Guided By Voices: How Do You Spell Heaven [Album Review]
Aug09

Guided By Voices: How Do You Spell Heaven [Album Review]

Guided By Voices How Do You Spell Heaven GBV, Inc. [2017] Fire Note Says: The revamped Guided By Voices continue their hot streak with an instant classic. Album Review: You can be forgiven for missing some of Robert Pollard’s output – the discography is indeed deep and daunting. That said, let me put this right out front: there are no excuses for skipping this one. Technically, this is the twenty-fourth GbV album (not...

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Waxahatchee: Out In The Storm [Album Review]
Jul26

Waxahatchee: Out In The Storm [Album Review]

Waxahatchee Out In The Storm Merge Records [2017] Fire Note Says: Katie Crutchfield continues to impress with a tight and inspired set. Album Review: If you don’t know the names Waxahatchee or Katie Crutchfield don’t feel too bad. Now you do and, if I’m right, so will a large swath of the music consuming public. Her songs are full of the imagery of millennial youth: loss and hope, desperation and exhilaration. Unlike...

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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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