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Welcome avid music listeners! We missed a quarter or two, but who’s counting? The infinite playlist has been a Sputnik tradition ever since I can remember, and we’re back baby! Jom was kind (or cruel?) enough to let me organize the playlist this year. Some coercion may have been involved, but it made for 30 creative and biting blurbs […]

Monday, April 25th, 2016 Artist: Aaron West and the Roaring Twenties Track: “Green Like the G Train, Green Like Sea Foam” We’re still nearly a month away from the official release of Aaron West and the Roaring Twenties’ Bittersweet, and yet we’ve already received an adrenaline boost with the passionate bookends of the three-song EP. […]

Friday, April 22, 2016 Artist: Kevin Morby Track: “Dorothy” Kevin Morby’s latest solo offering, Singing Saw, has been described as “written simply and realized orchestrally.” This statement makes perfect sense within the context of the album – none of the songs feel overly complex in nature, but the delicate addition of instruments like horns and […]

Wednesday, April 13, 2016 Artist: Direct Hit! Track: “Forced to Sleep” I don’t think very many bands could make something like the overuse of amphetamines seem so harmless and enjoyable, but then again not every band is Direct Hit! Following in the footsteps of 2013’s satirical Brainless God, the Milwaukee pop-punkers seem to be picking […]

Thursday, April 7, 2016 Artist: Bob Dylan Track: “Masters of War” I’m going to cut straight to the chase – Bob Dylan’s ‘Masters of War’ is one of the best songs he’s ever penned throughout his illustrious and weathered career. Not because of musical innovation, but because it contains perhaps the most profound and venomous […]

Wednesday, April 6, 2016 Artist: Saosin Track: “Racing Toward a Red Light Thirteen years after making a lasting imprint in Saosin’s sound, Anthony Green is returning as the band’s vocalist in all of his former glory on the upcoming Along the Shadow. The second single released from the album, appropriately titled ‘Racing Toward a Red […]

Monday, April 4, 2016 Artist: Woods Track: “Sun City Creeps” Woods’ brand of indie folk always seems to find a comfortable sweet spot between eerie and inviting. With a haunting vocal performance from Jeremy Earl and seductive brass, ‘Sun City Creeps’ is every bit as enticing as it needs to be to kick off the […]

Thursday, March 31, 2016 Social Distortion Track: “Drug Train” Social Distortion’s self-titled release was a potent concoction of punk, blues, and rock-n-roll that allowed the band to reach new levels of success in the early ’90s. Growing up through that decade, I can’t even count the amount of times I saw Social D patches clung […]

Friday, March 25, 2016 The Hotelier Track: “Piano Player” As anticipation continues to build for The Hotelier’s follow up to 2014’s wildly successful Home, Like NoPlace Is There, many are left scratching their heads with the release of their latest single ‘Piano Player.’ Admittedly, the song isn’t the cathartic release many fans were hoping for, […]

Thursday, March 17, 2016 Artist: Alanis Morissette Track: “Mary Jane” I remember it like it was yesterday. It was a ’90s Christmas, and I could feel the excitement surge through me as I dug through my stocking and yanked out my very first CD: Alanis Morissette – Jagged Little Pill. It wasn’t long before this […]

Throwback Thursday, March 10th, 2016 Artist: Metal Church Track: “Gods of Wrath” As you’ve likely noticed, we’re trying to spice things up a bit in the staff blog lately with a handful of our writers submitting track-of-the-day blurbs detailing a song of their choosing. It’s been entertaining to see the various tastes and styles in […]

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