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June 2011

Counterbalance No. 37: ‘Ramones’

Hey, ho, let's go—talk quietly in the corner about the Ramones' self-titled debut and entry No. 37 on the Great List in this week's Counterbalance.


Soon Is Never Soon Enough: Moose’s ‘. . . Xyz’, Remastered

Moose was really never shoegaze. In many ways, Moose was a much more successful band than Ride. Even though that claim is a bit strange, it's never too late to make it.


The 10 Best Nirvana Songs Ever

Now nearly 20 years after Nevermind first conquered the mainstream, PopMatters looks at the ten best songs by alternative rock’s definitive and most important band.


20 Questions: Fredrik

Sweden's noted art-rockers Fredrik are setting themselves up for a big break, and as we find out, they provide great insight on how to pass along advice, what the Swedish winter does to your blood, and the joys of singing to your morning coffee . . .


Hip-Hop’s Heartbreak: Kanye West - “Welcome to Heartbreak”

"Welcome to Heartbreak" is the most underrated valuable song on 808s & Heartbreak. Here, West separates himself from every other rapper alive by utilizing the simplicity of heartbreak in such a poignant manner.


Counterbalance No. 36: The Rolling Stones’ ‘Let It Bleed’

You got the silver, you got the gold, you got the diamonds from the mine, but do you have Counterbalance? Klinger and Mendelsohn have a little to spare in this week's edition as they pick through the Rolling Stones' Let It Bleed.


Peter Case Pries Open His Own Songbook

Peter Case is artful and anarchic: he speaks for the mudsills and the agitated, the weary and browbeaten; the dodgers and the doe-eyed; the prose behind the left-of-center politics; the words in-between the words. He is the intelligent listener, and the one emblazoned with free speech fortitude.


Anyone Can Play Guitar: The 15 Best Radiohead Songs of All Time

The recent release of Radiohead's eighth studio LP, The King of Limbs, offers the opportunity to revisit all of the legendary band's classic material.


May 2011

Hip-Hop’s Heartbreak: Kanye West - “Say You Will”

The focus of this latest Between the Grooves series is hip-hop superstar Kanye West's moody Auto-Tune-heavy opus, 808s & Heartbreak (2008). In this first installment, Colin McGuire explains why “Say You Will” is not just a great song, but also a great way to begin a trip into the mind of West himself


Counterbalance No. 35: Talking Heads’ ‘Remain in Light’

Facts all come with points of view, like the fact that Talking Heads’ 1980 Afro-funk opus is the 35th Greatest Album of All Time. Counterbalance gives Remain in Light a listen—don’t you miss it. (Some of you people just about missed it.)


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