BIRDS: Everything All At Once [Album Review]
Aug16

BIRDS: Everything All At Once [Album Review]

BIRDS Everything All At Once Greenway Records [2017] Who: Brooklyn band BIRDS is the quartet of Duane Lauginiger (guitar, vocals), Jessica Reynoza (bass, vocals), Jess Rees (guitar), and Tim Plunkett (drums). Everything All At Once is the bands debut record. Sound: BIRDS offer a very organic free flowing fuzzed-out mix of psychedelic rock that sways around some in the Elephant 6 Collective style like an Apples In Stereo and The...

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Needles//Pins: Good Night, Tomorrow [Album Review]
Aug15

Needles//Pins: Good Night, Tomorrow [Album Review]

Needles//Pins Good Night, Tomorrow Mint/Dirt Cult Records [2017] Who: Vancouver power trio Needles//Pins began in 2009 and now have released their third LP with Good Night, Tomorrow. Sound: The band belts out gruff punk rock melodies that can send you back to the sound of The Buzzcocks, while hitting the sweet spot of 90’s punk like Face To Face, Screeching Weasel, The Mr. T Experience and Down By Law. TFN Final Take: No matter how...

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Finn’s Motel: Jupiter Rex [Album Review]
Aug15

Finn’s Motel: Jupiter Rex [Album Review]

Finn’s Motel Jupiter Rex Victory Over Gravity Records [2017] Fire Note Says: Jupiter Rex. Thebeau has found his own voice, still connecting with those great early 80s influences, but not stuck there. Album Review: When you’ve been writing and recording music in relative obscurity for close to 30 years, as has Joe Thebeau, you reach a point where you stop worrying about what’s hot and what’s not, quit worrying about which influence...

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Perfume Genius: No Shape [Album Review]
Aug14

Perfume Genius: No Shape [Album Review]

Perfume Genius No Shape Matador Records [2017] Fire Note Says: Perfume Genius is perfectly realized on their latest. Album Review: Mike Hadreas, who performs as Perfume Genius, is a star that continues to burn brighter and brighter. No Shape, his fourth full-length album, sees the artist perform and compose with confidence and experience. Hadreas excels in writing music that is theatrical and moving. Having reviewed Foxygen’s latest...

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MIND MELD: MIND MELD [Album Review]
Aug10

MIND MELD: MIND MELD [Album Review]

MIND MELD MIND MELD Permanent Records [2017] Who: Los Angeles, MIND MELD has been creating a buzz since 2015. The trio have several singles under their rock belt and now a self-titled full-length debut. Sound: MIND MELD plays a heavy psychedelic garage rock that has modern flare like Thee Oh Sees and Ty Segall but plenty of classic swagger that brings back thoughts of Gories and the Stooges. TFN Final Take: MIND MELD is one of those...

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Guided By Voices: How Do You Spell Heaven [Album Review]
Aug09

Guided By Voices: How Do You Spell Heaven [Album Review]

Guided By Voices How Do You Spell Heaven GBV, Inc. [2017] Fire Note Says: The revamped Guided By Voices continue their hot streak with an instant classic. Album Review: You can be forgiven for missing some of Robert Pollard’s output – the discography is indeed deep and daunting. That said, let me put this right out front: there are no excuses for skipping this one. Technically, this is the twenty-fourth GbV album (not...

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