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Sputnik’s Infinite Playlist is, as the title suggests, an ongoing project. You can contribute to future publications of Sputnik’s Infinite Playlist by submitting a song title, artist name, release date, and 5-10 sentence blurb to sowingsputnik@gmail.com.

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Amia Venera Landscape’s 2010 release, The Long Procession, was one of the surprise releases of that year. It probably could have even been near the top of our year-end lists if not for its mid-December release date. Its mixture of post metal, post hardcore, math metal, and ambience was expertly done (with some room for improvement, of course) and still generates discussion nearly two years later. The song that hit most people the hardest was the opening track, ‘Empire’, and this is the video for that song. Prepare to have your face melted… or something ;)

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NOTE: In other news, the band has just announced through their Facebook page that they’re going to be releasing more music this winter:

Hi everyone, after several months of almost silence, it’s time to see where we stand!

During this period we’ve been working on a lot of brand new music. The composition process took different directions, in terms of sounds and respective approaches, and it led us to create something around eighty songs of very different genres.
All this material will be recorded along the next three years, and the first of these releases is supposed to be out this Winter. According to this we won’t be going to play any live show for a while.

In the meanwhile, check out our previously unreleased video for the song ‘Empire’, taken from our first album ‘The Long Procession’.


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Here’s a list of major new releases for the week of October 16, 2012. Please feel free to request reviews for any of the following albums from staff or contributors.

Anberlin – Vital (Universal Republic) – SowingSeason
BATS – The Sleep Of Reason (Richter Collective)
Ben Gibbard – Former Lives (Barsuk)
Biome – The Prayer (Dubstep For Deep Heads)
Boys Noize – Out Of The Black (Ingrooves)
Brandy – Two Eleven (RCA)
Connor Maynard – Contrast (Capitol)
Consequence & ASC – Noisy Spirits In This Soul/Snow Wolf (Samurai Red Seal)
Creative Adult – Dead Air (Broke Hater)
Daphni – JIAOLONG (Merge Records)
DaVinci – The MOEna Lisa (SWTBRDS)
Dethklok – Metalocalypse: Dethklok Dethalbum III (William Street)
Donald Fagen – Sunken Condos (Reprise)
Dynfari – Sem Skugginn (Code 666)
Earlimart – System Preferences (The Shipp Records)
A Fine Frenzy – Pines (Virgin Records)
Godspeed You! Black Emperor – ‘Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend! (Constellation) – Eli Kleman
The HAARP Machine – Disclosure (100% Womon)
The Herbaliser – There Were Seven (Redeye)
The Infamous String Dusters – Sky-High (High Country Recordings)
In Fear And Faith – In Fear And Faith (Rise Records)
Jamey Johnson – Livin’ For A Song: A Tribute To Hank Cochran (Mercury Nashville)
Jason Aldean – Night Train (Broken Bow)
Jason Lytle – Dept. Of Disappearance (Anti Records)
Kem – What Christmas Means (Xenon)
Kendrick Lemar – good kid, m.A.A.d. city (Aftermath)
K’Naan – Country, God Or The Girl (Octone)
Martha Wainwright – Come…


Here’s a list of major new releases for the week of October 09, 2012. Please feel free to request reviews for any of the following albums from staff or contributors.

The Acacia Strain – Death Is The Only Mortal (Rise Records)
A.C. Newman – Shut Down The Streets (Matador Records) – Rudy Klapper
All Time Low – Don’t Panic (Hopeless Records)
Alphabet Backwards – Little Victories (Highline Records)
August Burns Red – Sleddin’ Hill: A Holiday Album (Solid State Records)
Barbara Streisand – Release Me (Columbia)
Between The Buried And Me – The Parallax II: Future Sequence (Metal Blade)
The Birthday Massacre – Hide And Seek (Metropolis Records)
Blut Aus Nord – 777 – Cosmosophy (Season Of Mist)
Break & Survival – Stano/Going Over (Dispatch)
Caustic – The Man Who Couldn’t Stop (Metropolis Records)
Chrome Canyon – Elemental Themes (Stone Throw)
Coheed & Cambria – The Afterman: Ascension (Xenon)
Cold Showers – Love And Regret (Dais Records)
Converge – All We Love We Leave Behind (Epitaph) – SowingSeason
The Cringe – Hiding In Plain Sight (Listen Records)
Disclosure – The Face: Remixes (Greco Roman)
Electric Six – Absolute Pleasure (Metropolis Records)
Ellie Goulding – Halcyon (Interscope Records)
Freelance Whales – Diluvia (Mom & Pop Music)
Hostage Calm – Please Remain Calm (Red General Catalog)
Indigo – Neveah (On The Edge)
Inhale Exhale – Movement (Red Cord Records)
Italians Do It Better (VA) – After Dark 2 (Italians Do It


Proving that an impressively played festival set can pay future dividends, yours truly dug deep into his hip pocket to see Yellowcard after they had made quite the positive impression during their 40 minute set last year. Considering that previous to that Australian performance, the Floridian quintet shared headlining duties with Sum 41, then it was safe to say that us Aussies had been craving a full Yellowcard headline set for quite some time… And the rather intimate setting of The Hi-Fi Bar in central Melbourne was the perfect venue for the first of two sold-out shows.

First up for the night were local pop-rockers For Our Hero. Having never heard a single song by these youngsters before this night, I actually came away rather impressed. Sure, it was pretty safe stuff without any real distinguishing point… But in their spot of warming up an audience who were predominantly waiting to hear a band such as Yellowcard, then For Our Hero achieved their objective. They sounded clear, crisp & catchy with just enough variety to get by. If they can grow into their own sound as they gain experience, then this could be a band with a bright future.

Continuing the “hero” theme, Australia’s 2nd favourite pop-punk outfit Heroes For Hire were up next. I’m actually a fan of their recorded output thus far in their career. Again, they don’t do anything that hasn’t been done by superior overseas bands, but they do so in…


Here’s a list of major new releases for the week of October 02, 2012. Please feel free to request reviews for any of the following albums from staff or contributors.

The Amity Affliction – Chasing Ghosts (Roadrunner Records)
AxeWound – Vultures (The End Records)
Balmorhea – Stranger (Western Vinyl)
Beth Orton – Sugaring Season (Anti Records)
Black Sun Empire – From The Shadows (Black Sun Empire)
Blake Shelton – Cheers, It’s Christmas (Warner Bros)
California Wives – Art History (Vagrant Records)
The Casket Lottery and Touche Amore – Split (No Sleep Records)
Cher Lloyd – Sticks & Stones (Epic)
Chris Rene – I’m Right Here (Epic)
Dark Dark Dark – Who Needs Who (Supply And Demand)
Diana Krall – Glad Rag Doll (Verve)
Distance – Troubles/Rugged (Get Darker)
Flying Lotus – Until The Quiet Comes (Warp Records)
Frank Turner – Last Minutes And Lost Evenings [CD/DVD] (Epitaph)
Hammock – Departure Songs (Hammock Music)
Heart – Fanatic (Legacy)
Iris Dement – Sing The Delta (Flariella Records)
Jackie Evancho – Songs From The Silver Screen (Columbia)
Kromestar & Jay5ive – Knowledge (Deep Medi Muzik)
Marillion – Sounds That Can’t Be Made (Eagle Rock Entertainment)
Matt & Kim – Lightning (Fader Label)
Miguel – Kaleidoscope Dream (RCA)
Moon Duo – Circles (Sacred Bones)
The Mountain Goats – Transcendental Youth (Merge Records)
Muse – The 2nd Law (Warner Bros)
Papa Roach – The Connection (Eleven Seven Music)
The Piano Guys – The Piano Guys (Sony Masterworks)
Randomer – We…


Here’s a list of major new releases for the week of September 25, 2012. Please feel free to request reviews for any of the following albums from staff or contributors.

Angie Stone – Rich Girl (Saguaro Road Records)
As I Lay Dying – Awakened (Metal Blade)
The Bad Plus – Made Possible (Entertainment One Music)
Bettye LaVette – Thankful N’ Thoughtful (ANTI Records)
Bullet – Full Pull (Nuclear Blast America)
Caspian – Waking Season (Triple Crown)
Chris Cohen – Overgrown Path (Captured Tracks)
Collapse Under The Empire – Fragments Of A Prayer (Finaltune)
Danny! – Payback (Okayplayer Records)
Deadmau5 – >album title goes here< (Ultra Records)
Deception Of A Ghost – Life Right Now (Bullet Tooth)
DJ Shadow – Reconstructed: The Best Of (Hip-O)
Dragonette – Bodyparts (Dragonette Inc.)
Dum Dum Girls – End Of Daze (Sub Pop)
Efterklang – Piramida (4AD Records)
Green Day – iUno! (Reprise)
Handguns – Angst (Pure Noise)
In Dying Arms – Boundaries (Razor & Tie)
Jason Collett – Reckon (Arts & Crafts)
John Hiatt – Mystic Pinball (New West Records)
Levek – Look A Little Closer (Lefse Records)
John Frusciante – PBX Funicular Intaglio Zone (101 Distribution)
Ludovico Technique – Some Things Are Beyond Therapy (Metropolis Records)
Lupe Fiasco – Food & Liquor 2: The Great American Rap Album – Part 1 (Atlantic)
Melody’s Echo Chamber – Melody’s Echo Chamber (Fat Possum Records)
Michael McDermott – Hit Me Back (Rock Ridge Music)
Monuments – Gnosis (Century Media)

Here’s a list of major new releases for the week of September 18, 2012. Please feel free to request reviews for any of the following albums from staff or contributors.

Aimee Mann – Charmer (SuperEgo Records)
All The Right Moves – When Your Compass Breaks (All The Right Moves)
Alt-J – An Awesome Wave (Atlantic)
ASC – Lost Sync – Part 1 (Samurai Red Seal)
Band Of Horses – Mirage Rock (Columbia)
Becoming the Archetype – I Am (Solid State Records)
Ben Folds Five – The Sound Of The Life Of The Mind Out (Sony)
Big & Rich – Hillbilly Jedi (Warner Bros.)
Breakbot – By Your Side (Ed Banger/Because Music)
Brother Ali – Mourning In America And Dreaming In Color (Rhymesayers)
The Burning Of Rome – With Us (Surfdog)
Carly Rae Jespen – Kiss (Interscope Records)
Corin Tucker Band – Kill My Blues (Kill Rock Stars)
Data – Visualizations Vol. 3 (Horizons Music)
The Devin Townsend Project – Epicloud (HevyDevy)Irving Tan Zhi Mian
Dinosaur Jr. – I Bet On Sky (Jagjaguwar)
Dwight Yoakam – 3 Pears (Warner Bros.)
Earlimart – System Preferences [Digital Release] (The Ship)
Easton Corbin – All Over The Road (Mercury Nashville)
Eddie Izzard – Live at Madison Square Garden (Largo/Epitaph)
Fourplay – Espirit De Four (Heads Up)
The Gaslamp Killer – Breakthrough (Brainfeeder)
GOOD Music – Cruel Summer (Island/Def-Jam)
The Goodnight – Keep Control (The Goodnight)
Go Radio – Close The Distance (Fearless Records)
Grizzly Bear – Shields (Warp Records)


Ten quick things about Friday’s The Gaslight Anthem gig at St. Andrews Hall in Detroit, Michigan (if you clicked this just to see the setlist, feel free to skip to the bottom):

1. This was a Gaslight-only gig. The Detroit date was added after the tour kicked off, which saved me a trip to Grand Rapids (they will be playing there on Monday, future dates can be accessed [here]). Initially, it was a bummer that neither supporting act was present, but singer/guitarist Brian Fallon announced that Hot Water Music were playing a gig a few blocks away and that we could get half-off tickets into that venue if we furnished our Gaslight ticket at the door. Plus, as you’ll read later, the Detroit gig was, without question, a one-of-a-kind show, so I wasn’t too devastated that it was just them.

2. Since Handwritten’s release, especially when the band were hitting their TV gigs, I’ve read a lot of mostly-negative opinions about Ian Perkins playing live with the band. Questions like “Is that third guitar REALLY necessary?” and his uncredited addition to the band being deemed “excessive” and “superfluous” could be construed as plausible, but after seeing the band play as a quintet, I was thoroughly impressed by Perkins’ stage presence. Rocking his trademark black flat cap on his scruffy, chiseled-out-of-granite dome, Perkins appeared comfortable and confident, and even allowed himself to express some nervous laughter when Fallon poked fun at his Horrible Crowes counterpart and put the…



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No matter how much you love music, there is quite simply too much out there to keep track of. Even in your genre of choice, it is possible to overlook an impressive release, which can be frustrating when you find it year(s) later only to regret every single day that you weren’t already listening to it. For me, the most recent discovery of this sort was Laminate Pet Animal, a 2011 psychedelic/indie release that took me almost a full year to stumble upon.

Laminate Pet Animal is a brilliant effort from Snowmine, a band hailing from Brooklyn that is too little-known considering the heights they effortlessly ascend to. Their stellar blend of pop-accessible vocals (think James Mercer of The Shins) and challenging-yet-melodic atmospheres beckons casual listens as well as late night headphone sessions. Their sound works as one cohesive wave of beauty, flowing over your ears and engulfing them in one gorgeous instrumental arrangement after another.

Laminate Pet Animal is consistently jaw-dropping, so attempting to pick a standout track is like trying to pick out a date from the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. Nevertheless, one that exemplifies the album’s true nature, as well as what Snowmine is capable of, comes via “Let Me In”, a song driven by downright stunning vocals and a spacey atmosphere. Enjoy, and be sure to check out Snowmine’s bandcamp page for a name-your-own-price download of the album (It may be free, but it’s worth dropping a few bucks on to support the…


Here’s a list of major new releases for the week of September 11, 2012. Please feel free to request reviews for any of the following albums from staff or contributors.

Akon – Stadium (Universal Republic)
Amanda Palmer & The Grand Theft Orchestra – Theatre Is Evil (8 Ft. Records)
Anchorless – Bridges Burned, Lessons Learned (Anchorless)
Apathy – Fire Walk With Me (Dirty Version Records)
The Avett Brothers – The Carpenter (Universal Republic)
Billy Talent – Dead Silence (Last Gang Records)
Blaqk Audio – Bright Black Heaven (Red General Catalog)
Bob Dylan – Tempest (Columbia)
Boyfrndz – All Day Pass (Boyfrndz)
Bucky Covington – Good Guys (Entertainment One Music)
Calexico – Algiers (Anti Records)
Chris Robinson Brotherhood – The Magic Door (Silver Arrow Records)
Commodo – Buckwild/Axis (Deep Medi Muzik)
Dave Matthews Band – Away From The World (RCA)
David Byrne & St. Vincent – Love This Giant (4AD/Todo Mundo)
De/Vision – Rockets & Swords (Metropolis Records)
Deserters – The Slow Rhythms Of A Dead Beat (Mediaskare)
Dismantled – Whole Wide World (Metropolis Records)
DMX – Undisputed (Seven Arts Records)
Field Report – Field Report (Partisan Records)
The Helio Sequence – Negotiations (Sub Pop) – Rudy Klapper
Hoobastank – Fight Or Flight (Open E Entertainment Inc.)
Hooded Menace – Effigies Of Evil (Relapse)
IO Echo – Ministry Of Love (IAMSOUND Records)
Kix Brooks – New To This Town (Sony Nashville/Arista)
Little Big Town – Tornado (Capitol)
Ludacris – Ludaversal (Disturbing Tha Peace/Def Jam)
Miggs –…


Here’s a list of major new releases for the week of September 03, 2012. Please feel free to request reviews for any of the following albums from staff or contributors.

Aesthetische – Powerswitch (Alfa Matrix)
Animal Collective – Centipede Hz (Domino)
Azure Ray – As Above So Below (Saddle Creek)
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy – Rattle Them Bones (Savoy Jazz)
Billy Talent – Dead Silence (Last Gang Records)
Blu & Exile – Give Me My Flowers While (Dirty Science)
Bob Mould – Silver Age (Merge Records)
Brian Setzer – Rockabilly Riot: Live From The Planet (Surfdog)
Carlos Cipa – The Monarch And The Viceroy (Denovali)
Cat Power – Sun (Matador Records) – Rudy Klapper
Chick Corea and Gary Burton – Hot House (Concord Jazz)
Crypts – Crypts (Sargent House)
Cult Of Youth – Love Will Prevail (Sacred Bones)
Dave Stewart – The Ringmaster General (Surfdog)
Deerhoof – Breakup Song (Polyvinyl Records)
DFRNT – Fading (Echodub)
Elbow – Dead In The Boot (Polydor)
The Fresh & Onlys – Long Slow Dance (Mexican Summer)
FIS – Duckdive (Samurai Red Seal)
Gallows – Gallows (Venn Records) – Joseph Viney
Ian Hunter & The Rant Band – When I’m President (Slimstyle Records)
Imagine Dragons – Night Visions (Interscope Records) – SowingSeason
Jens Lekman – I Know What Love Isn’t (Secretly Canadian) – Robin Smith
Karlie Bruce – Paperback Lover (Karlie Bruce)
Korn – The Path Of Totality Tour [CD/DVD] (Shout Factory!)


Having previously reviewed all three of the band’s albums, I guess it is fair to state that I am Sputnik Music’s undisputed expert in all things British India. From their exciting – if derivative – debut LP ‘Guillotine’, through to disappointing follow-up ‘Thieves’ and solid – if unspectacular – latest release ‘Avalanche’, there has always been some kind of appeal to yours truly… And it has nothing to do with the fact that they’re Melbourne boys like my good self.

Despite the occasional glimpse of promise, however, their two most recent LPs have felt as if the quartet were chasing their tail… Making do, without really progressing to a significant extent. Could that be about to change with the release of new single ‘I Can make You Love Me’? While still definitively British India – especially the yelping vocals of Declan Melia – it definitely took me a little by surprise with its build-up and dynamics. Sure, it still may not be breaking any new ground per se, but it feels like a genuine step forward for a band who I’ve always deemed to have potential.

As for the video; well, who wouldn’t love a drunk, pissed-off, lovelorn and karaoke-singing minotaur wandering the streets in the dark of the night? Hell, I think I’ve felt similarly myself on occasions. Hang on a tick, I think I also saw those identical views… I’ve definitely cursed Festival (aka Festering) Hall once or twice!


Here’s a list of major new releases for the week of August 28, 2012. Please feel free to request reviews for any of the following albums from staff or contributors.

50 Weapons – 50 Weapons Of Choice #20-29 (50 Weapons)
Alanis Morissette – Havoc And Bright Lights (Collective Sounds) – Joseph Viney
As Artifacts – Strong Hands (As Artifacts)
Beanie Sigel – This Time (Ruffhouse)
Beardfish – The Void (InsideOutMusic)
Bermuda – The Wandering (Mediaskare)
The Chariot – One Wing (Entertainment One Music)
Circa Survive – Violent Waves (Circa Survive) – Eli Kleman
City Dwelling Nature Seekers – The Winter Year (City Dwelling Nature Seekers)
Dan Deacon – America (Domino)
Dave Porter – Breaking Bad: Original Score (Madison Gate Records)
Deepchord – Sommer (Soma Quality Recordings)
DFRNT – El Spirito (Echodub Recordings)
District – Painting The Mind/Modulate (Chestplate)
DJ Shadow – Total Breakdown: Hidden Transmissions From The MPC Era, 1992-1996 (Reconstruction Productions)
Divine Fits – A Thing Called Divine Fits (Merge Records)
Flobots – The Circle In The Square (Shanachie)
Get Scared – Built For Blame, Laced With Shame (Grey Area Records)
Holy Other – Held (Tri Angle)
Hybrid – Classics (Distinctive Records)
I Am War – Outlive You All (Red Ink)
The Icarus Account – Carry Me Home (The Icarus Account)
Indigo – Ayahuasca/The Root (Exit Recordings)
Jr. Juggernaut – Wake (Paper and Plastick)
Just Like Vinyl – Black Mass (Red General Catalog)
Matthew Dear – Beams (Ghostly International)
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Veronika’s promotional material calls her music “atmospheric space pop with dark electro vibes, symphonic overtones and a truly haunting voice… A dream-like fantasy, ambient light shows and an electrifying, sexually charged stage presence. In developing her own ethereal but edgy identity, Vesper has drawn on the left-field character of Björk, Depeche Mode, Radiohead and David Bowie, to name a few. Visually, her style calls on designers such as Alexander McQueen, Vera Wang and Versace.” Admittedly, I’ve only heard the song from this video, but it seems to be pretty accurate.

Veronika Vesper became a classically trained musician at a very young age — even touring as first flutist for a symphony orchestra when she was still in her teens. She eventually became more interested in electronic music and started to develop her singing voice, as well. The end result is the song ‘Bleeding Desert’. This is just the beginning for Veronika Vesper as she is currently working on her debut album with multi-platinum selling songwriter Martin Sutton and producer Venom One.

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