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Saturday, December 7, 2019

JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #708

 

JEFFREY MORGAN’S MEDIA BLACKOUT #708.433.35!

 

Ian HunterRant (True North) :: “Still Love Rock ’n’ Roll” is Ian’s greatest song about rock ’n’ roll ever. That’s right, even better than both “All The Way From Memphis” and “The Golden Age Of Rock ’n’ Roll,” combined.

 

Punx UniteLeaders Of Today (Side One Dummy) :: This essential 32-track throw-down admirably posits the position that punk ain’t passé—and I remember when listening to “punk rock” meant listening to “New Rose” and “Arabs In Harrods.”

 

Lewis & ClarkeBare Bones And Branches (Summersteps) :: An acoustic expedition that shines an intelligent revelatory light into the heart of life and love.

 

Laughter’s FifthLove As Laughter (Sub Pop) :: The more I listen, the more I dig their sloppy guitar-driven Faces-meet-Crazy Horse sound and their cunning karmic lyrics like: “Shallow graves and topless babes, who will judge how you behave?”

 

Kyle RiabkoBefore I Speak (Aware) :: I never understood how people could think that Elvis Presley was black after they heard him on the radio. Then I listened to this white teenage guitar soul prodigy.

 

SIZZLING PLATTER OF THE WEEK: A Second Tribute To JandekDown In A Mirror (Summersteps) :: Imagine Dylan ripped out of his gourd on acid, cutting a trippy tune for the Easy Rider sound track. Well, that’s what Brother JT has done on his cover of Jandek’s “Message to the Clerk” and that’s reason enough to buy this compilation. Another reason: liner notes by Bible One fan Gary Pig Gold.

 

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Sat, December 7, 2019 | link 

Saturday, November 30, 2019

JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #707

 

JEFFREY MORGAN’S MEDIA BLACKOUT #707.432.34!

 

Iron ButterflyIn-A-Gadda-Da-Vida (Atco) :: Miles Davis, eat your heart out.

 

PrincessPrincess (Tony Chaos) :: A clogged overflowing toilet is more melodic.

 

Discordance AxisOur Last Day (Hydra Head) :: The final album by these significant screamaniacs is so techno-guttural it makes everyone else on the grind circuit sound like Perry Como in a coma.

 

Towers Of LondonOn A Noose (TVT) :: These Rotten imitators rob the Clashbah.

 

Oxford CollapseA Good Ground (Kanine) :: Kinda like a Tom Verlaine demo with primitive production values, this one has a haunting heartfelt passion that’s hard to beat. Speaking of which...

 

Iggy & The Stooges“I Need Somebody” (Columbia) :: Dylan never wrote a line as good as: “Well, I am your crazy driver. Honey, I’m sure to steer you wrong.”

 

Bob Dylan“Hurricane” (Columbia) :: “We wanna put his ass in stir. We wanna pin this triple mur-der on him.” I rest my case.

 

Faces“Silicone Grown” (Warner Bros.) :: And neither of them ever wrote a line as great as this timeless poetic gem from Rod The Mod: “You’ve got more front than the Hague museum.”

 

SIZZLING PLATTER OF THE WEEK: RevolverTurbulence (Sextant) :: When you’re the son of Goddo guitarist Gino Scarpelli, you’d darn well better be in a band that kicks everyone’s ass and doesn’t embarrass your old man. These brass-ball commandos lay down a heavy carpet of sound that’ll have your windows rattling for weeks. This is rock ’n’ roll the way it’s supposed to be played: with bludgeoning riffs that explode in the air thicker than a barrage of flak bursts over Normandy on D-Day. Velvet is for pocket-pool pansies. Real men pack concrete.

 

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Sat, November 30, 2019 | link 

Saturday, November 23, 2019

JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #706

 

JEFFREY MORGAN’S MEDIA BLACKOUT #706.431.33!

 

The Beatles“Birthday” (Apple) :: Satanic Majesties is to Sgt. Pepper what The Beatles are to Satanic Majesties. Think about it.

 

OrthrelmOv (Ipecac) :: Everybody should own at least one album that can’t be listened to all the way through.

 

Yoko OnoFly (Apple) :: Make that two albums.

 

Harpo MarxHarpo In Hi-Fi (Mercury) :: And a dozen hard boiled eggs.

 

George Harrison“It’s Johnny’s Birthday” (Apple) :: The poor guy couldn’t even inadvertently cover “Congratulations” without getting sued for millions in back royalties.

 

Please Mr. GravediggerThrow A Beat (Pluto) :: Van Halen grunge meets Ted Nugent garage. But next time let the frail sing more.

 

Thee More ShallowsMore Deep Cuts (Turn) :: There are two dead frogs on the cover, the victims of a murder-suicide by bow and arrow. So if I tell you that this album mixes the synths of Jack Nitzsche’s Performance with the strings of Bernard Herrmann’s Psycho, would you be surprised? I thought not.

 

Erin McKeownWe Will Become Like Birds (Nettwerk) :: “Aspera” evokes echoes of “For Ladies Only” but John Kay never sounded like Annette Peacock.

 

Steppenwolf At Your Birthday Party (Dunhill) :: It’s all right, Ma, the Hells Angels are providing security!

 

SIZZLING PLATTER OF THE WEEK: Porcupine TreeDeadwing (Lava) :: This melodic hard rocker manages to cover all the prog-rock bases from Led Zeppelin to Genesis to Quiet Sun to Brand X. The 10-minute title track has a Moon equipped engine that’s straight out of Eno’s “Third Uncle” with Adrian Belew doing his obligatory Fripp bit. Then they put another log on the fire for thee and make some breakfast and coffee.

 

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Sat, November 23, 2019 | link 

Saturday, November 16, 2019

JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #705

 

JEFFREY MORGAN’S MEDIA BLACKOUT #705.430.32!

 

VCRVCR (Side One Dummy) :: Casio camp music so homofied it makes Xiu Xiu sound like Ted Nugent.

 

Michael Parks...Then Came Bronson (NBC) :: Isn’t it about time that Michael Parks’ 1969 Zen motorcycle series finally came out on DVD?

 

Treiops TreyfidFeelings Of Unreality (Postfact) :: My feeling is that ‘unreality’ is putting it mildly. Still, this eclectic album does contain “Rolling Blackout” which is one of the best songs Unca Lou never recorded for Loaded.

 

The Factory IncidentRed Tape (Postfact) :: The singer sounds like a flattened cross between monotonic John Lydon and histrionic David Bowie after being plugged by Valerie Solanis. But that just gives these jangling rockers an authentic punk patina.

 

SIZZLING PLATTER OF THE WEEK: The MuggsThe Muggs (Times Beach) :: Motorcityrocks.com, with typical retarded teenage diction, says these guys “rawwwk.” Ann Arbor Paper, with typical gushing fanboy sycophancy, says “Danny Methric is Detroit’s Angus Young.” Of course, they’re both wrong. What we really have here is Michigan’s own Methricphetamine version of ZZ Top with all of the bulwark bluster and none of the stylistic subtleties. Their suspended animation brand of ’70s arena rock boogie may have seen them slotted in as a high noon opener for Ted and Aerosmith at California Jam, but I doubt it.

 

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Sat, November 16, 2019 | link 

Thursday, November 14, 2019

JEFFREY MORGANíS ROCK íNí ROLL PHOTOGRAPHS


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 prime:

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:


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Thu, November 14, 2019 | link 

Saturday, November 9, 2019

JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #704

 

JEFFREY MORGAN’S MEDIA BLACKOUT #704.429.31!

 

The RaveonettesPretty In Black (Columbia) :: They’re just like the Lords Of Acid only without the acid.

 

Hanin EliasFuture Noir (Cochon) :: The female Gary Numan makes a techno Nico record. Who will love Alanis Sane?

 

SpitalfieldStop Doing Bad Things (Victory) :: Stop making bad albums.

 

Mem ShannonI’m From Phunkville (Last Load) :: Ah’m frum Missoura, an’ dis heah silky smood funk elpee sho’nuff dun showed me, yass’um!

 

Doug SahmThe Return Of The Formerly Brothers (Stony Plain) :: Sir Douglas serves up a steamin’ slice of Cajun swamp-wop with a side order of early Chicano honky-tonk Tex-Mex rock ’n’ roll. Would you like some Canuckistan country boogie with that?

 

The CurtainsVehicles Of Travel (Frenetic) :: Skillfully scattershot, ethereal and ambient, these charming childhood chakras will have your head driftfully grazing the ceiling.

 

Andy Stochansky100 (Interscope) :: Andy’s an amped-up Elliott Murphy for the 21st century with songs that are just as good and a heart that’s just as big.

 

The DeadlyThe Wolves Are Here Again (Pluto) :: Bone-pulverizing Jimmy Page guitar riffs. Slaughterhouse screamo Tom Verlaine vocals. What’s not to like?

 

SIZZLING PLATTER OF THE WEEK: The Valley ArenaTake Comfort In Strangers (Astro Magnetics) :: The chunky guitars and punky vocals are reason enough to stick around, but it’s the unexpected John Bonham power drumming by Carlos de la Garza that keeps this train from derailing.

 

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Sat, November 9, 2019 | link 

Saturday, November 2, 2019

JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #703

 

JEFFREY MORGAN’S MEDIA BLACKOUT #703.428.30!

 

Super Heavy Goat Ass60,000 Years (Arc Light) :: Darn fine no-nonsense fuzztone blues rock from the Lone Star State that’ll never get the extensive cross-country breakout FM airplay it rightfully deserves because of their self-defeating career-limiting band name.

 

Serena RyderUnlikely Emergency (Isadora) :: She’s got a dynamic show-stopping voice that squirts personality by the bucketful every time she opens her mouth, but her stalled soporific songs would make even Speedy Gonzalez siesta. So ditch the dreary diva dirges and find yourself a real rock ’n’ roll band that can play in 4/4 time and tow you out of the middle of the road.

 

Justin RutledgeNo Never Alone (Six Shooter) :: Because the lyric “too sober to sleep too drunk to cry” is the hanky-honkin’ tonk of the week, Kleenex stock is up $3.00 at the closing bell.

 

Ian Tyson – Songs From The Gravel Road (Stony Plain) :: You don’t have to have lived in a farmhouse on the vast ambient Canadian plains under starry skies to fully appreciate what Ian is singing about on this touching heartfelt country album. But there are worse ways to live and certainly worse albums to listen to.

 

Mariah CareyThe Emancipation Of Mimi (MonarC) :: This being one of them.

 

SIZZLING PLATTER OF THE WEEK: Jay GilesJay Giles Plays Jazz! (Francesca) :: From Charlie Watts to Randy Bachman, the rock ’n’ roll morgue is littered with many a mangled corpse on a slab that unwisely decided to unleash its inner jazzbo. And while this isn’t exactly Charlie Christian and Benny Goodman doing “Seven Come Eleven,” former Lester Bangs sideman J. Giles has come close to cloning that classic ’30s vamp sound.

 

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Sat, November 2, 2019 | link 

Saturday, October 26, 2019

JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #702

 

JEFFREY MORGAN’S MEDIA BLACKOUT #702.426.28!

 

Carl StallingThe Carl Stalling Project (Warner Bros.) :: Two, I say, two volumes of the greatest animated film music ever heard in the history of the human eardrum!

 

The Dan BandThe Dan Band (Side One Dummy) :: Even Bowie at his cokehead best didn’t dare cover “I Am Woman” on David Live. But if Dan’s live romp is any indication, maybe he should’ve. Any of this gettin’ through to ya, son?

 

Chuck JonesChuck Amuck (Farrar Straus Giroux) :: This good-natured glimpse behind the scenes at Termite Terrace by one of the world’s greatest directors is more fun than an Illudium Pew 36 Explosive Space Modulator. Pay attention, boy! I’m cuttin’, but you ain’t bleedin’!

 

A Change Of PaceAn Offer You Can’t Refuse (Immortal) :: No it’s not, and yes I can. Nice boy, but he’s built a little too low to the ground!

 

Over ItSilverstrand (Lobster) :: Oh, so you three guys actually like having a bland singer without a shred of personality in his voice? Well, that explains everything. You’ve gotta keep your eye on the ball, son!

 

RushRush (Moon) :: Don’t laugh. Xeroxed bands like the previous two could learn a lot from songs like “Finding My Way” and “In The Mood.” Eye!

 

Full White DragEverything Will Fall One Night (Inter-Flight) :: So could Canada’s plodding answer to the Stranglers. Ball!

 

Mel BlancThat’s Not All Folks! (Warner Books) :: This delightful memoir covers everything from Mel’s “Cu...camonga” days on The Jack Benny Show to his heavyweight reign as Looney Tunes’ voice man supreme. Eyeball!

 

SIZZLING CLAGHORN OF THE WEEK: I almost has a column there, son! Joke, that is.

 

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Sat, October 26, 2019 | link 

Saturday, October 19, 2019

JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #701

 

JEFFREY MORGAN’S MEDIA BLACKOUT #701.425.27!

 

Jennifer GentileValende (Sub Pop) :: If I were the guy who recorded this dire disc of dissipated diarrhea, I’d hide behind a girl’s name, too.

 

GlissHalfway Gone (Mountain Lo-Fi) :: On the first track he tries to kick like a mule. Then he perverts to form and dresses like a queen, it’s a real schlemiel deal.

 

IvyIn The Clear (Nettwerk) :: For good Portishead call Ivy.

 

Anton Barbeau With The Bevis FrondKing Of Missouri (Bongo Beat) :: Had Elvis Costello actually been a ’70s punk rocker, he just might’ve recorded this loose and vibrant affair that’s part wordy Dylan and part nasally Lennon.

 

RockethouseWeapons Of Mass Distortion (Kanine) :: Funky fuzztone music that’ll have you cage-shakin’ in your white go-go boots.

 

Forever ChangedThe Need To Feel Alive (Floodgate) :: Every time I see a back cover photo of four short-haired kids in T-shirts I cringe because they all invariably sound the same: lame. Remember what I said about bands that are deficient in the personality department? Well, you can add these guys to the list.

 

Yellow SecondAltitude (Floodgate) :: What, another back cover photo of four short-haired kids in t-shirts who sound lamer than lame? Better add these guys to the list, too.

 

SIZZLING PLATTER OF THE WEEK: MardoMardo (House Of Restitution) :: They oughtta give away a free farm-size box of Kleenex with every copy sold because this is one helluva snotty album whose snooty snout attitude drips straight out of the Punky Meadows Lip Farm. Even Binky knows that Mardo’s a retro-retardo smash up of everything from Love It To Death and Dressed To Kill to Cheap Trick.

 

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Sat, October 19, 2019 | link 

Saturday, October 12, 2019

JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #700

 

JEFFREY MORGAN’S MEDIA BLACKOUT #700.424.25!

 

SparksKimono My House (Island) :: Geddit?

 

SIZZLING PARTY PLATTER OF THE WEEK: Rosemary Clooney – “Come On-A My House” (Columbia) :: Who invited all these people?

 

KISS – “Rock And Roll All Nite” (Casablanca) :: Oh, man, that’ll never wash out!

 

Quiet Riot – “Cum On Feel The Noize” (Pasha) :: Keep it down before the neighbors complain!

 

Andrew WK – “Party Hard” (Mercury) :: C’mon, let’s use this empty bedroom!

 

Slade – “How D’You Ride?” (Polydor) :: Who parked on the lawn?

 

Elton John – “Saturday Night’s All Right For Fighting” (MCA) :: Guys, guys, take it outside!

 

Elvis CostelloThe Delivery Man (Lost Highway) :: Pizza’s here! Who’s got the money?

 

Lou Reed – “The Power Of Positive Drinking” (Arista) :: I think I can jimmy the lock on this liquor cabinet!

 

John Entwistle – “Whiskey Man” (Decca) :: Got it!

 

FacesFive Guys Walk Into A Bar… (Warner Bros.) :: Hey, while you’re up!

 

The B-52’s – “Party Out Of Bounds” (Reprise) :: The beer bottles in the freezer exploded!

 

The Who – “However Much I Booze” (MCA) :: Where’s the keg?

 

Kim Mitchell – “I Am A Wild Party” (Anthem) :: Where’s the can, I gotta go water my horse!

 

Johnny Winter – “Too Much Seconal” (Columbia) :: Dude, you look peaked!

 

Blood, Sweat & Tears – “And When I Die” (Columbia) :: Dude?

 

Rick Derringer – “Still Alive And Well” (Epic) :: Dude, that was close!

 

The Irish Rovers – “Wasn’t That A Party?” (Epic) :: Cold pizza and beer, breakfast of champions!

 

Johnny Cash – “Sunday Morning Coming Down” (Columbia) :: Keep those drapes closed! And don’t slam the door when you leave!

 

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Sat, October 12, 2019 | link 

Saturday, October 5, 2019

JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #699

 

JEFFREY MORGAN’S MEDIA BLACKOUT #699.423.24!

 

John Cale & Lou ReedSongs For Drella (Sire) :: Everything they’ve done separately, no matter how good, is mere artifice compared to this sincere, monumental work of art. When’s the last time you listened to it?

 

The Sharp EaseGoing Modern (olFactory) :: Meanwhile, if Cale and Lene Lovich had sired quadruplet daughters 25 years ago, those four femmes would’ve grown up to record this smart ’n’ sassy pop album.

 

Tara AngellDown And Out: The Come Down EP (Rykodisc) :: Hide the razorblades because if ever a record lived up to its title, it’s this one. This dour dish makes Marianne Faithfull sound like Toni Basil cranked to the gills on a helium speedball.

 

Josh RouseNashville (Rykodisc) :: Maybe the Ryman Auditorium isn’t ready for a guy who sings lyrics like: “Later on, after the show, we can go to your room, I can try on your clothes.”

 

Johnny Cash – “A Boy Named Sue” (Columbia) :: Then again, maybe it is.

 

SIZZLING PLATTER OF THE WEEK: The DevlinsWaves (Nettwerk) :: Having survived the trauma of Chas being killed by Harry Flowers, the two remaining brothers buck up and record this fine album. I like that, turn it up.

 

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Sat, October 5, 2019 | link 

Saturday, September 28, 2019

JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #698

 

JEFFREY MORGAN’S MEDIA BLACKOUT #698.422.23!

 

Dave CooperUnderbelly: Additional Observations On The Beauty / Ugliness Of Mostly Pillowy Girls (Fantagraphics Books) :: This coffee table art book contains erotically singed paintings of large ravenously mandibled women who have the bug-eyed visages of Sandy Dennis in leering lolling heat. Roll over Bill Ward, and tell Robert Crumb the news.

 

Dandi WindBait The Traps (Bongo Beat) :: Lene Lovich + Iggy Stooge + Nina Hagen + Eno + Diamanda Galás + Kraftwerk = Crazy, man, crazy!

 

Aselin DebisonBigger Than Me (Epic) :: Bland on bland.

 

Audra KubatSince I Fell In Love With The Music (Times Beach) :: Audra has the delicate demeanor of a sparrow, coupled with a heartfelt emotive voice and superior songwriting skills. She’s the new Joni Mitchell, only a whole lot better.

 

The Static AgeNeon Nights Electric Lives (Tarantulas) :: “Ghosts” has a propulsive jangling that’s somewhat reminiscent of the Banshees but, more often than not, this intelligent quartet has a suave sound that’s nothing less than the debonair second coming of Ultravoxy Music.

 

Femme FataleFrom The Abundance Of The Heart, The Mouth Speaks (Last Gang) :: King, it’s Shellac vs. the Beastie Boys in a last-band-standing, elimination chamber, hell-in-a-cell, grudge match.

 

SIZZLING PLATTER OF THE MONTH: Mommy And DaddyFighting Style Killer Panda (Kanine) :: Here’s a delightfully kooky EP that features a nutty sonic mélange of blipping Casio keys, pounding Roland drum machines, heavy metal guitars and snatch-snarling female vocals. This New York duo is being portrayed as “a married couple who play stripped-down, avant garde, primitive, post-punk, lo-fi, electropop retro rock.” Which is one way of describing them, I suppose. Here’s another: They’re outta their heads.

 

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Sat, September 28, 2019 | link 

Saturday, September 21, 2019

JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #697

 

JEFFREY MORGAN’S MEDIA BLACKOUT #697.420.21!

 

Ray Wylie HubbardDelirium Tremolos (Philo/Rounder) :: If you’re in the market for a new country blues album, give this instant classic by old mutha Hubbard a shot. Another reason to believe: Faces stalwart Ian “Mac” McLagan works the Hammond B-3 on several tracks.

 

Neal Schoni On U (Favored Nations) :: Journey-man Schon rises above the synth backing tracks to craft an instrumental guitar album that’s part silky David Gilmour and part psycho Jeff Beck. Too bad he’d rather play with himself than be in a real band, though.

 

Soul SirkusWorld Play (Soul Sirkus) :: Well whaddya know? Schon upgrades to actual human beings! If you still proudly listen to old Sammy Hagar albums, then this thud’s for you.

 

Burn The 8-TrackThe Ocean (Abacus) :: These four guys aren’t old enough to remember vinyl, let alone an 8-track. But they are mature enough to make an album that’s powerful and passionate.

 

Liam TitcombLiam Titcomb (Columbia) :: Canada’s answer to John Mellencamp is a long-haired pretty boy who writes hand-clappin’ good-time music including a little ditty called “Get Down” that actually does.

 

SIZZLING PLATTER OF THE WEEK: Vanessa WilliamsEverlasting Love (Lava) :: Need some ’70s make-out music? Then slide in and take this VW for a ride that’s so smooth you could cut a diamond in the back seat. My favorite track is the Kraftwerkian “Tuning,” which consists of nothing but Vanessa tuning in different radio stations. Really.

 

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Sat, September 21, 2019 | link 

Saturday, September 14, 2019

JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #696

 

JEFFREY MORGAN’S MEDIA BLACKOUT #696.419.20!

 

Coralie ClementBye Bye Beauté (Nettwerk) :: Look, if I want to hear a breathy babe cooing sweet nothings to me in a foreign language, I’ll listen to Lola Dutronic instead, all right?

 

Lola DutronicThe World Of Lola Dutronic (Bongo Beat) :: Whatever Lola wants, Lola gets. So go out and get these luscious covers of “Walking On Sunshine,” “To Sir With Love,” and “Porpoise Song.”

 

LoopySmile Back Home (Zip) :: This must-have merges all the power of a classic three-chord rock band with the heavenly heartfelt harmonies of Brian Wilson.

 

Razor CrusadeInfinite Water (Deathwish) :: Hey, sailor, looking for a hot screw of screamotronic vocals and a heavy spew of garage guitars?

 

Theory Of A DeadmanGasoline (Roadrunner) :: The singer apes Chris Cornell, but this rent-a-drummer trio does heavy blustery rage that’s right up there with the best of them.

 

The Living EndModern ARTillery (Reprise) :: I don’t know much about art, but I know what I don’t like.

 

Various ArtistsMary Had A Little Amp (Epic) :: It wasn’t just for show. And when she played this disc through it, she said: “This record blows!”

 

SIZZLING PLATTER OF THE WEEK: DMBQThe Essential Sounds From The Far East (Estrus!) :: Are you ready for the absolute heaviest rock ’n’ roll album of the week? Hendrix in the East. Reincarnated in Japan. As Godzilla. With a guitar. And a wall of over-cranked amps. Run for your lives!

 

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Sat, September 14, 2019 | link 

Saturday, September 7, 2019

JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #695

 

JEFFREY MORGAN’S MEDIA BLACKOUT #695.416.17!

 

Raphael SaadiqAs Ray Ray (Pookie) :: Blaxploitation movie parody gets bogged down in an overlong barrage of falsetto ballad clichés.

 

Sum 41Chuck (Island) :: If you kids want me to take your anti-war songs seriously, then don’t destroy your credibility by calling your publishing company Rectum Renovator Music. Yeah, that’s the sign of a mature, informed adult.

 

K-OSJoyful Rebellion (Astralwerks) :: Phinally, a rapper who can actually sing hip-pop and isn’t aphraid to mix saxofones and ambient symfonic music with his phat beats.

 

Roxy MusicViennalle (Mainstream) :: Recorded in December 1973 during the Stranded tour of Austria, this listenable audience recording contains rare live versions of “Street Life,” “Amazona” and “Psalm.”

 

Mobb DeepAmerikaz Nightmare (Jive) :: If these Cube wannabes were half as rich as they pretend to be, they wouldn’t have to pimp lame copycat records like this to make a buck.

 

Various ArtistsTake Action! (Sub City) :: Putting a free copy of a suicide prevention book on this double compilation is an admirable notion, but doesn’t the inclusion of a band called ‘Murder By Death’ send a mixed message?

 

SIZZLING PLATTER OF THE WEEK: QuintronThe Frog Tape (Skin Graft) :: I dunno what’s scarier: a guy in Louisiana spending half an hour recording frog sounds on a cassette while playing a Wurlitzer and laughing into the mic; a record company actually releasing it; or me giving it a Sizzling Platter Of The Week.

 

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Sat, September 7, 2019 | link 

Saturday, August 31, 2019

JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #694

 

JEFFREY MORGAN’S MEDIA BLACKOUT #694.415.16!

 

The SlackersClose My Eyes (Hellcat) :: Closed my ears instead.

 

LoqueSo Long (Lava) :: Low key, see ya.

 

Stroke 9All In (Records, Man!) :: Stupid band name. Smart rock album.

 

No WarningSuffer, Survive (Machine Shop) :: Fair warning: delete, delight.

 

The AeffectSecrets and Lies (Hitchhiker) :: Gosh, I miss the Human League.

 

7 SecondsTake It Back, Take It On, Take It Over! (Side One Dummy) :: Ramones meet Badfinger and carry on bopping till tomorrow.

 

Court And SparkWitch Season (Absolutely Kosher) :: The credits list 25 musicians who crafted this smart set of acoustic-based harmonious pop music, including the name of the guy who did the hand claps. Too bad they forgot to name any of the singers.

 

Kelly ClarksonBreakaway (RCA) :: If legendary record producer Clive Davis honestly thinks that this puerile pap is what passes for a good female vocalist these days, then he oughtta have his head read.

 

Janis JoplinPearl (Columbia) :: With her dowdy looks and coarse voice, you just know she’d never get signed by fuddy-duddy Davis today.

 

Moody BluegrassA Nashville Tribute To The Moody Blues (Rounder) :: Finally, a banjo and fiddle version of “Nights In White Satin.”

 

The TrewsHouse Of Ill Fame (Epic) :: One of 2003’s unmitigated pop masterpieces is back on the racks with a bonus disc of new live tracks including their seismic extrapolation of “Hey Jude.”

 

SIZZLING PLATTER OF THE WEEK: Mark DignamBox Heart Man (Times Beach) :: Irish folk singer Dignam starts off his record with a classic George Harrison “Blue Jay Way” drone before abruptly shifting gears down into some of the strongest and most heartfelt pickin’ and singin’ I’ve heard in quite a while.

 

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Sat, August 31, 2019 | link 

Saturday, August 24, 2019

JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #693

 

JEFFREY MORGAN’S MEDIA BLACKOUT #693.414.15!

 

ValdyViva Valdy: Live At Last (Rack-On-Tour) :: The troubadour you can trust who gave us the enduring “Rock ’n’ Roll Song” is back with a double album that’s one side live, one side studio, and both sides wow.

 

Day Of InfamyRed Autumn (DOI) :: The Everly Brothers meet Audioslave. Wake up, little snoozie.

 

KasabianKasabian (RCA) :: Dylan joins the Strawberry Alarm Clock and records a trippy stoner album.

 

SkindredBabylon (Lava) :: I’d rather hear Jar Jar Binks babble on than listen to this snore-bore in a grotty dread.

 

UPOThe Heavy (DRT) :: If the Home Shopping Channel ran a music network for zirconium metal bands, these guys would be No. 1 with a mullet.

 

Blue Öyster CultWe’re Cooking For You (MEnu262) :: The Cult contributes recipes to a fan cookbook. I remember when they used to cook in the studio instead.

 

Dennis DeYoungThe Music of Styx Live With Symphony Orchestra (Grand Illusion) :: And with a donation to PBS of only $150, you’ll get a copy of the new double CD plus the DVD!

 

Eddie From OhioThis Is Me (Virginia Soul) :: Literate lyrics, earnest songwriting, honey-flavored female vocals.

 

SIZZLING PLATTER OF THE WEEK: The BeatnutsMilk Me (Penalty Recordings) :: I was gonna end by warning ya about this sexist cover photo which shows a lissome Nubian goddess reclining in a skimpy lime green bikini while thick creamy white liquid is poured all over her glistening ebony endowments but, wouldn’t ya know it, I’m plumb out of room.

 

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Sat, August 24, 2019 | link 

Saturday, August 17, 2019

JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #692

 

JEFFREY MORGAN’S MEDIA BLACKOUT #692.413.14!

 

Diana DegarmoBlue Skies (RCA) :: And you thought Jewel was stacked.

 

Mix Master MikeBangzilla (Scratch) :: I knew Steinski. Steinski was a friend of mine. Beastie Boy, you’re no Steinski.

 

Gym Class HeroesThe Papercut EP (Fueled By Ramen) :: I bet Dylan wishes he could write a line like: “She’s the reason for the lesions.”

 

Matt SharpMatt Sharp (Boompa) :: Plaintive music so utterly anguished yet hauntingly beautiful it’s almost too painful to listen to.

 

Strung OutExile In Oblivion (Fat Wreck Chords) :: Lame grunge band called Strung Out begins its record by stealing 20 seconds of Billie Holiday, geddit? Well, don’t get it.

 

JakalopeIt Dreams (Orange) :: Proof positive that anyone with a Mac can ape NIN and record Jamming With Reznor.

 

Simple PlanNot Getting Any (Lava) :: Sure they’re not. That’s why there’s a flier stuck inside that shills the songs on their new album as ring tones at $2.50 a pop.

 

JemFinally Woken (ATO) :: Narcotic and erotic music to read Edward Gorey by.

 

Lesbians On EcstasyLesbians On Ecstasy (Alien8) :: Today on Maury: Women who love women and the fishy records they make.

 

WestlifeAllow Us To Be Frank (RCA) :: A pack of real rats could sing better than these four fops.

 

SIZZLING PLATTER OF THE WEEK: Vampire Beach BabesBeach Blanket Bedlam! (Divine Idustries Inc.) :: By combining the feisty fiesta vocals of the B-52s with the seamy archirony of the Cramps, these fun-loving culture vultures are the kitschiest thing to hit the surf since Eric Von Zipper hung 10.

 

Be seeing you!

 

Sat, August 17, 2019 | link 

Saturday, August 10, 2019

JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #691

 

JEFFREY MORGAN’S MEDIA BLACKOUT #691.411.12!

 

Pink FloydThe Wall (Columbia) :: Producer Bob Ezrin records school kids on 1979 album, school kids now sue for royalties.

 

John WayneAmerica, Why I Love Her (MPI) :: Now, more than ever.

 

The DearsNo Cities Left (SpinART) :: Just when you think that theatrical rock is dead, somebody comes along to prove you right.

 

KISSDestroyer (Casablanca) :: Bob Ezrin records school kids on 1976 album, school kids now sue for royalties.

 

The MusicWelcome To The North (Capitol) :: Jon Anderson on heavy-metal steroids? Yes!

 

BlancheIf We Can’t Trust The Doctors (V2) :: Fans of Angelo Badalamenti and Julie Cruise might like the tremulous tremolo tunes that these local yokels are a-pickin’.

 

Dead Celebrity StatusBlood Music (HRM) :: Medic! Transfusion! Too late, somebody call the coroner.

 

Alice CooperSchool’s Out (Warner Bros.) :: Ezrin records school kids on 1972... Oops, ran out of space!

 

SIZZLING PLATTER OF THE WEEK: Kaada PattonRomances (Ipecac) :: Just when you think that you’ve heard it all, along comes the absolute weirdest album of the year. If Leonard Cohen had been a black falsetto horror movie TV host back in the ’50s who dug Stockhausen, he couldn’t have come up with a more deliriously psychotronic album than this.

 

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Sat, August 10, 2019 | link 

Saturday, August 3, 2019

JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #690

 

JEFFREY MORGAN’S MEDIA BLACKOUT #690.410.11!

 

B.I.G.Reloaded (Slaystation) :: Play online as either Biggie or 2Pac and solve the conspiracy! Assault and battery not included.

 

Ali Shaheed MuhammadShaheedullah And Stereotypes (Penalty) :: Shaheed my words because this stereo tripe isn’t dullah, it’s duller.

 

The BonesStraight Flush Ghetto (Liquor and Poker) :: Some people think the world has had enough of noisy rock songs. But I listen to these funky punkabillys and I see it isn’t so.

 

Sarah FimmNexus (self-released) :: Earnest and plaintive, this sultry synthesiren is the new and improved Peter Gabriel. Which makes her a whole lot easier on the ears and, especially, the eyes.

 

Million Dollar MarxistsGive It A Name (Gearhead) :: Frothing like a dog that’s been infected by the rabies, this hard-rocking quintet ain’t no million-dollar maybe.

 

Morris TepperHead Off (Candlebone) :: Remember how Dylan was rumored to have secretly recorded an album while he was in seclusion after his motorcycle accident left him temporarily brain damaged? Well, here it is.

 

Nitromusk Things I’ve Done (Stratospheric) :: The Rutles meet Cheap Trick. Surrender, but don’t give your day job away because the Delete Police are calling your name.

 

SIZZLING PLATTER OF THE WEEK: Dry Kill LogicThe Dead And Dreaming (Repossession) :: Lead screamer Cliff Rigano is smart enough to know that variety is the spice of life and man enough to show the world that he can also actually sing. Factor in stellar musicianship and shrewd arrangements and you have the reason why DKL is one small step away from rightfully claiming the heavy metal throne.

 

Be seeing you!

Sat, August 3, 2019 | link 

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