Saturday, July 24, 2021
JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #793
Sat, July 24, 2021 | link
JEFFREY MORGAN'S MEDIA BLACKOUT #793.532.163!
- Taking Tiger Mountain (By Strategy) (Astralwerks) :: Old Uncle Een's first album may be noisier and his third one
may be quieter, but it's his second one which is a true work of art whose understated depth and surreal resonance only gets
richer with the passage of time. Neatly positioned between two extremes, Taking Tiger Mountain (By Strategy) isn't
bawdily brawny like Here Come The Warm Jets, nor is it ambitiously ambient like Another Green World. Instead,
it has a playful opulent majesty that confidently combines the best boisterous elements of the earlier album ("Third
Uncle") while foreshadowing the peerless placid moments of the later one ("Taking Tiger Mountain").
From the typewriter percussion of "China My China" to the half-speed whistled "Colonel Bogey
March" in the background of "Back In Judy's Jungle," each new listening reveals a hidden textural gem. That's
why it's safe to say that Eno's Taking Tiger Mountain (By Strategy) is a unique masterpiece which will never ever
SIZZLING PLATTER OF THE WEEK: Doug Hilsinger & Caroleen
Beatty - Taking Tiger Mountain (By Strategy): A Modern Recreation of Brian Eno's 1974 Masterpiece (DBK Works)
:: Multi-instrumentalist Hilsinger has singlehandedly crafted a joyful note for note remake-remodel that's... Well, as Eno
himself writes in his liner notes: "I don't often listen to my own records after they're finished, but hearing this one
as though through someone else's ears and mind had a powerful effect on me. I thought ‘How sweet! How touching! How
sympathetically done! And actually...they aren't bad songs after all.' "
not-especially when you hear all ten of them sung in sequence with a woman's touch by Beatty. Admits Eno: "Caroline's
beautiful singing-such an improvement on mine!" Reason enough to buy the one record that's earned the right to be filed
with the rest of your Eno albums; that should give you its main point of reference.
Saturday, July 17, 2021
JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #792
Sat, July 17, 2021 | link
JEFFREY MORGAN'S MEDIA BLACKOUT #792.531.162!
Angels - From Pool Cues To Miscues: The Failed
1969 Plot To Murder Mick Jagger (Altamonterey Flop) :: Sonny Bungler is more like it.
Ann Vriend - When
We Were Spies (self-released) :: Infectiously cooed pop tunes by an April Dancer chanteuse
stuffed into a tight trench coat fulla pseudo-THRUSH shenanigans. Open channel D!
Kravitz - It's Time For A Love Revolution (Virgin) :: He stole the riff of "Are You Gonna Go My Way" from Hendrix. He sucked the
coolness outta "American Woman." He swiped this album's back cover from Dylan and its title track from his own "Are
You Gonna Go My Way," thus making it twice stolen. Then he shamefully loots everybody else from Led Zeppelin to KISS.
Dengue Fever - Venus On Earth (M80) :: What starts out as a Klaus Schulze space-out miraculously
mutates into a psychedelic Jefferson Starship bongo beat before ending up on a rice paddy with a finger-snappin' mini-skirted
Cambodian chanteuse. Hey, Joe! You got gum?
Magic Mushroom Band - Singles And Rarities
(MVD Audio/Voiceprint) :: Where else can a track like "Eight Miles High" frottage "Set the Controls for the
Heart of the Sun" and have it all make sense in a solidly stoned hippie-dippy-trippy kinda cosmic way?
SIZZLING PLATTER OF THE WEEK - FRONT SIDE: Andi Sex Gang
- Inventing New Destruction (MVD Audio/Pink Noise)
:: One part Another Low World and one part Their Satanic Sex Pistols Request, this synth-soaked slice
of purloined, fur-lined Germanic pop musik koncrète has the kind of hallucinatory hyper-spatial 3D mix that Unca Lou
only dreamed of getting on Street Hassle but never
SIZZLING PLATTER OF THE WEEK - BACK SIDE: Ronnie Earl & The Broadcasters - Hope Radio (Stony Plain)
:: A fully loaded and completely instrumental live blues-cum-jazz album that ecstatically evokes Booker T & The MGs and
Santana with Jimi's Nine To The Universe hyper-space noodling-all in one multi-orgasmic roof-raisin' ear rush? Beulah, don't
ask how: Just open that bottle of emotion lotion and start a-latherin'!
Be seeing you!
Saturday, July 10, 2021
JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #791
Sat, July 10, 2021 | link
JEFFREY MORGAN'S MEDIA BLACKOUT #791.530.161!
- Into The Night (MVD Audio/Metal Mind) :: Poland's answer to Phil Collins-era Genesis isn't nearly as dire a disc
as you might think because the music is quantumly heavier-and that's always a good sign.
The Haggis - Soapbox Heroes (UFO) :: With a band handle like "Enter The Haggis," you just know
that it's got to be chockablock fulla the hottest and heaviest synth 'n' shredded guitar rock 'n' roll this side of Boiled
Outlaw Social - Dry Bones (self-released) :: Cheerful funky
fiddle folk music that sounds as if it was recorded in the Dust Bowl days of the great Depression.
Nile - At My Table (self-released) :: And this banjo-fueled feminine folk rock sounds like it was raised
on the right acoustic side of Led Zeppelin III's tracks.
- Aspirant Sunshadows (MVD Audio/Music Fusion) :: Let one of rock's most spiritual adherents gently lull you into
slumberland with these elegant and elegiac soothing soundscapezzzzzz.
- Porkbelly Futures (self released) :: And you thought "The Beatles" was a stupid name for a group.
SIZZLING PLATTER OF THE WEEK: Duke Robillard - Duke Robillard's World Full Of Blues (Stony
Plain) :: "All Killer! No Filler!" is the truthful tag on this enthusiastic and encyclopedic brass-backed double
disc by one of the modern masters of the blues. Bonus points for covering obscure selections like Dylan's "Everything
Is Broken" and making them sound even hipper!
SARCASTIC PLATTERS OF THE WEEK: Ed
Sanders - Sanders' Truckstop & Beer Cans On The Moon (Collectors' Choice) :: Proving that there's
just no justice in the rock 'n' roll world, Fugs founder Sanders failed to shake some chart action on these two early '70s
satirical broadsides, which contain irreverent acerbic send-ups of every known socio-political sacred crow from here to infirmary.
But don't blame Ed; instead blame an insensate society for not recognizing that insightful shit-stirrers like "Henry
Kissinger" and "The Maple Court Tragedy" (aka "Polaroid Spread Shots") were just slightly ahead of
Be seeing you!
Saturday, July 3, 2021
JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #790
Sat, July 3, 2021 | link
JEFFREY MORGAN'S MEDIA BLACKOUT #790.529.160!
Vain & The Dark Matter - Love Is Where The Smoke Is (Rectangle) :: Ponderously portentous
primo percolating Portisheadish paeans of passion and penance.
SIZZLING ELECTRIC PLATTER
OF THE WEEK: The Wagon - Match Made In Hell (Las Conchas) :: The Beach Boys meet Grand Funk meets Cheap
Trick meets The Who on this heavier than Hebben crunge-rock extravagonzo that's too unfit to quit. If you don't like this
record, then I'm afraid that you just don't like rock 'n' roll, son.
PLATTER OF THE WEEK -- LATE SHOW: The Kingston Trio - Once Upon A Time (Collectors' Choice) :: Thems that's
in the know sure as heck know that the Kingston Trio are as big a slice of Americana pie as you can find this side of the
Rat Pack. And on this long-overdue reissue, which was originally a double album recorded in July 1966 at the Sahara-Tahoe
gamblin' den in Nevada, the perennially short-sleeved K3 ride again with their trademark style of good pickin' and good playin'
in tow. Everything you want to hear is here, from the hang-'em-high melodrama of "Tom Dooley" to "Silicone
Bust," which predated the Faces' own "Silicone Grown" by almost a decade.
better are the song introductions, which are liberally peppered with the Trio's own unique brand of humorous generation-gap
rap: "There's a lot of great rock 'n' roll groups around now that we like very much. There's one group in L.A. in fact
that is so wild, they make Hells Angels look like Robert Goulet. [audience laughter] This song is written by rock
'n' roll's pretender to the throne, Bob Dylan. [audience laughter]"
ACOUSTIC PLATTER OF THE WEEK -- EARLY SHOW: The Kingston Trio - Twice Upon A Time (Collectors' Choice) ::
You'll want to go out and get this previously unreleased companion live album right now just to watch the bonus promo video
of the Trio singing "Tomorrow Is A Long Time" by pretender to the throne Bob Dylan.
Saturday, June 26, 2021
JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #789
Sat, June 26, 2021 | link
JEFFREY MORGAN'S MEDIA BLACKOUT #789.528.159!
Boys - The Mix-Up (Capitol) :: I get the Zappa-influenced bargain basement cretin slop mentality, but these
mushy instrumentals are strictly for 'luded out losers. A-heads prefer Teenage Fanclub's The King.
Lori Cullen - Buttercup Bugle (self-released) :: A bouquet of brass-backed melodies that are light
and airy, just like windswept love is supposed to be. This clever Cupid's got a hammer and she's swingin' it all over this
The Grip Weeds - House Of Vibes Revisited (Ground Up) :: They're
not the Beatles, but an incredible stimulation!
Nathan Lawr & The Minotaurs
- A Sea Of Tiny Lights (Minotaur) :: Ever get the feeling that too many people are making too many records these
days? I sure do.
Rasputina - A Radical Recital (Filthy Bonnet) :: Are
you ready for two women playing cello versions of "Barracuda" and "Rock And Roll"? I sure am.
Raine Maida - The Hunters Lullaby (King Noise) :: For a second, I thought that "China
Doll" was Iggy's Idiot song, but then I realized that even Bowie at his most cocked-out never wrote wretched
lyrics like: "She's sweet like honey, sour like democracy."
- Brave New World (self-released) :: This mind-bending garage-surf art rock album whose hippie-trippy touchstone
is the 13th Floor Elevators is going up so punch a higher floor!
- Highway Prayer (self-released) :: Producer Colin Linden has brought out the best in this sweet-pickin' guy 'n'
gal duo, so how come they don't got no record label yet?
Kamera - Resurrection
(Nettwerk) :: And you thought the '80s were dead.
SIZZLING PLATTER OF THE WEEK: Johnny
Hollow - Dirty Hands (Orange) : "Scully, imagine Bernard Herrmann reincarnated as an aggregate of two
gals and a guy and you'll have an idea of just how spooky this unbalanced album is." "What are you saying, Mulder?
That this is the most haunted Goth-infested record ever?" "All I'm saying is that you'll want to file this one next
to Siouxie & The Banshees' A Kiss In The Dream House; it's that good."
Saturday, June 19, 2021
JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #788
Sat, June 19, 2021 | link
JEFFREY MORGAN'S MEDIA BLACKOUT #788.527.157!
Bruckheimer - Quentin Tarantino Presents Roger Corman's Death Race 3000 (21st Century Film Corporation)
:: Bruckheimer's always wanted to produce a big budget cult film in the worst way and he's finally succeeded. Half Easy
Rider and half Americathon, this direct-to-download scenery-chewing sequel sees David Carradine and Sylvester
Stallone back in harness as Frankenstein and Machine Gun Joe Viturbo for one last nationwide ride to save society. One hundred
points scored for casting cravat king Peter Bogdanovich as gung-ho TV announcer Junior Senior!
- Per Aspera (MVD Audio) :: Slovenia is a leading horror hothouse of dark dank metal and if you listen to this festering
thick miasma that's chock a block full of clogged virtuoso majesty, you'll know why.
Future - Pax Futura (Fireproof) :: It's not often that such an endearing pop rock album sashays down the
suave glam rock pike. Even better, it includes the hyper-kinetic "What Heart?" from their earlier Bear Chronicles
V.2 extended player.
The Sonic Deli - Brown Bag Lunch (Sonic Deli)
:: Shamefully, I just found this 18 track sampler of varied musical styles by 13 diverse artists at the back of my iFridge-way
past its 2005 due date-but amazingly, it still sounds as fresh as the day it was served. My compliments to the chef!
Monster Island - Dream Tiger (MVD Audio) :: Take one part ethereal female cooing, add one
part Kevin Ayers brooding, stir in two parts sparse tinkering oriental melodies, and garnish with a Weird Tales pulp
aesthetic. Serve immediately.
Homo Iratus - Human Consumes Human (Arctic)
:: Gurgling vocal Nine Inch Nonsense from a band whose translated name means: "Homo Irritates Us."
SIZZLING PLATTER OF THE WEEK: Destroy All Monsters - Live In Tokyo & Osaka 1996 (MVD
Audio) :: The restless ghosts of Dave Thomas and Pere Ubu haunt this abusive atonal delight that combines Stockhausenian bloopy
blorp short wave radio static with Electroluxian plugged hose whining. It's got no beat, you can't dance to it, I give it
Be seeing you!
Sat, June 19, 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, June 12, 2021
JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #787
Sat, June 12, 2021 | link
JEFFREY MORGAN'S MEDIA BLACKOUT #787.526.156!
Again - Darker Days (Hellcat) :: Imagine a double time version of the early Stranglers. It's easy if you
listen to this hellacious half hour of hard rock.
The Bleeder Project - The
Systematic Subversion Of Fear And Insecurity (self-released) :: Finally, the female version of Trent Reznor.
The Feminists - Can't Scream Loud Enough (Space Dog) :: Imagine a sensitive guy vaudevillian
version of the Stranglers. I can't either.
Ann Wilson - Hope And Glory
(Rounder) :: Finally, the female Percy Plant's balloon-lunged version of "Immigrant Song."
Mary Three - Day & Night Driving (Bellum) :: Imagine a sensitive-guy powerballad version of Neil Diamond.
Insulin not included.
Foxy Shazam - Introducing (New Weathermen) ::
The back cover blurb says that this Mojo Nixon wannabe is "The Evel Knievel Of Rock 'N' Roll." Too bad Evel's dead.
Pawbox - Pawbox (self released) :: I'm a Ma box man.
Kramer - The Rustic Contemporary Sounds Of Anna Kramer & The Lost Cause (International Hits) :: Femmefueled
pop a-go-go that isn't afraid to bring out the brass and banjos to buff up the bop.
Pops - Kiss Kiss Kill Kill (Hellcat) :: These rockabilly rebels are back with a hardboiled album about life
on the wrong side of the tracks-and when they snarl "My fist...in the middle of your face" to the tune of "Our
House," I know that Mickey Spillane is upstairs cracking open a Miller Lite and smiling.
PLATTER OF THE WEEK: Keali'I Reichel - Kukahi: Live In Concert (Punahele DVD) :: Aloha! If the only things
you know about Hawaii are Don Ho, Steve McGarrett and the hippie hula end of the Beatles' "Hello Goodbye" video,
then, boy, are you ever in for a seismic cross-cultural shock. Combining the best of authentic Hawaiian history and heritage,
this two-hour concert by the master of both traditional and modern song and dance will fill you in on all you need to know
about the land that Elvis' satellite special made famous-and a-Louie luau, oh, baby, you need to know.
Be seeing you!
Saturday, June 5, 2021
JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #786
Sat, June 5, 2021 | link
JEFFREY MORGAN'S MEDIA BLACKOUT #786.525.154!
Frank - Midnight Manor (self released) :: This here Frank ain't no blank. She's one tough broad who's fully
capable of kicking your retro ass into last week so shut up and listen to the lady sing her wiry songs of woe. Sure, you'll
fall in love with her but she's used to that, ya sap. Now shove off.
Drama Queen (Bodog) :: Jason Darr is Dr. Neurosonic and it's obviously apparent from this neumetal mosh-spit that
the Doc wants to be the next Marilyn Reznor-or is that Prince Bowie? Either one would be a laughable ambition if he didn't
have the snotty songs and ace attitude to back up his brag. Which he does, in spades. So maybe this guy will succeed where
David Warner once failed.
ASG - Win Us Over (Volcom Entertainment) ::
Todd Rundgren never envisioned recording a Utopia album that was heavier than his worst nightmare and featured two naked women
on the cover clawing open their chests to expose their hovering hearts-but I sure did, and I'm here to tell you that this
one is worth every second of that 30-year wait.
Daft Punk - Alive 2007
(Virgin) :: Meanwhile, while Ralf and Florian were sitting on their Düsselduffs watching the Tour de France, these two
smart 'n' savvy successors to their Kraftwerk throne were actually in Paris recording this bowel-buffeting trance askance
27 track distillation of everything that's absolutely right with electronic dance music these days.
PLATTER OF THE WEEK: Black Mountain - In The Future (Jagjaguwar) :: All aboard for a record that's so full
of heavy long-strokin' action that my turntable bent over and did the deep sonar splits as soon as I put it on. Dig past the
trippy album cover and you'll find some primo dense stoner music with a melotron gilt-edging that'll keep you guessing as
to what's next. Here's a hint: Whatever it is, it'll be good 'n' that's plenty for me. Choo choo ga choob!
Be seeing you!
Saturday, May 29, 2021
JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #785
Sat, May 29, 2021 | link
JEFFREY MORGAN'S MEDIA BLACKOUT #785.524.153!
- Run From Safety (White Whale) :: This dire disc'll make you feel like leaping off a tall building in a single bound.
Architecture In Helsinki - Places Like These (Polyvinyl) :: Prince meets 808 State? Talking
Heads meets B-52s? No matter how you slice it, this one's a real hoot.
- Welcome To The Night Sky (Labwork) :: Thoughtful ethereal pop music that ends with an ambitious eight-minute art
rock epic called "Miasmal Smoke & The Yellow Bellied Freaks" that's well worth the price of admission.
Scorpions - Humanity Hour 1 (New Door) :: If you only buy one classic heavy guitar crunge
rock album this week, this be the one. Of course, I could do without all the treacly power ballads. But, then again, I always
Kent McAlister & The Iron Choir - The Way It Rolls
(self released) :: Capable country pickin' that's chock-a-block with tasty twang and a fine fiddle finesse.
Midtown Dickens - Oh Yell! (307 Knox) :: These here wacky wimmins pack a perky pedigree
and strum smart 'n' sassy minimal folk rock with a wicked wit quotient that's half Sparks, half Dictators, and all theirs.
Two Hours Traffic - Little Jabs (Bumstead) :: "Nighthawks" is one charming little
pop song, but it's the rest of the record that'll give you Dagwood!
- Oi Oi Oi (Last Gang) :: These relentlessly aggressive Enovative electronic soundscapes go far beyond anything Krautwerk
SIZZLING PLATTER OF THE WEEK: Rockfour - Memories Of The
Never Happened (Anova) :: Israel's newest hitmakers have come up with an album that blends the best of Tangerine Dream's
ambient drones ("Glued Half & Half") with the Beatles' psychedelic rock 'n' roll ("Because Of Damaging
Words"). And that's just the first two tracks. Stay tuned and you'll hear the marathon Harrisonic "Dear Truth"
living side by side with the exhilarating Badfinger-steeped "It Ain't Easy (When You're Gone)." Inspirational lyric:
"First thing that I thought of when I saw you walk away was, ‘How could someone run so fast on high heels?'"
Be seeing you!
Saturday, May 22, 2021
JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #784
Sat, May 22, 2021 | link
JEFFREY MORGAN'S MEDIA BLACKOUT #784.523.152!
PLATTER OF THE WEEK: The Scenics - How Does It Feel To Be Loved: The Scenics Play The Velvet Underground
(Dream Tower) :: Recorded live in a number of trashy Toronto punk dives between 1977 and 1981, it's the first album of Velvet
Underground covers I've ever heard that actually manages to evoke the VU's classic cacophony of studio sound-something that
latter day Doug Yule-infused live albums like Live At Max's Kansas City never seemed to attain.
But somehow the Scenics have managed to do just that with an edge-teetering fan-based fervor that doesn't seek to
duplicate the Velvets' sound so much as it uses that primal distortion as a jumping off point to differentiate themselves
from the masters while remaining true to the source. And the fact that all 10 numbers were recorded, in true live Velvets
tradition, on a buncha crappy cassette tapes doesn't tarnish the Scenics' sonic patina-it only enhances their chances of making
this the best VU tribute album ever.
First of all, there's their informed choice of song selection.
Sure, they do a few obligatory standards like "I'm Waiting For The Man" and "I'll Be Your Mirror," but
they also mine the less-obvious depths of Unca Lou's songbook to essay what are arguably some of his greatest songs: "New
Age," "I'm Set Free," "What Goes On," "Here She Comes Now" and "I Heard Her Call My
Name." Finally, it all culminates literally live in a basement with a twisted 10-minute Metal Machine Music
meets Television version of "Sister Ray" that even John Cale never envisioned in his wildest nightmares.
So if the proceedings sound even more demented than you might expect, that's because the Scenics don't ape the Velvets,
they enhance them-which only goes to show that sometimes between rot and depression there lies a lifeline.
Be seeing you!
Saturday, May 15, 2021
JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #783
Sat, May 15, 2021 | link
JEFFREY MORGAN'S MEDIA BLACKOUT #783.522.151!
The Cinematics - A Strange Education (TVT) :: For torching a Remington typewriter on the front cover, they get an E. But if it's only
a Photoshop fire, then they get an F for fake.
Big Business - Here Come The Waterworks
(Hydra Head) :: Led Zeppelin crashes into Black Sabbath. Oh, the inhumanity!
Eno - Here Come The Warm Jets
(Island) :: Waterworks, geddit?
Deaf School - "Golden Showers" (Warner Bros.)
:: Warm jets, geddit?
- "Golden Brown" (EMI) :: Ewwww, fergeddit.
Saosin - Saosin (Capitol) :: Memo to muggers: These whiny pushovers have VICTIM written all over them.
Wintersleep - Wintersleep (Labwork) :: So do these guyzzzzz.
The Cicadas - The Cicadas (Roble Rot) :: Huey Lewis goes country!
Sara Wendt - Weightless With Love
(City Canyons) :: Buddhist rock is the Next Big Thing, so get on board before this llama leaves the Potala. Perfect listening
for reading T. Lobsang Rampa or watching Lost Horizon.
Beatnik Beatch - Beatnik Beatch (Noble Rot) :: If you collect album covers with midgets on them,
then this reissue's for you.
- Bloodied But Unbowed (Sudden Death) :: One of
their songwriting credits is: "Vancouver Punk Trad." They wish.
Of Pink - Love Is Dead (8th House) :: Raucously rawer than the Stones on smack but too pussy to call themselves Pink Snatch.
The Rolling Stones - "Torn and Frayed" (Rolling Stones) :: Ever notice how the singer breaks up
and laughs between the words "kick" and "it"?
Carlos - Switched On Bach (Columbia) :: Say, whatever happened to seminal synthesizer pioneer Walter Carlos? I haven't seen his name on an
album in decades.
SIZZLING ROCK GODDESS OF ANY CENTURY: Grace Slick - Period (Grunt) :: "White
Rabbit." "rejoyce." "Two Heads." "Lather." "Bear Melt." "Hey Fredrick."
"Eskimo Blue Day." "Mexico." "Law Man." She's the undisputed all-time greatest female singer-songwriter
in the entire history of rock 'n' roll. And although it's true that she never recorded an album called Period, after waxing her Manhole, she sure should've.
Orson Welles - F For Fake (Elmyr de
Hory) :: Geddit?
Be seeing you!
Saturday, May 8, 2021
JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #782
Sat, May 8, 2021 | link
JEFFREY MORGAN'S MEDIA BLACKOUT #782.521.149!
Jethro Tull - Tullicatessen (Chrysalis) :: Includes the hit single "Schwarma For One."
Demander - The Unkindness Of Ravens (self released) :: Wherein Karen Kanan Corrêa shows she has her Siouxie Sioux shtick down
Mark Davis - Part One: Don't You Think We Should Be Closer? & Part Two: Mistakes I Meant To Make (self-released) :: I'd really like to say
that this guy's the prolifically inventive multi-instrumentalist Todd Rundgren of country music, but I just can't. He does
get an A for ambition, though.
Belinda Bruce & The Tawny Stars - The Good Life (self released) :: Capable country cuts that're
elevated by the seven-minute-long "Blackout," which invents an entire new genre: ambient country art rock.
The First Time - Taking
Breaking Down (Frontline) :: Snappy snarlin' songs with a proto-punk pop pedigree.
The Holloways - So
This is Great Britain? (TVT) :: I bought The Clash's London
Calling. The Clash's London Calling is in my record collection. Holloways, you're no London Calling.
Johnny Irion - Ex Tempore (Rising Son) :: I've heard Neil Young ape jobs,
but the quavering vocal inflections on this stellar swipe-job are uncannily eerie, right down to the sparse After The Harvest musicianship. And your point is?
Tia Carrera - Heaven/Hell (Arclight) :: These clods steal Yes' classic song "Starship Trooper" and then rename
it as their own composition, thinking that no one will notice. Well, I notice everything-and I hope Chris Squire sues their
sorry, thieving asses off.
SIZZLING PLATTER OF THE WEEK: Kate Mann - Devil's Rope (Orange
Dress) :: Kate's got a back tat that's the size of Oregon and a voice that's twice as big. Armed with a guitar and harp, she
cranks out a chicken-wired wall of country rock that'll have your toes tappin' while you watch out for flying beer bottles.
Frank Zappa, Dolly Parton & Lou Reed - Mother, Jugs & Speed (Bizarre) :: Includes the hit single "I'm Waiting For My Mammary."
Be seeing you!
Saturday, May 1, 2021
JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #781
Sat, May 1, 2021 | link
JEFFREY MORGAN'S MEDIA BLACKOUT #781.520.148!
PLATTER OF THE WEEK: Lisa Lashes - Lisa Lashes (Lashed) :: To the uninitiated listener, most DJ mixes are
nothing but inorganic 200 beat per minute ordeals of repetitious headache-inducing noise. But as a veteran disco aficionado
and long time dissonance connoisseur who habitually uses Dr. Reed's Metal Machine Music to get rid of a headache,
I know the difference between debilitating and therapeutic-which is why I'm qualified to tell you that, when it comes to prescribing
the right overdose of medication, nobody fills a better sonic script than this veteran UK practitioner.
Lisa Lashes is the greatest DJ in the world because she knows that the true hardcore addict will settle for nothing
less than an unrelenting big beat treatment that's been specifically engineered to make synapses spasm until they rewire themselves
into crazy new configurations.
On previous direct injection diagnoses like Hard House Euphoria
and Lashed Euphoria, she raised the brutality bar to an irrationally high level of unabated aural aggression. But
as bludgeoning as those earlier lease-breakers were, they don't hold a decibel to the massive mainline which is her debut
solo disc Lisa Lashes.
Just like the lady herself, this 77-minute marathon is super-stacked
with 12 vicious vein melters, all of which are guaranteed to fry your nervous system to a smoldering crisp. Astutely avoiding
the beat deficient ballads which have deep-sixed many a mediocre mix, Lisa immediately strips down to the Real O Grind and
lets loose with a seriously shredded soundtrack of stereo smack that'll have you crawling across the floor for more-assuming
you can still move after being pummeled into a pulp by tracks like "Red Admiral," her penultimate pulse-pounding
speed freak rave-up with longtime Tidy Girl cohort Anne Savage.
The new-fangled future of hyper-heavy
houserockin' hardcore is still here and her name remains the same so you know who to blame when your brain goes insane from
the pleasurable pain.
Lisa Lashes rules, OK?
Be seeing you!
Saturday, April 24, 2021
JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #780
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JEFFREY MORGAN'S MEDIA BLACKOUT #780.519.314!
PLATTERS OF THE WEEK: Prince - The Work: 1976-2000 (Thunderball) :: This guy once put out an album called
Musicology-an egghead handle with an edifying air to it that conjured up visions of Professor Prince holding class
in his best zoot suited Cab Calloway mortarboard attire. But if you want a real musical history lesson in what Prince
is up to every night while the rest of the world is sleeping, then I strongly suggest that you seek out a copy of this definitive
20 disc set.
That's right, spanning a quarter of a century, this astonishing set contains a whopping
20 discs of unreleased studio demos and outtakes. That's a grand total of 331 tracks, all presented in strict chronological
order. Amazingly, there are no false starts, no incomplete songs, and no duplications with any officially released Prince
albums or extended singles.
With each individual disc clocking in at a full eighty minutes in
length, that's over 24 hours worth of music. And for those of you who would like an old school conversion, we're talking the
equivalent of 40 full-length vinyl records, or 80 album sides. This mammoth monolith makes Keith Jarrett's original vinyl
ten record Sun Bear Concerts box set look like a one-sided Ramones single.
some of these tracks have been available on various individual bootlegs for decades, more often than not their muffled tenth-generation
sound quality was so inferior as to be almost unlistenable-but not this time around. As might be expected from a major undertaking
like this, the sound is uniformly of a high studio quality.
Not only are we privy to outtakes
and demos from all of Prince's own albums, we're also treated to an extensive array of unreleased songs from virtually every
artist Prince has worked with over the years, from The Time and The Family to Jill Jones and Carmen Electra-including tracks
from completed follow up albums which were never released. Indeed, after listening to all the myriad variations presented
herein, it's not unreasonable to think that Prince routinely assembles several completely different versions of each album
before he releases it.
Some of the stellar selections contained on The Work include:
The original demo for The Time's "Chocolate" wherein Prince shows where Morris Day's ‘ad libbed' conceited
shtick really comes from, including his "Yessssss" catchphrase; the full unedited 12 minute version
of "Computer Blue" that restores the missing six and a half minutes which were cut from the end of the version that's
on Purple Rain; and a marathon 30 minute studio version of "I Would Die For You" that served as the
arrangement template for Prince's live television version.
Folks, that's only three selections
from the first three discs, so you can just imagine what's waiting for you on the remaining 17. In other words, school's in
session, so you'd better take notes because there's going to be a final exam-and knowing Professor Prince, it'll be oral.
Be seeing you!
Saturday, April 17, 2021
JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #779
Sat, April 17, 2021 | link
JEFFREY MORGAN'S MEDIA BLACKOUT #779.518.146!
Rosa - Testa Rosa (Latest Flame) :: If I could crank out thunder crunge like this FMM trio does on the way-too-brief
"Hollow Arm," I'd lay off the wispy Melanie melodies and record an album full of similar sonic enlargers.
Melanie & The Dominoes - Brand New Key To The Highway (Polydor) :: Donovan used Led
Zeppelin and the Jeff Beck Group as his backing band, so don't laugh.
- Guerilla Fighting Method (City Canyons) :: I'm not saying that someone should drop these camouflage-clad sissies
into a real war zone and see how long they last, I'm typing it.
Oxbow - The
Narcotic Story (Hydra Head) :: Just say blow.
Brothers Of A Feather Featuring Chris
& Rich Robinson - Live At The Roxy (Eagle Rock) :: The Black Crowes sure do got their Blind Lemon Gumball
voices down cold, they sho 'nuff do.
The Undesirables - Doghouse Dreams
(self-released) :: Even better, spin this acoustic set from a group that-unlike the Robinsons-doesn't feel the need to imitate
dead Delta bloozemen. Plus, they write better songs.
Zonaria - Infamy And
The Breed (Pivotal) :: And in the deaf, as the last few eardrums lay bleeding in the slimy headphones, black mutant metal
shrieked out from Screamo City, some more schlemiels. Swedes the size of rats sucked.
PLATTERS OF THE WEEK: Robyn Hitchcock - Storefront Hitchcock and Jewels For Sophia (Noble Rot)
:: Don't miss these reissues from one of rock's most oddball auteurs. Storefront is a sparse live set that alternates
Francis Bacon monologues with time travelogues like "1974" while Jewels is a full-band blast that features
"Viva! Sea-Tac" with its immortal lines: "People flock like cattle to Seattle after Kurt Cobain. They got the
best computers, coffee and smack."
Saturday, April 10, 2021
JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #778
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JEFFREY MORGAN'S MEDIA BLACKOUT #778.517.145!
- Nightmares (Dream Makers) :: Welcome to their Nightmares, I think you're gonna like it. I think you're
gonna feel like listening to this angst-riddled album.
The Future Kings Of Nowhere
- The Future Kings Of Nowhere (307 Knox) :: Just like the Kingston Trio, only faster and bloodier.
Shuyler Jansen - Today's Remains (Black Hen) :: Finally, a country album that cuts through
the current commercial crapola and digs deep to mine the core of quality workmanship.
Soundclash - Street Gospels (Side One Dummy) :: Street garbage that makes me lift my leg and do the pissant
Eve To Adam - Queens To Eden (KDS) :: Track one is a banal
blooper about popping pills. Track two is a pooped popped-up power ballad. The result is an easy double play that retires
the side and leaves the rest of the album stranded in the on-deck circle.
- Going Way Out With Heavy Trash (Yep Roc) :: Jerry Lee Lewis soaks the Cramps with spo-dee-o-dee wine and gives
them a butane flame job. Mucho recommendo.
Caribou - Andorra (Merge)
:: Ethereal electronics which soar like a hot air balloon escaping from a Fripp & Eno prisoner of pop camp.
Mister Mann - December Looms (self-released) :: A guy who looks like Willem Dafoe and sings:
"I become the rapist from your past." What are the odds?
SIZZLING SNATCH PLATTER
OF THE WEEK: Gore Gore Girls - Get The Gore (Bloodshot) :: Not since the recently reunited Cycle Sluts From
Hell has there been such primo pseudo-primitive, boob-bouncin', ball-bashin', power-pop that's more Funicello than a squirtin'
spread-eagled beach blanket quim quench and tuffer than Tura Satana layin' a patch over your chewed-off and spat-out knob.
Be seeing you!
Saturday, April 3, 2021
JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #777
Sat, April 3, 2021 | link
JEFFREY MORGAN'S MEDIA BLACKOUT #777.516.144!
Hayes - Live At Montreux 2005 (Eagle Vision) :: Wherein a soporific Black Snoozus ponderously pontificates
through his greatest hits. Bonus points for finally coming alive to conduct the synthesized orchestra on an extended version
of "Shaft." Points deducted for not having the testicular fortitude to encore with "Chocolate Salty Balls."
Mahavishnu Orchestra - Live At Montreux 1974 (Eagle Vision) :: A year after recording the
seminal Birds Of Fire album, John McLaughlin played Montreux with a new lineup that included Jean-Luc Ponty and Narada
Michael Walden. Picking up where the live-in-Central Park album Between Nothingness And Eternity left off, this rare
archival footage is essential viewing for any Mahafusion fan.
Asia - Fantasia:
Live In Tokyo (Eagle Vision) :: Any band that can lay claim to playing authentic versions of "Roundabout" (Steve
Howe), "Fanfare For The Common Man" (Carl Palmer), "In The Court Of The Crimson King" (John Wetton) and
"Video Killed The Radio Star" (Geoff Downes) all in one concert is worthy of your admiration, however begrudgingly.
Al Di Meola - Speak A Volcano: Return To Electric Guitar (MVD Video) :: As close to intuitive
musical Zen as you can possibly get, the sheer effortless fluidity of Di Meola's playing is positively breathtaking. Bonus
points for including a video guitar clinic.
Various Artists - Dear Mr. Fantasy:
A Celebration For Jim Capaldi (Eagle Vision) :: Am I the only one who thinks that the drearily dull "Dear Mr. Fantasy"
is the most overrated rock song ever? After watching these well-meaning geezers dodder around the stage for two hours, I guess
SIZZLING PLATTER OF THE WEEK: Marvin Gaye - Greatest Hits Live In '76
(Eagle Vision) :: Wearing a striped slime green barbershop quartet outfit that has to be seen to be believed-sunglasses not
included-our bow-tied man in Amsterdam rips through a whopping 24 songs in a Ramones-worthy 51 minutes flat. Hey, if I
wore a fey-glo leprechaun suit like that, I'd wanna get off the stage as fast as I could too.
Be seeing you!
Saturday, March 27, 2021
JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #776
Sat, March 27, 2021 | link
JEFFREY MORGAN'S MEDIA BLACKOUT #776.515.143!
- Ultra Wave (Collectors' Choice) :: CC-that's Collector's Choice not Chocolate City-has just reissued four vintage
albums by everybody's funniest P-Funkster. But this sly "Made in Detroit" slinkfest is the one I bought first. Aided
and ably abetted by brother Catfish Collins and the legendary Horny Horns of James Brown veterans Fred Wesley and Maceo Parker,
Bootzilla stomps hisself silly all over songs like "Mug Push" and "Sound Crack" until the sonic landscape
is reduced to riotous rubble.
Yes - Live At Montreux 2003 (Eagle Records)
:: Granted, this may not be the ferocious metal monster that Yessongs is, but given that it's performed by the self-same
lineup of Anderson, Howe, Squire, Wakeman, and White exactly 30 years later, it's definitely the next best thing.
Rick Wakeman & The New English Rock Ensemble - Out Of The Blue
(MVD Audio) :: Meanwhile, this live Argentinean recording from 2001 is worth owning just for the marathon reworkings of "Starship
Trooper" and "Catherine Parr."
The Sojourners - Hold On
(Black Hen) :: Radiating a purifying white light, this is spiritual three-part harmony gospel music at its redemptive finest.
The Black Swans - Change! (La Société Expéditionnaire) ::
Louie Reed meets Lenny Cohen. T-t-turn and face deranged.
Slave To The Squarewave
- Big Change (Sparks) :: Skinny tie retro syntho that smacks of the '80s in blow-snortin' way-which is why they're
dopey enough to steal one of their song titles and lyrics wholesale from "The Jean Genie."
SIZZLING PLATTER OF THE WEEK: Oblivion Sun - Oblivion Sun (MVD Audio) :: Finally, a band
that knows how to forge Moog-fueled prog-rock just like the masters used to melt. Shades of Phil Manzanera's similarly-titled
Quiet Sun collide with fragments from Stomu Yamashta's Go with a bit of early Genesis and ethereal Jade Warrior thrown in
for good groovy Mahavishnu measure-and it's about time, it's about space.
Saturday, March 20, 2021
JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #775
Sat, March 20, 2021 | link
JEFFREY MORGAN'S MEDIA BLACKOUT #775.514.142!
Thunders - Who's Been Talking? (MVD Visual DVD) :: Recorded a few days before El Thunderoso died in April
1991, this Japanese gig is a joyous energetic romp, admirably augmented by the big Amazonian lungs of super-stacked platinum
blonde chantoozie Alison Gordy. Better than any smarmy stew Buster JoHasbeen ever served up, this excellent appearance cooks
from start to finish just L.A.M.F. should.
Deep Purple - In Concert
With The London Symphony Orchestra (Eagle Vision DVD) :: The inevitable last word in orchestral rock concerts comes when
Ian Gillian and Ronnie James Dio rip into "Smoke On The Water" and the band plays so loud that you can't hear the
100 piece orchestra behind them! Now that's entertainment.
Tim Buckley - My
Fleeting House (MVD Visual DVD) :: From his early 1967 gig on The Monkees to rare European television and live
footage in 1974 just before he died, this Buckley mixture is the definitive documentary for those loyalists who still revere
his unique brand of musical eclecticism. I'm not one of them, but then again, I never thought Robert Johnson was any great
shakes, either. Of course, I was wrong.
Paul Rodgers - Live In Glasgow
(Eagle Vision DVD) :: The lead singer of Queen wants to break free-and does! You gotta give the guy credit for not performing
any Queen numbers, opting instead to cover more obscure traditional blues numbers like "All Right Now" and "Can't
Get Enough" in chest-thumpin' versions that make his Queen songs sound positively fey by comparison.
SIZZLING PLATTER OF THE WEEK: Harptallica - Harptallica (self released) :: If you thought
that Apocalyptica's album of four cello versions was the last word in Metallica covers, then you ain't heard what Patricia
Klein and Ashley Toman can do with just a couple of harps. By extracting the chilling core of Metallica's music, these women
have come up with the most eerily haunting harp album you'll hear this year. Even better, they're two pretty hot babes!
Harpo Marx - Harpo In Hi-Fi (Mercury) :: Hush little baby, don't say a word.
Be seeing you!