Sound Affects

February 2011

A Long Drive: Modest Mouse - “Polar Opposites”

On "Polar Opposites", Isaac Brock and Modest Mouse turn frustration into energy, anthemizing listlessness in a way that only the best of rock ’n roll music can do.


Counterbalance No. 20: The Beatles’ ‘Abbey Road’

The Beatles once again make their way onto the Acclaimed Music aggregated ranking of the Greatest Albums of All Time with their 1969 tour de force Abbey Road. Halfway through this edition of Counterbalance, Klinger and Mendelsohn realize they can steal but they cannot rob.


Let Me Be Rocked: Judas Priest’s “Breaking the Law”

What does it mean to be rocked? Often, it's just best to let the music overtake you.


Trying to Be a Renaissance Woman: VV Brown Talks of Her Ambitions

VV Brown's energetic performances at last year's SXSW were the talk of the festival. She talks to PopMatters about her many ambitions.


Waveform: New Highlights from the Electronic Underground

Electronic music is atomizing and reinventing itself like few other musical sounds, partly because these avenues of distribution are so widely embraced and promoted by the electronic music community.


A Long Drive: Modest Mouse - “Truckers Atlas”

If The Lonesome Crowded West is an album born of and fixated upon car culture, “Truckers Atlas” is the engine at the heart of it. Jack Kerouac, take a seat and learn something.


Counterbalance No. 19: Patti Smith’s ‘Horses’

One of the most critically-acclaimed debuts in rock history, Patti Smith’s Horses is a whirlwind of poetry and proto-punk rock. Counterbalance takes Horses for a ride -- go Rimbaud and go Johnny go!


1991: A Landmark Year for Rock Albums

Whether it was by overthrowing the old guard, engaging in self-reinvention, or by modernizing a particular approach for the new decade, change was a concept that imbued many of 1991’s seminal rock albums.


Top Five Tunes That Should Be Covered by Alison Krauss and Union Station

Each of these songs, in my mind, would fit Alison Krauss and Union Station’s unique blend of bluegrass traditionalism and progressionist spirit.


January 2011

A Long Drive: Modest Mouse - “Shit Luck”

"Shit Luck" swings with both fists right away, the most focused burst of aggression on an album full of it.


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Exposition Dumps Don't Need Dialogue in 'Virginia'

// Moving Pixels

"Virginia manages to have an exposition dump without wordy exposition.

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