Sound Affects

November 2010

A Long Drive: Modest Mouse - “Teeth Like God’s Shoeshine”

Corey Beasley kicks off a new Between the Grooves series here at Sound Affects that takes a detailed look at indie rock group Modest Mouse's 1997 album The Lonesome Crowded West. In this first installment: "Teeth Like God's Shoeshine", a song of singular force that introduces Modest Mouse as a talent impossible to ignore.


Counterbalance No. 8: The Rolling Stones’ ‘Exile on Main St.’

In 1972, the world's biggest rock band was holed up in a rickety mansion in the South of France, writing an epic love letter to the American music they loved. The result is now hailed as their masterwork. Klinger and Mendelsohn give the Rolling Stones' Exile on Main St a listen and separate the fever from the funk house—now!


Aggression Maximized: A Second Look at Neaera’s ‘Armamentarium’

The full effect of this album may not hit you all at once, but when it does, the effect is too stunning to ignore.


My Top 10 Rolling Stones Albums

The Rolling Stones = Rock & Roll. It doesn't get any cooler than Mick Jagger strutting around while Keith Richards -- cigarette hanging from his mouth -- nonchalantly riffs like a king.


His Dark Exotica: Ennio Morricone - “Night Flight” / “Exorcism”

"Night Flight" and "Exorcism" form the a- and b-sides to the imaginary 7” single that could have come from Ennio Morricone's soundtrack to The Exorcist II: The Heretic.


October 2010

Counterbalance No. 7: Bob Dylan’s ‘Blonde on Blonde’

Number seven on the Big List marks the first appearance of a fellow we’ll be seeing a lot of, one Robert Allen Zimmerman, better known as Blind Boy Grunt Bob Dylan. He’s a poor fool in his prime on the 1966 opus Blonde on Blonde—Eric Klinger and Jason Mendelsohn have a listen.


20 Questions: JC Brooks

Whether he's covering Wilco's "I Am Trying to Break Your Heart" or moving a packed house of indie rockers to dance, JC Brooks brings soul and swagger to everything he touches.


Your Ultimate Goth Anthem: The Sisters of Mercy’s “Temple of Love”

Halloween is coming, so don't forget to cue up one of goth's most overblown anthems to foster the proper gloom-and-doom vibe.


His Dark Exotica: Ennio Morricone - “Seduction and Magic”/ “Dark Revelation”

Save for “Magic and Ecstasy”, “Seduction and Magic” is perhaps the most Goblin-esque of the thirteen tracks on Ennio Morricone’s soundtrack to Exorcist II: The Heretic. The piece's second inclusion, “Dark Revelation”, could remain at home on the next Burial album.


Counterbalance No. 6: Marvin Gaye’s ‘What’s Going On’

At number six on the list, Marvin Gaye's What's Going On has been called the greatest soul album of all time. But is it truly "right on"—or maybe a little bit "jive"? Counterbalance’s Mendelsohn and Klinger find out what's happening, brother.


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Ubisoft Understands the Art of the Climb

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"Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed and Grow Home epitomize the art of the climb.

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