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January 2013

The Album Remains the Same: Led Zeppelin - “The Song Remains the Same”

The latest Between the Grooves series celebrates the 40th anniversary of Led Zeppelin's Houses of the Holy by examining the many ways in which the band was at its best on the underrated post-Zoso masterwork. "The Song Remains the Same", the album's triumphant opener, introduces this overlooked classic with a joyous ode to music's universal language.


December 2012

Counterbalance No. 111: Stevie Wonder’s ‘Talking Book’

The many sounds that meet our ears the sights our eyes behold will open up our merging hearts, and feed our empty souls. I believe when I fall in love with the 111th most acclaimed album of all time it will be forever.


Death’s Head Lullabies: Tom Waits - “That Feel”

What better way is there to end a concept album about death than with a song that spits in Death’s face?


Counterbalance No. 110: Sufjan Stevens’ ‘Illinois’

When the revenant came down, we couldn’t imagine what it was. Turns out it was the 110th most acclaimed album of all time. Sufjan Steven’s 2005 magnum opus is this week’s Counterbalance.


Paul McCartney Gets Heavy with Nirvana

On Wednesday, the former Beatle teamed up with the surviving members of Nirvana for charity and debuted a heavy Zeppelin-esque jam live on stage. Kurt Cobain would have been jealous.


Perfect Twenty Years On: Ranking the Built to Spill Records

This year marks the twentieth anniversary of these indie rock stalwarts out of Boise, Idaho. To commemorate the occasion, PopMatters presents this ranking of their albums, from worst to best.


Tell All Your Friends: An Interview with Chad Valley

Oxford-based electronic artist Chad Valley brings Balearic chillwave and elements of New Jack Swing into the modern electronic sounds of his debut Young Hunger. With the UK on board, he’s now set his sights on conquering America.


Death’s Head Lullabies: Tom Waits - “I Don’t Wanna Grow Up” / “Let Me Get Up on It”

Who is more suited for conveying honesty than a child, uncorrupted and unconcerned with politesse and decorum? It’s that notion Tom Waits runs with here, playing a child who for the first time is wrestling with the concept of aging, and the mortality that inevitably ends it.


Counterbalance No. 109: N.W.A’s ‘Straight Outta Compton’

This week's LP is expressin' with its full capabilities. It's not livin' in correctional facilities, though, it's the 109th most acclaimed album of all time. A West Coast masterpiece is this week's Counterbalance.


Ranking the Green Day Albums

With the last of three Green Day LPs due out this year arriving next week, Sound Affects takes a look back and ranks the long-lived California punk trio's previous studio efforts.


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