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Year End Lists – Individual

It’s a grand celebration!  The SMA’s are back for the third and possibly final time, and quite frankly even that’s a miracle.  But I forced myself to have time to host one more of these god forsaken best-of-Barnes & Nobles (I upgraded from buying all my CD’s at Target, bitches) and we find ourselves at […]

50 Best of 2016 From Norwegian Pop to Dad Thrash ——————————— 2016 was a pretty good year for music. Admittedly, there was nothing that I would call a classic or game changer, but there was a huge influx of albums I would still refer to as excellent or outstanding. It wasn’t just the great albums […]

Hello, friends. If you made it here without any malware warnings, breathe a sigh of relief. As is the yearly tradition, I hope all of you were “Down with the Christmas” this week, no matter what festive holiday you celebrated: Stream: The Paybacks – “Down with the Christmas” (3:55) Similar to my entry last year […]

Rather than boring Sputnik’s readership with a numbered list of all the metal albums I liked and then spending three paragraphs bitching about how much metal sucked this year and how xSPONGECOREx is neither funny nor well made, I’ll instead bore you with a wall of text regarding the dichotomy that was metal in 2014. […]

It’s been a pretty good year for music. We had quite a few bands get back together and make some excellent music. There was also quite  a few other artists that just continue to churn out quality releases, and of course there were also a few surprises. Anyway, different people use different criteria to make […]

Hello, friends! As is our yearly tradition here, I hope all of you were “Down with the Christmas” this week, no matter what festive holiday you celebrate: Stream: The Paybacks – “Down with the Christmas” (3:55) I decided to break this entry down into 3 components: the Jom Expansion Pack (25 albums that missed my […]

26. Shugo Takumaru: “Katachi” 25. Gaytheist: “Stomach Pains” 24. Kvelertak: “Bruane Brenn” 23. Beastwars: “Realms” 22. Ghost B.C.: “Year Zero” 21. Darwin Deez: “You Can’t Be My Girl” 20. Dope Body: “Leather Head” 19. Coliseum: “Doing Time” 18. Meshuggah: “I Am Colossus” 17. M.I.A.: “Bring The Noize” 16. MGMT: “Your Life Is A Lie” 15. […]

——————————————————————————————————————————- So, I have neither the time nor the ability to be creative with my list this year, but there were definitely things that are worth sharing so here goes (just about) nothing… Note: I used Spotify links because it’s free and you don’t have to sign up as long as you use your Facebook […]

Why is Santa’s sack so big? He only comes once a year. (Much like my review publishing rate in 2012, evidently.) I think it goes without saying that my musical authority on this site has the approximate utility value of a glass hammer or a chocolate teapot, but I digress. It’s a bit of fun […]

Songs of ’12 | Shows of ’12 25. Sleigh Bells – Reign of Terror “End of the Line” | Spotify Sleigh Bells always struck me as sort of a gimmick, a one-trick pony on their debut Treats. To be honest, that trick, which makes Nigel Tufnel’s “but these go to eleven” explanation a parody of […]

Right off the bat I’ll announce that I didn’t get as much of a kick out of 2012, especially when I put it up for comparison next to 2011. Whereas I had trouble putting together a coherent and definite Top 30 last year, this year a decent amount of 3.5s sneaked into my Top 25 […]

Time marches on.  Happy Holidays, everybody. 25. Bob Dylan – Tempest “Duquesne Whistle” is the best song of 2012 that I laughed at upon first listen.  The opening bars sound like some fogeyish variety-hour bullshit, but then the snare kicks in and the song picks up with two-chord electric guitar accents, and it’s clear that […]

As the year draws to a close, I reflect upon the vast amount of music released this year.  While 2012 won’t go down as a landmark year by anyone’s standards, it did see a number of incredibly solid releases.  We saw heartbreaking hiatuses and joy inducing reunions.  Not much truly left an incredible impact on […]

25-21 25. Mount Eerie – Clear Moon 24. Field Music – Plumb 23. Deftones – Koi No Yokan 22. The Gathering – Disclosure 21. Margot & The Nuclear So and So’s – Rot Gut, Domestic 09 Rosemary Listen: Deftones – “Rosemary” _________________________________________________________________________________ 20-16 20. Coheed & Cambria – The Afterman: Ascension 19. Astra – The […]

I won’t begin to say that I listened to all that 2012 had to offer in the metal department. Given the genre’s ever-increasing popularity, listening to every demo, split, EP, LP, or live album would have taken more time than the year itself had to offer us. It’s tough to say I would even want […]

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