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The Weeknd – “House Of Balloons / Glass Table Girls” This is one party that I wish I wasn’t so late to. Hell, by the time I got there the party was over. I discover The Weeknd when “Can’t Feel My Face” hits the airwaves in 2015, which I think is a catchy tune so […]

100-76 | 75-51 | 50-31 | 30-11 | 10-1 10. Jenny Hval – Viscera [Spotify] // [Review] Can desire best be described as a train running into a tunnel? In popular culture, desire is rarely written with the nuance (or maybe, the trepidation) it deserves, reduced as it is to the slickest surface of its skin […]

100-76 | 75-51 | 50-31 | 30-11 | 10-1 30. Julien Baker – Sprained Ankle [Spotify] // [Review] It’s strange that a twenty-year-old has seemingly been through it all. Julien Baker sings and plays with such confidence and writes about such harrowing circumstances that it’s easy to forget she was barely out of her teens when […]

100-76 | 75-51 | 50-31 | 30-11 | 10-1 50. Fair to Midland – Arrows and Anchors [Spotify] // [Review] One of the graver losses of the 2010s, Fair to Midland outdid themselves with sophomore (and ultimately final) album Arrows and Anchors. While the band have straddled genres from alternative, metal, folk, and prog throughout debut […]

100-76 | 75-51 | 50-31 | 30-11 | 10-1 75. mewithoutYou – [Untitled] [Spotify] // [Review] Over the past two decades mewithoutYou have been ever present, but not necessarily in the foreground, in comparison to their peers. However, unlike many of the bands they have played alongside, mewithoutYou are more relevant than ever, even as they […]

100-76 | 75-51 | 50-31 | 30-11 | 10-1 100. The Menzingers – On the Impossible Past [Spotify] // [Review] The urge to repost lyrics in lieu of a blurb? Strong. (In all caps, obviously.) Maybe italicised, maybe emboldened, undoubtedly justified. That’d require, though, some prior knowledge of the album, its melodies; and as much as […]

lol owned u guys so hard. April fools! get rekt losers!! Can’t give y’all the decade list just yet (altho expect it soon!).  Instead, here’s the next best thing: the OFFICIAL Sputnikmusic Staff’s ranking of the Top 50 Songs of 2018! Me and the boys have been working hard on refining this since November of ’18, […]

Cursive – “Noble Soldier/Dystopian Lament” Lost in the wave of protest songs that washed over us from 2016-2019 is perhaps one of the most important messages to come out of the entire decade. “Noble Soldier/Dystopian Lament” is the curtain call and thematic crux of 2018’s Vitriola – an album whose overarching themes damn both politics […]

Julia Holter – “I Shall Love 2” When I first reviewed Aviary, I surmised: “At fifteen tracks, each hovering in the six-to-nine minute range, Aviary presents a daunting task. It’s a world that requires dedicated immersion; a commitment to its unwieldy time length but also a staunch distancing that allows you to engage its thousands […]

FKA Twigs – “Fallen Alien” Magdalene is backloaded with some of FKA Twigs strongest individual tracks to date. ‘fallen alien’ is a career highlight and immediate song of 2019 contender, possessing one of the most rhythmically complex and aesthetically rich atmospheres that she’s ever crafted. The track commences with gentle piano notes and electronic effects […]

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds – “Bright Horses” Nick Cave has written some pretty bleak verses, especially following the passing of his son Arthur, but I’m not sure any have hit me as hard as the lyrics to “Bright Horses”: I can hear the whistle blowing, I can hear the mighty roar / I […]

Flying Lotus – “Arkestry” I’m not what you’d call an electronic expert and, to level with you guys, this is the only Flying Lotus album I’ve ever heard more than once. Still, that should tell you something about just how impactful this album was at the time of its release, and how influential it remains. […]

Well, another 10 years have gone by which means it’s time for another music list, and possibly some reflection on the last 10 years. I’ve got the music thing covered, but I’m not going to waste time on reflection. The artwork links to the album review (or the band page in the absence of a […]

Johnnyofthewell   Oomori Seiko – “Saishuu Koen” Narrowing down an entire decade’s worth of music to two or three songs was a tough call, but I can’t think of a more appropriate top pick than this. On the face of it, Saishuu Koen (Last Performance) is a case study of the most beautiful, raw facets […]

The Dear Hunter – “Misplaced Devotion” If we’re being realistic, I could probably fill about 10 spots on this decade 100 with Dear Hunter songs that I simply adore.  That’s how prevalent they’ve been in the rock scene since 2010, with The Color Spectrum marking my introduction to the band in a grand 9 EP, […]

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