Saturday, May 26, 2018
JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #627
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MEDIA BLACKOUT #627.267!
Brainkiller – The Infiltration (Rare Noise) :: I got this one
because the title reminded me of that old Andrew Dice Clay movie Brainsmasher—you know, the one directed by
Albert “The Hawaiian” Pyun with a soundtrack featuring the Forbidden Pigs and Madelynn von Ritz—so I figured
I was in for some kinda hellacious hellspew of sound that’d send me staggering into the middle of next week. Instead,
I got this unexpected session of destorto jazzbo noir noodling that fuses trumpet and keys into a suitably squirrely
hypothetical score for the second Mike Hammer movie that writer Mickey Spillane, regrettably, never got to star in.
– The Girl Hunters (Colorama) :: And as we all know, Mickey Spillane is Mike Hammer. Happy 100th birthday,
– The Shadows And The Cracks (Thorniac) :: Y’gotta love a woman who’s got the temerity to start
off an album by audaciously rhyming “Greece” with “philosophies” as Andrea does on “O Brother.”
The only problem being that, as equally adept as the rest of the album is, it never quite kinetically lives up to that initial
harp-wailin’ opening track. Granted, that’s probably more my problem than it is hers; however it’s obvious
that Andrea’s able to rock out any time she likes yet inexplicably deigns to say nay—and that’s problematical.
– “Save Our Souls” (NRG Artists) :: Classic guitar-wailin’ power rock with a emblematic chorus
that veers a little too close into generic angst rock territory for my liking. Still, it’s anthemic enough to make the
grade as a Class A fist-pumpin’ BIC-flickin’ concert staple.
The Postelles – The Postelles
(+1) :: Pleasing power pop with an anchoring dash of de islands, mon—and that’s just the first track. Delve deeper
and you’ll find a eleven more witnesses who’re willing to testify to the wittiness these Postelles’ deliver
CINEMATIC PLATTER OF THE WEEK: Daniel Jamison’s Danjam Orchestra – Sudden Appearance
(OA2) :: From Clint Eastwood’s Sudden Impact to JCVD’s Sudden Death, it’s long been a
proven scientific fact that anything with the word “Sudden” in its title is bound to be a bona fide hit—and
this album is guaranteed to be no exception to that beholdin’ rule even though this ain’t no moving picture by
a long shot. But it is a soundtrack of sorts in that your brain will be conjuring up an endless array of
cinematic images nonetheless, thanks to the evocative assortment of selections that saxman Danjam’s swingin’ jazz
band essays. From the frantic ten minute rain-soaked noir bop of “Alone Together” to the hepper than
hip twelve minute title track to the sensitive and sensuously smooth take given the Charlie Chaplin standard “Smile”
this is one album that’ll be in heavy rotation on your turntable for weeks. Bonus points for admitting in your liner
notes that you had the good taste to be inspired by Rob McConnell’s legendary Boss Brass—because that’s
what this excellent album is in a word: Boss.
Be seeing you!