Sunday, November 14, 2010
JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #237
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I DIDN’T MAKE IT FOR
JEFFREY MORGAN’S MEDIA BLACKOUT #237!
Semko – Jay Semko (Busted Flat) :: Wherein Jay uses his emotive voice to ably express these eleven
country cautionary tales of life’s up and downs. Bonus points for writing the greatest cross-border breakup song ever,
the humorously hurtin’ “Before You Leave Canada.”
Freeland – Cope (Marine Parade) :: The solid song structures of Nine Inch Nails solidly anchored
by the squawky bloop ’n’ blorpy synthesizer sounds of vintage Eno. If you liked the hyperkinetics of Pretty
Hate Machine but hated the tepid languor of Another Day On Earth, then this one’s for you.
Paul Oakenfold – Perfecto Vegas (Thrive) :: Lisa Lashes
may be the heaviest hardcore DJ in the world and Jeff Mills may be the most psychotically hypnotic, but this double dose of
mellow beats shows you why Oakenfold is the tranciest tripper of them all.
The Jezabels – Dark Storm (self released) :: A good EP will quickly make its mark and leave you
reeling in its wake while a lesser full length album is just trying to get traction—and this EP is better than just
good. From the elegantly beguiling front cover of a water wading woman to the passionate music and literate lyrics within,
it’ll have you smitten with its heartfelt emotion and strength. Wordier than Patti Smith and whoopier than Lene Lovich,
this is one teaser that has me eagerly anticipating the inevitable long player.
SIZZLING PLATTER OF THE WEEK: The Flowers Of Hell – “O” (Optical Sounds) :: The essence
of all criticism can be boiled down to the one line that stranded spaceman David Bowie says at the end of The
Man Who Fell To Earth. Having recorded an album of literally unearthly sounds that he hopes his wife will hear in outer
space when it’s played, a boozed-up Bowie is confronted by Rip Torn who says that he heard the alien-sounding record
and didn’t like it. Bowie’s reply: “I didn’t make it for you.”
Well, the Flowers Of Hell made this album for me. I’m its target audience and you are too if
you’re addicted to dreamy minimalist drone music as expertly exemplified by such album as: Terry Riley’s Persian
Surgery Dervishes; Eno’s Discreet Music; Gavin Bryars’ The Sinking Of The Titanic; and
Tony Conrad’s Outside The Dream Syndicate, to name only a few of my own personal favorites.
During its languid 45 minute length, “O” will evoke all of these
albums as treated guitars, violin, trumpet, cello, double bass, drums, percussion, flute, chimes, organ, and baritone sax
coalesce to sculpt a seamless sonic soundscape that will transport your mind deep into an inner realm which records rarely
seek to reach these days.
And, in the best value an ambient enthusiast is going
to find these days, “O” is issued on a double layer disc whose flip side DVD includes a 5.1 mix, hour long concert
film, plus bonus live performances.
Now that’s what I call a
Be seeing you!