Cracker: Berkeley To Bakersfield [Album Review]
Dec16

Cracker: Berkeley To Bakersfield [Album Review]

Cracker Berkeley To Bakersfield 429 Records [2014] Fire Note Says: Cracker still matters 20 years later. Album Review: Okay, let’s begin with a favorite rock star interview moment. Back in 1994, Cracker was on tour promoting its successful sophomore effort, Kerosene Hat, in an opening slot with Gin Blossoms and headliner Spin Doctors in major amphitheaters. Speaking of his tour-mates, Cracker front-man David Lowery spoke kindly about...

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Matthew Melton: Outside Of Paradise [Album Review]
Dec12

Matthew Melton: Outside Of Paradise [Album Review]

Matthew Melton Outside Of Paradise Southpaw Records [2014] Fire Note Says: Matthew Melton hits all the right chords on catchy sophomore outing. Album Review: From the opening guitar ramble on Matthew Melton’s sophomore album, Outside of Paradise, you just know that you are in for a really cool lo-fi garage ride. You may know Melton better from his resume of bands that includes Snake Flower 2, Bare Wires and most recently Warm Soda....

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Ty Segall: $ingle$ 2 [Album Review]
Dec12

Ty Segall: $ingle$ 2 [Album Review]

Ty Segall $ingle$ 2 Drag City Records [2014] Fire Note Says: A fantastic collection of non-album singles and b sides brings 2014 to the perfect end for Ty Segall fans. Album Review: How does Ty Segall cap off a brilliant 2014, a year that saw him releasing the best album of his career and one of the top 2 or 3 records of 2014? How about releasing a compilation of singles and b sides from the past two years or so, sounds good to me,...

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Guided By Voices: Beer Thousand Box Set [Review]
Dec10

Guided By Voices: Beer Thousand Box Set [Review]

If you are a Guided By Voices fan then you have probably been on the hunt for the newly released Dogfish Head Beer Thousand box set. Not only does it come with six 750ml bottles of imperial lager but accompanying the beer release is a Guided By Voices 10-inch record with 10 songs recorded live June 25, 1994, during the “Insects of Rock” tour. The “Insects of Rock” tour was the first “major” tour for...

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The New Basement Tapes: Lost On The River [Album Review]
Dec10

The New Basement Tapes: Lost On The River [Album Review]

The New Basement Tapes Lost On The River Harvest Records [2014] Fire Note Says: A pleasant exploration of early Dylan through the eyes of some very different songwriters. Of course, the original “Basement Tapes,” were recordings made in Woodstock, NY in 1967, when Bob Dylan, recovering from a motorcycle accident, spent 5 months woodsheding songs with a handful of players – Rick Danko, Levon Helm, Robbie Robertson, Richard Manuel, and...

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Christian Bland & The Revelators: The Unseen Green Obscene [Album Review]
Dec09

Christian Bland & The Revelators: The Unseen Green Obscene [Album Review]

Christian Bland & The Revelators The Unseen Green Obscene The Reverberation Appreciation Society [2014] Fire Note Says: Christian Bland and the Revelators third album is an homage to past heroes. Album Review: The Black Angels’ Passover just so happens to be considered a modern day psychedelic classic. With its dark titles, imagery, and piercing sounds Passover could have been conceived in the Apocalypse Now’s LSD laced, tribal...

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