Dirty Lungs: Dirty Lungs [Album Review]
Aug11

Dirty Lungs: Dirty Lungs [Album Review]

Dirty Lungs Dirty Lungs Communicating Vessels [2014] Fire Note Says: Dirty Lungs dig up some retro-leaning hard psych, but leave a little modern dirt. Album Review: Dirty Lungs’ self-titled LP opens strong with “I Suck in Bed,” a scuzzy, raging garage rocker with a catchy wordless vocal refrain. It’s so strong, in fact, that I was mentally preparing myself to be let down by the rest of the album — the tune is Nuggets-y enough to...

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Happyness: Weird Little Birthday [Album Review]
Aug08

Happyness: Weird Little Birthday [Album Review]

Happyness Weird Little Birthday Rough Trade Records [2014] Fire Note Says: Ready for a non-disappointing British Sea Power? Album Review: Here’s something I don’t get to say every day: “That reminds me of Gay Dad!” Or possibly Sonic Youth’s “Antenna.” Or maybe Meat Puppets in their mid-90’s ZZ Top phase. Key word here is diverse. Single “Anything I Do Is Alright” charges like Supergrass (another trio, come to think) to a lone chorus...

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Jenny Lewis: The Voyager [Album Review]
Aug07

Jenny Lewis: The Voyager [Album Review]

Jenny Lewis The Voyager Warner Bros. Records [2014] Fire Note Says: After six years in the wilderness, The Voyager heralds the resurrection of all things Jenny Lewis. Album Review: Since 2002’s masterful The Execution of All Things – an album which should be handed to girls as they turn thirteen, just as all boys should receive Violent Femmes’ debut – Jenny Lewis has promised a lot but rarely delivered. Her two solo forays,...

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Chris Staples: American Soft [Album Review]
Aug06

Chris Staples: American Soft [Album Review]

Chris Staples American Soft Barsuk Records [2014] Fire Note Says: A charming and understated indie-pop/singer-songwriter album. Album Review: The penultimate track on Chris Staples’ American Soft is called “Needle Park,” and it’s really great. The instantly catchy chorus of “Well would I ever lie to you? / Of course I would, of course I would,” will surely be running through my head for years to come. But it’s not just the memorable...

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The Proper Ornaments: Wooden Head [Album Review]
Aug06

The Proper Ornaments: Wooden Head [Album Review]

The Proper Ornaments Wooden Head Slumberland Records [2014] Fire Note Says: Anglo-Argentine pair wears influences on sleeves – and scores. Album Review: The Proper Ornaments album Wooden Head seems, at first blush, just a fun way to play a game of Spot the Idiom: Mary Chain/BRMC black-leather-jacket Spector-pop here, “Eight Miles High” jangle there. But it’s infectious: the record sounds (mostly) fun because it sounds like it...

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