Sunday, June 12, 2011
JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #267
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I, THE JEFFREY MORGAN’S
MEDIA BLACKOUT #267!
The Infiltration (Rare Noise) :: I got this one because the title reminded me of that old Andrew Dice Clay movie
Brainsmasher—you know, the one directed by Albert “The Hawaiian” Pyun with a soundtrack featuring
the Forbidden Pigs and Madelynn von Ritz—so I figured I was in for some kinda hellacious hellspew of sound that’d
send me staggering into the middle of next week. Instead, I got this unexpected session of destorto jazzbo noir noodling
that fuses trumpet and keys into a suitably squirrely hypothetical score for the second Mike Hammer movie that writer Mickey
Spillane, regrettably, never got to star in.
– The Girl Hunters (Colorama) :: And as we all know, Mickey Spillane is Mike Hammer.
Andrea Ramolo – The Shadows And The Cracks (Thorniac) ::
Y’gotta love a woman who’s got the temerity to start off an album by audaciously rhyming “Greece”
with “philosophies” as Andrea does on “O Brother.” The only problem being that, as equally adept as
the rest of the album is, it never quite kinetically lives up to that initial harp-wailin’ opening track. Granted, that’s
probably more my problem than it is hers; however it’s obvious that Andrea’s able to rock out any time she likes
yet inexplicably deigns to say nay—and that’s problematical.
Revis – “Save Our Souls” (NRG Artists) :: Classic guitar-wailin’ power rock with
a emblematic chorus that veers a little too close into generic angst rock territory for my liking. Still, it’s anthemic
enough to make the grade as a Class A fist-pumpin’ BIC-flickin’ concert staple.
The Postelles – The Postelles (+1) :: Pleasing power pop with an anchoring
dash of de islands, mon—and that’s just the first track. Delve deeper and you’ll find a eleven more witnesses
who’re willing to testify to the wittiness these Postelles’ deliver within.
CINEMATIC PLATTER OF THE WEEK: Daniel Jamieson’s Danjam Orchestra – Sudden
Appearance (OA2) :: From Clint Eastwood’s Sudden Impact to JCVD’s Sudden Death, it’s
long been a proven scientific fact that anything with the word “Sudden” in its title is bound to be a bona fide
hit—and this album is guaranteed to be no exception to that beholdin’ rule even though this ain’t no moving
picture by a long shot. But it is a soundtrack of sorts in that your brain will be conjuring up an endless
array of cinematic images nonetheless, thanks to the evocative assortment of selections that saxman Danjam’s swingin’
jazz band essays. From the frantic ten minute rain-soaked noir bop of “Alone Together” to the hepper
than hip twelve minute title track to the sensitive and sensuously smooth take given the Charlie Chaplin standard “Smile”
this is one album that’ll be in heavy rotation on your turntable for weeks. Bonus points for admitting in your liner
notes that you had the good taste to be inspired by Rob McConnell’s legendary Boss Brass—because that’s
what this excellent album is in a word: Boss.