Jay Som: Everybody Works [Album Review]
Mar10

Jay Som: Everybody Works [Album Review]

Jay Som Everybody Works Polyvinyl Records [2017] Fire Note Says: Jay Som is doing her own thing that results in a fresh proper debut. Album Review: Jay Som was doing her own DIY thing posting music online when Polyvinyl officially released her first batch of songs last year with the excellent introduction album Turn Into. The fresh spirited Bay Area-based singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Melina Duterte (aka Jay Som) is...

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The Proper Ornaments: Foxhole [Album Review]
Mar09

The Proper Ornaments: Foxhole [Album Review]

The Proper Ornaments Foxhole Slumberland Records [2017] Who: The Proper Ornaments is the project of James Hoare (Ultimate Painting, Veronica Falls) and Max Oscarnold (Toy, Pink Flames). Foxhole is the groups sophomore album. Sound: Given the members it should be no surprise that The Proper Ornaments embrace the softer side of indie rock. They have the slickness of Teenage Fanclub and an extreme nod to The Beatles. Their debut had more...

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Fred Thomas: Changer [Album Review]
Mar02

Fred Thomas: Changer [Album Review]

Fred Thomas Changer Polyvinyl Records [2017] Who: Songwriter/singer/producer Fred Thomas has a lengthy resume in music that includes four records with Saturday Looks Good to Me. More recently he has had success out on his own but after his 2015 record, All Are Saved he didn’t have a normal year. He quit his stable job, got married and moved from Michigan to Canada. Sound: Thomas delivers a poetic narrative style throughout Changer...

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Beach Slang: Here, I Made This For You (Mixtape Vol. 2) [Album Review]
Feb15

Beach Slang: Here, I Made This For You (Mixtape Vol. 2) [Album Review]

Beach Slang Here, I Made This For You (Mixtape Vol. 2) Polyvinyl Records [2017] Who: After just releasing their sophomore full-length, A Loud Bash Of Teenage Feelings (2016), Beach Slang returns with the second installment of its covers mixtape series. Sound: Replacements meets Bruce Springsteen rock from Philly on a can’t miss karaoke night! TFN Final Take: I can never pass up a fun and solid cover record. Released on cassette, Beach...

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Sinai Vessel: Brokenlegged [Album Review]
Feb08

Sinai Vessel: Brokenlegged [Album Review]

Sinai Vessel Brokenlegged Tiny Engines [2017] Who: Sinai Vessel began as a one-man project for singer/guitarist Caleb Cordes which released a debut full length in 2011 and his Profanity EP in 2014, with the help of some volunteer musicians. The band we hear today formed after the 2014 release so Brokenlegged feels like a true proper debut LP for Sinai Vessel. Sound: Sinai Vessel are one of the most confident sounding emo bands on the...

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