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December 2012

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.


“Scream & Shout” and will.i.am’s Big Problem

"You're gonna turn this shit up," Britney Spears claims on will.i.am's umpteenth attempt at a solo hit, completely unaware that lot of people will actually be turning this shit off for one very simple reason...


Death’s Head Lullabies: Tom Waits - “Whistle Down the Wind”

For an album that is effectively a study on the different aspects of death, “Whistle Down the Wind” is probably the most honest and intimate depiction of an individual confronting his own mortality, of examining the life he led and not liking what he’s done.


November 2012

Counterbalance No. 108: ‘Led Zeppelin’

In the days of my youth, I was told what it means to be a man. Now that I’ve reached my age, I’m ready to talk about Led Zeppelin’s 1969 debut, the 108th most acclaimed album of all time.


Critical Watchdog: Handicapping the 2012 “Album of the Year” Lists

In the past few days, Uncut, Mojo, and Paste have released their Album of the Year lists, and AllMusic is dropping theirs throughout the week. Some quick analysis shows that it's pretty obvious what the #1 record of the year is going to be for a lot of publications...


15 Essential Scott Walker Songs

As preparation for Scott Walker's first studio album since 2006, we review the essential tracks from his long, strange career.


The Money Shot: Should Musicians Watch More Porn?

The music industry seems to be aggressively reactive, either spurning technology with a kind of evangelical vehemence or taking far too long to figure out how to use technology to the advantage of all involved. Is it possible that the music business could learn something from the porn business?


Death’s Head Lullabies: Tom Waits - “Black Wings”

One can imagine "Black Wings" playing in the background as the ghostly image of the poncho-laden Man With No Name of Sergio Leone’s “Dollars Trilogy” rides across the sun-baked orange and red desert.


Down in It: The 20 Best Nine Inch Nails Songs

Fans should reasonably expect very little, if any, new Nine Inch Nails output in the near or distant future. Which means now is as good a time as any to get a little retrospective when it comes to trying to figure out Trent Reznor's best work within the NIN framework.


Gary Clark Jr.: Seeing Is Believing

If you have a chance to check Clark out live, do so. He sounds fine in a studio setting, and I encourage you to grab his new disc. But like most of the better acts, especially of the jazz and blues idioms, he needs to be seen to be appreciated, and believed.


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