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November 2010

His Dark Exotica: Ennio Morricone - “Night Flight” / “Exorcism”

"Night Flight" and "Exorcism" form the a- and b-sides to the imaginary 7” single that could have come from Ennio Morricone's soundtrack to The Exorcist II: The Heretic.


October 2010

Counterbalance No. 7: Bob Dylan’s ‘Blonde on Blonde’

Number seven on the Big List marks the first appearance of a fellow we’ll be seeing a lot of, one Robert Allen Zimmerman, better known as Blind Boy Grunt Bob Dylan. He’s a poor fool in his prime on the 1966 opus Blonde on Blonde—Eric Klinger and Jason Mendelsohn have a listen.


20 Questions: JC Brooks

Whether he's covering Wilco's "I Am Trying to Break Your Heart" or moving a packed house of indie rockers to dance, JC Brooks brings soul and swagger to everything he touches.


Your Ultimate Goth Anthem: The Sisters of Mercy’s “Temple of Love”

Halloween is coming, so don't forget to cue up one of goth's most overblown anthems to foster the proper gloom-and-doom vibe.


His Dark Exotica: Ennio Morricone - “Seduction and Magic”/ “Dark Revelation”

Save for “Magic and Ecstasy”, “Seduction and Magic” is perhaps the most Goblin-esque of the thirteen tracks on Ennio Morricone’s soundtrack to Exorcist II: The Heretic. The piece's second inclusion, “Dark Revelation”, could remain at home on the next Burial album.


Counterbalance No. 6: Marvin Gaye’s ‘What’s Going On’

At number six on the list, Marvin Gaye's What's Going On has been called the greatest soul album of all time. But is it truly "right on"—or maybe a little bit "jive"? Counterbalance’s Mendelsohn and Klinger find out what's happening, brother.


Dandy Pop Highwaymen: Adam and the Ants’ “Stand and Deliver”

This riveting tune by the New Wave icons remains a potent reminder of the power of a well-written three-minute pop single.


I Heart Adult Alternative: Failing at Being a Hipster

An unfairly named, unfairly shunned, and completely unhip genre, adult alternative, in my opinion, is producing some of the best new music these days, and you don't have to be a project manager with two kids and a suburban home to enjoy it. Here I examine three examples of the best records in said genre from this year.


His Dark Exotica: Ennio Morricone - “Pazuzu (Theme From Exorcist II)”

“Pazuzu (Theme From Exorcist II)” is about channeling. The track does not play prominently in the film. Rather, it emerges in aural corners and suggests all the witchery, locust-vision, and demonic possession that Regan and crew play out on the screen.


Dreamer: Dennis Wilson’s ‘Pacific Ocean Blue’

Stephen Rowland kicks off a series of retrospectives to showcase Beach Boys and Beach Boys-related material that is not very popular, rare, or has been forgotten completely.


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