Sound Affects

February 2013

Counterbalance No. 117: Bob Marley’s ‘Natty Dread’

You lively up yourself and don't be no drag. You lively up yourself, 'cause this is the other bag -- the 117th Most Acclaimed Album of All Time. Bob Marley makes his first Counterbalance appearance with his 1974 breakthrough.

The Top 10 Steven Wilson Recordings

With the February 25th release of Steven Wilson’s third solo LP The Raven That Refused to Sing (and other stories) approaching, PopMatters looks back on Wilson’s storied career to pick out ten of his strongest recordings, ranging from beautiful works of ambience to transcontinental art rock.

The Album Remains the Same: Led Zeppelin - “No Quarter”

The proto-doom metal masterpiece "No Quarter" is a classic case of a brilliant track that becomes even more enormous in its live incarnations.

Counterbalance No. 116: Elvis Costello’s ‘My Aim Is True’

The 116th Most Acclaimed Album of All Time would like to go to Spain or somewhere like that, with its two-tone bible and its funny cigarettes; its suntan lotion and its castanets. Counterbalance is waiting for the end of the world.

The Top 10 Cure Love Songs

From mournful laments to giddy, knees-up swoons and everything in between, in observance of Valentine's Day Sound Affects runs down the choice love songs from post-punk's most capable romantics.

When It Comes to Love: A Conversation with Lori Nuic

The two-time winner of Best Pop Artist at the Toronto Independent Music Awards, alternative soul singer Lori Nuic is a rising star.

The Album Remains the Same: Led Zeppelin - “D’Yer Mak’er”

"D'Yer Mak'er" concludes the controversial middle section of Houses of the Holy in an uproarious fashion. With this song Led Zeppelin proves that for every Tolkien reference, there's a corresponding joke—and a pretty damn good one at that.

Counterbalance No. 115: Dr. Dre’s ‘The Chronic’

It's like this and like that and like this and uh, Dr. Dre, creep to the mic like a phantom to deliver the 115th Most Acclaimed Album of All Time. Deeez Nuuuts!

Strike Up the Band: An Interview with Mari Persen

Norway's musical obscurity released a self-titled debut of big-band pop back in 2009, an undisclosed piece of heaven that slipped through the cracks of a less-than-discerning music-consuming public. Now she talks about recording her album and why she never had the breakthrough that she could have had.

The Album Remains the Same: Led Zeppelin - “Dancing Days”

"Dancing Days" is proof that no matter how great a band or an album might be, there's always a moment where a slip-up happens.

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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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