Sound Affects

February 2015

Country Fried Rock: Ben Miller Band

Ben Miller Band brings punk sensibility to homemade instrumentation. Don't let the washboard fool you: their live shows still outshine their records.


Counterbalance: Scott Walker - ‘Scott 4’

Anybody seen the 499th most acclaimed album of all time pass this way? I saw him playing chess with Death yesterday. His crusade was a search for God. A 1969 baroque-pop cult favorite is this week's Counterbalance.


Blood and Thunder: Metal Is for the Children

Both the underrated '80s drama River's Edge and the recently released Metalhead reflect on the importance of metal to the existential struggles of adolescence.


Country Fried Rock: Steve Earle Interview

Steve Earle's new album, Terraplane, takes this lyrical master down to his Texas blues roots.


K-Pop Roundup: January 2015 - Life After the ‘K-Pocalypse’

After K-pop's dark and turbulent 2014, January 2015 may have marked the beginning of a new direction for the industry.


Counterbalance: The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society

The 183rd most acclaimed album of all time is this week's Counterbalance, a pastoral 1968 masterpiece from the Kinks. God save little shops, china cups and virginity.


Blood and Thunder: Bringer of Impending Doom

While the Grammys may have gotten metal absolutely wrong again, a new album by the Swedish outfit Marduk and a noteworthy tenth anniversary remind us that not all is wrong with the metal world.


The Clash Album That Never Was: ‘Rat Patrol From Fort Bragg’

Even in bootleg form, the Clash's Rat Patrol From Fort Bragg stands as one of the most daring, fearless, idiosyncratic recordings ever put on tape by a major recording artist.


Country Fried Rock: 6 String Drag

6 String Drag was a regionally beloved Southern roots rock band, who seemingly fell off the face of the earth at the top of their game. Bass player, Rob Keller, tells what happened and how they made it back.


Counterbalance: Nine Inch Nails - ‘The Downward Spiral’

Oh, 191st most acclaimed album of all time, you let me violate you, you let me desecrate you, you let me penetrate you, you let me complicate you. A 1994 industrial bellwether is this week's Counterbalance.


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