Damaged Bug: Bunker Funk [Album Review]
Apr27

Damaged Bug: Bunker Funk [Album Review]

Damaged Bug Bunker Funk Castle Face Records [2017] Who: Damaged Bug is the very low profile side project of the super busy John Dwyer of Thee Oh Sees and Castle Face Records fame. Sound: Damaged Bug separates itself out from Dwyer’s other work by focusing more on synths and electronic noises. It has a krautrock spirit and is not afraid to experiment. From the credits on Bunker Funk, Dwyer plays all of the instruments, minus several of...

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Ray Davies: Americana [Album Review]
Apr26

Ray Davies: Americana [Album Review]

Ray Davies Americana Sony/Legacy Recrodings [2017] Fire Note Says: Kinks’ rocker Ray Davies joins with alt-country Jayhawks to take a musical journey through the wild west, sorting reality from fantasy in pursuit of the American Dream Album Review: Ray Davies, 73, is still best remembered for a pop song he wrote and recorded with the Kinks in 1964, “You Really Got Me,” which was covered successfully by Van Halen in 1978. Davies...

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Me First And The Gimmie Gimmies: Rake It In – The Greatestest Hits [Album Review]
Apr25

Me First And The Gimmie Gimmies: Rake It In – The Greatestest Hits [Album Review]

Me First And The Gimmie Gimmies Rake It In: The Greatestest Hits Fat Wreck Chords [2017] Who: Me First And The Gimme Gimmes, consists of NOFX frontman Fat Mike, Lagwagon frontman Joey Cape, (Foo Fighting) Chris Shiflett, Lagwagon drummer Dave Raun, and Spike Slawson. The band has been covering other artists’ hits for over two decades now. Sound: Me First and the Gimme Gimmes is a punk supergroup that inject their spirit, attitude and...

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Chris Shiflett: West Coast Town [Album Review]
Apr24

Chris Shiflett: West Coast Town [Album Review]

Chris Shiflett West Coast Town SideOneDummy Records [2017] Fire Note Says: Foo Fighter’s Chris Shiflett’s high octane approach emphasizes the rock in country rock. Album Review: If you didn’t know that the Foo Fighter’s lead guitarist Chris Shiflett had also played with Me First and the Gimme Gimmes, the country rock direction on his latest solo album would come as a big surprise. As a member of punk rock’s favorite spoof cover band...

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Robert Randolph & The Family Band: Got Soul [Album Review]
Apr19

Robert Randolph & The Family Band: Got Soul [Album Review]

Robert Randolph & The Family Band Got Soul Sony Masterworks [2017] Fire Note Says: Nothing else sounds like the mysterious pedal steel guitar in the hands of Robert Randolph, who mixes blues, gospel, R&B with jam band rock on his latest studio outing. Album Review: Fifteen years ago, Robert Randolph and his Family Band burst into rock music consciousness with Live at the Wetlands — a concert album of the band’s final...

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TØMA: Aroma [Album Review]
Apr18

TØMA: Aroma [Album Review]

TØMA Aroma Self-Released [2017] Fire Note Says: TØMA impresses with an energetic pop album. Album Review: TØMA is a four-piece band out of Austin, TX that traces it roots to Todd Rundgren, Squeeze, and recording label Elephant 6. If that sounds like a formula for a sophisticated power pop album, you’d be right. Band members include Waldo Wittenmeyer (keyboards/vocals), Jake Hiebert (drums), Neil Byers (bass), and Willy Jay...

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