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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Switzerland: Long Gone [Album Review]
Mar15

Switzerland: Long Gone [Album Review]

Switzerland Long Gone Popical Island [2017] Who: Switzerland is an Irish four-piece band. Sound: Jangle rock with a sharp edge. TFN Final Take: Long Gone is Switzerland’s debut full-length. The Irish band definitely bring strong musical chops to the proceedings. Some may find the vocals to be a notch off-kilter in quality. I often had the experience of really getting into the intro of a song and then needing to adjust my ear once the...

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The Proper Ornaments: Foxhole [Album Review]
Mar09

The Proper Ornaments: Foxhole [Album Review]

The Proper Ornaments Foxhole Slumberland Records [2017] Who: The Proper Ornaments is the project of James Hoare (Ultimate Painting, Veronica Falls) and Max Oscarnold (Toy, Pink Flames). Foxhole is the groups sophomore album. Sound: Given the members it should be no surprise that The Proper Ornaments embrace the softer side of indie rock. They have the slickness of Teenage Fanclub and an extreme nod to The Beatles. Their debut had more...

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Meatbodies: Alice [Album Review]
Mar07

Meatbodies: Alice [Album Review]

Meatbodies Alice In The Red Records [2017] Who: Meatbodies are a California-based trio with connections to Fuzz and Mikal Cronin . Sound: Alice is a heavy psychedelic stoner rock epic. Fans of Ty Segall, Wand, Fuzz and Mikal Cronin will eat this up. TFN Final Take: Alice is fantastic. Chad Ubovich (Fuzz, Mikal Cronin) Kevin Boog and Patrick Nolan have created a thoroughly entertaining fuzzed out album that blends bits of 70’s era Pink...

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Foxygen: Hang [Album Review]
Mar07

Foxygen: Hang [Album Review]

Foxygen Hang Jagjaguwar Records [2016] Who: Foxygen is an indie rock duo from California. Sound: Glam rock for the modern age. TFN Final Take: Foxygen really doubles down with the glam rock on their fourth LP, Hang. At times it seems more like a Broadway cast recording rather than a rock album, which makes for a distinct listening experience. While it remains interesting it isn’t necessarily engaging; all of the posturing and...

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Sleaford Mods: English Tapas [Album Review]
Mar02

Sleaford Mods: English Tapas [Album Review]

Sleaford Mods English Tapas Rough Trade Records [2017] Who: Ghetto-tech beats fused with punk rock rant/rap from Nottingham, UK. Sound: Sleaford Mods 4th LP sees the UK duo belting out another albums worth of pissed off English banter layered with beats, bass and mixed results. TFN Final Take: English Tapas is very uneven. There is no getting around that fact. Out of the 12 tracks, I found four that I loved, three that were OK and the...

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