Sound Affects

July 2014

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

Nowhere else in their discography have the B-52's made such a blatant song about having sex (which is to say nothing of their use of the word "Herculaneum").


Counterbalance: The Beach Boys’ ‘SMiLE’

I know that you’ll feel better when you send us in your letter and tell us the name of your favorite vegetable. In the meantime, this week’s Counterbalance looks at a 1967 classic, lost and found.


“Celebrating” Wilco’s A Ghost Is Born’s 10-Year Anniversary

Ten years after the release of A Ghost Is Born, the songs still just aren't there.


Dance This Mess Around: The B-52’s “Rock Lobster”

"There goes a narwhal!" is one of the B-52's most memorable lines. It's also what got John Lennon back into songwriting.


Counterbalance: Rush’s ‘2112’

We are the Priests of the Temples of Syrinx. Our great computers fill the hallowed halls. And it's time to talk about Rush, and their 1976 concept piece. Also, attention all Planets of the Solar Federation: we have assumed control.


Metal Gods: The 15 Best Judas Priest Songs

Hot on the heels of the iconic metal group's new album Redeemer of Souls, Sound Affects combs through Priest's vast and astounding back catalog to round up its greatest tracks.


20 Questions: The Verve Pipe

"The Freshmen" defined them, but their pop songs since were mature and nuanced. With his band's first album in 13 years, Brian Vander Ark tells us what he thinks is the most tear-jerking scene from Frozen and just how long he can sustain a burp ...


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

When you think of B-52's songs, you think fun, wacky, playful, bizarre. With "Dance This Mess Around", you get raw, emotionally charged, sultry, and ... the best song they ever wrote.


Counterbalance: Ray Charles’ ‘Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music’

You give your hand to me, and then you say goodbye. I watch you walk away beside a lucky to never, never know the one who loves you so. Because you haven't listened to this week's Counterbalance. Ray Charles' 1962 landmark this week.


K-Pop Roundup - June 2014

With summer officially arriving, K-pop in June was filled with huge comebacks from veteran artists like PSY and Taeyang as well as rookie groups like Got7 and the controversial solo debut from Hyomin.


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