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Hey guys, Brendan here. Since I’m taking a break from my reviewing, I thought I’d finally start using the staff blog! Even though I’m five months late, I say: “better late than never.” So, as an extension from my Video Game Nostalgia series, I’m going to take a retrospective look at some of my favorite childhood musical artists and talk about how well they hold up today. Enjoy!

It all started with one album and one trip. When I was just a kid, around 10 years old or so, I was riding from California with my family to see my grandparents out in Arizona. Going out there for Christmas was a yearly thing we’d do, gathering the entire family for our traditional holiday-related festivities. A nice dinner, great movies, the joy of opening presents on Christmas morning while eating some large cinnamon rolls… great times all around. But, for this one particular trip, I brought my old portable CD player and a copy I had of Queen’s greatest hits – unfortunately the Hollywood edition and not the original version that contained the classic “Bohemian Rhapsody.” Even with the exclusion of their most famous song, I was still putting this album on repeat during the entirety of the trip.

Why? Because Queen’s music was unlike anything I’d heard up to that point.

I was listening to bands like Journey and Foreigner at the time, so while I was already taking piano lessons during this time, my knowledge of more eclectic…

Here’s a list of major new releases for the week of July 22, 2014. Please feel free to request reviews for any of the following albums from staff or contributors.

5 Seconds Of Summer – 5 Seconds Of Summer (Capitol Records)
Alvvays – Alvvays (Polyvinyl Records)
Anberlin – Lowborn (Tooth & Nail Records) – SowingSeason
The Black Angels – Clear Lake Forest (Blue Horizon)
Colony House – When I Was Younger (Descendant Records)
Common – Nobody Smiling (Def Jam)
Crown The Empire – The Resistance: Rise Of The Runaways (Rise Records)
Fozzy – Do You Wanna Start A War? (Century Media)
Freeman – Freeman (Partisan Records)
Got A Girl – I Love You But I Must Drive Off This Cliff Now (Bulk Recordings)
Jesse McCartney – In Technicolor (InGrooves)
Joyce Manor – Never Hungover Again (Epitaph)
La Roux – Trouble In Paradise (Interscope Records)
Logistics – Polyphony (Hospital Records)
Monomyth – Saturnalia Regalia! (Mint Records)
Mustered Courage – Powerlines (Travianna Records)
One Finger Riot – The Sea (Post Planetary)
The Phantom Band – Strange Friend (Chemikal Underground)
PS I Love You – For Those Who Stay (Paper Bag Records)
RX Bandits – Gemini, Her Majesty (InGrooves)
Tilts – Cuatro Hombres (Robotic Empire)
White Fence – For The Recently Found Innocent (Drag City)
Xander Smith – Outside (Music Fix)
Yes – Heaven & Earth (Frontiers Records)


Album Streams:

Alvvays – Alvvays

Common – Nobody Smiling

Fozzy – Do You Wanna Start A War

Got A

I remember a time long, long, long ago, when James Murphy proclaimed “New York, I love you but you’re bringing me down.” Oh, if only he knew what was truly coming when he uttered those words. The same ironic desire for downtrodden credibility and celebrity chic that defined Murphy’s aesthetic several years ago, has manifested into an even more cliched centralization of east coast cool that has quickly swallowed what your parents vaguely remember as the achingly blue collar borough of Brooklyn. Thanks to Catey Shaw and her poisonously saccharine “song of the summer” attempt, “Brooklyn Girls”, those of you who have never had the opportunity to experience New York City’s new school C.H.U.D.s can now see the siege that has befallen this once great city.

Catey Shaw – Brooklyn Girls

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The band members: Lynn Gunn, Alex Babinski, and Brian MacDonald

I like to believe that thanks in some part to the small but dedicated PVRIS fanbase here on Sputnikmusic, the young post-hardcore band’s music has gained serious traction in the alternative music world and signed to Rise Records as a direct result. Obviously, the chances of the four or five people who still actively comment on my gushing (if somewhat incompetent) review of their debut self-titled EP as a significant cause of label A&R picking up on the electric energy of the group’s distorted guitar wails and penchant for catchy songwriting is pretty slim. That being said, the band deserves credit where credit is due, and their focused live energy translates well to recording. When their inevitable first full-length comes out (soon, hopefully!), it promises to be a good’un. We got the chance to have a quick chat with lead singer Lynn Gunn following the band’s Warped Tour set in Mansfield, MA about the upcoming release, new musical directions, and performing through a medium like Warped.

We’re here with Lynn of the now eminently Google-able PVRIS with a V, as opposed to the original, eminently un-google-able Paris with an A. How are you doing?

I’m good! How are you?

I’m good, thanks! Tiring day, but, you know…

(laughs) I feel that.

Your album has been looming on the horizon for

Here’s a list of major new releases for the week of July 15, 2014. Please feel free to request reviews for any of the following albums from staff or contributors.

The Acid – Liminal (Mute/Artist Intelligence)
Anand Wilder & Maxwell Kardon – Break Line (Secretly Canadian)
Antemasque – Antemasque (Volcom Entertainment)
Army Navy – The Wilderness Inside (The Fever Zone)
Big Wreck – Ghosts (Zoe Records/PGD)
Bleachers – Strange Desire (RCA)
Calyx & Teebee – FabricLive.76 (Fabric Worldwide)
Chris Letchford – Lightbox (Chris Letchford/Bandcamp)
Cloud Boat – Model Of You (Apollo Records)
Dead Fingers – Big Black Dog (Communicating Vessels)
Fhloston Paradigm – Phoenix (Hyperdub)
Fink – Hard Believer (Ninja Tune)
I The Breather – Life Reaper (Sumerian Records)
Jason Mraz – Yes! (Atlantic)
John Hiatt – For Terms Of My Surrender (New West Records)
Landlady – Upright Behavior (Hometapes)
Luluc – Passerby (Sub Pop Records)
Madlib – Rock Konducta (Madlib Invasion)
Manic Street Preachers – Futurology (Columbia)
Marsha Ambrosius – Friends & Lovers (RCA)
Melted Toys – Melted Toys (Underwater Peoples Records)
Morrissey – World Peace Is None Of Your Business (Harvest)
The Mother Hips – Chronicle Man (Mother Hips Records)
Needles//Pins – Shamebirds (Dirt Cult Records)
Pennywise – Yesterdays (Epitaph)
Raffi – Love Bug (Rounder)
Reigning Sound – Shattered (Merge Records)
Richard Reed Parry – Music For Heart And Breath (Deutsche Grammophon)
Rise Against – The Black Market (Interscope Records)
Sébastien Tellier – L’Aventura (Record Makers)
Slow Club – Complete Surrender (Wichita)
Suicide Silence

Niko Potočnjak – guitars & Jeremy White – bass, vocals

For those unaware of them, Seven That Spells are a Croatian psychedelic/noise rock band that hails from the 23rd century where rock is dead. They have traveled back in time to our years to change the tragic course of the boring history. These prolific troubadours have recorded 11 ‘observations’ in just over 13 years of existence while also touring the world multiple times. The latest release, IO, is the second part of the ongoing Death And Resurrection Of Krautrock trilogy. Conqueror and founding father, Niko Potočnjak has found some spare time to answer a few questions for Sputnik Music.

Hello! How’s everything going at the Seven That Spells HQ?

All is well. Taking a rest from drugs and other stuff. It’s been one hell of a weekend ha ha ha!

You’ve got a new record out this month, the second part of The Death And Resurrection Of Krautrock, entitled IO. For those who aren’t accustomed to the trilogy, what inspired the concept?

It’s just my vision of how a modern psych band should sound like. The trilogy is a concept – kind of a well known format that allows you to stretch things further. Sometimes one album is really enough though ha ha! Anyway its fun and it makes you focus – no lazy shit here – only lethal stuff.

In contrast to some of your previous albums, both AUM and IO sound more rehearsed rather than focusing on spontaneous

Yesterday (06.07.2014) was the day of the 26th Estonian Song Festival – the biggest national party that’s held here every five years. A little backstory: the tradition of countrywide song festivals in Estonia began in 1869, when 46 male choirs and five orchestras gathered together in the city of Tartu (the first song festival featured only men, mixed choirs featured first in 1891, and all-female choirs in 1896, regularly from 1933). 878 people performed. It laid the foundation for a national awakening and National Song Festivals have been an inseparable part of Estonian culture ever since. They are our main tool for defining ourselves and have always been events entwined with our yearning for independence, while simultaneously emphasizeing our oneness. During Soviet occupation, these song festivals were the most prolific regular patriotic events inside the Soviet Union – happenings that even the governing force majeure couldn’t impale nor stifle by forcing propagandistic themes into the programme. Thus, Estonia’s struggle for freedom under Soviet rule is known under the name “The Singing Revolution”.

Nowadays about 30 000 singers perform to a crowd over three times that size (which is a lot considering Estonia’s whole population is 1.3 million), all united in a positive, patriotic, uplifting circle of celebration. I didn’t go this year (as a spectator of course, thy higher powers have not blessed me with a particularly impressive set of pipes), which I’m more than a little ashamed over. It’s not that I couldn’t go, but…

Here’s a list of major new releases for the week of July 8, 2014. Please feel free to request reviews for any of the following albums from staff or contributors.

Aaron West And The Roaring Twenties – We Don’t Have Each Other (Hopeless Records)
Braid – No Coast (Topshelf Records/Universal)
Chelsea Grin – Ashes To Ashes (Razor & Tie)
Gene The Southern Child – Southern Meridian (Parallel Thought)
Gulp – Season Sun (Everloving Inc.)
Honeyblood – Honeyblood (FatCat Records)
Judas Priest – Redeemer Of Souls (Epic)
Leela James – Fall For You (BMG)
Lewis Watson – The Morning (Rhino/Warner Bros.)
The Mastersons – Good Luck Charm (New West Records)
Matt Kivel – Days Of Being Wild (Woodsist)
Ministry – Last Tangle In Paris (UDR)
Modeselektor – Modeselektion Vol. 3 (Monkeytown)
Monuments – Amanuensis (Century Media)
Noisia – Purpose (Vision Recordings)
The Proper Ornaments – Wooden Head (Slumberland Records)
Psalmships – I Sleep Alone (Big School Records)
The Relapse Symphony – Shadows (Standby Records)
Richard Marx – Beautiful Goodbye (Zanzibar LLC)
Scars Of Tomorrow – Failed Transmissions (Artery Recordings)
Sia – 1000 Forms Of Fear (RCA)
The Skygreen Leopards – Family Crimes (Woodsist)
Steve Wilson – Cover Version (Kscope)
Tim Bowness – Abandoned Dancehall Dreams (Inside Out) – Raul Stanciu
Wolves In The Throne Room – Celestite (Artemisia) – Kyle Ward
Wolvhammer – Clawing Into Black Sun (Profound Lore)


Album Streams:

Gulp – Season Sun

Judas Priest – Redeemer Of Souls

Matt Kivel –

On the heels of debuting some, uh, minimalistic album art and the raucous “Rollin’ and Tumblin’” off their forthcoming LP Get Hurt, The Gaslight Anthem have shared the title track as well.

Get Hurt is slated for an August 19th release date and is available for pre-order.

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The Gaslight Anthem – “Get Hurt” (3:43)
Get Hurt

In an earlier exclusive with Rolling Stone (which is a noteworthy read for fans if you haven’t seen it yet), frontman Brian Fallon noted: “I’ll probably continue to write about heartbreak forever. That stuff doesn’t go away as you get older. You’re always trying to make each record more autobiographical than the last one. Before, it was a lot of storytelling with lots of specific places and names. This time I wrote a lot of direct first-person narratives. You’re talking about yourself – so you have to find new way to do that each time – so for this record, it was a lot of poetry books and a lot of Bob Dylan…

… I can only do what I know and make it as real as possible.”

Photo credit: Joey Maloney

Here’s a list of major new releases for the week of July 1, 2014. Please feel free to request reviews for any of the following albums from staff or contributors.

Bad Suns – Language & Perspective (Vagrant Records)
Beverly – Careers (Kanine Records)
Brian Eno & Karl Hyde – High Life (Warp Records)
Corb Lund – Counterfeit Blues (New West)
Corrosion Of Conformity – IX (Caroline/Universal)
Dot Hacker – How’s Your Process (Work) (Original Recordings Group)
Every Time I Die – From Parts Unknown (Epitaph) – Jacob Royal
Magic! – Don’t Kill The Magic (RCA)
Mark Kozelek – Live At Biko (Caldo Verde)
NONONO – We Are Only What We Feel (Warner Music Sweden)
Old Crow Medicine – Remedy (ATO Records)
OOIOO – Gamel (Thrill Jockey)
Red Wanting Blue – Little America (Fanatic Records)
Robin Thicke – Paula (Interscope)
Seether – Isolate And Medicate (The Bicycle Music Company)
Seven That Spells – The Death And Resurrection Of Krautrock: IO (Sulatron Records)
Sixx John – Moments (Sixx John)
Trey Songz – Trigga (Atlantic Records)
The Vacant Lots – Departure (Sonic Cathedral)


Album Streams:

Beverly – Careers

Brian Eno & Karl Hyde – High Life

Corb Lund – Counterfeit Blues

Every Time I Die – From Parts Unknown

Mark Kozelek – Live At Biko

NONONO – We Are Only What We Feel

Old Crow Medicine Show – Remedy

OOIOO – Gamel

Robin Thicke – Paula


SputnikMusic’s Most Played Artists of the Week

As we march towards Day 182 on the year, we honor the late radio personality Casey Kasem and his famous closing line: “Keep your feet on the ground and keep reaching for the stars.”

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Be it summer or winter where you are, we hope that your first half has been just as splendid as ours. It’s time for our quarterly mixtape: this time, albums from April-June are on the docket after tipping our hats to 2014’s first quarter roughly 3 months ago.

Featuring music from Veni Domine, Fatima, tUnE-yArDs, My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult, Fucked Up, and Plastikman, we are once again hopeful that there’s something for everybody here in our 28 selections.

In the meantime, keep on enjoying the World Cup festivities, as well.

(If they’re super lazy, Google could recycle this for March Madness when shit really gets crazy at the office.)

(Oooooooooookay, maybe not that crazy.)

Enjoy! -Jom

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Ages and Ages – “Over It” (5:18)
Listen if you like: Real Estate, Hey Rosetta!, Vampire Weekend
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It happens at least once every year, without fail. I stumble across a band that – despite my…

Sputnik’s Infinite Playlist: Q2 Edition

No KISS featured on this list, unfortunately

Welcome to Sputnikmusic’s first Infinite Playlist of 2014. Confusingly, this is also based in Q2 – there was no Q1 playlist due to the author’s laziness. This also marks our first Infinite Playlist since SowingSeason (the originator of the list’s idea) went Emeritus, making it especially fitting since he has returned to the fold. Welcome back, Sowing. On this list are some of the finest tracks of the past three months from all over the world, as chosen and written about by the Sputnik userbase. We’ve got some great music to promote, from black metal to fuzzy, scuzzy stoner rock to sublime electronic. Enjoy.


IMPORTANT NOTE: Click on the track titles while holding down the CTRL key, and the song will open in a new tab. Clicking without the CTRL key will cause your browser to leave this page and make reading the blurbs mighty difficult.


This issue’s contributors are as follows:

Artuma / Arcade / Passive Madman / TheSupernatural / silentstar / dimsim3478 / Brostep / RogueNine / RivalSkoomaDealer / ExplosiveOranges / PitchforkArms / cmaitland421 / ScuroFantasma / Judio! / laughingman22 / Azn. / Rhyme

Here’s a list of major new releases for the week of June 24, 2014. Please feel free to request reviews for any of the following albums from staff or contributors.

Ab-Soul – These Days (Top Dawg Entertainment)
Black Bananas – Electric Brick Wall (Drag City)
Carsie Blanton – Not Old, Not New (So Ferocious)
Circulatory System – Mosaics Within Mosaics (Cloud Recordings)
Deadmau5 – While (1<2) (Astralwerks/Universal)
Flashlights – Bummer Summer (Hard Rock Records)
Gus Gus – Mexico (Kompakt)
Jad Fair & Danielson – Solid Gold Heart (Sounds Familyre)
Kasai Allstars – Beware The Fetish (Crammed Discs)
M. Geddes Gengras – Ishi (Leaving Records)
Mastodon – Once More ‘Round The Sun (Warner Bros.)Greg Fisher
Peter Matthew Bauer – Liberation! (Mexican Summer)
Phish – Fuego (ATO Records)
Phox – Phox (Partisan Records)
Riff Raff – Neon Icon (Mad Decent)
Roll The Dice – Until Silence (Leaf Spain)
Sam Coffey & The Iron Lungs – Gates Of Hell (Southpaw Records)
Sarah Borges – Radio Sweetheart (Lonesome Day)
Slaves – Through Art We Are All Equals (Artery Recordings)
Sons Of Magdalene – Move To Pain (Audraglint)
Speak – Pedals (Playing In Traffic)
Strand Of Oaks – Heal (Dead Oceans)
A Sunny Day In Glasgow – Sea When Absent (Lefse Records)
Total Control – Typical System (Iron Lung Records)
Xeno & Oaklander – Par Avion (Ghostly International)
Zig Zags – Zig Zags (In The Red)


Album Streams:

Circulatory System – Mosaics Within Mosaics

Deadmau5 – While (1<2)…

In a world where we can cure cancer with Facebook likes… wait, never mind.

In a world where the relationship between musicians and their fans is bolstered through social media, pay-what-you-like downloads, and [hopefully] a continued focus on developing legal services that actually adequately compensate the artists, it’s always a neat thing whenever musicians tease that they’ll share a forthcoming tune to drum up some interest (or send their fanbase into a frenzy).

About 8 hours ago, Adelaide’s Hilltop Hoods teased that they would share a track from their upcoming album Walking Under Stars, the group’s 7th studio album set for release later this year. Originally disclosing that “Won’t Let You Down”, featuring London-based rapper Maverick Sabre, would be the album’s first single, the trio pulled off a swerve and released “The Art of the Handshake”.

Stream “The Art of the Handshake” below, and based on their tongue-in-cheek tweet, decide where you fall on the continuum:

Here’s a list of major new releases for the week of June 17, 2014. Please feel free to request reviews for any of the following albums from staff or contributors.

Alexis Taylor – Await Barbarians (Domino)
The Antlers – Familiars (Anti Records)
Big Freedia – Just Be Free (Queen Diva Music)
Boris – Noise (Sargent House)
Cannabis Corpse – From Wisdom To Baked (Seasons Of Mist)
Cerebral Ballzy – Jaded & Faded (Cult Records)
David Gray – Mutineers (+180 Records)
Death Has No Dominion – Death Has No Dominion (Sqe Music)
The Downtown Fiction – Losers & Kings (Fearless Records)
Ed Sheeran – X (Atlantic)
The Felice Brothers – Favorite Waitress (Dualtone Music Group)
For All Those Sleeping – Incomplete Me (Fearless Records)
Frog Eyes – Carey’s Cold Spring (Paper Bag Records)
Ghost Town – The After Party (Fueled By Ramen)
Glass Animals – ZABA (Harvest)
The Harpoonist & The Axe Murderer – A Real Fine Mess (Tonic Records)
How To Dress Well – What Is This Heart? (Alternative Distribution Alliance)
Jennifer Lopez – A.K.A. (Capitol)
Julian Velard – If You Don’t Like It, You Can Leave (Chloebro Records/Exodus Entertainment)
Klaxons – Love Frequency (Akashic Records)
Lana Del Rey – Ultraviolence (Interscope Records)
Linkin Park – The Hunting Party (Warner Bros.) Irving Tan
Lone – Reality Testing (R&S Records) Hyperion
Lower – Seek Warmer Climes (Matador Records)
Martyn – The Air Between Words (Ninja Tune)
Matteah Baim – Falling Theater (Dream Drive Records)


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