Sound Affects

November 2012

Counterbalance No. 105: Oasis’ ‘Definitely Maybe’

In my mind my dreams are real. Are you concerned about the way I feel about the 105th most acclaimed album of all time? Too bad, because tonight I'm a rock 'n' roll star. Oasis’ 1994 debut is next.


October 2012

The 10 Spookiest Lou Reed Songs

From graphic depictions of violence and death to ominous and grating musical atmospheres, Reed has numerous frightening tunes that can comprise an alternative Halloween soundtrack for those seeking something different from the traditional holiday horror themes.


Casper for Cure Fans: ERAAS’ Ghost Music

ERAAS doesn’t so much sound like the score to a film never made, but rather it evokes the sense of a long-lost film, a celluloid soul trying to renter the world and regain relevancy -- the ghost of a film about ghosts.


Death’s Head Lullabies: Tom Waits - “A Little Rain”

"A Little Rain" serves as an oasis among Bone Machine's desert of dread and despair.


Counterbalance No. 104: Michael Jackson’s ‘Off the Wall’

Keep on with the force, don’t stop. Don’t stop until you get enough of the 104th most acclaimed album of all time. Michael Jackson returns to the Great List with his 1979 breakthrough.


The Ten Best Ted Leo and the Pharmacists Songs

Some six albums, five EPs, and 13 years in, we rank the best songs of Ted Leo's solo career.


Dissident Dissonance: The Rites of Springs Demos

The scrappy demos of Rites of Spring reveal the passion, fury, and profundity of an entire genre recasted and re-imagined.


Death’s Head Lullabies: Tom Waits - “Jesus Gonna Be Here”

"Jesus Gonna Be Here" is at once Bone Machine's purest distillation of the blues, a veritable tribute to its traditions and motifs, and a conscious caricature of the form.


Counterbalance No. 103: Dusty Springfield’s ‘Dusty in Memphis’

Being good isn’t always easy, no matter how hard we try. When the 103rd Most Acclaimed Album of All Time started sweet talking to us, well... Can you get away again tonight for a little Dusty Springfield?


METZ Is Going to Be Huge! Jill Barber Saves Gilligan!

Neither of the statements in the headline is true, not really. But both have the air of truth about them, which, in rock ’n’ roll, is often enough.


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//Mixed media
//Blogs

Stone Dead: Murder and Myth in 'Medousa'

// Short Ends and Leader

"A wry tale which takes in Greek mythology, punk rock and influences of American suspense-drama, this is an effective and curious thriller about myth and obsession.

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