Sound Affects

October 2011

All That Glitters: Led Zeppelin - “Rock and Roll”

In the hands of a force like Led Zeppelin, a tribute to the golden age of rock music will inevitably sound thoroughly '70s -- wantonly libidinous and bone-crushingly heavy.


Counterbalance No. 55: ‘The Stone Roses’

I hear my needle hit the groove and spiral through another day -- only this time, we're listening to the 55th most acclaimed album of all time. The Stone Roses on Counterbalance -- this is the one.


Van Hunt Lets the Pink Elephants Out to Play

Through words, music, and images, Van Hunt speaks the unspoken.


10 Standout Hip-Hop Tracks from 1991

As a complement to PopMatters' "Nevermind Nostalgia" retrospective on music in 1991, Sound Affects takes at look at a partial selection of the year's hip-hop highlights that lean more towards beats production than the era’s increasingly popular gangsta genre.


All That Glitters: Led Zeppelin - “Black Dog”

As part of an eight-week commemoration of the 40th anniversary of one of the most successful albums ever released, Sound Affects's Between the Grooves series examines Led Zeppelin's awe-inspiring fourth LP. First up is "Black Dog", a brazen expression of lust that balances its primal urges with nimble riffing and a clever arrangement.


Counterbalance No. 54: Captain Beefheart’s ‘Trout Mask Replica’

Captain Beefheart's Trout Mask Replica is like a squid eating dough in a polyethylene bag—it’s fast and bulbous and bound to end badly. Eric Klinger and Jason Mendelsohn try to clean up the ensuing mess in this week's Counterbalance.


Keeping Faith in Fury: The Remastered Tracks of HarDCore Legends the Faith

Replete with the murky, layered, and twin-powered hypnotic guitar crunch of Michael Hampton and Eddie Janney, the Faith's remastered Subject to Change tracks amount to high-marks in East Coast underground music history.


Ranking R.E.M.: The 10 Best Albums

One author's farewell ranking of the top 10 R.E.M. LPs illustrates that some albums that were monster hits have not aged especially well, while another album entitled Monster has, and that the usual suspects remain indelible after all these years.


20 Questions: Casiokids’ Omar E. Johnsen

Ever have to turn in a term paper at the last second? While your band is on tour? The day before your back gives out? Well, Of Montreal-endorsed dance-rock group Casiokids know such pain, but share a great deal of wisdom and emotional depth in this fascinating 20 Questions feature . . .


Evolution Calling: Tool - “Third Eye”

A gargantuan track closes out the Ænima album and gives millions an introduction to a comedic icon.


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Is Black Widow Still a Hero? Dissecting the Misogynistic Outrage Against the Avengers

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"Black Widow may very well be the pinnacle of the modern action heroine, so why is there so much backlash about her role in the new Avengers film?

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