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^ >>>>> ^ ^ @sabyrk_ ^ LinkedIn profile

My job isn't to judge the value of art—

  >> my job is to try to get you closer to what >you< would think.

If you can read what I wrote and get around my opinion

  >> then I've done my job.

If I can get around my own opinion when write what I write

  >> then I've done an even better job.


I don't always succeed, but that's the job description

  >> as I see it.

^ You can browse my archives of published clips at:

Bandcamp | Billboard | Brave Words | Consequence | Democrat & Chronicle | Diffuser | Nashville Scene | Noisey | Paste | Pitchfork | PopMatters | Revolver | SPIN | Ultimate Classic Rock | my Muck Rack profile 

^ my latest:


Genghis Tron Dream Weapon album review ^ PopMatters

Interview: Could Artificial Intelligence Help Make Us More Human? Jan St. Werner Of Mouse On Mars Says Yes ^ PopMatters

Death From Above 1979 Is For Lovers album review ^ Paste

25 Years Ago: Stone Temple Pilots Show Their True Range With Tiny Music ^ Ultimate Classic Rock 

10 Vintage Concert Posters On Wolfgang's Vault ^ Paste

10 Retro Concert T-Shirts On Wolfgang's Vault ^ Paste

Eyehategod A History Of Nomadic Behavior review ^ Consequence

The Besnard Lakes Are The Last Of The Great Thunderstorm Warnings review ^ PopMatters

Nick Cave & Warren Ellis Carnage review ^ Paste

Melvins Working With God review ^ Paste

Video Interview/Panel: Rush Roundtable—Charlie Benante, Mike Portnoy, Matt Helpern and Arejay Hale Discuss Moving Pictures (I do not appear on-camera) ^ Consequence

Van Halen album by album (Women and Children First, OU812, Balance) ^ Consequence

Weezer OK Human review ^ PopMatters

Martin Gore The Third Chimpanzee review ^ Paste

Sleaford Mods Spare Ribs review ^ Paste

Interview: Dystopian Party GrindMitch Harris discusses his status with Napalm Death and the strangely prophetic debut album by his new project Brave The Cold ^ Outburn

Interview: Blinker The Star's Jordon Zadorozny reflects on a career that's come full-circle ^ PopMatters

Interview: Jesu's Justin Broadrick on parenting, anxiety, and how nostalgia can be heavy ^ PopMatters

Sigur Rós Odin's Raven Magic reivew ^ Paste

Tristan Perich Drift Multiply album review ^ PopMatters

AC/DC album by album (Power Up, Fly On The Wall, For Those About To Rock, Let There Be Rock) ^ Consequence

Wilco Summerteeth deluxe reissue review ^ Paste

25 Albums We Love From 1990 (Uncle Tupelo's No Depression, Ice Cube's AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted, and Jane's Addiction's Ritual de lo Habitual) ^ Paste

White Riot film review/feature: When Punk Took-On The National Front ^ PopMatters

Interview: Gamblers' Michael McManus on religion, addiction, Long Island and the importance of writing open-ended songs ^ PopMatters


Tears For Fears Seeds Of Love deluxe reissue review ^ Paste


Tallah Matriphagy album review ^ PopMatters 


Liqud Flesh Recaptures the Fun of B-Movie Cinema and Early Death Metal ^ Bandcamp


Public Enemy What You Gonna Do When The Grid Goes Down? album review ^ PopMatters


Thelonious Monk Palo Alto album review ^ Paste

40 All-Time Opening Tracks From Debut Albums (Van Halen's Runnin' With The Devil) ^ Paste

Deftones Ohms album review ^ PopMatters


Napalm Death Throes Of Joy In The Throes Of Defeatism album review ^ PopMatters


Joni Mitchell album by album (The Hissing Of Summer Lawns) ^ Paste


Interview: Blitzen Trapper's Eric Early on the afterlife, schizophrenia, civil unrest and our place in the cosmos ^ PopMatters


Lo Tom LP2 album review ^ Paste 


Doves The Universal Want album review ^ PopMatters

Jaga Jazzist Pyramid album review ^ Paste

20 Years Ago Deftones Unleash White Pony ^ Consequence

Neil Young Homegrown album review ^ Paste

Drab City Good Songs For Bad People album review ^ Paste

Thundercat It Is What It Is album review ^ Paste

Nine Inch Nails Ghosts V + VI album review ^ Paste

Stone Temple Pilots Perdida album review ^ Paste

Spoony Bard Old Friends album review ^ Paste

Cherubs Immaculada High album review ^ Paste

Interview: Prong's Tommy Victor on trascendental meditation and laying down defenses: "Maybe the answer is no stance" ^ Billboard

R.E.M. Monster deluxe reissue review ^ Paste 

Jon Zazula on autobiography, Megaforce Records ^ Billboard (paysite only)

Alcest Fuses Black-Metal Dissonance with Alt-Rock Guitar Orchestration ^ Billboard 

Motorhead 1979 reissue box set spotlight ^ Billboard

Battles Juice B Crypts album review ^ Paste

Stereolab Emperor Tomato Ketchup, Dots And Loops, Cobra And Phases deluxe reissues review ^ Paste 

Chelsea Wolfe Birth Of Violence album review ^ Paste

Lower Dens The Competition album review ^ Paste

Nirvana Live And Loud album review ^ Paste

Tool Fear Inoculum album review ^ Paste

Tool—Why Fans Still Collectively Lose Their Minds ^ Consequence

Sacred Reich—How Thrash Firebrands Rallied for First LP in Over 20 Years ^ Bandcamp

Raphael Saadiq Jimmy Lee album review ^ Paste

Interview: Faith No More's Roddy Bottum on new project Nastie Band ^ Billboard

A Moment Of Clarity—The Ambient Black Metal Label with an Environmental Consciousness ^ Bandcamp

Tycho Weather album review ^ Paste

Metz Automat album review ^ Paste

Jeff Tweedy Warmer album review ^ Paste

Torche Premieres Track Off New Album Admission (feature story w/ interview) ^ Billboard

Interview: Death Angel's Rob Cavestany on new album Humanicide and relationship with former bandmates ^ Consequence

House And Land Want to Make Folk Music Weirder ^ Bandcamp

Interview: Perry Farrell Wants to Take You to Heaven—No, Really ^ Billboard (paysite only)

^^^ lots more to come! 

^ writing

^ interviews

^ etc

^ by SABY RK

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