Jaimie Vernon— Nightmare @ 20,000 Watts: The End of Terrestrial Radio as We Know It?
Evidently I had been waiting for this and didn’t even know it because when pal and writing colleague Jaimie Vernon plugged me into it, it felt like a 2X4 across the skull. “It” is a concept album maybe not as unique in its basis as brilliant in its execution, but what execution! “It” is a futuristic look at the world of music and, specifically, the world of radio. “It” is Nightmare @ 20,000 Watts, a humorous yet musically viable broadcast drama set in, of all places, Sachs Harbour. Never heard of it? Don’t feel alone. Suffice it to say that placing this “broadcast” in such a remote place is but one of the reasons that it will make and remain in my list of top album releases of this year.
“It” all takes place in the far norther regions of Canada, in a world in which few of us live and even fewer of us understand. A world isolated in the past but now connected via satellite and