MEDIA BLACKOUT #574.207!
Plastic Crimewave Sound – Plastic Crimewave Sound (Prophase) ::
Against a fuzz-tone wall these dirt bags growl: “I am planet-crushing! Still look like Peter Cushing!” Which I
thought was a pretty oblique nod to the ’50s Hammer horror hero until I realized that they were making a pretty obvious
pun on his ’70s Death Star stint. Oh well.
Screaming Lord Sutch – Screaming Lord Sutch And
Heavy Friends (Atlantic) :: Better!
AC Newman – Get Guilty (Last Gang) :: Like
a harder-edged Donovan backed by a wash of Sgt. Beatlesque mellotrons and a wave of good Wilsonesque vibrations? This one’s
straight outta 1967—and it’s about time!
Lou Reed – Metal Machine Music (RCA) :: Better!
– Swagger (Sun Rev) :: She struts into the room with a sexy cum-wither attitude that smacks of the pop-sodden
’70s when stereo guitars wailed and ball-busters like Suzi Quatro and Joan Jett railed.
– Arc (Reprise) :: Better!
Fake Problems – It’s Great To Be Alive
(Side One Dummy) :: This one starts out sounding like Tom Waits fronting the E Street Band, complete with overblown Bat
Out Of Hell orchestrations, before settling into a big Dictators groove.
Lady June – Lady
June’s Linguistic Leprosy (Caroline) :: Better!
Blue Hands – Hot Puppies (THP)
:: The synth stylings of vintage Gary Numan coupled with an ’80s cross of Sandi’s Sunsets and Siouxsie’s
Yoko Ono – Approximate Infinite Universe (Apple) :: Better!
– First Neighbours (Copperspine) :: Primo Portishead-ish pop paeans!
SNIVELING PLATTER OF THE
WEEK: These Green Eyes – Relapse To Recovery (Black Ledge) :: More utterly bland and boring predicable
soulless teenage angst rock that you’ve heard done a dozen times before, all of it sounding as if it were formed by
the same sonic cookie cutter without a single shred of redeeming human personality. I could name half a dozen albums that
are better than this faceless tripe without even trying.
Charles Manson – Lie (self released)
:: Well, five out of six ain’t bad.
Be seeing you!