Sound Affects

June 2014

Dance This Mess Around: The B-52’s - “Planet Claire”

The B-52's' opening salvo nicks Mancini, talks about aliens, and settled a bet I had with my dad on whether it was Kate Pierson's voice or a synth on that recording.


Counterbalance: Kendrick Lamar’s ‘Good Kid M.A.A.D. City’

I can feel this week's album's energy from two planets away. I got my drink, I got my music, I will share it, but today I'm yelling. Yelling about a 2012 hip-hop breakthrough and the subject of this week's Counterbalance, that is.


No Big Day Out for Australia Next Year

For the first time since 1998, Australia's most recognizable music festival will not be on the schedule. In what appears to be an ever-expanding live music calendar, competition for headliners, audiences, and cash is only becoming fiercer and fiercer.


Tori Amos As a Jukebox: The 10 Songs Amos Should Cover

We've selected the top ten covers Tori Amos should consider performing on the US Leg of her Unrepentant Geraldines tour.


Robert Plant Premieres “Rainbow” from His Forthcoming Album

The rock icon gives the public its first listen of his new "trance meets Zep" album.


Dance This Mess Around: The B-52’s & Their Incredible First Album

They cornered the genre known as "party-pop", dressed in '60s thrift store kitsch, and poured jokes and humor into all their lyrics. Oh, and their debut album is actually one of the greatest rock albums ever made. No, really.


Counterbalance: Jason Isbell’s ‘Southeastern’

You should know compared to people on a global scale our kind has had it relatively easy. Jason Isbell gets that -- and a lot more as well. His 2013 release is this week’s Counterbalance.


YouTube to Indie Labels: Pay Up or Get Out

The press is buzzing about YouTube's threat that it will remove content by labels that do not agree to the terms of its forthcoming subscription-based service. Is this good for YouTube?


Hello, Dolly: The 10 Best Dolly Parton Songs (Plus One More)

Dolly Parton was perhaps the first country mega-star, and the first to successfully cross-over into the world of pop music. Today, we celebrate her 10 finest achievements as a performer, plus another one that we simply couldn’t forget to mention.


When I Grow Up: The Beach Boys - “In the Back of My Mind”

For the last proper song on The Beach Boys Today, Brian Wilson and the Beach Boys craft their most inventive and sublime track to date, "In the Back of My Mind".


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The Moving Pixels Podcast Discusses 'Tales from the Borderlands Episode 2'

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"Our foray into the adventure-game-style version of the Borderlands continues.

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