Karate Boogaloo – “One Hand One Bounce” [Video]

Karate Boogaloo are proud to present Hold Your Horses, a mesmerizing new long-playing disc of original instrumental tunes from Melbourne, Australia’s most dedicated. Following last month’s release of their lead single “The Early Bird Catches” KB are set to drop their latest single “One Hand One Bounce”. This track represents the overall tone of the album; spacious and introspective, with moody … Read more

Ghost Funk Orchestra: A Trip To The Moon [Album Review]

Ghost Funk OrchestraA Trip To The MoonColemine/Karma Chief Records [2024]   Album Overview: A Trip To The Moon is the fourth full-length album from Ghost Funk Orchestra, the brainchild of producer and multi-instrumentalist Seth Applebaum. An immersive and playful song-cycle inspired by moon missions past and present, fact and fiction, the album adds new elements … Read more

Fire Track: Thee Sinseers – “Can’t Do That To Her”

Introducing the long awaited LP from Thee Sinseers! The first single “Can’t Do That To Her” instantly hits with staccato harmonies that create a catchy, joyous sound. The group’s vocal harmonies, paired expertly with the tone of Quinones’ voice, showcase their signature sweet soul sound. Bounce along as Southern California’s premiere “souldies” group ushers to the world their … Read more

Ghost Funk Orchestra – “Again” [Video]

February 2024 sees Ghost Funk Orchestra blast off into new territory on their fifth album, A Trip To The Moon. The second single from the LP is “Again,” an emotionally charged example of a song which seems to be a record of a breakthrough moment. Romi Hanoch’s vocal performance climaxes in an arresting gut wrenching intensity and is matched throughout the song … Read more

Fire Track: Ghost Funk Orchestra – “To The Moon!”

February 2024 sees Ghost Funk Orchestra blast off into new territory on their fifth album, A Trip To The Moon. In just over a minute, Opening, the aptly titled first track, encapsulates a sense of what’s to come for those along for the adventure. Sci-fi synth waves build into the sophisticated sounds that saturated radios and hifi sets as … Read more

Kendra Morris: I Am What I’m Waiting For [Album Review]

Kendra MorrisI Am What I’m Waiting ForColemine/Karma Chief Records [2023] When Kendra Morris released Nine Lives at the beginning of 2022, it was the culmination of more than ten years of creative partnership with producer and songwriter Jeremy Page. The psych-soul opus, Morris’s first for Colemine imprint Karma Chief Records, was one of the best … Read more

Pale Jay: Bewilderment [Album Review]

Pale JayBewildermentColemine/Karma Chief Records [2023] Who is Pale Jay? The artist, one of Karma Chief Records’ latest signings, is something of an enigma, although we do know a few things about him: he’s trained as a jazz vocalist and pianist, calls southern California home, and always wears a red ski mask and white bucket hat … Read more

Pale Jay – “Bewilderment” [Video]

Bewilderment – the feeling of being perplexed and confused – is the inspiration behind Pale Jay’s new album. It’s a soulful exploration of a family’s gradual disintegration due to years of avoidance and miscommunication. During this difficult time, Pale Jay began to question the stories he had always lived with and re-examined his identity. The … Read more

The Ironsides: Changing Light [Album Review]

The IronsidesChanging LightColemine Records [2023] There’s something of a soul and funk renaissance happening these days, and one of the labels at the forefront of the movement is Loveland, Ohio’s Colemine Records. They’ve released albums by some of the most exciting acts of the last ten years, counting names like Durand Jones and the Indications, … Read more

Andrew Gabbard: Cedar City Sweetheart [Album Review]

Andrew GabbardCedar City SweetheartColemine/Karma Chief Records [2023] He’s finally gone and done it: Andrew Gabbard made a country album. For those who jumped on board with 2021’s Homemade, this might be a slight surprise. That album was full of hazy folk-rock and psych-pop gems that may have had some twang here or there, but were mostly … Read more

Fire Track: The Ironsides – “The Web”

The Ironsides have arrived. Changing Light is the first full-length effort from this masterful collective of Bay Area musicians and is out May 19th via Colemine Records. It melds classic psych-soul sounds with sweeping orchestral arrangements – reminiscent of a cinematic soundtrack from a ’60s European film. Inspired by the soundtracks and library music of … Read more

Okonski: Magnolia [Album Review]

OkonskiMagnoliaColemine Records [2023] Magnolia, the debut album from jazz trio Okonski, uses a simple formula: piano, bass, and drums. But simplicity can be deceptive, and Magnolia manages to cover a lot of musical and emotional ground over its seven tracks. Bandleader Steve Okonski’s piano work is the primary focus conjures a range of moods and styles, but … Read more

Fire Track: Kelly Finnigan – “Impressions Of You (Acoustic)”

Kelly Finnigan is proud to present an acoustic version of one of the sweetest tunes from his debut LP The Tales People Tell, “Impressions Of You.” A track that’s already been embraced by the west coast lowrider scene and for good reason, this acoustic spin features authentic and moving vocals from Kelly, lush Philly-style horn … Read more

Fire Track: Andrew Gabbard – “Glum & Empty”

Andrew Gabbard has become a household name in the Ohio rock-n-roll scene. As a guitarist and vocalist for Cincinnati-based Thee Shams and the critically acclaimed Buffalo Killers, his songwriting chops have been proven time and time again. He currently serves as one half of the Gabbard Brothers, performs as a touring guitarist for The Black … Read more

Ghost Funk Orchestra: A New Kind Of Love [Album Review]

Ghost Funk OrchestraA New Kind Of LoveColemine/Karma Chief Records [2022] When Ghost Funk Orchestra’s debut LP for Karma Chief, Song For Paul, made its way onto turntables back in 2019, it felt like it was created in some alternate version of the early 1970s. Helmed by sonic mastermind Seth Applebaum, the band’s jazz-funk rhythms, psychedelic … Read more

GA-20 – “Fairweather Friend” [Video]

Acclaimed blues, roots-rock, and country revival trio GA-20 recently release their third album Crackdown, which is available now via Karma Chief Records / Colemine Records. The band now has a new video for the lead track off the album, “Fairweather Friend.” GA-20 are currently finishing up their tour with Monophonics and Kendra Morris for the … Read more

Tour Spotlight: Monophonics | GA-20 | Kendra Morris

Monophonics Sage Motel Tour is a little over halfway through its 24 city North America run and TFN couldn’t think of a better show to put on your “must see” list if you are lucky enough to have it stop in your town. The bill is a Colemine Records triple threat as Monophonics’ groove is … Read more

GA-20: Crackdown [Album Review]

GA-20CrackdownColemine/Karma Chief Records [2022] Crackdown is the third LP from blues, roots-rock, and country revival trio GA-20. The album expands on their previous sound and blows out your speakers with a modern electric blues that honors the past but feels imaginably modern. What GA-20 are good at is making the blues spread across other genres. … Read more

Ghost Funk Orchestra: Night Walker / Death Waltz [Album Review]

Ghost Funk OrchestraNight Walker/Death WaltzColemine/Karma Chief Records [2022] Before they became firm Fire Note favorites with their first two full-length albums (2019’s Song For Paul and 2020’s Ode to Escapism), and before they became a real-life 10-piece outfit blowing audiences out of the water with their live performances, Ghost Funk Orchestra wasn’t really a band. … Read more

The Gabbard Brothers: The Gabbard Brothers [Album Review]

The Gabbard BrothersThe Gabbard BrothersColemine/Karma Chief Records [2022] If you have been around The Fire Note for any type of time, you are probably familiar with brothers Zachary and Andrew Gabbard. Not only did Andrew release an excellent solo record at the end of last year but the duo made up two thirds of the … Read more

Fire Track: Reverend Baron – “It’s My Turn To Cry, Cry, Cry”

Reverend Baron released “It’s My Turn (To Cry, Cry, Cry),” the new single from his album From Anywhere (out June 24th via Colemine Records). From the academy of deep soul and no ego, Reverend Baron delivers visions of liquor store East LA, the off-the-freeway dry mirage of slow motion graffiti and lonely seagulls. A nylon … Read more

Monophonics: Sage Motel [Album Review]

MonophonicsSage MotelColemine Records [2022] San Francisco’s Monophonics have been serving up a high quality of soulful psychedelia since 2012’s In Your Brain. Over the years, the Bay Area band has increased their range and style while staying honest to the classic soul sounds. Sage Motel keeps the progression going as the record once again has … Read more

Fire Track: Monophonics – “Love You Better”

Bay Area-based Monophonics released “Love You Better,” the second single from their upcoming full-length Sage Motel (out tomorrow via Colemine Records). The world’s premier psychedelic soul band, Monophonics cordially invites you to attend the grand re-opening of the once thriving, once vibrant establishment, the legendary Sage Motel. A place where folks experience the highs and … Read more

M Ross Perkins: E Pluribus M Ross [Album Review]

M Ross PerkinsE Pluribus M RossColemine/Karma Chief Records [2022] Colemine Records is best known for their soul and funk acts like Durand Jones & The Indications, Monophonics, and Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio, but lately they’ve been putting out a lot of great records on their Karma Chief imprint. Whether it’s the psychedelic soul sounds of … Read more