Sound Affects

March 2012

Counterbalance No. 71: Wilco’s ‘Yankee Hotel Foxtrot’

The 71st Most Acclaimed Album of All-Time is an American aquarium drinker that may be trying to break our hearts. Will it work? Counterbalance checks in.

The Best Film Scores of the 2000s

From contemplative science fiction to macabre stop-motion, the 2000s brought forth some excellent film scores that are worth listening to long after the credits have rolled. With this year's Academy Awards just behind us, Sound Affects looks at the top movie scores from the 21 century so far.

February 2012

Print the Legend: The Man in Black at 80

The late Johnny Cash (who would've turned 80 this month) was a combination of Keith Richards, Elvis Presley, and Public Enemy. Only he did it first, and no one before or since ever did it quite like him.

No Future: Punk’s 2012 Nostalgia Trip

At the Drive-In and Refused are both reuniting for high-profile (and high-paycheck) shows in 2012. What does this say about their legacy, or punk rock in general?

Dropping Names, Cutting Tapes: Beastie Boys – “5-Piece…”/“Looking Down the Barrel…”

The Beastie Boys give us “5-Piece Chicken Dinner”, a brief, bright roll in the hay, only to juxtapose it with “Looking Down the Barrel of a Gun”, one of the darkest, dirtiest tracks on Paul’s Boutique--and also one of the best.

Counterbalance No. 70: Portishead’s ‘Dummy’

From this time, unchained, we’re all looking at a different picture. But we’re also looking at the 70th most acclaimed album of all time. Trip-hop fun, 1994-style, is next on Counterbalance.

It Was There That We Heard Them: Ten Years of ‘Source Tags and Codes’

Back in February of 2002, ...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead was expected to make a good first impression with their major label debut, Source Tags and Codes. Nobody expected the indie rock group to craft a landmark piece of art. Let's take a look back.

From Indiana, With Queer Punk Love

Brimming with punk prowess, queer biographic forays, and eager earnestness, High Dive makes music for those seeking more than dread and doldrums.

Dropping Names, Cutting Tapes: Beastie Boys – “Hey Ladies”

On “Hey Ladies”, the Beastie Boys prove that their hip-hop collage approach to making tunes is applicable to the four-minute single format, resulting in a track that is both technically accomplished and danceable.

Counterbalance No. 69: Jeff Buckley’s ‘Grace’

It goes like this: the fourth, the fifth, the 69th most acclaimed album of all time. Counterbalance looks at this hallmark of the ’90s in their ongoing attempts to understand the Great Music Canon.

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//Mixed media

Con Brio: The Best New Live Band in America?

// Notes from the Road

"There’s a preciousness to McCarter and the rest of the mostly young band. You want to freeze the moment, to make sure they are taking it all in too. Because it’s going to change.

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