Sound Affects

June 2011

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.)


Punk Rock Rapture: Rise Against and the Eschatology of ‘Endgame’

There's another theme to the well-received new album from the chart-topping Chicago punk band besides cutthroat riffs and raucous drums: the end of the world.


Anarchitex Destroy Digital Worlds One Byte at a Time

While many of their brethren have receded into the dustbins of history, Anarchitex prove that resilience and fortitude, maintained in the name of rebel art without pause, can keep bands braided together.


Rocking Chair Blues: Howlin’ Wolf - “Tell Me”

In this final installment of the Between the Grooves series dedicated to Howlin’ Wolf’s Rocking Chair album, George de Stefano states that Wolf's music is so compelling because it seems such a direct, unmediated expression of his singular personality.


Counterbalance No. 34: The Arcade Fire’s ‘Funeral’

Jason Mendelsohn and Eric Klinger got into a fight so that the neighbors could dance in the police disco lights. But since disco is passé, no one showed up. This week in Counterbalance, the Arcade Fire's Funeral.


Fun and Interesting Places: An Interview with Deerhoof’s John Dieterich

With the release of Deerhoof vs Evil, Deerhoof continues on its merry way, making music that is gloriously idiosyncratic and accessible. Guitarist John Dieterich talks about the new album, his musical frustrations, and a love for Brazilian music.


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Supernatural: Season 11, Episode 12 - "Don't You Forget About Me"

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"In another stand-alone episode, there's a lot of teen drama and some surprises, but not much potential.

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