Jay Som: Anak Ko [Album Review]
Dec05

Jay Som: Anak Ko [Album Review]

Jay Som Anak Ko Polyvinyl Records [2019] TFN Album Review: If you have been a fan of Jay Som, aka Melina Duterte, since her early work was on the Intranet (and then captured on 2016’s Turn Into) you already have a sense that some of her best work was to come. Anak Ko represents her proper sophomore record and was written during a week-long period in Joshua Tree. Duterte once again engineered, mixed and produced the album but the...

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Chris Taylor: Lovers, Thieves, Fools + Pretenders [Album Review]
Dec04

Chris Taylor: Lovers, Thieves, Fools + Pretenders [Album Review]

Chris Taylor Lovers, Thieves, Fools + Pretenders Self-Released [2019] Album Review: While I’ve been a fan and acquaintance of San Antonio singer/songwriter, band leader and visual artist Chris Taylor for more than two decades, I have to admit when I recently checked out his bandcamp page, it was immediately obvious that he’s a lot more prolific than I’ve been aware. In the 90’s, Taylor fronted the band Love Coma, which had Matt Slocum...

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The Murder Capital: When I Have Fears [Album Review]
Dec03

The Murder Capital: When I Have Fears [Album Review]

The Murder Capital When I Have Fears Human Season Records [2019] TFN Album Review: The debut album from Dublin’s The Murder Capital plays everything out front with its heart on its sleeve. The post-punk moodiness is dark as this group can turn the amps up on a dime and can transition from sounding like The Cure to Parquet Courts in a moment. That confidence is what will sell you on The Murder Capital as they have dynamic shift changes...

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The Flaming Lips: The Soft Bulletin – Live At Red Rocks [Album Review]
Dec02

The Flaming Lips: The Soft Bulletin – Live At Red Rocks [Album Review]

The Flaming Lips The Soft Bulletin: Live At Red Rocks Warner Records [2019] Fire Note Says: The Flaming Lips join together with the Colorado Symphony to recreate their 1999 masterpiece “The Soft Bulletin” at the landmark Red Rocks Amphitheatre. Album Review: Back in 2016, somebody had the smarts to imagine a 20th anniversary celebration of Oklahoma City’s Flaming Lips’ breakout 1999 release, The Soft Bulletin, complete with a live...

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Joe Henry: The Gospel According To Water [Album Review]
Nov29

Joe Henry: The Gospel According To Water [Album Review]

Joe Henry The Gospel According To Water earMUSIC [2019] Fire Note Says: Joe Henry’s 15th album arises out of a dire diagnosis, with reflections on mortality the befit a celebration of life. Album Review: Joe Henry’s 15th studio album, The Gospel According to Water, is unlike any other record you’ll listen to this year. All but two of the songs were written this year between Valentine’s Day and Father’s Day, after Henry was diagnosed...

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Paul Orwell: SMUT [Album Review]
Nov27

Paul Orwell: SMUT [Album Review]

Paul Orwell SMUT Heavy Soul! Records [2019] TFN Album Review: Sixties influenced London rocker Paul Orwell has returned with his third record SMUT and it is a retro sounding barn burner. It’s loud, it’s brash and it does not take much time hitting any brakes. This carefree delivery by Orwell is his engaging quality and it never matters if his voice is out front or boosted with effect because he always demands your attention. Much like...

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