Wire: Pink Flag/Chairs Missing/154 (Special Edition Reissues) [Album Review]
May24

Wire: Pink Flag/Chairs Missing/154 (Special Edition Reissues) [Album Review]

Wire Pink Flag (Special Edition Reissue) Pinkflag [2018] Chairs Missing (Special Edition Reissue) Pinkflag [2018] 154 (Special Edition Reissue) Pinkflag [2018] Fire Note Says: Influential British punk band Wire is re-issuing their three earliest albums, including special editions that unearth b-sides, demos, rarities and previously unreleased recordings. Album Review: I think it was Brian Eno who once said that hardly anyone bought...

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Arctic Monkeys: Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino [Album Review]
May23

Arctic Monkeys: Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino [Album Review]

Arctic Monkeys Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino Domino Records [2018] Fire Note Says: Arctic Monkeys have flipped the switch. Album Review: When its been five years since your last (and biggest) record to date, fans will expect even greater things from you upon your return. That is exactly the feeling most had when it was announced that the Arctic Monkeys would return with album number six – Tranquility Base Hotel &...

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Remember Sports: Slow Buzz [Album Review]
May22

Remember Sports: Slow Buzz [Album Review]

Remember Sports Slow Buzz Father/Daughter Records [2018] Who: Remember Sports is the new name for the band SPORTS. Slow Buzz is the group’s third LP and finds Carmen Perry (vocals, guitar), Jack Washburn (guitar), and Catherine Dwyer (bass) now relocated from Gambier, OH to Philadelphia, PA, while also adding a new drummer in Connor Perry. Sound: Slow Buzz is a good slice of indie rock in the vein of Speedy Ortiz, Superchunk,...

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Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks: Sparkle Hard [Album Review]
May21

Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks: Sparkle Hard [Album Review]

Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks Sparkle Hard Matador Records [2018] Fire Note Says: Stephen Malkmus’ 7th album with The Jicks continues to explore diverse musical approaches from his own post-punk point of view, with the aid of producer Chris Funk, of the Decemberists. Album Review: If you include the 5 albums Stephen Malkmus made as the leader of the 90’s band, Pavement, he’s been steadily producing artful, noisy indie rock for...

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Parquet Courts: Wide Awake! [Album Review]
May18

Parquet Courts: Wide Awake! [Album Review]

Parquet Courts Wide Awake! Rough Trade Records [2018] Who: Indie rock icons, Parquet Courts shift gears and deliver a fresh and vital album. Sound: Parquet Courts join forces with producer Brian Burton, aka Danger Mouse and come dangerously close to recording their best album. TFN Final Take: When I heard that Parquet Courts were teaming up with Danger Mouse for their fifth LP, Wide Awake!, I wasn’t sure what to expect. That may have...

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La Luz: Floating Features [Album Review]
May17

La Luz: Floating Features [Album Review]

La Luz Floating Feature Hardly Art Records [2018] Fire Note Says: The surf is just right with La Luz’s third LP, Floating Features. Album Review: There is a reason that you should always listen to a record more than once before putting it aside. I have been a big fan of La Luz since their 2013 debut It’s Alive but after one spin through Floating Features I thought the band might have regressed some instead of taking all the...

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