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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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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Sleep: The Sciences [Album Review]
May11

Sleep: The Sciences [Album Review]

Sleep The Sciences Third Man Records [2018] Fire Note Says: Follow the smoke once more to the riff filled lands. Sleep now presents you with the riff tree Album Review: Over dunes, you’ve walked many miles, your entire body is heavy from the punishing journey. You’ve done as Jerusalem’s sacred texts have said, you followed the smoke. Your journey is coming to an end as you near the cath-weededral. The door opens and a hooded man says,...

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Laura Veirs: The Lookout [Album Review]
May09

Laura Veirs: The Lookout [Album Review]

Laura Veirs The Lookout Raven Marching Band Records [2018] Fire Note Says: Laura Veirs is indie folk’s best-kept secret, and she delivers one of her most rewarding records with The Lookout Album Review: Laura Veirs music effortlessly evokes the cool, misty forests of her Pacific Northwest home-base of Portland, Oregon. Her music has always been closely tied to nature; whether on breezy folk-pop tunes like those that fill Year of...

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Astral Swans: Strange Prison [Album Review]
May07

Astral Swans: Strange Prison [Album Review]

Astral Swans Strange Prison Tiny Room Records [2018] Who: Calgary’s Astral Swans sophomore LP, Strange Prison is a haunting and stark look into the imaginative psyche of songwriter Matthew Swann . Sound: Matthew Swann’s quirky blend of lo-fi melancholic folk rock stays with you long after the album finishes playing. TFN Final Take: 2015’s My Favorite Singers Are Willie Nelson was my introduction to the world of Astral Swan’s...

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Archie And The Bunkers: Songs From The Lodge [Album Review]
Apr25

Archie And The Bunkers: Songs From The Lodge [Album Review]

Archie And The Bunkers Songs From The Lodge Dirty Water Records [2018] Who: Archie and The Bunkers are the Cleveland-based duo of Emmett and Cullen O’Connor, brothers who have been playing music together for as long as they can remember. Songs From The Lodge is the groups sophomore album. Sound: Described as “Hi-Fi organ punk,” Archie and the Bunkers come at you straight ahead with overdriven organ and a cranking drum beat. They are...

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