Saturday, September 26, 2020
JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #750
Sat, September 26, 2020 | link
JEFFREY MORGAN'S MEDIA BLACKOUT #750.495.122!
Young Gods - Super Ready / Fragmenté (Ipecac) :: A .44 Magnum on the front cover? That's not cool.
A pile of coke on the back cover? That's not cool. A whole lotta snotty sleazoid electro-distorto rock in between? Now that's
Watermelon Slim & The Workers - The Wheel Man
(Northern Blues) :: If I were a less-than-handsome musician and someone callously drew a repellent cartoon of my facial deformities
on the front cover of my new album-insensitively reproduced even larger on the actual disc-I'd sing the blues too.
Jim Bryson - When The Bungalows Roam (Kelp) :: I'm not saying this disc is a
dire downer, but when I played it my copies of Berlin and Tonight's the Night committed vinylcide.
Dog Day - Night Group (Black Mountain) :: Pure pop for ponderous perky people.
The Neins Circa - Sleeves And Wigs (Cooper Spine) :: Stones meet Sparks? Elvis
meets Dylan? Beats the hell outta me but, whatever this musical mishmash is, it sure sounds like they had a whole lotta fun
recording it. Wish I could say the same thing after hearing it.
- Orchestra For The Moon (Paris 1919) :: Jenn sounds just like a fragile Annette Peacock, which makes her a lot more
endearing and a whole lot more warmer. Antarctica stops here.
John Cale - Paris
1919 (Reprise) :: Geddit?
Loudon Wainwright III - Strange Weirdos:
Music From And Inspired By The Film ‘Knocked Up' (Concord) :: Finally, the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack to
"The Rusty Warren Story." Geddit?
SIZZLING PLATTER OF THE WEEK: The Dollyrots
- Because I'm Awesome (Blackheart) :: Speaking of which, my fave rave living Dollys are back with another album of
ball busting, ear bleeding, wazoo wetting, pudenda pounding pure punkette pop music that's louder than lust and just as gooey.
Plus, the title track is the absolute best Rah! Rah! Sis-Boom-Bah! School's Out-take that Alice Cooper never wrote,
but sure should've. Uh huh.
Be seeing you!
Saturday, September 19, 2020
JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #749
Sat, September 19, 2020 | link
JEFFREY MORGAN'S MEDIA BLACKOUT #749.494.120!
Gordon Davis - Shaft (Warner Bros.) :: Can you dig it?
with Diona Davies and Wayne Adams - The Wedding Dance Of The Widow Bride (Jericho
Beach) :: It's not every day you hear an album that begins: "I'm internationally recognized as a really, really lucky
guy. Everybody knows that I'm the lucky Jew."
The Book Of Lists
- The Book Of Lists (Scratch) :: I meant to type "shitfaced Brit psychedelia" but I'll honor my typo as
a hidden intention and admit that "stiafes brit psychedcecia" is a much better way to describe this Jarvis Bowie
meets Suede Floyd glam pop album.
Dustin Cole with The
Specialest - Try And Love Me (Scratch) :: Crystal clear vocals on cavortin' cruise control drift languidly
over a barren backwash of minimal and at times deeply distorted in the red instrumentals.
Isaac Hayes - "Theme From Shaft" (Stax) :: Right on.
Amplified Heat - Amplified Heat (Arclight) :: Feelthy mungified Texas rock that's
stronger than dirt and sounds just like Lemmy fronting Blue Cheer. Bonus points for stealing the intro from Rush's "Any
Way I Can" and reinverting it.
ALO - Roses & Clover
(Brushfire) :: Track one on this professionally spit-polished platter is derivative enough of the Springsteen Allmans to get
my attention and original enough to keep it until I start groovin' on the tasty Simon & Fabfunkle vibe.
The Bay-Kays - "Son Of Shaft" (Stax) :: Hot buttered jive turkeys.
SIZZLING PLATTER OF THE WEEK: Various Artists - Stax 50th Anniversary
Celebration (Stax) :: Stax wax is bax to celebrate its 50th birthday with a snatch-smokin' bag of hot reefer releases
that're both old and new. This twofer hit from the original box set is not just required listening, it's a 100 percent cumpulsory
pussy-poundin' screw-e-delic delight. So ditch those effete Motown pansies and drop down for the real honey-humpin' happening.
Be seeing you!
Saturday, September 12, 2020
JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #748
Sat, September 12, 2020 | link
MORGAN’S MEDIA BLACKOUT #748.493.117!
Elvis Presley – “Hey Jude”
(RCA) :: Words can’t even begin to describe the dire depths of this appalling aural indignity. Never has a major recording
artist been more embarrassingly out of his league both vocally and aesthetically. When Elvis momentarily stops singing toward
the end, rather than try and hit a high note, you want to stand up and cheer. No wonder RCA waited until he was dead before
they released it.
Jeremy Fisher – Goodbye Blue Monday (Aquarius)
:: Jeremy sounds so much like Paul Simon that you won’t believe your delicate little shell-like ears. Except Simon never
sang a line like: “She runs guns, everyone wants guns, there she goes.” But he should have.
Simon – “50 Ways To Leave Your Lover” (Columbia) :: Blow him away, Kay.
Love Kills Theory – Happy Suicide Jim (Xemu) :: Catchy convulsive pop songs that take
their quirky fuzztone cue from Pretties For You. The “Jim” in the album title refers to conniving cult crackpot
Jim Jones. The red Kool-Aid pitcher on the album cover that’s smiling and waving and looking so fine refers to an impending
lawsuit by Kraft Foods.
Buck Brothers – Me (Back2Forward) :: Ron Mael
writing for the Diodes? That’s how schizoid this album is! Inspirational lyric: “My time has come, I’m gorgeously
stupid, I can’t remember my name. I’m gorgeously stupid and I think you’re just the same.”
– “Everybody’s Stupid” (Columbia) :: That’s for sure.
PLATTER OF THE WEEK: Neil Young – Massey Hall 1971 (Reprise) :: What’s really interesting
is how downright gabby the singer is between songs as he previews the yet to be released Harvest. And although I
initially chalked such loquaciousness up to shy hometown nervousness, the torrent of piercing glass-shattering high notes
he unleashes on “Down By The River” and “Ohio” proved me wrong.
Saturday, September 5, 2020
JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #747
Sat, September 5, 2020 | link
MORGAN’S MEDIA BLACKOUT #747.491.113!
Peeler – Evils Of The Modern
Pleasure Dance (Angel Green) :: The boozy bozo “HEY YEAH! SO! COME ON! YEAH!” caterwaul which opens this
album makes it pretty obvious that Craig Peeler has his Yo! Jimbo! shtick down pat, especially on heavy stonerdelic songs
like “Half Past High.”
The Doors – Absolutely Live
(Elektra) :: Lout it, lout it, lout it out loud!
– Break EP (TVT) :: And you thought that skinny leather tie of yours from Japan would never come back in vogue.
Darns – What It All Turns Into (self released) :: These guys sound like a ’70s
new wave version of the Tragically Hip, so you can expect a lot more in the way of unexpected variety.
– College Grove (Spinning Gold) :: A voice that’s a creepy cross between John Cale (“Going Home”)
and Eno (“Queer Bright”) and mauve music that sounds like side three of This End Up.
In The Sky – All Of A Sudden I Miss Everyone (Temporary Residence) :: I’m a soft
touch for instrumental art rock albums, even ones with an surfeit of bombastic Bonzo drumming. Must be all them explosions.
Dodge – The Perfect Face (Remedy) :: It says a lot about Arthur Dodge’s songwriting
ability that the only cover version he does on this tasteful country album—“San Diego Serenade” by Tom Waits—is
the worst written one of the lot.
POLITICALLY NAÏVE PLATTER OF THE WEEK: Jen Militia
– Berlin Boot Camp (Digilog) :: The bad news is that Canada’s answer to Rage Against The Machine uses
Maoist imagery from communist China to sell their tawdry wares. The good news is that they don’t wear T-shirts featuring
the face of mass murderer Ernesto “Che” Guevara. I guess they don’t want to look like Carlos Santana.
Saturday, August 29, 2020
JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #746
Sat, August 29, 2020 | link
MORGAN’S MEDIA BLACKOUT #746.490.111!
Leeroy Stagger – Depression River
(Boompa) :: Stagger Lee serves up another haunting slab of country rock. “The forest is burnin’ from a half-lit
cigarette; take what you can, go as far as you can get” is the kind of line Busta “Nursery Rhyme” Dylan
wishes he could still write.
Ad Astra Per Aspera – Catapult
Calypso (Sonic Unyon) :: Smart enough to be good musicians but stupid enough to let a mental retard scream their vocals
on Track 1, thus ensuring that I never got to Track 2.
– Bedtime Prayers (Pivotal) :: Meet the new dross. Same as the old dross.
Blue Van – Dear Independence (TVT) :: Pseudo-sloppy and portentously pretentious in a
rote Romantics wannabe way.
New Year’s Day – New Year’s
Day (TVT) :: Chirpy perky femme-inflected pouty power pop with a breathy dash of Mercurial punkette posturing.
Nein – Luxury (Sonic Unyon) :: Dissipated and disjointed, this ambitious aural collage
evokes Beatle John at his most experimentally nonracist wasted.
– A Good Enough Day (Dead Daisy) :: Piano-driven gospel-fuelled melodies merge with soulful singing and Claptonesque
guitar playing. Mucho recomendado.
Various Artists – The Family
Values Tour 2006 (Firm) :: Thrashasaurs Korn and the Deftones defer their extinction with this dynamic album of caustic
rock songs. Bonus points for not including Fred Durst.
Influence (VH1) :: Mellosaurs Tommy Shaw and Jack Blades extend their distinction with this delightful album of classic
rock songs. Bonus points for not including Rod Stewart.
Ten Second Epic
– Count Yourself In (Black Box) :: Until these guys listen to the Diodes and hear how professionals do it,
count me out.
SIZZLING PLATTER OF THE WEEK: Of Montreal – Hissing
Fauna, Are You The Destroyer? (Polyvinyl) :: Robin Scott’s M meets Bill Nelson’s Red Noise via Ron and Russell’s
Sparks on this Eurofried synth-pop art rock album. Miss it at your own risk.
Be seeing you!
Saturday, August 22, 2020
JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #745
Sat, August 22, 2020 | link
MORGAN’S MEDIA BLACKOUT #745.489.109!
The Stooges – The Weirdness
(Virgin) :: Whaddya mean there’s no “1971”?
– An Inconvenient Truth (Paramount) :: And you thought science fiction films never won Oscars.
Slone – Just Look Pretty And Sing (Orange) :: Her excruciating cover of “Suffragette
City” makes Dana Gillespie sound like Diamanda Galás. Wham, bam, shut up, ma’am.
& The Stooges – “Your Pretty Face Is Going To Hell” (Columbia) :: File
under: Tara Slone.
Paul Michael – Quiet State Of Panic (Stunning
Models On Display) :: The cello is the saddest instrument in the world, just ask Johann Sebastian Bach. The electric guitar
is the most powerful instrument in the world, just ask James Patrick Page. This album is the saddest most powerful album in
the world, just ask me.
Lou Reed – Berlin (RCA) :: Then again, what
do I know?
Clemente – …whilst honey hums (Moodswing)
:: These straight shooters provide quality narrative songwriting that’s trustworthy and sincere in way that those two
peacenik bagmen Dylan and Springsteen never were.
– EPidemic (self released) Steinski stadium scratch rock.
– Steel (Panache) :: I reckon there ain’t nuthin’ wrong with this here record that a varispeed
unit and new lyricist couldn’t fix.
The Twisters – After The Storm
(Northern Blues) :: Most blues lyrics by their very nature are inherently stupid, but these words are so retarded they make
Savoy Brown’s lyrics look as if they were written by Carl Sandburg.
– City Of Big Shoulders (Columbia) :: I wish.
– Station (City Canyon) :: The pure pop melodies of The Beatles. The putrid power maladies of Nine Inch Nails.
The beast of both worlds.
Zozobra – Harmonic Tremors
(Hydra Head) :: You say harmonic. I say moronic. They jacked the whole thing off.
PLATTER OF THE WEEK: Casket Salesmen – Sleeping Giants (Longhair Illuminati) :: Digland’s
newest crypt makers have crafted an intelligent art rock album that’s overly ambitious and altogether extraordinary
in an electro-ambient-Split Enz-meets-Tangerine Dream-slash-high-spirited-Jon Anderson-meets-Don and Philharmonic-Everly-slash-early-irate-Alice-Cooper-Group-meets-no
one kinda way.
Be seeing you!
Saturday, August 15, 2020
JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #744
Sat, August 15, 2020 | link
MORGAN’S MEDIA BLACKOUT #744.488.107!
Dr. Hunter S. Thompson – 1937-2005
(R.I.P.) :: Has it been fifteen years already?
Yoko Ono – Yes, I’m A Witch
(Astralwerks) :: Got a match?
Queens Of The Stone Age – “Burn
The Witch” (Interscope) :: Got a match?
Swan Lake –
Beast Moans (Scratch) :: .esrever ni built being church a watching like is album Donovan meet Velvets disjointed
tremulously this to Listening
Frank Gallup – “Got A Match?”
(Spartan) :: I beg your pardon.
The Midway State – The Midway
State (Remedy) :: The thunderous bathroom beat of Led Zeppelin meets the slanderous bathroom beat off George Michael.
Numan – Dance (Beggars Banquet) :: He’s always been infinitely better than you
ever gave him credit for and this ironically titled album is just one shining example why there would be no Nine Inch Nails
without Gary Numan.
Nine Inch Numan – “Here In My Hole”
(Nothing Numa) :: This mishmash of “Head Like a Hole” and “Cars” exists only in my imagination, but
listen to them both and then tell me it doesn’t work.
– House Of Refuge (Black Hen) :: Spiritual blues to salve your soul. Bonus points for having the chutzpah to
include a ukulele rendition of Hoagy Carmichael’s “Stardust” and think it might fit in. Points deducted
because it doesn’t.
The Slits – Revenge Of The Killer
Slits (SAF) :: Track 2 of this reunion EP is punk rock just like Mother used to hate. Tracks 1 and 3 aren’t.
Slats – Boom Patrol (Latest Flame) :: File under: Beastie surf? Ramones rap? Devo rock?
All of the above.
The Sluts – “Me Ruv You Rong Time”
(KFC) :: The first single from Kim Fowley’s new juvenile jail-bait girl group is a cool coolie rice-paddy pastiche about
working girls one night in Bangkok. Just kidding.
SIZZLING SOFT COVER OF THE WEEK: Pamela
Des Barres – I’m With The Band: Confessions of a Groupie (Chicago Review Press)
:: She’s my little douche coupe, you don’t know what I caught.
Be seeing you!
Saturday, August 8, 2020
JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #743
Sat, August 8, 2020 | link
MORGAN’S MEDIA BLACKOUT #743.486.103!
The Mooney Suzuki – The Maximum
Black EP (V2) :: This reissue of 1999’s The Black EP by one of rock’s most engagingly raucous primitive
agit-pop garage bands is freshly adorned with five primo bonus outtake nuggets. Now if only they’d record a new one.
Solter – Canonic (Hometapes) :: SWM into “machines, grease, razor, tape”
seeks atonal audience for disjointed distortion disc. Serious replies only.
Devil – That Handsome Devil (Stardust) :: This sleazy funkified jazzbo lounge album sounds
as if Jeremy “Swimmin’ in Wimmin” Page struck a crossroads deal with Mojo Nixon—and then reneged.
Shi – Rapider Than Horsepower (SAF) :: What if Kurt Cobain’s brain had been recorded
at that exact moment?
Patrick Porter – Die Wandaland LP (Grey Day)
:: The joyous and buoyant “Bond Funeral Home” is a very good start, but the rest of this smart airy acoustic early
Bowiesque pop album is just begging for a Mick Ronson to come along and plug some much needed electricity into the proceedings.
– Yanni Live! The Concert Event! (Image) :: Perfect for making the dishes or washing the bed, this glossy live
in Las Vegas cross between Jean Michel Jarre and Mike Oldfield will appeal to the closet new age syntho symphomaniac art-rock
addict in you.
Totimoshi – Ladrón (Crucial Blast) ::
Led Jappelin (sic) heaviness produced by woman-hater Page Hamilton (very sic)—but try not to hold that against them.
Mooney Suzuki – Have Mercy (V2) :: I love it when a band takes my advice. You’ll
love it that they did.
Kasabian – Empire (RCA) :: 48 crash on Highway
SIZZLING PLATTER OF THE WEEK: Sloan – Never Hear The End Of It
(Murder) :: Thirty songs, all blended into one big mind-bending Beatlesque block of nonstop pop that’s almost as good
as the originals—and “almost” is about as good as you’re gonna get these days, bub.
Beatles – Love (Capitol) :: Like I said.
Be seeing you!
Saturday, August 1, 2020
JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #742
Sat, August 1, 2020 | link
MORGAN’S MEDIA BLACKOUT #742.485.101!
The 101 – Numbers (Limekiln)
:: Angsters ape oldster Phil Collins.
The Alrights – High School
(City Canyons) :: Well alright! Ah think ah busta vessel in muh eardruhms listenin’ tuh this clevah Beatlesque extravuhganza.
Ah hope they don’t leak owt. Yuh don’t want muh eardruhms to leak owt, now, do yuh?
– Headley (Capitol) :: Music to Vaseline your tattooed arms by.
– Subliminal Genocide (Hydra Head) :: Xasthurbation.
– Stay Under The Stars (Equator) :: He could be the new Jon Anderson, only the Yes man never recorded a live-in-Copenhagen
string quartet version of “Great Balls of Fire” nor a London studio tribute to Satchmo called—wait for it—“Louie
The Strays – Le Futur Noir (TVT) :: Look, if
I want a record with a French title I’ll move to France. This is America. Speak English.
Lee Roth – Sonrisa Salvaje (Warner Bros.) :: Or Spanish.
Natas – El Hombre Montana (Small Stone) :: Hola! Jimi Hendrix meets Speedy Gonzales on
this forged-in-Argentina slab of Mexmetal. Como?
SIZZLING DEBATE OF THE WEEK: Perry
Como – “Dig You Later (A Hubba-Hubba-Hubba)” (RCA) :: “It’s always
fair weather when hep cats get together. And every time they meet, here’s the way you’ll hear them greet. A hubba-hubba-hubba,
let’s shoot some breeze: Say, whatever happened to the Japanese? I got it from a guy who was in the know: It was mighty
smoky over Tokyo! A friend of mine in a B-29 dropped another load for luck. As he flew away, he was heard to say: ‘A
hubba-hubba-hubba, yuk-yuk!’ So be on your way and I will dig you later in the U.S.A.!”
Rundgren’s Utopia – “Hiroshima” (Bearsville) :: And now for an opposing
Be seeing you!
Saturday, July 25, 2020
JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #741
Sat, July 25, 2020 | link
MORGAN’S MEDIA BLACKOUT #741.478.88!
Buckaroo Banzai & The Hong
Kong Cavaliers – No Matter Where You Go There You Are: Live at Artie’s Artery (Yoyodyne) ::
Includes the hit singles “Since I Don’t Have You” and “Rocket 88.” More power to them!
– Jaggernaut (Hydra Head) :: Chuck “Barfly” Bukowski once wrote an alkie article in CREEM about
the Stones named “Jaggernaut.” Sadly, this watered-down disc doesn’t live up to the potential of that 100-proof
Velvet – The Juggernaut (Double Decker Bus) :: But this one sure
does! Soaring harmonies and chiming music make this an intelligent guitar-fueled modern melodic version of Crosby, Stills,
Nash & Bolan.
Hour Of The Wolf – Power Of The Wolf (Limekiln)
:: Ramones meet Metallica. Ingmar Bergman meets his lawyer.
– A Century’s Remains (Rthmtc) :: If these two guys could sing a fraction as well as they play, they
just might be contenders. Next time, either hire a singer with an original personality or stick with the heavy art rock instrumentals.
Redd – A Momentary Misfortune (Skylar) :: The local torso-tossin’ cleavage heaver
says she loves to peel down to this kind of panty-wetting power pop ’cause her tappin’ toes tell her to go with
Olivia Elton John – Physical (Rocket) :: And
a girl should always listen to her body talk, body talk.
Bill Cosby –
Bill Cosby Is A Very Horny Fellow (Warner Bros.) :: RIGHT!
SIZZLING PLATTER OF THE WEEK:
The 88 – Over And Over (EMK/Mootron) :: One of the hardest vibes for modern music practitioners
to get right is that classic ’70s Brit glam rock sound, but these crazy 88s have managed to beat the odds by merging
the best of Davies’ cobblestone pub soap operas, Hunter’s crash street love stories and Bowie’s lady grinning
theatour days in one primo produced package that’s brimming with enough intelligent rock music to knock you for a loop—so
stop reading this hackneyed run-on sentence and go buy it now. Oh, and there really aren’t 88 of them, they just call
themselves that. I guess they think it sounds cool.
Be seeing you!
Saturday, July 18, 2020
JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #740
Sat, July 18, 2020 | link
MORGAN’S MEDIA BLACKOUT #740.477.87!
The Gersch – The Gersch
(Tortuga) :: Pinioned pig on the front. Hung human on the back. Pseudo demento guitar rock betwixt.
Win – The Win (Georgeira) :: Geddit?
– The Beat Goes On (Deathwish) :: Dumb keep poundin’ jism to the lame.
Noir – Tower Of Love (My Dad) :: Wouldn’t it be nice if Brian Wilson and the Beatles
recorded a jaunty pop album together?
Brian Wilson – “The Spirit
of Rock ’n’ Roll” (unreleased) :: Wouldn’t it be nicer if Brian Wilson and Bob Dylan actually
did record a song together?
Brian Wilson – Sweet Insanity
(unreleased) :: Wouldn’t it be nicest if the solo album it appeared on had actually been released?
– Nothing That A Bullet Couldn’t Cure (Small Stone) :: The rock ’n’ roll maniacs at Small
Stone are back with another hard rockin’ record that just might be the Best Western-themed album since the James Gang
checked in. But the next time you cowpokes pose for a photo, make sure you lose the sunglasses and toque first, eh?
– Mugimama! Is This Monkey Music? (Ipecac) :: No Lucy, this is cacaloo Ricky Retardo music. It’s also
further proof that yesterday’s insane asylums are today’s independent music labels. If Frances Farmer were alive
today, she’d be signed to Trans-Orbital Records.
– Professor Murder Rides The Subway (Kanine) :: Do you like cowbells? (Say, what if Eno had produced Malcolm
McLaren’s Duck Rock?) Do you like synthesizers? (Say, what if Malcolm McLaren had produced Eno’s Here
Come The Warm Jets?) Do you like Devocals? (Say what?)
SIZZLING PLATTER OF THE WEEK:
Old Crow Medicine Show – Big Iron World (Nettwerk) :: In the best Masked Marauders tradition,
“Down Home Girl” effortlessly combines the freewheelin’ drawl of Dylan, the hard day’s harp of Lennon
and the moonlight guitar of Krieger. But Dylan never wrote a line like “I swear your perfume baby is made outta turnip
greens, every time I kiss you girl it tastes like pork and beans.” Come to think of it, neither did Jim “Dandy”
Mangrum. And that’s just the first song.
Be seeing you!
Saturday, July 11, 2020
JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #739
Sat, July 11, 2020 | link
MORGAN’S MEDIA BLACKOUT #739.476.86!
The Philosopher Kings – Castles
(Sony BMG) :: This is the album of the year!*
The Brought Low – Right On Time
(Small Stone) :: Dual guitar stereo high jinks in the sonic service of some hooch-swillin’ Southern-fried blues rock.
Of Sue Todd – Kelsey Grammer Loves Us (NachoBake) :: Geeky atonally adenoidal spasmodal
nerd music that shoulda been called “Cult Of Gerry Todd” in tribute to SCTV’s legendary video pioneer.
Sharp Ease – Remain Instant (Olfactory) :: As much as I liked their first album, I like
this new one a whole lot more ’cause it’s a feminized version of analog Television, only with an additional upgrade
of HDTV girl power.
Mothra – Mothra (self-released) :: Ah, so!
Preased to be ristening to this furious female screamo that could kick Reptilicus’ scales in a Japanese minute!
Wasif – Imaad Wasif (Kill Rock Stars) :: The front cover shows him pecking out his lyrics
on an old Underwood as if he were the acoustic second coming of Joseph Strummer—or maybe even better.
Youth – The Therapy Sessions EP (V2) :: Super chunk heavy thunk from Korny punks who…I
can’t even think up a word that rhymes.
Panurge – Walking In The Fog
(Last Gang) :: There ain’t nobody who conjures the mischievous art rock spirit of Kevin Ayers better than Panurge, so
I’m pleased as punch to report that they’re back with yet another soft machine of clever ethereal pop. Bonus points
for taking my advice and getting better album cover art.
SIZZLING PLATTER OF THE WEEK: Five
Horse Johnson – The Mystery Spot (Small Stone) :: I was gonna crack wise about stallion
wangs squirtin’ out hot shot spots of unknown origin. Then I listened to this album and realized it was no joke ’cause
this Led Steppenwolf studfest is nothing less than filthy blues rock at its absolute sleaziest, well-hung, ball-blastin’
best. Recorded in Ferndale. Overdubbed in Ypsilanti. Mastered in Ann Arbor. But of course.
*If you like emasculated
sensitive girly-man music.
Be seeding you!
Saturday, July 4, 2020
JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #738
Sat, July 4, 2020 | link
MORGAN’S MEDIA BLACKOUT #738.474.84!
Leon Russell – Leon Live
(Shelter) :: Most creative album title ever!
Ray Davies & The Shelter People
– The Kinks Of Leon (Cola) :: Geddit?
– New English EP (TVT) :: Their last record sucked cockney but this new one shows an impressive maturity that’s
derivative of the Rubber Soul fabs.
North And South – The Spirit
That Guides Us (Goodfellow) :: They don’t pay me enough to listen to faceless immature twaddle like this.
They Say – Antidote For Irony (Fearless) :: Really they don’t.
Fenians – Every Day’s A Hooley (Mizen Head) :: The Irish Rovers bedding Boiled
in Lead is how endearing this fifth of Fenians is. Even better, the title track is a sly sequel of sorts to the old Kingston
Trio hit “Tom Dooley,” so don’t hang down your head and cry.
The Rolling Stones
– Exile On Sesame St. (Children’s Television Workshop) :: OK, now you can hang down your head and cry.
– Love That’s Last (Hydra Head) :: Hey kids, do you like violence? Well, I’m kinda Fonda this Oxbow
incident, so step right up and hear the bitch battle of the century as Diamanda Galás meets Marianne Faithful in a
Paris Hilton – Douchebag Über
Alles (Hansa) :: Heil der neu Nico!
The Salads – The Big Picture
(Kindling) :: Pantera power-pounding meets Van Halen guitar dexterity meets Peter Gabriel social scruples meets a smood dasha
de island beat, mon.
David Bowie – David Live (RCA) :: Most creative
album title ever!
SIZZLING PLATTER OF THE WEEK: Derek Miller – The
Dirty Looks (Curve) :: A veritable studio sound track to his live show, Derek cranks out his distinctive brand of guitar-fueled
barn-burnin’ blues rock with all the possessed intensity of a man who’s made midnight deals at every sulphuric
crossroads from here to hell and back. That’s why I gotta give the devil his due and say that this hard rockin’
record delivers on all counts. Better loosen that tie, ’cause things are only going to get a lot hotter from here on
Be seeing you!
JEFFREY MORGANíS ROCK íNí ROLL PHOTOGRAPHS
Sat, July 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, June 27, 2020
JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #737
Sat, June 27, 2020 | link
MORGAN’S MEDIA BLACKOUT #737.473.83!
Everlovely Lightningheart – Everlovely
Lightningheart (Hydra Head) :: A single 40-minute track consisting of a tinny piano-cored music box melody that weaves
through myriad underwater caverns before cross-fading into a convergent realm of mysterious melodies and concrete sounds in
the haunting tradition of Basil Kirchin and Gavin Bryers.
– “Break” (TVT) :: I bet the new Bryan Ferry record isn’t half as hip as this glamatronic
Tommy Emmanuel – The Mystery (Favored Nations)
:: Finally, the virtuoso acoustic guitar equivalent of Rick Wakeman’s The Six Wives Of Henry The Eighth.
Dogg – Love Don’t Live Here No More (Atria) :: “Street lit” mah azz.
But I can’t find it in me to hate a guy who took his name from Hanna-Barbara’s classic cartoon characters Super
Snooper and Doggie Daddy.
Pete Townshend – Horse’s
Neck (Faber & Faber) :: And as Billy Altman astutely pointed out, Cyrano nicked his guitar smashing act from Hanna-Barbara’s
classic cartoon character El Kabong—aka “Queeks Draw” McGraw.
Arnaz – “Babalu” (Desilu) :: Baba Looey, geddit?
Candle – The Wee Hours Review (V2) :: Springstonesish anthemic storytelling rock. Bonus
points for having a guitarist named Nick Jaeger. Really.
– The Original TV Soundtracks! (Colpix) :: Didja know that back in the early ’60s, a half century before
the luxury of complete season DVD box sets, Columbia released a series of long-playing original soundtrack albums of Hanna-Barbera’s
most popular cartoon shows?
Keith Richards – “I Could
Have Stood You Up” (Virgin) :: He had a gay old time. Really; listened to the lyrics lately?
PLATTER OF THE WEEK: Milky Ways – Milky Ways (Alive) :: Back in punk’s halcyonic
heyday, I used to spend every night lurching from one dingy, rat-infested hellhole to another, listening to a buncha snotbox
bands who sounded just like these wonderfully wasted kids. So if you like your rock served raw with a side order of primitive
cool, you’re gonna love these guys ’n’ dolls to deaf, ’cause these Milky Ways ain’t no Milky
Duds—and that’s nothing to Snickers at.
Be seeing you!
Saturday, June 20, 2020
JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #736
Sat, June 20, 2020 | link
MORGAN’S MEDIA BLACKOUT #736.471.81!
Agoraphobic Nosebleed – PCP Torpedo
/ Anbrx (Hydra Head) :: The most distorted screamo album ever made opens with a foul-mouthed excerpt from a Richard
Pryor movie. Then they strike up the band and put the dialogue to a mess age of musick.
– Nihilism Is Nothing To Worry About (Palentine) :: I was worried that the band 1986 would be as musically
dull as the year 1986 was. But not to worry because they sound as if Elliott Murphy had replaced Unca Lou after Loaded
and then recorded a fifth Velvet Underground studio album.
Slow Motion Reign
– Slow Motion Reign (Surgical Strike) :: Kinda like Obscure Alternatives Japan with a hint of early
melodic Queen and the languid loopy charm of Hunky Dory Bowie. That said, they have an earnest and ambitious neo-prog
sound that’s all their own and well worth a listen. Worth a listen? Why, it’s more fun than freebasing with a
polyester shirt on!
Hot One – Hot One (The Music Of Nato) :: The
really sexciting songs on this album sound like a pouty punky cross between Nick Gilder’s Sweeney Todd (“Get Your
Priest On!”), Michael Hutchence’s INXS (“Sexy Soldier”) and Prince’s NPG (“Fu*k*n’”).
Needless to say, the really boring ones don’t.
Entitled (Echelon Productions) :: On “You Ain’t Hot,” this nattily dressed synthesizer trio rips
a page outta Morris Day’s little black book and then ups the ante by using enough feelthy lingo to make Prince turn
three different shades of lavender. Are you ready for the new sex-soaked Bee Gees?
PLATTER OF THE WEEK: Mstrkrft – The Looks (Last Gang) :: And speaking of getting soaked,
this anonymous glory hole happening between S’Express, Kraftwerk, Giorgio Moroder, and 808 State is nothing less than
a wet dream hook-up for horny hedonists aching to relive the coke-soaked ’80s—and that’s nothing to sniff
Tiga – Sexor (Last Gang) :: More très fey syntho electro.
Beulah, crack me another amyl.
Jan Hammer – Miami Vice
(MCA) :: Give me Librium or give me meth!
Be snorting you!
Saturday, June 13, 2020
JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #735
Sat, June 13, 2020 | link
MORGAN’S MEDIA BLACKOUT #735.470.80!
J.R. Ewing – Maelstrom (Dim
Mak) :: You’re not dreaming in a prison shower, this unreasonable metal screamonstrosity sounds just like Ozzy ’n’
Alice ’n’ Ig, oh my!
The Adored – A New Language
(V2) :: Ramonesish perky percolating power pop guaranteed to purify your aural palette.
– Alter (Hydra Head) :: Think their band name is clev — oh, sorry, I already used that one-liner. Well
then, suffice it to say that these 14 tracks have enough remixed industrial menace to make Farmer’s Market sound like
Pete Seeger on valium.
Flattbush – Seize The Time (Koolarrow) :: I’m
told that these hammer and sickle-sporting screamanicacs "bring Filipino political rage hard and raw to the States."
Good thing I live in Canada.
Grant-Lee Phillips – nineteeneighties
(Zoë) :: This is the on-the-nod acoustic album Eric Clapton would record today if old Spikehand were still strung
out on smack and had a craving to carve up 11 antique melodies ranging from "Wave Of Mutilation" to the anal sex
classic "Love My Way."
Toni Basil – “Mickey”
(Capitol) :: And speaking of anal sex classics, she’s still the only woman to offer to take it up the ass on Top 40
Led Zeppelin – In Through The Out Door (Swan Song) :: What did
you think the title meant?
Prince – “Raspberry Beret”
(Paisley Park) :: What did you think “She walked in through the out door” meant?
Zeppelin – “Since I’ve Been Loving You” (Atlantic) :: What did you
think “I open my front door, hear my back door slam” meant?
– “Back Door Man” (Elektra) :: Yeah, yeah, yeah! Priddy neat, priddy neat! Priddy good, priddy
Greeley Estates – Far From The Lies (Record
Collection) :: Music to take prison showers by. Careful with that soap, Eugene…
PLATTER OF THE WEEK: Blood Brothers – Love Rhymes With Hideous Car Wreck (V2) :: Are
you ready for a quirky spastic cabaret cross between the Clash and Marilyn Manson? How about Suicide and Diamanda Galás?
Either way, the hills are alive with the sound of stuck pig music.
Be squealing you!
Saturday, June 6, 2020
JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #734
Sat, June 6, 2020 | link
MORGAN’S MEDIA BLACKOUT #734.468.78!
Demented Are Go —
Hellbilly Storm (Hep Cat) :: Stray Cats meet Alice Cooper. So go.
Blue Alert (Columbia) :: After seeing Anajani One-Name and her boy toy slash co-writer slash producer Leonard Cohen performing
together last month, a good friend who knows his stuff reported back that she sure can sing. And because his word is good
enough for me, I’m saved the trouble of having to slash the shrink wrap and actually listen to this one myself.
Miraglia — Nothing Romantic (CD Freedom) :: “When I cry out loud you stick a dollar
in my mouth,” she laments. “I suck the nipple dry until I realize that there’s no milk coming out.”
Now I ask you: was ever an album more aptly titled?
Iggy & The Stooges
— Raw Power (Columbia) :: Yes.
Schulz — What Apology (Sudden
Death) :: Guenter Schulz splits from the KMFDM bawdy politick and hires Jeff Borden to sing this witty set of wiry muscular
guitar-driven pop rock that’s utterly delightful.
reminder (Kufala) :: Jerome Dillon splits from the NIN nihilism schism and hires Claudia Same to sing this somber
set of suicidal songs that, although beautifully recorded, are utterly malignant. Do not be seduced by the dark side. Choose
Exene Cervenka & The Original Sinners — Sev7en (Nitro) ::
Doxy Exy stumbles out of bed with a tangy twangy dissipated disc full of sloppy schlockabilly songs that reek of cheap cooch
and watered-down hooch. The money’s on the dresser. Now get out.
OF THE WEEK: The Playwrights — English Self Storage (Sink & Stove) :: Not since Sparks
in their high-octane speed-freak heyday or Yes at their most vexingly complex has such a delightful album been recorded that
doesn’t pause to catch its breath. Not a moment of dead space exists as the swirlwind of lyrics merges with the vertiginous
music; all in all, a very impressive feat given that even Russell Mael and Jon Anderson had to come up gasping for air once
in a while.
Be seeing you!
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!