Deerhunter: Why Hasn’t Everything Already Disappeared? [Album Review]
Jan17

Deerhunter: Why Hasn’t Everything Already Disappeared? [Album Review]

Deerhunter Why Hasn’t Everything Already Disappeared? 4AD [2019] Fire Note Says: Rock’s last great hope? Deerhunter makes a strong case on their eighth full-length. Album Review: Deerhunter saves the world! Wouldn’t that be nice? All the ragged dreams of a future in which guitar-driven rock music rules the airwaves rest on the shoulders of just a few daring artists. Bradford Cox and his gang are among them. They may...

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The C.I.A.: The C.I.A. [Album Review]
Jan14

The C.I.A.: The C.I.A. [Album Review]

The C.I.A. The C.I.A. In The Red [2018] Who: The C.I.A. was the sixth Ty Segall related album of 2018 and is a collaboration with his wife, Denée Segall, and Emmett Kelly (The Cairo Gang), a longtime member of his band. Sound: Denée Segall takes the lead vocal duties here and gives a punk delivery that is similar to Perfect Pussy and the Red Aunts while the music has the speed of Ty’s GØGGS. TFN Final Take: Ty Segall is always...

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Richard Lloyd: The Countdown [Album Review]
Jan08

Richard Lloyd: The Countdown [Album Review]

Richard Lloyd The Countdown Plowboy Records [2018] Fire Note Says: Richard Lloyd, formerly of the band Television, and guitarist for Matthew Sweet, as well as the author of one last year’s great rock star memoirs, “Everything Is Combustible,” has a new collection of songs that comes for free inside the just released paperback edition, a solid rock album, The Countdown. Album Review: It’s a shame, really, that Richard Lloyd is not a...

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Midnight Oil: Armistice Day – Live At The Domain, Sydney [Album Review]
Jan03

Midnight Oil: Armistice Day – Live At The Domain, Sydney [Album Review]

Midnight Oil Armistice Day: Live At The Domain, Sydney Sony Music [2018] Fire Note Says: The “Power And the Passion” lives on with this new burning live set from Midnight Oil. Album Review: One of the best bits of news early in 2017, was that Midnight Oil had reformed, and was planning a global tour, including 13 dates in the U.S. Although, Australia’s Midnight Oil had made a strong impression on alternative music fans in...

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Muse: Simulation Theory [Album Review]
Jan02

Muse: Simulation Theory [Album Review]

Muse Simulation Theory Warner Bros. Records [2018] Fire Note Says: On their 8th album, Muse loosens the concept formula enough for more humanity to shine through their larger-than-life arena rock anthems. Album Review: Muse’s 8th album in their nearly 20 year career, starts off with a rhythmic drum beat that could easily have been designed by a computer programmed to imitate a human creation, thus the song’s title: “Algorithm.” In the...

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Jeff Tweedy: WARM [Album Review]
Dec14

Jeff Tweedy: WARM [Album Review]

Jeff Tweedy WARM dBpm Records [2018] Fire Note Says: Jeff Tweedy, of Wilco and Uncle Tupelo, delivers a singer/songwriter solo turn that touches base with his roots rock/alt country origins. Album Review: One of the factors that attracts us to a certain writer, artist or musician is an ineffable sense that they have something in common with us, a connection, an empathetic understanding. When an artist is described as an “everyman,”...

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