Native Lights: Native Lights [Album Review]

Native Lights Native Lights Passive Recordings [2015] Fire Drill Album Review: The members of Tulsa, Oklahoma’s Native Lights have been contributing their fair share of captivating sounds for 20+ years. Their self-titled debut is a huge win for fans of the dark ambient and shoegaze genres as they lift influences from titans My Bloody Valentine … Read more

Destruction Unit: Live In San Francisco [Album Review]

Destruction Unit Live In San Francisco Castle Face Records [2015] Fire Note Says: Exhilarating psychedelic freak-outs from Arizona noise rockers. Album Review: Count me as a huge fan of the Live in San Francisco live series brought to us by John Dwyer and Castle Face Records. The whole series has been remarkable and well worth … Read more

Modest Mouse: Strangers To Ourselves [Album Review]

Modest Mouse Strangers To Ourselves Epic Records [2015] Fire Note Says: Modest Mouse returns and it was almost worth the wait. Album Review: A bad day fishing is better than a good day at work. Which is to say that even if this were the least impressive album of Modest Mouse’s career (which it is) … Read more

Wand: Golem [Album Review]

Wand Golem In The Red Records [2015] Fire Note Says: The title says it all; Wand’s Golem is a fantastical, heavy monster. Album Review: Please do yourself a favor and shout it from the mountain tops, “WAND IS BACK!” Coming out of nowhere with their debut Ganglion Reef—my number six top album for 2014—Wand devised … Read more

Tobias Jesso Jr.: Goon [Album Review]

Tobias Jesso Jr. Goon True Panther Sounds [2015] Fire Note Says: The performing singer/songwriter is alive and well on Goon. Album Review: I don’t know exactly how many times I have said it around here but music always is circular. A style that was dominate in the past and then fades away, always seems to … Read more

No Spill Blood: Heavy Electricity [Album Review]

No Spill Blood Heavy Electricity Sargent House Records [2015] Fire Note Says: No Spill Blood’s debut album is a shot of pure adrenaline for your ears. Album Review: Some bands like to impress you with their vast knowledge of various and sundry musical genres in a culmination of years and years of crate digging self-gratification. … Read more

Seth Avett & Jessica Lea Mayfield: Seth Avett & Jessica Lea Mayfield Sing Elliott Smith

Seth Avett & Jessica Lea Mayfield Seth Avett & Jessica Lea Mayfield Sing Elliott Smith Ramseur Records [2015] Fire Note Says: Avett & Mayfield take a risk with Elliott Smith cover record. Album Review: If you are going to cover Elliott Smith you better bring it. There are only a handful of deceased modern artists … Read more