Hippo Campus: Bambi [Album Review]
Nov08

Hippo Campus: Bambi [Album Review]

Hippo Campus Bambi Grand Jury Music [2018] Fire Note Says: Hippo Campus’s sophomore LP is a stunning achievement. Album Review: St. Paul’s Hippo Campus has emerged over the past few years on the strength of several singles and EP’s. Bambi is their second LP, and it is a revelation. Hippo Campus takes their base sound, which has a loose, funky/groovy feel, and layers so many new elements to it that it sounds like a new band. Almost....

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Matt And Kim: Almost Everyday [Album Review]
Sep24

Matt And Kim: Almost Everyday [Album Review]

Matt and Kim Almost Everyday Fader Label [2018] Fire Note Says: Matt and Kim bring the energy and a renewed focus. Album Review: Whether it’s dealing with the current political climate or wrestling with their own mortality, Matt and Kim have found a sense of urgency and focus on their latest album, Almost Everyday. The Brooklyn duo started their career with a bang and lost some of their luster with their later releases. Coasting may...

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Animal Collective: Tangerine Reef [Album Review]
Sep06

Animal Collective: Tangerine Reef [Album Review]

Animal Collective Tangerine Reef Domino Recording Company [2018] Who: Established experimental electronic rock band. Sound: Aquarium/laser-light-show music. TFN Final Take: It’s an admirable idea. Make a record that benefits the fading presence of the coral reef in our world. And it’s meant to be an audiovisual experience. But as a standalone LP, Tangerine Reef is a tough listen. Very trippy and lacking harmony, you need to be...

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Houndmouth: Golden Age [Album Review]
Aug31

Houndmouth: Golden Age [Album Review]

Houndmouth Golden Age Rough Trade Records [2018] Who: Louisville trio going through a transition. Sound: High energy synth-pop. TFN Final Take: Giving Golden Age its first listen, you may wonder if you’ve got the right album. While Houndmouth’s trademark sound had been loose, guitar-driven, harmony-laden blues and folk, this LP is electric and crackling. That’s typically a good thing, but Houndmouth loses what made them special by...

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Damien Jurado: The Horizon Just Laughed [Album Review]
Aug09

Damien Jurado: The Horizon Just Laughed [Album Review]

Damien Jurado The Horizon Just Laughed Secretly Canadian [2018] Fire Note Says: Damien Jurado continues to enchant with his latest effort. Album Review: Damien Jurado has released 17 albums in 21 years – the man is prolific. With such a body of work to look back to, there are common sounds and themes that you notice throughout his work. That being said, it is impressive how the Seattle singer-songwriter goes in new directions...

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