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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Mannequin Pussy – “Drunk II” [Video]
Apr24

Mannequin Pussy – “Drunk II” [Video]

Philadelphia, PA indie punk band Mannequin Pussy have announced their new album Patience, due June 21 on Epitaph. This is the follow-up to their 2016 release Romantic and the band’s Epitaph debut. The third full-length from Mannequin Pussy, Patience is an album fascinated with the physical experience of the body, its songs tracking the movements of mouths and hands and racing hearts, skin and spit and teeth and blood. Deeply attuned...

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Gang Of Four: Happy Now [Album Review]
Apr24

Gang Of Four: Happy Now [Album Review]

Gang Of Four Happy Now Gill Music [2019] Fire Note Says: Guitarist Andy Gill keeps the Gang of Four alive, and they respond to the current political climate with their 10th album, Happy Now. Album Review: Gang of Four started out in the same art school/university pool from Leeds, UK, in the late 70’s that gave us the Mekons. Bringing together a unique appreciation for funk rhythms and electronic dub sounds into a punk sensibility with...

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Various Artists: Soul Slabs Vol. 2 [Album Review]
Apr23

Various Artists: Soul Slabs Vol. 2 [Album Review]

Various Artists Soul Slabs Vol. 2 Colemine Records [2019] Who: Soul Slabs Vol. 2 is a collection of A-sides from the 7-inch catalog of Loveland Ohio’s Colemine Records. Sound: This compilation features the Colemine spirit with plenty of heavy soul, jazz, funk, and R&B. TFN Final Take: If you have been enjoying the growth of the neo-soul movement then you should be no stranger to Colemine Records. The label has already...

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Glen Hansard: This Wild Willing [Album Review]
Apr22

Glen Hansard: This Wild Willing [Album Review]

Glen Hansard This Wild Willing Anti- [2019] Fire Note Says: Glen Hansard, of “Once,” The Frames, and The Swell Season fame, expands his musical palette, but sings in a quieter more reflective voice on his fourth solo album, This Wild Willing. Album Review: The first thought that comes to mind when I think of Glen Hansard is that opening sequence in the movie, “Once,” where we hear the singer/songwriter alone on acoustic guitar as the...

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Andrew Bird: My Finest Work Yet [Album Review]
Apr19

Andrew Bird: My Finest Work Yet [Album Review]

Andrew Bird My Finest Work Yet Vista Loma Recordings [2019] Fire Note Says: Andrew Bird’s 10th solo album takes on the world of politics with artful music, clever, literate lyrics, and lots of violin and whistling. Album Review: Andrew Bird, the singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, most often associated with his violin playing, has been plugging away producing smart, fun, classically-influenced indie-rock, with the rare...

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