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Year End Lists – Individual

2019 and Growing Old I’ve been doing this since 2007 and I’ve watched as members have come and gone (some departures way more welcome than others). I’ve also watched as my personal musical tastes have slowly separated from the Sputnik collective (they were never entirely in line to begin with), and that is no where […]

It’s that time of year again when artists wait with baited breath to hear their name called for the most prestigious award in all of celebrated art.  Sure, there are more mainstream ceremonies out there, but this is the one that artists – secretly – take vast pride in.  In 2014, Low Roar won the Seriously […]

Welcome back to the greatest show on the internet! The SMA’s have returned! Duh – Sowing’s Music Awards?  It’s cute that you pretended to forget – it’s only the biggest name in sputnik user profile, end-of-year, blog-based award shows.  It’s kind of a big deal. So anyway, after a one year absence, the SMA’s are […]

Happy belated New Year! Wishing you all good luck, good health, and good times in 2018. The Jom 100 is comprised of 100 albums released in 2017 that I happened to listen to the most based on the following arbitrary parameters: Scrobbler data Recommendations from users Super-subjective taste based on whatever seemed like a good […]

  ————————————————————————————————- **Click the Arrow on the top left of the player for songs from 40 – 31** ————————————————————————————————- 40. In the Nursery – 1961 Post Rock/Classical/Ambient // ITN Corporation In The Nursery have been around since the early 80s and have gone through a number of style changes without ever losing sight of their original formula. That […]

50 Best of 2016 From Norwegian Pop to Dad Thrash ——————————— 2016 was a pretty good year for music. Admittedly, there was nothing that I would call a classic or game changer, but there was a huge influx of albums I would still refer to as excellent or outstanding. It wasn’t just the great albums […]

It’s a grand celebration!  The SMA’s are back for the third and possibly final time, and quite frankly even that’s a miracle.  But I forced myself to have time to host one more of these god forsaken best-of-Barnes & Nobles (I upgraded from buying all my CD’s at Target, bitches) and we find ourselves at […]

Hello, friends. If you made it here without any malware warnings, breathe a sigh of relief. As is the yearly tradition, I hope all of you were “Down with the Christmas” this week, no matter what festive holiday you celebrated: Stream: The Paybacks – “Down with the Christmas” (3:55) Similar to my entry last year […]

Rather than boring Sputnik’s readership with a numbered list of all the metal albums I liked and then spending three paragraphs bitching about how much metal sucked this year and how xSPONGECOREx is neither funny nor well made, I’ll instead bore you with a wall of text regarding the dichotomy that was metal in 2014. […]

It’s been a pretty good year for music. We had quite a few bands get back together and make some excellent music. There was also quite  a few other artists that just continue to churn out quality releases, and of course there were also a few surprises. Anyway, different people use different criteria to make […]

Hello, friends! As is our yearly tradition here, I hope all of you were “Down with the Christmas” this week, no matter what festive holiday you celebrate: Stream: The Paybacks – “Down with the Christmas” (3:55) I decided to break this entry down into 3 components: the Jom Expansion Pack (25 albums that missed my […]

26. Shugo Takumaru: “Katachi” 25. Gaytheist: “Stomach Pains” 24. Kvelertak: “Bruane Brenn” 23. Beastwars: “Realms” 22. Ghost B.C.: “Year Zero” 21. Darwin Deez: “You Can’t Be My Girl” 20. Dope Body: “Leather Head” 19. Coliseum: “Doing Time” 18. Meshuggah: “I Am Colossus” 17. M.I.A.: “Bring The Noize” 16. MGMT: “Your Life Is A Lie” 15. […]

——————————————————————————————————————————- So, I have neither the time nor the ability to be creative with my list this year, but there were definitely things that are worth sharing so here goes (just about) nothing… Note: I used Spotify links because it’s free and you don’t have to sign up as long as you use your Facebook […]

Why is Santa’s sack so big? He only comes once a year. (Much like my review publishing rate in 2012, evidently.) I think it goes without saying that my musical authority on this site has the approximate utility value of a glass hammer or a chocolate teapot, but I digress. It’s a bit of fun […]

Songs of ’12 | Shows of ’12 25. Sleigh Bells – Reign of Terror “End of the Line” | Spotify Sleigh Bells always struck me as sort of a gimmick, a one-trick pony on their debut Treats. To be honest, that trick, which makes Nigel Tufnel’s “but these go to eleven” explanation a parody of […]

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