Wire: Pink Flag/Chairs Missing/154 (Special Edition Reissues) [Album Review]
May24

Wire: Pink Flag/Chairs Missing/154 (Special Edition Reissues) [Album Review]

Wire Pink Flag (Special Edition Reissue) Pinkflag [2018] Chairs Missing (Special Edition Reissue) Pinkflag [2018] 154 (Special Edition Reissue) Pinkflag [2018] Fire Note Says: Influential British punk band Wire is re-issuing their three earliest albums, including special editions that unearth b-sides, demos, rarities and previously unreleased recordings. Album Review: I think it was Brian Eno who once said that hardly anyone bought...

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High Rise: High Rise II [Album Review]
Feb28

High Rise: High Rise II [Album Review]

High Rise High Rise II Black Edition [1986/2018] Who: High Rise entered into Tokyo’s underground music scene in 1984. High Rise II is their sophomore record of psychedelic garage guitar music from 1986 that has now been reissued newly mixed and mastered by High Rise bassist/vocalist Asahito Nanjo. Sound: High Rise are a full on in your face combination of garage rock, punk and psychedelic no wave. Their noise rock has elements that...

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R.E.M.: Automatic For The People (25th Anniversary Edition) [Album Review]
Jan30

R.E.M.: Automatic For The People (25th Anniversary Edition) [Album Review]

R.E.M. Automatic For The People (25th Anniversary Edition) Craft Recordings [2017] Fire Note Says: A masterpiece for all times! Album Review: R.E.M.’s Automatic For the People is a masterpiece that gets a lot of love on its 25th anniversary. A live disc and 20 demos/outtakes accompany the original album. The extras are interesting and noteworthy; the live performances are nothing new for fans of the band but are still fun. The demos...

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U-Men: U-Men [Album Review]
Nov22

U-Men: U-Men [Album Review]

U-Men U-Men Sub Pop Records [2017] Who: From 1983 to 1987, the U-Men were the hype of the Seattle Underground. The band recorded a handful of singles and one full length album in 1988. This new collection features the U-Men’s entire studio-recorded output plus 5 unreleased songs. Sound: You might expect the early days of full grunge here but even though the U-Men has that spirit they were more a blend of The Sonics, Link Wray, Pere...

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The Replacements: For Sale – Live At Maxwell’s 1986 [Album Review]
Nov16

The Replacements: For Sale – Live At Maxwell’s 1986 [Album Review]

The Replacements For Sale: Live At Maxwell’s 1986 Sire/Rhino [2017] Fire Note Says: Minneapolis’ 80’s punk heroes captured live in all their raw, ragged glory. Album Review: Gather round my children, and I’ll tell you a story about a far distant time called the 80’s when punk bands weren’t mere fashion statements marketed by corporations, a time before cleaned up, processed and packaged acts bought their jeans pre-shredded, their Doc...

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Various Artists: Singles (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack – Deluxe Edition) [Album Review]
May24

Various Artists: Singles (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack – Deluxe Edition) [Album Review]

Various Artists Singles (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack: Deluxe Edition) Sony/Legacy Recordings [2017] Fire Note Says: The soundtrack that captured a change – This is the story of grunge. Album Review: There are not many records that capture an era like the Singles Soundtrack. Grunge stormed the scene in 1991 with the explosion of Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden and Alice In Chains leading the way. It was a movement that...

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