Sound Affects

August 2014

Counterbalance: ‘The Modern Lovers’

Gonna drive past the Stop 'n' Shop with the Modern Lovers' masterpiece on. Roadrunner once. Roadrunner twice. I'm in love with rock 'n' roll, and I'll be out all night. From 1976 (but recorded in '71 and '72), this week's Counterbalance is a cult classic.

Knowing When to Indulge the Rock-Out Impulse

Making the big dumb rock gesture isn't always the cool thing to do. But a good musician always knows when it's best to do it anyway.

It’s a Sad, Sad Situation: The 10 Best Sappy Love Songs of the ‘70s

If you were a child of the '70s, you no doubt grew up hearing these tunes slipping out your parents' eight-track player and car radio. The songs on the list are sappy, high-drama love ballads -- and for that they're being celebrated

Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off” is Catchy, Fun, & Full of Id

Few can deny that Swift is a talented songwriter, but there are only so many times she can attack her "haters" before that trope feels as worn as a months-old US Weekly still sitting on the top of your toilet.

Dance This Mess Around: The B-52’s - “6060-842”

Sorry, Tommy Tutone: the B-52's had you beat at this a long long time ago.

Counterbalance: Parquet Courts’ ‘Light Up Gold’

There are no more summer lifeguard jobs. There are no more art museums to guard. The lab is out of white lab coats, because there are no more slides and microscopes. But there always careers talking about this week's Counterbalance album.

Five Great Woodstock ‘94 Performances

Woodstock ’94 sometimes gets lost in pack. But here are five of those performances worth revisiting from the now 20-year-old event.

Dance This Mess Around: The B-52’s - “Hero Worship”

There are no vocal overdubs, no excessive instrumentation, and a relatively straightforward lyrical slant. In short, it shouldn't be a B-52's song ... but that's part of the charm as to why it is an essential one.

Counterbalance: Cheap Trick’s ‘At Budokan’

Hello there, ladies and gentlemen. Hello there, ladies and gents. Are you ready to rock? Because Cheap Trick’s classic 1979 live album is this week’s Counterbalance. Surrender. But don’t give yourself away.

Is the “Swagger Wagon” Racist, Silly, or a Disturbing Ongoing Trend?

The Busta Rhymes-aided "Swagger Wagon" advertisement is getting all sorts of negative attention for Toyota. Yet is it racist, or just typifying an emerging trend of cultural insensitivity?

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Robert DeLong Upgraded for 'In the Cards' (Rough Trade Photos + Tour Dates)

// Notes from the Road

"Robert DeLong ups his musical game with his new album In the Cards and his live show gets a boost too.

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