Friday, August 1 2014
"You see where this thing is going" from the first frames of Get On Up. But you also wish you didn't; you wish that it would have been smarter, more nuanced, and less fantastic.
Monday, July 28 2014
PopMatters looks back on some of the standout moments from the Godfather of Soul, from his work in film to his identity as a "sex machine".
Wednesday, September 4 2013
King Khan continues to mash together music from the 60s.
Monday, August 26 2013
"Dancing in the Street" did not seek the kind of greatness ascribed to it -- it simply woke up one morning and found that greatness bestowed upon it.
Thursday, November 17 2011
If you're looking for the Godfather singing disco, country, and a jawdropping 11-minute ode to cakes, this is the comp for you.
Friday, September 9 2011
In this special one-year anniversary edition of Counterbalance, Eric Klinger and Jason Mendelsohn discuss their first year combing through the pop music canon (as determined by Acclaimed Music's calculations of every best-of list available), share a few favorites, and justify a couple items on their expense account.
Monday, August 22 2011
Little Willie John was one of the first and greatest R&B singers of all time. So why have so few people ever heard of him?
Friday, July 1 2011
Counterbalance tackles the Hardest Working Man in Show Business as James Brown's Live at the Apollo clocks in at number 40 on the list of the most acclaimed albums of all time. As it turns out he’s freakishly strong and slightly slippery. It’s Star Time!
Wednesday, June 1 2011
Often associated with Minnesota Fats and the glamour of pool, The Hustler is more about the dark underside of the game and the lives of its lead characters, with Jackie Gleason's well-recalled turn as Fats playing only a minor role in the drama.
Thursday, March 17 2011
This compilation is a vibrant celebration of rebellious sound displaying the glut of funky, resonant music coming out of Indonesia during the fertile and tense '70s.