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~In a While Now, I Will Feel Better~

It’s rare for me to draw inspiration from an artist as commercialized and famous as Shinedown. Typically, I like to find songs by bands so anonymous to the general public that I feel like they only apply to me. But for some reason, I have felt a particular connection with the title track off of Shinedown’s most recent album. ‘Amaryllis’ is a towering ballad, complete with shimmering acoustic guitars, crashing electric riffs, and a movie-climax type of chorus. It’s all so easily accessible yet emotionally intense at the same time. I compare it to The Goo Goo Dolls’ “Iris”, with which I feel that it shares many parallels. Even though the album itself was a disappointment in my opinion, ‘Amaryllis’ just might be my favorite song of the year so far. If you haven’t heard it yet, give it a chance. If you don’t like it at first, give it a few more listens and see if it sinks in. I think you might be surprised at how well this song relates to you (or alternatively, it just relates to me a whole fucking lot right now and I’m projecting that onto all of you). Either way, I present to you Amaryllis – the song that is keeping me going right now. Enjoy.


Here’s a list of major new releases for the week of March 27, 2012. Please feel free to request reviews for any of the following albums from staff or contributors.

3 Inches of Blood – Long Live Heavy Metal (Century Media)
The All-American Rejects – Kids In The Street (Interscope Records) – Davey Boy
Astra – The Black Chord (Metal Blade) – SowingSeason
Atoma – Skylight {EU} (Napalm Records) – Trey Spencer
Before Their Eyes – Redemption (Invogue Records)
Black Breath – Sentenced to Life (Southern Lord)
Blaktroniks – Ready Set Blow (Tokyo Dawn Records)
Blood Red Shoes – In Time to Voices {UK} (V2) – Davey Boy
Borknagar – Urd (Century Media)
Celldweller – Live Upon a Blackstar [DVD] (FiXT)
Erik Chandler – Writing The Wrongs [EP] (Self Released)
DJ Premier & Bumpy Knuckles – The KoleXXXion (Gracie)
E-40 – The Block Brochure vol.1 (Heavy on Grind Ent.)
E-40 – The Block Brochure vol.2 (Heavy on Grind Ent.)
E-40 – The Block Brochure vol.3 (Heavy on Grind Ent.)
Justin Townes Earle – Nothing’s Gonna Change… (Bloodshot)
Elephant & Castle – Transitions (Plug Research)
Flying Colors – Flying Colors (Mascot)
Georgia A. Muldrow+Madlib – Seeds (Entertainment One Music)
Gift Of Gab – Next Logical Progression (Quannum Projects)
Hint – Daily Intake (Tru Thoughts)
Iron Solomon – Monster (Duck Down Music)
Janus – Nox Aeris (Realid Records)
Klone – The Eye of the Needle (Season of Mist Records)
La Sera – Sees The Light (Hardly Art)
Legacy – With Peace In Mind (InVogue Records)
Lonewolf – Army…


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Here’s a list of major new releases for the week of March 20, 2012. Please feel free to request reviews for any of the following albums from staff or contributors. Apologies for the delay and abbreviated format.

The American Dollar – Awake In The City (Yesh Music) – Deviant
Anti-Flag – The General Strike (Side One Dummy) – Adam Thomas
Black Sheep Wall – No Matter Where It Ends (Season of Mist) – Adam Thomas
Boat To Row – Grassmarket EP (istartedthefire Records)
Brad Mehldau Trio – Ode (Nonesuch)
C-Bo – Cali Connection (Black Market Records)
Choir Of Young Believers – Rhine Gold (Ghostly International)
Cynic – Portal Tapes {EU} (Season of Mist) – Trey Spencer
DVA – Pretty Ugly (Hyperdub)
Electric Touch – Never Look Back (Island)
Eye Beyond Sight – The Sun and the Flood (Massacre Records)
Melanie Fiona – The MF Life (Universal Republic)
Forever In Promise – Into the Storm (Self Released)
Frank Black & The Catholics – Live at Melkweg (The Bureau Records)
Gun Barrel – Brace For Impact (Massacre Records)
I Call Fives – Someone That’s Not You (Pure Noise) – Davey Boy
If These Trees Could Talk – Red Forest (Self Released)
Casey James – Casey James (Sony)
Lost In The Trees – A Church That Fits Our Needs (Alternative Distribution Alliance) – Rudy Klapper
Margot & The Nuclear So and So’s – Rot Gut (Mariel Recording Company)


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With Thrice about to embark on their final tour and Thursday just having finished up their last shows, post-hardcore, in the terms of what originally attracted me to the genre, is dead. That’s not to say that a vibrant new community hasn’t sprung up out of the underground to replace it in the burgeoning screamo scene, or that this is the first time it has died as a similar comparison can be made of Fugazi’ and At the Drive-In’s demise after their reign as genre kings throughout the 1990’s, but certainly the aged scene which many of us were once attracted to in some way or another has reached it’s end. These two bands, besides having seemingly parallel careers and similar starting names, were in many ways the pulse of a generation of kids in the early and mid-2000’s. One doesn’t have to go far to see the influence, good and bad, that these bands have had. Sure, they are in part responsible for what Warped Tour has become over the last few years, which is dubious at best, but they never sunk into that mess themselves. After both redefining the style with Illusion of Safety and Full Collapse respectively, and then finding commercial success with releases on Island records, they continued to push themselves forward and both got themselves dropped from their labels for not sacrificing their own vision. There was no cash in. Thrice spent their advances on building and maintaining their home studio and Thursday got dealt…


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So in case you haven’t heard, indie-pop legends The Shins are releasing their fourth studio album, Port of Morrow, this Tuesday. The entire album is actually streaming via iTunes (and it is pretty damn good) but “Simple Song” really stuck out to me. Its breezy, carefree chorus takes me back to the days of Oh, Inverted World. Listen and let me know what you think.

I for one am very excited.

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Here’s a list of major new releases for the week of March 13, 2012. Please feel free to request reviews for any of the following albums from staff or contributors.

Adrenaline Mob – Omerta (Elm City Music)
Anuhea – Foir Love (World Sound)
Dave Barnes – Stories to Tell (Razor & Tie)
Barren Earth – The Devil’s Resolve (Peaceville) – Trey Spencer
Cannibal Corpse – Torture (Metal Blade)
Caustic – I Can’t Believe We’re Re-Releasing This Crap (Metropolis Records)
Coldworker – The Doomsayer’s Call (Listenable Records)
The Decemberists – We All Raise Our Voices to the Air (Capitol)
Delta Spirit – Delta Spirit (Concord Music Group)
Demdike Stare – Elemental (Modern Love) – Deviant
Elisa – Steppin on Water (Decca U.S.)
Empires Fade – Reflections EP (Self Released)
Epica – Requiem For The Indifferent (Nuclear Blast)
Estelle – All of Me (Home School Records) – Davey Boy
Lee Fields – Faithful Man (Truth & Soul)
Float Face Down – Exitium Verum (MediaSkare Records)
Gazpacho – March of Ghosts (Kscope)
Gorod – A Perfect Absolution {EU} (Listenable Records)
Hands Like Houses – Ground Dweller (Rise Records)
Hellbound Glory – Damaged Goods (Rusty Knuckles)
Impending Doom – Baptized in Filth (Entertainment One Music)
I See Stars – Digital Renegade (Sumerian Records) – Davey Boy
Jonny Greenwood & Krzysztof Penderecki – Threnody for the Victims of Hiroshima (Nonesuch)
Kelvox1 – Grazed Red {EU} (Aagoo)
Nina Kraviz – Nina Kraviz (Rekids)


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First it was Willow Smith and then it was Miley Cyrus. Now, Neil Young (or is that late night talk show host Jimmy Fallon with his hat, guitar and harmonica?) ever so slightly matures to cover LMFAO and their ever so articulate hit ‘Sexy and I Know It’.

In order for the Canadian singer-songwriter to nail such a deep song, he clearly needs the help of someone just a little younger… Cue Bruce “The Boss” Springsteen to join the party and “wiggle, wiggle, wiggle”.

“That’s the best thing I’ve ever seen in my life” stated LMFAO’s Redfoo. Clearly he hasn’t seen The Boss in a speedo trying to tan his cheeks!


Welcome!

If you have navigated through the vast interweb desert in search of great, up-to-date music, then I present to you the oasis. As part of a new feature here at Sputnik, we are composing a quarterly mixtape of sorts – one where black metal can be found alongside indie, and where staff and user tastes coalesce into one reliable knowledge bank. Here, any registered user can submit one song from this year that they feel stands above the pack. Below is a list of some of our favorite songs from the first three months of 2012. Feel free to listen to our selections, browse the descriptions, or even register and submit your own song for next time!
Special Thanks To The Contributing Writers For This Issue:

Klap4Music / OnlyAnchors / Tyraelxy / Clercqie / FelixCulpa / OmahaStylee94 / Crysis / Emim / InnocentShadow / Blackbelt54 / ChuckTheMan / Greg84 / AliW1993 / Sanders / SowingSeason / Patrickfannon / Dimsim3478 / Monsterpoptart / Theacademy / Dimor

So without further ado, I present to you (in no particular order) the first installment of Sputnik’s Infinite Playlist!

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Orbital – “Straight Sun”

Yeah, we all know how reunion tours/albums/productions are mostly cash grabs for the artists involved. Why should we waste our time (and money) on those poor, rehashed ideas when we can instead relive the better times? In…


Radiohead pulled through Dallas last night on their tour supporting last year’s The King of Limbs, and while the main set contained most of the tracks off that album (including “Little by Little,” “Feral,” and “Morning Mr. Magpie”), they did manage in a few lovely standouts from their OK Computer and Kid A (“Karma Police,” “Everything In Its Right Place,” “Idioteque”). Most notable though, even among the few new tracks currently in the tour’s circulation, was the live debut of a b-side that the band wrote over ten years ago. The track is called “The Amazing Sounds of Orgy,” which sounds almost exactly how one might expect.  You can view that below.


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Here’s a list of major new releases for the week of March 06, 2012. Please feel free to request reviews for any of the following albums from staff or contributors.

14KT – A Friendly Game of KT (Mello Music Group)
Todd Agnew – How to be Loved (Columbia)
The Alchemist – Rapper’s Best Friend 2 (Decon Inc)
Biipiigwan – Nibaak [EP] (Handshake Inc)
Andrew Bird – Break It Yourself (MOM & POP MUSIC) – Keelan H.
Bowerbirds – The Clearing (DEAD OCEANS)
Ceremony – Zoo (Matador Records)
Chaundon – The Jammington (Golden Era Music)
Copywrite – God Save The King (Man Bites Dog)
Cuddle Magic – Info Nympho (FYO Records)
Dance Hall Pimps – Beast for Love (Lakeshore Records)
DATgirl – Slutstep (DATGirl Media)
Dry the River – Shallow Bed {UK} (RCA)
Epica – Requiem For The Indifferent {EU} (Nuclear Blast)
Every Time I Die – Ex Lives (Epitaph)
Fireflight – Now (Provident)
Tim Fite – Ain’t Ain’t Ain’t (Anti-)
Fort Remeau – Kingdoms (100% Silk)
Good Old War – Come Back as Rain [2(Sargent House)
Julia Holter – Ekstasis (RVNG International)
Junior Toots – A Little Bit of Love (Crown of Fire Records)
Kaiser Chiefs – Start The Revolution Without Me (Cooperative Music)
Ava Luna – Ice Level (Infinite Best)
The Magnetic Fields – Love at the Bottom of the Sea (Merge Records) – Robin Smith
The Men – Open Your


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And so it would seem that another Burial & Four Tet collab is on the way. Uploaded about an hour ago to Soundcloud by Hebden himself, ‘Nova’ is the natural extension of Wolf/Moth Cub, and is for lack of a better description, fucking spectacular.

At the moment details remain rather scarce as to the fate of this track, though Four Tet has confirmed via twitter that the track will see a physical release at some point (lucky number 13 for Hebden’s Text Records imprint). I’ll keep you updated as any news becomes available, but in the meantime enjoy….


I don’t really know what I’m doing at the moment. This is a spur of the moment idea stemming from a conversation that is currently ongoing, which I’ve decided that I’m going to be an ass and go and take it off into this tangent instead of actually finishing the conversation like a normal person. So hey! What the hell, right? Fuck it, here it goes:

Because I’m an over opinionated, egotistical jackass on the internet with a music library full of shit that I never listen to but have just because other over opinionated, egotistical jackasses have told me that they are, in some way or another, worth my time, I’ve found an outlet in writing about the thing that I love the most (a good IPA is second) on this here website. I enjoy it, but at the same time I think that this very site and those like it, pick your poison — CMG, Pitchfork, Metal Reviews, Punknews etc etc — are inherently fucked because it all stems from taking the individual experience that is listening to a record and pulling it out of context; warping it into a collection of phrases and similes meant on describing something that is, at its core, indescribable. To me the power of music lies completely within the moment. Sure it can be dissected and studied, and there is a time and a place for such scholarly exercises, but that kind of approach completely misses the psychological effect that music has…


A brief look back at a band that left its mark on a generation

Many would tell you that Fall Out Boy was finished long before the release of their full-length finale, Folie A Deux, but the record certainly had something of a goodbye feel to it. There is no way of discerning whether or not it was intended to be a farewell album, but the cumulative resume-to-date of singles tidily collaged together in the background of “What A Catch, Donnie” certainly seems to imply that they knew the end was coming. And for someone who grew up with the awkward looking, off-key underdogs, that probably had more of an impact than it did on most. It’s true that the band had begun to overstay their (very brief) welcome, saturating radio stations to the point of nausea while their albums were infiltrated by guest musicians like Jay-Z – whose presence on “Thriller” was arbitrary and purely promotional. But even in the “selling out” of their sound, FOB never lost their down-to-earth touch; in fact, they could often be heard mocking their own commercialization. Popular single “This Ain’t A Scene, It’s An Arms Race” is a prime illustration, with lyrics comparing the music scene to an arms race and proclaiming, “as long as the room keeps singin’ / that’s just the business I’m in.” It was moments like this that, even in the midst of an enormous popularity explosion, offered a glimpse into the heart of a band that maybe…


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

A Hero’s Fate – Terms and Conditions (SoundFire Entertainment)
Asphyx – Deathhammer (Century Media)
Autopsy – All Tomorrow’s Funerals [2 CDs] (Peaceville)
Lee Bannon – Fantastic Plastic (Plug Research)
Black Country Communion – Live Over Europe (J&R Adventures)
Caliban – I Am Nemesis (Century Media Records)
Carolina Chocolate Drops – Leaving Eden (Nonesuch)
Chiddy Bang – Breakfast (Virgin/EMI)
Christian Mistress – Possession (Relapse)
Copywrite – God Save the King (Man Bites Dog Records)
Corrosion of Conformity – Corrosion of Conformity (Candlelight Records) – Joseph Viney
The Cranberries – Roses (Downtown)
Dark New Day – New Tradition (Goomba Music)
Dead Fingers – Dead Fingers (Big Legal Mess)
Gensu Dean – Lo-Fi Fingahz (Mello Music Group)
Degradead – Live At Wacken And Beyond [DVD] (Metalville)
Demdike Stare – Elemental (Modern Love) – Deviant
Ecid – Werewolf Hologram (Fill in the breaks)
Eluveitie – Helvetios (Nuclear Blast)
Estelle – All Of Me (Atlantic)
Everything Goes Cold – The Tyrant Sun (Metropolis Records)
For King and Country – Crave (Fervent Records)
Robert Glasper – Black Radio (Blue Note Records)
The Intersphere – Hold on Liberty (Long Branch)
Inure – The Offering (Metropolis Records)
I, The Breather – Truth and Purpose (Sumerian Records)
Ja Rule – Pil 2 (Fontana)
Kutless – Believer (Bec Recordings)
Little Barrie – King…


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So if you’re a fan of Scuba, chances are you’ve probably already streamed his latest LP Personality. And if you haven’t had the chance yet, head over to the official soundcloud page for the album to check out one of the more controversial electronic releases of the year so far.

So with the material now out for the world to hear, what’s next? Well if you’re Scuba, hopping on to ustream for a 2 hour set for Beatport would seem to be the most natural thing. And you can catch the whole thing below.


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Tracklist:

1. Something In Between Us – Sigha
2. Like Sun – Toasty
3. Empire – Distance
4. Guts N Bones – Slaughter Mob
5. Take It Personal – Toasty
6. Anger – Search & Destroy
7. Angel – Toasty
8. Nomad – Distance
9. Brood – Boxcutter
10. The Knowledge – Toasty
11. Deep Under – Elemental
12. Candyfloss – Search & Destroy
13. You Got Me – Scuba
14. The Lights (DJ Joseph Remix) – Eric H
15. L’Amour – Slaughter Mob
16. Plate – Scuba
17. So You Think You’re Special – Scuba
18. Cognitive Dissonance – Scuba
19. Obsessed…


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