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Sarah Fimm’s upcoming album, Near Infinite Possibility, is going to be released on May 5th and the first single from that album is “Yellow.” If you’re familiar with Sarah Fimm’s music then you’ll know that the album title is the perfect description for the way Sarah seems to view life as well as the potential direction of every new album. She has delivered such a wide array of music over the course of four albums that it’s hard to ever predict what she might do next. She’s dabbled in trip hop, ambient, soulful acoustic rock and even some atmospheric alt. rock.

If “Yellow” is any indication of the direction of Near Infinite Possibility then we’re going to be in for quite a treat. “Yellow” continues Sarah’s move towards an organic sound that relies much more on live instruments than on electronics. The song is mellow, emotional and even kind of depressing. The depressing atmosphere shouldn’t really come as much of a surprise once it’s learned that the song (and video) were inspired by Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s short story, “The Yellow Wallpaper,” a dark collection of journal entries written by a woman whose husband has put her on “rest cure;” confining her to a bedroom of a house that he has rented for the summer. Forbidden to work, she has to hide her journal entries from him, so that she can recuperate from what he calls a “temporary nervous depression —a slight hysterical tendency,” a diagnosis common…

The Users’ Top albums of 2010 feature is coming along at a steady pace and is set to begin on Friday (barring any unforeseen issues). In the meantime, our contributing reviewer Deviant has compiled a list of the albums that just barely missed the cut. If you’d like to see albums 100 through 51 as chosen by the users of Sputnik Music click here: 100 – 51

The next order of business is to draw your attention to this post which outlines some criteria concerning your indiviudal user names on the site. If you have a long/excessive/questionable screen name for the site, you may want to take a look at the linked post.

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

Adebisi Shank – This is the Second Album of a Band Called Adebisi Shank (Sargent House) – Dave de Sylvia
As Blood Runs Black – Instinct (MEDIASKARE)
Avantasia – The Flying Opera {EU} (Nuclear Blast)
Travis Barker – Give The Drummer Some (Interscope Records)
Miranda Cosgrove – High Maintenance [EP] (SBME/Columbia)
Deadlock – Bizarro World (LIFEFORCE RECORDS) – Trey Spencer
The Dodos – No Color (Frenchkiss)
The Flashbulb – Love As A Dark Hallway (Self Released)
Funeral For A Friend – Welcome Home Armageddon (Good Fight) – Davey Boy
J. Mascis – Several…

Believer fans should always expect the band to constantly push ahead and deliver something challenging. This is, after all, the band that mixed technical thrash with violins and an opera singer on their 1993 release, Dimensions. They’re also the ones that came back after sixteen years of silence and immediately pushed their sound in a new quirky prog direction on Gabriel without abandoning their thrash roots. If “G.U.T.” is any indication of what Believer’s upcoming album, Transhuman, is going to sound like, though, it appears that their most challenging album is still ahead.

Believer – Transhuman — Released on April 12

Here’s a list of major new releases for the week of March 08 , 2011. Please feel free to request reviews for any of the following albums from staff or contributors.

Agnostic Front – That’s Life [7"] (Bridge Nine Records)
Angelspit – Carbon Beauty  (Metropolis Records) – Trey Spencer
Augury – Concealed (Sonic Unyon)
Ava Inferi – Onyx (SEASON MIST)
Banjo Or Freakout – Banjo Or Freakout (Rare Book Room Records)
Benedictum – Dominion (Frontiers Records)
Blood Ceremony – Living With the Ancients (Rise Above Records)
Carol Bui – Red Ship (Ex Oh Records)
Burzum – Fallen ( Byelobog Productions)
Children of Bodom – Relentless Reckless Forever (Fontana Universal)
Bruce Cockburn – Small Source Of Comfort (TRUE NORTH)
Colosseum – Chapter 3: Parasomnia (Firebox Country)
Dance Gavin Dance – Downtown Battle Mountain Pt. II (Rise)
Defeater – Empty Days & Sleepless Nights (Bridge Nine Records) – Adam Thomas
Dinosaur Bones – My Divider (Dine Alone Records)
Empress Hotel – Empress Hotel (Park the Van Records)
Riley Etheridge, Jr. – Power Keg (Rock Ridge Music)
Sara Evans – Stronger (SONY NASHVILLE)
Lupe Fiasco – Lasers (Atlantic) – Sobhi Abdul-Rakhman
Ghostpoet – Peanut Butter Blues & Melancholy Jam (Brownswood)
Ghost & Writer – Shipwrecks (Metropolis Records)
Aaron Gillespie – Anthem Song (Tooth & Nail Records)
Grails – Deep Politics (Temporary Residence)
The High Kings – Memory Lane (Ard Ri Entertainment)
Sierra Hull – Daybreak (Rounder)
The…

Here’s a list of major new releases for the week of March 01 , 2011. Please feel free to request reviews for any of the following albums from staff or contributors.

Marsha Ambrosius – Late Nights, Early Mornings (J-Records)
Agnostic Front – My Life My Way {EU} (Nuclear Blast Records)
Francesca Battistelli – Hundred More Years (Fervent Records)
Beady Eye – Different Gear, Still Speeding (Dangerbird) – Joseph Viney
Apollo Brown – Clouds (Mello Music Group)
Bugsy Da God – The Terrorist Advocate (Napalm Recordings)
Anna Calvi – Anna Calvi (Domino)
Harry Connick Jr. – In Concert on Broadway (Columbia)
DeVotchKa – 100 Lovers (ANTI-)
Simone Dinnerstein – Bach Strange Beauty (Sony Import)
Dropkick Murphys – Going Out In Style (DROPKICK MURPHYS)
Alexander Ebert – Alexander (Vagrant Records)
Linda Eder – Now (SONY MASTERWORKS)
Eisley – The Valley (Equal Vision Records) – Trey Spencer
Melissa Etheridge – Icon (Island)
Everyone Dies In Utah – Seeing Clearly (Tragic Hero Records)
Forever The Sickest Kids – Forever The Sickest Kids (Motown) – Davey Boy
Gideon – Costs (Facedown)
Go Radio – Lucky Street (Fearless Records) – Davey Boy
Grayceon – All We Destroy (Profound Lore)
Nicolas Jaar – Space Is Only Noise (Circus Company)
Aaron Lewis – Town Line (STROUDAVARIOUS)
Liquid Mind – DREAM: A Liquid Mind Experience (Real Music)
Lykke Li – Wounded Rhymes (Atlantic)
Buddy Miller – Majestic Silver Strings (New West Records)

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

Adele – 21 (Columbia) – Joseph Viney
The Aviator Set – Better Days [EP] (Self Released)
Julianna Barwick – The Magic Place (Asthmatic Kitty) – Robin Smith
Bayside – Killing Time (Wind-Up) – Davey Boy
Before the Dawn – Deathstar Rising {EU} (Nuclear Blast)
Jonny Burke – Distance And Fortune (Dreamcar Records)
Civet – Love & War (Hellcat Records)
Darkest Hour – The Human Romance (eOne Music) – Jared Ponton
Destroy Rebuild Until God Shows – D.R.U.G.S. (Sire/Decaydance)
DevilDriver – Beast (Roadrunner Records)
Die Apokalyptischen Reiter – Moral & Wahnsinn {EU} (Nuclear Blast Records)
Earth – Angels Of Darkness, Demons Of Light 1 (Southern Lord)
Eat Sugar – Levantense (Mush)
Evergrey – Glorious Collision (Steamhammer)
G. Love – Fixin to Die (Brushfire Records)
Handguns – Don’t Bite Your Tongue (Pure Noise Ent.)
I See Stars – The End of the World Party (Sumerian Records) – Davey Boy
Jamie xx/Gil Scott Heron – We’re New Here (XL)
Kerouac/The Long Haul – Split EP (Tangled Talk Records)
Komor Kommando – Oil, Steel & Rhythm (Alfa Matrix)
The Low Anthem – Smart Flesh (Nonesuch)
Luttenberger*Klug – Unsere Zeit (Universal)
Malakwa – Street Preacher (Alfa Matrix)
Mercenary – Metamorphosis (NoiseArt Records)
Moonsorrow – Varjoina Kuljemme Kuolleiden

“Temptress” by In Every Breath from JNP Productions on Vimeo.

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After more than three years, In Every Breath are back with four new songs in the form of their latest EP, Awakening. At first it might seem like a long time to wait for another EP, but during those three years they had to endure a few line-up changes. Awakening is the first In Every Breath recording to feature the band’s new guitar and bass player. The video is for the song ‘Temptress’ and is a pretty decent representation of their current sound. Awakening was released on February 8th and is currently available through iTunes and Amazon Digital. The full EP is also streaming here.

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In Every Breath – Awakening — Released February 8th

Stream the entire album at Bandcamp.com

 

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German melodic death metal/metalcore/metal (depending on the album you’re listening to) band, Deadlock, have released a video for the song “Virus Jones.” The song is taken from their upcoming album, Bizarro World, which is scheduled to be released on March 15th through Lifeforce Records.

Bizarro World is a continuation of the band’s push towards a mainstream sound. While the metalcore and death metal elements are still present, they’ve been injected with a strong pop influence. This has lead to some of the band’s strongest choruses to date, but the music itself isn’t nearly as powerful as it was in the past. Overall, Deadlock are only asking their fans to accept the ongoing transition that has been in progress since the band’s inception – a slow evolution towards an equal blend of soaring pop melodies and powerful metallic riffs combined with the divergent styles of Johannes Prem’s growls and Sabine Weniger’s powerful clean singing.

 

– “Procrastination is the art of keeping up with yesterday.”

It may already be six weeks into 2011, but we’re not going to let that stop us from giving the users of SputnikMusic a voice. Between now and the end of the month you can go here to vote for your favorite albums of 2010. Just make sure you read the rules before voting.

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

An Aesthetic Anaesthetic – Ghosts in the Red Wilderness (Bandcamp)
Armageddon Dildos – Untergrund (ALFA-MATRIX)
A Skylit Drive – Identity on Fire (Fearless Records)
Asobi Seksu – Fluorescence (Polyvinyl Records)
Awol One & Factor – The Landmark (Fake Four)
Lisa Batiashvili – Echoes of Time (Deutsche Grammophon)
Beans – End It All (Anticon)
Bright Eyes – The People’s Key (Saddle Creek) – Adam Thomas
Brown Recluse – Evening Tapestry (Slumberland Records)
Chixdiggit! – Safeways Here We Come (Fat Wreck Chords)
Close To Home – Never Back Down (Razor & Tie)
Common Man Down – Self Addiction [EP] (Bit Riot Records)
Cowboy Junkies – Demons (Razor & Tie)
Darkest Era – Last Caress of Light (Metal Blade)
DC the Midi Alien – Avengers Airwaves (Brick Records)
The Dears – Degeneration Street (Dangerbird Spain)
Death – Sound of Perseverance [Reissue] (Relapse)
Deicide –…

Here’s a list of major new releases for the week of February 08 , 2011. Please feel free to request reviews for any of the following albums from staff or contributors.

…And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead – Tao of the Dead (SUPERBALL MUSIC) – Rudy Klapper
Akron/Family – S/T II: The Cosmic Birth and Journey of Shinju TNT (DEAD OCEANS)
David Arkenstone – Ambient World (Domo Records)
Nicole Atkins – Mondo Amore (Razor & Tie)
Belphegor – Blood Magick Necromance {USA} (Nuclear Blast)
James Blake – James Blake (Universal Republic)
Tion Bukue – Nome De Plume (Bandcamp)
Covenant – Modern Ruin (Metropolis Records)
Crowbar – Sever The Wicked Hand (Entertainment One Music)
Cut Copy – Zonoscope (Modular Records) – Rudy Klapper
Dave Dub/Sutter Cain Gang – Mind Police (M9 Entertainment)
Miles Davis – Bitches Brew LIVE (Sony Legacy)
Edge of Dawn – Stage Fright [EP] (Metropolis Records)
Kurt Elling – The Gate (Concord Records)
Esben & The Witch – Violet Cries (Matador Records)
Joe Farrell – Penny Arcade (101 DISTRIBUTION)
Fen – Epoch (Code666)
Goldenboy – Sleepwalker (Eenie Meenie Records)
Hell Rell and J.R. Writer – Gun Clap (Siccness.net)
Helrunar – Sol I – Der Dorn Im Nebel (Prophecy)
Hocico – Tiempos de Furia (Metropolis Records)
In Every Breath – Awakening [EP] (Band Camp)
Late Night Alumni – Haunted [Digital Only] (Ultra Records)
LBC Crew – Haven’t You Heard (Wideawake

Here’s a list of major new releases for the week of February 01 , 2011. Please feel free to request reviews for any of the following albums from staff or contributors.

Abysmal Dawn – Leveling the Plane of Existence (Relapse Records) – Jared Ponton
Amplifier – The Octopus (Self-Released)
Chase and Status – No More Idols (Mercury Records)
The Civil Wars – Barton Hollow (101 DISTRIBUTION)
Steve Cole – Moonlight (Artistry Music)
The Dirtbombs – Party Store (In the Red Records)
Aretha Franklin – The Great American Songbook (Arista)
Thomas Giles – Pulse (Metal Blade)
The Go! Team – Rolling Blackouts (Memphis Industries) – Robin Smith
Paul Hardcastle – Desire (TRIPPIN & RHYTHM)
Dave Hause – Resolutions ( Paper + Plastick Records)
Hercules and Love Affair – Blue Songs (Moshi Moshi Music)
The Insane Warrior (RJD2) – We are the Doorways (RJ’s Electrical Connections)
The JaneDear Girls – The JaneDear Girls (Reprise)
Lazarus A.D. – Black Rivers Flow (Metal Blade Records)
Bobby Long – A Winter Tale (ATO Records)
David Lowery – The Palace Guards (429 Records)
Manowar – Battle Hymns MMXI – Battle Hymns 2011 (MAGIC CIRCLE MUSIC)
Bob Marley – Live Forever: The Stanley Theatre, Pittsburgh PA [2 CDs] (TUFF GONG/UMGD)
Ricky Martin – Musica + Alma + Sexo (Sony U.S. Latin)
Matisyahu – Live at Stubb’s Vol.II (RED GENERAL CATALOG)
Me First and the Gimme Gimmes – Go Down Under (Fat Wreck Chords)
North Mississippi Allstars…

Eisley’s first album in almost four years is about to be released through Equal Vision Records on March 1st. The album is called The Valley, and this song “Ambulance” is taken from it.

The Valley was recorded at Rosewood Studios in their hometown of Tyler, Texas, with producer/engineers Gary Leach and Austin Deptula (LeAnn Rimes), and mixed by Andy Freeman at Bay Area Tone in San Francisco. The album’s title refers to the emotional turmoil that the DuPree sisters, who front Eisley, experienced as they crafted their third album: Sherri enduring a failed marriage; Chauntelle, a broken engagement; and Stacy, a painful breakup. The only relationship that ended on their terms was the split with Warner Bros. Records, the label that released their first two albums and several EPs. Promising to bring listeners through the band’s darkest and most trying times, “The Valley” reveals their strength, patience and perseverance. On tracks like “Smarter” and “Sad,” there’s a musical aggression and emotional urgency that transports you to the moment they were written, laying bare the open wound of the broken heart. And the chilling album closer, “Ambulance,” is an icy snapshot of the very moment of betrayal and abandonment. Elsewhere, there’s a stately solace in the hopeful “Kind” and whimsical “Mr. Moon,” and buoyant string arrangements decorate opener “The Valley” and “Watch It Die.”

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

Adele – 21 (XL/Columbia) – Joseph Viney
Architects – The Here And Now (Century Media)
Andre Afram Asmar – Harmonic Emergency (Mush)
Arafel – For Battles Once Fought (Noise Art Records) – Jared Ponton
Cloud Nothings – Cloud Nothings (Carpark Records)
Cold War Kids – Mine Is Yours (Interscope) – Rudy Klapper
Tony Cook – Back To Reality (Stones Throw Records)
Deerhoof – Deerhoof Vs Evil (Polyvinyl Records)
Demdike Stare – Tryptych (Modern Love)
Destroyer – Kaputt (Merge Records) – Keelan H.
EkoTren – The Dead of Night (Burnhill Union Records)
The Gaddabouts – The Gaddabouts (Redeye Label)
Gang of Four – Content (Yep Roc Records)
The Get Up Kids – There Are Rules (Quality Hill Records) – Adam Thomas
Helene Grimaud – Resonances (Decca)
Iron & Wine – Kiss Each Other Clean (Warner Bros.)
Talib Kweli – Gutter Rainbows (Javotti Media/3D)
Amos Lee – Mission Bell (Blue Note Records) – Monica Skoko
James Vincent McMorrow – Early in the Morning (Vagrant Records)
Mother Of Mercy – IV: Symptoms Of Existence (Bridge Nine Records)
Onry Ozzborn – Hold on For Dear Life (Fake Four Inc.)
Papercranes – Let’s Make Babies in

Here’s a list of major new releases for the week of January 18 , 2011. Please feel free to request reviews for any of the following albums from staff or contributors.

The Afro Soultet – Afrodesia (Luv N Haight)
Gregg Allman – Low Country Blues (Rounder)
Aquabats – Hi-Five Soup! (Fearless Records)
Blackmore’s Night – Autumn Sky (Spinefarm/Fontana)
James Blunt – Some Kind Of Trouble (Atlantic)
Braids – Native Speaker (Kanine Records) – Adam Downer
Cobra Skulls – Bringing The War Home (Fat Wreck Chords)
The Decemberists – The King Is Dead (Capitol) – Adam Thomas
Elusive – Hip Hop For Hipsters (Elusive)
Brandon Heath – Leaving Eden (Provident)
Lady Lazarus – Mantic (Apartment Life Records)
Steve Lukather – All’s Well That Ends Well (Mascot Records)
Madlib – Low Budget High Fi Music (Madlib Invazion)
Moon Blazers – The Milky Williams Quintet (Domination Recordings)
Motorhead – The World Is Yours (Motörhead Music/UDR) – Joseph Viney
Amanda Palmer – Amanda Palmer Goes Down Under (Self Released)
Pearl Jam – Live On Ten Legs (Monkeywrench)
Roomful of Blues – Hook, Line & Sinker (Alligator Records)
The Sand Band – All Through the Night (Go To Hell/Deltasonic) – Keelan H.
The Script – Science & Faith (Phonogenic) – Davey Boy
Smith Westerns – Dye It Blonde (Fat Possum)
Social Distortion – Hard Times And Nursery Rhymes (Epitaph)
Stratovarius – Elysium

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10. Joanna Newsom – Have One On Me

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As much as year-end lists are basically a conglomeration of everything said about an album over a twelve-month period, it would be criminal not to repeat once more the artistic merits of Joanna Newsom. Newsom went from a quirky (bordering on annoying) harpist intent on increasing her listeners’ patience to a well-developed songwriter and accomplished vocalist who learned how to trim the fat from her songs to create a much better product, and from an elfish girl who posed in animal skins to a sexy woman in hot pants and high heels. She has always had ambition, but never has she been as focused as she is on Have One on Me, which overflows with realized potential and the kind of songs we always knew she could write. Perhaps what is most surprising about the album is the fact that, after her grating warble on Ys, the songs on this album go down easy. Yes, like falling asleep. – Channing F.

09. Deerhunter – Halcyon Digest

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Perhaps the most surprising thing about Halcyon Digest was just how warm everything sounds. Whereas Bradford Cox and company’s earlier work was an…

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