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December 2014

Counterbalance: The dB’s’ ‘Stands for Decibels’

They say the 235th most acclaimed album of all time gets off on frustration, but I know you've got an explanation. The 1981 debut from a power-pop legend is this week's Counterbalance. Bad reputation? Not hardly.


Have a Little Faith in Me: A Chat With Nick Santino

As the guitarist for A Rocket to the Moon, Nick Santino was worried if fans would follow his solo endeavors. As his 2014 album Big Skies and a recent UK tour has proven ... yes, yes they will.


Caught in the Machine: Nine Inch Nails - “Suck”

The nasty little piece of work that is the Broken EP ends with Trent Reznor bringing a previous side-project collaboration fully under the Nine Inch Nails umbrella.


Counterbalance: Kanye West’s ‘My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy’

No one man should have all that power. The 97th most acclaimed album of all time is living in that 21st century, doing something mean to it. Counterbalance has a listen.


An Indie Christmas Music List

A list of some Christmas-themed music by indie artists for your lonesome holiday nights.


Caught in the Machine: Nine Inch Nails - “Physical (You’re So)”

The first of two hidden tracks on the Broken EP delves into the dark past of some New Wave heroes.


Counterbalance: Captain Beefheart’s ‘Safe As Milk’

The 498th most acclaimed album of all time was born in the desert, came on up from New Orleans. Captain Beefheart's startling 1967 debut album is this week's Counterbalance.


K-Pop Roundup - November 2014

The previous month in K-pop saw veteran artists go solo, rookie groups continue their hot streak, interesting collaborations, and a ton of solid music. It wasn't the most innovative month for the industry, but a lot of great execution regardless.


Pop Unmuted 6: Listening to the Internet and Mark Ronson’s “Uptown Funk”

On Episode Six of Pop Unmuted, we discuss the effects of online music streaming and the postmodernism of Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars's "Uptown Funk".


The Cream of Cream: Their 10 Best Songs

These ten selections, some more obscure than others, are chosen to represent the songs where the British power trio was most focused, most locked-in, and most original.


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