Quaterbacks: Quaterbacks [Album Review]
Feb18

Quaterbacks: Quaterbacks [Album Review]

Quarterbacks Quarterbacks Team Love Records [2015] Fire Note Says: Quarterbacks expand on fun self-titled full length. Album Review: Quarterbacks has yet another short and sweet release. Their self-titled album is the longest yet, with 19 tracks. The album only runs 22 minutes but somehow they manage to make every song jam-packed with memories, people, and places. The band started in upstate New York, in the college town of New Paltz....

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The Kooks: Listen [Album Review]
Sep25

The Kooks: Listen [Album Review]

The Kooks Listen Astralwerks Records [2014] Fire Note Says: The Kooks attempt growth! Album Review: For a record I never have need to listen to again, The Kooks’ Listen is actually okay. The sorta-skiffle of the past is cast aside for lots of squawky Bernie Worrell- style funky squelches, lots of “Up With People” choruses. Apparently, the singer and leader Luke decided to try a big style switch and hired a hip-hop soul producer, in...

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PC Worship: Social Rust [Album Review]
Sep18

PC Worship: Social Rust [Album Review]

PC Worship Social Rust Northern Spy Records / Dull Tools [2014] Fire Note Says: PC Worship stir up a disorienting sonic slurry. Album Review: My first listen to Social Rust, I knew nothing about the band that produced the album. That wasn’t a deliberate choice, really, but once I hit play it made sense to just let the music do the talking. Sometimes it’s good to not have any context, and this dark, dirgey music seemed to have its own...

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The Young: Chrome Cactus [Album Review]
Aug12

The Young: Chrome Cactus [Album Review]

The Young Chrome Cactus Matador Records [2014] Fire Note Says: Texans kicking up goth-tinged tumbleweeds. Album Review: “Oh, good,” I thought at the first riffs of lead track “Metal Flake”, “someone is finally aping [Urge Overkill’s] Saturation.” This didn’t stick, but it’s a starting point. The riffs and grooves are the stars here: the vocals sometimes sound as if the singer was chosen by drawing straws. “Cry of Tin” made me smile by...

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Connections: Into Sixes [Album Review]
Aug11

Connections: Into Sixes [Album Review]

Connections Into Sixes Anyway Records [2014] Fire Note Says: Connections third LP, Into Sixes, is full of indie rock hooks and anthems. Album Review: Connections had a very efficient first year as a band releasing two full length LP’s (Private Airplane and Body Language) as well as a 7-inch e.p. (Tough City). Anyway Records offers the first 2 LP’s and the e.p. on a cd version appropriately named Year One. One might think that such a...

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