MORGAN’S MEDIA BLACKOUT #521.149!
Jethro Tull – Tullicatessen
(Chrysalis) :: Includes the hit single “Schwarma For One.”
The Unkindness Of Ravens (self released) :: Wherein Karen Kanan Corrêa shows she has her Siouxie Sioux shtick
Mark Davis – Part One: Don’t You Think We
Should Be Closer? & Part Two: Mistakes I Meant To Make (self-released) :: I’d really like to say that
this guy’s the prolifically inventive multi-instrumentalist Todd Rundgren of country music, but I just can’t.
He does get an A for ambition, though.
Belinda Bruce & The Tawny Stars
– The Good Life (self released) :: Capable country cuts that’re elevated by the seven-minute-long “Blackout,”
which invents an entire new genre: ambient country art rock.
The First Time
– Taking Breaking Down (Frontline) :: Snappy snarlin’ songs with a proto-punk pop pedigree.
Holloways – So This is Great Britain? (TVT) :: I bought The Clash’s London
Calling. The Clash’s London Calling is in my record collection. Holloways, you’re no London
Johnny Irion – Ex Tempore
(Rising Son) :: I’ve heard Neil Young ape jobs, but the quavering vocal inflections on this stellar swipe-job are uncannily
eerie, right down to the sparse After The Harvest musicianship. And your point is?
Carrera – Heaven/Hell (Arclight) :: These clods steal Yes’ classic song “Starship
Trooper” and then rename it as their own composition, thinking that no one will notice. Well, I notice everything—and
I hope Chris Squire sues their sorry, thieving asses off.
SIZZLING PLATTER OF THE WEEK:
Kate Mann – Devil’s Rope (Orange Dress) :: Kate’s got a back tat that’s
the size of Oregon and a voice that’s twice as big. Armed with a guitar and harp, she cranks out a chicken-wired wall
of country rock that’ll have your toes tappin’ while you watch out for flying beer bottles.
Zappa, Dolly Parton & Lou Reed – Mother, Jugs
& Speed (Bizarre) :: Includes the hit single “I’m Waiting For My Mammary.”