Sunday, October 24, 2010
JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #234
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CAN YOU SEE JEFFREY MORGAN’S MEDIA BLACKOUT #234!
Mudvayne – Mudvayne (Epic) :: Visually, the artwork appears blank unless seen under a black light.
Musically, the disc should’ve been left blank too.
David Lee Roth – “Blacklight” (Wawazat!) :: You see?
Bill Dana – My Name...José Jiménez
(Kapp) :: You see?
Midnight Memphis Sun (Northern Blues) :: Did I hear a hint of Pat Boone in JW’s voice on this bloozified country
twanger? Lemme go play it again; I’ll be right back.
Pat Boone – In A Metal Mood: No More Mr. Nice Guy (Hip-O) :: I bet Tony Bennett wishes he
had Ronnie James Dio and Ritchie Blackmore sitting in on one of his swingin’ sessions!
JW-Jones – Midnight Memphis Sun (Northern Blues) :: Indeed
Dan Mangan – Nice, Nice, Very
Nice (File Under: Music) :: As nice as this gentle romp is, wouldn’t it be nicer if Canada’s answer to Kevin
Ayers could now find his Canucklehead counterparts to Cale, Nico, and Eno?
Kevin Ayers – “Falling In Love Again” (Island) :: Exactly!
Hadouken! – For
The Masses (Surface Noise) :: The cover sticker claims that this one contains “The Prodigy’s energy”
but it’s just a monotonous retread of Liam Howlett’s brainchild without a single shred of originality. Now you
know why the band’s name translated into in English means: “Bland Theft Audio!”
Peter Bjorn – Living Thing (Sony) :: Track one is awash
with a pale pallet of minimal synth sounds and handclaps. Track two introduces the drum machines. Track three, well, you get
Dusty Rhodes And The River Band –
Palace And Stage (Side One Dummy) :: Don’t let the band name fool you ’cause this ain’t no country
hoe-down, it’s an ambitious aural production that’s reminiscent of ELO-down.
Vienna Teng – Inland Territory (Zoë) :: Is this the richly
complex imaginary soundtrack to a silent film or a foreign film? Either way, it’ll provide you with
a wealth of mental images that’ll last a lifetime. Close your eyes and see for yourself.
Charles Mingus – Epitaph (Eagle Eye) :: This two hour excursion into the
depths of tuxedoed symphonic avant jazz is boring to watch but an excellent aural delight if you pass on the visuals and just
play it as an audio disc.
Billie Holiday –
The Life And Artistry Of Lady Day (MVD Visual) :: Stacked & Smacked is more like it.
The Lovely Feathers – Fantasy Of The Lot (Sparks) :: Hysterically
tinged melodrama that dresses like a New Wave queen but kicks like a ’80s synthpop mule.
Geoff Berner – Klezmer Mongrels (Jericho Beach) :: If you can’t say anything good about a song called “Half German Girlfriend”
with lyrics like: “The Nazi and the Orthodox Jew would both be disgusted if they knew about the dirty things we do,”
then don’t say anything at all.
Blue Ash – No More, No Less (Collectors’ Choice) :: This debut album from 1973 interprets
the mid-’60s Who, right down to the guitar and drums, with pop songs that are more tightly focused than most complete
Who albums from that early era, along with a dash of Badfinger thrown in for good measure.
Emma-Lee – Never Just A Dream
(Special Agent) :: This singing songstress does it all with a switch-hitting style that runs the gamut from languid piano
blues to bouncing bossa nova to jazzy horned-up swing. She emotes earthily and wails wildly, but can she rock?
Batusis – Batusis (Smog Veil) :: Holy misunderstanding!
At first I thought this was some kinda Adam “Batusi” West tribute album! Then I took another look and discovered
that it’s a four track EP by Cheetah “Dead Boy” Chrome and Sylvain “Sylvain” Sylvain that’s
gotta lotta grungy guitar! Holy overdose!
– World In Reverse (Tin Forest) :: Don’t let the ambiguous name fool ya ’cause Kele’s a she
and she’s got the kind of powerful high ululating voice that, in my world, would be screamin’ out maximum amped
rock ’n’ roll just like Grace Slick used to do—so you can imagine just how expressive and impressive Kele
sounds singing her own insightfully sensitive songs from behind an acoustic guitar.
The Black Pacific – The Black Pacific (Side One Dummy) :: I dunno; sounds
like a double time thrashmo version of Marilyn Manson, whadda you think?
The New Czars – Doomsday Revolution (Samson) :: Now that the Ramones are
ancient history, these wannabe revolutionaries are D-U-M-B enuff to think that the coast is clear for them to steal the Gabba
Four’s patriotic American eagle logo without anyone noticing—which only proves that they’ve been snorting
too much Carbona. At least they have the common decency to record an album of Steve Miller meets ZZ Top hard-edged power pop
puds instead of the expected “1-2-3-4!” knock-offs, but still...
SIZZLING PLATTER OF THE WEEK: Kate Reid – I’m Just Warming
Up (self released) :: With song titles like “The Only Dyke At The Open Mic” and “Emergency Dyke Project,”
you can probably guess which side of the swingin’ gate country singin’ Kate is straddling. She’s got a brain
as big as her heart and a good-natured sense of humor that’s even bigger. But don’t let her cheerful chirpy voice
fool ya ’cause Kate’s nobody’s fool, nuh uh. That’s why she prefaces each set of lyrics in
the booklet with insightful little explanations and relevant bits of advice like: “In mainstream pop culture, lesbianism
is becoming a marketing tool to reach male audiences. Not good.”
Of course Kate’s right but, what with me bein’ a guy who still harbors eleventh hour Honor Blackman conversion
fantasies, I’m not ashamed in the least to admit that talkin’ tales like “Ex-Junkie Boyfriend” and
“Truckdriver” made me fall head over heels for her.
Marlene Dietrich – “Falling In Love Again” (Decca) :: Can’t help it.
Be seeing you!