Sound Affects

January 2013

The Album Remains the Same: Led Zeppelin - “Over the Hills and Far Away”

The most popular song from Houses of the Holy isn’t the one that stands out as the obvious choice for a single, but that doesn’t mean its place amongst Zeppelin’s revered singles isn’t warranted. Its air of warmth and philosophical openness makes it essential Zeppelin.


Counterbalance No. 113: The Who’s ‘Tommy’

I thought I was the Bally table king, but I just handed my pinball crown to the 113th Most Acclaimed Album of All Time. Counterbalance goes rock-operatic with a 1969 magnum opus.


Popular Songs: 15 (or So) Essential Yo La Tengo Tracks

To coincide with the release of Yo La Tengo's 13th LP Fade this week, Sound Affects compiles the essential tracks by the unlikely last band standing from indie rock's '90s golden era.


Mods and Mellotrons: The Zombies at Abbey Road

The Zombies had arrived at Abbey Road Studios in June of 1967. Fortunately, the Beatles had left some things behind.


The Album Remains the Same: Led Zeppelin - “The Rain Song”

Though you're rarely going to hear anyone place "The Rain Song" in a short list of Led Zeppelin's best songs, it might just be the most beautiful—if not the best—thing these Brits ever performed. No other song on Houses of the Holy matches how utterly captivating it is.


Counterbalance No. 112: Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Darkness on the Edge of Town’

The 112th most acclaimed album of all time has got a ’69 Chevy with a 396, fuelie heads and a Hurst on the floor. Springsteen’s 1978 opus is waiting for you down in the parking lot outside the 7-11 store.


The Technicolor Phase: An Interview with Owl City

The one man synth-pop maestro broke out of his comfort zone for his latest album, this time collaborating with some huge names in pop music. The result? A new Top 10 hit, a whole new batch of singalong wonders, and an interview with PopMatters, of course.


The 15 Best Tom Waits Songs

From apocalyptic blues boasts to backwoods chant-alongs, here are 15 songs that encapsulate Sir Tom's incredibly varied career.


Emotional Feedback on a Timeless Wavelength: Rush’s ‘Permanent Waves’

Permanent Waves is, on multiple levels, an unblinking stride toward the future, while it effectively shuts the door on the ‘70s.


The Album Remains the Same: Led Zeppelin - “The Song Remains the Same”

The latest Between the Grooves series celebrates the 40th anniversary of Led Zeppelin's Houses of the Holy by examining the many ways in which the band was at its best on the underrated post-Zoso masterwork. "The Song Remains the Same", the album's triumphant opener, introduces this overlooked classic with a joyous ode to music's universal language.


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Country Fried Rock: Drivin' N' Cryin' to Be Inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame

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""If Drivin' N' Cryin' sounded as good in the '80s as we do now, we could have been as big as Cinderella." -- Kevn Kinney

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