’s oil wells. Call Orson Welles, ’cause the world’s at war and the front
line’s just outside your front door!”
Be seeing you!
Saturday, January 15, 2022
JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #818
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JEFFREY MORGAN’S MEDIA BLACKOUT #818.557.188!
Andreas Öberg – My Favorite Guitars (Resonance) :: A little too slick for my
liking, this polished smooth tribute to the usual jazz guitar suspects has a dated feel to it that smacks of old Stanley Clarke
albums and Deodato’s 2001.
The Priddle –
Concern (Sparks) :: Kinda like David Bowie’s Man Of Words, Man Of Music album only not nearly as good.
Christa Couture – The Wedding Singer And The Undertaker
(One Foot Tapping) :: This ain’t no Adam Sandler WWE crossover; this is a bosomy babe with embedded metal in her face
who sings with an earnest endearing style that’s kinda like Meryn Cadell via Alanis Morrissette, only better in a mellow
mood. That is, when she’s not veering off into a foot stompin’ “Yellow Submarine” vein, which she
only does once but should do far more often.
– Worlds Collide (Red Ink) :: Them Finnish cellists what gave us Apocalyptica Play Metallica are back
with a full band recording that’s got more heavy integrity than anything Metallica’s recorded since …And
Justice For All and is infused with the kind of art rock patina that Eno and Eddie gave Roxy Music.
Vesta Varro – Exit Here (Eavesdrop) :: Sappy teenage angst? Anyone?
Kensington Prairie – Captured In Still Life (Anniedale) ::
Kensington Prairie is Rebecca Rowan—and Rebecca Rowan has crafted an excellent album that’s totally innocent but
never naïve…and therein lies the difference.
PLATTER OF THE WEEK: The Friggs – Today Is Tomorrow’s Yesterday: Singles & Unreleased Songs
(Apex East) :: The Monkees meet the Troggs on this way cool compilation, which features some of the greatest songs by one
of America’s greatest girl garage groups. Includes torrid tracks from their super ultra rare 1994 CREEM Magazine pastiche
FRIGGS: America’s Only Rock ’n’ Roll Parody 10” EP.
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Saturday, January 8, 2022
JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #817
Sat, January 8, 2022 | link
JEFFREY MORGAN’S MEDIA BLACKOUT #817.556.187!
Pink – Funhouse (LaFace) :: What a stooge.
Love – Out Here (Collectors’ Choice) :: Well it’s 1969, OK? And Arthur
Lee is conducting a cosmic clinic that easily outstrips what passes for progressive rock today—especially on the exhaustive
“Doggone,” which abruptly shifts gears at the three-minute mark from a melodious ballad into an inna-gadda-be-kidding
mode for the remaining nine minutes. Oop-ip-ip oop-ip-ip, yeah!
Dog Night – Greatest Hits Live (Shout! Factory) :: This previously unreleased barn-burner from 1973
just decimates their two earlier live offerings. Bonus points for injecting “Mama Told Me (Not To Come)” with
this ad-lib: “The radio is blastin’, someone’s knockin’ on the door. I’m lookin’ at my
girlfriend, she’s O.D.’d on the floor!”
& Tammy Wynette – Legendary Performances (Shout! Factory) :: These two DVDs contain 30
recitals filmed between 1957 to 1981 and are a veritable golden age country music goldmine. Don’t miss the bonus footage
of Tammy’s wedding which, alas, isn’t scored to her singing “D-I-V-O-R-C-E.”
Frankie Valli – Heaven Above Me (Collectors’ Choice) :: CC has just reissued
eight of the Joisey Boy’s albums from 1967 to 1980, but the one to get is this delirious disco disc that dares to devolve
Gershwin’s “An American In Paris” into a 135-bpm snow job. Oscar Levant wept.
SIZZLING PLATTER OF THE WEEK: Tom Snyder – The Tomorrow Show: John, Paul, Tom & Ringo
(Shout! Factory) :: The greatest interviewer in talk show history raps with three Beatles in archival footage that displays
his uncanny ability to disarm his guests and get them to open up—as witnessed when Ringo, sitting in Neil Bogart’s
house, candidly confesses to being called a fag at school. And you wonder why he wanted to open a chain of women’s hairdressing
George Harrison – Playboy Interview
(February 1965) :: “Ringo and I are gettin’ married to each other. But that’s a thing you better keep a
secret. People would probably think we’re queers.”
Saturday, January 1, 2022
JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #816
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JEFFREY MORGAN’S MEDIA BLACKOUT #816.555!
Presented for your needle-droppin’ groove approval, in semi-strict ethno-alpha-numerical order so as not to
show any undue kickback payola favoritism, is this rerun reminder of what was Jeffrey Morgan’s 2016 Top Ten
List Of Records as they appeared on my official ballot for that 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 some six decades
or so ago. In other words, and I’ve got a million of ’em, these were my Sizzling Platters Of The Year, all of
which still deserve repeated spins on your old grand-dad’s Victrola. Don’t ask why! Just buy them!
My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult – Sinister Whisperz II:
The Interscope Years (1992-1996) (SleazeBox) ● Bun E. Carlos – Greetings From Bunezuela!
(BunMart) ● Iggy Pop – Post Pop Depression (Loma Vista) ● The Flowers
Of Hell – Symphony No. 1 (Optical Sounds) ● James Clark Institute – Yesterday’s
Misadventures (Clark Institute) ● World’s Forgotten Sons – World’s Forgotten
Sons (self released) ● Levin Minnemann Rudess – From The Law Firm Of Levin Minnemann
Rudess (Lazy Bones) ● Kris Moauro – Colours (Canadian American) ● As
Waters – As Waters (self released) ● Various Artists – 24 Classic
Blues Songs From The 1920s Volume 13 (Blues Images) ● Lou Reed – Metal Machine Music:
41st Anniversary Edition (RCA Red Seal)
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Saturday, December 25, 2021
JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #815
Sat, December 25, 2021 | link
JEFFREY MORGAN’S MEDIA BLACKOUT #815.554.295.347.399!
This is Bob “Media Blackout” Hope coming to you live from the Big Room upstairs
where I’m filling in for Jeffrey Morgan, who’s away this week celebrating Christmas by listening to some of the
latest rice-paddy platters in Da Nang Trong province. You know what ‘Da Nang Trong’ means, don’t you? That’s
Vietnamese for “Exit strategy? We don’t need no stinking exit strategy.”
No, but I’m really thrilled to be here on the road to ruin, as my good friend Joey Ramone would say. In fact,
all of the Ramones are up here, although it took them a while to clear customs. They were forty pounds overweight, and that
was just their hair. Yeah, and I hear Joey’s going to record a new Christmas song with Bing Crosby as soon as the old
groaner recovers from that “Little Drummer Boy” duet he did with new arrival David Bowie 39 years ago. Just wait
until he finds out that Joey’s been taking sarong lessons from Dorothy Lamour. Isn’t that wild?
Hey, how about a few reviews!
Lennon – “Happy Xmas (War Is Over)” (Apple) :: Hippie.
Various Artists – We Wish You A Metal Xmas And A Headbanging New Year (Armory) ::
Look, even I can only take so much of Bing singing “White Christmas” before I get a hardcore hankerin’
to dreck the halls with gobs of metal. That’s why I’ve been listening nonstop to this twelve track compilation
of carols, which features everyone from Lemmy to Alice to Dio. I’ll be deaf for Christmas, if only in my screams.
Christina – “Things Fall Apart” (ZE) :: I
thought Britney Smears was a basket case until I heard this record. It originally escaped back in 1981 on A Christmas
Record and it’s still the most mentally disturbed Noël number ever released. And that includes Jerry
Colonna’s rendition of Johnny Bower’s “Honky The Christmas Goose.”
Rhonda Silver – “Chri$tma$ On Credit” (Silver Shadow) :: You can forget
all about Eartha Kitt mewing out the high-priced “Santa Baby” for the umpteenth year in a row because this is
the new torch song for today’s troubled times. You’ll sign up for a government bailout when you hear
sultry songstress Silver croon: “You know that Santa’s got the blues ’cause he ain’t got no green.
Looks like Mrs. Claus has picked his pockets clean!” In other words: Cash is king.
Johnny Cash – The Johnny Cash Christmas Specials: 1976-1979 (Shout! Factory) :: Hey,
and what better way to celebrate the season than by watching this four disc box set containing the Man In Black’s holiday
television specials. Cash doing Christmas would be reason enough to watch at any time, but what really makes this
a seasonal must see is the truly eclectic line up of guest stars, including everyone from longtime stage stalwarts June Carter
and Carl Perkins to country legends Merle Travis and Roy Clark to seminal Sun rockers Roy Orbison and Jerry Lee Lewis.
The Beatles – Christmas Time Is Here Again! (Fan Club
Flexi-Disc) :: Hippies.
SIZZLING PLATTER OF THE WEEK: Mr. T
– “I Told You Hannibal: I Ain’t Gettin’ On No Sleigh!” b/w “Shut Up, You
Crazy Yule!” (T-Neck) :: Boy, I wanna tell ya, ain’t that something?
Be seeing you!
Saturday, December 18, 2021
JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #814
Sat, December 18, 2021 | link
JEFFREY MORGAN’S MEDIA BLACKOUT #814.553.185.86!
Goldfinger – Hello
Destiny (Side One Dummy) :: Any deplorable basket case who thinks that a song called “Handjobs For Jesus”
is funny should either be eviscerated by an industrial laser or decapitated by a flying derby—or both. And then have
their remains fed to the cleft palate butler. Garch a har?
Lee 3 – good2b3 (Paisley Pop) :: Elliott Murphy meets Lou Reed meets
Bob Dylan. But then again, they always have, haven’t they?
David Martel – I Hardly Knew Me (Kindling) :: What begins
with a long lingering Tangerine Kraftwerk electrowash inexplicably—but brilliantly—morphs into a Monkees’
Head vibe. Then it gets even better.
Song Of The
Siren – City Lights Are Blinding You (self-released) :: Jazz-tinged
pop paeans that hint that the Patti Smith Group would’ve sounded a lot better had Lenny and the boys been blessed with
a less pretentious babe up front.
Old Man Luedecke – Proof Of Love (Black Hen) :: Old man take a look at my review of your new banjo
album it’s a lot like…well, remember those old ads that said: “Gee, Ma! It’s A Wurlitzer!”
No? Then I guess you’re not all that old, after all.
McPartland – Twilight World (Concord Jazz) :: I don’t know if
this album of sensually slinky piano-led pieces is playing in that late-nite diner that those coffee drinking habitués
are inhabiting in Edward Hopper’s painting “Nighthawks.” But if it isn’t, it should be.
Moreland & Arbuckle –
1861 (Northern Blues) :: A blues ’n’ roll concept album about Kansas? That rocks as hard as Johnny Winter
in his slip-slidin’ prime? Fatty, what will they think of next?
Samuel James – Songs Famed For Sorrow And Joy (Northern Blues)
:: Well, howsabout a cover sticker blurb from none other than the aforesaid John Dawson that rightly proclaims Mistuh Sammy
as: “Fantastic! Great voice and a great playing style! Traditional blues done with a hip twist!” In other words,
it’s almost as good as Performance and Exile On Main St. combined.
SIZZLING PLATTER OF THE WEEK: James Brown – I
Got The Feelin’: James Brown In The ’60s (Shout! Factory) :: Didja hear about the gig Mr. Dynamite gave
on live television in 1968 to keep Beantown from burnin’ down after MLK’s death? You can see it now via this three-disc
set, which contains a documentary about the show, the full-length monochromatic broadcast itself, and a rare period colorcast
of JB on TV.
The myth is that the GFOS showed up to save
the day, but the reality is that not only did he not come up with the idea to broadcast his already-scheduled show on live
television—you can thank Boston’s Mayor for that—after Hizzonner told the town to stay home and watch the
JB Revue on the tube, an irate Looking Out For Soul Brother No. 1 got on the bad foot by demanding that he be paid $60,000
to recoup the loss incurred by tanking ticket sales and box office refunds.
But the big payback is a bitch, which is why the high point of the proceedings is watching Butane James’ own
personal Altamont ignite when he loses control of the show after inviting the audience to climb up and join him onstage.
Be seeing you!
Saturday, December 11, 2021
JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #813
Sat, December 11, 2021 | link
JEFFREY MORGAN’S MEDIA BLACKOUT #813.552.184!
Toto – Falling In Between Live (Eagle Vision) :: Why does the singer look like Burton
America – Live In Central Park 1979
(Eagle Vision) :: Need proof that they’re better than Neil Young?
– Live (MVD Visual) :: Beyond primitive or beyond belief?
Artists – A Tribute To Edith Piaf (Eagle Vision) :: Doesn’t anyone speak English anymore?
Mink DeVille – Live At Montreux 1982 (Eagle Vision) ::
Since when does playing thirty seconds of “Harlem Nocturne” qualify you to play a jazz festival?
Earth, Wind & Fire – In Concert 1981 (Eagle Vision) ::
And you thought Labelle had a cornball costumed act?
– The Glory Years (Eagle Vision) :: If this compilation stands tall with lotsa live fun from 1981 and a buncha
bonus Euro TV vids, then why is it so short?
Dead Boys –
Return Of The Living Dead Boys: Halloween Night 1986 (MVD Visual) :: Do two versions of “Sonic Reducer”
and an intro by Joseph Ramone atone for Stiv’s Nazi uniform?
Metheny Group – Imaginary Day Live (Eagle Vision) :: Should I say “So What” if this 10-year-old
film contains a surfeit of slo-mo, blurry special effects and mini box split screens that does the music a decidedly dated
Metric – Live At Metropolis (Last
Gang) :: Does Euro disco syntho electro pop done 20 years too late rate?
Jones – Live At Montreux 1996 (Eagle Vision) :: Not exactly Duke Ellington Live At Carnegie Hall,
SIZZLING PLATTERS OF THE WEEK: Stray Cats –
Rock Therapy & Blast Off (Hep Cat) :: If you only know the name Brian Setzer from his big band Yuletide
excursions, then there’s no questioning the fact that these two must-have reissues—which originally hail from
’86 and ’89—are what you been a-missin’, oh boy. The buoyant bouffant energy and oily enthusiasm that
oozes outta these rockabilly records like a tube of Brylcreem slowly squished under the rumblin’ wheels of a Ed “Big
Daddy” Roth customized classic is nothing short of refreshingly authentic.
Be seeing you!
Saturday, December 4, 2021
JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #812
Sat, December 4, 2021 | link
JEFFREY MORGAN’S MEDIA BLACKOUT #812.551.183!
Mel Tillis – Me And Pepper; Your Body Is An Outlaw; Southern Rain (Collectors’
Choice) :: Wherein we have three timely reissues of Mel’s 1979-1980 albums for Elektra. The first is a competent enough
but slightly pop-skewed effort that’s for completists only. The second, recorded with his band the Statesiders, is a
much rootsier move in the right direction. It’s the third, however, that hits all the right classic country notes from
the record cover art right on down to the solid song selection. Now if only Collectors’ Choice would also reprint the
full album credits instead of leaving them in illegible miniaturized form on the original back cover reproductions…
Ben Jelen – Ex-Sensitive (Custard) :: If this weepy boo-hoo
chickfest is what not being sensitive sounds like, then I’d sure hate to hear how emasculated he gets in sundress sensitive
mode. Ben Dover is more like it.
Black Francis – sv
n f ng rs (Cooling Vinyl) :: Are you ready for the crossbreeding of insane John Cale and droll Kevin Ayers? Or is that
wonky Todd Rundgren and rural Neil Young? Either way, I sure am!
Jones – Bluelisted (Northern Blues) :: Three reasons why this pic-a-nic basket fulla blues is smarter
than the average bear: (1) It has a great title; (2) It has liner notes by Big House harpmeister Elwood Blues; and (3) The
music actually lives up to both (1) and (2). In other words, it doesn’t make a single boo-boo.
SIZZLING PLATTER OF THE WEEK: Mike Garson – Conversations With My Family (Resonance)
:: Most everyone’s introduction to Mike Garson was when they heard his still-stunning schizo-schizero piano solo on
Bowie’s “Aladdin Sane,” not to mention his subsequent noir noodlings on Mick Ronson’s vastly underrated
Slaughter On Tenth Avenue album. And although those heady days are long gone, he’s still busy flexing his ample
jazzbo chops on thoughtful solo excursions like this new one of his which is alternately brassy and orchestral.
Be seeing you!
Saturday, November 27, 2021
JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #811
Sat, November 27, 2021 | link
JEFFREY MORGAN’S MEDIA BLACKOUT #811.550.181.82!
Jan And Dean – The Complete Liberty Singles (Collectors’
Choice) :: From “Surf City” and “Drag City” to “Dead Man’s Curve” and “The
Little Old Lady (From Pasadena),” each one of these Hemi hits is guaranteed to light up your Christmas tree every time.
Red light! Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys helped Jan and Dean write some of their hits and he sung on them as well. Yellow
light! Jan and Dean’s original recording of “Bucket ‘T’” smokes the Who’s later Moon-equipped
cover version. Green light! Jan and Dean wrote some of the hippest lyrics ever, as evidenced by this suave little gem from
1964: “They wear organdy dresses and high-button shoes, they read Playboy magazine and Hot Rod news.”
Various Creators – Batman: Gotham Knight – Two-Disc
Special Edition (DC Comics/Warner Premiere DVD) :: I recommend this Anime-infused series of six separate segments, penned
in part by the pulp-pedigreed likes of Dark Knight author David S. Goyer (the truly trippy “In Darkness Dwells”)
and 100 Bullets co-creator Brian Azzarello (the spiritually somber “Working Through The Pain”).
Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band – The Whole Fam Damnily
(Side One Dummy) :: Wherein the ragged but right Rev. rasps out a gnarly backwater batcha tub-stompin’ songs o’protest
’n’ faith, all wrapped ’round a seismic swath of tremeloed slide gitbox ’n’ harp that’ll
turn you into a testifyin’ witness givin’ state’s evidence that this here long-player sho ’nuff sounds
like a stripped-down high-energy cross between High On The Hog and Led Zeppelin III.
SIZZLING PLATTER OF THE WEEK: New York Dolls – Live At The Fillmore East (Sony) ::
Some wonky word wankers wrote that I was thoroughly Scrooged for viciously smearcasing the Dolls’ reunion album as a
too little too late pasty-faced pastiche that was nothing more than a David JoHandsome solo album in sell-out drag—but
I was right, no matter how many other critics waxed blowjobian over it. So why do I heartily recommend this new ragged rehash?
Because it’s the energetic antithesis of its slick and soulless studio predecessor, that’s why. It also helps
that they dug deep into their solid songbook to run through a number of less obvious numbers, such as “Jet Boy”
and “Pills” and “Puss ’n’ Boots” before finally bringing down the curtain with a heartfelt
tribute to El Thunderoso on “Lonely Planet Boy.” As a matter of fact, this album is so good, you’ll almost
forgive the singer for foisting Buster Poindexter on us. Almost.
Saturday, November 20, 2021
JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #810
Sat, November 20, 2021 | link
JEFFREY MORGAN’S MEDIA BLACKOUT #810.549.180!
Alan Davey – Captured Rotation :: (MVD Audio/Hawkwind) :: Hawkwind meets power pop
on this catchy pop rock meisterwack.
Astralasia – The
Hawkwind Remixes (MVD Audio/Voiceprint) :: One good head deserves another and, boy howdy, do they ever find each other
in spades on this celestial compendium that time travels from 1993 to 2002 and back again. Oddly enough, parts of it sorta
sound like a discofied Nash The Slash’s American BandAges album — but that only makes it all the more
cooler in a Cosmic Supermarket kinda way.
Band – Feed Your Head: Live ‘89 (MVD Audio/Voiceprint) :: The album title is a gratefully dead
giveaway that if Grace Slick and Donovan were singing together in the TransLove Airplane, then this would be their Bless
Its Pointed Little Head. So turn off your mind, relax, and float downstream as the MMB cover everything from Zappa and
Harrison to Ayers and Hendrix in one long luxuriously languid trip.
Anderson – Live In La La Land (MVD Audio/Opio/Voiceprint) :: Devoid of the usual surrounding prog
rock bombast, this minimal direct-to-DAT double live album of the Yes man’s recent guitar-and-piano-only one-man show
at the Roxy in Los Angeles is an excellent showcase for his distinctive voice which, eerily enough, still sounds exactly as
it did way back in the early ’70s—soaring high notes and all. I guess Anderson must have a painting of his larynx
hanging in an attic somewhere.
SIZZLING PLATTER OF THE WEEK: Fish
– Communion: Live At St. Mary’s Church Haddington, East Lothian, August 27th 2006 (MVD Audio/Chocolate
Frog) :: Just like those who perpetuate the Gabriel-Collins Genesis debate, there will always be those who will forever be
of the opinion that Fish was Marillion; and those others who feel that any post-Fish incarnation of Marillion is equally legitimate.
I happen to think that both camps are right, which means I have ample enough room in my ears for this twofer that’s
easily as excellent as anything Gabriel did during his first three solo albums.
Be seeing you!
Saturday, November 13, 2021
JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #809
Sat, November 13, 2021 | link
JEFFREY MORGAN’S MEDIA BLACKOUT #809.548.179!
Night Ranger – Hole
In The Sun (VH1 Classic) :: This one starts out sounding like a Gary Numan album from 1979—but don’t worry,
Kyoto, ’cause it doesn’t take long for the proceedings to kick into the kind of stereophonic dual-guitar speed-freak
flights of fret-finaglin’ fancy that, as much as I hate to admit it, is the very epitome of classic rock incarnate.
The Great Outdoors – Spring (DDG) :: This three-track EP evokes folksy blues in a simple Beggar’s
Banquet slide style that’s sincere enough to make me want to hear a full-length album—and I hate folksy blues
almost as much as I hate ballads.
Ndidi Onukwulu – The Contradictor (Jericho Beach) :: Unlike other Billie Holiday wannabes, this
is what a real soulstress sounds like. Ndidi’s brass-backed album bubbles with sharp-edged passion and smooth sensual
singing that puts everyone else to shame shame shame.
Sweet – Sunshine Lies (Shout! Factory) :: Beginning with the ballsy
backwardelic intro, this fuzzy Nazz-fueled album is pure pop incarnate, the likes of which you haven’t heard since the
heady heyday of the ’60s and ’70s. If you’re in the market for a very cool aural amalgamation of Todd Rundgren,
Brian Wilson, and Badfinger, then step right up ’cause this is one of the best pop albums you’ll hear so far—and
it’s so good.
SIZZLING PLATTER OF THE WEEK: The Browns – The Complete Hits (Collectors’ Choice) :: Lissen, bub, any country song
from 1963 called “Looking Back To See” that contains the rhymin’ line: “And the way that she was stacked,
I wished I had a Cadillac” deserves to be stashed in your overendowed record rack, alright?
Be seeing you!
Saturday, November 6, 2021
JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #808
Sat, November 6, 2021 | link
JEFFREY MORGAN’S MEDIA BLACKOUT #808.547.178!
ZZ Top – Animalizer
(Warner Bros.) :: Includes the hit single “Squirrel Necklace.” (Lester Bangs was one of the great rock writers…)
Lydia Lunch – Video
Hysterie: 1978-2006 (MVD Visual/Atavistic) :: Although the picture quality improves as the years progress, there’s
something truly horrific about the early multigeneration VHS footage—especially “Orphans” which is reprehensible
for its inclusion of actual death scenes. But that’s what punks did back in 1978.
The Comics Journal No. 209 – Who Speaks For Sparky?
(Fantagraphics Books) :: David Michaelis’ warty biography Schulz And Peanuts ignited a controversy which is
examined here with 100 pages of in-depth debate, including an exhaustive 52-page rebuttal essay by Charles M. Schulz’s
son Monte. This issue is a milestone in comics journalism and essential reading for any Peanuts fan.
The Wedding – The Sound The Steel (Brave
New World) :: The chugga-chugga good news is that this is one of the few new choo-choo albums released since Trans Europe
Express and Station To Station. The shrugga-shrugga bad news is that it’s just another snooze-snooze jangly
generic angst album.
Lou Reed & Iggy Pop – The Last Spike (RCA Red Seal) :: Includes the hit single “Last
Vein to Cocksville.” (…but I was better.)
SHOW OF THE WEEK: ZZ Top – Live From Texas (Eagle Vision DVD) :: These
jamokes can be pretty dead ass dull on stage at times but luckily this ain’t one of those occasions; I guess being filmed
by a multicam crew lubricated their level of gregariousness. Everything you wanna hear is here except for “Doubleback.”
But that’s tres cool ’cause you’d be too exhausted for it anyway by the end of this hour-and-a-half greatest-hits
romp. So crank up the bass to boost the most brutal drum sound on the planet and then stick around for the bonus features—one
of which reveals what iconic ’50s movie legend they stole their signature hand gesture from.
Lester Bangs – Psychotic Reactions And Carburetor
Dung (Page 180) :: Geddit?
Be seeing you!
Saturday, October 30, 2021
JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #807
Sat, October 30, 2021 | link
JEFFREY MORGAN’S MEDIA BLACKOUT #807.546.177!
David Bullock – Justice League: The New Frontier (DC Universe/Warner Premiere DVD)
:: Not only is this streamlined adaptation of Darwyn Cooke’s epic graphic novel The New Frontier vastly entertaining,
it’s also extremely thought-provoking in how it expertly evokes both the ’50s shadow of the McCarthy era and the
’60s sunshine of the Kennedy era—but don’t worry ’cause there are more than enough action scenes in
this JLA origin story to keep your pulse pounding for all 75 minutes.
PLATTER OF THE WEEK: Ian McLagan & The Bump Band – Never Say Never (Maniac) :: Strength can manifest
itself in many ways, but spiritual strength is the hardest and humblest strength of all to master—which is why Mac is
a far better man than I for having the emotional wherewithal to dig deep and come up with a sensitive soul-searing album like
this in light of the tragedy he’s had to endure. Just listening to Never Say Never brings a tear to my eye,
so I can’t even begin to imagine how difficult it must be for Mac to actually sing these songs, especially the two poignant
heartbreakers that bookend this album. But it’s not all heartache, because sandwiched in between them are more than
enough keyboard-driven Faces-style rockers and beer barrel bashes to make you grin ’n’ bear it.
SIZZLING DOCUMENTARY OF THE WEEK: Murray Lerner – Amazing Journey:
The Story Of The Who (Universal Studios Home Entertainment) :: The director of the Who’s 1970 Isle Of Wight
film is back with this definitive film in which battle-scarred survivors Townshend and Daltrey both bravely step in front
of the camera and frankly come to grips with what was and what will never be again. Go out and buy this one now to (1) hear
in their own words how they managed to come out of it alive; and (2) experience Lerner’s revolutionary new visual vinyl-video
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JEFFREY MORGAN'S ROCK 'N' ROLL PHOTOGRAPHS
Sat, October 30, 2021 | link
JEFFREY MORGAN'S ROCK 'N' ROLL PHOTOGRAPHS
While you're visiting, don't forget
to view the dozens of essential selections from my vast archive of hundreds of extremely rare and previously
unseen rock 'n' roll photographs from the 1970s and 1980s--all of which were taken by myself from my front row center
seat at various venerable venues; vintage historical portraits which include the following rock stars caught in their youthful
David Bowie (1976 Station To Station tour) :: Lou
Reed (1974 Sally Can't Dance tour) :: Iggy Pop (1977 The
Idiot tour) :: Bob Dylan (1978 Street Legaltour) :: George
Harrison (1974 Dark Horse tour) :: Paul McCartney (1976 Wings
Over America tour) :: Pete Townshend (1976 The Who By Numberstour) :: Johnny
Winter (1976 Captured Live! tour) :: Jeff Beck (1975 Blow
By Blow tour) :: KISS (1977 Love Gun tour) :: Alice Cooper (1975 Welcome
To My Nightmare tour) :: Freddie Mercury (1977 News Of The World tour)
:: Amanda Lear (1975 Sweet Revenge tour) :: Rod Stewart (1977 Foot
Loose & Fancy Free tour) :: Mick Jagger (1975 It's Only Rock 'n Roll tour)
:: New York Dolls (1975 Tokyo Dolls Live tour) :: Keith Richards (1975 It's
Only Rock 'n Roll tour) :: Ian Hunter (1989 YUI Orta tour) :: Elton
John (1974 Caribou tour) :: Mick Ronson (1989 YUI Orta tour)
:: Steven Tyler (1977 Draw The Line tour) :: Sparks (1975 Indiscreet tour)
:: James Brown (1986 Gravity tour) :: Miles Davis (1985 You're
Under Arrest tour) :: Roger Daltrey (1976 The Who By Numbers tour)
:: Bruce Springsteen & Clarence Clemons (1975 Born To Run tour)
:: John Entwistle (1976 The Who By Numbers tour) :: Keith Moon (1976 The
Who By Numbers tour) :: The Who(1976 The Who By Numbers tour) :: and more!
Ask any dealer and he'll tell you that the best way to get someone hooked on your product is to give them a free sample,
so here's just a small taste of what's coming your way when you click on the eleven gallery links to your left:
Saturday, October 23, 2021
JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #806
Sat, October 23, 2021 | link
JEFFREY MORGAN’S MEDIA BLACKOUT #806.545.176!
Attrition – The Eternity EP (MVD Audio/Two Gods) :: Julia Weller sings with a haunting
voice that combines the best of Nico with Diamanda Galás; Martin Bowes plays psychotic electronics that make Eno sound
positively sane; and Franck Dematteis plays viola that makes nut case John Cale sound like nuanced Pierre Fournier. Recorded
in 1996, this timely reissue is a must for anyone who listens to music that’s recorded out where the buses don’t
HiLoTrons – Happymatic (Kelp) :: Not
only is “And if you fall, I’ll follow you” a witty enough pop lyric, it’s entirely indicative of the
buoyantly bouncy tenor of this album which sounds like a Euro-skewed version of Devo with a slap-dash dollop of English Beat
and Talking Heads via Malcolm McLaren. But not Eno.
– Amsterdam (MVD Audio/Voiceprint) :: This one’s recorded live in you know where at—I kid you not—the
2006 Unconventional Gong Gathering by a trippy psychedelic fusion band that’s fronted by a doozy of a chantoozie named
Gilli Smyth who sounds just like the second coming of Lady June. Now just in case you don’t know who Lady June is—and
let’s face it, why would you?—she once recorded an obscure art rock album with Eno and Kevin Ayers called Lady
June’s Linguistic Leprosy. Come to think of it, Gilli Smyth may even be Lady June for all I know—and I know
SIZZLING PLATTER OF THE WEEK: Peter Primamore –
Grancia (MVD Audio/Blue Apples Music) :: “No synthesizers or samples were used and the ensemble was recorded
live in the studio without a click track,” says this non-Eno artiste in his egghead liner notes. He then proceeds to
wax elaborate about the organic feeling of his work which, truth be told, is every bit as intriguing as he says it is—albeit
in a gamut-spanning orchestral country fusion style which evokes a memory array that extends all the way from Cale’s
The Academy In Peril to Mahavishnu’s Birds Of Fire to Miles’ Aura. Impressive, I know.
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Saturday, October 16, 2021
JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #805
Sat, October 16, 2021 | link
JEFFREY MORGAN’S MEDIA BLACKOUT #805.544.175!
David Wilcox – Boy
In The Boat (Stony Plain) :: I still can’t slog my noggin around the fact that the former frock-coated, long haired,
handlebar mustachioed Teddy Bear who once had one of the most visually arresting looks in all of rock ’n’ roll
is now a generic cue ball blooze man. But he is, and the pull-quote hypester in me wants to say: “Whether he’s
layin’ pipe or shuckin’ sugar, David Wilcox still has what it takes to go the blues bustin’ distance!”
But the truth-tellin’ rock critic in me has to admit: “Toss this anemic album overboard!”
Astralasia – Volumes
1 & 2 (MVD Audio/Voiceprint) :: Originally released on two separate cassettes, this is well-done long-format hypnotic
prog rock that fuses early guitar-based Tangerine Dream pop atmospherics with an ambient marching band loop-sampled drone
The Great Kat – Beethoven On Speed (Metal Mind) :: I’d say that this overrated B-cup devil worshipper with
a grue dress on could’ve been the female Buckethead, but that would be an insult to chicken chewers everywhere.
The Great Kat – Worship
Me Or Die! (Metal Mind) :: Sorry, I don’t do requests.
Jas Obrecht – Young Buckethead, Volumes 1 & 2 (MVD Visual
DVD) These two discs of rare 1990-91 performances are a must see cautionary tale for any guitarist who ever hoped to make
it big. Wearing a KFC bucket on his head and armed with more God-given talent than anyone ever wished for, Bucky plies his
craft with jaw-dropping ease—ultimately all to no avail.
Plastic Crimewave Sound – No Wonderland (MVD Audio/Prophase)
:: 78 trippy mind-bending minutes of freak-out destorto thrash rock that’ll leave your bloody forehead demented and
your bedroom wall royally dented
SIZZLING PLATTER OF THE
WEEK: The Reasoning – Awakening (MVD Audio/Comet) :: Astonishingly
excellent high quality prog rock from a band that manages to merge the classic soaring Jefferson Airplane tag team vocals
of Grace Slick and Marty Balin with the heavy dexterous sound of Yes at their live in concert heaviest.
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Saturday, October 9, 2021
JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #804
Sat, October 9, 2021 | link
JEFFREY MORGAN’S MEDIA BLACKOUT #804.543.174!
Head Of Femur – Great
Plains (Greyday) :: Wouldn’t it be nice if these Mod-decked dudes from the Windy City recorded a psychedelic smiley
smile of an album that sounds just like what the Beach Boys would’ve sounded like had Randy Newman formed them instead
of Brian Wilson?
– The Rock (MVD Audio/Metal Mind) :: Straight outta Poland comes this slab of prog metal that’s alternately
guitar-heavy and synth-airy with an epic ode called “Sunny Day” that’s bent outta Love It To Death.
Do you hear what The Rock is cookin’?
Shakura S’Aida – Blueprint (self-released) :: Soulful street-smart singin’ from a stridently
strong sistah who belts out dem honky tonk hoodoo blues like there ain’t no tomorrow. Thirty years ago, she would’ve
been one of Leon Russell’s Shelter People; she’s that good.
Various Artists – The Gift: A Tribute To Ian Tyson (Stony
Plain) :: Everyone from Gordon Lightfoot to Ramblin’ Jack Elliott pitch in to hoist this long-overdue rock solid salute
to one of Canada’s greatest country songsmiths. Inspirational lyric: “If whiskey was his mistress, his true love
was the West.”
Dala – Who Do You Think You Are (Universal) :: “Marilyn Monroe” is the greatest Marilyn Monroe
song since “Candle In The Wind.” Which really isn’t saying much if you stop and think about it.
Lori Yates – The
Book Of Minerva (Laly) :: “The Cameron 1985” is a sullen smack-sodden song that evokes one of Toronto’s
most notorious watering holes, back in the days when Handsome Ned tore up the front room while the used syringes clogged up
the toilets in the back.
SIZZLING PLATTER OF THE WEEK:
Handsome Ned – The Ballad Of Handsome Ned (Virgin) :: I doubt that
this 1989 release is still in print. But see if you can pick up a copy online somewhere because Robin D. Masyk was one of
the greatest country rockers that Canada ever produced and this posthumous compilation still does him proud over three decades
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Saturday, October 2, 2021
JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #803
Sat, October 2, 2021 | link
JEFFREY MORGAN’S MEDIA BLACKOUT #803.542.173!
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.
Jann 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 the difference.
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
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.
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Saturday, September 25, 2021
JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #802
Sat, September 25, 2021 | link
JEFFREY MORGAN’S MEDIA BLACKOUT #802.541.172!
SIZZLING USA DOCUMENTARIES OF THE WEEK: Tad – Busted Circuits And Ringing Ears (MVD
Visual DVD) & Kurt Cobain – About A Son (Shout! Factory DVD) :: Here to hassle your hearing
are Seattle’s two favorite opposite ends of the Sub Pop spectrum. If anyone ever asks you what grunge was all about,
screen ’em these two cautionary tales. Playing heavy, smoking heavy, drinking heavy and falling heaviest of all, the
entire Tad offensive campaign is presented here in full unflinching detail with equally candid liner notes by Tad Doyle himself.
But at least Tad’s still alive, which is more than can be said for the star of our next show. Narrated entirely by Kurt
himself from taped interviews for more than two hours over a series of surreal Cibachrome-soaked imagery, About A Son
both looks and sounds like a spooky X-Files movie with Agent Cobain searching for his own long-lost abducted self.
What he finds is both haunted and haunting, so buy it now.
U.K. DOCUMENTARY OF THE WEEK: Klaus Voorman – Composing The Beatles Songbook: Lennon And McCartney 1957-1965
(MVD Visual/Pride DVD) :: Retrospective music videos are a dime a dozen these days, and almost all of them rely on know-nothing
wankers spewing half-baked opinions over a slew of still photographs you’ve seen a million times before—but not
this time. Revolver album cover designer and Plastic Ono Band member Voorman is just one of many Fab Four friends
and fans featured in this informative 80 minute exploration into who did what and why when it came to writing Beatle songs.
It’s all illustrated by a ream of rare licensed mint condition footage of the Fabs playing in Europe and Japan, as well
as film of the contemporaries who influenced them. The bad news is that they don’t include footage of Lennon’s
shameful spaz act from the unreleased Ed Sullivan dress rehearsal show in Miami. The good news is that they found another
appalling live example of him doing it, filmed somewhere else!
Saturday, September 18, 2021
JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #801
Sat, September 18, 2021 | link
JEFFREY MORGAN’S MEDIA BLACKOUT #801.540.171!
Ted Nugent – Sweden Rocks (Eagle) :: This pre-Love Grenade live offering
from 2006 sure ain’t no Double Live Gonzo, but it’s still a fun enough drool-cup listen. Even so, the
perennial problem with Ted isn’t his still-strident politics or his still-sharp playing, it’s his still-selfish
persistence in singing all of his songs by himself. With any luck, Derek St. Holmes will be back the next time around to keep
Nugent’s ego in check and provide a balancing Ying to Ted’s rampant Yango Tango shtick.
Ted Nugent & The Amboy Dukes – Survival Of The Fittest (Polydor)
:: It’s got everything you could possibly want; it’s got more than you could possibly need.
Jethro Tull – Jack In The Green: Live In Germany (Eagle Vision) :: Featuring 18 high-quality
video excerpts from some of Tull’s numerous Deutschland appearances over the decades covering the gamut from 1970 to
1993. Definitely worth the price of admission alone is the empty television studio version of “Nothing Is Easy”
from 1970, which contains several false starts before Ian Anderson finally calls it quits and walks off mid-song due to a
stomach ailment. Unlike Kurt Cobain, however, Ian didn’t take a double-barreled dose of Terminalin to relieve the pain.
SNEERING PUTDOWN OF THE WEEK: Frank Miller & Jim Lee
– All Star Batman & Robin The Boy Wonder (DC Comics) :: You all know Frank Miller as the creative meistermind
behind Sin City and 300 who birthed an entire gloomy batgenre with The Dark Knight Returns before
he tried to kill it dead with DK2 and DK3. This prematurely aborted brilliant iconoclastic deconstruction
features an even grizzlier Batman infused with a decidedly unhealthy dose of Sin City Marv attitude. How unhealthy?
Look, pal, any comic book that has Batman calling Wonder Woman “the Wicked Witch of Lesbos Island” deserves to
be in your collection, alright?
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