Tall Tall Trees: Freedays [Album Review]
Mar22

Tall Tall Trees: Freedays [Album Review]

Tall Tall Trees Freedays Joyful Noise Recordings [2017] Fire Note Says: Tall Tall Trees emerges with a thoughtful, joyful record. Album Review: Mike Savino is Tall Tall Trees; he has also moonlighted as the electric banjo player for Kishi Bashi. Seeing this description intrigued me to check out what he is about. Freedays is Savino’s third official LP and his first released with Joyful Noise Recordings. This puts Savino in the position...

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Feral Ohms: Feral Ohms [Album Review]
Mar21

Feral Ohms: Feral Ohms [Album Review]

Feral Ohms Feral Ohms Silver Current Records [2017] Fire Note Says: The rock Gods are going to enjoy this one! Album Review: Feral Ohms hail from Oakland, California and you may remember this power trio when we covered their Live In San Francisco release back in January. Now, the band has finally released their much anticipated self-titled studio debut and there is no other way to describe it but as a full-on rock assault. If you...

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Spoon: Hot Thoughts [Album Review]
Mar20

Spoon: Hot Thoughts [Album Review]

Spoon Hot Thoughts Matador Records [2017] Fire Note Says: Austin’s Spoon returns with another strong collection, emphasizing keyboards over a disco beat, and jazzy inclinations. Album Review: In a world that is constantly changing, and as likely to disappoint as often as it pleases, we’ll always be able to count on Spoon, the Austin indie rock band that continues to give up the goods on their 9th studio album since first recording 21...

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The Shins: Heartworms [Album Review]
Mar17

The Shins: Heartworms [Album Review]

The Shins Heartworms Aural Apothecary/Columbia Records [2017] Fire Note Says: The Shins bring a creative, cool, and connected song-craft. Album Review: Like most everybody else, I first discovered The Shins in that great scene in the coming of age movie “Garden State” (2004) where Zach Braff’s character tries on the headphones of Natalie Portman to hear a brief snippet of the song “New Slang,” from the band’s 2001 debut album, Oh,...

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Clap Your Hands Say Yeah: The Tourist [Album Review]
Mar16

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah: The Tourist [Album Review]

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah The Tourist CYHSY, Inc. [2017] Who: CYHSY’s fifth LP has Alec Ounsworth steering the band back on course . Sound: The Tourist has a handful of tracks that will remind you of why CYHSY were such indie rock darlings in 2005. TFN Final Take: To be honest, I was surprised to find out that this was the fifth Clap Your Hands Say Yeah LP. I abandoned ship after their universally panned sophomore effort failed to live...

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Ha Ha Tonka: Heart-Shaped Mountain [Album Review]
Mar15

Ha Ha Tonka: Heart-Shaped Mountain [Album Review]

Ha Ha Tonka Heart-Shaped Mountain Bloodshot Records [2017] Fire Note Says: Stretching the category of roots rock, Ha Ha Tonka mix a variety 80’s classic alternative sounds with an organic country rock flare. Album Review: A decade into their relationship with Bloodshot Records, Ha Ha Tonka release their 5th album of rootsy Mid-American college rock and Ozark mountain music. Formed in West Plains, Missouri, way at the bottom of the...

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