MORGAN’S MEDIA BLACKOUT #502.131!
Tom Snyder – 1936 - 2007 (R.I.P.)
:: The undisputed Master Of The Colorcast.
The Two Koreas – “Altruists”
(Unfamiliar) :: The amphetamine gitbox style of Lou Reed + the hyperkinetic vox style of Pete Townshend = relentless rock
Stamen & Pistils – Towns (Echelon Productions)
:: Secret life plant music so ploddingly impenetrable it makes A Passion Play sound like Follow The Leader.
– Unplugged (Virgin) :: Strip away the artificial angst and they begin to sound like Jethro Tull.
Aida – Mad Country (Second Shimmy) :: Acoustic mellotronian harmoniums.
Dust – Lightning Dust (Jagjaguwar) :: Armed with a mighty quim quivering voice that’s
part Grace Slick and part Tiny Tim, distressed songstress Amber Webber is the unstable female Neil Young.
+ Atlases – Tree, Swallow, Houses (Sargent House) :: Frippertronics on a hot tin roof.
– Hangin’ Nothin’ But Our Hands Down (Sargent House) :: Amateur hour goes on and on. Worst album
of the year, hands down.
John Wort Hannam – Two Bit Suit
(Black Hen) :: Competent generic country that ain’t bad but nothin’ new neither.
– Myths Of The Near Future (Geffen) :: A-OO-GAH music for cokeheads. Make sure you remove the brass tube first
before you sit down, Stevie.
Autons – Short-Term Manifesto
(Zip) :: Rexian gitbox boogie + Roxite synth sonics = relentless rock ’n’ roll.
Bergman – 1918 - 2007 (R.I.P.) :: The undisputed Master Of The Iconoclast.
STATEMENT OF THE WEEK: Jon Brooks – Ours And The Shepherds (Exile) :: I may be a “might
makes right” kinda guy, but I sure know quality when I hear it—and this thoughtfully insightful low key concept
album about warfare though the ages has lots of it. And although I don’t agree with everything he says, I know his heart’s
in the right place. Besides, he’s less obfuscating than Dylan and more sincere than Springsteen.