Wire: Pink Flag/Chairs Missing/154 (Special Edition Reissues) [Album Review]
May24

Wire: Pink Flag/Chairs Missing/154 (Special Edition Reissues) [Album Review]

Wire Pink Flag (Special Edition Reissue) Pinkflag [2018] Chairs Missing (Special Edition Reissue) Pinkflag [2018] 154 (Special Edition Reissue) Pinkflag [2018] Fire Note Says: Influential British punk band Wire is re-issuing their three earliest albums, including special editions that unearth b-sides, demos, rarities and previously unreleased recordings. Album Review: I think it was Brian Eno who once said that hardly anyone bought...

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Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks: Sparkle Hard [Album Review]
May21

Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks: Sparkle Hard [Album Review]

Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks Sparkle Hard Matador Records [2018] Fire Note Says: Stephen Malkmus’ 7th album with The Jicks continues to explore diverse musical approaches from his own post-punk point of view, with the aid of producer Chris Funk, of the Decemberists. Album Review: If you include the 5 albums Stephen Malkmus made as the leader of the 90’s band, Pavement, he’s been steadily producing artful, noisy indie rock for...

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Dr. Dog: Critical Equation [Album Review]
May17

Dr. Dog: Critical Equation [Album Review]

Dr. Dog Critical Equation We Buy Gold/Thirty Tigers [2018] Fire Note Says: On its tenth band outing, Dr. Dog continues its legacy of indie rock that mixes 60’s style songwriting and harmonies with just enough instrumental psychedelia to keep things interesting. Album Review: Philadelphia’s quintessential indie rock outfit, Dr. Dog has never stretched too far from it’s roots in 60’s pop and rock influences that include the song-craft...

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Franz Ferdinand: Always Ascending [Album Review]
May10

Franz Ferdinand: Always Ascending [Album Review]

Franz Ferdinand Always Ascending Domino Records [2018] Fire Note Says: On their fifth album, Franz Ferdinand embrace a polished pop sensibility. Album Review: If you’ve been paying attention to creative movement in the rock music scene for long enough you begin to notice how sounds and styles tend to recycle even as new artists are trying to push in new directions. (If you have to ask, you’re probably too young.) Take last year’s...

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The Bonnevilles: Dirty Photographs [Album Review]
May01

The Bonnevilles: Dirty Photographs [Album Review]

The Bonnevilles Dirty Photographs Alive Records [2018] Fire Note Says: Northern Irish guitar/drum duo, The Bonnesvilles stay true to their “garage punk blues” ethos on Dirty Photographs, with modest accents as a sign of growth. Album Review: The Bonnevilles, the guitar/drum duo of Andre McGibbon, Jr., and Chris McMullan of Northern Ireland, have made a career out of their commitment to “garage punk blues.” But with just two players,...

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