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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

It’s with a heavy heart and jazz hands that we bid farewell today to two of our longest-serving staff members.

Channing Freeman and Nick Greer have given a lot to the site in their time here – Nick being one of the few to remain from the site’s launch – and we thank them for everything. They’ll still be back from time to time to contribute reviews and blogs, but for all intents and purposes they can now be considered Professors Emeritus of Sputnik Univ… sorry, that’s way too cheesy. They gone, basically.

Vicious Social Darwinists that we are, though, we’ve wasted little time in giving birth to a new litter of contributor-level and staff babies. We decided to break with convention on this occasion and actively began to advertise the position outside the existing community. The result was that we received over double the number of applications as we have in previous rounds of promotions.

Overwhelmed by the quality of applications put forward, we’ve decided to go ahead and bring in four new contributors (on top of the two added before Christmas) and five new staff members -three from the existing contributor pool and two who impressed us so much we decided to take a leap of faith and grandfather them in at the highest level.

We’d like to thank everybody who applied for both staff and contributor positions. We were pleasantly surprised at the consistently high standard of the applications and many of you can consider yourselves…

Happy holidays to all of the Sputnik Music faithful. The last four weeks of the year are a notoriously slow time for new releases, and it just doesn’t make sense to release multiple news articles during such a slow time period. The following is a list of major releases through the end of 2010. Please feel free to request reviews for any of the following albums from staff or contributors. This article will be updated as necessary.

Week of December 07
Amia Venera Landscape - The Long Procession (Self Released) – Trey Spencer
Natasha Bedingfield – Strip Me (Epic)
Copywrite – Life & Times/Peter Nelson (Man Bites Dog Records)
Daft Punk – Tron Legacy [Soundtrack] (Walt Disney Records)
Damu The Fudgemunk – Supply For Demand (Redefinition Records)
Deadmau5 – 4×4=12 (Ultra Records)
Duffy – Endlessly (Mercury)
Flyleaf – Remember to Live (A&M/OCTONE)
Hinder – All American Nightmare (Universal Republic)
Christian Kane – The House Rules (Bigger Picture)
Plain White T’s – Wonders of the Younger (Hollywood Records)
Redman – Reggie (Def Jam)
T.I. – No Mercy (Atlantic)
Robin Trower – The Playful Heart (V-12 RECORDS)
Charlie Wilson – Just Charlie (Jive)

Week of December 14
Crystal Bowersox – Farmer’s Daughter (Jive)
Ciara – Basic Instinct (La Face)
The Damned Things – Ironiclast (Mercury)
Diddy and Dirty Money – The Last Train To Paris (Bad Boy Records)
Michael Jackson – Michael (Epic)
R. Kelly – Love Letter (Jive)
Like Moths…

The amount of quality new releases is slowing dwindling in favor of generic Christmas albums and greatest hits packages, but nothing can be done about that. To pass some time, consider reading Adam Thomas’ interview with Ryan Parrish of Darkest Hour.

Here’s a list of major new releases for the week of November 30 , 2010. Please feel free to request reviews for any of the following albums from staff or contributors.

Eric Benet – Lost In Time (Reprise/Wea)
Black Eyed Peas – The Beginning (Interscope Records)
Buckethead – Left Hanging (TDRS Music)
Circa Survive – Appendage [EP] (Atlantic Records)
Fefe Dobson – Joy (Island)
Ron Isley – Mr I (Def Jam)
JR & PH7 – The Update (SoulSpazm Records)
King Cannibal – The Way of the Ninja (Ninja Tune)
Tim McGraw – Number One Hits (Curb Records)
Chrisette Michele – Let Freedom Reign (Def Jam)
Miguel – All I Want Is You (Jive)
Soman – Noistyle [Digital Only] (Infacted)
The Republic of Wolves – Varuna (Self Released)
Flo Rida – Only One Flo (Part 1) (Atlantic)
Seven Days – Into Forever (Phantom Domestic)
Simian Mobile Disco – Delicacies (+1 Records)
Slim Thug – Tha Thug Show (Entertainment One Music)
Soulja Boy – The DeAndre Way (Interscope Records)
Jazmine Sullivan – Love Me Back (J-Records)
Steve Wynn – Northern Aggression (Yep Roc Records)

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The Republic of Wolves – Varuna

Here’s a list of major new releases for the week of November 23 , 2010. Please feel free to request reviews for any of the following albums from staff or contributors.

Agalloch – Marrow of the Spirit (Profound Lore)
After the Burial – In Dreams (SUMERIAN RECORDS)
Akon – Akonic (Konvict Muzik/Universal Motown)
Alchemist+Oh No – Gangrene: Gutter Water (DECON INC)
Lloyd Banks – H.F.M.2 (Hunger For More 2) (G-Unit/EMI)
Big L – Return of the Devil’s Son (SMC Recordings)
Justin Bieber – My Worlds Acoustic (101 DISTRIBUTION)
The Chariot – Long Live (Good Fight Music)
Crematory – Black Pearls {EU} (Massacre Records)
Darkwater – Where Stories End (RED GENERAL CATALOG)
Doro – 25 Years In Rock {EU} (Nuclear Blast)
Kevin Eubanks – Zen Food (Mack Avenue)
Fat Music Vol. 7: Harder, Fatter + Louder! [Various Artists] (Fat Wreck Chords)
God Dethroned – Under the Sign of the Iron Cross (Metal Blade)
Gotthard – Heaven: Best of Ballads Part 2 {EU} (Indie Europe/Zoom)
Hardcore Superstar – Split Your Lip {EU} (Indie Europe/Zoom)
Impaled Nazarene – Road to the Octagon (Osmose Records)
Inspectah Deck – Manifesto Redux (Urban Icons Records)
Alan Jackson – 34 Number Ones (Sony Nashville)
Jay-Z – The Hits Collection Vol. 1 (Def Jam)
Jesus Culture – Come Away (Km: Kingsway Music)
Ke$ha – Cannibal [EP] (RCA)
Killing Joke – Absolute Dissent (Universal Int’l)
Killing the Dream – Lucky Me (Deathwish Inc)
Maestro Fresh-Wes – The Black Tie Affair (MFW Records)
Yngwie…

Here’s a list of major new releases for the week of November 16 , 2010. Please feel free to request reviews for any of the following albums from staff or contributors.

Bryan Adams – Bare Bones (Decca)
A Day To Remember – What Separates Me From You (Victory Records)
Bombay Bicycle Club – Flaws (Island)
Cassidy – Cash (Entertainment One Music)
Crushed Stars – Convalescing In Braille (Simulacra Records)
Curren$y – Pilot Talk 2 (Def Jam)
Lee DeWyze – Live It Up (RCA)
Jackie Evancho – O Holy Night [CD/DVD] (Columbia)
Glee: The Music, The Christmas Album [Soundtrack] (Columbia)
Josh Groban – Illuminations (143 Records)
Norah Jones – …Featuring Norah Jones [Collection of Collaborations] (Blue Note Records)
Kid Rock – Born Free (Atlantic)
Annie Lennox – A Christmas Cornucopia (Decca Records)
Loreena McKennitt – The Wind That Shakes The Barley (Verve)
Nelly – 5.0 (Universal Motown)
P!nk – Greatest Hits…So Far!!! (La Face)
Pink Martini – Joy To The World (Heinz Records)
The Pipettes – Earth vs. The Pipettes (FORTUNA POP)
Rascal Flatts – Nothing Like This (Big Machine Records)
John Regan – Sorry I’m Late (Culture VI)
Rihanna – Loud (Def Jam)
Showbread – Who Can Know It? (Come&Live!)
Bruce Springsteen – The Promise [Compilation of Unreleased Songs] (Columbia)
Stereolab – Not Music (Drag City)
Solefald – Norrøn Livskunst (Indie Recordings) – Trey Spencer
Suicidal Angels – Dead Again (NoiseArt Records)
Chris Tomlin – And If Our…

Just a handful of weeks left before 2010 is officially over, but there are still a few more releases left that are going to be worth checking out. In the blog section, be sure to check out Tyler Munro’s interview with Kelly Shaefer of Atheist.

Here’s a list of major new releases for the week of November 09 , 2010. Please feel free to request reviews for any of the following albums from staff or contributors.

The Aquabats! – Radio Down! [EP] (Fearless Records)
Alter Bridge – AB III (Alter Bridge Recordings)
Marsha Ambrosius [Floetry] – Late Nights & Early Mornings (J-Records)
As I Lay Dying – The Powerless Rise [Box Set] (Metal Blade)
Atheist – Jupiter (Season of Mist) – Tyler Munro
Attrition – Dreamtime Collectors (Metropolis Records)
Behemoth – Evangelia Heretika [CD/DVD] (Metal Blade Records)
Bon Jovi – Greatest Hits: The Ultimate Collection (Island)
Susan Boyle – The Gift (Syco Music)
Brokencyde – Will Never Die (BreakSilence Recordings)
Cee-Lo Green – The Ladykiller (Radiculture/Elektra)
Julie Christmas – The Bad Wife (Rising Pulse Records)
Clan Of Xymox – Hidden Faces (Metropolis Records)
The Concretes – WYWH (101 DISTRIBUTION) Kiran Soderqvist
Conjure One – Exilarch (Nettwerk Records) – Trey Spencer
Crade of Filth – Darkly Darkly Venus Aversa (Nuclear Blast)
Dave Matthews Band – Live In New York City [2-CDs] (RCA)
Deathspell Omega – Paracletus (Norma Evangelium

Here’s a list of major new releases for the week of November 02 , 2010. Please feel free to request reviews for any of the following albums from staff or contributors.

7 Walkers [Garetful Dead's Bill Kreutzmann & Papa Mali] – 7 Walkers (Response Records)
AfroCubism – AfroCubism (Nonesuch)
Jason Aldean – My Kinda Party (Broken Bow)
Autumn Defense [Wilco's John Stirratt & Pat Sansone] – Once Around (Yep Roc Records)
Bad Religion – Vinyl Box Set (Epitaph Records)
The Big Four: Live From Sofia, Bulgaria [5 CD/2 DVD Set] (Warner Bros)
Black Dub – Black Dub (Jive – R.E.D.)
Black Sheep – From the Black Pool of Genius (Bum Rush Records)
Mariah Carey – Merry Christmas II You (Island)
City Champs – The Set-Up (Electraphonic)
Elvis Costello – National Ransom (HEAR MUSIC)
Dark Party – Light Years (Old Tacoma Records)
Sean E Depp – Catharsis (Study Music)
Destroyer – Archer on the Beach (Merge Records)
Devin The Dude – Gotta Be Me (Real Talk Records)
Neil Diamond – Dreams (Columbia)
Diplo presents – Blow Your Head: Dubstep [Various Artists] (Mad Decent)
Brian Eno – Small Craft On A Milk Sea (Warp Records) – Cam
Good Charlotte – Cardiology (Capitol)
Helloween – 7 Sinners {EU} (The End Records)
Helstar – Glory Of Chaos (AFM Records)
Huey Lewis & The News – Soulville (W.O.W. Records)
Kokayi – Robots & Dinosaurs (QN5 Music)
Lazer Sword – Lazer Sword (Innovative Leisure Records)

Here’s a list of major new releases for the week of October 26 , 2010. Please feel free to request reviews for any of the following albums from staff or contributors.

2Mex – My Fanbase Will Destroy (Strange Famous Records)
6Blocc – I Dubs Vol. 5 12″ [EP] (6dub)
All Ends – A Road To Depression (Nuclear Blast) {EU}
Jeff Beck – Live And Exclusive From The Grammy Museum (ATCO)
The Big Four: Live From Sofia, Bulgaria [5 CD/2 DVD Set] {EU} (Warner Bros)
Broken Complex – Broken Complex (Broken Complex)
Cap D – PolyMath (All Natural)
Celph Titled & Buckwild – Nineteen Ninety Now (No Sleep Recordings)
Ray Charles – Rare Genius: The Undiscovered Masters (Concord Records)
Chaundon – No Excuses (Traffic Ent. Group)
Chico Mann – Analog Drift (Wax Poetics)
Combichrist – Noise Collection Vol. 1 (Metropolis Records)
Come and Get It: The Best of Apple Records – Various Artists [Remastered] (Apple Records)
Conducting From the Grave – Revenants (Sumerian Records)
Crade of Filth – Darkly Darkly Venus Aversa (Nuclear Blast) {EU}
Daath – Daath (Century Media)
Deluka – You Are The Night (RED GENERAL CATALOG)
Diplo – Chasing the Dragon (Mad Decent)
Every Time I Die – Shit Happens: The Series? [DVD] (Ferret Records)
Bryan Ferry – Olympia (Astralwerks)
Firewind – Days Of Defiance (Century Media)
Forbidden – Omega Wave (Nuclear Blast)
Fourplay – Let’s Touch the Sky (Heads Up)
Funker Vogt – Blutzoll (Metropolis Records)
Elina…

Here’s a list of major new releases for the week of October 19 , 2010. Please feel free to request reviews for any of the following albums from staff or contributors.

Agua de Annique – Live In Europe (Self Released)
Allstar Weekend – Suddenly Yours (Hollywood Records)
A Sunny Day In Glasgow – Autumn, Again (Mis Ojos Discos)
Bad Books – Bad Books (Favorite Gentlemen Recordings)
The Beatles – 1967-1970 (Blue) [Remastered] (Apple Records)
Joe Bonamassa – Joe Bonamassa Live from The Royal Albert Hall (J&R Adventures/Fontana)
Bob Dylan – The Bootleg Series: The Witmark Demos: 1962-1964 (Columbia)
Elton John & Leon Russell – The Union (Decca)
Elusive – The New Movement (Elusive)
Eskmo – Eskmo (Ninja Tune)
Sarah Fimm – Karma Phala (Self Released) – Trey Spencer
Girl In A Coma – Adventures in Coverland (Blackheart Records)
Beth Hart – My California (101 DISTRIBUTION)
Zach Hill – Face Tat (Sargent House)
Houses – All Night (Lefse Records)
How To Dress Well – Love Remains (Lefse Records)Alex Silveri
Infinito 2017 – Outer Body Experience 9.0 (Unlimited Supply Chain)
Kings Of Leon – Come Around Sundown (RCA)
Michael Schenker Group – Live In Tokyo: 30th Anniversary Japan Tour (Inakustik)
Hannah Montana – Hannah Montana Forever [Soundtrack] (Walt Disney Records)
Morrissey – Bona Drag: 20th Anniversary Edition (EMI Import)
Mt. Desolation – Mt. Desolation (Island/Cherry Tree)
Steven Page [Barenaked Ladies] – Page One (Zoe

Here’s a list of major new releases for the week of September 21 , 2010. Please feel free to request reviews for any of the following albums from staff or contributors.


Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson – Soundtrack (Ghostlight)
Cam’ron – The U.N. Gunz N’ Butta (E1 Entertainment)
Paula Cole – Ithaca (Decca)
Billy Currington – Enjoy Yourself (Mercury Nashville)
Delerium – Epiphany [DVD] (Nettwerk)
Drudkh – Handful of Stars (Season of Mist)
Enslaved – Axioma Ethica Odini {EU} (Nuclear Blast)
Flying Lotus – Pattern + Grid World [EP] (Warp Records)
Frankie Rose And The Outs – Frankie Rose And The Outs (Slumberland Records)
Hilary Hahn – Higdon & Tchaikovsky Violin Concertos (Deutsche Grammophon)
Randy Houser – They Call Me Caddillac (Show Dog Universal)
J57 (Brown Bag Allstars) – Digital Society (Balanced Records)
John Legend and The Roots – Wake Up! (Columbia)
Kiske/Somerville – Kiske/Somerville {EU} (Frontiers Records S.R.l.)
Manic Street Preachers – Postcards From A Young Man (Sony)
Margot & The Nuclear So And So – Buzzard (+1 Records) – Channing Freeman
Maroon 5 – Hand All Over (A&M/Octone)
Johnny Mathis – Let It Be Me: Mathis in Nashville (Columbia)
Maximum Balloon [TV On The Radio's Andrew Sitek project] – Maximum Balloon (Interscope Records)
Metallica – Six Feet Down Under [EP] (Metallica.com)
Methods Of Mayhem – A Public Disservice Announcement (Roadrunner Records)
Michael Franti & Spearhead – The Sound of Sunshine (Capitol)
Liza Minnelli – Confessions (Decca U.S.)
Vincent Minor –…

Here’s a list of major new releases for the week of September 14 , 2010. Please feel free to request reviews for any of the following albums from staff or contributors.

The Absence – Enemy Unbound (Metal Blade)
Accept – Blood of the Nations (Nuclear Blast)
Al’ Tariq (The Beatnuts) – God Connections (Traffic Ent. Group)
Amorphis – Magic & Mayhem – Tales From The Early Years {EU} (Nuclear Blast)
Azure Ray – Drawing Down The Moon (Saddle Creek)
Banner Pilot – Resignation Day [Remastered] (Fat Wreck Chords)
Beneath The Massacre – Maree Noir [EP] (Prosthetic Records)
Bilal – Airtight’s Revenge (PLUG RESEARCH)
The Birthday Massacre – Pins And Needles (Metropolis Records) – Trey Spencer
Black Milk – Album of the Year (100% WOMON) – Jared W. Dillon
Blonde Redhead – Penny Sparkle (4AD Records) – Cam
Buckethead – Spinal Clock (TDRS Music)
Caligula – Divine Madness (Krycek Entertainment)
The Charlatans – Who We Touch (The End Records)
Chromeo – Business Casual (Atlantic)
Dawn of Ashes – Genocide Chapters (Metal Blade Records)
DragonForce – Twilight Dementia [Live] (Roadrunner Records)
The Drums – The Drums (Downtown)
El Guincho – Pop Negro (XL Recordings) – Kiran Soderqvist
Electric Sunset – Electric Sunset (K Records)
Emmett And Mary – Emmett And Mary (My Idea of Fun)
Sully Erna – Avalon (Republic)
ESQ & Chikaramanga – The Succession (Tres Records)
Flotsam and Jetsam – The Cold (Driven Music Group) – Trey

Here’s a list of major new releases for the week of September 07 , 2010. Please feel free to request reviews for any of the following albums from staff or contributors.

The Acorn – No Ghost (Bella Union)
Anberlin – Dark Is The Way, Light Is A Place (Republic) – Adam Thomas
Sara Bareilles – Kaleidoscope Heart (Epic)
The Beatles – The 4 Complete Ed Sullivan Shows Starring The Beatles [DVD] (Universal Music)
Blue Sky Black Death – Third Party (Fake Four Inc.)
Gasoline Silver – Gasoline Silver (+1 Records)
Helmet – Seeing Eye Dog (+1 Records )
In Lingua Mortua – Salon Des Refuses (Termo Records)
Interpol – Interpol (Matador Records)
Brendan James – Brendan James (Decca)
Kamelot – Poetry for the Poisoned {EU} (Kamelot Media Group)
Megadeth – Rust In Peace Live [DVD/CD] (Shout Factory!)
Oceansize – Self Preserved while the Bodies Float Up {EU} (SUPERBALL MUSIC) – Sobhi Abdul-Rakhman
Q-Unique – Between Heaven and Hell (Capital Q Music)
Robyn – Body Talk Pt. 2 (Cherrytree/Interscope)
Rock (Heltah Skeltah) – Rockin Out West (Duck Down Music)
Stone Sour – Audio Secrecy (Roadrunner Records)
Tera Melos – Patagonian Rats (Sargent House)
The Thermals – Personal Life (Kill Rock Stars) – Adam Thomas
Andreya Triana – Lost Where I Belong (Ninja Tune)
Unicycle – Mirror, Mirror (Highwheel Records)

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Anberlin – Dark Is The Way, Light Is

Here’s a list of major new releases for the week of August 31 , 2010. Please feel free to request reviews for any of the following albums from staff or contributors.

10 Years – Feeding the Wolves (Universal Republic) – Davey Boy
The Autumn Offering – The Autumn Offering (Victory Records)
Big L – 139 & Lenox (Flamboyant)
Ryan Bingham – Junky Star (Lost Highway)
Carl Broemel [My Morning Jacket] – All Birds Say (ATO RECORDS/RED)
Cephalic Carnage – Misled By Certainty (Relapse Records)
Common – Resurrection [2-CD Deluxe] (Get On Down)
The Contortionist – Exoplanet (Good Fight)
Dagoba – Poseidon {EU} (Indie Europe/Zoom)
Death Angel – Relentless Retribution {EU} (Nuclear Blast)
Disturbed – Asylum (Reprise)
DJ Muggs & Ill Bill – Kill Devil Hills (Fat Beats Records)
Everything Everything – Man Alive (Piccadilly Records)
Funeral for a Friend – The Young and Defenceless [EP] (Self Released)
Godfather Don – Properties of Steel (Traffic Ent. Group)
Goo Goo Dolls – Something For The Rest Of Us (Warner Bros.)
The Graduate – Only Every Time (Razor & Tie) – Davey Boy
Bruce Haack – Farad Bruce Haack (Stones Throw Records)
Heart – Red Velvet Car (Sony Legacy)
Lyfe Jennings – I Still Believe (Asylum Records)
Jenny & Johnny – I’m Having Fun Now (Warner Bros.)
KRS One & True Master – Meta-Historical (Fat Beats Records)
Last Nights Vice – Perfect Little Noise (Last Nights Vice)
Madlib – Advanced Jazz (Madlib Invazion)

We value discussion, and we’re happy that lists are so popular. However, there is a thin line between users having fun and annoying trolling. Recently (or perhaps not so recently), there have been a few trends that I’ve noticed:

- Users creating multiple accounts to bother other users, publish bogus lists, and generally be an annoyance.
- Lists that serve no other purpose but to start a discussion in the comments section.
- Users attacking newbies who aren’t aware of the site’s cliques/conventions, etc.

Currently, the forums aren’t well integrated with the review site, so there isn’t a prominent place where users can engage in general discussion. We’re working on fixing this at some point in the future. In the meantime, here are a few small changes/guidelines we’re rolling out:

- We now have a way to track alternate accounts. In other words, expect the possibility that you may be banned on all of your active accounts if you are banned.

- We’re not going to allow people to use disposable e-mail addresses in registration.

- Users now have the option to prevent other users from commenting on your lists. If you love polka and want to post your top 15 of 2010 without instant replies of “lolololololol sucks,” this option is for you.

- Mods can now lock discussions that are getting out of hand.

- You can delete posts by other users on your lists. If…

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