Organs: Headin’ For The Door [Album Review]

Organs Headin’ For The Door Killer Diller Records [2013] Fire Note Says: Organs debut LP is an energized weaponization of the blues—and all in under 23 minutes. Album Review: The NYC three-piece Organs is a band that rocks the question “When I rock ‘jump,’ you rock ‘how high?’” Their debut through Killer Diller Records, Headin’ … Read more

The Cleaners From Venus: Volume 2 (Box Set) [Album Review]

The Cleaners From Venus Volume 2 (Box Set) Captured Tracks [2013] Fire Note Says: The second set of reissues from The Cleaners From Venus is even better than the first! Album Review: The first volume of the Captured Tracks reissue series of Cleaners From Venus was a game changer. It came wrapped up in a … Read more

R.E.M.: Green (25th Anniversary Deluxe Edition) [Album Review]

R.E.M. Green (25th Anniversary Deluxe Edition) Warner Bros./Rhino Records [2013] Fire Note Says: Green is next in the R.E.M. reissue series that includes a great live second disc. Album Review: For me, Green started an entire new era for R.E.M. as their sixth full length was all about transition. It is interesting how this record … Read more

The Boxer Rebellion: Promises [Album Review]

The Boxer Rebellion Promises Universal Music Group [2013] Fire Note Says: The Boxer Rebellion perfects their knockout punch on their fourth LP Promises. Album Review: Sometimes an album grabs you for no good reason – all the analysis and critical thought can’t begin to explain the why’s or how’s. This is what happened to me … Read more

The Breeders: LSXX [Album Review]

The Breeders LSXX 4AD Records [2013] Fire Note Says: LSXX is a worthy salute to one of the great albums of the 90’s! Album Review: “We weren’t riot grrrl and we weren’t grunge. Hopefully, we were joyful and natural.” This is the opening statement in the liner notes from founding group leader Kim Deal as … Read more

The Orange Peels: Sun Moon [Album Review]

The Orange Peels Sun Moon Minty Fresh Records [2013] Fire Note Says: Sun Moon will sneak up on you and set its hooks deep in you brain. Album Review: The Orange Peels are back with their 5th album, and no surprise, it is chock full of indie power pop goodness that is going to put … Read more

The Features: The Features [Album Review]

The Features The Features Serpents And Snakes / BMG [2013] Fire Note Says: The Features introduce a bit more electro into their rock n roll lifestyle. Album Review: Nashville based The Features have been perfecting their sound over the years and on record number four the group sounds as comfortable as ever as they tweak … Read more

Wild Nothing: Empty Estate EP [Album Review]

Wild Nothing Empty Estate EP Captured Tracks Records [2013] Fire Note Says: Wild Nothing increase the synths on the Empty Estate EP. Album Review: The best thing about an EP is that you can pretty much do anything you want and get away with it. Jack Tatum’s Wild Nothing has already had two gleaming hailed … Read more

Deep Purple: Now What?! [Album Review]

Deep Purple Now What?! Eagle Rock Entertainment [2013] Fire Note Says: Now What?! is an album that sounds every bit as classic as the band who recorded it. Album Review: One of the original titans of British Hard Rock from the 70s, Deep Purple, is back with a new album, and it is well worth … Read more

Huey Lewis & The News: Sports (30th Anniversary Edition) [Reissue Review]

Huey Lewis & The News Sports (30th Anniversary Edition) Universal Music Group [2013] Fire Note Says: A guilty pop-rock pleasure that is now 30 years old! Album Review: A lot can be said about 80’s music and most of the time it is negative. When I think eighties, my mind always strays to Echo & … Read more

pacificUV: After The Dream You Are Awake [Album Review]

pacificUV After The Dream You Are Awake Mazarine Records [2013] Fire Note Says: pacificUV let more sun shine in through the haze on their fourth LP. Album Review: pacificUV is an indie-rock band from Athens, Georgia and After The Dream You Are Awake represents the groups fourth full length. Their 2012 long player, Weekends, found … Read more

Wampire: Curiosity [Album Review]

Wampire Curiosity Polyvinyl Records [2013] Fire Note Says: Portland duo tries a plethora of influences on for size. And it all fits. Album Review: Wampire’s debut album, Curiosity, is one of those hard to pin down records. For days on end I listened, and kept listening. Was this really that good? Or have I been … Read more

Vampire Weekend: Modern Vampires Of The City [Album Review]

Vampire Weekend Modern Vampires Of The City XL Recordings [2013] Fire Note Says: Vampire Weekend successfully change things up on album number three! Album Review: I don’t know why but I really wanted to hate this new third record from Vampire Weekend. Maybe it was the title: Modern Vampires Of The City – kinda goofy … Read more