Top 25 Tracks of 2019
Dec12

Top 25 Tracks of 2019

Music has been good this year! Each week, I tried to sample at least a song from each new single, EP, or album. As I did so, I created a playlist, and that playlist exceeded 250 tracks by the end of the year. I took the top 10% and made a list. I didn’t discriminate – I listened to everything. For example, Scarypoolparty, who I had no idea was an American Idol contestant this year, came close to cracking the list. I probably...

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J.S. Ondara: Tales Of America [Album Review]
Mar11

J.S. Ondara: Tales Of America [Album Review]

J.S. Ondara Tales Of America Verve Forecast [2019] Fire Note Says: Stunning debut from a unique voice. Album Review: It’s always exciting to hear a distinct, surprising new voice. That was my experience when firing up Tales of America, J.S. Ondara’s full-length debut. The Kenya native, who now resides in Minneapolis, MN, has a dulcet tone that complements his acoustic guitar well. And it’s so evocative; Ondara has the talent to let...

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Girlpool: What Chaos Is Imaginary [Album Review]
Feb20

Girlpool: What Chaos Is Imaginary [Album Review]

Girlpool What Chaos Is Imaginary ANTI- [2019] Fire Note Says: Girlpool continues to evolve on their third album. Album Review: Cleo Tucker and Harmony Tividad are back with their third LP. Following 2017’s impressive Powerplant, which incorporated fuzzy guitars and haunting harmonies, the new collection goes for more of the same, but with mixed results. It’s hard for the story to not be the impact of Tucker’s transgender identity on...

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Guster: Look Alive [Album Review]
Feb08

Guster: Look Alive [Album Review]

Guster Look Alive Nettwerk Music Group [2019] Fire Note Says: Not just an excuse to go on tour! Album Review: Fun and harmony. Two words that come to mind when thinking about Guster. Look Alive fits that bill, while allowing for comment about some of societal issues we face today. This is the Boston band’s eighth studio album, but the first in four years. Sometimes you wonder if the band puts out an album just to fulfill a contract or...

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Tallies: Tallies [Album Review]
Jan29

Tallies: Tallies [Album Review]

Tallies Tallies Kanine Records [2019] Fire Note Says: Fun, promising debut from Toronto band. Album Review: Coming out of Toronto in the middle of the winter, Tallies is a welcome, surprising blast of summer guitar rock. With surf rock influences like the Beach Boys, as well as Johnny Marr-inspired New Wave smoothness, Tallies melds these sounds into a consistent whole throughout their self-titled LP. Sarah Cogan, on vocals and...

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