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10. Touche Amore – Parting the Sea Between Brightness and Me

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A few months ago I made my way down from the San Fernando Valley ‘burbs which I call home to the city of Echo Park, which is situated half way in between the seedy faux-glamour of Hollywood and Downtown Los Angeles, to see Touche Amore’s homecoming show at the Echoplex. As I drove past the venue in my feeble attempts to find a parking spot it hit me just how big they have become since the release of Parting the Sea Between Brightness and Me. The show that night, also featuring La Dispute and Pianos Become the Teeth, was a microcosm of the current rebirth of and the post-hardcore scene that some have been calling “The Wave” and others like myself just call a welcome change of pace. And just like that night, with Parting the Sea Between Brightness and Me Touche Amore have positioned themselves at the front of this movement.

Taking influence from early 2000’s post-hardcore bands such as Thursday, the 90’s emo underground, and the last 20 years of indie scene, Touche Amore’s Parting the Sea Between Brightness and Me is a quick burst of artful yet emotional punk rock. Driven…

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30. Givers – In Light

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In the ever-changing world of the music industry, indie-pop is no longer the flavor of the month. Even its stalwart mainstays from New York City, California and England are expanding their instrumental palette in order to open up new sounds, vibes and textures. Who knew that it would be the Cajun and Zydeco hotbed of Louisiana which would produce one of the most promising talents that the genre has seen in years: Lafayette’s Givers. Their debut LP ‘In Light’ takes you on a trip around the musical world, with subtle Cajun & funk influences differentiating the band from the pack. The finger-picked acoustic guitar of ‘Saw You First’ adds a Southern feel, ‘Ripe’ has a decidedly Asian flavor, ‘In My Eyes’ and ‘Ceiling of Plankton’ contain some Caribbean calypso, while the beautiful ukulele boasting ‘Atlantic’ convincingly carries a Celtic vibe! With all 5 members being multi-instrumentalists and a brilliant boy/girl vocal dynamic, an expansive array of sounds and influences are apparent. Creative and experimental without sacrificing accessibility, ‘In Light’ is without filler and begs for repeated listens to explore its numerous layers, rhythms & melodies. Recommended Tracks: Meantime, Up Up Up, Atlantic, Noche Nada & Ceiling of Plankton. – Davey Boy

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50. FaltyDL – You Stand Uncertain

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Despite its title, Drew Lustman’s follow-up to 2009’s Love Is A Liability is anything but; it’s an album built upon an almost obsessive dedication, one that sees itself rising far above his debut LP because this time Drew wisely chooses to pursue just one of his many personalities. And he follows that trajectory almost aggressively, to the point where each song plays out as a natural extension of everything that’s come before it. You Stand Uncertain is a definitive statement of sorts for Falty, one that sees his affinity for doe-eyed house and garage absorbed to the point where one becomes wholly inseparable and almost indefinable from the other. It’s an album that sounds completely at odds with its surroundings; recorded in New York, it rebels against the timpani of a bustling city, the skyline framed by towering concrete monoliths by opting instead for more open climes, the kind defined by porcelain-white beaches and oceans that stretch out far beyond the line on the horizon. As such, You Stand Uncertain is a muggy, almost sweaty affair, coated in a thick haze of melting percussion and teary-eyed wonky synths, that dips from the junglist hardcore of ‘Lucky Luciano’ through the robotic…

Welcome to a new year and a new, quick-as-shit server. As we count down to our eventual extinction on December 21st,  you might consider checking out a few of these new releases. Please feel free to request reviews for any of the following albums from staff or contributors.

Acretongue – Strange Cargo (Metropolis Records)
Aesthetic Perfection – Inhuman (Metropolis Records)
Gabrielle Aplin – Home EP (Self Released) – Steve M.
Joshua Bell – French Impressions (Sony Masterworks)
Cyanotic – MedPack Vol. 1 (Glitchmode Records)
David Crowder*Band – Give Us Rest (Six Step Records)
KG Omulo – Ayah Ye! Moving Train (KG Omulo)
Lil Wayne – I’m Back (Deep Distribution)
The Little Willies – For the Good Times (Milking Bull/EMI)
Van Morrison – Live on Air (IMV BLUELINE)
Eric Nicolau – Won’t You Stay (Still Sails Music)
Nightwish – Imaginaerum (Roadrunner Records)
Rebelution – Peace of Mind (Controlled Substance Recordings)
Red Wanting Blue – From The Vanishing Point (Fanatic)
Safetysuit – These Times (Universal Republic Records)
SITD – Icon:Koru (Metropolis Records)
Snow Patrol – Fallen Empires (Universal Music Group)
Yo Gotti – Live From the Kitchen (J-Records)


Album Streams:

KG Omulo – Ayah Ye! Moving Train

Eric Nicolau – Won’t You Stay

Rebelution – Peace of Mind

Red Wanting Blue – From The Vanishing Point

Yo Gotti – Live From the Kitchen


SputnikMusic’s Most Played Artists of the Week (according to Last.FM):



December is always a very slow month for new releases. Due to that fact and the influx of upcoming features, this will be the last news post of 2011. Review links will be updated on this page through the end of the year, but all of the other items will be put on hold until 2012.

As a reminder, voting is still open for the Users’ Best of 2011 list. Go to this thread, (read the guidelines) and vote:

Here’s a list of major new releases for December 2011. Please feel free to request reviews for any of the following albums from staff or contributors.

December 2
Chevelle – Hats Off To The Bull (Epic)
Nightwish – Imaginaerum {EU} (Roadrunner Records)
Nujabes – Spiritual State {JP} (Hydeout Productions) – Nick Butler
VVV – Across the Sea (Fortified Audio) – Deviant

December 6
Age of Woe – Age of Woe [EP] (Pivotal Rockordings)
Bassnectar – Divergent Spectrum (INgrooves)
The Black Keys – El Camino (Nonesuch) – Rudy Klapper
Cormorant – Dwellings (Self Released)
The Cure – The Cure: Bestival Live 2011 ([PIAS] America)
Czar – Vertical Mass Grave (Crack Nation)
Doris Day – My Heart [U.S. Edition] (Arwin Productions)
The Dead Milkmen – The King In Yellow (QUID ERGO)
Neil Diamond – Very Best Of Neil Diamond (Sony Legacy)
Dia Frampton – Red (Universal Republic) – Trey Spencer
Korn – The Path of Totality (Roadrunner Records) – Deviant
Lionize – Superczar and The…

Dia Frampton – The Broken Ones

Dia Frampton is one-half of the duo known as Meg and Dia (mind-blowing shit, I know). Apparently, she decided to audition for the TV show The Voice after her band was dropped from their record label. Her only goal was to try to bring attention to their current release, Cocoon, but she ended up finishing second overall. So, with fame comes the  great responsibility to go solo, and that is where we are now. Dia was signed by Universal Republic and is set to release her debut solo album, Red, on December 6th. This is the video for her first single, “The Broken Ones”. I haven’t heard the album yet, but apparently she will be sticking with her ‘indie roots’ throughout the album. As long as she releases more music videos, who cares ;)


Dia Frampton – Red
Release Date: December 6th
Record Label: Universal Republic

Stream Full Album Here

It’s that time of year again — time for the Sputnik users to vote for their favorite albums of the year. Deviant and the Contributors will be heading up the voting and details. Go to this thread, (read the guidelines) and vote:

Here’s a list of major new releases for the week of November 29, 2011. Please feel free to request reviews for any of the following albums from staff or contributors.

Anchorsong – Chapters (Tru Thoughts)
Beggars & Thieves – We Are the Brokenhearted (Frontiers Records)
Blut Aus Nord – 777 – The Desanctification (Season of Mist) – Kyle Ward
Brand New – Your Favorite Weapon [Deluxe Edition] (Razor & Tie)
Cage – Supremacy of Steel (SOPQ)
Curren$y – Jet Life/Jet World Order (iHipHop Distribution)
Fades Away – Perceptions (Fades Away Productions)
Gorillaz – The Singles Collection: 2001-2011 (Virgin Records)
Hot Chelle Rae – Whatever (RCA)
Kj-52 – Kj-52 (Bec Recordings)
The Lemonheads – Hotel Sessions (CBRA)
Me Vs. Myself – Where I Am… Where I Want To Be (Century Media)
Ourlives – Out of Place (Spartan Records)
Pink Martini – A Retrospective (Heinz Records)
Rashad & Confidence – Element of Surprise (Ill Adrenaline)
Maria Rita – Elo (Warner Music Latina)
Royal Hunt – Show Me How to Live (Frontiers Records)
Soziedad Alkoholika – Cadenas De Odio (BOA Music)
Trey Songz – Inevitable (Atlantic)
Vildhjarta – Masstaden (Century Media)
Xenomorph – Empyreal Regimes (Self Released)
Young Jeezy & Yo…

Here’s a list of major new releases for the week of November 22, 2011. Please feel free to request reviews for any of the following albums from staff or contributors.

Big Time Rush – Elevate (Columbia)
Mary J. Blige – My Life II: The Journey Continues, Act 1 (Geffen Records)
The Break Up – Synthesis (Metropolis Records)
Kate Bush – 50 Words For Snow (ANTI Records)
Vanessa Carlton – Hear the Bells [EP] (Razor & Tie)
Caustic – White Knuckle Head Fuck [EP] (Metropolis Records)
Cloudkicker – Loop (Self Released)
Chris Cornell – Songbook (Universal Music)
Daughtry – Break The Spell (RCA)
Dimlite – Grimm Reality (Now Again)
Doap Nixon – Doap Traffiking (Nickel Bagz)
Doomtree – No Kings (Doomtree Records)
James Durbin – Memories Of A Beautiful Disaster (Wind-Up)
Floating Points – Shadows [EP] (Eglo Records) – Deviant
Gazpacho – London (KSCOPE)
J. Period & Black Thought – The Best of The Roots (RBC Records)
Kingdom [US] – Dreama (Night Slugs) – Deviant
Koji Kondo – The Legend of Zelda 25th Anniversary Symphony (Nintendo)
Lagwagon – Double Plaidnum [Reissue] (Fat Wreck Chords)
Lagwagon – Duh [Reissue] (Fat Wreck Chords)
Lagwagon – Hoss [Reissue] (Fat Wreck Chords)
Lagwagon – Let’s Talk About Feelings [Reissue] (Fat Wreck Chords)
Lagwagon – Putting Music in its Place [Box Set] (Fat Wreck Chords)
Lagwagon – Trashed [Reissue] (Fat Wreck Chords)
Magazine – No Thyself (Wire-Sound Records)
Mobb Deep – Black…

Here’s a list of major new releases for the week of November 15, 2011. Please feel free to request reviews for any of the following albums from staff or contributors.

65daysofstatic – Silent Running (Hassle Records)
Author – Author {UK} (Tectonic) – Deviant
Blut Aus Nord 777 – The Desanctification (Season of Mist) – Kyle Ward
Cappadonna – The Pilgrimage (Fat Beats)
Caveman – Coco Beware (Original Recordings Group)
Childish Gambino – Camp (Glass Note)
Cloudkicker – Let Yourself Be Huge (Self Released)
Coronatus – Terra Incognita (Massacre Records)
Cynic – Carbon Based Anatomy (Season of Mist)
Drake – Take Care (Cash Money)
Eisregen – Madenreich [EP] (Massacre Records)
Elm Street – Barbed Wire Metal (Massacre Records)
FaltyDL – Atlantis [EP] (Ninja Tune) – Deviant
Goldmund – All Will Prosper (Western Vinyl)
Gym Class Heroes – The Papercut Chronicles II (Fueled By Ramen)
Has-Lo – Conversation B (Mello Music Group)
The Jigsaw Seen – Winterland (Vibro-phonic)
Los Campesinos – Hello Sadness (Arts & Crafts) – Channing Freeman
Leigh Nash – Hymns & Sacred Songs (Kingsway Music)
Newsboys – God’s Not Dead (Inpop)
Laura Pausini – Inedito (Warner Music Latina)
The Orb – C Batter C (Elefant Spain)
Pianos Become the Teeth – Lack Long After (Topshelf Records)
Pink Martini – A Retrospective (Heinz Records)
Quelle Chris – Shotgun & Sleek Rifle (Synergy Works)
R.E.M. – Part Lies, Part Heart, part Truth, Part Garbage: 1982-2011 (Warner Bros.)
Seventh Day Slumber – The Anthem of Angels (Bec Recordings)
Sigur Ros – INNI [Live CD/DVD] (XL Recordings)
Slash – Made…

Here’s a list of major new releases for the week of November 8, 2011. Please feel free to request reviews for any of the following albums from staff or contributors.

65Daysofstatic – We Were Exploding Anyway [US-only 2-CD release] (MONOTREME RECORDS)
Absolute Body Control – Shattered Illusion (Metropolis Records)
Aesthetic Perfection – All Beauty Destroyed (Metropolis Records)
Angels and Airwaves – Love Pt. II (Rocket Science) – Steve M.
Animals As Leaders – Weightless (Prosthetic Records)
Apodiablosis – Tardigrade (Self Released)
As I Lay Dying – Decas (Metal Blade)
Atlas Sound – Parallax (4AD Records) – Robin Smith
Autumn – Cold Comfort (Metal Blade)
Buraka Som Sistema – Komba (Enchufada)
Judy Collins – Bohemian (Wildflower)
Jonathan Coulton – Artificial Heart (Jocoserious Records)
The Dear & Departed – Every Waking Moment (Equal Vision Records)
Disturbed – The Lost Children (Reprise)
Brian Eno – Panic Of Looking (Warp Records)
Johnny Foreigner – Johnny Foreigner vs Everything (Alcopop!) – Adam Knott
Four Year Strong – In Some Way, Shape, or Form (Universal Republic)
Funeral for a Friend – See You All in Hell (Distiller Records)
Noel Gallagher – Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds (Mercury)
Glyder – Backroads To Byzantium (Steamhammer)
Gold Panda – DJ-Kicks: Gold Panda (!K7) – Deviant
Il Divo – Wicked Game (Columbia)
iVardensphere – APOK (Metropolis Records)
Keith Jarrett – Rio (ECM Records)
Kottonmouth Kings – Hidden Stash 5-Bong Loads & B-Sides (Suburban Noize)
David Lynch – Crazy Clown Time (Play It Again Sam)
M+A – Things.Yes (MONOTREME

The first round of promotions is officially over. Click here for the final list of those that made the transition. New staff should click here to be added to the staff Last.fm page and new contributors should click here for their page.

Here’s a list of major new releases for the week of November 1, 2011. Please feel free to request reviews for any of the following albums from staff or contributors.

The Beach Boys – The Smile Sessions [Box Set] (Capitol)
Justin Bieber – Under The Mistletoe (Island Records)
Blouse – Blouse (Captured Tracks)
Susan Boyle – Someone To Watch Over Me (Columbia)
The Decemberists – Long Live the King (Capitol) – Steve M.
The Dreaming – Puppet (Epochal Artists Rec.)
Elizabeth! – Brainchildren (Canopy Jazz)
Florence and the Machine – Ceremonials (Universal Records) – Keelan H.
Girl In A Coma – Exists & All The Rest (Blackheart Records)
Idle Warship – Habits Of The Heart (Fontana)
Insane Clown Posse – Featuring Freshness (Psychopathic)
Joker – The Vision (4AD) – Deviant
Carole King – A Holiday Carole (HEAR MUSIC)
Krisiun – The Great Execution (Century Media)
Miranda Lambert – Four The Record (SONY NASHVILLE)
Lou Reed and Metallica – Lulu (Warner Bros.)
Megadeth – TH1RT3EN (Roadrunner Records) – Mike Stagno
Mike Patton – Solitude of Prime Numbers (Ipecac Recordings)
Rapper Big Pooh – Dirty Pretty Things (For Members Only)
Sick of it All – Nonstop (Century Media)
Slipknot –

In case you missed it, there was a new group of people promoted last night (and earlier in the week). Please join me in welcoming our new Contributors, Staff, and even a new Moderator.

Earlier in the week my friend and yours, Channing Freeman, made the historical leap from Emeritus to Sputnik Moderator. Tread lightly for his wrath is limitless.

After resting for a few days, Mx returned and delivered us a new batch of contributors & staff. Please welcome them, as well.



- Deviant.

- Adam Knott

- Sowingseason

- Crysis *


- Alex Robertson

- This Life is Genocide

- Irving

- AngelofDeath

- iFghtffyrdmns

- Voivod

- pizzamachine *

- Eli (Xenophanes) *

You might also notice that Jom and I underwent a title change from Moderator to Sputnik ModAdmin. This last promotion will have very little effect on the average user but it’s there. Anyway, congratulations to our new promotions and if you weren’t promoted this cycle, just keep trying.


* Late addition due to accidental omission during the initial promotions

There will be a few extra news items over the last few months of the year as we gear up for promotions, year-end lists and even a surprise or two. The first surprise that we have for you is the fact that we’ve added another moderator — our own Channing Freeman. So, go flood his shoutbox with congratulatory praise, ass kissing, thinly veiled threats and random requests for favors (or you could if he hadn’t disabled his shoutbox).

Here’s a list of major new releases for the week of October 25, 2011. Please feel free to request reviews for any of the following albums from staff or contributors.

Acylum – Karzinom (Alfa Matrix)
A Loss for Words – No Sanctuary (Rise Records)
Banner Pilot – Hearts Beats Pacific (Fat Wreck Chords)
The Beets – Let The Poison Out (HARDLY ART)
Black Rock & Ron – Stop the World – Stop the World (Get On Down)
Black Sun Aeon – Blacklight Deliverance (Stay Heavy Records)
Black Tusk – Set the Dial (Relapse)
Boyz II Men – Twenty {UK} (Universal UK)
Michael Buble – Christmas (Reprise)
Casey Veggies – Sleeping In Class (Delicious Vinyl)
Kelly Clarkson – Stronger (RCA) – Steve M.
Coldplay – Mylo Xyloto (Capitol Records)
DarkDriveClinic – Noise In My Head (Metropolis Records)
De/Vision – Popgefahr: The Mix (Metropolis Records)
Death – Individual Thought Patterns [Remastered] (Relapse)
Deer Tick – Divine Providence (Partisan Records)
Dirty Projectors and Bjork – Mount Wittenberg Orca (Domino)
Dub Trio – Dub Trio IV (Roir Records)
Giant Squid –

Here’s a list of major new releases for the week of October 11, 2011. Please feel free to request reviews for any of the following albums from staff or contributors.

3 – The Ghost You Gave to Me (Metal Blade)
Absolute Body Control – Wind[Re]Wind (Metropolis Records)
Absu – Abzu (Candlelight)
Ryan Adams – Ashes & Fire (Capitol Records) – Rudy Klapper
Lauren Alaina – Wildflower (Mercury Nashville)
Amebix – Sonic Mass (Easy Action)
Angelspit – Hello My Name Is (Metropolis Records)
As You Drown – Rat King (Metal Blade)
Bella Novela – The Archeress (Self Released)
Binary Park – The Deviated (Metropolis Records)
Bjork – Biophilia (Nonesuch) – Nick Butler
Casiokids – Aabenbaringen Over Aaskammen (Polyvinyl Records)
Charred Walls of the Damned – Cold Winds on Timeless Days (Metal Blade)
Crooked Fingers – Breaks In The Armor (Merge Records)
Cymbals Eat Guitars – Lenses Alien (Barsuk)
Divine Ascension – As The Truth Appears (Nightmare Records)
Electric Six – Heartbeats and Brainwaves (Metropolis Records)
Erasure – Tomorrow’s World (Mute)
Evanescence – Evanescence (Wind-Up)
The Field – Lopping State Of Mind (Kompakt Germany) – Deviant
Five Finger Death Punch – American Capitalist (Prospect Park)
Future Islands – On the Water (Thrill Jockey)
Graveworm – Fragments Of Death {EU} (Massacre Records)

John Wesley Harding – The Sound of His Own Voice (Yep Roc Records)
Mayer Hawthorne – How Do You Do (Republic)
Tim Hecker – Dropped Pianos (Kranky)
Joe Henry…

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