Heavens To Betsy: Calculated [Album Review]

Heavens To Betsy Calculated Kill Rock Stars [2014] Fire Note Says: Heavens To Betsy‘s anger couldn‘t be more captivating on Calculated. Album Review: When people hear the name Corin Tucker they should get excited—if they don’t, shame on them. A prominent figure in music from the 90’s through today, Corin Tucker has made her waves … Read more

Tame Impala: Live Versions [Album Review]

Tame Impala Live Versions Modular Recordings [2014] Fire Note Says: Tame Impala‘s Live Versions offers small twists on some old favorites. Album Review: It‘s a real challenge for bands to become important in their genre. For Australia’s Tame Impala that seems to be no problem. It‘s also an impressive feat because your could consider Tame … Read more

The Moles: Flashbacks And Dream Sequences – The Story Of The Moles [Album Review]

The Moles Flashbacks And Dream Sequences: The Story of The Moles Fire Records [2014] Fire Note Says: Amazing career retrospective from one of the great “lost” bands of the 90’s. Album Review: Are The Moles one of the great lost bands of the 90’s? Fire Records makes a strong argument for this with the release … Read more

Record Store Day Is This Saturday, April 19th! – Warner Bros. List

As an official sponsor of Record Store Day Warner Bros. Records would like to remind you that everybody’s favorite Holiday is this Saturday, April 19th. Below is a list of everything they have coming at you. Green Day: Demolicious – Colored double vinyl, CD, Cassette (This special edition release features 18 unreleased demo recordings from … Read more

The Fire Note Weekly Top 10: Record Store Day – Black Friday 2013

Black Friday was historically for all of those crazy early morning shoppers but Record Store Day has turned it into a limited vinyl collector’s day. With that said, you already know that The Fire Note loves shiny round plastic so here are 10 Black Friday releases you might check out! #10 Blind Boys Of Alabama/Jason … Read more

Blind Boys of Alabama/Jason Isbell & John Paul White Split 7″

Here is a Record Store Day Black Friday release from Lightning Rod Records that looks interesting. Blind Boys of Alabama, Jason Isbell and John Paul White are featured on a split 7-inch. Both songs are currently featured on High Cotton : A Tribute to Alabama which is currently available. You can hear Isbell/White song below … Read more

The Flaming Lips Release Peace Sword Black Friday RSD Vinyl

The Flaming Lips will release a brand new six-song EP featuring new music inspired by Summit Entertainment’s upcoming feature film Ender’s Game, which hits theaters on November 1st. The title track “Peace Sword (Open Your Heart)” was written exclusively for the film, while the remaining five tracks were all inspired by the book upon which … Read more

Superchunk: Void / Faith [7-Inch Feature]

Superchunk Void b/w Faith 7” Merge Records [2013] This 7-inch turned out to be one of the highlights of Record Store Day 2013. Two brand-new Superchunk songs inspired by Mac McCaughan’s favorite hardcore records, the punk split album on Dischord with the bands Faith and Void. McCaughan stated that “musically we aren’t like either of … Read more

Grateful Dead: Rare Cuts & Oddities 1966 [Album Review]

Grateful Dead Rare Cuts & Oddities 1966 Rhino/Grateful Dead Records [2013] Fire Note Says: The Dead play a young garage band auditioning for a spot on Nuggets. Album Review: Whatever your view of the Grateful Dead (sloppy hippie noodlers or greatest band on earth), many people often dismiss them based on their reputation alone, which … Read more

Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me [Album Review]

Big Star Nothing Can Hurt Me Omnivore Recordings [2013] Fire Note Says: Nothing Can Hurt Me is a treasure trove of alternate mixes of classic Big Star tracks. Album Review: I think it’s fairly safe to assume that most readers of The Fire Note, are well acquainted with Big Star. Their discography isn’t vast, only … Read more

Various Artists: The Rough Guide To Latin Psychedelia [Album Review]

Various Artists The Rough Guide To Latin Psychedelia World Music Network [2013] Fire Note Says: Latin rhythms meet slightly acidic arrangements—if you don’t like Santana, move on. Album Review: Released as a special 180g vinyl edition for Record Store Day, The Rough Guide to Latin Psychedelia casts a wide net over the genre, throwing together … Read more

Elliott Smith: Alternate Versions From Either/Or [7-Inch Feature]

Elliott Smith Alternate Versions From Either/Or 7” Kill Rock Stars [2013] This was a nice Record Store Day release for me as anything by Elliott Smith is an instant draw. The songs here have been available digitally before but now they get the premium treatment and have their very on vinyl home. The tracks here … Read more

Thee Oh Sees: Moon Sick EP [Album Review]

Thee Oh Sees Moon Sick EP Castle Face Records [2013] Fire Note Says: Thee Oh Sees’ 2013 RSD Moon Sick EP has a novel charm. Album Review: What is the Moon Sick EP from Thee Oh Sees? Well I’m glad you asked. This release contains songs that landed on the cutting room floor from the … Read more

Polyvinyl’s 2013 Record Store Day Releases / Aloha – Braid & More

You can pick up the following releases from Polyvinyl Records tomorrow at Record Store Day. Tons of color vinyl to be had! *Aloha Here Comes Everyone (green vinyl ltd. to 1000) *Braid Frame & Canvas 15-Year Anniversary Edition (clear vinyl ltd. to 1000) *Owen The Seaside EP (blue vinyl ltd. to 700) *Sonny & The … Read more

Robert Pollard: Cock Blocking The Romantics [7-Inch Feature]

Robert Pollard Cock Blocking The Romantics Happy Jack Rock Records [2013] The Cock Blocking The Romantics Singles Collection features twelve 7-inch singles that originally were released independently from Robert Pollard as a monthly series back in 2007-2008. The A sides are songs from Robert Pollard’s 2007 simultaneous releases on Merge Records, Standard Gargoyle Decisions and … Read more

Buffalo Killers: Ohio Grass [Album Review]

Buffalo Killers Ohio Grass Alive Natural Sounds Records [2013] Fire Note Says: This 6 song Record Store Day release captures the essence of Cincinnati’s Buffalo Killers. Album Review: The Buffalo Killers have been perfecting their warm classic rock sound over their last several albums which hit a high point on last summer’s fourth full length … Read more

Phish ‘Lawn Boy’ Limited Edition Deluxe 2LP Set on RSD

On Record Store Day 2013, Phish will release Lawn Boy, the band’s second full-length studio album, as a Limited Edition Deluxe 2-LP vinyl set, available exclusively at participating independently owned record stores across the country. Lawn Boy marks the band’s third release in conjunction with Record Store Day (joining Two Soundchecks and Junta) and the … Read more

Buffalo Killers go green! RSD release Ltd ‘Ohio Grass’ 12″ EP

The Buffalo Killers are joining Record Store Day with the release of Ohio Grass. This limited edition 12″ EP will pressed on herb green vinyl from Alive Natural Sound Records. You can check out the track listing below and several upcoming tour dates to check out the Buffalo Killers live! OHIO GRASS TRACK LISTING: Side … Read more

Record Store Day Release: Old 97’s w/ Waylon Jennings – Double Yellow 7″

Waylon Jennings attended an Old 97’s gig in 1996, and later that year joined Ken Bethea, Murry Hammond, Rhett Miller and Philip Peeples in a studio in Nashville to cut two tracks. The youthful energy of Old 97’s with the classic delivery of Waylon Jennings. Sadly, Waylon passed away and these recordings—some of Jennings’ last—never … Read more

Best Coast will release a brand new 7″ “Fear Of My Identity” – RSD 2013

With Record Store Day just around the corner, Best Coast announced it will partake in the activities. With the backing of Clarks Originals, Best Coast will release a brand new 7″ “Fear Of My Identity,” available exclusively through participating indie stores. Record Store Day is April 20, 2013.