Saturday, June 30, 2018
JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #632
Sat, June 30, 2018 | link
MEDIA BLACKOUT #632.274!
See Green – Ultramarine (self released) :: When she’s not
busy waxing philosophical on “Are You Happy” like some kinda latter-day female George Harrison (“Are you
losin’ focus when you need to find it? ’Cause your tape is rolling and you can’t rewind it!”), multi-instrumentalist
Courtney Green is busy waxing rhetorical on three additional dreamy synth-soaked throwback tracks like some kinda latter-day
female Todd Rundgren in his Something/Anything? pure pop heyday. And although Courtney’s chirpy cooing can
cajole your cajones, don’t make the mistake of confusing her whimsy for weakness ’cause she can also
kick like a government mule. Go ahead, ignore her.
Friend Slash Lover – As American As Ones And Zeros
(self released) :: The sonic scent of early arch-histrionic Bowie fused with the dry wry wit of early angst-ridden Sparks.
Could use more of a dance beat, though.
Truth Panel – Preliminary Hearing (self released)
:: This one gets bonus points awarded right off the top for having a smart band name and an equally brainy album title that
conceptually fits the former. Even better, the band actually lives up to that initial assertion by offering up eleven tracks
that sound like Ian Hunter refereeing a back alley balladeer brawl between Elliott Murphy and Leonard Cohen with the Tragically
Hip serving as special guest enforcer. Points deducted for having an atrociously abysmal album cover and brutally banal band
logo, both of which should’ve been credited to “Medusa” because one look at either of them will turn you
Friend Slash Lover – friendslashlover.remixed (self released) :: Now this
is more like it! Aquarhythms meets Nash The Slash on this senses-expanding four track extended player that’s
one of the best remix records I’ve heard since the League Unlimited Orchestra’s Love And Dancing—and
how long has it been since that little gem came out? Exactly.
SIZZLING PLATTER OF THE WEEK: T-Model Ford
and GravelRoad – Taledragger (Alive) :: T-Model Ford is this gravelly voiced gazillion-year-old
bluesman who’s got more hot spunk loaded in the little finger of his left hand than you’ve got in your entire
spuzzy wang dang doodle—and that goes double for alla youse loose wimmens; triple for alla youse tight
ones. Meanwhile, GravelRoad is the three young gun-slingin’ spuds who have the honor of backin’ up T-Model Ford
as he wails righteously on these eight titanic testifyin’ tracks. Believe you me, this is the authentic blooze sound
that Jimmy Page sold his sordid soul to snatch, but never managed to snare. Bonus points for the monochromatic cover photography
by my old confrère Mr. Robert Matheu because, as we all know, you can get T-Model Ford in any color you
like, just as long as it’s black.
Be seeing you!