The Mountain Goats: Goths [Album Review]
May31

The Mountain Goats: Goths [Album Review]

The Mountain Goats Goths Merge Records [2017] Fire Note Says: John Darnielle tweaks his approach for his 16th proper album. Album Review: As story tellers go, John Darnielle has few peers: Bob Dylan, Woody Guthrie, Sufjan Stevens, maybe a handful of other names, but the league to which he belongs is exclusive indeed. For the uninitiated, Darnielle began The Mountain Goats with a guitar, a cassette recorder and lots and lots of songs....

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Guided By Voices: August By Cake [Album Review]
Apr04

Guided By Voices: August By Cake [Album Review]

Guided By Voices August By Cake Guided By Voices, Inc. [2017] Fire Note Says: Robert Pollard’s 100th album is also one of his best. Album Review: Releasing a shit ton of music is in Robert Pollard’s DNA. Even Captain Obvious knows this. And no, he does not hold any kind of record for most songs written or albums released (see R. Stevie Moore or Buckethead for that) but unlike those prolific artists, Pollard’s output...

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Once & Future Band: Once & Future Band [Album Review]
Mar24

Once & Future Band: Once & Future Band [Album Review]

Once & Future Band Once & Future Band Castle Face Records [2017] Fire Note Says: Oakland band strives to make Prog cool again. Album Review: The first thing that catches one’s attention is the label. What’s an unabashedly progressive rock band doing on John Dwyer’s Castle Face imprint? Known more for promoting Bay area neo-psych outfits such as The Fresh And Onlys, Ty Segall, White Fence and Dwyers’ own...

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Prog 2016 – The Year In Review
Dec13

Prog 2016 – The Year In Review

It’s been a rough couple years for Prog with the losses of Chris Squire of Yes, Keith Emerson and Greg Lake of ELP, Nektar’s Roye Albrighton and Daevid Allen of Gong. The heroes of the Golden Age of progressive rock are entering their twilight years. Along with that comes the realization that anyone born after 1970 would have no recollection of just how big the titans of Prog truly were – both commercially and...

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The Neal Morse Band: The Similitude Of A Dream [Album Review]
Nov28

The Neal Morse Band: The Similitude Of A Dream [Album Review]

The Neal Morse Band The Similitude Of A Dream Radiant Records [2016] Fire Note Says: The Neal Morse Band challenge the 70’s concept classics and record one for the ages. Album Review: In the lead up to The Similitude Of A Dream drummer Mike Portnoy (ex-Dream Theater) compared this work favorably to other double concept albums such as The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway and The Wall stating that this was “the album of our...

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