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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The Yawpers: Human Question [Album Review]
Jun05

The Yawpers: Human Question [Album Review]

The Yawpers Human Question Bloodshot Records [2019] Fire Note Says: The Yawpers return with a primal scream of roots rock originality that demands to be heard. Album Review: That the Denver-based trio took their name from a piece of Walt Whitman poetry should tell us something, but don’t think quiet library reading rooms. “I sound my barbaric yawp over the roofs of the world,” (“Song of Myself” from Leaves of Grass), points us in a...

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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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Amyl And The Sniffers: Amyl And The Sniffers [Album Review]
May30

Amyl And The Sniffers: Amyl And The Sniffers [Album Review]

Amyl And The Sniffers Amyl And The Sniffers Flightless/ATO Records [2019] Who: Formed in Melbourne, Australia in early 2016, Amyl and The Sniffers wrote, self-recorded and released their debut EP, Giddy Up, all in a span of twelve hours. Already signed to Flightless Records for Australia and New Zealand, the band capped off a monster year by signing with ATO Records for North America and Rough Trade Records for the rest of the world....

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Sad Planets: Akron, Ohio [Album Review]
May30

Sad Planets: Akron, Ohio [Album Review]

Sad Planets Akron, Ohio Tee Pee Records [2019] Album Review: The coming together of two successful rockers with impressive careers to collaborate on a record celebrating their hometown is the kind of idea that sounds great on paper. So, I’m sure that Patrick Carney, the drummer half of The Black Keys, and John Petkovic, who’s played with Guided By Voices, Cobre Verde and Sweet Apple, came together in their common hometown, Akron,...

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