The Replacements: For Sale – Live At Maxwell’s 1986 [Album Review]
Nov16

The Replacements: For Sale – Live At Maxwell’s 1986 [Album Review]

The Replacements For Sale: Live At Maxwell’s 1986 Sire/Rhino [2017] Fire Note Says: Minneapolis’ 80’s punk heroes captured live in all their raw, ragged glory. Album Review: Gather round my children, and I’ll tell you a story about a far distant time called the 80’s when punk bands weren’t mere fashion statements marketed by corporations, a time before cleaned up, processed and packaged acts bought their jeans pre-shredded, their Doc...

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Weezer: Pacific Daydream [Album Review]
Nov13

Weezer: Pacific Daydream [Album Review]

Weezer Pacific Daydream Crush/Atlantic Records [2017] Fire Note Says: Weezer’s Rivers Cuomo continues his infatuation with the Beach Boys while mixing his power chord anthems with mellower pop inclinations. Album Review: You can’t say Weezer’s Rivers Cuomo doesn’t wear his influences on his sleeve. On last year’s self-titled (White Album) everything pointed to the Beach Boys, from “California Kids” and “L.A. Girls” to “Endless...

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Big Head Todd And The Monsters: New World Arisin’ [Album Review]
Nov07

Big Head Todd And The Monsters: New World Arisin’ [Album Review]

Big Head Todd And The Monsters New World Arisin’ Big Records [2017] Fire Note Says: Colorado jam band, Big Head Todd & the Monsters get better with age. Album Review: There are some bands that peak early. They come fresh out of the box with that one big idea that will set them apart, all the pieces come together before they even quite understand that they have unleashed the genie from the bottle. And, boom, they break big, only...

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Bruce Cockburn: Bone On Bone [Album Review]
Oct31

Bruce Cockburn: Bone On Bone [Album Review]

Bruce Cockburn Bone On Bone True North Records [2017] Fire Note Says: Bruce Cockburn may be the most successful living singer-songwriter that most Americans have never heard of. Album Review: Even with 33 albums to his name and a host of music awards in his native Canada, Bruce Cockburn may be the most successful living singer-songwriter that most Americans have never heard of. Back in the 70’s, Cockburn (pronounced Coe-burn) had a...

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Robert Plant: Carry Fire [Album Review]
Oct26

Robert Plant: Carry Fire [Album Review]

Robert Plant Carry Fire Nonesuch Records [2017] Fire Note Says: Carry Fire is Plant’s passion for life and love as expressed in music. Album Review: At 69, Robert Plant has been on a musical journey of discovery for a long, long time, but it only became obvious once he stepped out of the shadow of the band he started in 1968 with guitarist Jimmy Page. It would not be too great a claim to suggest that Led Zeppelin (together perhaps...

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