of Montreal: UR FUN [Album Review]
Jan17

of Montreal: UR FUN [Album Review]

of Montreal UR Fun Polyvinyl Records [2020] Album Review: For the 16th album form the Athens, GA-based of Montreal, principal songwriter and band leader, Kevin Barnes opted to make the album in isolation, playing all of the instruments himself. While Barnes often takes the band out on tour as a quintet and will likely do so this year, there’s no doubt that the music and lyrics reflect his unique take on the world, even his tendency to...

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Pinegrove: Marigold [Album Review]
Jan16

Pinegrove: Marigold [Album Review]

Pinegrove Marigold Rough Trade Records [2020] TFN Album Review: Ever since Pinegrove’s Cardinal release in 2016, I thought the band would have an incredible musical arc that was going nowhere but up. Of course, life is unpredictable and the band went completely quiet in November of 2017 after Pinegrove bandleader Evan Stephens Hall explained some accusations against him from a woman he was in a relationship with, followed her wishes,...

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Kiwi Jr.: Football Money [Album Review]
Jan15

Kiwi Jr.: Football Money [Album Review]

Kiwi Jr. Football Money Mint/Persona Non Grata Records [2020] TFN Album Review: Here is a record I have been sitting on for a bit as this Friday will see the world-wide release of Football Money, the debut album from Toronto’s Kiwi Jr. The album is being released via Persona Non Grata Records and follows its 2019 Canadian release on Mint Records. The band is your modern-day Pavement that runs around with Parquet Courts and has...

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Joseph Arthur: Come Back World [Album Review]
Jan14

Joseph Arthur: Come Back World [Album Review]

Joseph Arthur Come Back World Moonage Rebel [2019] Album Review: Given all the artists who Joseph Arthur has collaborated with, it’s always surprising to me that he’s not achieved the kind of ‘household name’ notoriety that come with music industry breakthroughs. An early singer/songwriter discovery, Arthur’s earliest albums were on Peter Gabriel’s Real World label, he eventually formed and recorded an album in the folk/rock...

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Beach Slang: The Deadbeat Bang Of Heartbreak City [Album Review]
Jan13

Beach Slang: The Deadbeat Bang Of Heartbreak City [Album Review]

Beach Slang The Deadbeat Bang Of Heartbreak City Bridge Nine Records [2020] TFN Album Review: If you have followed Beach Slang since their 2014 EP, Who Would Ever Want Anything So Broken?, then you already know that the group has been a full-fledged modern day Replacements from day one. Everything from the raw guitar to singer James Alex’s vocals, Philadelphia’s Beach Slang has not swayed much from their core sound and the group has...

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Thom Yorke: Anima [Album Review]
Dec06

Thom Yorke: Anima [Album Review]

Thom Yorke Anima XL Recordings [2019] Who: The irreplaceable frontman of Radiohead. Thom Yorke had been one of the most important figures in music since the early 90’s. Sound: Thom has been fond of many types of music. His solo outings usually focus on beats, loops, and electronics. TFN Final Take: Thom Yorke has been making music some time before the 1990’s (Headless Chickens). But, it wasn’t until the early...

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