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50. Esoteric – Paragon of Dissonance [Official Site] // [Facebook] At this point, Esoteric can be called the forerunners of funeral doom metal, because they’re just that good. Paragon Of Dissonance is more of the same from the esteemed band, only this time massive improvements have been made. The rhythm section and melodies that weave […]

Here’s a list of major new releases for the week of January 24, 2012. Please feel free to request reviews for any of the following albums from staff or contributors. Aborted – Global Flatline (Century Media) Archetype – Red Wedding (Dekagon Records) Atomic Forest – Obsession [Remastered] (Now Again) Battle Beast – Steel {EU} (Nuclear […]

10. Immolation – Providence [Official Site] // [Facebook] Providence is Immolation basically giving us more of the same, which just means more really quality death metal. Rob Vigna and Bill Taylor lay down some gnarly trems and pinch harmonics while Steve Shalaty rips it up on the kit. No bells and whistles here, kids – […]

Here’s another glare from Stephin Merritt, and this time it’s a reminder: before this non-synth triology of nonsense was a late ’80s, early Indie band falling into the new decade with nothing but the tricks they’d been taught to survive. Tricks which they had failed at, anyway, because of Merritt himself, hands in his face […]

I don’t know why I’m writing this. I mean, I kind of do. This should be my year-end feature, where I put the albums I liked in an arbitrary list so you can understand how I experienced the past twelve months. But how could I write that when I have no fucking idea what happened […]

Here’s a list of major new releases for the week of January 17, 2012. Please feel free to request reviews for any of the following albums from staff or contributors. The Anabasis – Back From Being Gone (10T Records) Steve Aoki – Wonderland (Ultra Records) Attack Attack! – This Means War (Rise Records) Jessie Baylin – […]

50-31 | 30-11 | 10-1 10. Touche Amore – Parting the Sea Between Brightness and Me [Official Site] // [Spotify] // [Facebook] A few months ago I made my way down from the San Fernando Valley ‘burbs which I call home to the city of Echo Park, which is situated half way in between the […]

50-31 | 30-11 | 10-1 30. Givers – In Light [Official Site] // [Spotify] // [Facebook] In the ever-changing world of the music industry, indie-pop is no longer the flavor of the month. Even its stalwart mainstays from New York City, California and England are expanding their instrumental palette in order to open up new […]

50-31 | 30-11 | 10-1 50. FaltyDL – You Stand Uncertain [Official Site] // [Spotify] // [Facebook] Despite its title, Drew Lustman’s follow-up to 2009’s Love Is A Liability is anything but; it’s an album built upon an almost obsessive dedication, one that sees itself rising far above his debut LP because this time Drew […]

Welcome to a new year and a new, quick-as-shit server. As we count down to our eventual extinction on December 21st,  you might consider checking out a few of these new releases. Please feel free to request reviews for any of the following albums from staff or contributors. Acretongue – Strange Cargo (Metropolis Records) Aesthetic Perfection […]

An interesting year that was: notably lacking any clear frontrunner for that coveted “album of the year” title recently occupied by Kanye West (not here, but that’s besides the point) and Animal Collective, it was nevertheless filled to the brim with brilliant music that often dealt with “pop” in some capacity, be it eschewal of […]

When the powers-that-be at SSC (that’s “Sputnik Staff Central” for those out of the loop) almost ruled that all staff were to place their year-end lists on the blog this year, I quivered at the thought. It usually takes me about 15 minutes to center one picture, so could you imagine 25 or 40 of […]

Can I just skip the token introduction about how we’ve made it another year? I mean, shit, am I the only one who WASN’T in that fucking New Year’s Eve movie? If I know our readership (and trust me, with all the reported posts I’ve had to moderate this year and spam I’ve had to […]

From Ingrid’s upcoming January 2012 release, Human Again, I invite you to get swept up in “Ghost” with me. Personally, I thought Everybody was a bit unimaginative for this whimsical, often quirky pop star…but it seems like she is on the right track again after teaming up with producer David Kahne (Imogen Heap, Bangles). Enjoy. […]

Look I know this looks like a big wall of text, and believe me it really is, but I sort of have a point. First off, it’s true I’m lazy and I’ve spent my entire Christmas break applying for Graduate Schools (get a real job amirite?) and frankly the last thing I want to do […]


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