MORGAN’S MEDIA BLACKOUT #682.392!
Lights From The Valley (Mushroom) :: The liner notes say that Chilliwack means “Valley Of Many Streams”
Doucette – Mama Let Him Play (Mushroom) ::
Papa make him stop!
Chilliwack –Dreams, Dreams, Dreams (Mushroom) :: And Wikipedia says
that Chilliwack means “Going Back Up” in Salish.
Doucette – The Douce Is Loose
(Mushroom) :: And if his name was Douchette this album woulda been called...
Breakdown In Paradise (Mushroom) :: But judging from the small print that says: “We acknowledge the financial
support of the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage (Canada Music Fund) for this project,”
I think Chilliwack means “Taxpayerola” in Freedian.
The Sattalites – The Best Of Canadian
Reggae (Solid Gold) :: Not to be confused with the Sunnalights; Monnalights; Tuessalights; Weddalights; Thurssalights;
or Friialiites, these here Sattalights have been rolling their own funky brand of reggae longer than the Department of Canadian
Heritage and Canada Music Fund has been providing financial support for decades-old deleted discs like this. So, before it
gets drilled anew, you would do well to give it a spin and hear for yourself what the Canuckistan taxpayer is being forced
to shell out and support these days against their collective will under the dubious guise of historical value.
PLATTER OF THE WEEK: Art Decade – Art Decade (self released) :: If you screw on your thinking cap,
you just might remember what I said about these cat’s début long player back in MB353 but, if not, I’ll
reiterate for ya:
“Art Decade – Western Sunrise
(Eldest Only) :: A lesser league of leeches woulda called themselves “Chant Of The Ever Circling Skeletal Family”
or “Homo From Aldebaran” but, the way I see it, if you’re gonna name your band after an obscure
’70s David Bowie instrumental, then choosing the atmospherically arch decadent “Art Decade” is definitely
the way to go—and, boy howdy, does this excellent album ever live up to that makeshift moniker and go go go!
“The first two seconds sound like a James Brown intro before everything suddenly
switches into a string-soaked Beatlesque art rock escapade which owes more than a lush nod to Queen Mercury in the vocal arrangement
and songwriting department. There’s also an admirable element of ’80s symphonic synthesizer pop in place to spice
up the proceedings—but don’t think they’re not capable of breaking out the big audio dynamite because the
longer you listen, the louder things get.
points for including a glossy full color twelve page booklet that contains nothing but twelve full bleed paintings which are
completely devoid of text—and that’s an extreme visual treat that even Eno and Peter Schmidt never attempted to
do at their Taking Tiger Mountain (By Strategy) and Before And After Science art rock peak of perfection.”
That’s how they began the year last February and, wouldn’t you know
it, here they are again with a year-ending roundhouse to polish things off and lemme tell ya that it’s a good ’un.
If anything, it’s even more of a string-soaked Beatlesque art rock escapade (Greylock Hill”) which owes
more than a lush nod to Queen Mercury (“Boredom”) in the vocal arrangement and songwriting department. And while
many a band from Badfinger and ELO to Cheap Trick and the Knack have successfully mined that particular pop vein at various
points during their careers, keep in mind that it’s by no means as easy to do as it sounds—just ask Brian Wilson.
So if you didn’t take my advice at the beginning of the year, now’s
your chance to make amends unless, of course, you’re waiting for the band to gnaw some blotter acid and “head”
into their psychedelic period—which might not be such a bad idea. I mean, think about it, man. Aren’t
you curious about what a lysergically-soaked Freddie Mercury would sound like? I’m curious. I’m very
curious. Are you curious?
Be seeing you!