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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Kishi Bashi: Omoiyari [Album Review]
Jun06

Kishi Bashi: Omoiyari [Album Review]

Kishi Bashi Omoiyari Joyful Noise Recordings [2019] Who: Kaoru Ishibashi, aka Kishi Bashi, is a multi-instrumentalist, and songwriter. He is a founding member of Jupiter One, and, was a member of the group of Montreal before going out on his own. Sound: Kishi Bashi offers a melodic orchestrated indie folk that is delivered with 110% heart and passion. TFN Final Take: There is nothing better than when music and art work together and...

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Snapped Ankles: Stunning Luxury [Album Review]
Jun03

Snapped Ankles: Stunning Luxury [Album Review]

Snapped Ankles Stunning Luxury The Leaf Label [2019] Who: Snapped Ankles are a pseudo-techno/punk band out of London and out of this world. Sound: Stunning Luxury continues Snapped Ankles’ blend of tribal techno mixed with motorik rhythms and post-punk ethos. TFN Final Take: 2019 continues to impress me with a constant stream of great new music so maybe that is my excuse for being late to the game on Snapped Ankles second album,...

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Mavis Staples: We Get By [Album Review]
May31

Mavis Staples: We Get By [Album Review]

Mavis Staples We Get By ANTI- [2019] Fire Note Says: Mavis Staples wraps up her 8th decade by putting her best musical foot forward with the aid of Ben Harper. Album Review: I’ll have whatever it is that Mavis Staples is having. Of course, we’re talking about the hardest working 80 year old working in music today, who started her singing career as an eleven year old in her father’s group, The Staples Singers, where she had pop hits...

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The National: I Am Easy To Find [Album Review]
May22

The National: I Am Easy To Find [Album Review]

The National I Am Easy To Find 4AD [2019] Fire Note Says: If I Am Easy to Find was a debut record, it’d be the best of the year. Album Review: There is a timeline in which, after the release of their breakthrough 2014 record Trouble Will Find Me, The National grew content, decided to avoid musical risks, and abandoned the experimentation that drove them toward indie stardom throughout the 2000s. Fortunately, we’re not on that...

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