Rick Rude: Verb For Dreaming [Album Review]
Nov19

Rick Rude: Verb For Dreaming [Album Review]

Rick Rude Verb For Dreaming Exploding in Sound Records [2018] Who: New Hampshire’s Rick Rude follow up their brilliant debut with a fine LP that is full of ideas and styles. Sound: Verb for Dreaming sees Rick Rude continuing their penchant for varied styles of rock wrapped up in a LP format. TFN Final Take: Rick Rude’s follow up to their satisfying debut, Make Mine Tuesday, with Verb for Dreaming and for the most part, the results are...

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Hippo Campus: Bambi [Album Review]
Nov08

Hippo Campus: Bambi [Album Review]

Hippo Campus Bambi Grand Jury Music [2018] Fire Note Says: Hippo Campus’s sophomore LP is a stunning achievement. Album Review: St. Paul’s Hippo Campus has emerged over the past few years on the strength of several singles and EP’s. Bambi is their second LP, and it is a revelation. Hippo Campus takes their base sound, which has a loose, funky/groovy feel, and layers so many new elements to it that it sounds like a new band. Almost....

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GØGGS: Pre-Strike Sweep [Album Review]
Nov06

GØGGS: Pre-Strike Sweep [Album Review]

GØGGS Pre-Strike Sweep In The Red [2018] Who: Ty Segall, Charles Moothart (Fuzz, CFM) and Chris Shaw (Ex-Cult) record another rousing fuzz punk record. Sound: GØGGS’ second release proves they are no fluke. Pre-Strike Sweep is a force to be reckoned with. TFN Final Take: I am not a huge Ty Segall fan by any means, I have a few of his albums and have followed a few of his side projects with moderate but never rabid interest. I waded...

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Ty Segall: Fudge Sandwich [Album Review]
Nov01

Ty Segall: Fudge Sandwich [Album Review]

Ty Segall Fudge Sandwich In The Red [2018] Fire Note Says: Ty makes all 11 tracks here his own! Album Review: I typically don’t get too excited about a covers record but Fudge Sandwich from Ty Segall is a template for how to do it right. Ty is not trying here and that is the magic of Fudge Sandwich. He simply recorded songs that he enjoys. You might be thinking this is the opportunity for Ty Segall to show some sort of pop side...

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Mercy Union: The Quarry [Album Review]
Nov01

Mercy Union: The Quarry [Album Review]

Mercy Union The Quarry Self-Released [2018] Fire Note Says: How “super” does a supergroup need to be? Album Review: Mercy Union – the joint effort of Jared Hart from The Scandals and Benny Horowitz of The Gaslight Anthem, plus Rocky Catanese and Nick Jorgensen – is a New Jersey punk rock dream collaboration. But unless you’ve followed the Asbury Park boardwalk beat closely for the past decade or so, you’ve likely never heard of these...

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IDLES: Joy As An Act Of Resistance [Album Review]
Oct25

IDLES: Joy As An Act Of Resistance [Album Review]

IDLES Joy As An Act Of Resistance Partisan Records [2018] Who: Bristol-based joy punks, IDLES have released one of 2018’s finest and vital albums. Sound: Joy as an Act of Resistance is a joyful collection of insightful, important and fun punk rock. TFN Final Take: IDLES were not content to rest on their laurels after last year’s captivating LP, Brutalism. Where most bands have the dreaded sophomore slump, IDLES dug in deep and euded...

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