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It’s that wonderful time of year when we all try to figure out hilarious, and sometimes flat-out evil, ways to make each other cower in fear while having premature heart attacks. Yes, Halloween – which, let’s face it, spans all of October – is upon us, and with it comes the first Spooknik Soundtrack installment […]

Well, it’s been an adventurous third quarter around here. Question marks in reviews have been fixed! You can see entire release dates! All album art and images uploaded between November 2017-the Great Power Surge of 2019 have disappeared into the ether, never to return! As a Loaf of Meat once power balladed: two out of […]

In case you haven’t noticed: the charts are finally updated and the default year when adding new albums to the database is 2019. Sayonara, 2016! 26 entries make the cut for Q2 2019 (as always, thanks to BlushfulHippocrene, DrGonzo1937, insomniac15, manosg, Rowan5215, and verdant for pitching in!), so while I was perilously close to throwing […]

Welp, it’s March 31st, possibly April 1st, so you know what that means. Is your March Madness bracket more busted than Kyle Ahrens’ ankle or Chuma Okeke’s ACL? Did your baseball team start off on a roaring 162-0 pace before regression towards the shit kicked in real, real hard? Fear not, people who don’t even […]

This project is a collection of the very best individual tracks from the decade spanning 2010-2019.  All tracks have been linked to this homepage for ease of navigation.  If you’re less in the mood to read, and would rather just jam the entire playlist, a spotify link has been embedded below for your convenience.  The […]

Top 10 National // Top 10 Say Anything // Top 10 Thrice // Top 10 Kanye Sputnikmusic Staff Rankings:      Top 10 Kanye Songs Preface: Is there an artist from the 2000’s who is bigger than Kanye West?  If not, he’s at least somewhere in the top 5…and regardless of whether or not you love him […]

Sputnikmusic Staff Rankings: Top 10 Thrice Songs Preface: Thrice is one of the most versatile bands of our generation, evolving from a post-hardcore outfit to atmospheric rockers and even political statesmen.  Their rise in the early 2000’s peaked with The Artist In The Ambulance  and Vheissu, but they’ve aged even better – with The Alchemy Index proving their experimental worth and Beggars offering some […]

Sputnikmusic Staff Rankings: Top 10 Say Anything Songs Preface: As one of pop-punk’s most beloved bands, Say Anything rose to fame during the peak of the scene’s early-mid 2000’s success.  They weren’t merely the beneficiaries of a booming genre, however; the band helped define what pop-punk meant, and they continue to influence up-and-coming artists spanning […]

1) White Ring – Gate of Grief Genre: Indie/Electronic/Experimental Release Date: 7/20/2018 Hype Rating: 10 Now this is just creepy.  There’s such an unsettling vibe to this whole thing, from the band name to the artwork to the massive industrial groove beat that throws me all the way back to The Downward Spiral.  Oh, and those shrill, shouted vocals, […]

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 […]

Soundtracks have always played a big role in my enjoyment of music.  Often I find myself paying more attention to the various melodies in the background of whatever film is playing, imagining how the soundtrack’s producers decided to match certain moods with specific frames.  I don’t know, it’s just fascinating to me.  I watch a […]

[Q1 2017 Mixtape] | [Q2 2017 Mixtape] Hi there. I truly had a nicer intro written up, but the servers died, so let’s take you live to check in on how they’re sounding today: Despite the internal strife heard above, we’re happy to bring you 22 selections of tunes that might have tickled our collective fancies this […]

Sorry, not this Demon King. As I had alluded to in our Q1 mixtape this year, Magna Carta Cartel’s resurrection went hand-in-hand with guitarist/vocalist Martin Persner’s disclosure that he had played with Ghost for seven years. While he does not elaborate as to why he left, a series of teasers unfurled daily on MCC’s social media, […]

I missed the boat on the staff-wide feature thanks in part to a hectic work week, a desire not to cut-paste from my track reviews, and general laziness.  In retrospect, that turned out pretty awesome (thanks in a large part to Jom’s orchestration of the feature) so I’ll have to do better and contribute to […]

Greetings! With all of our March Madness brackets sufficiently busted (and my Red Wings slowly morphing back to the Dead Wings as their 25-year playoff streak’s been snapped and they pivot to the Little Caesars Pizza Pizzarena next season), we look forward to one of the best days of the year: Rather than building a […]

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