Finn’s Motel: Jupiter Rex [Album Review]
Aug15

Finn’s Motel: Jupiter Rex [Album Review]

Finn’s Motel Jupiter Rex Victory Over Gravity Records [2017] Fire Note Says: Jupiter Rex. Thebeau has found his own voice, still connecting with those great early 80s influences, but not stuck there. Album Review: When you’ve been writing and recording music in relative obscurity for close to 30 years, as has Joe Thebeau, you reach a point where you stop worrying about what’s hot and what’s not, quit worrying about which influence...

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Manchester Orchestra: A Black Mile To The Surface [Album Review]
Jul31

Manchester Orchestra: A Black Mile To The Surface [Album Review]

Manchester Orchestra A Black Mile To The Surface Loma Vista Recordings [2017] Fire Note Says: A decade in, Adam Hull and Manchester Orchestra manage to stretch and grow their sound without losing connections to the passion and angst of their celebrated early work. Album Review: There’s an often unspoken challenge for artists that find a strong artistic footing early in their musical careers, sometimes tasting critical acclaim while...

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Diesel Island: Diesel Island [Album Review]
Jul27

Diesel Island: Diesel Island [Album Review]

Diesel Island Diesel Island Euclid Records [2017] Fire Note Says: St. Louis country cover band delivers an album of originals that stand-up alongside their take on Johnny Cash and Merle Haggard. Album Review: For some ridiculous reason, I find it impossible to discuss authentic, old school country music without telling two jokes. A city dweller assuming the worse asks his rural cousin what kind of music he enjoys, and the cousin...

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The Charlatans: Different Days [Album Review]
Jul20

The Charlatans: Different Days [Album Review]

The Charlatans Different Days BMG [2017] Fire Note Says: Brit pop from Manchester’s The Charlatans, with some assistance from Paul Weller, Johnny Marr and Anton Newcombe. Album Review: With a band like The Charlatans, where they have overcome overwhelming odds while continuing to record music after 28 years, the fact that they are still at it is something worthy of acknowledgement. Coming up in the Manchester music scene in the wake...

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Various Artists: Treasure Of The Broken Land – The Songs Of Mark Heard [Album Review]
Jul13

Various Artists: Treasure Of The Broken Land – The Songs Of Mark Heard [Album Review]

Various Artists Treasure Of The Broken Land: The Songs Of Mark Heard Storm Weathered Records [2017] Fire Note Says: Twenty-five years after his death, Nashville talents come together to resurrect the music of singer/songwriter Mark Heard, and it’s a treasure. Album Review: The commercial success of tribute compilation albums usually depends on three factors: 1) It’s a tribute to an artist whose work you already recognize and...

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