Sound Affects

June 2015

Blood and Thunder: Turning Blasphemy Into Fun

A recent gig by Black Breath and Goatwhore highlighted one of metal's most endearing qualities: how profane blasphemy can generate a feeling of positivity.


10 of the Best Fleetwood Mac Member Solo Albums

Fleetwood Mac is the rare project that features both a fine discography and a successful series of solo LPs from its many members. Here are ten examples of the latter.


Country Fried Rock: Jacob Furr

After his young wife's death from a brain tumor, songwriter Jacob Furr hit the road of his native Texas for some windshield therapy.


A Crooked and Unseen Highway: lowercase - “Stairways”

"Stairways" is a curious little instrumental that nonetheless feels comfortable in Kill the Lights -- that is, as "comfortable" as a song by lowercase could sound.


Counterbalance: My Morning Jacket’s ‘Z’

You've got to want to rearrange and keep it off the record, off the record. Unless that record is the 556th most acclaimed album of all time. A 2005 mainstay is this week's Counterbalance.


Blood and Thunder: KEN Mode’s Stab at ‘Success’

KEN Mode's latest album is surprising people, but it should have been expected all along.


Country Fried Rock: Folk Family Revival Interview (Podcast)

Folk Family Revival's three brothers and their buddy released Waterwalker, a giant leap into psychedelic rock for these folkies from Texas.


Screaming in the Womb: Is ‘Bürstner and the Baby’ the Concept Album of the Decade?

Bürstner and the Baby is a little-heard, little in length (22-minute) concept album that dropped quietly in 2013. Here are three interpretations that show why it should be next up on your playlist.


A Crooked and Unseen Highway: lowercase - “Neurasthenia”

"Neurasthenia" sinks into bed, going to sleep listless and defeated as Kill the Lights reaches its low ebb in the very middle.


Counterbalance: Billy Joel’s ‘The Nylon Curtain’

This week's Counterbalance looks at what is most likely Billy Joel's weirdest album, 1982's The Nylon Curtain, which has yet to make the Great List, and probably never will.


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The Moving Pixels Podcast Explores 'This Is the Police'

// Moving Pixels

"This week we take a look at the themes and politics of This Is the Police.

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