Prog 2019: The Year In Review
Dec09

Prog 2019: The Year In Review

The apocryphal, and often repeated, origin story of Prog has it that in 1969 King Crimson released In The Court Of The Crimson King and a new genre had been born. This of course ignores the fact that Yes’ debut came out two months earlier or the contribution and influence of acts such as Pink Floyd, The Beatles, The Moody Blues, The Nice, Procol Harum and Miles Davis – not to mention the undeniable impact Scottish band...

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Guided By Voices: Warp And Woof [Album Review]
Apr25

Guided By Voices: Warp And Woof [Album Review]

Guided By Voices Warp And Woof GBV, Inc. [2019] Fire Note Says: After a couple recent near-masterpieces, Guided By Voices release the uniquely-curated album Warp And Woof! Album Review: As I sit here on a beautiful spring day in Bellefontaine, Ohio my mind keeps wandering. How do cell phones work? Why do people watch Fox News? How do birds find their way south each winter? Why won’t the in-law’s just move out already? But...

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The Neal Morse Band: The Great Adventure [Album Review]
Feb07

The Neal Morse Band: The Great Adventure [Album Review]

The Neal Morse Band The Great Adventure Radiant Records [2019] Fire Note Says: American Prog warriors unleash sequel to 2016’s The Similitude Of A Dream in convincing fashion. Album Review: Prog is a tough sell and, especially in the US, the market for it is extremely limited. There are, however, a few brave artists who still attempt to raise the musical IQ of their listeners – Steven Wilson and Opeth may be the most...

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Guided By Voices: Zeppelin Over China [Album Review]
Jan30

Guided By Voices: Zeppelin Over China [Album Review]

Guided By Voices Zeppelin Over China GBV, Inc.[2019] Fire Note Says: Guided By Voices’ latest effort is a 32 song, double album behemoth. But is it any good? Album Review: After dedicating all of last year to the release and support of one (just one) album, the late-career masterpiece Space Gun, Robert Pollard and his gang plan on upping the ante for 2019 with three LP’s and a slew of EP’s on tap. This is standard...

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Deerhunter: Why Hasn’t Everything Already Disappeared? [Album Review]
Jan17

Deerhunter: Why Hasn’t Everything Already Disappeared? [Album Review]

Deerhunter Why Hasn’t Everything Already Disappeared? 4AD [2019] Fire Note Says: Rock’s last great hope? Deerhunter makes a strong case on their eighth full-length. Album Review: Deerhunter saves the world! Wouldn’t that be nice? All the ragged dreams of a future in which guitar-driven rock music rules the airwaves rest on the shoulders of just a few daring artists. Bradford Cox and his gang are among them. They may...

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