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January 2014

The Top 10 Beyoncé Singles of All Time

After the surprise release of quite possibly her best album to date, it's time to have a look at the tracks that propelled this R&B darling into super-stardom.


Dark Days, Luminous Nights: An Interview with Vanessa Daou

An exploration of love in the time of political unrest, Light Sweet Crude is Vanessa Daou’s musical thesis on regained emotional ground, a desire line carved from the departure point of doubt to the destination of self-made reality.


Counterbalance No. 158 Metallica’s ‘Master of Puppets’

Lashing out the action, returning the reaction. Weak are ripped and torn away. Hypnotizing power, crushing all that cower. The 158th most acclaimed album of all time is here to stay. A 1986 metal landmark is this week's Counterbalance.


Lou Reed Owned the ‘70s

Perhaps because it represented his formation as a solo artist, his manifestation of “Lou Reed”, as opposed to “Lou Reed and the Velvet Underground”, Reed owned the '70s more than any other decade.


Disco Rock City: Kiss’ “I Was Made for Loving You”

Kiss has authored numerous crowd-pleasing rockers, but don't overlook how good their late-'70s disco detour is.


Gangster Glam and Voyeurism: Prince & the New Power Generation - “Live 4 Love”

It’s an anti-war song, with the answer being “love”, period.


December 2013

Counterbalance No. 157 Air’s ‘Moon Safari’

All I need is a little sign to get behind this sun and cast this weight of mine. All I need is the place to find, and there I'll celebrate the 157th most acclaimed album of all time. '90s French electronica pioneers are this week's Counterbalance.


Gangster Glam and Voyeurism: Prince & the New Power Generation - “Insatiable”

On this track, Prince seems slightly more interested in the video-recording than in the act itself. “Doesn’t my body look good in the shadows?”, he asks her.


Counterbalance No. 156: Pulp’s ‘Different Class’

You'll never live like common people. You'll never do what common people do. You'll never fail like common people. You'll never watch your life slide out of view and then dance and drink and screw, because there's nothing else to do. You can listen to the 156th most acclaimed album of all time.


Ten Great Cover Singers

Though this may be the time of year when cloying pop covers of Christmas songs are picked up from far too many supermarket checkout lines, let it not sour you on all covers completely. The ten artists listed herein are laudable exemplars of how to make the cover version an artform all its own.


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