Sound Affects

February 2013

Counterbalance No. 114: Tom Waits’ ‘Rain Dogs’

Inside a broken clock, splashing the wine with the 114th Most Acclaimed Album of All Time. A 1985 cult classic is this week's Counterbalance. You'll never be going back home.

January 2013

10 Great Comeback Singles

The year 2013 is already setting itself out to be the Year of the Comeback. In acknowledgement, Sound Affects looks at ten fantastic returns by artists who had lost their mojo and/or been away for far too long.

20 Questions: Missy Mazzoli

Her debut album is a post-rock full-fledged opera about a mountain climber from the 1800s. In short, welcome to the fabulous world of Missy Mazzoli, one of the single most promising musicians out there today (she's also got a story about a Frankensteined accordion, too).

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

For many, "The Crunge" commences a three-song sequence that makes Houses of the Holy a scattershot mess. We think it's right about when the fun kicks in.

Unearthing the Mighty Shamrocks

Counterbalance takes the week off, but co-conspirator Eric Klinger is still around to recommend to you the Mighty Shamrocks' three-decade delayed LP.

A Great Pop Album Nobody Liked: Tricky’s ‘Blowback’

Blowback is a pop album for the ages because like any great pop effort, it's based in the pleasure principle, but here Tricky takes it completely seriously.

The 10 Greatest Lyricists in Hip-Hop

From the type of honest and revealing storytelling that some have mastered to the wit-centric, mind-bending lines that ooze with double entendres and third, fourth, and fifth meanings, the best hip-hop will forever be contingent on the power of its lyrics. Here, PopMatters takes a look at 10 of the best lyricists the rap form has to offer.

Depression Goes Pop: An Interview with El Perro del Mar

Reigning Swedish chanteuse, Sarah Assbring, (aka El Perro del Mar) dishes about the synths on her last album and why she's still writing about disappointment, love, loss, and longing.

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.

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//Mixed media

Considering Twitter: An Interview with App Artist Nora Reed

// Moving Pixels

"Twitter is a place where bots prevail. And where they don't rule, people, acting like bots, rule. This uneasy person-bot rapprochement offers a fertile space for artistic exploration.

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