Sound Affects

March 2011

Rocking Chair Blues: Howlin’ Wolf - “The Red/Little Red Rooster”

Whether known as "The Red Rooster" or "Little Red Rooster", this Willie Dixon song has attained classic status in the blues repertoire. And no one does it better than Howlin' Wolf.


Counterbalance No. 24: ‘The Doors’

Before you slip into unconsciousness, Counterbalance's Jason Mendelsohn and Eric Klinger have put together a few thoughts on the Doors' 1967 debut album. It's number 24 on the Big List.


What a Sane Man Will Do in a Mad World: Talking Heads and ‘Fear of Music’

In 1979 David Byrne, Brian Eno, and Talking Heads obsessed with grace on the claustrophobic pop indulgences of Fear of Music.


The 2011 Great Guitar Solo Spotlight

While a lot can be said over the technique’s indulgent, sometimes stodgy nature, I honestly believe that a lot of the grumbling about solos is due to the fact that not everyone can pull them off well.


Rocking Chair Blues: Howlin’ Wolf - “Shake for Me”

In this new Between the Grooves series, George de Stefano digs beneath the nondescript cover of Howlin' Wolf's "Rocking Chair" album -- an urtext for many rock and R&B artists who have been inspired by it or covered its songs -- to examine some of the greatest blues ever recorded.


Counterbalance No. 23: Bob Dylan’s ‘Blood on the Tracks’

The Man from Hibbing makes his third appearance on the Acclaimed Music list with his 1975 album Blood on the Tracks. Counterbalance’s Eric Klinger and Jason Mendelsohn are planting their stories in the press.


No Past Resignations: The First Two Foo Fighters Albums

Foo Fighters might be at the peak of their fame now, but it was those first two albums that stand as the conclusive proof that Kurt Cobain wasn't the only brilliant songwriter to have spent time in Nirvana.


Twenty Years Ago: My Bloody Valentine’s ‘Loveless’

1991 was the year My Bloody Valentine’s Loveless became the underground standard bearer for independent rock.


February 2011

A Long Drive: Modest Mouse - “Styrofoam Boots / It’s All Nice on Ice, Alright”

The Lonesome Crowded West ends on a note of comfortable abandon, with Isaac Brock momentarily shrugging off his existential questions for a well-deserved drink.


Counterbalance No. 22: Jimi Hendrix’s ‘Electric Ladyland’

Number 22 on the AcclaimedMusic.net list asks the musical question: “Have you ever been to Electric Ladyland?” Counterbalance’s Eric Klinger and Jason Mendelsohn have—they file this report.


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Supernatural Sets the Stage for Season Finalé With “There's Something About Mary”

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"A busy episode in which at least one character dies, two become puppets, and three are trapped and left for dead in an unlikely place.

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