MEDIA BLACKOUT #610.251!
The Franco Proietti Morph-Tet – Live! A Weekend At Centre St. Ambroise
(Bongo Beat) :: With saxes a-wailin’ and turntables a-twirlin’ and Moog synths a-bloopin’ and a-blorpin’
these fourteen hipsters casually carve out a bluesy reggaefied swatch of decidedly distant retrophonic monophonic sound that’ll
send you soaring into a groove-approved altitude where the java is always piping hot and the jive is always pluperfectly cool.
Hour Band – Coming Of Clockwise (Scratch) :: The gnarly destorto fuzz bomb beginning behooved me to
believe that this might be some kinda Cobainish revival meeting, but the drawlin’ adenoidal protesting vocal convinced
me that this is nothing less than a hopped up and harped up high octane folkified version of Blue Cheer.
TV – Black And White: Live (Bongo Beat) :: The sound quality may rival the Velvet’s Live
At Max’s Kansas City for sonic sludgery but that only adds to the authentic feel of this career-spanning work which
was recorded all around the world during this century, yet uncannily sounds as fresh as if it was recorded in 1977 during
punk rock’s heyday—and I was around back then so I should know...and I most certainly do.
Luke Mulholland Band – Further (self released) :: Growlin’
blooze rock that occasionally gets elevated out of the ordinary by a gnarly guitarist who hails from the same loopy fretboard
fraternity as Satriani and Beck. But why credit this to your “Band” on the outside when you don’t list a
single musician on the inside?
– Peace Sign (Bongo Beat) :: Backed by sound production so crisp it never needs ironing, Paul expertly essays
the kind of songs that Judas stopped slinging after he revisited Highway 61–and if you don’t believe
me, just listen to the acidly acerbic “Greaseball Town” and try tellin’ me that I’m wrong.
Lee Dewyze –
Slumberland (Wuli) :: The way I see it, this is nothing less than a trippy Donovan Harrison concept album about Winsor
McCay’s Little Nemo In Slumberland. Dewyze’ll deny it of course but, with songs like “Princess”
and “Another Sleep Song,” he really shouldn’t.
Brown & The Prairie Dogs – Do What You Should (Bongo Beat) ::
This is the kinda tub-thumpin’ cawntry hawnk that’d go good from behind a bottle of beer that’s in front
of a chicken wire wall. Careful with that pool cue, Eugene!
PLATTER OF THE WEEK: The Savage Nomads – What The Angel Said (Alaska Sounds) :: When Mick Jones says:
“I can’t think of anyone better than the Savage Nomads to rock the whole world” it’s kinda like the
Beatles endorsing Badfinger. But that don’t diminish the endorsement’s impressiveness none because this five track
extended player is one helluva Clash course in everything that I like about loud guitar-driven rock ’n’ roll—especially
when it’s fuelled by a soulful saturation of heartfelt passion like this disc is. Had it been pressed in plastic, it’d
be a magnificent seven.
Be seeing you!