Saturday, June 3, 2023
JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #891
Sat, June 3, 2023 | link
JEFFREY MORGAN’S MEDIA BLACKOUT #891.577.210!
The Gaslight Anthem – The ’59 Sound (Side One Dummy) :: This ain’t no
Johnny Horton nod, nor is it no Charles Boyer nod off. It’s an angst-rock overdose that’s lightly seasoned with
a working-class twist of Bossteen. Bonus points for writing a song about the world’s greatest Steve Miller fan entitled
“Miles Davis & The Cool.”
Steve Gammond – Down The Tracks: The Music That Influenced Bob Dylan (Eagle Media
DVD) :: From Guthrie and Seeger to Ginsberg and Corso, all wrapped up in one neat little 90-minute educational package, just
like the title says.
Of Jericho – The American Dream (Trustkill) :: Welcome to their throbbo, pulsato, screamo nightmaro.
Simon Sykes & Tom
Sykes – No Such Thing As A Free Ride? (Goose Lane Editions) :: Here’s a book that contains riotous
road tales recalled from the soft shoulder by the likes of David Peel, Jayne Country, Jello Biafra and Randy B-B-B-Bachman.
Need a ride? Get in!
Miller Band – Live From Chicago (Coming Home) :: Ever wonder why Miles Davis virulently hated Steve
so much in his ghost-written autobiography? Mebbe he was kind of green with envy that he couldn’t write the kind of
popular hit songs or pull the kind of adoring audiences that Mr. Miller managed to do. If so, then it’s a good thing
that Miles can’t see the jam-packed aisles that The Joker still fills on this recent triple CD-slash-DVD set. Bonus
points for dedicating “Jungle Love” to Miles. Kind of kidding.
SIZZLING SALESMAN OF THE WEEK: Neil Diamond – Live 1976: The
Thank You Australia Concert (Eagle Vision DVD) :: Leathered like Jimbo Morrison and posin’ like Elvo Presley, Neil
runs through all his hits here on this Oz televised romp—but it’s the bonus segment featuring his live-from-the-stage
commercials that’ll make you want to buy this one. How cool is he? Cool enough to ignore the cheesy script dialogue
he’s handed and savagely rip into sponsors Cadbury and Pioneer with withering ad-libs worthy of Groucho Marx.
Be seeing you!
Saturday, May 27, 2023
JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #890
Sat, May 27, 2023 | link
JEFFREY MORGAN’S MEDIA BLACKOUT #890.576.208!
Cory Woodward – Princess Of The Skies (self-released) :: The first impression is
of a guy expertly aping Springsteen, but then the subtle nuances in his voice filter through, exposing eerie elements of early
Presley and Plant with a slight skein of horrorbilly.
The Funk Brothers – Live In Orlando (Eagle Vision DVD) :: Motown’s unsung backing
band comes out of the shadows to skillfully show off its still-silky smooth sonic stylings.
Delta Spirit – Ode To Sunshine (Rounder)
:: The joyful piano-pumpin’ “Trashcan” is the greatest song that Leon Russell never waxed during the height
of his whoa-wailin’ Holy Trinity heyday—and the rest of the album has a ruff ’n’ tumble feel that
ain’t too shabby neither.
– The DVD (MVD Visual) :: A generic 30-year retrospective for the faithful, filmed live in Louisiana and New
York, with the requisite historical interviews just in case, like me, you’ve never heard of them before.
Pär Lindh Project
– Live In Poland (MVD Visual/Metal Mind DVD) :: After eight Tolkenish studio albums, Sweden’s answer
to ELP rips prog rock a new one on this voiceless virtuoso show.
Patrick Moraz – In Princeton (MVD Visual/Voiceprint DVD)
:: The synthman on Yes’ Relayer album goes acoustic and hits the Steinway—literally—by smackin’
it silly with his hands almost as much as he fingers it feverishly with his rigid digits.
SIZZLING PLATTER OF THE WEEK: Iggy Pop –
Where The Faces Shine, Volume 1: The Official Live Experience 1977-1982 (Easy Action) :: This exhaustively titled,
Igg-authorized, six-disc box-set chronicles his solo live act, one disc per tour. But it’s the riotously insane show
from San Diego State University on the Lust For Life tour that’s more than worth the price of admission alone.
I mean, you just gotta hear it to believe it—and even then you’ll doubt that your delicate little shell-like ears
were telling you the auditory truth, ’cause it’s the absolute best live solo Iggy show you’ll ever hear.
Do you feel that beat?
Saturday, May 20, 2023
JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #889
Sat, May 20, 2023 | link
JEFFREY MORGAN’S MEDIA BLACKOUT #889.575.316!
The Beatles – “Birthday” (Apple) :: Exactly!
SIZZLING PLATTER OF THE WEEK: Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson
– TAAB2: Thick As A Brick 2: Whatever Happened To Gerald Bostock? (Chrysalis) :: This ain’t no imaginary
review, it’s the real schlemiel. But first, how’s about a brief except from an interview that Mr. Anderson
and I did a while back:
I don’t suppose I could talk you into mounting a touring road show of A Passion Play to show those ABBA and
Queen musicals what real rock theater would be like.
IAN: [laughs] Well...
JEFFREY: I mean, this is the ideal time.
IAN: I think you just hit on the problem with my objections to anything
like that because of the words rock theatre. There was a time when the idea of a more theatrical form of
rock music did seem as if it was quite fitting. And I suppose in 1972 and 1973 it seemed to me that it was possible
to do. But the trouble was that, while we went down that route ourselves—in a humorous way, I mean, it was never meant
to be sort of serious; it was always meant to be a bit tongue in cheek and a bit fun...
JEFFREY: Well, some of us got that.
IAN: Yeah! Well, this was the era of Monty Python
and the Flying Circus and it was all that surrealistic British humor sort of finding an outlet.
*** *** ***
So why plug into Thick As A Brick again? As Ian explains in the TAAB2
booklet, 2012 marked both the factual 40th anniversary of the original TAAB album and the fictitious 50th
birthday of the album’s ten-year-old “lyricist,” precocious prodigy Gerald Bostock. Which is more than reason
enough for Anderson to create a new prog rock concept album that dares to posit half a dozen different possible alternate
universe scenarios of what Gerald might have done with his life over the past 40 years—with several overt and
oblique nods to such past Tullian triumphs as Aqualung and A Passion Play along the way.
Of course, the big tip off that the proceedings, although serious,
aren’t to be taken too seriously, is the album’s official attribution to Jethro Tull’s Ian
Anderson which tags this ambitious effort as being neither a canonical Tull record nor an extra-curricular solo Anderson
Eschewing the unbanded
single song cycle that defined both TAAB and APP, the new TAAB2 is divided into 17 separate songs,
only one of which—“Gerald Goes Homeless: Adrift And Dumbfounded”—truly sounds as if it had been recorded
back in 1972. Which only goes to show that Ian could easily have expertly aped his back catalogue had he wanted to. That he
chose not to live in the past and come up instead with something that sounds thoroughly modern while still evoking
echoes of the past, is a testament to the man’s continual creativity.
Really don’t mind if I sit this one in.
Be seeing you!
Saturday, May 13, 2023
JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #888
Sat, May 13, 2023 | link
JEFFREY MORGAN’S MEDIA BLACKOUT #888.574.207!
Plastic Crimewave Sound – Plastic Crimewave Sound (Prophase) :: Against a fuzz-tone
wall these dirt bags growl: “I am planet-crushing! Still look like Peter Cushing!” Which I thought was a pretty
oblique nod to the ’50s Hammer horror hero until I realized that they were making a pretty obvious pun on his ’70s
Death Star stint. Oh well.
Lord Sutch – Screaming Lord Sutch And Heavy Friends (Atlantic) :: Better!
AC Newman – Get Guilty (Last Gang)
:: Like a harder-edged Donovan backed by a wash of Sgt. Beatlesque mellotrons and a wave of good Wilsonesque vibrations? This
one’s straight outta 1967—and it’s about time!
Lou Reed – Metal Machine Music (RCA) :: Better!
Lucie Idlout – Swagger
(Sun Rev) :: She struts into the room with a sexy cum-wither attitude that smacks of the pop-sodden ’70s when stereo
guitars wailed and ball-busters like Suzi Quatro and Joan Jett railed.
Neil Young – Arc (Reprise) :: Better!
Fake Problems – It’s Great To Be
Alive (Side One Dummy) :: This one starts out sounding like Tom Waits fronting the E Street Band, complete with overblown
Bat Out Of Hell orchestrations, before settling into a big Dictators groove.
Lady June – Lady June’s Linguistic
Leprosy (Caroline) :: Better!
Hands – Hot Puppies (THP) :: The synth stylings of vintage Gary Numan coupled with an ’80s cross
of Sandi’s Sunsets and Siouxsie’s Banshees.
Yoko Ono – Approximate Infinite Universe (Apple) :: Better!
Portico – First Neighbours (Copperspine)
:: Primo Portishead-ish pop paeans!
SNIVELING PLATTER OF THE WEEK: These Green Eyes – Relapse To Recovery (Black Ledge)
:: More utterly bland and boring predicable soulless teenage angst rock that you’ve heard done a dozen times before,
all of it sounding as if it were formed by the same sonic cookie cutter without a single shred of redeeming human personality.
I could name half a dozen albums that are better than this faceless tripe without even trying.
Charles Manson – Lie (self released)
:: Well, five out of six ain’t bad.
Be seeing you!
Saturday, May 6, 2023
JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #886
Sat, May 6, 2023 | link
JEFFREY MORGAN’S MEDIA BLACKOUT #886.573.206!
Heath Ledger – The Joker (Warner Bros.) :: Speed up his voice and you have Mel Blanc
doing Daffy Duck. Go on, try it. You’ll see.
SIZZLING PLATTER OF THE WEEK – GIRL DIVISION: Von Iva – Our Own Island &
Girls On Film (Ruby Tower) :: I gotta confess that I’m still an all day sucker for this soulful hard rocking
eletropop trio with their minimal Kraftwerkian retro synthesizers, primitive electronic percussion, and sultry sassy vocals.
When multi-positional Jillian Iva isn’t proudly standing on her feet and singing about being a liberated sister, she’s
busy getting down to expertly turn grown men into simpering shot wads of incapacitated goo. Then she walks out on them, laughing.
Michael Phelps –
The Bong Show (Olympic Gold Medalist) :: Remember how he got caught smoking pot? I still say that Speedo did the
right thing to stand by him, as did Phelps’ other sponsors: Smacko, Cocaino and Heroino.
Lux Interior – Brain Cramp (Bad
Karma) :: Yeah, but is the world really gonna miss a guy who received paintings by convicted death row serial killer John
Wayne Gacy—and then received a portrait of himself from the killer that was so grotesque that he couldn’t hang
it on the wall? What a maroon!
PLATTER OF THE WEEK – BOY DIVISION: Burn Halo – The Self-Titled Debut (Rawkhead) :: Now this
is how I like my rock ’n’ roll: served piping hot and nasty with a pounding passel of bowel-buffeting bass and
drums; relentless rhythm guitars spewing out in split stereo; laser-like leads riding high right in the middle; and prototypical
Draino-drinkin’ glass-garglin’ scotch-swillin’ three pack a day vocals that make that guy in the Cult sound
like he’s auditioning for the title role in a remake of Disney’s The Incredible Mr. Limp Wrist.
Mel Blanc – Daffy
Duck (Warner Bros.) :: Throw down hith voith and you haf Heeth Leather doing Thuh Choker. Go on, try it. Yull thee.
Be theeing you!
Saturday, April 29, 2023
JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #886
Sat, April 29, 2023 | link
JEFFREY MORGAN’S MEDIA BLACKOUT #886.572.205!
David Bowie – Low (RCA) :: The premise.
John Lee Hooker – Anthology: 50 Years (Shout! Factory)
:: These incendiary barn-burnin’ boogie-chooglers from the Detroit blues legend—especially the early minimal ones
spanning 1948 to 1962—are such a priceless passel of butane blooze that even the thief who comes only to steal and kill
and destroy wouldn’t be able to scrape up the kinda serious scratch needed to finance their soul-servin’ purchase.
I can’t stop listening to them and neither should you.
SIZZLING PLATTER OF THE WEEK: The Doors – Live At The Matrix 1967
(Doors Music Company) :: When this recording first surfaced more than 30 years ago as a Trademark Of Quality bootleg entitled
Moonlight Drive: Recorded Live At The Matrix 1967, I reviewed it in the May 1976 issue of CREEM thusly:
“What we have here are 12 tunes from
their Waiting For The Sun period. Good sound quality, and I guess that I should be happy with that, but I’m
not ’cause it reminds me too painfully that Jim Morrison was the best rock vocalist that ever lived and I can’t
help but wonder what he’d be doing today, if...”
Well, that ancient vinyl bootleg of the best live Doors album ever has finally been reincarnated
as this new 24-song twofer that’s been fully restored from the original stereo master tapes by none other than Doors
producer Bruce Botnick himself. What I don’t recall hearing the first time around, however, is the classic “Back
Door Bozo” moment—and let’s face it, there’s at least one classic “Back Door Bozo” moment
on every live Doors record—when the singer ad-libs: “All right, I’ll put it in the ass right now!”
before the solo in “The End.” The end, geddit? I guess that’s what Botnick means when he writes in the liner
notes that: “Jim includes a lot more poetry not heard on any other recordings.” And I guess that’s why I
no longer wonder what Jimbo would be doing today, if…
Nick Lowe – Bowi (Stiff) :: The punchline.
Be seeing you!
Saturday, April 22, 2023
JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #885
Sat, April 22, 2023 | link
JEFFREY MORGAN’S MEDIA BLACKOUT #885.571.204!
SIZZLING BOX SET OF THE WEST: Bob Wills And His Texas Playboys – The Tiffany Transcriptions
(Collectors’ Choice) :: Once every eon, a box set comes along that definitively redefines the form by best enabling
the experience of contextually listening to an artist’s specific body of work. Perhaps the ten-disc set The Complete
Charlie Parker On Verve did it for you. Or maybe it was the seven-disc set of the Stooges’ 1970: The Complete
Funhouse Sessions. Or perchance it’s this exciting ten-disc rip-roarin’ roundup.
Although not nearly as accomplished a songwriter by any stretch
of the imagination, popular radio and silver screen bandleader Bob Wills was nevertheless, in his own unique way, the Duke
Ellington of country music—a man who managed to transcend and transform the limitations of his genre to become the King
Of Western Swing. And the timeless tunes heard herein on these platters cover the apex of his accomplishments from 1946 and
1947, a period during which he was influencing such young’uns as Chuck Berry and Clint Eastwood.
The 150 tracks on these swingin’ sides are taken from the
large transcription discs they were originally cut on. These oversized platters allowed for the recording of longer songs
per side, an invaluable aid for any musician who liked to stretch out—and boy howdy, does Wills ever stretch! Along
with scores of such country classics as “Milk Cow Blues” and “New San Antonio Rose,” you’ll
hear diverse big band, pop and jazz standards made popular by the likes of Glenn Miller, the DeJohn Sisters and, yes, even
the never-waning Duke. Plus, the newly restored sound is as clear and crisp as a 1880s Colorado morning.
You can still see vintage archival footage of Bob Wills on TCM,
but don’t be a tenderfoot: Go online while you’re waiting for his next appearance and buy this essential must-have
collection now because only a city slickin’ dude would dare delay another decade.
Be seeing you!
Saturday, April 15, 2023
JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #884
Sat, April 15, 2023 | link
JEFFREY MORGAN’S MEDIA BLACKOUT #884.570.203!
The Orchid Highway – The Orchid Highway (Naughty) :: They’re not The Beatles
but an incredible simulation!
– Ten Stones (Sounds Familyre) :: Ambitious angst anyone?
Okkervil River – The Stand Ins (Jagjaguwar) :: This is
the absolute second-best cabaret angst record I’ve ever heard. It’s only the second cabaret angst record I’ve
ever heard, but it’s the absolute second-best.
Skybombers – Take Me To Town (Albert Productions) :: Strangely believe it, Skybombers
are the new Cheap Trick and Take Me To Town is their Heaven Tonight.
Fish – 13th Star (MVD Audio/Chocolate Frog) :: If you
thought prog rock was dead, then you ain’t heard nuthin’ until you’ve heard this epochal space-spannin’
offering from Marillion’s main man.
Sally Tomato – Toy Room (Severe Enterprises) :: These words I speak are true: this
ambitious four act rock opera is operating in an arena that’s so far out there it makes Welcome To My Nightmare
sound like nap time in a deaf mute kindergarten.
Ayla Brook – After The Morning After (Saved By Radio) :: Sensitive love songs and
plaintive paeans that anyone who ever had a heart can relate to.
The Homemade Jamz Blues Band – Pay Me No Mind (Northern
Blues) :: The earthy Hendrix influence is undeniable but so is the playing, so it’s a whitewash.
Caamora – She (MVD Audio/Metal Mind)
:: Are you ready for a bombastic two-disc rock opera based on the novel by H. Rider Haggard? If you ever owned a copy of Jesus
Christ Superstar, you are.
– “She” (Casablanca) :: Honey, it’s not one a’doze.
SIZZLING PLATTER OF THE WEEK: Rhonda Silver –
Twelve Pieces Of Silver (Prism) :: Backed by the expert likes of Guido Basso and Jeff Healey, these silky smooth
songs of songstress Silver’s smack of slinky late night rendezvous in a swank penthouse bar and morning after musings
in a sodden neighborhood saloon. Even better, she belts out her original blues with enough gusto to make you down another
round. So set ’em up, Joe.
Be seeing you!
Saturday, April 8, 2023
JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #883
Sat, April 8, 2023 | link
JEFFREY MORGAN’S MEDIA BLACKOUT #883.569.202!
Head – Save Me From Myself (Rykodisc) :: Al Snow doesn’t meet the Monkees in
this swirling amalgamation of neo-NIN heaviness hitched with Jonathan Davis melodies.
Albert Hammond, Jr. – Como Te Llama?
(Red Ink) :: Just when you thought you’ve heard it all, along comes this English-speakin’ pop outing that actually
contains a piano ballad called “Feed Me Jack, or: How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love Peter Sellers.” Really.
Chris Letcher – Harmonium
(2 Feet) :: You wanna talk about obscure? Let’s talk about how Chris gets bonus points for opting to unleash a charmingly
chiming multitracked cover version of “Wait” from Unca Lou’s Street Hassle album—and that’s
the album’s worst track compared to all the originals!
Emory Joseph Fennario – Songs By Jerry Garcia & Robert Hunter
(Iris) :: If the Grateful Dead’s entire back catalogue had sounded as consistently great as this folksy jumpin’
jive record does, then all of their albums would’ve sold even more than they did.
Kathy Griffin – For Your Consideration
(Music With A Twist) :: Excuuuuse me, but a dizzy dame that records a comedy album just to win a comedy Grammy (insert obligatory
trademark symbol here) award and then earnestly writes, “I hope you find it funny” in the liner notes? Yeah, funny
OF THE WEEK: Zuzu’s Petals – Kicking Our Own Asses (Rhino Handmade) :: This kooky cool catch-all
that captures their four-year max out comes a-twangin’ and a-ramblin’ into town with a surfeit of top down female
pop verve ’n’ squelchy distorto swerve that sounds every bit as vital as it did 20 years ago. They sing about
gun-totin’ and smack-shootin’ and heartbreak-achin’ but most of all they crow ecstatic about gettin’
the last laugh on the droolin’ dorks that they attract like, uh, flies—all fueled by a Melanie-worshippin’
perpetual motion motor that evokes shredded Nirvana and poppy Ramones and brainy Talking Heads. One of these ditzy dolls oughta
write a book.
Lindeen — Petal Pusher (Atria Books) :: Well, whaddya know? One of them did!
Be seeing you!
Saturday, April 1, 2023
JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #882
Sat, April 1, 2023 | link
JEFFREY MORGAN’S MEDIA BLACKOUT #882.568.201!
Bruce Springstone – Greetings From Bedrock Park (Hanna-Barbera) :: Includes the hit
single “Quarry Days.” Rest in peace, Bill.
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
Cheer – Agents Of Eruptum (Phillips) :: I wish!
The Who – Who’s On First (Track) :: They all laughed
when Pete Townshend announced that he was going to write a rock opera about Abbott and Costello. Well, they’re not laughing
– It’s Only Rock In A Hard Place (Toxic Glimmer) :: They all laughed when rock’s big-lippers finally
united. Well, they’re not laughing now. Includes the hit single “Dude (Looked Like Lady Jane’s Got A Gun).”
Don Kirshner Presents –
The Byrds, The Beatles & The Monkees (Colgems) :: They all laughed when Mr. Rock Concert reunited three of the
world’s greatest bands. Well, they’re not laughing now.
Led Zeppelin – Led Zeppelin XI: Live At Carnegie Hall
(Atlantic) :: They all laughed when Bun E. Carlos replaced John Bonham on this box set. Well, they’re not laughing now.
The Doors – Manzarek,
Densmore, Krieger & Jones Ltd. (Camden) :: They all laughed when Davy Jones was hired to replace Jim Morrison. Well,
they’re not laughing now. Includes the hit single “The Doors Into Summer.”
David Byrne & Brian Eno –
My Life In The Bush Of Your Wife (Sire) :: They all laughed when these aging art fops decided to record music for
adulterers. Well, they’re not laughing now.
Black Oak Sabbath – Paranoid Mutha (Atco) :: I wish!
Styx & Stones – Break My Bones
(Plaster Caster) :: They all laughed when Dennis DeYoung and Mick Jagger waxed some tracks together. Well, they’re not
Traffic Jam – 4 Way Stop (Motown) :: They all laughed when Ric Ocasek, Steve Winwood, and Paul Weller
created a new supergroup. Well, they’re not laughing now.
The Clash – Sandradeesta! (Rocket) :: They all laughed
when Elton John re-formed The Only Band That Matters. Well, they’re not laughing now.
Tom Scholz & Hugh Cornwell
– Boston Stranglers (Death Row) :: They’re definitely not laughing now.
Keith Richards – “Don’t Fall
Out Of The Apple Tree” (Fiji Gin) :: It only hurts when he laughs.
Phyllis Dylan – Fang On Fang (Columbia) :: I wish!
Ted Nugent – The
Ted Offensive: Triple Live Gonzo In Afghanistan (Armed Forces Radio Network) :: You were waiting for that, weren’t
OF THE WEEK: Nirvana – Arrivederci! (Swan Song) :: Recorded in Rome, this final vinyl features cover
versions of: “So Long It’s Been Good To Know Ya,” “Suicide Solution,” “Auf Wiedersehen,”
“Don’t Try Suicide,” “I Feel Like I’m Fixin’ To Die Rag,” “Rock ’n’
Roll Suicide,” and “Lay Down And Die, Goodbye.” Includes the hit single “Dead Man’s Kurt.”
The Rolling Boulders –
Get Yer Yabba Yabbas Out! (Hanna-Barbera) :: Includes the hit single “No Excavations.” Rest in peace,
Be fooling you!
JEFFREY MORGAN'S ROCK 'N' ROLL PHOTOGRAPHS
Sat, April 1, 2023 | 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, March 25, 2023
JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #881
Sat, March 25, 2023 | link
JEFFREY MORGAN’S MEDIA BLACKOUT #881.567.200!
FIZZLING PLATTER OF THE WEEK: Thor – Keep The Dogs Away: 30th Anniversary Special Edition
1978-2008 (Scratch) :: Y’know what I hate? I hate reading an awkwardly worded press release that says: “And
beyond simply being a great Canadian album, easily Keep The Dogs Away holds it’s [sic] own nicely along the
finest efforts of Sweet, Ziggy-era Bowie, Mott the Hoople, Sweeney Todd, T-Rex and the like.” Which is a grievous insult
to really great Canadian albums like Neil Rush’s Tonight’s The Fly By Night. Thor’s the only musician
on that list whose record I never shoplifted because it’s as aurally anemic now as it was back then. Admittedly, the
title track is a pretty good power-pop bopper, but unfortunately, it’s stuck soaking in a static-strewn stew. With so
many original unsold vinyl copies lying around, you’d think that someone could’ve found a factory sealed one in
mint condition and ripped a new master from it. But no one did, which is why I’m mighty sore.
FIZZLING BOOK OF THE YEAR: Dave Thompson – I Hate New Music: The Classic Rock Manifesto
(Backbeat Books) :: Y’know what I hate? I hate reading a wretchedly written press release that says: “If the title
alone doesn’t polarize a roomful of music critics than [sic] nothing will.” Take it from me: Anyone who writes
dozens of chapter titles like “Fat and forty-plus, or had your Phil of Collins yet?” and thinks that they’re
witty is a talentless deballed hack who isn’t even qualified to write a Thor press release. But what I really hate is
reading an embarrassing introduction by the once lucid Richard “Gulcher” Meltzer who sadly can’t write anymore
and shouldn’t even try to. File under: The Aesthetics Of Schlock.
Sunday, March 19, 2023
JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #880
Sun, March 19, 2023 | link
JEFFREY MORGAN’S MEDIA BLACKOUT #880.566.198!
Animo – Blood In The Water (self released) :: Juvenile generic angst in their red-stained
underpants. Why can’t you ever find a great white shark when you really need one?
Mike Gordon – The Green Sparrow (Rounder) :: There’s a lot here to like, such
as the hip-swingin’ “Voices,” which reminds me of jazzy Stanley Clarke merged with poppy Todd Rundgren.
Then “Andelmans’ Yard” morphs into a silky Steve Miller vibe—and that’s even better.
Ten Shekel Shirt – Jubilee (Rounder) :: This one reminds
me of the thoughtful moderate up-tempo ballads that Unca Lou used to offer up, especially on the third Velvets album—and
Lou was always a softy at heart. But in addition to such sensitive songwriting, I’m equally encouraged that TSS are
also capable of picking up the pace apiece as they prove they can do on a track like “Spark.”
Sarah McLachlan – Rarities, B-Sides & Other Stuff (Nettwerk) :: She is woman,
hear me snore after listening to these sappy and slushy MOR songs without a single shred of personality. And with a lame résumé
like that, how much do you wanna bet that she’s probably a Canadian?
The Fight – In Pursuit Of Tomorrow (Cordless) :: Yet another generic angst-in-their-pangst band with
an original song called “Ready For War” that should’ve been a John Cale cover.
Ghostkeeper – And The Children Of The Great Northern Muskeg (Saved By Radio) :: Here
come the warm red stripes as Eno meets Linda McCartney on this delightfully wonky electropop album that’s augmented
with a delirious dash of early Alice Cooper!
SIZZLING PLATTER OF THE
WEEK: Blacklist Union – Breakin Bread With The Devil (B.L.U.) :: Cooze-infused badass rock ’n’
roll that manages to mix within a scant half hour a hyper speed freak Japanesque glamatronic melody vocal style with a crushing
Motörheadesque guitarasonic rave-up. One of the best albums of the year, even if they do slip up by putting the photo
of a big-bosomed babe on the actual disc instead of the front cover.
Saturday, March 11, 2023
JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #879
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JEFFREY MORGAN’S MEDIA BLACKOUT #879.565.197!
Robert Christgau – Christgau’s Consumer Guide (MSN) :: He’s the Leonard
Maltin of music!
James King – Gardens In The Sky:
The Bluegrass Gospel Of James King (Rounder) :: Just like heroin or Ernie Kovacs, religious bluegrass music is an acquired
taste in that you have to be receptive to both the religion and the bluegrass to get into it. But seeing as how James King
is the genre’s premier practitioner, this compilation consisting of mostly previously released tracks from his earlier
albums is well worth the effort.
Tiesto – In Search
Of Sunrise 7: Asia (Black Hole) :: Points deducted for putting an Armani Exchange logo on the back cover.
Various Artists – Stax Goes The Beatles & Soulsville
Sings Hitsville: Stax Sings The Songs Of Motown Records (Stax) :: Hearing Issac Hayes melt “Something” into
a sensual, 12-minute, soul-searing sermon is one thing; hearing the Bar-Kays turn “I Heard It Through The Grapevine”
into a suspenseful, 12-minute, senses-shattering soul-noir session is another thing entirely.
Watermelon Slim – No Paid Holidays (Northern Blues) :: If I had a boil-burstin’
mug like his, I’d sing the blues too.
Stone Rider –
Three Legs Of Trouble (Trustkill) :: The album title says it all—but just in case you’re still on the
nod, lemme spell it out for ya in simple words that even you can understand: This is loutishly loud ’n’ distorted
wah-wahified full throttle musical mayhem that’s custom made for some seriously savage stained mattress screwing. Yeah,
I thought that might wake you up. And speaking of loose screws…
PLATTER OF THE WEEK: Chase Frank – Midnight Manor (self-released) :: Chase is a girl and, boy, can
she ever write; sing; and play a whole host of everything, from deep-sixed dirges (“Sad Song”) and upbeat rockers
(“Doubt”) to decadent Euro-sautéed cabaret torch numbers (“Bipolar Belle”). I also get the
feeling that’s she’s got a loose screw or two rattling around somewhere in that big beautiful brain of hers—always
a plus in my book.
Be seeing you!
Saturday, March 4, 2023
JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #878
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JEFFREY MORGAN’S MEDIA BLACKOUT #878.564.196!
Poison – Seven Days Live (Armoury) :: What can you say about an album that actually
dares to list one of its eleven songs as: “Drum Solo”? You said it.
Of Jericho – Redemption (Trustkill) :: Five femme-fueled power ponderances asking that musical question:
is Candace Kucsulain the new Nico?
Fear Nuttin Band –
Yardcore (Bodog) :: Jahve nuttin d’feah bwah dis Korny wrekord widjil leeve fuh evva indie infuhmmy, mon.
3 Doors Down – 3 Doors Down (Universal Republic) :: There’s
a lot of potential here for the kinda classic riff-laden crunge rock that Columbia and Warner Bros. used to regularly release
during the mid ’70s—but only if they ditch all the barf-bag ballads first.
And The Moneynotes – New Cornucopia! (Prairie Queen) :: Imagine a kooky, countrified,
vaudevillian cross between wittily written Sparks and musically playful Boiled In Lead with an all too brief added dash of
Less Than Jake – Gnv Fla
(Sleep It Off) :: Soulful speed-freakin’ ska widda bouncy English Beat!
Fashion – The Fashion (Red Ink) :: Now why do I get the feeling that these cool cats would’ve
fit in perfectly on Bowie’s Nineteen-Eighty Floor Show?
Meego – Voyager (Red Ink) :: Seriously soaked in synths, this is the best Eurotrash electropop since
the end of the ’80s.
The Green Hour Band – The
Green Hour Band (Kingdom) :: And this is the greatest garagedelic rock album I’ve heard all week. These poor little
Greenies have hallucinated an LP that sounds like Their Satanic Majesties Request as recorded by the Beatles and
released on ESP Disc. It’s far-out, man.
SIZZLING PLATTER OF
THE WEEK: Priya Thomas – Priya Thomas Is Blood Heron (Boiling Pt) :: Poetess Priya is Canada’s
answer to Patti Smith, only she’s a much better singer; a much better writer; and a whole lot smarter. Plus, she lives
up to the song title “Your Guitar, My Undoing” by unleashing a blistering solo the likes of which hasn’t
been heard since Fripp lost a grip on Here Come The Warm Jets.
Saturday, February 25, 2023
JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #877
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JEFFREY MORGAN’S MEDIA BLACKOUT #877.615.255!
Alessandra Comini – Egon Schiele’s Portraits (University Of California Press)
:: Back in the ’70s, legendary British mime David Bowie was tagged in various rock rags to play early 20th century Austrian
painter Schiele in a movie called The Wally that never materialized save for a photo of Bowie looking suitably wan
with a book about Schiele casually strewn at his feet; but not this massive 500 page hardcover which would’ve been a
tad too heavy for such a scrawny snow-snorter to heft.
It’s too bad that the flick never got filmed because Schiele’s seriously skewed life was just as deeply
disturbing as his seriously skewed illustrations were—which is why I spent many a sleepless night kicking the gong around
and wondering what the result would look like if some visionary with a brimming brainpan dared to use Schiele’s herky-jerky
artwork as a twisted template to create an iconoclastic landmark animated series.
Peter Chung – Æon Flux: The Complete Animated
Collection (Paramount) :: It’s been twenty long years since Peter Chung first transmogrified Egon’s
art into Æon’s artifice and yet, as this definitive three disc set shows, the end results have never been more
eerily ahead of their time than they are now—no mean feat in a world gone wacky. If you’ve never been exposed
to Chung’s uncanny covert environment, you can now make up for lost time by immersing yourself for hours in the deep
end of the Æonetic pool where sixteen pretty much non-linear episodes await to indoctrinate you.
If it were easy to tell you what they’re all about I would, but the best I can do
to give you a hint of what awaits you is to quote that great poet Grace Slick, who once wrote about a time “when logic
and proportion have fallen sloppy dead.” Except that the crazy world of Peter Chung makes Lewis Carroll’s looking
glass landscapes seem like the very picture of photorealism; or as the phantom voice in Porky In Wackyland warns:
“It can happen here!” And in this Æon paean, it most certainly does.
SIZZLING PLATTER OF THE WEEK: Drew Neumann – Eye Spy:
Ears Only Confidential (Tone Casualties) :: Not since the great Carl Stalling gave Warner Bros. cartoons their own unique
sonic personality has there been such a perfect melding of sound and vision as that applied to Chung’s art by Neumann.
This two disc instrumental soundtrack to the Æon Flux series is what Bowie’s Low would’ve
sounded like had he teamed up with The Equalizer’s Stuart Copeland instead of Eno; or if id Software had hired
Wendy Carlos to record Quake instead of Trent Reznor. But don’t take my word for it: mosey over to
Drew’s website here where you can buy the enhanced three disc version directly from him and then decide for
Carl Stalling –
The Carl Stalling Project: Music From Warner Bros. Cartoons 1936 – 1957 (Warner Bros.) :: Exactly!
Be seeing you!
Saturday, February 18, 2023
JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #876
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JEFFREY MORGAN’S MEDIA BLACKOUT #876.614.255!
George Harrison – “Awaiting On You All” (Apple) :: Leave it to a white
guy from England to rhyme “Jesus” with “visas.”
The Madison Square Gardeners – Teeth Of Champions (self
released) :: From the guitars to the organ, the music is straight outta Dylan’s Highway 61 Revisited but the
vocals are strictly of the Elliott Murphy Aquashow ilk—and that’s an inspirational combo that’s
hard to beat, especially when the songwriting is easily on par with both of those stellar songsmiths.
Ice Cube – “We Had To Tear This
Mofo Up” (Priority) :: Leave it to a black guy from America to rhyme “Jesus” with “Adidas.”
Ringo Starr – “The
End” (Apple) :: Best drum solo ever?
Paul McCartney – “Kreen-Akore” (Capital) :: Best drum solo ever?
Ron Bushy – “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida”
(Atco) :: Best drum solo ever?
Criss – “100,000 Years” (Casablanca) :: Best drum solo ever?
John Bonham – “Moby Dick”
(Atlantic) :: Best drum solo ever?
Cole – “Topsy Part Two” (Apex) :: A million-selling, certified gold, number one single
from 1958 that’s just a drum solo? Best drum solo ever!
SIZZLING PLATTER OF THE WEEK: De Staat – Machinery (Cool
Green) :: It ain’t often that an eclectic album scores high marks on the intelligent quotient test and then registers
an even higher rating on the crunge-o-meter, but De Staat’s funk-fuelled Machinery sho ’nuff does both:
first by oozing out a surfeit of creative artistic brain-power-pop (ref. Roxy Music; Devo; Robin Scott’s M); and then
by reeking with an unreasonable overdose of snarky sonic style and amped-up attitude (ref. KMFDM; Prodigy; Living Color).
Where to begin? With the herky-jerky Morse
code guitar-driven chunk rock of “Ah, I See” that sounds like a bouncing buzz saw skewering a sheet metal
trampoline? Or with the James Brown drill sergeant depiction of animal meat by-product processing on “Old MacDonald
Don’t Have No Farm No More” that’ll make you wanna chow down on a tasty Big Kahuna Burger?
What about the pec-pumpin’ beats of
“Sweatshop” that’ll have you in sync while you sate your iron addiction? Would I be remiss in missing the
crazy carnival whirligig of “Psycho Disco” that keeps on chooglin’ until the sows come home? It really doesn’t
matter because, from the sporadic synth-stuttering stylistics served up on “Tumbling Down” to the real cool hand
that “Keep Me Home” deals down with its spiritually soulful chain-gang wail, this is one radical record to be
Who – Magic Bus: The Who On Tour (Decca) :: Best live album ever!
Be seeing you!
Saturday, February 11, 2023
JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #875
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JEFFREY MORGAN’S MEDIA BLACKOUT #875.613.254!
Bill Cosby – To Russell, My Brother,
With Whom I Slept (Warner Bros.) :: Boy, I guess we’ll never see anyone with enough guts to use a slyly-suggestive
title like that these days, huh?
SIZZLING BOOK OF THE WEEK: Mickey Leigh with Legs McNeil – I Slept With
Joey Ramone (Touchstone) :: Thankfully, this is the complete antithesis to Legs’ earlier oral history of punk Please
Kill Me, which was so direly depressing that even I couldn’t bear to keep it around. But just like the
above-noted Cosby comedy classic, I Slept With Joey Ramone is heartfelt to a fault in the way that it narrates how
brothers relate to each other—in this case Mickey to Joey—with the big difference being that there’s understandably
nothing in Cos’ tale about the wages of Mickey’s monkey; the variances of being an iconic rock star; or the tragic
too-tough-to-die trauma of terminal cancer. But don’t let that stop you from reading one of the most compassionate
rock books ever written because you could do a lot worse and, let’s face it, you probably already have.
SIZZLING PLATTER OF THE WEEK: The
Rolling Stones – Ladies And Gentlemen, The Rolling Stones (Eagle Vision) :: It goes without saying
but I’ll say it anyway: try as it might, this movie, which is the only officially Stones-sanctioned document of the
Stones’ legendary 1972 Tour Of The Americas, doesn’t come even remotely close to capturing the unearthly
Olympic Gods Walking The Earth essence of what it was like to actually be there, in the same room as them, to bear
witness at what was arguably the Stones’ greatest last live stand; the argument being that you can always find some
snooty purist who will eagerly insist that it all went downhill after 1966, never mind ’69.
That said, this isn’t anywhere near the sad slice of cinema
that I initially deemed it to be after I saw it during its initial theatrical run in 1974. Back then, I staggered away with
a bad taste in my eyes and the distinct feeling that the whole thing was nothing but a bunch of self-indulgent, big-lipped,
vanity close-ups of the singer. Then again, I did sit through two consecutive showings of the Beatles’ Let
It Be in May 1970 because I didn’t think that I’d gotten my two dollars and fifty cents worth the first time
around, so I’m a tough audience to begin with.
However, I’ve mellowed enough in my dotage to now see this for what it really is: a well-shot rollicking romp
that displays every band member in equal dollops of drag and has a sonically superior soundtrack that’s probably the
best we’re likely to hear in lieu of their oft-bootlegged Klein-cancelled live album—and if it’s no Stones
In Exile, well, what is these days?
Robert Frank – CS Blues (Embargoed) :: This is!
Be seeing you!
Saturday, February 4, 2023
JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #874
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JEFFREY MORGAN’S MEDIA BLACKOUT #874.612.253!
George Harrison assisted by Bernie Krause
– Electronic Sound (Zapple) :: The last word in noise!
The Aquabats! – Hi-Five Soup! (Fearless) :: All music’s
stupid as a spud, but rare is the record that’s worthy of being tagged stoopid—and just like Lou Reed’s
The Bells, the is one heckuva stoopid album that’s so satirically smart it actually dares to be D-U-M-B. Some
might even go so far as to say that there hasn’t been such a peerless parody platter since the heyday of “Weird
Freeberg – St. George And The Dragonet (Capitol) :: Except that Hi-Fi Stupe! won’t
sell a million copies in three weeks like Stan’s seminal single did back in 1953—and that’s just the facts,
– Braids (Kanine) :: What if the Phaedra-era Tangerine Dream and the Bedside Companion-era
Nash The Slash had pooled their considerable synth skills to wax a record that featured a chirpy chick’s ethereal vocals?
The result would’ve been this delightful disc that’ll have your ten toes tapping and your seven synapses snapping!
Neil Young assisted by
Crazy Horse – Arc (Reprise) :: The last word in noise!
Otis Redding – Live On The Sunset Strip
(Stax) :: If you’re ready for Star Time, then this two disc distillation of Redding’s four night stint at the
Whisky in 1966 is definitely ready for you. What’s that you say? You’ve heard enough versions
of “Respect” and “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” to last you a lifetime? Then may I
suggest going directly to the second platter to play Otis’ ten minute throwdown on “Papa’s Got A Brand New
Bag”? It’ll make you get up offa that thing; dance and you’ll feel better!
Ben Ottewell – Shapes & Shadows
(ATO) :: Ben’s got an original voice and he uses it to sing well-crafted songs that are about as heartfelt and literate
as you’re likely to hear these days. Toss in some tastefully sparse album cover art direction and you’ve got an
entire package that’s well worth perusing—so mebbe y’oughtta pick up a copy ’n’ settle down
to give it a spin. Nine tracks, no waiting.
SIZZLING PLATTER OF THE WEEK: Colin Stetson – New History Warfare Vol. 2: Judges
(Constellation) :: On this astonishing new avant album, sax master Stetson somehow manages to make his instrument evoke everything
from the watery mystique obsequies of Gavin Bryars and the echoic reverb distortion of Unca Lou’s live work with Zeitkratzer
to the surreal hypnotic sequential drones of Terry Riley and Steve Reich as channeled through the altered sonic states of
Basil Kirchin—an uncanny aural achievement made all the more impressive by the fact that Stetson plays everything in
one take without any overdubs. Bonus points for having Laurie Anderson occasionally chime in with arcane words of wisdom and
Shara Worden for likewise haunting the proceedings with her plaintive singing.
Lou Reed assisted by Lou’s speed – Metal Machine Music
(RCA Quadradisc) :: The last word in noise!
Be seeing you!
Saturday, January 28, 2023
JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #873
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JEFFREY MORGAN’S MEDIA BLACKOUT #873.611.252!
Alice Cooper – Lay Down And Die, Goodbye
(Straight) :: If lacquering his liver for years with Budweiser and Canadian Club didn’t kill him, then nothing
will. File under: Too Tough To Die.
Suicide – Frankie Teardrop (Red Star) :: What, they’re still alive? Amateurs!
Elton John – Someone
Saved My Life Tonight (MCA) :: If Bernie hadn’t pulled Reg’s head out of that gas oven, we never would’ve
have had the pleasure of hearing him subsequently shill: “Sassoon says so much”! Anyone got a match?
Frank Gallup – Got
A Match? (Paramount) :: I beg your pardon!
Ozzy Osbourne – Suicide Solution (Epic) :: If the bat-bite rabies didn’t kill
him, then nothing will. File under: Too Tough To Die.
Metallica – Fade To Black (Elektra) :: What, they’re
still alive? Amateurs!
– Sexual Suicide (NPG) :: File under: Freddie Mercury.
Freddie Mercury – Don’t Try Suicide (Elektra) ::
McCartney – Suicide (Capitol) :: You’d think that writing a song called “Suicide”
at age fourteen would portend something dire, but daddy says nothing doing. File under: Too Tough To Die.
David Lee Roth – Jump (Warner Bros.)
:: When he sings “Go ahead and jump!” what did you think he was talking about? Hopscotch?
Cheap Trick – Auf
Wiedersehen (Epic) :: Need a push?
Sparks – Here In Heaven (Island) :: Only Ron Mael could write a song about a suicide
pact in which the woman reneges—as sung from the point of view of the man who, having gone first, said goodbye cruel
world: “Now I know why you let me take the lead.”
The Mash – Suicide Is Painless (Columbia) :: Number one with
Railroad – Born To Die (Capitol) :: What, they’re still alive? Amateurs!
Woody Guthrie – So Long, It’s been
Good To Know Yuh (Elektra) :: Even Okies get the dust bowl blues.
Phil Ochs – Rehearsals For Retirement (A&M) :: Merely
the greatest—and, regrettably, most prophetic—album cover ever.
Trent Reznor – Gave Up (Nothing)
:: When the singer describes his music as being “an ultra fast chunk of death” and then repeatedly wails “I
tried, I gave up” you’d think that he would’ve backed up his brag by now, but no. File under: Too Tough
– Too Tough To Die (Sire) :: Really?
Iggy & The Stooges – Death Trip (Columbia) :: What, they’re
still alive? Amateurs!
PLATTER OF THE WEEK – SAD ONE: Michael Hutchence – Suicide Blonde (Mercury) :: Professional.
PRESCIENT PLATTER OF THE WEEK –
SAD TWO: Kurt Cobain – I Hate Myself And I Want To Die (Geffen) :: To a fault.
Dorothy Parker – Résumé (Enough Rope) :: “Razors pain you; rivers are damp. Acids stain you; and drugs
cause cramp. Guns aren’t lawful; nooses give. Gas smells awful; you might as well live.”
Be seeing you!