The People’s Temple: More For The Masses [Album Review]

The People’s Temple More For The Masses HoZac Records [2012] Fire Note Says: The People’s Temple have the tunes to match their swagger! Album Review: In late 2011, The People’s Temple first showed up on my radar with their album, Sons of Stone, which was a nice piece of Byrds via Black Rebel Motorcycle Club rock and roll. It was garage in spots, psychedelic in other spots, and generally a solid record which as we moved into 2012...

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Black Marble: A Different Arrangement [Album Review]

Black Marble A Different Arrangement Hardly Art Records [2012] Fire Note Says: For those who want (slightly) more ‘joy’ in their Joy Division. Album Review: Influences can be a tricky thing, especially if you wear them on your sleeve as plainly as Brooklyn duo Black Marble does. Chris Stewart and Ty Kube’s debut LP A Different Arrangement takes the post-punk sound of Ian Curtis and Company and runs with it, content to use the insular,...

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How To Destroy Angels: An Omen EP [Album Review]

How To Destroy Angels An Omen EP Columbia Records [2012] Fire Note Says: Reznor’s new How to Destroy Angels EP is a blend between beautiful and forgettable. Album Review: Back in the 90’s, Reznor and others through music, art, and music video made being an angst ridden freak an interesting idea. But with Nine Inch Nails on hiatus, and an even more ambient turn on his last projects under the NIN banner, Reznor has maybe left that...

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Peter Buck: Peter Buck [Album Review]

Peter Buck Peter Buck Mississippi-MRP Records [2012] Fire Note Says: Peter Buck goes solo (with help from some friends) and branches out in new yet familiar ways. Album Review: Peter Buck’s voice sounds like a belch being let out slowly through an old-time fire-stoker.  In spite of this I really enjoyed Peter Buck’s new solo record.  Now that I have that out of the way, let me get to the album review.  Buck is releasing his...

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Sleeping Bag: Women Of Your Life [Album Review]

Sleeping Bag Women Of Your Life Joyful Noise Recordings [2012] Fire Note Says:  Sleeping Bag’s sophomore record is another great slice of well-done slacker rock! Album Review:  I am a big sucker for slacker rock and Bloomington, Indiana band Sleeping Bag nail it. Their self-titled debut was just out last year in August and ended up at #29 on our Top 50 albums of the year, so I had high expectations for the follow up. I will admit that...

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The Babies: Our House On The Hill [Album Review]

The Babies Our House On The Hill Woodsist Records [2012] Fire Note Says: No “Sophomore Slump” for The Babies on Our House on the Hill! Album Review: Although originally conceived as a side project between Woods member Kevin Morby and Cassie Ramones from Vivian Girls, one thing is clear from the first song on The Babies 2nd album, Our House on the Hill, this doesn’t sound like a side project. The Babies really benefited from...

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