Sound Affects

March 2014

Counterbalance: Haim’s ‘Days Are Gone’

You know I'm bad at communication, it's the hardest thing for me to do. And it's said, it's the most important part that relationships will go through. So let's just listen to this pop record — it's this week's Counterbalance.

Diplo and His “Hero"es

The man who sampled the Clash's "Straight to Hell" for M.I.A. teams up with his heroes and Frank Ocean to bring summer to your speakers a few months early.

20 Questions: André Cymone

He was Prince's bassist and an underrated solo star. Now, with his first solo album in literally decades, André Cymone tells us about all things Streisand, Obama, and James Blake.

Scanning the Skies for Solace: Anathema - “The Lost Child”

The penultimate track on "Weather Systems" is astoundingly powerful and dynamic.

Counterbalance: Big Star’s ‘Third/Sister Lovers’

Lo they did rejoice, the bright and pure of voice. And the wrong shall fail and the right prevail. A 1978 (or 1974) cult classic is this week's Counterbalance.

SINGLE REVIEW: iamamiwhoami’s “Hunting for Pearls”

Everyone's favorite avant-garde pop weirdo is at it again, and with the recent videos taking on a more aquatic vibe, the music, thankfully, remains as top-quality as ever.

SINGLE REVIEW: Coldplay’s “Midnight”

Coldplay have been teasing out new material on soundtracks and the like, but this new fairly ominous track is unlike anything they've ever done before -- and it's the best thing that could ever happen to them.

The Top 10 Most Awesome Queen Songs

Let them entertain you: here are ten songs of Queen at its hard-rocking and overblown best.

Scanning the Skies for Solace: Anathema - “The Beginning and the End”

Anathema goes for a more straightforward (though no less involving) approach on the seventh track from Weather Systems.

February 2014

Counterbalance: Vampire Weekend’s ‘Modern Vampires of the City’

Keep that list of who to thank in mind, and don’t forget the rich ones that are kind. A critically acclaimed 2013 LP from New York indie rockers is this week’s Counterbalance.

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//Mixed media

Because Blood Is Drama: Considering Carnage in Video Games and Other Media

// Moving Pixels

"It's easy to dismiss blood and violence as salacious without considering why it is there, what its context is, and what it might communicate.

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