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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 […]

So 2011 was a lot of fun. 25. Youth Lagoon – Year of Hibernation Spotify || YouTube Trevor Powers’ music makes me feel a lot of things I just can’t put my finger on. When I first heard it, the walls of reverb and slow burning melodies seemed tailor-made to lull me to sleep. Like […]

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Hi, my name’s Dave. (Hi Dave!) You may remember me from such adventures as: the last few years and generally stealthing around like a motherfucker while letting Jom take all the blame for the real shit that went down. Last year, I counted in Christmas with 12 days of excellent (and some not so excellent, […]


I always used to think of new year’s resolutions as an inane exercise. Whoever conceived the idea seemed to be proposing that we should only target improvement once a year, a notion that we all would dismiss promptly and adamantly. As inconsequential of a gesture as it is, the new year’s resolution has actually begun […]

Every music critic likes to imagine, even if only subconsciously, that their year-end wrap-up will have some neat tale or trend that encapsulates the year in a couple of easy paragraphs. Unfortunately, the nearest one I could find is that two of the year’s best albums both had ‘England’ in the title and wrote about […]

All expressions of jubilation and pleasure (and depressing-looking hand claps) are property of the Great Leader, who likes to look at things. Err’day I’m shuffarin’.


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