Scott Walker: Bish Bosch [Album Review]

Scott Walker Bish Bosch 4AD Records [2012] Fire Note Says: With Bish Bosch, Scott Walker gives listeners another sonic puzzle to solve! Album Review: After talking eleven years to follow up 1984’s Climate of the Hunter with 1995’s Tilt, and talking eleven more years to follow-up Tilt with 2006’s The Drift, Scott Walker has picked … Read more

Jason Isbell And The 400 Unit: Live In Alabama [Album Review]

Jason Isbell And The 400 Unit Live In Alabama Lightning Rod Records (2012) Fire Note Says: This hot live set from Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit hits on Isbell’s solo career as well as his DBT classics! Album Review: It’s hard to believe that Jason Isbell has been a solo act for almost as … Read more

Dinosaur Jr.: Chocomel Daze (Live 1987) [Album Review]

Dinosaur Jr. Chocomel Daze (Live 1987) Merge Records [2012] Fire Note Says:  Celebrate 25 years of You’re Living All Over Me with Chocomel Daze, a rare live show from that era! Album Review: Merge is releasing Chocomel Daze to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Dinosaur Jr’s landmark release, You’re Living All Over Me. Recorded in … Read more

Don Caballaro: Gang Banged With A Headache, And Live [Album Review]

Don Caballaro Gang Banged With A Headache, And Live Joyful Noise Recordings [2012] Fire Note Says: The new Don Cab is intense, brutal, and also a great introduction to the Math Rock pioneers! Album Review: Gang Banged With A Headache, And Live, is an ‘authorized bootleg” from Math/Instrumental Rock dynamos, Don Caballaro. This is one … Read more

Jason Collett: Reckon [Album Review]

Jason Collett Reckon Arts & Crafts Records [2016] Fire Note Says: Reckon is a dark and angry record, wrapped in a pretty folk package. Album Review: Reckon, the 6th solo lp from Broken Social Scene’s Jason Collett, is a protest album, but you might not get that from it on first listen, because Collett has … Read more

Clinic: Free Reign [Album Review]

Clinic Free Reign Domino Records [2012] Fire Note Says: Free Reign finds Clinic doing what they do best, and continuing to add new ingredients to their psychedelic sonic stew! Album Review: There was a point in the early 2000’s where I, like a lot of music fans, were riding hard on the Clinic bandwagon. What … Read more

The Who: Live At Hull 1970 [Album Review]

The Who Live At Hull 1970 Geffen/UMG [2012] Fire Note Says: See Me, Feel Me, Touch Me, Release Me. Album Review: Originally released as part of the Deluxe Edition of Live at Leeds in 2010, The Who-Live at Hull 1970, has finally been given its own standalone release! Recorded the night after Leeds, February 15th … Read more

Helvetia: Nothing In Rambling [Album Review]

Helvetia Nothing In Rambling Joyful Noise Recordings [2012] Fire Note Says: Helvetia mix Olivia Tremor Control and My Bloody Valentine in a blender and come up with Nothing in Rambling! Album Review: Hevetia (pronounced hel-vee-shuh) play a brand of experimental psychedelic indie rock that calls to mind bands like Deerhunter and classic Elephant 6 bands … Read more

Neil Young And Crazy Horse: Psychedelic Pill [Album Review]

Neil Young and Crazy Horse Psychedelic Pill Reprise/Warner Bros. Records [2012] Fire Note Says: Neil Young saddles up the Horse for a long psychedelic journey through the past! Album Review: Until this spring, it had been nearly a decade since Neil Young had saddled up his longtime backing band Crazy Horse and recorded with them. … Read more

Times New Viking: Over & Over EP [Album Review]

Times New Viking Over & Over EP Siltbreeze Records [2012] Fire Note Says: Times New Viking make a triumphant return to Siltbreeze with their new EP! Album Review: You Can Never Go Home Again is the name of a posthumous book by Thomas Wolfe, in which he famously stated that once you have left your … Read more

Godspeed You! Black Emperor: Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend! [Album Review]

Godspeed You! Black Emperor Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend! Constellation Records [2012] Fire Note Says: This is more than a comeback record, it’s a landmark! Album Review: Here’s the thing about instrumental post rock, you almost always know what you are going to get before you put the record on. It’s going to be dramatic, it’s … Read more

Ty Segall: Twins [Album Review]

Ty Segall Twins Drag City Records [2012] Fire Note Says: Segall saves his best of three albums in 2012 for last! Album Review: Ty Segall is walking in rarified air these days. There aren’t many artists who can put out three excellent albums in a year. Ryan Adams tried it with his trilogy of Cold … Read more

Dirty Projectors: Swing Lo Magellan [Album Review]

Dirty Projectors Swing Lo Magellan Domino Records [2012] Fire Note Says: Dirty Projectors give us a beautiful summertime headphone record! Album Review: Is it possible for a record to be both avant garde and accessible at the same time,to be both simple and complex? If the record is Swing Lo Magellan, the new album from … Read more