Tegan And Sara: Hey, I’m Just Like You [Album Review]
Nov07

Tegan And Sara: Hey, I’m Just Like You [Album Review]

Tegan And Sara Hey, I’m Just Like You Sire Records [2019] Fire Note Says: Canadian duo Tegan and Sara give fresh recordings to songs written when they were teenagers on their ninth studio album. Album Review: Twins, Tegan and Sara Quin quite naturally tend to do a lot of things together. For instance, earlier this year they co-authored a memoir charting their teenage years, describing their early musical careers and how each of them...

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Neil Young with Crazy Horse: Colorado [Album Review]
Nov04

Neil Young with Crazy Horse: Colorado [Album Review]

Neil Young with Crazy Horse Colorado Reprise Records [2019] Fire Note Says: Neil Young regroups with Crazy Horse and Nils Lofgren, for an album that’s a mix of militant guitar activism on behalf of Mother Nature, and some nostalgia for an earlier time. Album Review: “You might say I’m an old white guy” Neil Young confesses in the 13 minute song “She Showed Me Love.” It’s the one song longer than 6 minutes on his new album with his...

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Jesse Malin: Sunset Kids [Album Review]
Oct29

Jesse Malin: Sunset Kids [Album Review]

Jesse Malin Sunset Kids Wicked Cool / Velvet Elk Records [2019] Fire Note Says: Jesse Malin’s 8th album recalls the best of an earlier era, with help from producer Lucinda Williams, and guest spots from Billie Joe Armstrong and Joseph Arthur. Album Review: Obviously, there’s no actual formula when it comes to writing a great song, no course to teach you “how to write a hit.” Otherwise, everyone would do it. What we do have is large...

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Kim Gordon: No Home Record [Album Review]
Oct25

Kim Gordon: No Home Record [Album Review]

Kim Gordon No Home Record Matador Records [2019] Fire Note Says: After a long career playing bass in Sonic Youth, Kim Gordon steps out solo on an artful, noisy piece of self-expression that has a beat you can dance to. Album Review: Pretty sure the first time I saw Kim Gordon’s band Sonic Youth live was in 1991 when they toured opening for Neil Young with Social Distortion, between their albums Goo and Dirty, two of their most...

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Brittany Howard: Jaime [Album Review]
Oct17

Brittany Howard: Jaime [Album Review]

Brittany Howard Jaime ATO Records [2019] Album Review: Brittany Howard is best known for her two albums with the band Alabama Shakes, who’s 2015 release, Sound & Color, picked up four Grammy’s that year including Best Alternative Album, Best Rock Performance and Best Rock Song for “Don’t Wanna Fight.” Now, setting the band aside for this solo release, Howard has made a very personal record that pushes out in new musical...

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