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February 2012

Dropping Names, Cutting Tapes: Beastie Boys – “The Sounds of Science”

“The Sounds of Science” is essentially a three-movement suite about hip-hop bravado. Rarely has science sounded hipper.


Counterbalance No. 67: John Coltrane’s ‘A Love Supreme’

As Coltrane said, “One thought can produce millions of vibrations and they all go back to God.” A spiritual jazz masterpiece is the 67th most acclaimed album of all time. Counterbalance has a listen.


Don Cornelius: Rest in Peace, Love, and Soul

Soul Train creator/host Don Cornelius will be remembered--and should hereafter be celebrated--for giving a voice to Black America, and he should also be acknowledged—and praised—for making White America less white.


Jealous Creatures Recall the Brooding 1990s with Aplomb!

On their album Little Heaven Big Sky, alt-rockers Jealous Creatures aim to never droop or drag, just heave forward with well-crafted--not corporate--tendencies.


The 10 Best John Coltrane Solos

The process of deciding which Trane solos are the best of the best gave me a good reason to go back and listen to his catalog once again, as if an excuse is even needed. I hope you do the same.


January 2012

20 Questions: Phantogram

The sample-based electro-rock sound of Phantogram is undeniably unique, as the duo's latest mini-LP Nightlife demonstrates, but when answering PM's 20 Questions, Josh Carter reveals to us a rather strong affinity for the works of Charlie Kaufman, a desire to travel through dimensions, and lists no more than 15 different discs that could potentially qualify as "the greatest album ever" in his mind.


Dropping Names, Cutting Tapes: Beastie Boys - “High Plains Drifter”

Despite the more solemn subject matter, on “High Plains Drifter” the Beasties still give us the chance to play that old game “spot the pop-culture allusion”, with references to Clint Eastwood, Hunter Thompson, The Andy Griffith Show, and more.


Counterbalance No. 66: Carole King’s ‘Tapestry’

Winter, spring, summer, or fall, all you have to do is call. Counterbalance will be there—this time, discussing the 66th most acclaimed album of all time, Carole King's 1971 megahit Tapestry.


10 Songs That Will Make You Love U2

As the documentary From the Sky Down marks its arrival on DVD and Blu-Ray this week, Sound Affects list ten songs intended to help you warm up to the biggest band in the world.


Wallflower: Etta James and Fame

Etta James was memorialized before she died, and it illustrates a new and common plight among older artists.


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