FUZZ: Live In San Francisco [Album Review]
Dec13

FUZZ: Live In San Francisco [Album Review]

FUZZ Live In San Francisco Castle Face Records [2013] Fire Note Says: The Live In San Francisco series keeps cooking with the ever burly FUZZ. Album Review: I‘m a huge FUZZ fiend. Not only was their debut s/t album something to get excited for (TFN Review), but the collection of 45s leading up to its release only excited the FUZZ fervor. That‘s why FUZZ’s Live In San Francisco hit me with a slight amount of bother. The energy is there...

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The Younger Lovers: Sugar In My Pocket [Album Review]
Dec13

The Younger Lovers: Sugar In My Pocket [Album Review]

Younger Lovers Sugar In My Pocket Southpaw Records [2013] Fire Note Says: Super catchy lo fi indie pop with high replay value. Album Review: Sugar in My Pocket, the new album from Younger Lovers is exactly the kind of record I enjoy discovering. Its 12 songs fly by in just about 22 minutes, so It is really easy to get a lot of quality listens in of the record without having to carve out a lot of time to do it in. Lead Lover Brontez...

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Black Books: Black Books [Album Review]
Dec13

Black Books: Black Books [Album Review]

Black Books Black Books Self-Released [2013] Fire Note Says: This may be Black Books’ first album, but they’ve clearly done their homework. Album Review: The biographical blurb on Black Books’ BandCamp page notes that the band has been “playing music together since forever.” It shows. Their debut album is by no means a classic, but it’s a much more polished affair than most first outings, and it hints that there could be great things...

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Jeffrey Novak: Lemon Kid [Album Review]
Dec12

Jeffrey Novak: Lemon Kid [Album Review]

Jeffrey Novak Lemon Kid Trouble In Mind Records [2013] Fire Note Says: Lemon Kid puts a different twist on that familiar Garage Rock sound. Album Review: The music of Tennessee native, Jeffrey Novak, calls to mind another Tennessean, Jay Reatard. Novak doesn’t particularly sound like Reatard, but he does share a unique ability to pull a great pop melody seemingly out of thin air and then apply it to a multitude of styles. It’s all...

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Bill Mallonee & Muriah Rose: Town Hall [Album Review]
Dec12

Bill Mallonee & Muriah Rose: Town Hall [Album Review]

Bill Mallonee & Muriah Rose Town Hall Self-Released [2013] Fire Note Says: Bill Mallonee is a singer/songwriter to discover – again. Album Review: Bill Mallonee is probably one of the more talented singer/songwriters out there that most people have simply forgot about. He is still better known as the lead singer of Athens, Georgia group Vigilantes of Love, but over the last decade Bill has released over 50 albums as a solo...

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Yes: The Studio Albums 1969-1987 Box Set [Album Review]
Dec12

Yes: The Studio Albums 1969-1987 Box Set [Album Review]

Yes The Studio Albums 1969-1987 Atlantic Records [2013] Fire Note Says: A box set from progressive rock kings Yes – just in time for Christmas! Album Review: There is absolutely no need for this box set’s existence and yet I am overjoyed that it’s here. The only thing that’s new here is a re-mastered version of 1987’s Big Generator. Not quite a career-spanning set (it leaves off twenty-five years of...

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