Sound Affects

May 2012

Prog’s Only Stupid Dream: Porcupine Tree - “This Is No Rehearsal”

"This Is No Rehearsal", one of Stupid Dream's most radio-friendly moments, is a concise demonstration of the heavy/soft balance Porcupine Tree has come to master, as well as a retelling of a horrific tale.


Counterbalance No. 80: The Band’s ‘Music from Big Pink’

Take a load off Fannie, take a load for free, take a load off Annie and read Counterbalance's take on the Band's debut, Music from Big Pink.


The Top 10 Most Notable Career Suicide Albums

Career suicide albums fall into two camps: Those that were released ahead of their time, and those that set new standards in awful. The best thing that could be said about the later category is that these albums are oftentimes just as fascinating as an artist’s best work.


Levon Helm: So Real It Makes You Believe

I can't imagine music without Levon Helm. I can't imagine my world without Levon Helm. Fortunately I'll never have to.


April 2012

Prog’s Only Stupid Dream: Porcupine Tree - “Don’t Hate Me”

Concluding the Unrequited Love Trilogy in a state of despair and hopelessness, "Don't Hate Me", the best song on Stupid Dream, is most memorable for the instrumental interplay that comprises the latter half of the track, featuring some of Porcupine Tree's best musicianship.


Counterbalance No. 79: Elvis Costello’s ‘This Year’s Model’

Counterbalance is on tenterhooks, ending in dirty looks, listening to the 79th most acclaimed album of all time, thinking about this and that. A 1978 classic from EC—pump it up, until you can’t feel it.


Let’s Talk About Jim Cuddy

Few music nerds and snobs and people just exactly like me will take a serious listen to Jim Cuddy's latest record Skyscraper Soul. And I get that. In the irony-drenched anti-sentimental scene that is "I'm-a-music-freak", his stuff is basically impossible. And yet . . .


The 10 Best Songs by the Band

We lost a true musical treasure last week with the passing of Levon Helm of the Band. As a tribute, here are 10 of his group's best songs.


Prog’s Only Stupid Dream: Porcupine Tree - “Slave Called Shiver”

With this second song in the Unrequited Love Trilogy, the realization of rejection has now fully hit our narrator. Listen as what hints of optimism were present in the track before this one bleed away into a dark, obsessive determination.


It Needed Doing: Levon Helm’s Life in Music

The Band's Levon Helm represented a kind of musician increasingly rare in today's world -- unpretentious, dedicated, and motivated only by love.


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Counterbalance: The Avalanches' 'Since I Left You'

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"Get a drink, have a good time now. Welcome to paradise, and read all about the 305th most acclaimed album of all time. An Australian plunderphonics pioneer is this week’s Counterbalance.

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