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Top News

In case you missed it, here’s a list of the top 3 news items from this past week:

(1) New Opeth Song

(2) KSE are “Broken”

(3) New Menzingers song/album


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Currently Trending

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(1)  Torche: Admission
(2)  State Faults: Clairvoyant
(3)  Thom Yorke: Anima
(4)  Freddie Gibbs and Madlib: Bandana
(5)  He Is Legend: White Bat


Featured Reviews

Notable Write-Ups for New Releases:

(1) Torche – Admission by DrGonzo1937

(2) Frightened Rabbit – Tiny Changes by SowingSeason

(3) Banks – III by PistolPete

(4) He Is Legend – White Bat by SitarHero

(5) Ed Sheeran – No. 6 Collaborations Project by granitenotebook


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Featured Lists

Noteworthy lists from the past week:

(1) luci’s decade in pop

(2) A Decade of Heroism

(3) Best Music in Skate / BMX Videos


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Notable Blog Entries

Blog pieces worth highlighting:

(1) CONTRIBUTORS’ GENRE ROULETTE: ROUND 1

(2) Sowing’s Songs of the Decade #65

(3) Sowing’s Songs of the Decade #63


Here’s a list of major new releases for the week of July 19, 2019.

Feel free to request reviews from staff/contributors.


– Featured Album Release –

King's Mouth

The Flaming Lips: King’s Mouth
Genre: Psychedelic/Experimental
Label: Warner Bros.


– Full List of Releases & Album Streams: July 19, 2019 –

Ada Lea: what we say in private
Antwood: Delphi
Ash Walker: Aquamarine
Baltra: Ted
Chuck Cleaver: Send Aid
Crown the Empire: Sudden Sky
The Dead Sound: Cut
Falls of Rauros: Patterns in Mythology  [STREAM]
The Flaming Lips: The King’s Mouth
Generationals: Reader As Detective
The Golden Filter: Autonomy
Goon: Heaven Is Humming
Grace Lightman: Silver Eater
Grizfolk: Rarest of Birds  [STREAM]
Ider: Emotional Education
The Horoscope: Carne.
HUNNY: Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes.
Iggy Azalea: In My Defense
Jeromes Dream: LP
John Johanna: Seven Metal Mountains
Lachlan Denton & Studio Magic: A Brother
Lea Bertucci: Resonant Field
Lingua Ignota: Caligula
Magdalena Bay: mini mix vol. 1
Maxo Kream: Brandon Banks
Merzbow: Crash for Hi-Fi Tapes
Mike Love: 12 Sides Of Summer
Murs & 9th Wonder: The Iliad Is Dead And the Odyssey
Nas: The Lost Tapes II
Obey The Brave: Balance
Plastic Picnic: Vistalite
Sabaton: The Great War
Sabrina Carpenter: Singular Act II
Sam Smith: How Do You Sleep?
Scott Stapp: The Space Between the Shadows
Sleepwalkers: Ages
Spod: Adult Fantasy
Sum 41: Order In Decline
Tomb Mold: Planetary Clairvoyance  [STREAM]
Willow: WILLOW
Wormed: Metaportal
Wreck And Reference: Absolute Still Life


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dedex
07.18.19
Very nice change! It's much better to feature some lists, blog entries and reviews from the past week than merely showing what releases will be...released. Good job!

dedex
07.18.19
Absolutely not stoked for the Sum 41 release tho

SlothcoreSam
07.18.19
Digging the new format, but maybe keep the genre tag next to the new release albums.

SowingSeason
07.18.19
It has come to my attention that (1) This post's title has always been misleading, and (2) This website is boring. So I did my part and made the post more about news related to Sputnik within the last week, while also managing to shake things up.

Don't worry, if you hate it, we can consider it a one week experiment gone wrong and return to the status quo. But I don't want to hear about how no one ever tries to change things, then.

dedex
07.18.19
StrikeOfTheBeast did create a turmoil

Demon of the Fall
07.18.19
Nice format.

Not 100% on whether I should check anything new this week, The Flaming Lips dropped out of my rotation years back (mildly intrigued though). Last 'Tomb Mold' was decent, my priorities are likely elsewhere mind. Wasn't a fan of Falls of Rauros' last album. Got a decent backlog to tackle anyway.

peekatoad
07.18.19
It's a nice change in format. I do miss the album covers though

McTime50
07.18.19
Yeah I miss the album art and more importantly genre tags. How am I supposed to judge stuff by their covers now?

Bedex
07.18.19
Really appreciate the effort put into this Sowing I gotta say, this is fantastic to see. Great job there



Also looking forward to jamming that Falls of Rauros record

Papa Universe
07.18.19
Now it looks like news. Love the change, hope it sticks.

Get Low
07.18.19
Hype for new Iggy

Get Low
07.18.19
@Sowing I want to be able to see all the album covers of the new releases tho. That was cool.

theNateman
07.18.19
List of new albums needs new Steven Battelle album, Midnight Between Months.

Ashtiel
07.18.19
very excited for lingua ignota & wreck and reference

DoctorSpaghetti0
07.18.19
SCOTT STAPP HYPE

DrGonzo1937
07.18.19
This is fantastic sow

DoofDoof
07.18.19
This is great, seriously love it but....



...and it's a big butt.......




....now we can't all laugh at the worst album art of the week :(

Voivod
07.18.19
Love the changes, that Freddie Gibbs and Madlib collab on slot 4 of trending albums, is still awesome.

SowingSeason
07.18.19
Realistically, based on my own time constraints, it's gotta be either the "extras" from this week OR album art. I'd love to do it all but I simply don't have more than 45 minutes per week to invest in this.

If people prefer the old format I have no problem going back.

Papa Universe
07.18.19
If only you could add the other releases' art in smaller icons.

Skoop
07.18.19
Could care less about album art but the genre tags were certainly nice. Other than that this is quite a neat change.

SowingSeason
07.18.19
The problem is that both the artwork and locating genre/label info are the two most time consuming tasks of all. The reason I was able to add extra features is because I forewent the art/genre/label data scrape. I realize it's bittersweet but it's just too much to include the best of both worlds. Maybe I'll go with this for now and then revert if people miss the old format. Just felt like taking a sledge hammer to the status quo for a while.

McTime50
07.18.19
yeah i'd settle for just genre tags instead of album art

Egarran
07.18.19
Dayum this is quality.

/Subscribe

henryChinaski
07.18.19
"[...] but maybe keep the genre tag next to the new release albums."

I second this.

SlothcoreSam
07.18.19
If adding the artwork is to time consuming, could it be possible to add a hyperlink for each album directing us to the artists page, and thus revealing the artwork and genre?

0xME
07.18.19
I love the new format, but I'd also prefer if some form of genre tags could be added again, this has been helpful many times to discover new artists from genres I enjoy.

0xME
07.18.19
"If adding the artwork is to time consuming, could it be possible to add a hyperlink for each album directing us to the artists page, and thus revealing the artwork and genre?"

I wouldn't be surprised if this is even more time consuming considering sput's spaghetticode^^

AngryJohnny
07.18.19
This is a much better format

Divaman
07.18.19
Arghh! Change!

DoofDoof
07.18.19
As well as the 'Featured Album Release' can we have the 'Featured Album Artwork That Will Tickle Doof Enough to Unleash a Dad Joke'

Papa Universe
07.18.19
do we even need 'Featured Album Release' ?

McTime50
07.18.19
swap out the featured album release for genre tags and it's perfect

Papa Universe
07.18.19
if you want to highlight that something is worth everyone's attention, just maybe put a little dot next to it. like this:
"artist - album
• artist - album
artist - album"

Papa Universe
07.18.19
well, the dot didn't show up, but you get the idea

Divaman
07.18.19
I miss the list of this week's new releases WITH the genres.

Bloon
07.18.19
this change owns tbh

dmathias52
07.18.19
Antwood - Electronic
Crown the Empire - Metalcore
Falls of Rauros - Black Metal
The Flaming Lips - Psychadelic
Generationals - Indie Rock
The Golden Filter - Electronic
Iggy Azalea - Pop/Hip Hop
Jeromes Dream - Hardcore/Emo
Lea Bertucci - Experimental
Lingua Ignota - Industrial
Maxo Kream - Hip Hop
Merzbow - Drone
Mike Love - Pop
Murs and 9th Wonder - Hip Hop
Nas - Hip Hop
Obey the Brave - Metalcore
Sabaton - Power Metal
Sabrina Carpenter - Pop
Sam Smith - Pop
Scott Stapp - Rock
Sleepwalkers- Hardcore
Sum 41 - Pop Punk
Tomb Mold - Death Metal
Willow - Post Rock
Wormed - Death Metal
Wreck and Reference - Doom Metal

Here are the genre tags for the albums already in Sput's database!

TheSupernatural
07.18.19
I like having all the other stuff but I don't really like it at the expense of no album art/genre tags. Maybe I'm just too attached to album art but I love looking at it. It's a shame Sputnik's code doesn't make it easy to connect to the previously loaded album art on the site

SowingSeason
07.18.19
What a lot of people may not know is that the first iteration of this feature was just a list of albums, labels, and streams (no genre, no artwork). I might be able to find some sort of compromise between all 3 iterations but when it comes down to it I'm going to have to make cuts to prevent this from being a part time job. Stay tuned to see what next week brings.

Papa Universe
07.18.19
why not have someone else do it then? doesn't even have to be a mod.

SowingSeason
07.18.19
"I don't want this to be a part time job"
"Maybe someone else should do it then"
lol

Papa Universe
07.18.19
yo, I can volunteer, actually. I'm on permanent sick leave anyway, got fuckall to do.

Lucman
07.18.19
New format is great, though I do kinda miss it being exclusively about new releases. That's where most of the talk is anyhow, not to kick aside the excellent reviews and lists, of course.

Dewinged
07.19.19
I am gonna be that guy but as much as I appreciate the effort for shaking things up Sow I do prefer the old format.

It's cool to have all that info about featured reviews, lists etc but it's info you can already see it on front page. New releases, with that big cool new art and genre tags was, in my opinion much more appealing.

But anyway since I seem to be alone in this I guess I'll have just have to get used to it lol

Great job otherwise dude, I know how time consuming both this and the old format must be.

Demon of the Fall
07.19.19
On reflection I actually agree with Dewi. Maybe the new format helps to draw attention certain features the community may have missed, especially for occasional, or less than thorough visitors. Personally I now about all this already and not being able to see all the artwork/genre tags for the new releases is kind of a bummer.

I still appreciate the attempt at something different and more than anything I want the site to be successful in implementing changes people like, I can definitely see how it might work for some people. Unfortunately on this occasion it doesn't satisfy my own personal feelings and if it's a straight choice between the old format 'as is' or this, think I'd choose to revert to the previous incarnation.

Demon of the Fall
07.19.19
I should remember to proof-read article comments, I'm too used to the edit function. It's vaguely readable.

SandwichBubble
07.19.19
I'd keep the Top News and Currently Trending albums, then go directly into the list of new releases. I'd be nice if the new releases kept the art/genres/label, but I get that it takes a lot of time to do.

Egarran
07.19.19
Considering Dewi's thought out response, I should add that this is my first visit to sputnik news and I have no basis for comparison.

But anyway dude is old af and is clearly scared of change.

Dewinged
07.19.19
Fair point, fellow elder Eg.

I remember someone complained about the title. And instead changing the title Sow changed the whole section. Is the change good? Sure! It looks great, and it's a breeze of much needed fresh air to the site but if it was me I'd keep the new releases as it was, call it "New releases" and maybe make a separate bi-weekly or monthly post as "Site news" with this format.

Just throwing some more ideas out there.

nightbringer
07.19.19
Hey Sowing, thanks for being willing to shake things up!

Looks like you fixed the discrepancy between the title of these posts ("Sputnik News") and their content by changing the content to match the title. Might I suggest going the other way round instead? That is, could you keep the content focused on new releases and simply change the title to "New Releases"? It strikes me that the change you have gone for here produces a net loss in the site's value. After all, it reduces info about new releases (sacrificing art work and genre tags) for reminders and summaries of pre-existing site content. Maybe this is just a personal preference at the end of the day, but I find the fuller info about new releases much more valuable and I would be sad if my feedback about the title of these posts in that thread a couple weeks ago led to the diminishing of that feature!

Of course, if upkeeping that feature is too much work, that's understandable, but as others have suggested, perhaps that work could be delegated elsewhere?

Again, though, kudos on the positive attitude to change.

PistolPete
07.19.19
New format is excellent well done

Sniff
07.19.19
New change looks good and cool fuck artwork bring back genre tags pce out





dudez

JWT155
07.19.19
Great new format sowing, I like seeing the album art work each week, but like you said it's a give and take. Personally I think we could have site news and new releases broken out into two separate posts per week.

cristane
07.19.19
Artwork was nice but not that important.
Genre tags, however, have helped me discover many artists I've never heard of before. That's not gonna happen anymore without them, so I do really hope you'll find the time to add them back.

nightbringer
07.19.19
Yeah the genre tags are really crucial to the list of new releases being a useful feature.

Divaman
07.19.19
Diva's first general Theorem of life: All change is for the worse. Life sucks, but changes only make it worse.

Egarran
07.19.19
New things, new problems. I bet we can't even relax in death.

Divaman
07.19.19
Pretty sure you're right. Life sucks and then you die. And then you're reincarnated to do it all over again.

Egarran
07.19.19
This is the reason I'm afraid to try DMT. Lots of users report back from a place where souls wait to be reborn.

Divaman
07.19.19
*shudder*

Egarran
07.19.19
"The laws of karma decree that you will be reborn as that guy you bullied in 6. grade."

Nocte
07.20.19
Not sure I like change

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