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Sound Affects

September 2014

United States of Rage and Love: Green Day - “Are We the Waiting” and “St. Jimmy”

The fifth and sixth tracks on American Idiot represent a turning point in its narrative, as the man we thought was our hero finds himself unworthy of the position, and so he transforms himself into a more disruptive and selfish being so that he can deal with what the future holds.


Counterbalance: Outkast’s ‘Stankonia’

Ain't nobody as dope as the 124th most acclaimed album of all time, so fresh and so clean. It loves it when you stare at it. A hip-hop game changer is this week's Counterbalance. Break!


United States of Rage and Love: Green Day’s ‘American Idiot’ - “Boulevard of Broken Dreams”

The fourth track on American Idiot finds our hero alone and lost at the start of his journey. Ten years later, it's still as catchy, tragic, and affective as ever.


Counterbalance: Paul McCartney’s ‘Ram’

This week's Counterbalance takes on the 1,377th most acclaimed album of all time, Paul and Linda McCartney's 1971 joint effort. Have another look, have a cup of tea and a butter pie. (The butter wouldn't melt so we put it in a pie.)


12 Essential Songs for the Kate Bush Novice

While Kate Bush is a national treasure in the UK, US listeners don't know her so well. The following 12 songs capture her irrepressible spirit.


Requiem for Perfection: R.I.P. iPod Classic

Last week, Apple answered the question "Why mess with perfection?" by quietly killing off the iPod Classic.


United States of Rage and Love: Green Day - “Holiday”

The third track on Green Day's 2004 opus blends its social commentary and coming-of-age narrative into a single explosion that's both powerful and profound.


Counterbalance: Soundgarden’s ‘Superunknown’

In my eyes, indisposed, in disguise as no one knows hides the face of this week's Counterbalance. 281st most acclaimed album of all time, won't you come and wash away the rain?


List This! 10 Deep Tracks from the Interpol Discography

A scattering of some of the Interpol tracks you may have missed or skipped over in favor of those oh-so-relevant singles.


K-Pop Roundup - August 2014

For the last month of the summer music cycle, K-pop has been an especially busy field, which made it tough to choose what to include in this roundup.


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