TØMA: Aroma [Album Review]
Apr18

TØMA: Aroma [Album Review]

TØMA Aroma Self-Released [2017] Fire Note Says: TØMA impresses with an energetic pop album. Album Review: TØMA is a four-piece band out of Austin, TX that traces it roots to Todd Rundgren, Squeeze, and recording label Elephant 6. If that sounds like a formula for a sophisticated power pop album, you’d be right. Band members include Waldo Wittenmeyer (keyboards/vocals), Jake Hiebert (drums), Neil Byers (bass), and Willy Jay...

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The New Pornographers: Whiteout Conditions [Album Review]
Apr11

The New Pornographers: Whiteout Conditions [Album Review]

The New Pornographers Whiteout Conditions Collected Works/Concord Records [2017] Fire Note Says: The New Pornographers are consistently great. Album Review: The New Pornographers have returned with a new album by the name of Whiteout Conditions. It is unique in that it is the first album that the band has released without the contributions of Dan Bejar, who is the unofficial mad scientist for the band. That means that Carl Newman and...

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Father John Misty: Pure Comedy [Album Review]
Apr06

Father John Misty: Pure Comedy [Album Review]

Father John Misty Pure Comedy Sub Pop Records [2017] Fire Note Says: Father John Misty draws his line in the sand. Album Review: Pure Comedy will no doubt provoke numerous think pieces, and it’s difficult to resist the urge to join the fray. However, Father John Misty (aka Josh Tillman) has already done all the work; you just have to listen. For someone who is a lyrics second (or third or fourth…) the words have always been the reason...

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Griff’s Room Band: Heartbreak/Desire [Album Review]
Mar27

Griff’s Room Band: Heartbreak/Desire [Album Review]

Griff’s Room Band Heartbreak/Desire Self-Released [2017] Who: Griff’s Room Band is a “fiddle-infused pop/rock” band from Richmond, VA. Sound: Think Dave Matthews Band for this generation. TFN Final Take: Griff’s Room Band has a sound that is very familiar and even nostalgic. There is a looseness and carefree vibe to the band that invades even the most lovelorn of lyrics on Heartbreak/Desire. The fiddle is incorporated seamlessly into...

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Tall Tall Trees: Freedays [Album Review]
Mar22

Tall Tall Trees: Freedays [Album Review]

Tall Tall Trees Freedays Joyful Noise Recordings [2017] Fire Note Says: Tall Tall Trees emerges with a thoughtful, joyful record. Album Review: Mike Savino is Tall Tall Trees; he has also moonlighted as the electric banjo player for Kishi Bashi. Seeing this description intrigued me to check out what he is about. Freedays is Savino’s third official LP and his first released with Joyful Noise Recordings. This puts Savino in the position...

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