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Here’s a list of major new releases for the week of September 20, 2011. Please feel free to request reviews for any of the following albums from staff or contributors.

Tori Amos – Night Of Hunters (Decca Records)
Andrew Jackson Jihad – Knife Man (Asian Man) – Robin Smith
Atlas Moth – Ache for the Distance (Profound Lore)
Tony Bennett – Tony Benett: Duets II (Columbia)
Boots Electric – Honkey Kong (Dangerbird Spain)
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah – Hysterical (RED GENERAL CATALOG) – Rudy Klapper
Dangerous! – Teenage Rampage (Epitaph)
Gavin DeGraw – Sweeter (RCA)
dEUS – Keep You Close {UK}deus (Universal Music)
Madi Diaz – Far From Things That We Know (tinyOGRE ENTERTAINMENT)
The-Dream – Love IV (Diary of a Mad Man) (Def Jam Records)
Veronica Falls – Come On Over (Slumberland Records)
Glorior Belli – The Great Southern Darkness {EU} (Metal Blade)
Jamie Grace – One Song at a Time (Gotee Records)
Gungor – Ghosts Upon the Earth (Brash Music)
Lisa Hannigan – Passenger (ATO RECORDS)
Katie Herzig – The Waking Sleep (Downtown/Mercer Street)
Ivy – All Hours (Nettwerk Records)
Jayhawks – Mockingbird Time (Rounder)
The Jim Jones Revue – The Jim Jones Revue (Punk Rock Blues Records)
Kasabian – Velociraptor! {UK} (Red Int) – Davey Boy
Jens Lekman – An Argument With Myself (Secretly Canadian)
Demi Lovato – Unbroken (Hollywood Records)
Brad Mehldau – Largo (Nonesuch)
Mindless Behavior – #1 Girl (Interscope


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The Jezabels’ first full length album, Prisoner, will be released on September 16th.  If you pre-order the album here you will also recieve a bonus CD that contains four early demo tracks. The album is streaming in its entirety here.

The album release will be followed by a tour of Australia, UK/Europe and Canada/US. The tour will begin in Australia at the Caloundra Music Festival on October 7th and wrap up at the Corona Theater in Montreal, Canada on November 26th. (click links for full tour dates). 

 

 

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Dream Theater – On the Backs of Angels

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This is the first single from the latest Dream Theater album, A Dramatic Turn of Events. A Dramatic Turn of Events was released on September 13th through Roadrunner Records, and is the first to feature new drummer Mike Mangini.


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Here’s a list of major new releases for the week of September 13, 2011. Please feel free to request reviews for any of the following albums from staff or contributors.

Anathema – Falling Deeper (Kscope) – Trey Spencer
Anterior – Echoes Of The Fallen (Metal Blade Records)
Anthrax – Worship Music (Megaforce)
Anubis Gate – Anubis Gate (Nightmare Records)
Apoptygma Berzerk – Black EP vol 2 (Metropolis Records)
Arch/Matheos – Sympathetic Resonance (Metal Blade Records) – Trey Spencer
Astronautalis – This Is Our Science (Fake Four Inc.)
Katy B – On a Mission (Columbia)
Blitzen Trapper – American Goldwing (Sub Pop)
Blondie – Panic Of Girls (Noble ID, LLC)
Bronze Nazareth – School for the Blindman (iHipHop Distribution)
Bush – The Sea Of Memories (Entertainment One Music)
Kathryn Calder – Bright And Vivid (FILE UNDER MUSIC)
CANT – Dreams Come True (RED GENERAL CATALOG)
Cephalic Carnage – Lucid Interval [Reissue] (Relapse)
Alice Cooper – Welcome 2 My Nightmare (Universal Music Enterprises)
Das Racist – Relax (RED GENERAL CATALOG) – Tyler Fisher
The Devil Wears Prada – Dead Throne (Ferrett Records)
Diary Of Dreams – Ego:X (Metropolis Records)
Download – FiXeR (Metropolis Records)
Dream Theater – A Dramatic Turn of Events (Roadrunner Records) – Trey Spencer
The Drums – Portamento {UK} (Universal UK)
Edguy – Age Of The Joker (Nuclear Blast)
Girls – Father, Son, Holy Ghost (True Panther Sounds)
God Module – Séance (Metropolis Records)
Imperative Reaction – Imperative Reaction (Metropolis Records)
The Jezabels – Prisoner {AU} (MGM Australia)
The Kooks – Junk of the Heart (Astralwerks)
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Agua de Annique – Feel Alive [Official Music Video]

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Anneke van Giersbergen is working on what is presumably the third album from her band, Agua de Annique. Of course it’s hard to tell for sure how it’s going to be released since sometimes her music is titled as just Agua de Annique, and other times it’s Anneke van Giersbergen featuring Agua de Annique. I guess she’s not really sure whether she wants to be part of a band or a solo artist. On the other hand, if this video is any indication, it’s solo artist all the way. The song is typical of what Anneke has been doing lately — alt. rock with an electronic undercurrent. It’s not bad and I’m sure the new album will be great, but the video is actually kind of boring. If you’re going to have the whole video be of you topless, at least tease a little ;)


Times are tough… Unless you are in the music industry yourself (or a retired millionaire), it is difficult to attend every single gig that passes through town. Local acts will usually give you multiple opportunities – sometimes in the one year – to see them, but when it comes to international outfits, who knows when they will be back around your parts again. Favored acts are usually given the benefit of the doubt, and so was the case with Floridian rockers Anberlin early in 2011, when yours truly saw them twice in the same week (Soundwave Festival & headlining sideshow). So when the Stephen Christian led quintet announced that they would be touring Australia once more in August, I met the revelation with ambivalence. I mean, it was not as if they had released a new album in the meantime, and simply throwing “An Evening With…” on the tour poster did little for me initially. Surely, they had to woo fans some other way. And that they did!

First up – and the only support act of the night – were Sydney pop-punkers Tonight Alive. Having been impressed by the quintet at a previous supporting performace, their placement on this show was most definitely a pleasing one. As per usual, charismatic front-woman Jenna McDougall was handing out lessons on the art of smiling, while woo’ing all the (ummm) gentlemen in attendance with a Led Zeppelin t-shirt covered by a flannel shirt. Looks really are not an issue with…


Here’s a list of major new releases for the week of September 06, 2011. Please feel free to request reviews for any of the following albums from staff or contributors.

Am & Shawn Lee – Celestial Electric (ESL Music)
Anathema – Falling Deeper {UK} (Kscope) – Trey Spencer
Asa – Beautiful Imperfection (Naive)
Aidan Baker – Tonstreifen (Self Released)
Lindsey Buckingham – Seeds We Sow (Buckingham Records)
The Chemical Brothers – Hannah Soundtrack (Relativity Music Group)
Cipher System – Communicate The Storm {EU} (Nuclear Blast)
Einherjer – Nørrøn {EU} (Prosthetic Records)
The Front Bottoms – The Front Bottoms (Bar None Records)
The Horrible Crowes – Elsie (Side One Dummy) – Jom
Jessy J – Hot Sauce (Heads Up)
Grace Jones – Hurricane (Play It Again Sam)
Hugh Laurie – Let Them Talk (Warner Bros.)
Pistol Annies – Hell on Heels (Sony Nashville)
Princess Chelsea – Lil’ Golden Book (Lil’ Chief Records)
The Rapture – The Grace of Your Love (RED GENERAL CATALOG)
Tom Russell – Mesabi (Shout Factory!)
Samiam – Trips (Hopeless Records)
George Strait – Here For A Good Time (MCA Nashville)
Luke Temple – Don’t Act Like You Don’t Care (Western Vinyl)
Thrice – Major/Minor [Digital Only] (Vagrant Records) – Adam Thomas
Trek Life – Wouldn’t Change Nothing (Mello Music Group)
Darlene Zschech – You Are Love (COLUMBIA)

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Major/Minor is Beggars with a purpose, and that purpose is to kick ass. “Anthology” hits harder than any Thrice song in the last five years. I’m continually impressed with Dustin’s vocal performance, not just in this song but the album as a whole. He’s never exactly sounded bored on past albums, but the lack of harsh vocals has definitely given that impression at times. But he’s so impassioned on Major/Minor that it’s almost unbelievable, and this song is the best example of that. Plus the riffs are amazing.


Insomnium – Unsung


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“Unsung” is taken from Insomnium’s upcoming album, One For Sorrow. The album will be released on October 17th in Europe and one day later in the United States. Apparently, the song is one of the faster, heavier tracks from One For Sorrow — an album that the press release describes as diverse. Personally, I truly hope that the album is diverse because this song sounds like it could have come from any of their previous album (minus the token clean singing). If there is one positive that I heard, it’s that the growls sound more powerful this time around.


Here’s a list of major new releases for the week of August 30, 2011. Please feel free to request reviews for any of the following albums from staff or contributors.

Anterior – Echoes Of The Fallen {EU} (Metal Blade)
Beirut – The Rip Tide (Pompeii Records) – Kiran S.
Blood Orange – Coastal Grooves (Domino)
Bombay Bicycle Club – A Different Kind Of Fix {UK} (Island UK)
Braille – Native Lungs (Humble Beast)
Glen Campbell – Ghost On The Canvas (Surfdog)
Cobra Starship – Night Shades (Fueled By Ramen)
Committed – Committed (Epic)
Cymbals Eat Guitars – Lenses Alien (Barsuk)
Mike Doughty – Yes And Also Yes (RED GENERAL CATALOG)
Juliana Hatfield – Speeches Delivered To Animals And Plants (Ye Olde Records)
Hella – Tripper (Sargent House)
I Break Horses – Hearts (PID)
Jacuzzi Boys – Glazin’ (HARDLY ART)
Tommy Keene – Behind The Parade (SECOND MOTION)
Killinger – Killinger (Red Distribution)
Kittie – I’ve Failed You (Entertainment One)
Lenny Kravitz – Black And White America (Roadrunner Records)
The Latebirds – Last Of The Good Ol’ Days (SECOND MOTION)
Lil Wayne – Tha Carter IV (Cash Money) – Tyler Fisher
Rene Lopez – ELS (Nat Geo Music)
Male Bonding – Endless Now (Sub Pop)
The Nightwatchman – World Wide Rebel Songs (New West Records)
The Nocturnes – Aokigahara (The Errant Child)
Jake Owen – Barefoot Blue Jean Night (Sony)
Paranoid Castle – Champagne Nightmares (Fake Four Inc.)
Puddle Of Mudd – Re(disc)overed…


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Anybody who’s known me for more than five minutes knows that I have a bit of a hard on for Irish music (I run a blog exclusively devoted to the stuff here) and those who’ve known me a little longer know that I have a special place in my heart for Irish hip hop, which is nothing like the oxymoron that it initially appears.

Ireland has been producing underappreciated rap for years, going back to the innovative trip hop of Marxman through Scary Eire and modern acts like Messiah J & the Expert, the Infomatics and Melodica Deathship. Unfortunately, the general view of Irish rap is dominated by half-baked acts like House of Pain (though some of Everlast’s solo output is legit) and… well I don’t even know what the fuck this is but it needs to be fucking put down immediately.


This has been floating around the Internet for a little while now (and I play it in turntable almost daily) but nothing’s really been posted on Sputnik about it yet. Lana Del Rey doesn’t have an album out yet but she’s working on one and it’s going to be awesome. Check it out.


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With the debut albums of both bands having occupied top 10 spots in my previous two year-end lists, the double bill of Australian rock acts Dead Letter Circus and Closure In Moscow at the Hi-Fi Bar in Melbourne sure looked like an appetizing gig. What would be unbeknownst to me at the time of entry however was that the third act on the bill – Perth outfit Wolves – would make the evening all the more attractive.

Playing a heavy, yet extremely accessible, brand of alternative rock, the quintet distinguish themselves via electric violin player Rachael Aquilina. And while she undoubtedly adds a satisfying sense of melody to proceedings, it would be foolish to overlook her colleagues, all of whom were accomplished on the night. Frontman Adam Burford has an impressive vocal range which can move from a soft croon to a harsh scream in an instant, while Russell Winter’s guitar-work was sporadically impressive. In fact, if there is one area of improvement to be highlighted, it was that Winter too often looked hesitant to steal the limelight from Aquilina. When they worked in tandem, the results were fantastic… As can be heard on Wolves’ lead single ‘Children’:

Often, the major concern with support acts is that they are going to bore the hell out of the majority of the audience who are there to see the headliners. With Wolves having done exactly the opposite, Closure In Moscow were next to step up and keep the…


Left Spine Down – X-Ray

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Left Down Spine have signed with Metropolis Records and are back with their second album of digital hardcore. Those familiar with the band will notice that major changes have taken place since Fighting For Voltage was released in 2008. The band have dropped all of their metal influences and wall-of-sound production in favor of a fun mixture of punk, industrial and electronics. “X-Ray” is the first single from the album, Caution. Caution was released on the 26th of August.


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Exhibit A:

Exhibit B:

Actually Exhibit B is kind of cool but that picture is unforgivable. And I don’t remember Kevin Costner bullying a troll with a fish. Dude was just minding his own business under a tree. Fuck’s sake lads, get it together.

‘Robin Hood’ appears on Edguy’s new album, Age of the Joker, which is scheduled for release on August 26 a.k.a. tomorrow.


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