Soft Metals: Lenses [Album Review]

Soft Metals Lenses Captured Tracks Records [2013] Fire Note Says: Soft Metals’ sophomore release is nocturnal EDM for lovers and people who dislike dance music. Album Review: Having met at a party, Patricia Hall and Ian Hicks did what all Portland hipsters do instead of marrying – they started a band. Since their eponymous 2011 … Read more

Earth Dies Burning: Songs From The Valley Of The Bored Teenager (1981-1984) [Album Review]

Earth Dies Burning Songs From The Valley Of The Bored Teenager (1981-1984) Captured Tracks Records [2013] Fire Note Says: Bizarro synth punk from San Fernando bored teenagers. Album Review: When Earth Dies Burning was formed in 1981, the ages of the band members ranged from 10-14. That’s right, from 10-14. You know what I was … Read more

Speedwell: Start To Finish [Album Review]

Speedwell Start To Finish Coolidge Records [2013] Fire Note Says: Posthumous release from unheralded DC band covers their entire recorded history. Album Review: Formed in 1996 by Meredith Bragg, Troy Farmer and Jonathan Roth (and later joined by Brian Minter), Speedwell was destined to be a band no one ever heard. Despite touring with Engine … Read more

Andrew Cedermark: Home Life [Album Review]

Andrew Cedermark Home Life Underwater Peoples Records [2013] Fire Note Says: Laid-back rhythms and layers of guitar make Home Life an introverted, yet satisfying experience. Album Review: Recorded with two “skeleton crew” bands consisting of bass, drums, and guitar (with some keys sprinkled in here and there), you’d be forgiven for thinking an album like … Read more

Gauntlet Hair: Stills [Album Review]

Gauntlet Hair Stills Dead Oceans Records [2013] Fire Note Says: With their second album the electro-noise duo move closer to the mainstream – but only a little. Album Review: On their 2011 self-titled debut, Denver-via-Chicago duo Gauntlet Hair appeared to be one of many like-minded acts operating with a clear and obvious debt to Animal … Read more

Robert Randolph & The Family Band: Lickety Split [Album Review]

Robert Randolph & The Family Band Lickety Split Blue Note Records [2013] Fire Note Says: Robert Randolph cranks the guitars up and the fun dance party even higher! Album Review: I have been following Robert Randolph & The Family Band since their 2003 sophomore record Unclassified. Its combination of soul, funk, hard rock, folk, gospel … Read more