Sound Affects

August 2011

Evolution Calling: Tool - “Useful Idiot” and “Forty Six & Two”

Tool gives listeners a lesson in Carl Jung and Drunvalo Melchizedek, but still remember to lay waste to your speakers in the process.


Counterbalance No. 48: Joni Mitchell’s ‘Blue’

Everybody's saying that hell's the hippest way out but Eric Klinger and Jason Mendelsohn don't think so. They’re taking a look around Joni Mitchell's 1971 folk masterpiece Blue -- Acclaimed Music’s 48th Greatest Album of All Time.


The 10 Best Tori Amos Songs of All Time

On the eve of her 12th studio album Night of Hunters, we take a trip through her Amos' catalogue to discern her 10 best tracks. To like Tori is to LOVE Tori -- even if you hate what she’s become.


Band Dreams Become Reality: An Interview with Daniel Blue of Motopony

With a new release getting airplay, fans are eagerly appearing along the tour route.


Something Real: In Memory of Nickolas Ashford

In life, in words, and in music, Nickolas Ashford never gave less than the real thing. Where does 50 years of music go? They conduct symphonies of memories in the mind.


Evolution Calling: Tool - “Eulogy” and “H”

In the latest Between the Grooves series, Sean McCarthy undertakes a track-by-track examination of the concept of change in Tool's 1996 classic, Ænima, this time looking at "Eulogy" and "H".


Counterbalance No. 47: ‘The Band’

Wash your hands in lye water; you've got a date with the Band's 1969 self-titled masterpiece. Eric Klinger and Jason Mendelsohn are giving it a listen -- look out Cleveland!


The Luxuriant Discord of Leatherface

Adored by egghead critics and leathered punkers, the grizzled UK punk veterans in Leatherface offer another live album, Live in Melbourne: Viva La Arthouse (No


The 15 Best Red Hot Chili Peppers Songs

RHCP has unquestionably produced some of the most memorable and influential rock songs of the past couple decades. On the occasion of the band's new album I’m With You debuting this month, it’s worth revisiting the Chili Peppers’ extensive catalog.


Something Real: An Interview with Thomas Dybdahl

The Norwegian folk singer has been dodging Nick Drake comparisons all his life, but now, with his first-ever US release (despite a ton of albums to his name), Thomas Dybdahl feels like he's breaking through for the first time ...


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