Sound Affects

February 2016

Counterbalance: Elvis Costello’s ‘Imperial Bedroom’

History repeats the old conceits, the glib replies, the same defeats. Keep your finger on important issues, and keep listening to the 275th most acclaimed album of all time. A 1982 masterpiece is this week's Counterbalance.


No Longer Hiding Behind the Booze: An Interview with Caleb Caudle

Caleb Caudle's upcoming album, Carolina Ghost, reveals his first collection of songs fully developed since getting sober.


January 2016

Counterbalance: Harry Nilsson’s ‘Nilsson Schmilsson’

Doctor, ain't there nothing I can take? Doctor? To relieve this bellyache? A 1972 smash (however unlikely) -- and the 938th most acclaimed album of all time -- is this week's Counterbalance. Jump into the fire and join us!


20 Questions: The Stone Foxes’ Shannon Koehler

The Stone Foxes have proudly released their music without the backing of a label. Co-founder Shannon Koehler explains how his father encouraged him to "stick with music".


Counterbalance: The xx - ‘xx’

Watch things on VCRs with me and talk about big love. I think we're superstars -- or at least the xx are. A 2009 indie pop masterpiece is the focus of this week's Counterbalance.


20 Questions: Maritime

Born in the ashes of both the Promise Ring and the Dismemberment Plan, Maritime has upset expectations by forging their own indie-pop path.


Counterbalance: Talking Heads’ ‘Speaking in Tongues’

Put away that gun. This party's simple. We're talking about the 1137th most acclaimed album of all time. (That Talking Heads' 1983 commercial smash is this week's Counterbalance. Turn like a wheel inside a wheel.


“Each Page Another Story”: Wolfgang Flür’s Eccentric Journey Through Emotion

Although known as a prominent member of Kraftwerk, Wolfgang Flür has carved out a unique, eccentric universe all for himself, which inspired his ever-changing new pop disc Eloquence.


Counterbalance No. 16: David Bowie’s ‘The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars’

Up next for the Counterbalance series is No. 16 on Acclaimed Music's Big List—David Bowie’s The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars. Press your space face close to mine!


Counterbalance: The Decemberists’ The Crane Wife

And I will hang my head low — as we build our homes aluminum and fill our mouths with cinnamon. By land, by sea, by dirigible, we turn our Counterbalance attention to a 2006 indie rock classic.


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