Black Market Brass: Undying Thirst [Album Review]
Mar24

Black Market Brass: Undying Thirst [Album Review]

Black Market BrassUndying ThirstColemine Records [2020] Black Market Brass is a Minneapolis-based group performing their own brand of originally composed Afrobeat/Afrofunk music, and Undying Thirst is the group’s sophomore album and Colemine Records debut. The instrumental group is comprised of eleven musicians that form such a powerful force together that this record will blow you away. Some might think that you need to be...

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Sleepies: Time v Pleasure [Album Review]
Mar23

Sleepies: Time v Pleasure [Album Review]

Sleepies Time v PleasureSelf-Released [2020] Who: Sleepies awake from their three year hiatus to deliver a unique take on their sound. Sound: Sleepies branch off from their established jangly post-punk sound and dive into the early years of stripped-down post-punk with stunning results. I have been a fan of Sleepies since I heard the herky-jerky Cool Boy in 2012. Weird Wild World, their 2nd LP, was a mind-blowing album and made...

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Shell Of A Shell: Away Team [Album Review]
Feb26

Shell Of A Shell: Away Team [Album Review]

Shell Of A Shell Away TeamExploding In Sound Records [2020] Who: Nashville, Tennessee quartet, Shell of a Shell ramp up the tension for their debut LP. Sound: Shell of a Shell continue to impress. Their sound makes me think of a blend of Pile’s or Rodan’s edginess and unconventional arrangements mixed with a contrasting side of lo-fi folk/indie rock with flourishes of psychedelia. TFN Final Take: Chappy Hull (Gnarwhal/Pile) has upped...

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Greg Dulli: Random Desire [Album Review]
Feb21

Greg Dulli: Random Desire [Album Review]

Greg Dulli Random DesireRoyal Cream/BMG [2020] Greg Dulli may just now be getting around to making a solo studio album, but both as the lead singer for alt/rock heroes Afghan Whigs, and as the creative center of The Twilight Singers he’s cut a wide musical swath across a variety of music genres in his 30-plus year career. Consistently a hard rocking unit, Whigs’ classic albums like Gentlemen (’93), Black Love (’96), and 1965 (’98)...

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Drive-By Truckers: The Unraveling [Album Review]
Jan31

Drive-By Truckers: The Unraveling [Album Review]

Drive-By Truckers The Unraveling ATO Records [2020] Album Review: The Drive-By Truckers are back with their 12th album, an obvious follow-up to their politically charged ’16 release, “American Band.” If anything, on The Unraveling, songwriters Patterson Hood and Mike Cooley have taken their inspiration right from the headlines as they write songs of protest over “Babies In Cages,” the useless...

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Wolf Parade: Thin Mind [Album Review]
Jan24

Wolf Parade: Thin Mind [Album Review]

Wolf Parade Thin Mind Sub Pop Records [2020] Fire Note Says: Wolf Parade, stripped back to the original Montreal power trio, create a strong mix of 80’s new wave sounds and forward-thinking modern rock on Thin Mind, their 5th album. Album Review: Thin Mind, the fifth full-length album from Montreal’s Wolf Parade, arrives with the sonic impact and energy of post-punk/new wave acts from the late 70’s thru mid-80’s like Psychedelic Furs,...

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