Sound Affects

October 2013

From R. Kelly to ‘Reflektor’: The Rise and Fall of the Disco Revival

There are plenty of popular musical trends swirling around in 2013, but perhaps none more unexpected or wonderful as the disco revival. From R. Kelly's Write Me Back to Arcade Fire's Reflektor, the new-disco trend has grabbed hold of R&B, pop, dance music, and indie rock, but why?


The Domino Effect: An Interview with Anna Domino

Anna Domino made a tiny dent in the alternative music scene of the '80s with her moody, literate art-pop. While she languished in obscurity for much of her career, her music managed to strike a chord with those who tapped into the emotional strengths of her work. Still flying low under the radar years later, her music is no less potent.


Gangster Glam and Voyeurism: Prince & the New Power Generation - “Willing and Able”

Self-expression and individuality are again a theme, but so is voyeurism. Prince needs someone to watch him.


Counterbalance No. 150: Wu-Tang Clan’s ‘Enter the Wu-Tang’

Is the 150th most acclaimed album of all time a Gen-X milestone? Counterbalance discusses the 1993 hip-hop masterpiece that spawned a genre all its own.


12 Compositions to Introduce You to Classical Music Post-1950

Classical and compositional music has continued to thrive in the 20th and 21st centuries, reaching new heights of both dissonance and beauty.


Gangster Glam and Voyeurism: Prince & the New Power Generation - “Strollin’”

One of the lyrics that says the most about Prince’s approach to music in 1991 is “If we don’t know how / We’ll fake it / Oh yeah”.


Counterbalance No. 148: Neil Young’s ‘Tonight’s the Night’

Roll another number for the road—and get ready to listen to the Neil Young’s 1975 classic. The sound of some open-hearted people going down is 148th most acclaimed album of all time, and it's this week’s Counterbalance.


Gold Teeth, White Teeth, and Lorde’s ‘Pure Heroine’

On her debut album, Pure Heroine, Lorde explores adolescence in the modern digital age by singing about her life, her friends, and... teeth. Lorde uses types of teeth to signify differences in class and social circles as well as a demarcation of authenticity.


The Top 8 “Next Nirvanas”

Following Nirvana's surprise ascent to stardom, no one knew what would be the next underground success story. Here are eight examples of where people post-Nevermind opted to place their bets.


Gangster Glam and Voyeurism: Prince & the New Power Generation - “Cream”

“Cream”, the second single off Diamonds and Pearls, might be Prince’s least well-known #1 single. The track features a casual, locked-in groove as well as a lot of playful guitar


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Here Comes the Bloom: Timothy Bloom Takes Hip-Hop to the Sock-Hop

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"More sock-hop than hip-hop, soulster Timothy Bloom does a stunning '50s revamp on contemporary R&B.

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