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(Photo: Romain Kedochim) Time was, all the phrase “UK hip hop” brought to mind was the impossibly cool Slick Rick and the slightly less cool John Barnes. Ireland was in worse shape, almost apologetically claiming credit for New Yorkers House of Pain. Of course there were wonderful underground acts on both scenes, but they would […]

It’s a rare enough event, so we like to celebrate it, when Sputnik’s favourite Aussie pop whore Davey Boy‘s tastes overlap with anybody else’s. It’s even more unusual when two of those rare events collide, but as it happens Davey and I share more than just a name: we both have a keen appreciation of […]

Though this song has been floating around for the better part of 2 weeks now, here’s your friendly reminder to give it a listen if you haven’t yet been swallowed by its monstrous swell. Robert Smith, eccentric frontman of goth legends The Cure, teams up with glitched out troublemakers Crystal Castles for this enormous cover […]

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In years gone by, there just never would have been a debate: Snoop Dogg is black. In recent years, however, Snoop has been seen to engage in a number of typical “white person” pursuits, such as expressing a desire to appear in Coronation Street, playing Metallica songs and continuing to use words ending in “-izzle” […]

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Two weeks ago, I was lucky enough to have been presented with an opportunity. It was October 29th and I was about to interview Kelly Shaefer, frontman for the legendary, since-reunited (sort of) death metal band Atheist. This was, and is, kind of a big deal. With the release of Atheist’s first release in 17 […]

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Depending on who you believe, The Room is either the most unintentionally funny serious movie ever made or the greatest stitch-up of all time. Either way, nobody who sees Tommy Wiseau’s $6 million directorial debut is quite the same afterwards. Now, the film’s most famous line – “you are tearing me apart, Lisa!” – has […]

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Wikipedia fanatics are almost universally regarded as creepy, pedantic weirdos whose insatiable lust for secondary sources is matched only by their desire to reference said sources in a neutral point of view (NPOV). That’s more or less correct. At the same time, I have to have sympathy for Wikipedia editors, as they are essentially charged […]

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Just a handful of weeks left before 2010 is officially over, but there are still a few more releases left that are going to be worth checking out. In the blog section, be sure to check out Tyler Munro’s interview with Kelly Shaefer of Atheist. Here’s a list of major new releases for the week […]

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They’re not doing anything we haven’t heard a million times before (particularly with the absurd amount of bands doing it right now) but where The Pains of Being Pure At Heart get off easy is that they capture a charm that few of their peers are able to tap into. Their debut record was playful […]

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Delerium – Epiphany 3.5/5 2010 Nasty Byte 01. Angelicus 02. Love 03. After All 04. Terra Firma 05. Innocente 06. Self-Saboteur 07. The Way You Want It To Be 08. Twilight 09. Flowers Become Screens 10. Silence 11. Incantation (encore) 12. Forgotten Worlds (credit roll) ———————————————————————————— Bill Leeb has had an exhausting, yet productive year. […]

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Were proof needed that ‘Fuck You’ is in fact the new ‘Crazy’/’Since U Been Gone’/’Poker Face,’ London singer-songwriter Eliza Doolittle is one of about a million artists (not an accurate estimate) to begin incorporating the song into live sets. I shudder to think how many more artists would follow suit were there to be some […]

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It’s no great secret that Amy Winehouse’s best music invariably comes about when she a) collaborates with otherwise nauseating super-producer Mark Ronson and b) channels the great female singers of the Spector-inspired Sixties. With this in mind, it should come as no great surprised that Amy’s cover of Lesley Gore’s ‘It’s My Party,’ which features […]

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I know it’s unfashionable and frightfully rude to stick up for major labels these days – and goodness! I take no pleasure in doing it – but a recent post by industry litigator Gary Stiffelman on The Comet raised a number of insightful points. Stiffelman argues for the continued usefulness (note: not essential goodness or […]

Here’s a list of major new releases for the week of November 02 , 2010. Please feel free to request reviews for any of the following albums from staff or contributors. 7 Walkers [Garetful Dead’s Bill Kreutzmann & Papa Mali] – 7 Walkers (Response Records) AfroCubism – AfroCubism (Nonesuch) Jason Aldean – My Kinda Party (Broken Bow) […]

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English metalcore act Architects have been playing a new song entitled ‘Delete Rewind’ on tour in the UK. The Brighton band have been performing with Norma Jean and Devil Sold His Soul in support, and will release their fourth album, The Here and Now, in January. A second new song, ‘Day In, Day Out,’ can […]


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