Sound Affects

September 2014

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.

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

An exceptionally intricate, intelligent, gripping, and ambitious track, "Jesus of Suburbia" also did a fantastic job of setting up the story, characters, and social commentary that makes this LP so great.

Counterbalance: Dirty Projectors’ ‘Swing Lo Magellan’

You reach out and into the absence and gasping. The vastness grabs you like an alien embrace, your face to the face of this week's Counterbalance, in which we look at the Dirty Projectors' 2012 indie hit. Foolish, we know, but we're about to die.

20 Questions: Bishop Allen

They started with an "EP a month" gimmick that actually proved how good they were at songwriting, and to celebrate their first new album in five years, tell us all about Winston Churchill.

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

A decade later, Green Day's politically charged concept album remains one of the best, most important records of its era. The newest Between the Grooves series examines it in detail, starting with its mission statement title track.

August 2014

Counterbalance: ‘Van Halen’

(Dedicate one to the ladies...) This week's Counterbalance found the simple life ain't so simple, when it jumped out on the road. We're taking a look at Van Halen's 1978 debut album, which we're told is living at a pace that kills.

Hope Despite the Times: 12 Essential Alternative Rock Albums from the 1980s

For those interested in acquainting themselves with alternative rock's rich and diverse early years, Sound Affects has assembled this '80s alt-rock primer.

20 Questions: Slow Club

This Sheffield duo takes great care to craft new types of songs on every album, and also tell us that the soundtrack to Sister Act 2 just may be the greatest album ever made ...

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//Mixed media

Because Blood Is Drama: Considering Carnage in Video Games and Other Media

// Moving Pixels

"It's easy to dismiss blood and violence as salacious without considering why it is there, what its context is, and what it might communicate.

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