Saturday, May 30, 2020
JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #733
Sat, May 30, 2020 | link
MORGAN’S MEDIA BLACKOUT #733.467.77!
Stereophonics – Live From Dakota
(Vox Populi) :: I never realized how much the lead singer sounds like Marilyn Manson and the band like INXS until I heard
this twofer. Which means they sound alright. Wholly unoriginal, but quite alright.
– Silver (Hydra Head) :: The marathon melodrama of "Purple Rain" fused with the claustrosonic soundscapes
Tagaq – Sinaa (Jericho Beach) :: Sparse challenging
repetitive primitive chants by a woman who can use her voice much in the same way that Philip Glass can use a keyboard. Only
the sellout Cutty Sark salesman was never aided and abetted by the ice queen Bjorkasaurus.
More Shallows – Monkey vs. Shark (Turn) :: These seven somber songs aren’t bad
but the laughably wretched amateur album cover art will deep-six this disc before it ever gets a chance to be heard. Helen
Keller with an empty box of crayons could do better. Remember kids: You’re supposed to be independent, not incompetent.
Albatross – Blessphemy (Of The Peace Beast Feastgiver And The Bear Warp Kumite) (Ace
Fu) :: King Crimson meets screamo.
David Bowie – The Rise And Fall
Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars (RCA) :: Well, there goes my word count.
Bolan & T. Rex – Zinc Alloy And The Hidden Riders Of Tomorrow (Or a Creamed
Cage In August) (T. Rex Wax Company) :: I give up.
SIZZLING PLATTER OF THE WEEK: SSM
– SSM (Alive) :: Why do these guys rate a SPOTW? Well, first they have a short album title that doesn’t
chew up my valuable word count. Second, they have an equally brief band moniker that stands for Szymanski (cheesy Farfisa)
Shettler (snappin’ traps) Morris (guttural guitar)—three rock star names if I ever heard them. Third, they have
a "96 beers" sound that consists of swirling, mind-bending psychedelics that are so charmingly primitive they make
Grand Funk Railroad sound like Emerson Lake & Palmer. Fourth, "Sick" is the catchiest punk song Todd Rundgren
never recorded. Fifth, "2012" is the best sci-fi masterpiece The Doors never recorded.
Saturday, May 23, 2020
JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #732
Sat, May 23, 2020 | link
MORGAN’S MEDIA BLACKOUT #732.462.71!
Dozer – Through The Eyes Of Heathens
(Small Stone) :: I anticipated a side order of screamo but got a heapin' helpin' of bone-pulverizing thud rock instead. And
because I do love my thud rock, that's no bull.
David Bowie –
Heathen (Columbia) :: Every time I revisit this album expecting to be sorely disappointed, I always come away pleasantly
surprised by its emotional depth and maturity. Which says less about how good an album it is than it does about my inexplicable
ongoing utter lack of faith in it.
Brian Byrne – tuesdays, thursdays
and if it rains (Kindling) :: I'm not saying that this uplifting album was influenced by Mick Ronson or anything, but
it sure sounds like it to me. Not that it matters because I'll take my uplifting music anywhere I can find it.
Potvin – The Way It Feels (Alert) :: Lissome lungs and horny horns provide a percolating
pulse that's part blues, part R&B soul and all heartfelt passion. WARNING: Playing this album may set off your stroke
Dozer – Through The Eyes Of Heathens (Small
Stone) :: Bull! Dozer! Bulldozer! I almost had a gag there, son! Joke, that is...
PLATTER OF THE WEEK: David Wall – The Spell I Was Under (Black Hen) :: Ellis Hooks once
recorded the best early Rolling Stones album that the Stones never recorded. Now it's David Wall who's tapped an Exile
On Main St. vein and come up with a soulful blues album that's well worth hearing if only to dig the latent Leon Russell
gospel vibe and background bleatin' country honkin' babes.
Be seeing you!
Saturday, May 16, 2020
JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #731
Sat, May 16, 2020 | link
MORGAN’S MEDIA BLACKOUT #731.461.70!
Noisettes – Three Moods Of The
Noisettes (Low Altitude) :: Their rip-roarin' vocals are faster than the Pointer Sisters on speed, and their band is
more muscular than a Mr. Olympia posedown.
Blue October – Foiled (Universal)
:: What radical new record will make your soul ache with heartfelt passion? Rats, Foiled. What ambitious new album
will make you remember why you like literate rock? Darn, Foiled. What dramatic new disc takes the prog rock spirit
of Peter Gabriel's Genesis and admirably modernizes it into the future? Curses, Foiled again.
Costa – Songs We Sing (Brushfire) :: This singer-songwriter hooked me by sounding like
the second coming of gentle acoustic Donovan ("Astair"), but when he switched to hard rockin' electric Donovan ("Sweet
Thursday") he reeled me in. You'll be landed and left breathless when you hear him too.
PLATTER OF THE WEEK: Big 10-4 – Big 10-4 (Universal) :: "Well, I'm the one they
call the walking disaster" is a kind of heartfelt lyric that instantly grabs my attention much in the same way that almost
being smearcased on the sidewalk by a falling piano does. The vocals are tough yet passionate, the guitars jangle like sheet
metal lightning, and the drums thunder with enough ten pin power to make Henry Hudson proud. And while I'd never be snooty
enough to say that I've heard the future of rock 'n' roll, I would advise Bruce Springsteen to roll over and tell the E Street
Band the news.
Be seeing you!
Saturday, May 9, 2020
JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #730
Sat, May 9, 2020 | link
MORGAN’S MEDIA BLACKOUT #730.460.68!
Hawthorne Heights – If Only You
Were Lonely (Victory) :: If only I were deaf.
Measles Mumps Rubella
– Fantastic Success (Doubling Cube) :: What do you get when you cross Pere Ubu with Talking Heads? An infectious
new strain on your ears!
Waterdown – All Riot (Victory)
:: There’s a message inside that says to stay home and read a book. I tried that, but the buffeting F5 metasonic sound
waves coming out of the speakers while I played this primo Van Halen meets screamo album kept shredding the pages so I watched
some senior citizen porn instead.
From Fiction – Bloodwork (Last
Gang) :: Hi, my name is Steve Albini and I’m your producer. Today’s special is a theatrical singer garnished by
a band with a primitive progressive garage sound. Can I get you something to drink first?
Autumn Offering – Revelations Of The Unsung (Victory) :: Unsung is right ’cause
these growling guttural vocals almost get pummeled under the weight of the brutal bludgeoning beats that TAO—geddit?—promulgates.
And if you don’t know what that last word means, then this album is definitely for you.
– Flores De Sangre (Small Stone) :: Heavy double time tunes that’ll remind you of Ted Nugent at his most
manically possessed, with a side order of Kyuss and Cult.
SIZZLING PLATTER OF THE WEEK:
Action Action – An Army Of Shapes Between Wars (Victory) :: Smart and stylish, this is
Dépêche Duran power pop art rock at its soaring synthesized best. Each and every track will have you fondly reliving
glam’s last lush gasp from the glory days of the ’80s. And since I utterly loathed the ’80s you can trust
me not to steer you wrong on this one.
Be seeing you!
Saturday, May 2, 2020
JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #729
Sat, May 2, 2020 | link
MORGAN’S MEDIA BLACKOUT #729.459.63!
Bill Charlap & Sandy Stewart
– Love Is Here To Stay (Blue Note) :: Sparse solo piano and sultry chanteuse singing that'll transform your
dire digs into a smoky nightclub circa 1957. Ashtray and coaster not included.
– Juturna (Equal Vision) :: Swirling spastic spin-dizzy songs that'll haunt your hovel for hours. Gravol and
Imitrex not included.
Death From Above 1979 – Romance Bloody Romance:
Remixes And B Sides (Last Gang) :: Nothing like releasing a fast-buck career-stalling remix album that exposes how paper-thin
your abrasive retardo-distorto-techno NIN shtick really is. Originality and... Aw, fergeddit.
Man – Six Demon Bag (Ace Fu) :: Remember that drag musical in Escape From New York?
Well, so does this Tom Waits meets Frank Zappa band.
New York Dolls
– Too Little Too Late (Roadrunner) :: Just kidding. I hope.
– Better Days (Hugtight) :: A power-pop band with a horny horn section and leering lead singers who sound like
Leon Russell and Randy Newman is a great idea whose time has come today.
– Eden Fire (Nettwerk) :: Now here's something new: rock songs based on the book of Revelations.
Beatles – "Revolution 9" (Apple) :: Something New, geddit?
Beatles – "Helter Skelter" (Apple) :: They invented screamo, too.
PLATTER OF THE WEEK: The Beatles – The Beatles (Apple) :: This murky mishmash is a sunken
slice of seismic miasma that begins with a Beach Boys parody ("Back In The USSR") and penultimates with the above-noted
nine minute John Cage meets William S. Burroughs tape collage before tucking you in at the end with a sincere children's lullaby
("Good Night"). If you really wanna know why it's called The White Album, next time focus on its latent
Be seeing you!
Saturday, April 25, 2020
JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #728
Sat, April 25, 2020 | link
MORGAN’S MEDIA BLACKOUT #728.458.61!
James Frey – A Million Little
Pieces (Doubleday) :: He who makes a liar out of himself gets rid of the burden of being honest. Indeed. Which means
we’ll never get to see an Oprah’s Book Club sticker on the cover of the 45th anniversary edition of Fear And
Loathing In Las Vegas, eh?
Dr. Hunter S. Thompson – 1937-2005
(R.I.P.) :: Has it been fifteen years already?
Glamour Puss – Bluesman’s
Prayer (Northern Blues) :: The opening track is a bald-faced rewrite of “The Weight,” which pretty much explains
why these Pussies sound just like The Band.
Journey – Generations (Sanctuary)
:: If you use only one glossy prog rock album to test drive your next pair of high-end speakers, make it this one.
O’Neil – Melissa O’Neil (Sony BMG) :: Wherein the generic winner of Canadian
Idol uses her generic voice to record a generic album guaranteed to generate genuine generic apathy.
Goudie – Under The Lights (Sony BMG) :: So does the generic runner-up.
– Güajiro (Achala) :: Punk bands are a ripe dime a dozen, but a punk band that sounds like they’re
straight outta 1976? Now that’s what I call speaking my language!
& The Workers – Watermelon Slim & The Workers (Northern Blues) :: Crust-laden
smut-soaked Tijuana Bible Belt blues ejerkulated out by a stain-shootin’ cranky old wank that’ll have you itchin’
for a hot Clorox shower.
SIZZLING PLATTER OF THE WEEK: Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas
by Hunter S. Thompson (Margaritaville) :: You can thank Jimmy Buffett for this ace audio adaptation,
which features the voices of Harry Dean Stanton, Maury Chaykin, Jim Jarmusch, Dan Castellaneta, Buck Henry, Laraine Newman,
Harry Shearer and, yes, even Raoul Duke himself. Indeed.
Be seeing you!
Saturday, April 18, 2020
JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #727
Sat, April 18, 2020 | link
MORGAN’S MEDIA BLACKOUT #727.456.58!
Cab Calloway – Minnie The Moocher
And Me (Crowell) :: The Professor of Swingformation could teach all the crude dudes a thing or two about being cool.
How cool? Cool enough to play poker with Steve McQueen and Edward G. Robinson in The Cincinnati Kid, that’s
Days Like These – Inventure (Lobster) :: Introspective
angst at its prattling portentous best!
Dramarama – Everybody Dies
(33rd Street) :: This Chris Carter-less wandering refried glam reunion sure ain’t the Everyothers. Velvet Genesis, maybe.
– All At Once (One Day Savior) :: Singing so flat it makes Ellen Foley look like Pandora Peaks.
Blue – Smile ’N Nod (DCide) :: Oh boy, almond Oy!
William – Having (Nettwerk) :: Languid squid music that evokes Julee Cruise at her most
Hella – Concentration Face/Homeboy (5rc) ::
I like naked chicks on album covers, but Blind Faith and Electric Ladyland never gave me a primo screamo
Harry Manx – Mantra For Madmen (Dog My Cat)
:: The modern master of the mohan veena is back with another round of intelligent Indian blues that’s well worth listening
Head Wound City – Head Wound City (Three.One.G) :: Seven shots
in 10 minutes? Lee Harvey Oswald got off half that many in six seconds.
The Fully Down
– Don’t Get Lost In A Movement (Fearless) :: Introspective angst at its prattling portentous best!
PLATTER OF THE WEEK: Fireball Ministry – Their Rock Is Not Our Rock (Liquor and Poker)
:: Attention shoppers! Step this way for hard-rock mayhem just like your rummy old man used to get juiced and pass out to.
Last year they were Black Sabbath. This year they’re KISS. Who will they be next year? Angel? Starz?
Saturday, April 11, 2020
JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #726
Sat, April 11, 2020 | link
MORGAN’S MEDIA BLACKOUT #726.455.57!
Thine Eyes Bleed – In The Wake
Of Separation (The End) :: Mine ears bleed.
Wolf Parade –
Apologies To Queen Mary (Sub Pop) :: What if Bowie and Ronson had recorded Hunky Dory while stewed to the
gills on a case of scotch?
The Dead Science – Frost Giant
(Absolutely Kosher) :: Nasty canasta Mexicano melodies merged with woozy wasted wastrel wails.
– Portals To Uphobia (Osmose Productions) :: Prog metal? I dunno, but it’s amazing how palatable screamo
vocals can be when they’re shored up by solid production and a relentless brace of burgeoning bludgeoning beats.
Lines – Waitin’ On The Wonderful (BMG) :: He may strike a Paddy Smiff meets Zimmer
pose on the inner tray photo, but he sure sings like the sincere second coming of classic country.
Of Unlight – The Continuum Hypothesis (The End) :: Gosh, I miss The Obsessed.
Of The Sun – Monarchs Of A Fallen Society (DCide) :: What at first blush appears to be
the usual slapdash hodgepodge of generic angst pop is quickly quelled by the swirling dashes of Kirk Hammett guitar work.
– Mythological Occult Metal 1991-2001 (Osmose Productions) :: And then this compilation of feelth metal’s
greatest grates and rarest wracks comes along to show everyone where it began and who to blame.
PLATTER OF THE WEEK: Chromelodeon – Heart Of Sawdust (Bloodlink) :: Any band that names
itself after an obscure Harry Partch work gets my vote right off the bat—especially when they title their six songs
an economically minimal “One” through “Six.” But when all six are prog rock instrumentals á
la Nash The Slash, well, when I say I’m in love, you best believe I’m in love, l-u-v.
Saturday, April 4, 2020
JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #725
Sat, April 4, 2020 | link
MORGAN’S MEDIA BLACKOUT #725.453.55!
Vailcode – Vailcode (Times
Beach) :: This lean and lanky new album by Motor City guitar legend slammin’ Sammy Vail is easily as thoughtful as Elliott
Murphy at his “Diamonds By The Yard” best. And that’s definitely saying something.
Hernandez – C About Me (TVT) :: Y’know, back in 1986 they would’ve used “If
You Were Mine” during one of Tubbs’ hot make-out scenes on Miami Vice.
Pathways – Boat Of Confidence (RIYL) :: They set sail with a loose wandering intro before
checking the chart and drifting into a Captain Sensible mode that I quite like.
Dethroned – The Lair Of The White Worm (Metal Blade) :: I’m not too crazy about
the band’s name, but that doesn’t stop me from digging their savage sound which, the guttural glotteral vocals
aside, is about as close to classic double-time Metallica as you can find these days.
Gunshy – Souls (Latest Flame) :: Head gunner Matt Arbogast gets nailed for aping Tom
Waits so much, but that misses the whole point because he does it so well. When you do it as long and as well as he does,
the purloined style eventually becomes all your own. And on this album, it finally does.
PLATTER OF THE WEEK: Baleen – Follow Me Blind (Liquilab) :: Now here’s one worth
listening to that’s all over the audio map. It starts out being on some kind of soul trip only to swerve into a herky-jerky
Angletrax vein, albeit a little more mellow and melodic. And since I know you don’t know who Angletrax are, don’t
you be making the same mistake twice.
Be seeing you!
Saturday, March 28, 2020
JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #724
Sat, March 28, 2020 | link
MORGAN’S MEDIA BLACKOUT #724.451.54!
Cold – A Different Kind Of Pain
(Flip) :: Coldplay. Coldpain. Coldpause. Coldeject. Coldreject.
– Pro-Twelve Thinker (Strictly Amateur Films) :: If the names Korg, Roland, Casio and Stylophone mean anything
to you, then you just might enjoy the primitive electronics krafted on this sparse sampling of snatches.
Blain – Overqualified For The Blues (Northern Blues) :: Now here’s something you
don’t hear every day: a bluesman singin’ the blues about how lousy the blues singin’ business is these days,
and that’s a twist worthy of Ron Mael, who was a crotchety old bluesman himself in his own wry way.
With Merzbow – Sun Baked Snow Cave (Hydra Head) :: One track, one hour long. An electro
acoustic environmental excursion that makes Eno’s early ambient albums sound like Motörhead on speed—if that’s
not too oxymoronic for ya.
Lilitu – The Delores Lesion
(The End) :: They sound like they’ve been watching David Fincher’s Se7en a touch too much, but this just
may be screamo prog rock at its best.
Conjure One – Extraordinary Ways
(Nettwerk) :: MainMan touted Dana Gillespie as the female David Bowie, but the way this dish phrases comes a lot closer.
Myriad – You Can’t Trust A Ladder (Floodgate) :: But you can trust the singer to
shamelessly ape Bono.
Agents Of The Sun – Monarchs Of A Fallen Society
(DCide) :: OK, so maybe shamelessly aping Bono isn’t such a grievous sin after all.
PLATTER OF THE WEEK: Rogue Wave – Descended Like Vultures (Sub Pop) :: Paul McCartney?
Todd Rundgren? Brian Wilson? No, it’s the return of Zach Rogue, whose new pop album is every bit as good as last year’s
Out Of The Shadows.
Be seeing you!
Saturday, March 21, 2020
JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #723
Sat, March 21, 2020 | link
MORGAN’S MEDIA BLACKOUT #723.450.53!
Orgy – Trans Global Spectacle
1997 - 2004 (D1) :: Whether they’re falling down stairs in stages or eliciting stares on stages, this modern stoned-age
family has a gay old time for over two hours. Whether you laugh with them or at them is up to you.
– The Question (Tooth & Nail) :: They look like they stepped out of a western, but their sound is strictly
generic melodramatic screamo.
Everything At Once – Everything
At Once (Linus) :: More generic melodramatic screamo from a group that prides itself on bloodily gouging their album
title into the back of a naked woman.
The Beatles – Yesterday And Today
(Capitol) :: And to think that their baby butcher cover was banned in 1966 for being offensive.
Cooper – “Dead Babies” (Warner Bros.) :: On the other hand, astute social
commentary is never offensive.
Kill Rock Stars – Video Fanzine
III (Kill Rock Stars) :: If you’re into classic rock and have absolutely no idea what’s going on these days
in the alternative world of nonmainstream music, then these 25 tracks of rampant fun ’n’ mayhem will either set
you on the path to higher enlightenment or spook the heebie-jeebies out of you.
Only – The Desired Effect (Battle Axe) :: The undesired effect is that this crap rap
makes me nap.
SIZZLING PLATTER OF THE WEEK: Danzig – Il Demonio
Nera (MDM) :: Volume 9 in the complete Danzig AV library features 12 different versions of six different videos, one
of which features a very stacked nude babe. Offensive? Perhaps, perhaps not. But I predict that director Danzig will give
director Zombie a run for his money by becoming the new Bob Guiccione of Satano Sinema™.
Saturday, March 14, 2020
JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #722
Sat, March 14, 2020 | link
MORGAN’S MEDIA BLACKOUT #722.449.52!
Various Artists – Run The Road
(Last Gang) :: This clever compilation contains enough speed rap to give you whiplash. And although it may not be socially
responsible to use the sampled sounds of jacked chambers and gun blasts as percussion on “Terror Danjah” by Cock
Back, it’s a Kraftwerkian touch that gets my toe a-tappin’. And speaking of cocks...
Cock – Bagged And Boarded (Absolutely Kosher) :: They have a pierced knob on the front
cover. Their singer is named Lord Phallus. Their guitarist is named Bane Ass-Pounder. Then how to explain that they sound
like Blue Cheer on Valium? I know: They’re KISS in disguise!
– Capture And Release (Hydra Head) :: This spry little lease-breaker has but two tracks, the first of which
runs 18:13 and consists of nothing but anguished screaming over ponderous power chords. The second is 25:03 of more of the
Vagina Dentata Organ – Sex Star (VDO) :: However, Jordi Valls
did this kind of thing much better way back in 1986 by taping copulating couples instead.
Thomas – If Songs Could Be Held (Nettwerk) :: Thought-provoking; heartbreaking; life-affirming;
Rosie is the female George Harrison, if you know what I mean.
A Wilhelm Scream
– Ruiner (Nitro) :: Decades from now, if they ever grow up, these kids will regret that they ever recorded
Abigail Washburn – Song Of The Traveling Daughter
(Nettwerk) :: Banjo-pickin’ country music fused with Chinese melodies. Something new under the sun and then some.
PLATTER OF THE WEEK: The Trews – Den Of Thieves (Epic) :: Wanna know why these hot young
snots got to open for those cold shot spots the Stones?
Be seeing you!
Saturday, March 7, 2020
JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #721
Sat, March 7, 2020 | link
MORGAN’S MEDIA BLACKOUT #721.448.51!
The Populars – The Vindicator
EP (Kindling) :: The singer steals from Roger Daltry and the guitarist steals from Pete Townshend. But when I hear an
ignorant chorus like, “I wish you’d hurry up and die,” all I hear is the Who without a clue. Someone should
tell these clods to choose life instead before they die before they get old.
– Sixth In Sixes (Polyvinyl) :: These blistered sisters are screamin’ it for themselves.
Cox & Sam Harris – Hungry Ghosts (Northern Blues) :: When sci-fi
author Spider Robinson writes in the liner notes about “Tibetan Buddhist cosmology” and the “Zen Masters”
of acoustic roots music, he’s stretching because “Canned Heat Blues” sure ain’t music to read T. Lobsang
Rampa’s Chapters Of Life by.
Doomriders – Black Thunder
(Deathwish) :: This dark dose sure ain’t music to read Rampa by either, but a few chapters of Mickey Spillane’s
The Last Cop Out might go down good while you listen to these hoarse Cooperish theatrics—although the Mick
would surely disagree and, come to think of it, so would Alice.
& For Eyes – Sweet On The Vine (Zip) :: I might like this competent album a whole lot
better if Mark didn’t sound so much like Elvis Costello. Or is that John Lennon? Robin Zander?
Woo – First Blush (Last Gang):: These wasted wastrels strike enough preening poses to
punk out the New York Dolls.
SIZZLING PLATTER OF THE WEEK: Messer Chups
– Crazy Price (Ipecac) :: This “Telstar” meets “Out Of Limits” sonic sliver fuses a
holy-cow campabilly cornball aesthetic with a low-brow surfabilly lounge mentality. It’s got a beat, you can geek to
it, I give it a 10.
Be seeing you!
Wednesday, March 4, 2020
JEFFREY MORGANíS ROCK íNí ROLL PHOTOGRAPHS
Wed, March 4, 2020 | 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 Legal tour)
:: George Harrison (1974 Dark Horse tour) :: Paul McCartney (1976 Wings Over
America tour) :: Pete Townshend (1976 The Who By Numbers tour) :: 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, February 29, 2020
JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #720
Sat, February 29, 2020 | link
MORGAN’S MEDIA BLACKOUT #720.447.51!
Good evening Mr. and Mrs. America and all the ships at sea! This is Jeffrey
Morgan reporting! Stand by for the this week’s edition of your favorite weekly rock ’n’ roll media column,
where every word I write is the unvarnished and unbiased gospel truth! Flash! Let’s go to press!
Cornell & Phil Anselmo – Sing The Louis Armstrong Songbook (Blue
Note) :: Screamo meets Satchmo! (A personal note from Jeffrey Morgan: Folks, I’ve listened to this album so you can
believe me when I tell you that this dynamic duo is an absolute solid-gold knockout. If you haven’t heard it yet, call
up your local radio station and demand that they play it!)
Love – Courtney At Carnegie Hall (Capitol) :: She’s the new Judy Garland! (A personal
note from Jeffrey Morgan: Folks, I’ve listened to this album so you can believe me when I tell you that this young lady
is an absolute double-platinum jewel. If you haven’t heard it yet, go to your local record store and demand that they
sell you a copy!)
Paul Reubens & Queen – Sing
The Cab Calloway Songbook (Savoy) :: Hiney hiney ho! (A personal note from Jeffrey Morgan: Folks, I’ve listened
to this album so you can believe me when I tell you that these four lads are an absolute solid-gold double-platinum jewel
of a knockout. If you haven’t seen them yet, go to your local ticket booth and demand that they give you the best seats!)
And so until next
week, I remain your worldwide correspondent who has come to the conclusion—after listening to some of the latest records—that
the wrong musicians are out of work!
Be seeing you!
Saturday, February 22, 2020
JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #719
Sat, February 22, 2020 | link
MORGAN’S MEDIA BLACKOUT #719.446.50!
Corb Lund – Hair In My Eyes Like
A Highland Steer (Stony Plain) :: Maybe I ain’t been listenin’ carefully, but I ain’t heard an album
with yoyo yodelin’ on it since Eno’s ululatin’ “Seven Deadly Finns.” Well, thanks to this fine
fiddlin’ country album, I stand corrected. Bonus points for letting Ramblin’ Jack Elliott sing.
– The Weight Of The World (Hopeless) :: What separates these teens from their boring older brethren is an ability
to vary the beat and have a Geddy-esque singer who seems to know what the word “passion” means.
Baebes – Mirabilis (Nettwerk) :: What we got here are eight—count ’em, eight—come-hither
hotties who’ve managed to come up with an ethereal Celtic cross between Mike Oldfield’s Ommadawn and
Jethro Tull’s Songs From The Woods. I kid ye not.
– Romantic Wealth (Lobster) :: More like a pedantic wealth of angst-driven drivel.
Taylor – Below The Fold (Telarc) :: The next time someone tells you that the art of storytelling
songwriting is dead, play them this intelligent brain-blistering blues album that sounds like an archival roots recording
but is as vital as the blood coursing through your veins.
SIZZLING PLATTER OF THE WEEK:
The Click Five – Greetings From Imrie House (Lava) :: Yeah, yeah, yeah, their name is
meant to evoke Dave Clark’s saxified beat combo, but this new Five alive jive straddles the gap betwixt Cheap Trick
and the Cars, with a Strawberries dollopdash guaranteed to keep your tail wagging. And each copy contains a different bubble
gum card, so collect them all.
Be seeing you!
Saturday, February 15, 2020
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Led Zeppelin – Led Zeppelin
(Atlantic) :: If he keeps on strainin’ the larynx gonna break.
– The Luxury Of Time (Gigantic Music) :: Steve McQueen is their hero, which explains why Virgil Hilts might’ve
gotten over that second barbed wire barrier had he been listening to “Green Eyes” at the time.
– Wanderlust (Round Rock) :: And if he’d been listening to this slammin’
Sammy slice of Hagarock, the Cooler King could’ve dug all three tunnels by himself.
Zeppelin – Led Zeppelin II (Atlantic) :: If he keeps on strainin’ the larynx gonna
Paul Brickhill – The Great Escape (Faber and Faber) :: If all
you know is the movie, then you only know part of the story, because Brickhill’s account is a premier page turner.
Winchell (R.I.P.) :: Tigger? I remember him as the ventriloquist straight man to Jerry Mahoney and Knucklehead.
But it doesn’t matter what he’s remembered for, as long as he’s remembered.
Plant – Mighty Rearranger (Sanctuary) :: When the larynx breaks, mama, he got to croon.
SERIES OF THE WEEK: Airwolf – Season One (Universal Home Video DVD) :: If you missed
this Blue Thunder superchopper knock-off when it first aired a few decades back, now’s your chance to atone
for your grievous sin of omission by buying this two-disc set. Not only does Jan Michael Vincent beat Roy Schneider at his
own ace stealth pilot game, there’s the extra bonus of getting to watch co-star Ernest “McHale” Borgnine
cranked up and kvetching in his best Escape From New York “Cabbie” comedy relief mode.
Saturday, February 8, 2020
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Bobby Love – Rare Herbs
(Funky Delicacies) :: The freakalicious flute king of New Orleans funk is back on track to cream the scene clean with this
musky collection of vintage tracks from 1974 that’ll have your gal dropping down to play one too.
Of London – Towers Of London (TVT) :: Memo to publicity: The next time you mail out a
press package, remember to put a copy of the record in the envelope. No wonder Reznor left.
– Discovering The Waterfront (Victory) :: “My Heroine.” Worst drug song ever.
McKeown – We Will Become Like Birds (Nettwerk) :: There’s a gag here somewhere
about one in the hand or two in the bush, but I’ll be gosh darned if I can find it.
Weapons – Free In The Streets (Defend) :: Synthesized grandeur with a bombastic basting,
this would be the result if INXS hired Jim Morrison.
– You Are Too Much For The Human Heart (Soul Tay Shus) :: If you’d like to hear one of the most stirring
voices in the history of soul, then pick up this exemplary testimonial that was recorded between 1961 and 1970.
Lewis – Jerry Lewis Sings! (Decca) :: Schlock-a-bye your baby.
PLATTER OF THE WEEK: Wolf Parade – Wolf Parade (Sub Pop) :: “Shine A Light”
lifts its title from Exile On Main St. and its opening riff from “Get Back.” Then Sam Kinison joins Pere
Ubu for a vocal rave-up on “You Are a Runner And I Am My Father’s Son.” But the kicker is “Disco Sheets,”
which is about as close to a Number One In Heaven outtake as you’re likely to get at this late date.
Saturday, February 1, 2020
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The Amino Acids – Destroy The
Warming Sun! (Bowlophonic) :: And you thought Apple was a stupid name for a record label.
Ribeye Brothers – Bar Ballads And Cautionary Tales (Times Beach) :: They pump a hot Farfisa
and aren’t afraid to quote Roberto Duran screaming “No mas! No mas!” This just might be the boozy band Jim
Morrison would’ve formed had he gotten out of that tub in Paris.
– Building The Bass Castle, Volume 1 (Flameshovel) :: Spastic and sporadic retarded guitar instrumentals that
are fretfully confused and prone to wandering.
Demander – Demander (Triplicate)
:: Now here’s an album that just reeks of strident fem attitude—which I guess is to be expected given that some
of the band members have played in the company of Nancy Sinatra. But don’t be misled because their punky pop boots are
made for stalkin’ and one of these days, well, you know.
High On Fire
– Blessed Black Wings (Relapse) :: As you might hope, producer Steve “Skinng” Albini gets a ferocious
sound out of these guys. Then the guitarist, who can’t sing a note to save his life, has to go and ruin everything by
opening his mouth.
Motörhead – Orgasmatron (GWR) :: Not that
I have anything against guys who can’t sing opening their mouths, mind you.
Xiu – Sings The Cole Porter Songbook (5RC) :: Then again...
PLATTER OF THE WEEK: The Aminio Acids – Destroy The Warming Sun! (Bowlophonic) :: Stop
me if you’ve heard this one before, but this “Telstar” meets “Out of Limits” sonic sliver fuses
a holy-cow campabilly cornball aesthetic with a lowbrow thrashabilly scrounge mentality. It’s got a bleat, you can sheep
to it; I give it a Sven.
Be shearing you!
Saturday, January 25, 2020
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– Jackpot! (Tomorrow) :: Purists may decry the primitive Bill Haley commerciality of songs like “Rock,
Boogie, Shout” but Buck’s turgid, son, which is why this just might be the biggest-selling record of his career.
Embrace – Out Of Nothing (Lava)
:: Power balladry at its best, even if their enveloping anthems do sound a bit too U2 for my liking.
Situation Nowhere – One Of The Loudest
Tragedies Ever Heard (Wedgie) :: Their wonky inflective singer sounds just like Pee-Wee Herman, but the playhouse pudknocker
never had a butane-burning band like this rocking out behind him.
Icky Boyfriends – A Love Obscene (Menlo Park) :: Talent is an
asset and these retards don’t have it.
Arcade – The Art Of Blacking Out (OTR) :: Yet another poky record from five slackids
too lazy to spell-check their inane lyrics.
Kids Scaring Kids – The City Sleeps In Flames (Immortal) :: The singer’s vox sounds
a little like John Foxx so why does he insist on screaming?
Kazzer – Broke (Linus) :: When a “marshal arts champion”
makes a rap record, I expect to hear the aural equivalent of lean, mean Ken Shamrock, not gabby flabby Chris Tucker.
SIZZLING PLATTER OF THE WEEK: Chris Beard –
Live Wire (Northern Blues) :: Now here’s one Chris who ain’t tuckered out, not by a long shot. Taped
on stage in Michigan and Chicago and in the studio in New York, guitarist CB gets hot on the sizzlin’ JB funkified sax
’n’ organ good foot with an added dose of primo Prince percolation tossed in for bad bluesy measure.
Be seeing you!