Saturday, February 4, 2023
JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #874
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JEFFREY MORGAN’S MEDIA BLACKOUT #874.612.253!
George Harrison assisted by Bernie Krause
– Electronic Sound (Zapple) :: The last word in noise!
The Aquabats! – Hi-Five Soup! (Fearless) :: All music’s
stupid as a spud, but rare is the record that’s worthy of being tagged stoopid—and just like Lou Reed’s
The Bells, the is one heckuva stoopid album that’s so satirically smart it actually dares to be D-U-M-B. Some
might even go so far as to say that there hasn’t been such a peerless parody platter since the heyday of “Weird
Freeberg – St. George And The Dragonet (Capitol) :: Except that Hi-Fi Stupe! won’t
sell a million copies in three weeks like Stan’s seminal single did back in 1953—and that’s just the facts,
– Braids (Kanine) :: What if the Phaedra-era Tangerine Dream and the Bedside Companion-era
Nash The Slash had pooled their considerable synth skills to wax a record that featured a chirpy chick’s ethereal vocals?
The result would’ve been this delightful disc that’ll have your ten toes tapping and your seven synapses snapping!
Neil Young assisted by
Crazy Horse – Arc (Reprise) :: The last word in noise!
Otis Redding – Live On The Sunset Strip
(Stax) :: If you’re ready for Star Time, then this two disc distillation of Redding’s four night stint at the
Whisky in 1966 is definitely ready for you. What’s that you say? You’ve heard enough versions
of “Respect” and “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” to last you a lifetime? Then may I
suggest going directly to the second platter to play Otis’ ten minute throwdown on “Papa’s Got A Brand New
Bag”? It’ll make you get up offa that thing; dance and you’ll feel better!
Ben Ottewell – Shapes & Shadows
(ATO) :: Ben’s got an original voice and he uses it to sing well-crafted songs that are about as heartfelt and literate
as you’re likely to hear these days. Toss in some tastefully sparse album cover art direction and you’ve got an
entire package that’s well worth perusing—so mebbe y’oughtta pick up a copy ’n’ settle down
to give it a spin. Nine tracks, no waiting.
SIZZLING PLATTER OF THE WEEK: Colin Stetson – New History Warfare Vol. 2: Judges
(Constellation) :: On this astonishing new avant album, sax master Stetson somehow manages to make his instrument evoke everything
from the watery mystique obsequies of Gavin Bryars and the echoic reverb distortion of Unca Lou’s live work with Zeitkratzer
to the surreal hypnotic sequential drones of Terry Riley and Steve Reich as channeled through the altered sonic states of
Basil Kirchin—an uncanny aural achievement made all the more impressive by the fact that Stetson plays everything in
one take without any overdubs. Bonus points for having Laurie Anderson occasionally chime in with arcane words of wisdom and
Shara Worden for likewise haunting the proceedings with her plaintive singing.
Lou Reed assisted by Lou’s speed – Metal Machine Music
(RCA Quadradisc) :: The last word in noise!
Be seeing you!