Neil Young: Live At The Cellar Door [Album Review]
Dec11

Neil Young: Live At The Cellar Door [Album Review]

Neil Young Live At The Cellar Door Reprise Records [2013] Fire Note Says: Neil in his prime! Album Review: By now, Neil Young has become a rock music icon, best remembered for a variety of traits: early seminal work with Buffalo Springfield, his hard rocking anthems with Crazy Horse, his role as the ornery one in Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, his political activism (see the Bush-era album Living With War). He’s also model train...

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Jorma Whittaker: Jorma [Album Review]
Dec11

Jorma Whittaker: Jorma [Album Review]

Jorma Whittaker Jorma Joyful Noise Recordings [2013] Fire Note Says: Singer/songwriter Jorma Whittaker will fill your winter indie blahs. Album Review: Do you ever like to sit alone, put on some headphones and just let a singer/songwriter take over your brain? If that is the case then the new solo disc from Marmoset frontman, Jorma Whittaker, is an album that will fill some of your winter indie blahs. Marmoset was known for their...

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Autistic Youth: Nonage [Album Review]
Dec10

Autistic Youth: Nonage [Album Review]

Autistic Youth Nonage Dirtnap Records [2013] Fire Note Says: Autistic Youth bring the punk on their junior LP Nonage. Album Review: Punk rock has been in a weird place for a while now but that does not mean there has not been several quality records released. In fact, it just means there are plenty of bands to discover if this genre is your thing. Portland’s Autistic Youth is one of those groups and they are definitely not new to the...

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Black Flag: What The… [Album Review]
Dec10

Black Flag: What The… [Album Review]

Black Flag What The… SST Records [2013] Fire Note Says: First New Black Flag studio album in 26 years is better than you have heard. Album Review: It’s been 26 years since Black Flag last roared out of SoCal with a new album. 26 years, that’s hard to believe isn’t it? On their new album, What The…, Black Flag guitarist Greg Ginn has enlisted former singer Ron Reyes to join him on 22 short blasts of punk rock that will stand up against...

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Epicycle: You’re Not Gonna Get It [Album Review]
Dec10

Epicycle: You’re Not Gonna Get It [Album Review]

Epicycle You’re Not Gonna Get It HoZac Records [2013] Fire Note Says: Chicago area powerpop/punk band get the anthology treatment. Album Review: File under: could have been big. Or three years of bratty suburban mayhem distilled into one really cool record. During their original incarnation Epicycle put out one LP and a handful of 7″ singles on their own label, Circkle. Unlike fellow Chicago bands Cheap Trick and The Shoes...

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Magik Markers: Surrender To The Fantasy [Album Review]
Dec09

Magik Markers: Surrender To The Fantasy [Album Review]

Magik Markers Surrender To The Fantasy Drag City Records [2013] Fire Note Says: Noise rockers present Surrender To The Fantasy, but is their creativity drying up? Album Review: Magik Markers’ Elisa Ambrogio has said “Nobody would make art if it was sensible, logical, or responsible.” “That‘s why we called the album Surrender To The Fantasy,” she continues. “I think when we were making that album, I even wrote down that we have to...

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