The Fire Note Blazing Top 50 Albums Of 2023

2023 was a great year in music! Solid release after solid release made this year’s list one of the hardest to put together in TFN’s 17-year history. The simple fact is that TFN receives hundreds of albums every year for review so it is never an easy task. In regards to our annual best-of list … Read more

MJ Lenderman: And The Wind (Live and Loose​!​) [Album Review]

MJ LendermanAnd The Wind (Live and Loose​!​)ANTI- [2023] This review should serve as a wake-up call to all our readers who have not yet embraced the excellent music of Asheville’s MJ Lenderman or his primary band, Wednesday. The new live album, And the Wind (Live and Loose!), is compiled from two sold-out summer 2023 shows … Read more

MJ Lenderman – “You Have Bought Yourself a Boat (Live)”

Asheville musician MJ Lenderman announces his new live album, And the Wind (Live and Loose!), out November 17th on ANTI-, and presents an accompanying live video for fan favorite “You Have Bought Yourself A Boat.” MJ Lenderman writes songs that are amorphous and elastic, rising to fill the venue they’re in, generous to accommodate the … Read more

MJ Lenderman – “Rudolph” [Video]

MJ Lenderman — Asheville, NC’s effortlessly disarming singer-songwriter and guitarist of the band Wednesday — announces his signing to ANTI- and presents a new single/video, “Rudolph.” “Rudolph” marks Lenderman’s first new music following the release of his breakthrough 2022 LP, Boat Songs. Lenderman comments, “‘Rudolph’ was the first song I wrote after the release of … Read more

Wednesday: Rat Saw God [Album Review]

WednesdayRat Saw GodDead Oceans [2023] Asheville, North Carolina band Wednesday jumped right up to the top of the indie scene with their guitar fueled sophomore record Twin Plagues in 2021. The album was a breath of fresh air with vocalist Karly Hartzman taking a commanding front and center role while it also put a spotlight … Read more

MJ Lenderman: Boat Songs [Album Review]

MJ LendermanBoat SongsDear Life Records [2022] Sometimes having too much music in a review stack can be a hindrance because you just know that you have overlooked something. It happens all the time around TFN because we are such a lean run machine as the third record from MJ Lenderman, which was released back in … Read more

The Blazing Top 50 Albums Of 2021

2021 was great year in music! Solid release after solid release made this year’s list one of the hardest to put together in TFN’s 15 year history. 2021 brought us plenty of surprise entries, more psych rock, an excellent new London scene, modern soul, good old indie rock and simply something new and interesting for … Read more

Wednesday: Twin Plagues [Album Review]

WednesdayTwin PlaguesOrindal Records [2021] Indie rock is alive and well with the Asheville, North Carolina band Wednesday. On their sophomore album, Twin Plagues, the quintet turns up the amps and make a glorious guitar fueled album that is driven by vocalist Karly Hartzman. The band still uses their shoegaze skills found on their debut but … Read more