Still Standing: First Generation Rockers & Musicians Need Love Too!
May26

Still Standing: First Generation Rockers & Musicians Need Love Too!

The recent death of Little Richard Penniman was a stark reminder that the founders of rock and pop music are not getting any younger. It’s been nearly 70 years since the birth of rock and roll, so this seems like a good time to take stock in our musical forebears and review who we still have left. The list is growing shorter all the time for the first generation of 50s rock, pop, country, rockabilly and blues performers, who need to...

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The Blazing Top 50 Albums of 2019
Dec13

The Blazing Top 50 Albums of 2019

#50 Steve Gunn The Unseen In Between Matador Records [2019] Steve Gunn is a well-known industry talent that really took a step forward in 2016 with his Matador Records debut Eyes On The Lines. Now on his sophomore album for Matador, Gunn evolves his sound even farther as the production was seamless and he delivered multiple disciplines that ranged from psych to folk to even some blues. The Unseen In Between is an album to absorb and...

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Top 25 Tracks of 2019
Dec12

Top 25 Tracks of 2019

Music has been good this year! Each week, I tried to sample at least a song from each new single, EP, or album. As I did so, I created a playlist, and that playlist exceeded 250 tracks by the end of the year. I took the top 10% and made a list. I didn’t discriminate – I listened to everything. For example, Scarypoolparty, who I had no idea was an American Idol contestant this year, came close to cracking the list. I probably...

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The Fire Note Top Albums of 2019: Writer Edition
Dec10

The Fire Note Top Albums of 2019: Writer Edition

The Fire Note would not be possible without the talented writers that share their educated thoughts and true enjoyment of music with our readers. The time and commitment that goes into writing consistently is appreciated by TFN and taken for granted by everyone else! Our official year end Top 50 is coming soon but clearly everyone has different tastes and ideas when naming the best album released in 2019. Thanks again to all our...

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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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Prog 2018: The Year In Review
Dec20

Prog 2018: The Year In Review

As another calendar year comes to an end it seems like 2018 was full of yardmarkers – elections, mass shootings, North Korea, etc. But it will be remembered in the Prog community as the 50th Anniversary of some of the genre’s most beloved acts: Yes, King Crimson and Jethro Tull all turned fifty this year and celebrated by doing what most dinosaur rock acts do these days – tour their butts off. And in the case of Yes...

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