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Sound Affects Editor


Thursday, September 29 2011

The Year Alternative Went Massive and Defined a Decade

Above all else, musically 1991 will forever be remembered as the year alterna-rock conquered the masses. PopMatters explores how alternative became the dominant form of rock music in the '90s.

Wednesday, June 8 2011

In the Lap of the Gods: The First Five Queen Albums

Consummate showmen and masters of the studio environment, in their first five albums the members of British rock group Queen transformed from ambitious contenders into elite practitioners of the genre.

Wednesday, November 4 2009

Nirvana: Bleach

Starting with Nevermind, Kurt Cobain intentionally simplified his compositions in order to emphasize their pop components. Less song-focused than later Nirvana works, Bleach acts as an interesting showcase of the band’s musical chops.


Tuesday, January 14 2014

These New Puritans: Field of Reeds

From neo post-punk upstarts to full-blown avant garde rockers, These New Puritans have come a long way in three albums' time.

Wednesday, October 30 2013

Au Revoir Simone: Move in Spectrums

The female trio's new album is equal parts inviting and distanced.

Wednesday, September 11 2013

Dinosaur Bones: Shaky Dreams

The Canadian group aims big for its sophomore full-length.

Monday, May 27 2013

Fitz & the Tantrums: More Than Just a Dream

The Motown revivalists find themselves up contending with a standard sophomore struggle: a bigger recording budget.

Tuesday, May 14 2013

R.E.M.: Green (25th Anniversary Edition)

R.E.M.'s major label debut found the group confronting the realization that it was becoming kind of a big deal, and the impulses to either carry on like normal or address the situation head-on proved to be equally enticing.

Suede: Bloodsports [18.Mar.13]
Green Day: ¡Tré! [10.Dec.12]
Green Day: ¡Dos! [13.Nov.12]
Green Day: ¡Uno! [24.Sep.12]
Bloc Party: Four [19.Aug.12]
Metric: Synthetica [11.Jun.12]
The Darcys: Aja [7.Jun.12]
Ceremony: Zoo [6.Mar.12]
Tristeza: Paisajes [21.Mar.11]
Miko: Chandelier [16.Jan.11]
Weekend: Sports [2.Jan.11]
Suede: The Best of [30.Nov.10]
Slash: Slash [12.Apr.10]
Githead: Landing [13.Dec.09]
Nouvelle Vague: 3 [29.Oct.09]


Wednesday, April 9 2014

Electro Pharaoh: Five Essential Egyptian Lover Tracks

Simultaneously invoking the age of the pharaohs and propagating hip-hop futurism, the Egyptian Lover was a stalwart of the West Coast pre-gangsta scene.

Tuesday, April 8 2014

The Legacy of Kurt Cobain

Twenty years since the world learned of Kurt Cobain's death, what impact does he have on rock music today?

Wednesday, March 26 2014

Wishes Do Come True: New Pixies LP and Kate Bush Live Dates

First Kate Bush announces her return to the concert stage, and then the Pixies get ready to drop their first album in over 20 years. It's been a surprising week in music news.

Thursday, March 13 2014

Diplo and His "Hero"es

The man who sampled the Clash's "Straight to Hell" for M.I.A. teams up with his heroes and Frank Ocean to bring summer to your speakers a few months early.

Wednesday, March 5 2014

The Top 10 Most Awesome Queen Songs

Let them entertain you: here are ten songs of Queen at its hard-rocking and overblown best.

The Top 8 "Next Nirvanas" (Sound Affects) [16.Oct.13]
The Top 10 Cure Love Songs (Sound Affects) [13.Feb.13]
10 Great Comeback Singles (Sound Affects) [31.Jan.13]
Paul McCartney Gets Heavy with Nirvana (Sound Affects) [14.Dec.12]
Ranking the Green Day Albums (Sound Affects) [5.Dec.12]
The Top 10 Epic Smashing Pumpkins Tracks (Sound Affects) [14.Jun.12]
10 Songs That Will Make You Love U2 (Sound Affects) [26.Jan.12]
10 Songs That Will Make You Love R.E.M. (Sound Affects) [28.Sep.11]
The End of R.E.M. (Sound Affects) [22.Sep.11]
The 10 Best Nirvana Songs Ever (Sound Affects) [8.Jun.11]
The 2011 Great Guitar Solo Spotlight (Sound Affects) [9.Mar.11]
1991: A Landmark Year for Rock Albums (Sound Affects) [4.Feb.11]
The Beatles: 1962-1966 / 1967-1970 (Consuming Consumables) [14.Dec.10]
Blur - "There's No Other Way" (Sound Affects) [22.Apr.10]
Answering Lady Gaga’s "Telephone" Call (Sound Affects) [2.Apr.10]
Say Hello to the Popguns (Sound Affects) [21.Jan.10]
Green Day - All About 'Dookie': "Chump" (Sound Affects) [29.Nov.09]
Green Day - All About 'Dookie': "Burnout" (Sound Affects) [24.Nov.09]
Depeche Mode - "Master and Servant" (Sound Affects) [20.Nov.09]
Ultravox - "Vienna" (Sound Affects) [29.Oct.09]
Sonic's Rendezvous Band - "City Slang" (Sound Affects) [28.Oct.09]
In Memoriam: Ian McCulloch’s Voice (Sound Affects) [15.Oct.09]
The Smashing Pumpkins - "Hello Kitty Kat" (Sound Affects) [11.Oct.09]
The Beatles - "Dear Prudence" (Sound Affects) [23.Sep.09]
Adorable - "Sunshine Smile" (Sound Affects) [14.Sep.09]
Ready for the World - "Oh Sheila" (Sound Affects) [9.Sep.09]
Hüsker Dü: New Day Rising (Sound Affects) [3.Sep.09]
Bad Lieutenant - "Sink or Swim" (Sound Affects) [31.Aug.09]
Noel Gallagher leaves Oasis. Again. (Sound Affects) [28.Aug.09]
Ye Shall Be Entertained, So Sayeth Queen (Sound Affects) [25.Aug.09]
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