Smug Brothers: All Blur And Spark [Album Review]
Jul08

Smug Brothers: All Blur And Spark [Album Review]

Smug Brothers All Blur And Spark Gas Daddy Go! Records [2019] Who: Dayton, Ohio-based Smug Brothers release another charming and quite satisfying album. Sound: All Blur and Spark is an impressive kaleidoscope of songs that were born from the GoFundMe endeavor to press their last album, Attic Harvest, to vinyl. TFN Final Take: All Blur and Spark is 11 tracks of intoxicating Smug Brothers magic. Fans who donated $50 or more to the...

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black midi: Schlagenheim [Album Review]
Jul05

black midi: Schlagenheim [Album Review]

black midi Schlagenheim Rough Trade Records [2019] Who: The young London quartet black midi basically came out of nowhere and built a super buzz leading up to this debut. Sound: Post punk for a new generation with some extraordinary drumming and the ability to move through multiple genres on the turn of a dime. TFN Final Take: The members of black midi are barley out of high school but sound light years older with the creative...

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Mannequin Pussy: Patience [Album Review]
Jul02

Mannequin Pussy: Patience [Album Review]

Mannequin Pussy Patience Epitaph Records [2019] Who: Philadelphia’s Mannequin Pussy have just released their third LP and first for Epitaph Records. Sound: Melodic powerful punk rock that can hum like Cherry Glazerr and Charley Bliss with the snarl of Amyl and the Sniffers and Bikini Kill. TFN Final Take: I remember being impressed with Mannequin Pussy’s raw energy on their debut, Gypsy Pervert back in 2014. The band seemed to...

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Bill Callahan: Shepherd In A Sheepskin Vest [Album Review]
Jun27

Bill Callahan: Shepherd In A Sheepskin Vest [Album Review]

Bill Callahan Shepherd In A Sheepskin Vest Drag City Records [2019] Who: After almost 20 years behind Smog for his music, Bill Callahan has had his name on the spine now for five solo records. Sound: Singer/songwriter with level baritone. Fans of Bonnie “Prince” Billy, Sun Kill Moon and Nick Cave will enjoy. TFN Final Take: Are you ready for Bill Callahan to tell you his next set of stories? You better be because not only...

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Dumb: Club Nites [Album Review]
Jun18

Dumb: Club Nites [Album Review]

Dumb Club Nites Mint Records [2019] Who: Vancouver’s Dumb are a lot smarter than their name implies. They have released one of the best records of 2019. Sound: Dumb are often compared to their post-punk contemporaries, Parquet Courts, and not without reason, but they are so much more than that. In some aspects, they are better. TFN Final Take: Fresh off their brilliant 2018 album, Seeing Green, Dumb were not content to rest on their...

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SIZ: Liquid [Album Review]
Jun14

SIZ: Liquid [Album Review]

SIZ Liquid Flippin’ Freaks [2019] Who: SIZ hail from Bordeaux, France and they are all about some 90’s grunge/fuzz-tinged with a steady dose of heavy shoegaze and psychedelic rock. Sound: Liquid is a satisfying blend of different genres of 90s indie rock, and at the same time sound like they belong in the same collective as a Ty Segall offshoot band. TFN Final Take: Thank goodness for indie music blogs. I would miss out so much...

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