Finally, imagine Jeffrey Morgan's Media Blackout #156!
Time Again — Darker Days (Hellcat) :: Imagine a double time version of the early Stranglers. It's easy if you listen to this hellacious half hour of hard rock.
The Bleeder Project — The Systematic Subversion of Fear and Insecurity (self-released) :: Finally, the female version of Trent Reznor.
The Feminists — Can't Scream Loud Enough (Space Dog) :: Imagine a sensitive guy vaudevillian version of the Stranglers. I can't either.
Ann Wilson — Hope and Glory (Rounder) :: Finally, the female Percy Plant's balloon-lunged version of "Immigrant Song."
Seven Mary Three – Day & Night Driving (Bellum) :: Imagine a sensitive-guy powerballad version of Neil Diamond. Insulin not included.
Foxy Shazam — Introducing (New Weathermen) :: The back cover blurb says that this Mojo Nixon wannabe is "The Evel Knievel of Rock 'N' Roll." Too bad Evel's dead.
Pawbox — Pawbox (self released) :: I'm a Ma box man.
Anna Kramer — The Rustic Contemporary Sounds of Anna Kramer & the Lost Cause (International Hits) :: Femmefueled pop a-go-go that isn't afraid to bring out the brass and banjos to buff up the bop.
HorrorPops — Kiss Kiss Kill Kill (Hellcat) :: These rockabilly rebels are back with a hardboiled album about life on the wrong side of the tracks — and when they snarl "My fist … in the middle of your face" to the tune of "Our House," I know that Mickey Spillane is upstairs cracking open a Miller Lite and smiling.
SIZZLING PLATTER OF THE WEEK:
Keali'I Reichel — Kukahi: Live in Concert (Punahele DVD) :: Aloha! If the only things you know about Hawaii are Don Ho, Steve McGarrett and the hippie hula end of the Beatles' "Hello Goodbye" video, then, boy, are you ever in for a seismic cross-cultural shock. Combining the best of authentic Hawaiian history and heritage, this two-hour concert by the master of both traditional and modern song and dance will fill you in on all you need to know about the land that Elvis' satellite special made famous — and a-Louie luau, oh, baby, you need to know.
She's a city, it's a pity!