Yo La Tengo: There’s A Riot Going On [Album Review]
Mar29

Yo La Tengo: There’s A Riot Going On [Album Review]

Yo La Tengo There’s A Riot Going On Matador Records [2018] Fire Note Says: Yo la Tengo have built a sleek mellow album for you to savor. Album Review: It all starts with a tone, a drone sound to appreciate the breath out as much as the breath in. Enter the guitar, that guitar, that lonesome tone, the crying out in a little bit of pink in an otherwise blue sky. The familiar guitar tone of Ira Kaplan. This is how Yo la Tengo start out...

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Big Thief: Capacity [Album Review]
Jun19

Big Thief: Capacity [Album Review]

Big Thief Capacity Saddle Creek Records [2017] Fire Note Says: Second album from Brooklyn quartet is more varied, more broken, more human. Album Review: After the clamour and scrawl of Big Thief’s debut album, Masterpiece, it might be a surprise to some that they start their follow up album, Capacity, with the track “Pretty Things” with hushed vocals and the muted strum of an acoustic guitar. The sound of the vocals starts off as a...

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Circus Devils: Laughs Last [Album Review]
Feb24

Circus Devils: Laughs Last [Album Review]

Circus Devils Laughs Last Happy Jock Rock Records [2017] Fire Note Says: Circus Devils bow out with grace after a 16-year run. Album Review: For sixteen years, Bob Pollard from Guided By Voices and the Tobias brothers have collaborated to form the Circus Devils. Laughs Last is their official final release as a band. The record doesn’t start off great. The first few tracks click by with a heavy tossed off feeling, discouraged by the...

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Ryan Adams: Prisoner [Album Review]
Feb16

Ryan Adams: Prisoner [Album Review]

Ryan Adams Prisoner PAX AM/Blue Note Records [2017] Fire Note Says: Ryan Adams explores heartbreak and loss on one of the best albums of his career. Album Review: It all starts with a rager, “Do You Still Love Me?” Which rocks like no other song on the album rocks. It’s the paranoia that gets the rest of the story moving. It’s the wail before the descent into the pain of the all too public dissolution of Adams’ marriage to pop star...

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Altadore: Opal, Luna, And Hymn
Sep15

Altadore: Opal, Luna, And Hymn

Altadore Opal, Luna, And Hymn Randm Records [2016] Fire Note Says: Altadore’s David Katz confronts loss full on while channeling the sounds of Nilsson and 3rd Sister Lovers era Big Star. Album Review: Altadore is Portland, OR based artist David Katz, and his second album, Opal, Luna and Hymn deals with the dissolution of a four year relationship head on. On the opening track, “Opal” from the off we get that this record is a...

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