Sound Affects

May 2011

A Revolution in Breakbeats: Rotwang’s ‘Crisis’

Princeton’s Rotwang is back, following his full-length debut Awful with an only-ten-minutes-shorter EP called Crisis.  It stays the course of its predecessor’s

(It’s Always) Time For McCoy Tyner

McCoy Tyner epitomizes the restless spirit and inspiration that characterizes all of our great artists. He was already a master by the mid-’60s; his work with John Coltrane could be studied and analyzed the way entire catalogs of music get dissected by critics. He was neither sated nor satisfied though, so he kept pushing and his work became increasingly ambitious, wide in scope and rewarding

Tremble with a Sigh: Ride’s ‘Nowhere’, Reissued

When all the elements on Ride's first album are at play in perfect alignment, Nowhere becomes a magical record, one that you can see deserving of its reputation as one of the best the shoegaze genre has to offer

Rocking Chair Blues: Howlin’ Wolf - “Back Door Man”

On "Back Door Man", Howlin' Wolf offers the alluring promise of illicit midnight pleasure.

Counterbalance No. 32: Massive Attack’s ‘Blue Lines’

For the 32nd edition of Counterbalance, Mendelsohn and Klinger sang about the sun and danced among the trees. As a result they very nearly missed their deadline. Nevertheless, their take on Massive Attack's 1991 trip-hop masterpiece is next.

20 Questions: Femi Kuti

The force behind one of 2011's most enthralling releases, Femi Kuti ruminates on music, politics, and his children's happiness.

20 Questions: Petra Haden

When not collaborating with David Byrne, playing violin for Weezer, or covering Who albums with just her voice, If By Yes' Petra Haden is perfecting her Moonwalk and learning how to make ProTools work . . .

Howlin’ Wolf: Rocking Chair Blues - “Down in the Bottom”

Sexual poaching and its consequences become a life and death drama in Howlin’ Wolf’s “Down in the Bottom”.

April 2011

Counterbalance No. 31: ‘Led Zeppelin IV’

The apples turn to brown and black, the tyrant’s face is red, and Klinger and Mendelsohn are taking a look at the 1971 colossus Led Zeppelin IV. Does anyone remember laughter?

Here Holy Spain: Power Trio Piety from North Texas!

Here Holy Spain offers tenacious thunder for the true blue rock 'n roll redux crow.

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//Mixed media

Because Blood Is Drama: Considering Carnage in Video Games and Other Media

// Moving Pixels

"It's easy to dismiss blood and violence as salacious without considering why it is there, what its context is, and what it might communicate.

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