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Here’s a list of major new releases for the week of May 15, 2012. Please feel free to request reviews for any of the following albums from staff or contributors.

American Gospel – Tall Tales Vol.1 (American Gospel)
Beach House – Bloom (Sub Pop)
Bersarin Quartett – II [Physical Release] (Denovali Records)
Best Coast – The Only Place (Mexican Summer) – Robin Smith
Blaq Dahlia – Dark Flower (Skinny Entertainment Records)
BT – Laptop Symphony [Digital Only] (Black Hole Recordings)
Cherri Bomb – This is the End of Control (Hollywood Records) – DaveyBoy
City Rain – Watch Out [EP] (Self Released)
Cornershop – Urban Turban (Ample Play Records)
The Cribs – In the Belly of the Brazen Bull (Wichita)
Will Dutta – Parergon (Just Music)
Fixers – We’ll Be The Moon (Mercury Records)
Garbage – Not Your Kind of People [iTunes Exclusive] (StunVolume)
Godsmack – Live & Inspired (Universal Republic)
Hasta La Vista Social Club – Melt (Inverse Records)
Hospitals – Asleep [EP] (Tangled Talk)
Hot Water Music – Exister (Rise Records) – Adam Thomas
Josephine Foster & the Victor Herrero Band – Perlas (Fire Records)
Killer Mike – R.A.P. Music (WILLIAMS STREET) – Sobhi Youssef
Lahmia – Into the Abyss (Bakerteam Records)
Meiko – The Bright Side (Fantasy)
mewithoutYou – Ten Stories (Pine Street) – Robin Smith
MV & EE – Space Homestead (Woodsist)
Nachtvorst –…

Marissa Nadler – The Wrecking Ball Company (Official Video)

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If it seems like only last year that Marissa Nadler was releasing her self-titled fifth album, it’s because it really was only last June. Having never been one to just sit around, she is already back with an album titled The Sister which is set to be released on May 29th. If this new song is any indication, her upcoming album is going to pick up right where the previous one left off — and that is definitely a good thing. ‘The Wrecking Ball Company’ is yet another hauntingly beautiful song which mixes minimalist musical accompaniment, strange lyrical imagery and Marissa’s evocative vocals to excellent effect. The video adds an extra layer of peculiarity over the course of its five minute run time, featuring Marissa Nadler engaged in… I don’t even know… digging, staring, standing, sleeping. Marissa explains it as such, “the song references the walls that can grow up between two people and how painful that distance can be.” In the video, “the couple is sharing the same desolate, unadorned house, but they are apart, and looking for a hopeful sign to bring them back together.” Well okay then; I’ll just take her word for it.

The Sister was recorded and produced by Brian McTear at Miner Street Studios in Philadelphia. The Sister is a companion record of eight new tracks subtly linked to last year’s self-titled critically acclaimed LP, out May 29 via her own Box Of Cedar Records.…

Sputnikmusic is proud to be hosting a free giveaway to coincide with the upcoming new Keane release, Strangeland. Head over here for details and don’t forget to check out the review as well.

We’re also still hosting an exclusive stream from the band Trioscapes. Trioscapes is the instrumental side-project of Between the Buried and Me bassist Dan Briggs and also features Walter Fancourt (tenor saxophone/flute) and Matt Lynch (drums). We will be streaming the eleven-minute title track right here for one more week.

Here’s a list of major new releases for the week of May 8, 2012. Please feel free to request reviews for any of the following albums from staff or contributors.

Ab-Soul – Control System (TopDawg Ent.) – Sobhi Yousseff
Allegaeon – Formshifter (Metal Blade)
Angelus Apatrida – The Call (Century Media)
At The Skylines – Secrets To Life (Roadrunner Records)
Big K.R.I.T. – K.R.I.T. Wuz Here (Green Streets Ent)
Dana Buoy – Summer Bodies (Lefse)
Mariah Carey – The Essential Mariah Carey (Sony Legacy)
Cattle Decapitation – Monolith of Inhumanity (Metal Blade) – Kyle Ward
Chasing Claymores – Hindsight’s 20/20 (Authentik Artists)
Daytrader – Twelve Years (Rise Records) – Adam Thomas
Heavy Blanket – Heavy Blanket (Outer Battery Records)
Here We Go Magic – A Different Ship (Secretly Canadian)
I Self Devine – The Sound of Low Class Amerika (Rhymesayers)
It Bites – Map of the Past (InsideOut

**  The Stream has reached its end, but the entire album can be ordered here.

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Trioscapes consists of Between the Buried and Me bassist Dan Briggs, as well as Walter Fancourt (tenor saxophone/flute) and Matt Lynch (drums). Initially, the band formed in order to create their own rendition of the Mahavishnu Orchestra classic ‘Celestial Terrestrial Commuters’. However, after a few rehearsals and a single live show, they decided the music was too demanding and fun to perform and that the project should continue. Eventually they had enough material for their first full-length album, Separate Realities, and so they entered the studio during the first week of October with Jamie King in Winston-Salem, NC. Trioscapes combines elements of 70s fusion with progressive rock, dark syncopated grooves, a flare for the psychedelic, and an unabashed love for both quirky Zappa-ish melodies and thunderous abrasive trade-off lines.

For the next two weeks, we have the distinct pleasure of streaming the eleven-minute title track from the album. It’s hard to describe what the band have managed to do with just bass, percussion and saxophone (along with a few random inclusions along the way), but it is definitely as catchy as it is technical. The press release mentions Zappa as an influence and I’m not familiar with most of his work, but I can say that the bass/drum/sax combination definitely reminds me of a few of the instrumental parts on the self-titled Mr. Bungle album (which also mention…

Sputnikmusic is currently hosting an exclusive stream from the band Trioscapes. Trioscapes is the instrumental side-project of Between the Buried and Me bassist Dan Briggs and also features Walter Fancourt (tenor saxophone/flute) and Matt Lynch (drums). We will be streaming the eleven-minute title track right here for the next two weeks.

Here’s a list of major new releases for the week of May 1, 2012. Please feel free to request reviews for any of the following albums from staff or contributors.

Alien Vampires – Clubbers Die Younger [EP] (Alfa-Matrix Records)
Archie Powell & the Exports – Great Ideas in Action (Good Land Records)
Attaque – When Lights Falls (Honest Jon’s Records)
B.o.B – Strange Clouds (Good Land Records)
Brian Jonestown Massacre – Aufheben (A. RECORDS) – Joseph Viney
Ane Brun – It All Starts With One (Play It Again Sam)
Callaghan – Life In Full Colour (Green Town Music)
Cradle Of Filth – Midnight In The Labyrinth (Peaceville)
Dot Hacker – Inhibition (Alternative Distribution Alliance)
Electrocution – Inside the Unreal [20th anniversary ltd. edition] (Rosem)
Eternal Deformity – The Beauty Of Chaos (Code666 Records)
Evans the Death – Evans the Death (Slumberland Records)
Father John Misty – Fear Fun (Sub Pop Records)
Freakangel – Let It All End (Alfa-Matrix Records)
Ghost Mice – All We Got is Each Other (Plan-It-X Records) – Robin Smith
Gravenhurst – The Ghost In Daylight (Warp Records)
Hop Along – Get Disowned (Hot Green Records)
Hurt – The Crux (Red General Records)
In Mourning – The Weight of Oceans (Spinefarm)
Norah…

 

We get a lot of e-mail sent to our Sputnik G-Mail account and most of it is crap. It seems that most of it is spam, sales pitches and random links meant to ‘enhance’ your computer, but it is worth sifting through because we also get a lot of cool promos and even occasionally unheard gems such as this. The artist is named Miriam Bryant this is her first single, ‘Finders Keepers’. It’s a strange mix of piano melodies, electronics, subtle orchestral elements, programmed beats and the strong vocals of Miriam herself. Her bio says that she is twenty-one, English born and Swedish raised. Let’s hope that this isn’t the last we hear from her. With childhood friend Victor Rådström, 20, writer & producer, Miriam is now releasing her debut single, ‘Finders, Keepers’.

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Here’s a list of major new releases for the week of April 24, 2012. Please feel free to request reviews for any of the following albums from staff or contributors.

7 Horns 7 Eyes – Throes Of Absolution (Century Media)
16 – Deep Cuts From Dark Clouds (Relapse Records)
Adaliah – Broken Families (MediaSkare)
Agruss – Morok (Code 666)
Anathema – Weather Systems (The End Records) – Trey Spencer
Theresa Andersson – Street Parade (Basin Street Records)
Mickey Avalon – Loaded (Suburban Noize)
Daniel Bedingfield – Stop the Traffik [EP] (UHT Productions)
Before The Dawn – Rise Of The Phoenix (Nuclear Blast)
Brendan Benson – What Kind of World (Readymade Records)
Bereft – Leichenhaus (The End Records)
The Bersarin Quartett – II [Digital Release] (denovali records)
Lee Brice – Hard 2 Love (Curb Records)
BT – Laptop Symphony (Black Hole Records)
Cancer Bats – Dead Set on Living (Metal Blade)
Catamenia – The Rewritten Chapters (Massacre)
Claro Intelecto – Reform Club (Delsin) – Deviant
The Dandy Warhols – This Machine (The End Records)
Death by Stereo – Black Sheep of the American Dream (Viking Funeral Records)
Death Grips – Money Store (Epic)
Deride – The Void (Massacre)
Deuce – Nine Lives (Eleven Seven Music)
Diamond Rugs – Diamond Rugs (12th Street Records)
DJ Spinna – DJ Spinna vs P&P Records (Traffic Entertainment)
Europe – Bag of Bones (earMusic/Edel)
Eve 6 – Speak In Code (Fearless Records)

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Paradise Lost are just a few weeks away from releasing their thirteenth album, Tragic Idol, through Century Media Records. So far, the hype around the album seems to suggest that this is finally the release that fans have been wanting since Draconian Times. In a Q&A done a month or so back, Guitarist Greg Mackintosh tried to help adjust expectations when he stated that, “The core of the sound on Tragic Idol has an essence of Draconian Times and Icon, and I think that’s what people are picking up on. For the past five or six years we’ve been hearing people say that Paradise Lost has gone back to the roots, which is an absolutely horrible term in my opinion. I do think that you can draw lines between a few of the tracks on the new record and Draconian Times or Icon, but when we were writing the music for Tragic Idol, I deliberately made a choice to strip everything back down to the bare bones. It’s a very simplistic record in a lot of ways, really.” I’m not sure if he was directly referencing ‘Honesty in Death’ when referring to a few songs that have that Icon vibe, but to me, it definitely does. Check out the song and hopefully it keeps you content until the final album release on April 24th.

Paradise Lost – Tragic Idol
Release Date: April 24th
Record Label: Century Media

Here’s a list of major new releases for the week of April 17, 2012. Please feel free to request reviews for any of the following albums from staff or contributors.

Absolute Monarchs – 1 (Good To Die Records)
Actress – R.I.P. (Honest Jon’s) – Deviant
Allo Darlin’ – Europe (Slumberland Records)
Anathema – Weather Systems {EU} (The End Records) – Trey Spencer
Battles – Dross Glop (Warp Records)
Clubroot – III-MMXII (Lodubs) – Deviant
Copperwire – Earthbound (Porto Franco Records)
Cowboy Junkies – Nomad Series [Box Set] (Razor & Tie)
DaiTribe – Epochalypse A.D. (True Gemini Records)
Daniel Johnston & Friends – Space Duck: Soundtrack (Eternal Yip Eye Music)
Deadborn – Mayhem Maniac Machine (Apostasy Records)
DJ Drez – Jahta Beat: The Lotus Memoirs (Black Swan)
DragonForce – The Power Within (Roadrunner Records)
Dry The River – Shallow Bed (RCA/RED)
Stik Figa – As Himself (Mello Music Group)
The Flaming Lips – The Flaming Lips and Heady Fwends (Restless)
Future – Pluto (Epic)
Gory Blister – Earth-Sick {EU} (AIS)
Grinderman – Grinderman 2 RMX (Alternative Distribution Alliance)
Mickey Hart – Mysterium Tremendum (360° Productions)
Hiss Golden Messenger – Poor Moon (Tompkins Square)
Horse Feathers – Cynic’s New Year (Kill Rock Stars) – SowingSeason
Eric Hutchinson – Moving Up Living Down (Warner Bros.) – Davey Boy
In Mourning – The Weight of Oceans {EU} (Spinefarm) – Kyle Ward
Jack Johnson & Friends – Best of Kokua…

Here’s a list of major new releases for the week of April 10, 2012. Please feel free to request reviews for any of the following albums from staff or contributors.

16Volt – Wisdom [ReIssue] (Metropolis Records)
Accept – Stalingrad (Nuclear Blast)
Addison Groove – Transistor Rhythm (50 Weapons) – Deviant
Amadou & Mariam – Folila (Nonesuch)
Ancestors – In Dreams & Time (Tee Pee Records)
Attaloss – Attaloss (Rock Ridge Music)
Tim Barry – 40 Miler (Chunksaah Records)
Kishi Bashi – 151a (Joyful Noise Records)
Bassnectar – Vava Voom (Amorphous)
Black Dice – Mr. Impossible (Ribbon Records)
Cavo – Thick as Thieves (Eleven Seven Music)
Charm City Devils – Sins (Fat Lady Music)
Choir of Young Believers – Rhine Gold (Ghostly Int’l)
Counting Crows – Underwater Sunshine (Collective Sounds)
Dead Sara – Dead Sara (Pocket Kid Records)
Demon Hunter – True Defiance (Solid State Records
Dirge Within – There Will Be Blood (THC/Rocket Science)
Enthroned – Obsidium (Agonia Records)
Exumer – Fire & Damnation (Metal Blade Records)
Fastway – Eat Dog Eat (Steamhammer/SPV)
Florence + The Machine – MTV Unplugged [CD/DVD - Deluxe Edition] (Universal Republic)
Nanci Griffith – Intersection (Spunk)
Halestorm – Strange Case Of (Atlantic)
Job for a Cowboy – Demonocracy (Metal Blade)
Keb Mo – X2: Keb Mo / Keep It Simple [Reissue] (Sony Legacy)
Darrelle London – Eat a Peach (Hype)
Jeff Loomis – Plains of Oblivion (Century Media) – SowingSeason
Lords Of Acid –…

Here’s a list of major new releases for the week of April 03, 2012. Please feel free to request reviews for any of the following albums from staff or contributors.

Trace Adkins – 10 Great Songs (Capitol)
Atoma – Skylight (Napalm Records) – Trey Spencer
AU – Both Lights (Hometapes)
Bam Spacey – Vi Delar Samma Grab (Ceremony Recordings)
Beak – Eyrie (Someoddpilot Records)
Bear In Heaven – I Love You, It’s Cool (Dead Oceans)
Kasper Bjorke – Fool (HFN Music)
Candlebox – Love Stories & Other Musings (Audionest)
Caracal – Isle Brevelle (Black Acre)
CeU – Caravana Sereia Bloom (Six Degrees)
Chris Clark – Iradelphic (Piccadilly Records)
The Cornshed Sisters – Tell Tales (Memphis Industries)
Cynic – Portal Tapes (Season of Mist) – Trey Spencer
Emily Danger – Paintings (Self Released)
Dr. John – Locked Down (Nonesuch)
ETHS – III {EU} (Season of Mist)
fIREHOSE – lowFLOWS: The Columbia Antholgy (Sony Legacy)
Great Lake Swimmers – New Wild Everywhere (Nettwerk Records)
Hello Lazarus – Hello Lazarus [EP] (Scylla Records)
High on Fire – De Vermis Mysteriis (Entertainment One) – Adam Thomas
Hush Arbors/Arbouretum – Aureola Split LP (PID)
Killing Joke – MMXII (Spinefarm Records) – SowingSeason
Kj-52 – Dangerous (Bec Recordings)
LHF – Keepers Of The Light (Keysound)
Lostprophets – Weapon (Epic) – Adam Knott
Love On A Real Train – Love On A Real Train (Aeronaut Records)
The Lumineers – The Lumineers (Dualtone Music

Here’s a list of major new releases for the week of March 27, 2012. Please feel free to request reviews for any of the following albums from staff or contributors.

3 Inches of Blood – Long Live Heavy Metal (Century Media)
The All-American Rejects – Kids In The Street (Interscope Records) – Davey Boy
Astra – The Black Chord (Metal Blade) – SowingSeason
Atoma – Skylight {EU} (Napalm Records) – Trey Spencer
Before Their Eyes – Redemption (Invogue Records)
Black Breath – Sentenced to Life (Southern Lord)
Blaktroniks – Ready Set Blow (Tokyo Dawn Records)
Blood Red Shoes – In Time to Voices {UK} (V2) – Davey Boy
Borknagar – Urd (Century Media)
Celldweller – Live Upon a Blackstar [DVD] (FiXT)
Erik Chandler – Writing The Wrongs [EP] (Self Released)
DJ Premier & Bumpy Knuckles – The KoleXXXion (Gracie)
E-40 – The Block Brochure vol.1 (Heavy on Grind Ent.)
E-40 – The Block Brochure vol.2 (Heavy on Grind Ent.)
E-40 – The Block Brochure vol.3 (Heavy on Grind Ent.)
Justin Townes Earle – Nothing’s Gonna Change… (Bloodshot)
Elephant & Castle – Transitions (Plug Research)
Flying Colors – Flying Colors (Mascot)
Georgia A. Muldrow+Madlib – Seeds (Entertainment One Music)
Gift Of Gab – Next Logical Progression (Quannum Projects)
Hint – Daily Intake (Tru Thoughts)
Iron Solomon – Monster (Duck Down Music)
Janus – Nox Aeris (Realid Records)
Klone – The Eye of the Needle (Season of Mist Records)
La Sera – Sees The Light (Hardly Art)
Legacy – With Peace In Mind (InVogue Records)
Lonewolf – Army…

Here’s a list of major new releases for the week of March 20, 2012. Please feel free to request reviews for any of the following albums from staff or contributors. Apologies for the delay and abbreviated format.

The American Dollar – Awake In The City (Yesh Music) – Deviant
Anti-Flag – The General Strike (Side One Dummy) – Adam Thomas
Black Sheep Wall – No Matter Where It Ends (Season of Mist) – Adam Thomas
Boat To Row – Grassmarket EP (istartedthefire Records)
Brad Mehldau Trio – Ode (Nonesuch)
C-Bo – Cali Connection (Black Market Records)
Choir Of Young Believers – Rhine Gold (Ghostly International)
Cynic – Portal Tapes {EU} (Season of Mist) – Trey Spencer
DVA – Pretty Ugly (Hyperdub)
Electric Touch – Never Look Back (Island)
Eye Beyond Sight – The Sun and the Flood (Massacre Records)
Melanie Fiona – The MF Life (Universal Republic)
Forever In Promise – Into the Storm (Self Released)
Frank Black & The Catholics – Live at Melkweg (The Bureau Records)
Gun Barrel – Brace For Impact (Massacre Records)
I Call Fives – Someone That’s Not You (Pure Noise) – Davey Boy
If These Trees Could Talk – Red Forest (Self Released)
Casey James – Casey James (Sony)
Lost In The Trees – A Church That Fits Our Needs (Alternative Distribution Alliance) – Rudy Klapper
Margot & The Nuclear So and So’s – Rot Gut (Mariel Recording Company)

Here’s a list of major new releases for the week of March 13, 2012. Please feel free to request reviews for any of the following albums from staff or contributors.

Adrenaline Mob – Omerta (Elm City Music)
Anuhea – Foir Love (World Sound)
Dave Barnes – Stories to Tell (Razor & Tie)
Barren Earth – The Devil’s Resolve (Peaceville) – Trey Spencer
Cannibal Corpse – Torture (Metal Blade)
Caustic – I Can’t Believe We’re Re-Releasing This Crap (Metropolis Records)
Coldworker – The Doomsayer’s Call (Listenable Records)
The Decemberists – We All Raise Our Voices to the Air (Capitol)
Delta Spirit – Delta Spirit (Concord Music Group)
Demdike Stare – Elemental (Modern Love) – Deviant
Elisa – Steppin on Water (Decca U.S.)
Empires Fade – Reflections EP (Self Released)
Epica – Requiem For The Indifferent (Nuclear Blast)
Estelle – All of Me (Home School Records) – Davey Boy
Lee Fields – Faithful Man (Truth & Soul)
Float Face Down – Exitium Verum (MediaSkare Records)
Gazpacho – March of Ghosts (Kscope)
Gorod – A Perfect Absolution {EU} (Listenable Records)
Hands Like Houses – Ground Dweller (Rise Records)
Hellbound Glory – Damaged Goods (Rusty Knuckles)
Impending Doom – Baptized in Filth (Entertainment One Music)
I See Stars – Digital Renegade (Sumerian Records) – Davey Boy
Jonny Greenwood & Krzysztof Penderecki – Threnody for the Victims of Hiroshima (Nonesuch)
Kelvox1 – Grazed Red {EU} (Aagoo)
Nina Kraviz – Nina Kraviz (Rekids)

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