Sound Affects

March 2015

Counterbalance: Daft Punk’s ‘Discovery’

Last night I dreamed about you, 202nd most acclaimed album of all time. I'm dancing beside you, and it looks like everyone is having fun. Or are we? An electronic landmark from 2001 is this week's Counterbalance.


Blood and Thunder: Power, Rage Unbound

This week in metal brought a much needed injection of creativity into black metal and the 30th anniversary of a classic yet underrated metal album.


An Echo From the Ghetto: An Interview With Rapper Luca Brazi

Spitting poems from England's ghettos, British rapper Luca Brazi presents a more sombre and thoughtful approach to hip-hop.


Country Fried Rock: Cale Tyson

Cale Tyson's upcoming country soul album that he is recording now at FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama was not the only big surprise he shared in our conversation.


Pop Unmuted Podcast: Signifiers of Korean Pop and 4Minute’s “Crazy”

On Episode 9 of Pop Unmuted, we talk about the differences between Korean pop and Western pop, and the new 4Minute single "Crazy".


February 2015

Counterbalance: Hüsker Dü‘s Zen Arcade

Something I learned today: Black and white is always grey. And this week's Counterbalance takes a look at a 1984 turning point in punk. Turn on the news for the 219th most acclaimed album of all time.


Blood and Thunder: Violent Show of Power

Album anniversaries of the music of Led Zeppelin and Slayer highlight this week in metal: one is a sprawling double album epic, the other a stepping stone for one of metal's most important bands.


Country Fried Rock: Ben Miller Band

Ben Miller Band brings punk sensibility to homemade instrumentation. Don't let the washboard fool you: their live shows still outshine their records.


Counterbalance: Scott Walker - ‘Scott 4’

Anybody seen the 499th most acclaimed album of all time pass this way? I saw him playing chess with Death yesterday. His crusade was a search for God. A 1969 baroque-pop cult favorite is this week's Counterbalance.


Blood and Thunder: Metal Is for the Children

Both the underrated '80s drama River's Edge and the recently released Metalhead reflect on the importance of metal to the existential struggles of adolescence.


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Call for Papers: Do You Believe in Life After Auto-Tune?

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"Which is better, Cher’s voice before or after Auto-Tune?

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