Sound Affects

August 2011

Hip-Hop’s Heartbreak: Kanye West – “Coldest Winter” and “Pinocchio Story”

808s & Heartbreak -- and this Between the Grooves series -- wraps up with a two-song tandem that exemplifies everything Kanye West's masterpiece-before-the-masterpiece is about.


Counterbalance No. 45: The Strokes’ ‘Is This It’

Our questions, they come to us in threes. Why are the Strokes so popular? How did they get the 45th most acclaimed album of all time? Is This It In this Counterbalance, Klinger will be the one to say the strangest things and Mendelsohn will act like it's completely normal.


Online Fantasy: Kreayshawn’s Meteoric Rise to Fame

Female rapper Kreayshawn is on her way to becoming 2011's international sensation after her song "Gucci Gucci" ridiculed all "basic bitches" that value designer clothes. So who is this Oakland-based revelation?


The 10 Best Alternative Metal Singles of the 1990s

Antichrist superstars, astro-creeps, and broken machines all assemble for this look back at the ten best singles from alternative metal's golden era.


20 Questions: Planningtorock

She's collaborated with the Knife, has her new album out on DFA, and has some choice words for Angela Merkel. Welcome to the wonderful, otherworldly land known as Planningtorock ...


Hip-Hop’s Heartbreak: Kanye West – “See You in My Nightmare”

West consciously kept the guest spots and big-name collaborations at a minimum when constructing his fourth album. That mantra allowed this particular joint effort to stand firmly on its own among some of the best work he has ever been a part of.


July 2011

Counterbalance No. 44: Neil Young’s ‘After the Gold Rush’

This special morning brings another sun—and another edition of Counterbalance. This week, it's Neil Young's 1970 masterpiece After the Gold Rush. It’s No. 44 on Acclaimed Music’s All-Time Greatest Albums list. Eric Klinger and Jason Mendelsohn have a listen.


Amy Winehouse: The 27 Club and Her Place in Music History

Though the troubled UK singer seems to fit the bill for rock 'n' roll's fabled 27 Club, Amy Winehouse will almost surely face some resistance.


Tracks They’ll Be Talking About: 5 Divisive Songs on Great Albums

Bon Iver's "Beth/Rest" is just the latest song that beguiles as many fans as it detracts.


Amy Winehouse: A Voice to Make You Believe

Even given all of the media saturation in our desensitized age, the sheer speed of Amy Winehouse’s demise was astonishing. Yet, at the same time as she was struggling on this Earth, she possessed a true, utterly rare, gift of a voice.


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The Thoughtful Absurdity of 'Spaceplan'

// Moving Pixels

"Spaceplan is a goofy game that still manages to pack a potent emotional punch.

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