Dent May: Warm Blanket [Album Review]

Dent May Warm Blanket Paw Tracks [2013] Fire Note Says: Dent May’s latest provides a Warm Blanket of smooth, quirky indie pop. Album Review: Dent May’s music doesn’t sound like the product of someone from Mississippi. From the opening chords of “Turn Up the Speakers,” it’s apparent that this is no “southern rock” album, if … Read more

Native: Orthodox [Album Review]

Native Orthodox Sargent House Records [2013] Fire Note Says: Native‘s 3rd LP balances its strengths between timing and consistency. Album Review: If you take a look at Native‘s Facebook and bandcamp pages then you begin to see what I—along with many others—am figuring out: Indiana’s four piece Native is a math rock/post hardcore/indie band that … Read more

Ghost Wave: Ages [Album Review]

Ghost Wave Ages Flying Nun Records [2013] Fire Note Says: New Zealand band explores the origins of Kiwi-pop – and a whole lot more. Album Review: The flood of garage psych bands to come from New Zealand has baffled music critics for years. Since the early eighties it has been one great little band after … Read more

The Rides: Can’t Get Enough [Album Review]

The Rides Can’t Get Enough 429 Records [2013] Fire Note Says: Stills, Shepherd and Goldberg debut their blues. Album Review: If you’ve ever found yourself thinking that the world already has too many blues and boogie bands, then The Rides – the collaboration of Steven Stills, Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Barry Goldberg – is not … Read more

The Dodos: Carrier [Album Review]

The Dodos Carrier Polyvinyl Records [2013] Fire Note Says: The Dodos stay true to their sound with Carrier. Album Review: The Dodos have released their fifth album, which has the name Carrier. The San Francisco duo of Meric Long and Logan Kroeber are following up on 2011’s No Color. No Color was one of my … Read more

Bob Dylan: Another Self Portrait (1969-1971) – The Bootleg Series Vol. 10 [Album Review]

Bob Dylan Another Self Portrait (1969-1971): The Bootleg Series Vol. 10 Columbia Records [2013] Fire Note Says: From one of Dylan’s most reviled albums comes one of his most essential releases. Album Review: 1969-71 was one of many periods of transition for Bob Dylan, but it was one of the most important. He’d already gone … Read more

Belle And Sebastian: The Third Eye Centre [Album Review]

Belle And Sebastian The Third Eye Centre Matador Records [2013] Fire Note Says: Second collection of B-Sides and stray tracks presents an interesting alternate look at the past decade of Belle and Sebastian’s career. Album Review: When I heard that the new Belle and Sebastian album, The Third Eye Centre, was going to be a … Read more

Spineriders: Hello Future Tinglies [Album Review]

Spineriders Hello Future Tinglies Misra Records [2013] Fire Note Says: Archival release from Jason Molina’s first band benefits a great cause. Album Review: Spineriders were a four piece band hailing from Lorain, Ohio in the late 80’s early 90’s. Consisting of bandmembers, Todd Jacops, Mike McCartney, Jason Molina, and Carl Raponi, they recorded Hello Future … Read more

Franz Ferdinand: Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action [Album Review]

Franz Ferdinand Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action Domino Records [2013] Fire Note Says: Franz Ferdinand’s fourth LP doesn’t disappoint as it hits the Right notes. Album Review: Scotland’s Franz Ferdinand hit the scene right around the same time as The Killers. “Take Me Out” and “Somebody Told Me” take me straight back to 2004. … Read more

Fairport Convention: Rising For The Moon (Deluxe Edition) [Album Review]

Fairport Convention Rising For The Moon (Deluxe Edition) UMG/Island Records [2013] Fire Note Says: Fairport Convention’s last album with Sandy Denny gets the deluxe treatment. Album Review: Fairport Convention are often credited with inventing folk rock—the British flavor of folk rock, that is. Their trilogy of 1969 albums with lead singer Sandy Denny—What We Did … Read more

Robbie Fulks: Gone Away Backward [Album Review]

Robbie Fulks Gone Away Backward Bloodshot Records [2013] Fire Note Says: Robbie Fulks comes around full circle on Gone Away Backward. Album Review: If you have been an active listener of music that dates back to the mid to late 90’s then you might recall the real momentum that the “Alt-Country” genre had at the … Read more

Black Joe Lewis: Electric Slave [Album Review]

Black Joe Lewis Electric Slave Vagrant Records [2013] Fire Note Says: Black Joe Lewis unleashes a rip roaring rock party on third LP – Electric Slave! Album Review: In our recent interview with Joe Lewis he stated that his third full length, Electric Slave, represents a new beginning for himself and the band. He went … Read more