Sound Affects

January 2011

Groove Me: Looking Back at New Jack Swing

Marrying hip hop elements to high-energy compositions and carefully-crafted productions, new jack swing was the cutting edge of R&B music in the late 1980s and early 1990s.


“Another Name of Life to Me is Surprise”: A Brief Chat with Yoko Ono

Yoko Ono may be the most popular septuangenarian you'll ever hear at a club. In a brief chat with PopMatters, she talks about dance remixes, her lack of regrets, and how another name of life for her is Surprise . . .


A Long Drive: Modest Mouse - “Cowboy Dan”

"Cowboy Dan" separates the believers from the unbelievers as Isaac Brock gives his Sermon on the Mount, a song of such devastating emotional power that you almost have to look away to catch your breath.


December 2010

Counterbalance No. 14: The Beatles’ ‘The Beatles’ AKA “The White Album”

The Beatles' 1968 self-titled double LP has been referenced by everyone from Joan Didion to Charles Manson and analyzed literally backwards and forwards. Mendelsohn and Klinger, always smiling and arriving late for tea, discuss the Number 14 album on the Big List.


O Captain! My Captain!: The Unique Magic of Captain Beefheart

If Captain Beefheart should be worshipped for anything it’s that he never once pandered for the sake of critical or commercial expediency.


Counterbalance No. 13: Radiohead’s ‘OK Computer’

In which Klinger and Mendelsohn talk in maths and buzz like a fridge as they discuss Radiohead's 1997 opus. The last canonical rock album? Counterbalance isn't ruling it out.


Life in the Key of Song: “Strawberry Fields Forever”

John Lennon agonized over his snapshot of youth seen through the glass hazily, and with the final touches of the indispensable George Martin, saw his simple reminiscence mutate into the surreal sound-bomb it remains today.


A Timely Musical Blessing From Soulive

Rubber Soulive is an impressive, mostly joyful, occasionally eye-opening experience wherein any Beatles fan should find something to love.


20 Questions: Tom Zé

Tom Zé is one of the most underappreciated geniuses in all of pop music history. Zé reveals how he wished he discovered the diatonic scale, why he looks so good in a fig leaf, and how psychoanalysis is his stress management . . .


A Long Drive: Modest Mouse - “Doin’ the Cockroach”

"Doin' the Cockroach" seethes with frustration, its bursts of violence finally exploding into one of the most satisfying and exhilarating moments in Modest Mouse's career.


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