Sufjan Stevens: No Shade In The Shadow Of The Cross [7-Inch Review]
Apr24

Sufjan Stevens: No Shade In The Shadow Of The Cross [7-Inch Review]

It has been five years since Sufjan Stevens released The Age of Adz (2010), so it is no surprise that there is some hype for his latest full length, Carrie & Lowell, which is due out next week via Asthmatic Kitty. The album is a return to Stevens’ earlier sounding work, which was more intimate with highlights on his hush vocals and softer strumming. Stevens said the album’s 11 songs are about “life and death,...

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Ty Segall: Mr. Face EP [7-Inch Review]
Feb26

Ty Segall: Mr. Face EP [7-Inch Review]

Ty Segall has been a Fire Note favorite now for some time and recently just snagged our top honors as the best album of 2014 with Manipulator. Well, no slowing Ty down as he shot out of the 2015 gate with this new Mr. Face EP on Famous Class Records. For fans, Mr. Face represents four more songs you need in your collection. The lead off title track on the A-side is a perfect laid back mid-fi strummer that kicks into a high gear foot...

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Kim Deal: Biker Gone [7-Inch Feature]
Nov26

Kim Deal: Biker Gone [7-Inch Feature]

Kim Deal is in an exciting place right now. Playing shows with The Breeders at LA’s Hollywood Bowl with Neutral Milk Hotel and Daniel Johnston, writing new music with The Breeders Last Splash line up, she’s keeping herself more than busy while somehow finding the time to continue on with songs nine and ten of her long running solo series. Deal has constantly delivered many pleasing tunes with the series: “Are You Mine” was a...

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Sleater-Kinney: Bury Our Friends [7-Inch Feature]
Oct27

Sleater-Kinney: Bury Our Friends [7-Inch Feature]

These days it seems harder and harder to actually be surprised. Our instant world almost never allows that “oh my gosh!” feeling anymore. Well, the trio of Corin Tucker, Carrie Brownstein, and Janet Weiss, better known as the retired Sleater-Kinney, got us all with their new 3,000-copy, limited-edition deluxe vinyl box set, Start Together, that was just released this past week. Along with the 7 album set there was this 7-inch with...

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Sweet Apple: Reunion [7-Inch Feature]
Oct20

Sweet Apple: Reunion [7-Inch Feature]

Sweet Apple “Reunion” b/w “Frantic Romantic” Tym Guitars [2014] I actually can’t believe that Sweet Apple’s new record, The Golden Age of Glitter, didn’t achieve more press. The rock band features the talents of John Petkovic, J Mascis, Dave Sweetapple and Tim Parnin, which are better known as members of Witch, Cobra Verde, Dinosaur Jr, Death of Samantha and Guided By Voices. The record was solid and also...

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Ryan Adams: 1984 [7-Inch Feature]
Aug26

Ryan Adams: 1984 [7-Inch Feature]

Ryan Adams 1984 PAX-AM Records [2014] When I took a look at Ryan Adams latest 7-inch, I thought that the track listing was a joke. 10 songs? Seriously?! Well that is right. 1984 is the next installment of Adams’ PAX-AM 7” series and it is a 13 minute keeper. Completely separate from his forthcoming self-titled release, 1984 is an homage to some of the earliest releases on SST, Dischord, Touch & Go and any other similar labels...

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