Sunday, April 3, 2011
JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #257
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CLAUDINE’S BACK IN
JEFFREY MORGAN’S MEDIA BLACKOUT #257!
Place – Welcome To Lifeland (self released) :: Third place is second loser and this generic wad of
angst rock doesn’t do anything to change that. Welcome To Lifeless is more like it.
Mick Jagger & The Red Devils – Unreleased
Blues Album (embargoed) :: Now lemme see if I got this straight: the guy spends the last quarter of a century hacking
out lame Stones albums that should’ve been put to sleep before they ever saw the light of day and he keeps this
superlative solo session from 1992 sitting on the shelf? Look, I’m all for selfless devotion to craft, but this is the
most sincere music Jagger’s made since Exile so do a search and download it now before you write the
guy off entirely—assuming you haven’t already done so.
The Rolling Stones – “Claudine” (embargoed) :: And if you have, you’d
better download this 1980 outtake from Emotional Rescue which is nothing less than the greatest track that the Rolling
Stones weren’t allowed to release. Not only do the withering lyrics about actress Claudine Longet and her involvement
in the 1976 shooting death of her boyfriend, skier Vladimir “Spider” Sabich, go beyond black humor into an ultraviolet—and
ultra-violent—vein, they redeem all of the singer’s dodgy musical indiscretions for the past fifty years,
they’re that good: “She shot him once right through the head. She shot him twice right through the chest. The
judges ruled it was an accident, Claudine. Accidents will happen!” Bonus points for having the drummer accentuate each
“gunshot” with a rimshot.
Peter Green Splinter
Group – Time Traders (Eagle Records) :: Ably augmented by harp ’n’ horn, this tasty 2001
album from Fleetwood Mac founder Peter Green harkens back to the glory days of classic blues rock when gents like John Mayall
and Eric Clapton used to rule the royal roost—which more than makes sense given Green’s own Slowhand-supplanting
stint in the Mayall’s Bluesbreakers. And because it’s still grievously unfortunate that Green’s
untimely departure split up Splinter in 2004, maybe it’s about time that you revisited this overlooked gem and mourned
along with the rest of us.
SIZZLING PLATTER OF THE WEEK:
The River Junction Band – Limited Edition EP (self released) :: One of the things that I love best
about attending Canadian Music Week each year is all the stray records that struggling musicians leave lying around for someone
like me to pick up—which I do. This five track slice of hot toe-tappin’ country honk one starts off a mite too
slow for my liking but then the band wisely floors it to exceed the speed limit, which is where they always oughtta cruise
’cause that’s where they do their best gitbox pickin’ and violin pluckin’. Bonus points for having
a dynamite he ’n’ she dual duet combo and inspirational lyrics like: “Born country, it ain’t hard
to tell: my Mama was a Christian and my Papa was Hell.”
Be seeing you!