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August 2012

Counterbalance No. 93: John Lennon’s ‘Imagine’

I hope someday you’ll join us for a discussion of John Lennon’s 1971 opus—it’s the 93rd most acclaimed album of all time. And the world will live as one.


Mothership North: Tracing Parliament-Funkadelic’s Canadian Years, 1971-73

Don’t Miss the CBC Radio Documentary Funk Getting Ready to Roll, airing Sunday August 12.


5 Great Bands (Spun Off from Other Great Bands)

Not every band borne out of a great predecessor can measure up. Here are five that do.


Root Spirits: Blues That’ll Put Hair on Your Chest

Athens duo is releasing a recording a week of tectonic electric blues until they get signed for their full-length debut.


Girls, Girls, Girls, Etc.: Elvis Costello - “(I Don’t Want to Go to) Chelsea”

It's almost not worth listening to Model unless it's a version that contains "Chelsea", as the song's presence is essential to the album's overall impact.


Counterbalance No. 92: Kraftwerk’s ‘Trans Europe Express’

Even the 92nd most acclaimed album of all time lives its life in the looking glass. From station to station, back to Dusseldorf city, Counterbalance gets on board the T.E.E.


The Devil May Care (But ‘Rolling Stone’ Probably Doesn’t)

Rolling Stone's "Choose the Cover" contest has been too random and too inconsistent with everything the magazine has been promoting for the last 20 years or so to really take seriously.


Top 10 Performances of American Standards from Miles Davis Records

While Miles will always be known for his original compositions and for genre-busting, innovative records like Kind of Blue, E.S.P., and Bitches Brew, it’s worthwhile to give another listen to the great performances of standards the trumpeter recorded during the earlier part of his career.


July 2012

20 Questions: Tu Fawning

This Portland-based foursome has released one of the year's deepest, most emotionally resonant records, although you wouldn't know it from these 20 Questions, wherein singer Corrina Repp tells us about wanting to dine with John C. Reilly, the magic of Moab, UT, and how she acquired a deaf cat named Jazz Hands.


Girls, Girls, Girls, Etc.: Elvis Costello - “Hand in Hand”

"Hand in Hand" is overall reminiscent of Merseybeat, without a doubt one of Costello's major touchstones for This Year's Model and beyond. Yet the relatively tame vocal performance and buoyant melody offer a sharp contrast to the harsh lyrics.


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