JEFFREY MORGAN’S MEDIA BLACKOUT #835.574.207!
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.
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!
Lucie Idlout – 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.
Neil Young – 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!
Hands – Hot Puppies (THP) :: The synth stylings of vintage Gary Numan coupled with an ’80s cross
of Sandi’s Sunsets and Siouxsie’s Banshees.
Yoko Ono – Approximate Infinite Universe (Apple) :: Better!
Portico – 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!