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Counterbalance No. 1: The Beach Boys' 'Pet Sounds'

Ten years ago, we began presenting the beloved Counterbalance series that ran through 2016. Jason Mendelsohn and Eric Klinger debate the merits of some of the most critically-acclaimed albums of all time. We are re-running the entire series beginning today with a new entry each Monday. Enjoy.

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Los Straitjackets: What's So Funny About Peace, Love and Los Straitjackets

Nashville's premiere surf rockabilly instrumental band covers a bunch of Nick Lowe songs and it works so well you wonder why it wasn't done a lot sooner.

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Pixies: Head Carrier

Two years since their Indie Cindy release, Pixies have brought rock ’n' roll back with their new album, Head Carrier.

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Crushed Out - "Skinny Dippin" (video) (premiere)

We’re past the point of applications for “song of the summer,” but the burst of energy that is “Skinny Dippin” fills in the end-of-summer lull quite nicely.

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Legato Vipers: LV

LV, despite its fall release date, will definitely wanna make you Hang Ten, no matter where in the world you are.

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HAVAH: Settimana

The second full length offering from Italian rockers HAVAH finds them shying away from their surf-rock roots for something with a bit more grit.

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Dog Bite: Tranquilizers

For a band that sounds more punk than its musical output would parlay, there’s very little on Tranquilizers that makes any sort of impact, making it, for the most part, a passable and utterly disposable album.

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Jerry Miller: New Road Under My Wheels

This album is that rarity of a gem, it’s an instant classic, and it is utterly flawless.

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Zulu Pearls: No Heroes No Honeymoons

A commanding album of indie rock surf neo-would-be classics, hampered only by the fact that much of it sounds a little mid-tempo and alike.

Zachary Houle
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The Ramblin' Ambassadors: Ramble On

Instrumental surf-rock gods from, um, Canada.

David Maine
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Mrs. Magician: Strange Heaven

San Diego’s Mrs. Magician has made a debut album in Strange Heaven that is so strong and powerful, that any of its 13 songs could be a candidate for a single.

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Pepe Deluxé: Queen of the Wave

An epic pop opera surf rock concept album of such grandiose ambition and intricate execution that it washes away all other contemporary attempts at character and fidelity. This is a "Beatles on Ed Sullivan" moment for the modern age.

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Nucular Aminals: Nucular Aminals

While the sound is quirky and a bit inventive, there’s not a whole lot on Nucular Aminals that is really worth revisiting time and time again.

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TV Ghost: Mass Dream

Mass Dream will scare the bejesus out of you with its horrific cacophony of white noise, combining the surf guitar and rockabilly elements of the Cramps with the art-punk stylings of early Pere Ubu.

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Figurines: Figurines

This is not the sound of a band trying to branch out and try something different, per se; Figurines winds up sounding like stuff you’ve heard elsewhere, and done a whole lot better.

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Music Go Music: Light of Love

Secretly Canadian pop group delivers three gorgeous pop tracks with this 12" vinyl single.

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