Guided By Voices: Sweating The Plague [Album Review]
Oct24

Guided By Voices: Sweating The Plague [Album Review]

Guided By Voices Sweating The Plague GBV, Inc. [2019] TFN Album Review: Sweating The Plague is Guided By Voices third album release in 2019 and I feel it is their best. That statement alone could be debated for weeks, and already has in GBV groups across the land, but when the last strum of guitar fades for a second on the final track “Sons of The Beard,” Plague represents one of the most cohesive 12 song sequences the band has...

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Tool: Fear Inoculum [Album Review]
Oct21

Tool: Fear Inoculum [Album Review]

Tool Fear Inoculum RCA Records [2019] Fire Note Says: 13 years later Tool reawakens to deliver one of the most anticipated albums ever. Album Review: Speaking on Tool’s fifth album, Fear Inoculum, lead vocalist Maynard James Keenan, says, “the album covers the idea of embracing where we are right now, acknowledging where we’ve come from and some of the things we’ve gone through.” Now, I believe that...

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Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds: Ghosteen [Ablum Review]
Oct16

Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds: Ghosteen [Ablum Review]

Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds Ghosteen Ghosteen Ltd. [2019] Album Review: Even though we’d been told that the 2016 release from Nick Cave And the Bad Seeds, Skeleton Tree, had been written before the tragic death of his 15-year-old son, Arthur, the album’s stark, grief-stricken music and Cave’s emotional rendering of the song’s lyrics, adding the occasional reference to his son, felt more like a death dirge than a piece of pop music....

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Gong Gong Gong: Phantom Rhythm [Album Review]
Oct09

Gong Gong Gong: Phantom Rhythm [Album Review]

Gong Gong Gong Phantom Rhythm Wharf Cat Records [2019] Who: Guitar-and-bass duo Gong Gong Gong are from Beijing’s underground indie scene and Phantom Rhythm is their debut LP. Sound: Phantom Rhythm is a psychedelic blues jam that also has an energetic jazz and surf background that is sewn together by Cantonese lyrics. TFN Final Take: A guitar-and-bass duo singing in Cantonese is a combination I would have never put together but...

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WIVES: So Removed [Album Review]
Oct03

WIVES: So Removed [Album Review]

WIVES So Removed City Slang [2019] Who: So Removed is the debut album from Queens, NY-based post-punks WIVES. Sound: WIVES have the New York swagger of The Strokes, channel the DC post-hardcore of Girls Against Boys, contain an edge of The Fall and bring out a similar Frank Black type Pixies vocal delivery. TFN Final Take: Right off the bat, from opening track “Waving Past Nirvana,” you will instantly connect to the coolness of WIVES....

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Kal Marks: Let The Shit House Burn Down [Album Review]
Oct02

Kal Marks: Let The Shit House Burn Down [Album Review]

Kal Marks Let The Shit House Burn Down Exploding in Sound Records [2019] Who: Boston’s Kal Marks rip their way through a 5-track EP, laying everything to waste with their wonderfully grotesque sound. Sound: Kal Marks make beautiful, grungy noise. Off-putting to some, but it draws me in every time. TFN Final Take: Let The Shit House Burn Down doesn’t waste any time. This 5-track EP is efficient. Lean and mean Kal Marks’ noise rock. “Nu...

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