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Sunday, January 27, 2013

JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #352


WHY A NO JEFFREY MORGAN’S MEDIA BLACKOUT #352!


Psy
– “Gangnam Style” (YG) :: “There’s my argument, restrict immigration.”

Groucho Marx
Monkey Business (Paramount) :: Exactly!


SIZZLING PLATTER OF THE WEEK: Animation
Transparent Heart (Rare Noise) :: Just in case you don’t remember what I said about Animation’s Agemo album back in MB323, I’ll reiterate for ya:

Although it’s been decades since Joni Mitchell recorded the world’s first Miles Davis tribute album Aisles Of Miles, few have followed her exemplary example. Indeed, the last one I can recall that was worth listening to was 2007’s double disc delight Miles From India—until now.

“The one also has two discs, but with a novel twist that’s easily worth the price of admission alone. Y’see, each disc contains covers of the same six songs, from ‘Bitches Brew to’ ‘Pharaoh’s Dance’ with the difference being that the fusionish first 74 minutes disc is a trippy “Headphones Mix” while the
Stockhausenish second 49 minute disc is meant to be blasted outta your speakers at maximum Miles-like volume. And yeah, as you might’ve guessed from the radically different total track times, each disc contains different versions.

“Trust me, this one’s almost as good as if Miles had recorded it himself.”

But that was then and this is oh wow because Transparent Heart, strangely believe it, is actually better than Agemo in that this exemplary exercise in vintage rock fusion is an hour and a quarter inner-curricular mind trip that’ll sensuously melt your altered state synapses faster than a test drive in
Dr. Edward Jessup’s latest sensory-depravation flotation tank.

And while it may be its own eight-tracked beast, it still has that patented Miles-era patina, most notably in the spaced-out song lengths which range from 12:45 (“Provocaterrorism”) and 14:29 (“Urbanoia”) to 15:48 (“Occupy!”) and 16:32 (“Seven Towers”)—with room to spare for four more.

Miles Davis
– ‘Four’ & More (Columbia) :: Exactly!

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