Sunday, July 31, 2011
JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #274
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GO AHEAD, IGNORE JEFFREY
MORGAN’S MEDIA BLACKOUT #274!
with Dean Motter – Thrilling Women: The Lost Air Pirates Sessions 1978 - 1980 (Bongo Beat)
:: Management would like to remind you that the digital pre-release of the soundtrack to my new novel The Brides of Mister
X is now available on iTunes and Amazon and CD Baby, amongst others. Please consult the menu to your left for all the
details and relevant links. We now return you to our regularly scheduled column, which is joined already in progress.
nd that’s why this is the greatest record I’ve ever heard in my entire life.
Ramones – Too Tough To Die (Sire) :: Ultra-Marines!
See Green – Ultramarine (self released)
:: When she’s not busy waxing philosophical on “Are You Happy” like some kinda latter-day female George
Harrison (“Are you losin’ focus when you need to find it? ’Cause your tape is rolling and you can’t
rewind it!”), multi-instrumentalist Courtney Green is busy waxing rhetorical on three additional dreamy synth-soaked
throwback tracks like some kinda latter-day female Todd Rundgren in his Something/Anything? pure pop heyday. And
although Courtney’s chirpy cooing can cajole your cajones, don’t make the mistake of confusing her whimsy
for weakness ’cause she can also kick like a government mule. Go ahead, ignore her.
Friend Slash Lover – As American As Ones And Zeros (self released) :: The
sonic scent of early arch-histrionic Bowie fused with the dry wry wit of early angst-ridden Sparks. Could use more of a dance
Truth Panel – Preliminary
Hearing (self released) :: This one gets bonus points awarded right off the top for having a smart band name and an equally
brainy album title that conceptually fits the former. Even better, the band actually lives up to that initial assertion by
offering up eleven tracks that sound like Ian Hunter refereeing a back alley balladeer brawl between Elliott Murphy and Leonard
Cohen with the Tragically Hip serving as special guest enforcer. Points deducted for having an atrociously abysmal album cover
and brutally banal band logo, both of which should’ve been credited to “Medusa” because one look at either
of them will turn you into stone.
Friend Slash Lover
– friendslashlover.remixed (self released) :: Now this is more like it! Aquarhythms meets
Nash The Slash on this senses-expanding four track extended player that’s one of the best remix records I’ve heard
since the League Unlimited Orchestra’s Love And Dancing—and how long has it been since that
little gem came out? Exactly.
SIZZLING PLATTER OF THE WEEK:
T-Model Ford and GravelRoad – Taledragger (Alive) :: T-Model Ford is this gravelly
voiced gazillion-year-old bluesman who’s got more hot spunk loaded in the little finger of his left hand than you’ve
got in your entire spuzzy wang dang doodle—and that goes double for alla youse loose wimmens; triple
for alla youse tight ones. Meanwhile, GravelRoad is the three young gun-slingin’ spuds who have the honor of backin’
up T-Model Ford as he wails righteously on these eight titanic testifyin’ tracks. Believe you me, this is the authentic
blooze sound that Jimmy Page sold his sordid soul to snatch, but never managed to snare. Bonus points for the monochromatic
cover photography by my old confrère Mr. Robert Matheu because, as we all know, you can get T-Model Ford
in any color you like, just as long as it’s black.
Be seeing you!