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As a listener, there’s no greater feeling than when an album unexpectedly clicks on all levels. This happened to me about a month ago, when Hanging Garden’s third LP, titled At Every Door, suddenly felt like the greatest thing ever in the early, desolate morning hours. Granted, the album was a success with both me […]


I bit the bullet and started cleaning my office today. I love being organized, but I hate cleaning. Do I really need to save notebooks and folders from undergrad courses that I’ll never crack open again? Even my graduate studies binder isn’t really connected to what I do today. It was my good buddy’s birthday […]


Austin-based Destroyer Of Light have just released their second EP, Bizarre Tales Vol. 2. While their lyrics still revolve around the ghastly horror stories, the quartet do a fine job of not repeating themselves musically. In contrast to their debut EP, which can be labelled as Black Sabbath-echoing traditional doom metal, the new release delves […]


I could go on and on about the vitality of Death Grips’ music — even if I myself don’t happen to be one of their bigger fans — so I won’t. Instead I would like to talk a minute about the forgotten legacy of Huey Lewis and his band, The News. If memory serves me […]


Quebec City-based Sandveiss burst onto the stoner rock scene by dropping their excellent debut, Scream Queen, in December. Effectively blending strong booming riffs with a hefty dose of blues-echoing grooves, enticing melodies and rock’n’roll swagger, this young group have already made a name for themselves in the saturated scene. In between the rehearsals for their […]


It’s Sputnik Music’s honor to provide the exclusive stream for the self-titled album of Portland-based progressive pop rock band Icarus the Owl. The album is set for release on Friday, February 7th in the U.S. Icarus the Owl is the result of a wildly successful Kickstarter campaign, whose net effect yielded the band the production […]


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James Blake – “A Case of You” When young dubstep prodigy James Blake stows the electronics and takes a seat at the piano, the results always seem to be astounding—like the soulful “DLM” from his most recent album, Overgrown. But his cover of Joni Mitchell’s “A Case of You” on 2011 EP Enough Thunder takes […]


There’s something enchanting about what electronic producer Four Tet does in the below video – rather, what dontwatchthat.tv forces him to do. You can tell the guy’s got mixed feelings about having to compose an entire track in only ten minutes, and furthermore, only with samples from Michael Jackson’s Thriller. It’s the kind of process […]


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50-31 | 30-11 | 10-1 10. Touche Amore – Is Survived By [Review] // [Spotify] // [Facebook] Is Survived By is a frantic exercise in frustrating melancholy – that emotion you feel when you scream at yourself in your head for getting caught in a funk. It’s that whole experience of being down and self-aware, a prisoner […]


50-31 | 30-11 | 10-1 30. Obliteration – Black Death Horizon [Review] // [Spotify] // [Facebook] OSDM revival was a pretty interesting novelty around the 2009-2010 period when pissed off metalheads (rightfully so) realized how terrible modern metal was and remembered how sweet it was back in the day and just started playing the same stuff they […]


50-31 | 30-11 | 10-1 50. Strawberry Girls – French Ghetto [Review] // [Spotify] // [Facebook] I’ll admit that French Ghetto flew under my radar all the way to the creation of this list, but there’s always time to repent, right? Fresh from the get-go, the pop hooks of this insanely catchy math rock release create a […]


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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 […]


Sometimes I think the best and worst decision I’ve ever made was to become an obsessive music nerd, but what do I really have to show for it? A few hundred records dating from the sixties all the way up to today, three massive CD booklets, two terabyte hard-drives full of everything from top 40 […]


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. […]


50-31 | 30-11 | 10-1 10. Jenny Hval – Innocence is Kinky [Official Site] // [Spotify] // [Facebook] Language is the issue at the heart of Innocence is Kinky: how it changes by dialect, accent, personality, interpretation. “The voice,” Jenny Hval posits on “The Seer”, the album’s closing track, “is a wordless tissue, the fog from Heart […]


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