Saturday, September 24, 2016
JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #541
Sat, September 24, 2016 | link
MORGAN’S MEDIA BLACKOUT #541.172!
SIZZLING USA DOCUMENTARIES OF THE WEEK: Tad
– Busted Circuits And Ringing Ears (MVD Visual DVD) & Kurt Cobain – About A
Son (Shout! Factory DVD) :: Here to hassle your hearing are Seattle’s two favorite opposite ends of the Sub Pop
spectrum. If anyone ever asks you what grunge was all about, screen ’em these two cautionary tales. Playing heavy, smoking
heavy, drinking heavy and falling heaviest of all, the entire Tad offensive campaign is presented here in full unflinching
detail with equally candid liner notes by Tad Doyle himself. But at least Tad’s still alive, which is more than can
be said for the star of our next show. Narrated entirely by Kurt himself from taped interviews for more than two hours over
a series of surreal Cibachrome-soaked imagery, About A Son both looks and sounds like a spooky X-Files movie
with Agent Cobain searching for his own long-lost abducted self. What he finds is both haunted and haunting, so buy it now.
U.K. DOCUMENTARY OF THE WEEK: Klaus Voorman – Composing The Beatles Songbook: Lennon And McCartney
1957-1965 (MVD Visual/Pride DVD) :: Retrospective music videos are a dime a dozen these days, and almost all of them
rely on know-nothing wankers spewing half-baked opinions over a slew of still photographs you’ve seen a million times
before—but not this time. Revolver album cover designer and Plastic Ono Band member Voorman is just one of
many Fab Four friends and fans featured in this informative 80 minute exploration into who did what and why when it came to
writing Beatle songs. It’s all illustrated by a ream of rare licensed mint condition footage of the Fabs playing in
Europe and Japan, as well as film of the contemporaries who influenced them. The bad news is that they don’t include
footage of Lennon’s shameful spaz act from the unreleased Ed Sullivan dress rehearsal show in Miami. The good news is
that they found another appalling live example of him doing it, filmed somewhere else!
Saturday, September 17, 2016
JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #540
Sat, September 17, 2016 | link
MORGAN’S MEDIA BLACKOUT #540.171!
Ted Nugent – Sweden Rocks
(Eagle) :: This pre-Love Grenade live offering from 2006 sure ain’t no Double Live Gonzo, but it’s
still a fun enough drool-cup listen. Even so, the perennial problem with Ted isn’t his still-strident politics or his
still-sharp playing, it’s his still-selfish persistence in singing all of his songs by himself. With any luck, Derek
St. Holmes will be back the next time around to keep Nugent’s ego in check and provide a balancing Ying to Ted’s
rampant Yango Tango shtick.
Ted Nugent & The Amboy Dukes
– Survival Of The Fittest (Polydor) :: It’s got everything you could possibly want; it’s got more
than you could possibly need.
Jethro Tull – Jack In The Green:
Live In Germany (Eagle Vision) :: Featuring 18 high-quality video excerpts from some of Tull’s numerous Deutschland
appearances over the decades covering the gamut from 1970 to 1993. Definitely worth the price of admission alone is the empty
television studio version of “Nothing Is Easy” from 1970, which contains several false starts before Ian Anderson
finally calls it quits and walks off mid-song due to a stomach ailment. Unlike Kurt Cobain, however, Ian didn’t take
a double-barreled dose of Terminalin to relieve the pain.
SNEERING PUTDOWN OF THE WEEK:
Frank Miller & Jim Lee – All Star Batman & Robin The Boy Wonder
(DC Comics) :: You all know Frank Miller as the creative meistermind behind Sin City and 300 who birthed
an entire gloomy batgenre with The Dark Knight Returns before he tried to kill it dead with DK2 and DK3.
This prematurely aborted brilliant iconoclastic deconstruction features an even grizzlier Batman infused with a decidedly
unhealthy dose of Sin City Marv attitude. How unhealthy? Look, pal, any comic book that has Batman calling Wonder
Woman “the Wicked Witch of Lesbos Island” deserves to be in your collection, alright?
Saturday, September 10, 2016
JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #539
Sat, September 10, 2016 | link
MORGAN’S MEDIA BLACKOUT #539.170!
John Cena – The Marine (FOX
DVD) :: Ditch your silly World Wrestling Federtainment bias and rent this one now for the delicious scenery-chewing performance
of co-star Robert Patrick. Shredding his good guy X-Files image, Patrick reverts to malevolent Terminator 2
form with exasperated gallows humor that’s so black it’s ultraviolet. There’s even an eerie insinuation
that Patrick’s bad guy character actually is the self-aware future template for the T-1000 series. Plus, the outrageous
action sequences are right out of a Tex Avery cartoon.
– Shape, Line & Harmony (Sovereign Productions) :: Stephanie says in her liner notes that she aims to echo
the music of her youth: Motown, Carol King, James Taylor, Eagles and Steely Dan. Amazingly enough, she actually manages to
accomplish this with an astute selection of excellent airy brass-backed tunes. And as her young voice matures she’s
only gonna sound better with age. She’s not a bad lyricist, either.
OF THE WEEK: Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe – An Evening of Yes Music Plus (MVD Audio/Voiceprint)
:: A lot of my hard-earned bucks these days goes towards obsessively buying the stellar sonics wares of Voiceprint, a UK label
that’s exclusively distributed in America by MVD Music Distributors. Specializing in the best of progressive rock both
past and present, Voiceprint continually releases an impressive array of vital prog rock releases, with this two disc reissue
of a live double album from 1993 being no exception. And don’t let the convoluted legalese band title fool you because
this is Yes. I mean, with Jon on vocals, Bill on drums, Rick on synths and Steve on guitar—not to mention artwork by
Roger Dean—how could it not be? Everyone gets an acoustic solo spot to begin with before the entire band unloads their
trademark power and glory heavy metal thunder on crunge classics like “Close To The Edge,” “Roundabout,”
“Heart Of The Sunrise,” and “Starship Trooper.”
Be seeing you!
Saturday, September 3, 2016
JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #538
Sat, September 3, 2016 | link
MORGAN’S MEDIA BLACKOUT #538.169!
Ladyhawk – Shots (Jagjaguwar)
:: I’m deeply offended by the back cover photo that shows four naked guys in a shower spitting water at each other.
Real men would have butch-slapped it on the front.
– Juices! (Upper Class) :: José, can you hear?
Bullet For My
Valentine – Scream Aim Fire (Red Ink) :: This double-time thrash rock gets bonus points
for having a singer not a screamer and guitars that pack a potent Bruce-Buxton punch.
Exit Strategy – City Of Microphones (One Percent Press) :: Purebred punk playing with
an art rock patina that sounds as if it came straight outta 1977.
– Waiting For The Lights To Come Up (Black Hen) :: It’s not every day that you hear a blues album which
begins with eerie backwards sounds, but that just goes to show you how creative Steve is—and this smart new record of
his cleans Dylan’s Modern Times clock.
SIZZLING PLATTER OF THE WEEK: Cadence
Weapon – Afterparty Babies (Upper Class) :: CW’s second album features more urban
speed-raps, all aligned against a percolating background of surgically sutured Euro synthesizer beats and Oswaldian altered
samples. The last time I heard a pop song that was as surrealistically snappy as CW’s “Real Estate” was
on the unjustly much-maligned McCartney 2. And what’s wrong with that? I’d like to know.
MAD PLATTER OF THE WEEK: Local H – 12 Angry Months (Shout! Factory) :: These guys are
so royally pissed-off that they oughtta call themselves LOCO H instead. But who wouldn’t be seriously burned over a
love gone as hideously wrong as the one described in this 12-track, month-by-month diary? Listen in and you’ll hear
cautionary lyrics like: “Give me my Zeppelin CDs! You know you took ’em! I know you did! Where’s all my
Kyuss records? You never liked ’em until you met me!” And that’s just January; wait until you get to October
and “Machine Shred Wrestling.” Hoo boy...
Be seeing you!
Saturday, August 27, 2016
JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #537
Sat, August 27, 2016 | link
MORGAN’S MEDIA BLACKOUT #537.168!
The Beat Poets – “Staring
Stars Down” b/w “G.I.” (self released) :: Don’tcha be lettin’ the wee bit of a
bongo name be foolin’ ya because this ain’t no Ginsberg-Corso daisy pull; this is poppy rock that hails all the
way from the land o’ the Irish springs. That’s why it’s strong enough for a man but gentle enough for a
Anti-Flag – The Bright Lights Of America (Red Ink) :: I’m
so bored with the U.S.A. Clash clones.
Joe Hill & Gabriel Rodriguez
– Locke & Key (IDW Publishing) :: In case you missed it the first time around, the debut issue is titled
“Welcome To Lovecraft” and it’s a more than apt appellation for a spooky story that has its sights set on
eerily evoking the best of old H.P. himself. After the Locke family is visited by two murderers, the surviving members begin
their new lives in a Gothic home that goes by the Steranko-sounding name of Keyhouse. As it happens, there are doors in Keyhouse
which are not meant to be opened—but they are anyway. Even worse, despite being locked up under heavy security in a
juvenile detention center, one of the murderers is in contact with an ally that’s on the outside. Way, way out on the
Joe Hill’s flashback-infused script is methodically paced for maximum effect, and Gabriel Rodriguez’s
clean and stylish artwork gives Locke & Key a unique look that easily stands apart from the rest of the cookie-cutter
comics on display these days. Just look for the glowing skull-laden black onyx key on the front. You can’t miss it.
PLATTER OF THE WEEK: Does It Offend You, Yeah? – You Have No Idea What You Are Getting Yourself
Into (Red Ink) :: Sure you do! Viciously loud, heavy-duty, Theremin-fueled psychotronically retrosonic electro-retardo
disco synth music that makes Death From Above and their synapse-snappin’ ilk sound positively narcoleptic by comparison.
Saturday, August 20, 2016
JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #536
Sat, August 20, 2016 | link
MORGAN’S MEDIA BLACKOUT #536.167!
SIZZLING SERIES OF THE AGES: Jack Kirby
– Jack Kirby’s Fourth World Omnibus (DC Comics) :: I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again:
The greatest comic book creator in history was, and forever will be, Jack “King” Kirby! Jack Kirby’s
Fourth World Omnibus has been out for some time now and all four volumes are an essential must-read that you’ve
just gotta have! Painted with broad bravura strokes, not only is this the greatest graphic novel Jack Kirby ever created,
it’s an enduring masterwork for the ages and an everlasting legacy which will never be equaled by anyone else!
let’s look at Volume Three of his mind-bending Fourth World saga which defines dynamism! What will happen when
you enter the Mangle Machine? And should you survive, will your heart be able to withstand the pulse-pounding terror when
you come face to face with the id entity known only as The Lump? Then, as if all that wasn’t enough, the King adds the
ever-livin’ Deadman into the mix in what amounts to some extreme high stakes senses-shattering shenanigans with nothing
less than the future fate of the entire free world at stake!
Presenting the King at his latter-day best, Jack
Kirby’s Fourth World Omnibus is the all-time absolute greatest non-stop action-packed adventure ever committed
to pen and paper! Don’t ask! Just buy it!
SIZZLING PLATTER OF THE WEEK: American Speedway
– Ship Of Fools (MVD Audio/Prophase) :: The only thing that these unabashed Bullettheads care about
is hammering out their hi-octane screem screeds. The guitars are heavily harsh, the drumming is moronically metronomic, the
bass is brutally bludgeoning and the keyboards are the best of all BECAUSE THERE ARE NO KEYBOARDS. Whaddya think this is anyway,
some kinda hoity-toity art fag fiesta? When these speed freaks brag that they’ve got “the nerves of Steve McQueen
and a heart of steel,” you’d best be bucklin’ up. Lieutenant, where’s my witness?
Saturday, August 13, 2016
JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #535
Sat, August 13, 2016 | link
MORGAN’S MEDIA BLACKOUT #535.166!
SIZZLING SERIES OF THE WEEK: The Mooney Suzuki
and Terror and Toasters – CBGB/OMFUG Masters: The Bowery Collection (MVD
Audio) :: Brace yourself because this is just the beginning of a multi-volume deluge of multi-track shows coming from the
late Hilly Kristal’s extensive archive. What we got here are three separate discs featuring three different full-length
gigs by three different bands in three different years (Mooneys: 2001; Toasters: 2002; Terror: 2004)—plus historical
liner notes by Handsome Dick Manitoba, which put everything into its proper historical context. As it happens, these particular
editions contain a crazy cross-section selection of the kind of music that CBGB championed for more than 30 years, ranging
from the Toasters’ good-natured house-rockin’ ska to Terror’s aggro home-wreckin’ thrash to the Mooney’s
infectious rent-party pop ’n’ roll. If you don’t faithfully scoop up this new CBGB series from MVD Audio,
then OMg are you ever FUGed up!
Corb Lund – Horse Soldier! Horse
Soldier! (Stony Plain) :: Gosh, I bet Pete Townshend wishes he’d recorded a country opera about the calvary.
PLATTER OF THE WEEK: Various Artists – Miles…From India (Times Square) :: You
need schoolin’, so, baby, I ain’t foolin’ when I say that if you only buy one Miles Davis tribute record
in this lifetime, then make sure that it’s this one. Producer Bob Belden has assembled an impressive array of primo
Davis sidemen including John McLaughlin, Chick Corea, Ron Carter, Mike Stern, Jimmy Cobb and Marcus Miller—to name but
only a few—who then essay ten pieces ranging from “So What” to “In A Silent Way” to “Miles
Runs The Voodoo Down,” all filtered through an Indian aesthetic that’s authentically backed up by some two dozen
Indian musicians; none of whom, I’m honest enough to admit, I’ve ever heard of. Then McLaughlin concludes the
proceedings with the original title composition that’s resonant reverence incarnate. Bonus points for having an airy
album cover that expertly evokes the very best of Miles’ classic Columbia years.
Saturday, August 6, 2016
JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #534
Sat, August 6, 2016 | link
MORGAN’S MEDIA BLACKOUT #534.165!
SIZZLING PLATTER OF THE WEEK: Nash The Slash
– In-A-Gadda-Da-Nash (Cut-Throat) :: Elegantly tuxedoed like Cary Grant in George Cukor’s Holiday
and hideously bandaged like Claude Rains in James Whale’s The Invisible Man, the revered and reviled serial
sonic psychotron known as Nash The Slash has been No. 1 in a field of one ever since he first began creating his own insidious
sound of music from deep within secreted studio walls located somewhere inside of an abandoned subway station miles beneath
the filthy sidewalks of Toronto.
Armed only with a Strickfaden array of hyper-amped violins, mandolins, synths
and drum machines, Nash proceeded to unleash upon an unsuspecting society a senses-shattering series of aural album assaults
whose titles said it all: Bedside Companion. Dreams And Nightmares. Decomposing. Children Of The Night.
unrelenting records led to Nash being smuggled into Europe to work with the likes of Gary Numan and Bill Nelson, only to be
abruptly expelled from the continent by the EU as “a deviant influence not only on humanity but on all life itself”
after angry villagers caught a rare glimpse of his grisly ungauzed visage late one night in an iniquitous den of ill repute
on the Rue Morgue.
Safely ensconced back home in his underground lair, Nash donned his stained leather apron and threw
himself into his work with a renewed vengeance born of righteous anger that would ultimately be made manifest in the records
to follow: the corrupt social commentary on And You Thought You Were Normal; the modern urban brutality of Thrash;
the silent cinema soundtrack to Nosferatu; and his first ever album of cover versions, American BandAges.
Now the immortal
Nash The Slash rises again with an album of covers that extends from the obvious (“Baba O’Riley” and “Astronomy
Domine”) to the obscure (“Follow The Leaders” and “Constantinople”) to the omnipresent (“In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida”
and “The Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald”). So don’t be an angry villager! Buy it now before Nash comes back
Be seeing you!
Saturday, July 30, 2016
JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #533
Sat, July 30, 2016 | link
MORGAN’S MEDIA BLACKOUT #533.164!
Bruce Timm & Lauren Montgomery
& Brandon Vietti – Superman: Doomsday (DC Comics/Warner Premiere DVD) :: DC Comics claims
that The Death Of Superman is the biggest selling graphic novel of all time and I have every reason to believe them.
The biggest reason is that I actually went out and bought all of the various issues which contained the storyline as they
came out decades ago—dozens upon dozens of them, month after month, at a time when I was buying absolutely no comic
books whatsoever. So I give DC full credit for successfully managing to get my hard-earned nickels and dimes at a time when
no other comic book company could. But although I ultimately ended up liking the cool new John Henry steel-drivin’ version
of Superman, I found the convoluted plot to be in overall need of some serious pruning back. That’s where Bruce Timm
and company’s new animated version of the Doomsday saga comes in, which does just that while leaving all of the essential
key elements in place.
Amazingly for a feature length animated cartoon, even one which is stickered PG-13, the level of violence
is completely off the chart. Not only do folks get unexpectedly knocked off left, right and center; but the Metropolis fight
scenes between Superman and Doomsday play harder and faster than the downtown dust-up in Superman II: The Richard Donner
Cut. That’s because the literal sense of gravity given the entire proceedings is right up there with the real world
physics that the Fleischer brothers imbued their seminal Superman cartoon series with.
PLATTER OF THE WEEK: Ministry & Co-Conspirators – Cover Up (13th
Planet) :: This is the absolute greatest album of cover versions since Bowie’s crushed larynx curdled milk on Pinups.
If you thought that Ministry’s “Jesus Built My Hotrod” was heavy, then you haven’t heard Jackie O.
Jourgensen pulverize songs like “Radar Love,” “Mississippi Queen,” “Space Truckin’ “
and “Bang A Gong” into a puréed pulp pudding!
Be seeing you!
Friday, July 29, 2016
JEFFREY MORGANíS ROCK íNí ROLL PHOTOGRAPHS
JEFFREY MORGAN’S ROCK ’N’ ROLL PHOTOGRAPHS
Fri, July 29, 2016 | link
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, July 23, 2016
JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #532
Sat, July 23, 2016 | link
MORGAN’S MEDIA BLACKOUT #532.163!
Eno – Taking Tiger Mountain (By
Strategy) (Astralwerks) :: Old Uncle Een’s first album may be noisier and his third one may be quieter, but it’s
his second one which is a true work of art whose understated depth and surreal resonance only gets richer with the passage
of time. Neatly positioned between two extremes, Taking Tiger Mountain (By Strategy) isn’t bawdily brawny like
Here Come The Warm Jets, nor is it ambitiously ambient like Another Green World. Instead, it has a playful
opulent majesty that confidently combines the best boisterous elements of the earlier album (“Third Uncle”) while
foreshadowing the peerless placid moments of the later one (“Taking Tiger Mountain”).
From the typewriter
percussion of “China My China” to the half-speed whistled “Colonel Bogey March” in the background
of “Back In Judy’s Jungle,” each new listening reveals a hidden textural gem. That’s why it’s
safe to say that Eno’s Taking Tiger Mountain (By Strategy) is a unique masterpiece which will never ever be
SIZZLING PLATTER OF THE WEEK: Doug Hilsinger & Caroleen Beatty
– Taking Tiger Mountain (By Strategy): A Modern Recreation of Brian Eno’s 1974 Masterpiece (DBK Works)
:: Multi-instrumentalist Hilsinger has singlehandedly crafted a joyful note for note remake-remodel that’s… Well,
as Eno himself writes in his liner notes: “I don’t often listen to my own records after they’re finished,
but hearing this one as though through someone else’s ears and mind had a powerful effect on me. I thought ‘How
sweet! How touching! How sympathetically done! And actually…they aren’t bad songs after all.’ ”
not—especially when you hear all ten of them sung in sequence with a woman’s touch by Beatty. Admits Eno: “Caroline’s
beautiful singing—such an improvement on mine!” Reason enough to buy the one record that’s earned the right
to be filed with the rest of your Eno albums; that should give you its main point of reference.
Saturday, July 16, 2016
JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #531
Sat, July 16, 2016 | link
MORGAN’S MEDIA BLACKOUT #531.162!
Hells Angels – From Pool Cues
To Miscues: The Failed 1969 Plot To Murder Mick Jagger (Altamonterey Flop) :: Sonny Bungler is more like it.
Vriend – When We Were Spies (self-released) :: Infectiously cooed pop tunes by an April
Dancer chanteuse stuffed into a tight trench coat fulla pseudo-THRUSH shenanigans. Open channel D!
Kravitz – It’s Time For A Love Revolution (Virgin) :: He stole the riff of “Are
You Gonna Go My Way” from Hendrix. He sucked the coolness outta “American Woman.” He swiped this album’s
back cover from Dylan and its title track from his own “Are You Gonna Go My Way,” thus making it twice stolen.
Then he shamefully loots everybody else from Led Zeppelin to KISS. Thief.
– Venus On Earth (M80) :: What starts out as a Klaus Schulze space-out miraculously mutates into a psychedelic
Jefferson Starship bongo beat before ending up on a rice paddy with a finger-snappin’ mini-skirted Cambodian chanteuse.
Hey, Joe! You got gum?
Magic Mushroom Band – Singles And Rarities
(MVD Audio/Voiceprint) :: Where else can a track like “Eight Miles High” frottage “Set the Controls for
the Heart of the Sun” and have it all make sense in a solidly stoned hippie-dippy-trippy kinda cosmic way?
PLATTER OF THE WEEK – FRONT SIDE: Andi Sex Gang – Inventing New Destruction (MVD
Audio/Pink Noise) :: One part Another Low World and one part Their Satanic Sex Pistols Request, this synth-soaked
slice of purloined, fur-lined Germanic pop musik koncrète has the kind of hallucinatory hyper-spatial 3D mix that Unca
Lou only dreamed of getting on Street Hassle but never did.
OF THE WEEK – BACK SIDE: Ronnie Earl & The Broadcasters – Hope Radio (Stony
Plain) :: A fully loaded and completely instrumental live blues-cum-jazz album that ecstatically evokes Booker T & The
MGs and Santana with Jimi’s Nine To The Universe hyper-space noodling—all in one multi-orgasmic roof-raisin’
ear rush? Beulah, don’t ask how: Just open that bottle of emotion lotion and start a-latherin’!
Saturday, July 9, 2016
JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #530
Sat, July 9, 2016 | link
MORGAN’S MEDIA BLACKOUT #530.161!
Satellite – Into The Night
(MVD Audio/Metal Mind) :: Poland’s answer to Phil Collins-era Genesis isn’t nearly as dire a disc as you might
think because the music is quantumly heavier—and that’s always a good sign.
The Haggis – Soapbox Heroes (UFO) :: With a band handle like “Enter The Haggis,”
you just know that it’s got to be chockablock fulla the hottest and heaviest synth ’n’ shredded guitar rock
’n’ roll this side of Boiled In Lead.
– Dry Bones (self-released) :: Cheerful funky fiddle folk music that sounds as if it was recorded in the Dust
Bowl days of the great Depression.
Tamara Nile – At My Table
(self-released) :: And this banjo-fueled feminine folk rock sounds like it was raised on the right acoustic side of Led
Zeppelin III’s tracks.
Rick Wakeman – Aspirant Sunshadows
(MVD Audio/Music Fusion) :: Let one of rock’s most spiritual adherents gently lull you into slumberland with these elegant
and elegiac soothing soundscapezzzzzz.
Porkbelly Futures – Porkbelly
Futures (self released) :: And you thought “The Beatles” was a stupid name for a group.
PLATTER OF THE WEEK: Duke Robillard – Duke Robillard’s World Full Of Blues (Stony
Plain) :: “All Killer! No Filler!” is the truthful tag on this enthusiastic and encyclopedic brass-backed double
disc by one of the modern masters of the blues. Bonus points for covering obscure selections like Dylan’s “Everything
Is Broken” and making them sound even hipper!
SARCASTIC PLATTERS OF THE WEEK: Ed
Sanders – Sanders’ Truckstop & Beer Cans On The Moon (Collectors’
Choice) :: Proving that there’s just no justice in the rock ’n’ roll world, Fugs founder Sanders failed
to shake some chart action on these two early ’70s satirical broadsides, which contain irreverent acerbic send-ups of
every known socio-political sacred crow from here to infirmary. But don’t blame Ed; instead blame an insensate society
for not recognizing that insightful shit-stirrers like “Henry Kissinger” and “The Maple Court Tragedy”
(aka “Polaroid Spread Shots”) were just slightly ahead of their whine.
Saturday, July 2, 2016
JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #529
Sat, July 2, 2016 | link
MORGAN’S MEDIA BLACKOUT #529.160!
Jane Vain & The Dark Matter
– Love Is Where The Smoke Is (Rectangle) :: Ponderously portentous primo percolating Portisheadish paeans of
passion and penance.
SIZZLING ELECTRIC PLATTER OF THE WEEK: The Wagon — Match
Made In Hell (Las Conchas) :: The Beach Boys meet Grand Funk meets Cheap Trick meets The Who on this heavier than Hebben
crunge-rock extravagonzo that’s too unfit to quit. If you don’t like this record, then I’m afraid that you
just don’t like rock ’n’ roll, son.
SIZZLING ACOUSTIC PLATTER OF THE WEEK
-- LATE SHOW: The Kingston Trio – Once Upon A Time (Collectors’ Choice) :: Thems
that’s in the know sure as heck know that the Kingston Trio are as big a slice of Americana pie as you can find this
side of the Rat Pack. And on this long-overdue reissue, which was originally a double album recorded in July 1966 at the Sahara-Tahoe
gamblin’ den in Nevada, the perennially short-sleeved K3 ride again with their trademark style of good pickin’
and good playin’ in tow. Everything you want to hear is here, from the hang-’em-high melodrama of “Tom Dooley”
to “Silicone Bust,” which predated the Faces’ own “Silicone Grown” by almost a decade.
Even better are
the song introductions, which are liberally peppered with the Trio’s own unique brand of humorous generation-gap rap:
“There’s a lot of great rock ’n’ roll groups around now that we like very much. There’s one
group in L.A. in fact that is so wild, they make Hells Angels look like Robert Goulet. [audience laughter] This song
is written by rock ’n’ roll’s pretender to the throne, Bob Dylan. [audience laughter]”
ACOUSTIC PLATTER OF THE WEEK -- EARLY SHOW: The Kingston Trio – Twice Upon A Time (Collectors’
Choice) :: You’ll want to go out and get this previously unreleased companion live album right now just to watch the
bonus promo video of the Trio singing “Tomorrow Is A Long Time” by pretender to the throne Bob Dylan.
Saturday, June 25, 2016
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Beastie Boys – The Mix-Up
(Capitol) :: I get the Zappa-influenced bargain basement cretin slop mentality, but these mushy instrumentals are strictly
for ’luded out losers. A-heads prefer Teenage Fanclub’s The King.
Cullen – Buttercup Bugle (self-released) :: A bouquet of brass-backed melodies that are light
and airy, just like windswept love is supposed to be. This clever Cupid’s got a hammer and she’s swingin’
it all over this land.
The Grip Weeds – House Of Vibes Revisited (Ground
Up) :: They’re not the Beatles, but an incredible stimulation!
Nathan Lawr &
The Minotaurs – A Sea Of Tiny Lights (Minotaur) :: Ever get the feeling that too many
people are making too many records these days? I sure do.
– A Radical Recital (Filthy Bonnet) :: Are you ready for two women playing cello versions of “Barracuda”
and “Rock And Roll”? I sure am.
Raine Maida – The Hunters Lullaby
(King Noise) :: For a second, I thought that “China Doll” was Iggy’s Idiot song, but then I realized
that even Bowie at his most cocked-out never wrote wretched lyrics like: “She’s sweet like honey, sour like democracy.”
– Brave New World (self-released) :: This mind-bending garage-surf art rock album whose hippie-trippy touchstone
is the 13th Floor Elevators is going up so punch a higher floor!
– Highway Prayer (self-released) :: Producer Colin Linden has brought out the best in this sweet-pickin’
guy ’n’ gal duo, so how come they don’t got no record label yet?
– Resurrection (Nettwerk) :: And you thought the ’80s were dead.
PLATTER OF THE WEEK: Johnny Hollow – Dirty Hands (Orange) : “Scully, imagine Bernard
Herrmann reincarnated as an aggregate of two gals and a guy and you’ll have an idea of just how spooky this unbalanced
album is.” “What are you saying, Mulder? That this is the most haunted Goth-infested record ever?” “All
I’m saying is that you’ll want to file this one next to Siouxie & The Banshees’ A Kiss In The Dream
House; it’s that good.”
Be seeing you!
Saturday, June 18, 2016
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Jerry Bruckheimer – Quentin Tarantino
Presents Roger Corman’s Death Race 3000 (21st Century Film Corporation) :: Bruckheimer’s always wanted to
produce a big budget cult film in the worst way and he’s finally succeeded. Half Easy Rider and half Americathon,
this direct-to-download scenery-chewing sequel sees David Carradine and Sylvester Stallone back in harness as Frankenstein
and Machine Gun Joe Viturbo for one last nationwide ride to save society. One hundred points scored for casting cravat king
Peter Bogdanovich as gung-ho TV announcer Junior Senior!
Per Aspera (MVD Audio) :: Slovenia is a leading horror hothouse of dark dank metal and if you listen to this festering
thick miasma that’s chock a block full of clogged virtuoso majesty, you’ll know why.
Future – Pax Futura (Fireproof) :: It’s not often that such an endearing pop rock
album sashays down the suave glam rock pike. Even better, it includes the hyper-kinetic “What Heart?” from their
earlier Bear Chronicles V.2 extended player.
The Sonic Deli
– Brown Bag Lunch (Sonic Deli) :: Shamefully, I just found this 18 track sampler of varied musical styles by
13 diverse artists at the back of my iFridge—way past its 2005 due date—but amazingly, it still sounds as fresh
as the day it was served. My compliments to the chef!
– Dream Tiger (MVD Audio) :: Take one part ethereal female cooing, add one part Kevin Ayers brooding, stir
in two parts sparse tinkering oriental melodies, and garnish with a Weird Tales pulp aesthetic. Serve immediately.
Iratus – Human Consumes Human (Arctic) :: Gurgling vocal Nine Inch Nonsense from a band
whose translated name means: “Homo Irritates Us.”
SIZZLING PLATTER OF THE WEEK:
Destroy All Monsters – Live In Tokyo & Osaka 1996 (MVD Audio) :: The restless ghosts
of Dave Thomas and Pere Ubu haunt this abusive atonal delight that combines Stockhausenian bloopy blorp short wave radio static
with Electroluxian plugged hose whining. It’s got no beat, you can’t dance to it, I give it a yen.
Saturday, June 11, 2016
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Time Again – Darker Days
(Hellcat) :: Imagine a double time version of the early Stranglers. It’s easy if you listen to this hellacious half
hour of hard rock.
The Bleeder Project – The Systematic Subversion
Of Fear And Insecurity (self-released) :: Finally, the female version of Trent Reznor.
Feminists – Can’t Scream Loud Enough (Space Dog) :: Imagine a sensitive guy vaudevillian
version of the Stranglers. I can’t either.
Ann Wilson –
Hope And Glory (Rounder) :: Finally, the female Percy Plant’s balloon-lunged version of “Immigrant Song.”
Mary Three – Day & Night Driving (Bellum) :: Imagine a sensitive-guy powerballad
version of Neil Diamond. Insulin not included.
Foxy Shazam – Introducing
(New Weathermen) :: The back cover blurb says that this Mojo Nixon wannabe is “The Evel Knievel Of Rock ’N’
Roll.” Too bad Evel’s dead.
Pawbox – Pawbox (self released)
:: I’m a Ma box man.
Anna Kramer – The Rustic Contemporary
Sounds Of Anna Kramer & The Lost Cause (International Hits) :: Femmefueled pop a-go-go that isn’t afraid to
bring out the brass and banjos to buff up the bop.
Horror Pops –
Kiss Kiss Kill Kill (Hellcat) :: These rockabilly rebels are back with a hardboiled album about life on the wrong
side of the tracks—and when they snarl “My fist…in the middle of your face” to the tune of “Our
House,” I know that Mickey Spillane is upstairs cracking open a Miller Lite and smiling.
PLATTER OF THE WEEK: Keali’I Reichel – Kukahi: Live In Concert (Punahele DVD) ::
Aloha! If the only things you know about Hawaii are Don Ho, Steve McGarrett and the hippie hula end of the Beatles’
“Hello Goodbye” video, then, boy, are you ever in for a seismic cross-cultural shock. Combining the best of authentic
Hawaiian history and heritage, this two-hour concert by the master of both traditional and modern song and dance will fill
you in on all you need to know about the land that Elvis’ satellite special made famous—and a-Louie luau, oh,
baby, you need to know.
Be seeing you!
Saturday, June 4, 2016
JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #525
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Chase Frank – Midnight Manor
(self released) :: This here Frank ain’t no blank. She’s one tough broad who’s fully capable of kicking
your retro ass into last week so shut up and listen to the lady sing her wiry songs of woe. Sure, you’ll fall in love
with her but she’s used to that, ya sap. Now shove off.
Drama Queen (Bodog) :: Jason Darr is Dr. Neurosonic and it’s obviously apparent from this neumetal mosh-spit
that the Doc wants to be the next Marilyn Reznor—or is that Prince Bowie? Either one would be a laughable ambition if
he didn’t have the snotty songs and ace attitude to back up his brag. Which he does, in spades. So maybe this guy will
succeed where David Warner once failed.
ASG – Win Us Over (Volcom
Entertainment) :: Todd Rundgren never envisioned recording a Utopia album that was heavier than his worst nightmare and featured
two naked women on the cover clawing open their chests to expose their hovering hearts—but I sure did, and I’m
here to tell you that this one is worth every second of that 30-year wait.
– Alive 2007 (Virgin) :: Meanwhile, while Ralf and Florian were sitting on their Düsselduffs watching
the Tour de France, these two smart ’n’ savvy successors to their Kraftwerk throne were actually in Paris recording
this bowel-buffeting trance askance 27 track distillation of everything that’s absolutely right with electronic dance
music these days.
SIZZLING PLATTER OF THE WEEK: Black Mountain – In
The Future (Jagjaguwar) :: All aboard for a record that’s so full of heavy long-strokin’ action that my turntable
bent over and did the deep sonar splits as soon as I put it on. Dig past the trippy album cover and you’ll find some
primo dense stoner music with a melotron gilt-edging that’ll keep you guessing as to what’s next. Here’s
a hint: Whatever it is, it’ll be good ’n’ that’s plenty for me. Choo choo ga choob!
Saturday, May 28, 2016
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Octoberman – Run From Safety
(White Whale) :: This dire disc’ll make you feel like leaping off a tall building in a single bound.
In Helsinki – Places Like These (Polyvinyl) :: Prince meets 808 State? Talking Heads
meets B-52s? No matter how you slice it, this one’s a real hoot.
– Welcome To The Night Sky (Labwork) :: Thoughtful ethereal pop music that ends with an ambitious eight-minute
art rock epic called “Miasmal Smoke & The Yellow Bellied Freaks” that’s well worth the price of admission.
– Humanity Hour 1 (New Door) :: If you only buy one classic heavy guitar crunge rock album this week, this
be the one. Of course, I could do without all the treacly power ballads. But, then again, I always have.
McAlister & The Iron Choir – The Way It Rolls (self released) ::
Capable country pickin’ that’s chock-a-block with tasty twang and a fine fiddle finesse.
Dickens – Oh Yell! (307 Knox) :: These here wacky wimmins pack a perky pedigree and strum
smart ’n’ sassy minimal folk rock with a wicked wit quotient that’s half Sparks, half Dictators, and all
Two Hours Traffic – Little Jabs (Bumstead)
:: “Nighthawks” is one charming little pop song, but it’s the rest of the record that’ll give you
Boys Noize – Oi Oi Oi (Last Gang) :: These
relentlessly aggressive Enovative electronic soundscapes go far beyond anything Krautwerk ever envisioned.
PLATTER OF THE WEEK: Rockfour – Memories Of The Never Happened (Anova) :: Israel’s
newest hitmakers have come up with an album that blends the best of Tangerine Dream’s ambient drones (“Glued Half
& Half”) with the Beatles’ psychedelic rock ’n’ roll (“Because Of Damaging Words”).
And that’s just the first two tracks. Stay tuned and you’ll hear the marathon Harrisonic “Dear Truth”
living side by side with the exhilarating Badfinger-steeped “It Ain’t Easy (When You’re Gone).” Inspirational
lyric: “First thing that I thought of when I saw you walk away was, ‘How could someone run so fast on high heels?’”
Saturday, May 21, 2016
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SIZZLING PLATTER OF THE WEEK: The Scenics
– How Does It Feel To Be Loved: The Scenics
Play The Velvet Underground (Dream Tower) :: Recorded live in a number of trashy Toronto punk dives between 1977 and
1981, it’s the first album of Velvet Underground covers I’ve ever heard that actually manages to evoke the VU’s
classic cacophony of studio sound—something that latter day Doug Yule-infused live albums like Live At Max’s
Kansas City never seemed to attain.
But somehow the Scenics have managed to do just that with an edge-teetering
fan-based fervor that doesn’t seek to duplicate the Velvets’ sound so much as it uses that primal distortion as
a jumping off point to differentiate themselves from the masters while remaining true to the source. And the fact that all
10 numbers were recorded, in true live Velvets tradition, on a buncha crappy cassette tapes doesn’t tarnish the Scenics’
sonic patina—it only enhances their chances of making this the best VU tribute album ever.
First of all, there’s
their informed choice of song selection. Sure, they do a few obligatory standards like “I’m Waiting For The Man”
and “I’ll Be Your Mirror,” but they also mine the less-obvious depths of Unca Lou’s songbook to essay
what are arguably some of his greatest songs: “New Age,” “I’m Set Free,” “What Goes On,”
“Here She Comes Now” and “I Heard Her Call My Name.” Finally, it all culminates literally live in
a basement with a twisted 10-minute Metal Machine Music meets Television version of “Sister Ray” that
even John Cale never envisioned in his wildest nightmares.
So if the proceedings sound even more demented than
you might expect, that’s because the Scenics don’t ape the Velvets, they enhance them—which only goes to
show that sometimes between rot and depression there lies a lifeline.
Be seeing you!