Sound Affects

August 2011

Evolution Calling: Tool - “Stinkfist”

In the latest Between the Grooves series, Sean McCarthy undertakes a track-by-track examination of the concept of change in Tool's 1996 classic, Ænima, starting with "Stinkfist", one of the best metal songs of the '90s.


Counterbalance No. 46: Stevie Wonder’s ‘Songs in the Key of Life’

Just as all is born is new, do know what I say is true—that Stevie Wonder's 1976 opus is next on Counterbalance. It’s the 46th most acclaimed album of all time. You can feel it all over!


Like a Woodpecker from Mars, ‘Angel Dust’ Is Unimaginably Awesome

Faith No More's Angel Dust compels us to reimagine the genre distinctions on which the processes of music production and consumption rest.


In Defense of Good Sax

I could list several dozen songs that would be greatly lessened, if not unthinkable, without their saxophonic embellishment; so could you. In the interest of time and clarity, let's take three and call it a day.


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.


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Of Pillow Forts and Play: Epic Games' 'Fortnite'

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"Everybody loves building a fort.

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