Pink Mexico: DUMP [Album Review]
May14

Pink Mexico: DUMP [Album Review]

Pink Mexico DUMP Little Dickman/Burger Records [2019] Who: Brooklyn-based grunge/fuzz act Pink Mexico return with their 3rd LP. Sound: DUMP picks up where 2016’s Fool left off. The fuzz and buzz are still there, Pink Mexico has not lost a thing. TFN Final Take: I have been smitten with Pink Mexico since their debut album in 2013. 6 years later, I am still in love. Pink Mexico’s brand of grungy fuzz rock has a life of its own. Many...

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Filthy Friends: Emerald Valley [Album Review]
May10

Filthy Friends: Emerald Valley [Album Review]

Filthy Friends Emerald Valley Kill Rock Stars [2019] Fire Note Says: Sleater-Kinney vocalist Corin Tucker and R.E.M.’s Peter Buck take Filthy Friends out for a fun second round that takes on the President, the environment and other matters of substance. Album Review: Filthy Friends, the alternative rock super-group of sorts, featuring R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck and singer Corin Tucker of Sleater-Kinney, have returned with a second...

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Pile: Green And Gray [Album Review]
May02

Pile: Green And Gray [Album Review]

Pile Green and Gray Exploding in Sound Records [2019] Who: Boston-based Pile are back with a sprawling and epic-sounding 7th LP. Sound: Green and Gray, sounds like a Pile record, it is a lot slower, longer, more nuanced, but still has impact. It just takes time to get there. TFN Final Take: By the time most bands get to their 2nd or 3rd LP, they have already lost steam and are out of ideas. Not so for Pile. There are still ideas and...

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Guided By Voices: Warp And Woof [Album Review]
Apr25

Guided By Voices: Warp And Woof [Album Review]

Guided By Voices Warp And Woof GBV, Inc. [2019] Fire Note Says: After a couple recent near-masterpieces, Guided By Voices release the uniquely-curated album Warp And Woof! Album Review: As I sit here on a beautiful spring day in Bellefontaine, Ohio my mind keeps wandering. How do cell phones work? Why do people watch Fox News? How do birds find their way south each winter? Why won’t the in-law’s just move out already? But...

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Various Artists: Soul Slabs Vol. 2 [Album Review]
Apr23

Various Artists: Soul Slabs Vol. 2 [Album Review]

Various Artists Soul Slabs Vol. 2 Colemine Records [2019] Who: Soul Slabs Vol. 2 is a collection of A-sides from the 7-inch catalog of Loveland Ohio’s Colemine Records. Sound: This compilation features the Colemine spirit with plenty of heavy soul, jazz, funk, and R&B. TFN Final Take: If you have been enjoying the growth of the neo-soul movement then you should be no stranger to Colemine Records. The label has already...

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Andrew Bird: My Finest Work Yet [Album Review]
Apr19

Andrew Bird: My Finest Work Yet [Album Review]

Andrew Bird My Finest Work Yet Vista Loma Recordings [2019] Fire Note Says: Andrew Bird’s 10th solo album takes on the world of politics with artful music, clever, literate lyrics, and lots of violin and whistling. Album Review: Andrew Bird, the singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, most often associated with his violin playing, has been plugging away producing smart, fun, classically-influenced indie-rock, with the rare...

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