Music Review: Firewater, International Orange!

Published on November 8th, 2012 in: Current Faves, Music, Music Reviews, Reviews |

By Julie Finley

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The new Firewater album came out on 9/11, so I have had some time to let it sink in. I don’t think it was a coincidence that it came out on that historic day, either; I truly think that Tod Ashley was thinking that it would be a good day to release the record, just in time for my first wedding anniversary (I’m kidding!).

I believe it’s been about four years since the last Firewater album, The Golden Hour, was released and International Orange! is the perfect sequel. In fact, I think I kinda like this one even more (and I really loved the last one). They are very similar musically, but lyrically there is a much more positive and playful vibe to International Orange!


Concert Review: Firewater At The Grog Shop

Published on November 7th, 2012 in: Concert Reviews, Music, Reviews |

By Julie Finley

Cleveland, OH
October 6, 2012

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It had been a while since I’d been to a show . . . almost a year. There really hasn’t been anything worth seeing that has come through Northeast Ohio (with the exception of Blowfly, but yours truly had a migraine that wouldn’t quit that day, so I had to skip it). I heard that Firewater was actually coming back to Clevehole; I figured that Tod Ashley would’ve just skipped this dump altogether since the last time they played here, the crowd was small and the venue sucked. Luckily, he brought himself and his newest batch of minstrels to The Grog Shop in Cleveland, one of the few venues I actually like. The show was also on a Saturday night so I figured it was going to be mobbed, but that sadly wasn’t the case.


Elysian Fields, Last Night On Earth

Published on June 14th, 2011 in: Current Faves, Music, Music Reviews, Reviews |

By J Howell

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Jennifer Charles made me a fan the first time I heard “Mr. Cardiac,” a song she sang on the first Firewater record, Get Off The Cross, We Need The Wood For The Fire.

Charles’ breathy, sultry singing paired with Tod Ashley’s brilliant, incisive lyrics was one of many high points on that record, and I had to hear more. A couple of years later, I found an EP of her band, Elysian Fields, a collaboration with Oren Bloedow and a revolving cast of Downtown New York luminaries, including Marc Ribot.

Popshifter‘s Best Of Lists

Published on January 30th, 2009 in: Best Of Lists, Books, Current Faves, Issues, Movies, Music, Retrovirus, Top Five Lists, Top Ten Lists, TV |

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Most publications give you their “Best Of” and “Top Ten” lists in their December issues. But what about giving props to of all the great things you embraced in the penultimate month of the year?

That’s why Popshifter has decided to provide you with our favorites now, so that you can add them to your list of “Things To Check Out In 2009.”

In addition to the lists our staff compiled, we’ve also posted the lists from some very special guest contributors.


It Has To Be From The Heart: Firewater

Published on July 30th, 2008 in: Current Faves, Issues, Music, Reviews |

By Ann Clarke

Beachland Ballroom, Cleveland OH
May 30, 2008

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