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Jason Mendelsohn and Eric Klinger

Counterbalance is Eric Klinger and Jason Mendelsohn’s attempt to make sense of the Great Rock & Roll Canon, the albums that have been deemed indispensable by the critical cognoscenti. They began by examining the most acclaimed albums of all time (as compiled by the mathematical genius at www.acclaimedmusic.net), and now they’re looking at the idea of critical acclaim from a broader perspective. Look for Counterbalance on the Face-Book at www.facebook.com/CounterbalanceMusic and on Twitter @EricRKlinger


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Thursday, August 28 2014

Counterbalance: 'Van Halen'

(Dedicate one to the ladies...) This week's Counterbalance found the simple life ain't so simple, when it jumped out on the road. We're taking a look at Van Halen's 1978 debut album, which we're told is living at a pace that kills.


Friday, August 22 2014

Counterbalance: 'The Modern Lovers'

Gonna drive past the Stop 'n' Shop with the Modern Lovers' masterpiece on. Roadrunner once. Roadrunner twice. I'm in love with rock 'n' roll, and I'll be out all night. From 1976 (but recorded in '71 and '72), this week's Counterbalance is a cult classic.


Friday, August 15 2014

Counterbalance: Parquet Courts' 'Light Up Gold'

There are no more summer lifeguard jobs. There are no more art museums to guard. The lab is out of white lab coats, because there are no more slides and microscopes. But there always careers talking about this week's Counterbalance album.


Friday, August 8 2014

Counterbalance: Cheap Trick's 'At Budokan'

Hello there, ladies and gentlemen. Hello there, ladies and gents. Are you ready to rock? Because Cheap Trick’s classic 1979 live album is this week’s Counterbalance. Surrender. But don’t give yourself away.


Friday, August 1 2014

Counterbalance: Beastie Boys' 'Ill Communication'

I've got the brand new doo-doo, guaranteed like Yoo-Hoo, I'm on like Dr. John, yeah Mr. Zu Zu. I'm a newlywed, not a divorcee, and everything I do is funky like Lee Dorsey. Beastie Boys’ 1994 landmark is this week’s Counterbalance. Phone is ringing. Oh my God.


Counterbalance: The Beach Boys' 'SMiLE' (Sound Affects) [25.Jul.14]
Counterbalance: Rush's '2112' (Sound Affects) [18.Jul.14]
Counterbalance: 'The Velvet Underground' (Sound Affects) [23.May.14]
Counterbalance: St. Germain’s 'Tourist' (Sound Affects) [16.May.14]
Counterbalance: Redd Kross' 'Third Eye' (Sound Affects) [9.May.14]
Counterbalance: Arctic Monkeys' 'AM' (Sound Affects) [2.May.14]
Counterbalance: Disclosure's 'Settle' (Sound Affects) [18.Apr.14]
Counterbalance: Charles Mingus' 'Oh Yeah' (Sound Affects) [11.Apr.14]
Counterbalance: Haim's 'Days Are Gone' (Sound Affects) [14.Mar.14]
Counterbalance Special Report (Sound Affects) [14.Feb.14]
Counterbalance No. 161: 'Pretenders' (Sound Affects) [31.Jan.14]
Counterbalance No. 157 Air's 'Moon Safari' (Sound Affects) [20.Dec.13]
Counterbalance No. 147: Björk's 'Debut' (Sound Affects) [11.Oct.13]
Counterbalance No. 138: 'New York Dolls' (Sound Affects) [23.Aug.13]
Counterbalance No. 113: The Who's 'Tommy' (Sound Affects) [18.Jan.13]
Counterbalance No. 108: 'Led Zeppelin' (Sound Affects) [30.Nov.12]
Counterbalance No. 106: 'Elvis Presley' (Sound Affects) [9.Nov.12]
Counterbalance No. 89: David Bowie's 'Low' (Sound Affects) [13.Jul.12]
Counterbalance No. 82: U2's 'Achtung Baby' (Sound Affects) [18.May.12]
Counterbalance No. 65: R.E.M.’s 'Murmur' (Sound Affects) [20.Jan.12]
Counterbalance No. 63: 'Led Zeppelin II' (Sound Affects) [6.Jan.12]
Counterbalance No. 57: Beck’s 'Odelay' (Sound Affects) [4.Nov.11]
Counterbalance No. 56: 'The Clash' (Sound Affects) [28.Oct.11]
Counterbalance No. 55: 'The Stone Roses' (Sound Affects) [21.Oct.11]
Counterbalance: Year One (Sound Affects) [9.Sep.11]
Counterbalance No. 47: 'The Band' (Sound Affects) [19.Aug.11]
Counterbalance No. 37: 'Ramones' (Sound Affects) [10.Jun.11]
Counterbalance No. 31: 'Led Zeppelin IV' (Sound Affects) [29.Apr.11]
Counterbalance No. 24: 'The Doors' (Sound Affects) [11.Mar.11]
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