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Jeffrey Morgan’s Media Blackout 

You don’t understand! Tonight the moon will be full! And I’ll turn into MB20! • Paul McCartneySuper Bowl XXXIX (FOX) :: Never mind the Beatles, how about that “sweet banana,” “body gun,” FCC-baiting version of Wings’ “Hi Hi Hi”? • Coralie ClémentBye Bye Beauté (Nettwerk) :: Look, if I want to hear a breathy babe cooing sweet nothings to me in a foreign language, I’ll listen to Lola Dutronic instead, all right? • Lola DutronicThe World Of Lola Dutronic (Bongo Beat) :: Whatever Lola wants, Lola gets. So go out and get these luscious covers of “Walking On Sunshine,” “To Sir With Love” and “Porpoise Song.” And that’s straight from the Monkees’ Head. • LoopySmile Back Home (Zip) :: This must-have merges all the power of a classic three-chord rock band with the heavenly heartfelt harmonies of Brian Wilson. • Razor CrusadeInfinite Water (Deathwish) :: Hey, sailor, looking for a hot screw of screamotronic vocals and a heavy spew of garage guitars? • Theory of a DeadmanGasoline (Roadrunner) :: The singer apes Chris Cornell, but this rent-a-drummer trio does heavy blustery rage that’s right up there with the best of them. • The Living EndModern ARTillery (Reprise) :: I don’t know much about art, but I know what I don’t like. • VariousMary Had A Little Amp (Epic) :: It wasn’t just for show. And when she played this disc through it, she said: “This record blows!” • SIZZLING PLATTER OF THE WEEK: DMBQThe Essential Sounds From The Far East (Estrus!) :: Are you ready for the absolute heaviest rock ’n’ roll album of 2005? Hendrix in the East. Reincarnated in Japan. As Godzilla. With a guitar. And a wall of over-cranked amps. Run for your lives! • Be seeing you!

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