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Jeffrey Morgan's Media Blackout 

Splish splash, Jeffrey Morgan's Media Blackout #127 is rakin' in the cash!

ATTENTION PUBLICISTS: Due to increased operating expenses, I will no longer be able to continue favorably reviewing your clients' records for the current sum of $15 per disc. Therefore, effective immediately, you are now required to enclose a $20 bill in each individual jewel case, payable in U.S. funds only. Global multinationals: Please inquire about my special bulk discount.

D.O.A. — The Singles (Sudden Death) :: Oops, looks like someone didn't get their rate increase notice! But even a million-buck bribe in gold bullion couldn't get me to say anything good about an alleged anti-racism song called "Nazi Training Camp."

Leian — No Going Back (Page) :: Boy meets girl. Boy plays all the instruments and produces. Girl writes all the lyrics and sings. Together they crank out enough hellacious guitar rock to make me think that their record company belongs to James Patrick.

Frog Eyes — Tears of the Valedictorian (Scratch) :: A bad drawing of Howard Hughes on the front cover. A bad drawing of David Bowie on the back cover. A bad copy of Pere Ubu betwixt.

The Stooges — The Weirdness (Virgin) :: Album of the year.

SIZZLING PLATTER OF THE WEEK:

Grainne Ryan — All the Money (self-released) :: Grainne thanks Neil Young on the back cover for being an inspiration and then transcends him by transforming her multitracked voice into a one-woman Crosby, Stills & Nash. Somebody find this woman a record company — fast.

PAYOLA PLATTER OF THE WEEK:

Bergraven — Dödsvisioner (Hydra Head) :: These bloodthirsty Swedes specialize in arch Goth theatrics that are torn from Diamanda Galás' Saint of the Pit playbook and then duly immolated. Yet, despite the Drano-drinkin', dog-growlin' vocals, I really like them a lot. Private note to Bergraven: Thank you for the honor of allowing me to review your new record. I sincerely hope that my words will meet with your approval. Your cashier's check for 337.47 kronas is in the mail.

A. Wilford Brimley — John Carpenter's The Thing (Universal) :: "They're Norwegians, Mac."

Be seeing you!

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