Saturday, March 11, 2017
JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #565
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MORGAN’S MEDIA BLACKOUT #565.197!
Christgau – Christgau’s Consumer Guide (MSN) :: He’s the Leonard Maltin of
James King –
Gardens In The Sky: The Bluegrass Gospel Of James King (Rounder) :: Just like heroin or Ernie Kovacs, religious bluegrass
music is an acquired taste in that you have to be receptive to both the religion and the bluegrass to get into it. But seeing
as how James King is the genre’s premier practitioner, this compilation consisting of mostly previously released tracks
from his earlier albums is well worth the effort.
– In Search Of Sunrise 7: Asia (Black Hole) :: Points deducted for putting an Armani Exchange logo on the back
– Stax Goes The Beatles & Soulsville Sings Hitsville: Stax Sings The Songs Of Motown Records (Stax)
:: Hearing Issac Hayes melt “Something” into a sensual, 12-minute, soul-searing sermon is one thing; hearing the
Bar-Kays turn “I Heard It Through The Grapevine” into a suspenseful, 12-minute, senses-shattering soul-noir session
is another thing entirely.
Slim – No Paid Holidays (Northern Blues) :: If I had a boil-burstin’ mug like his,
I’d sing the blues too.
Rider – Three Legs Of Trouble (Trustkill) :: The album title says it all—but just
in case you’re still on the nod, lemme spell it out for ya in simple words that even you can understand: This is loutishly
loud ’n’ distorted wah-wahified full throttle musical mayhem that’s custom made for some seriously savage
stained mattress screwing. Yeah, I thought that might wake you up. And speaking of loose screws…
SIZZLING PLATTER OF THE WEEK: Chase Frank –
Midnight Manor (self-released) :: Chase is a girl and, boy, can she ever write; sing; and play a whole host of everything,
from deep-sixed dirges (“Sad Song”) and upbeat rockers (“Doubt”) to decadent Euro-sautéed cabaret
torch numbers (“Bipolar Belle”). I also get the feeling that’s she’s got a loose screw or two rattling
around somewhere in that big beautiful brain of hers—always a plus in my book.
Be seeing you!