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In the hours following my blog post on Black Robot vs. Bl_ck R_b_ts, I received an email from the former’s PR person, Jenn. She’s given me permission to publish our correspondence verbatim. Hi Dave, As someone who works for the band in the US, I just wanted to clarify a few things that your story […]

I miss big ideas. I lament their loss, in fact. I miss the sweeping gestures once made that attempted to understand oneself, a body of people, humanity as a whole, the very world entire. I was not around for these grand ideas (or, at least not in the intellectual capacity I possess now), yet I […]

“Knock knock.” “Who’s there?” “Jonathan Brightman from Buckcherry.” “Jonathan Brightman from Buckcherry who?” “Jonathan Brightman from Buckcherry and I’m suing you.” “No, seriously, who the fuck are you?” I wasn’t there for the first email exchange between Jonathan Brightman – ex- of sentimental LA hard rockers Buckcherry and, since 2008, of sentimental LA hard rockers Black […]

John Legend posted a cover of Adele’s hit song “Rolling in the Deep” for instant download to his Soundcloud page on Wednesday evening. The cover is entirely a capella, and continues to rise Legend’s stock in my book. The harmonies are smoky and perfectly minimal, setting the perfect tone for Legend’s famously soulful pipes to […]

EPs | 50-31 | 30-11 | 10-1 10. Arcade Fire – The Suburbs [Myspace] // [Review] The Suburbs suffers the same fate as its predecessor Neon Bible, and that is basically that it isn’t Funeral. But outside of its failure to live up to the unreasonably lofty expectations of the band’s debut, this is yet […]

EPs | 50-31 | 30-11 | 10-1 30. The Flashbulb – Arboreal [Myspace] // [Review] On Soundtrack to A Vacant Life, Benn Jordan seemed like he was on the verge of death. All but consumed by emotion, bleak and foreboding, his 2008 LP was intriguing in its dark soundscapes and irking ambience. Flash forward to 2010, […]

EPs | 50-31 | 30-11 | 10-1 50. Kylesa – Spiral Shadow [Myspace] // [Review] In the decade that they have been together, Kylesa’s story has been one of constant improvement, and in this sense, Spiral Shadow doesn’t disappoint. Although they retain the sludgy hardcore energy that made them good in the first place, the […]

EPs | 50-31 | 30-11 | 10-1 10. Pariah – Safehouses [Myspace] // [Review] For all the comparisons Pariah’s music has bought him, Safehouses manages to stand on its own two feet as something refreshingly joyous; its a romanticized nostalgic look back at a more colorful period that ever so slowly gave rise to a […]

I write this blog with one arm pinned behind my back. That’s not the premise of some crazy St. Patrick’s Day drinking game. I’ve a trapped nerve in my neck and it really fucking hurts, and this is the only way I can relieve the pain and function with some level of normality. This is […]

It’s odd, as a journalist, to interview someone you’ve known for nearly a decade. I’ve known Rody Walker in some capacity since I was 14. Two years older than me, Rody was the long-haired, shredded jean-wearing frontman of Ontario’s fastest growing punk band. It was 2003 and Protest the Hero, formerly Happy Go Lucky, were […]

To coincide with the group’s debut release in North America – and their second overall – we’ve teamed up with the lovely Sargent House and the Richter Collective to offer you a stream of the Wexford trio’s eponymously-named second album. Touted by none other than me as “a bold step and one that marks them […]

Times have been tough lately. I’m 64 years old now, and there just isn’t the same demand for wildlife paintings and woodcuts as there was when I was 25.  Income has been scarce and I’ve had some close calls with paying the bills.  Many times these past few months have I considered hanging myself in […]

It has recently come to my attention that not only do some of you people have lives outside of Sputnik but that there is an entire new phenomenon in this earth known as “blogging.” Apparently there are individuals who see fit to condense their thoughts on music into chunks of less than a thousand words […]

It’s difficult to get a handle on Frank Turner’s solo career. He’s released three full-length albums (and is about to release a fourth), but even right after Love, Ire & Song came out, he was a folk hero, an emotional icon with all the requisite traits:  honesty, longing, anger, and an acoustic guitar.  This was […]

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