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Wednesday, September 17 2014

12 Essential Songs for the Kate Bush Novice

While Kate Bush is a national treasure in the UK, US listeners don't know her so well. The following 12 songs capture her irrepressible spirit.


Wednesday, August 27 2014

Hope Despite the Times: 12 Essential Alternative Rock Albums from the 1980s

For those interested in acquainting themselves with alternative rock's rich and diverse early years, Sound Affects has assembled this '80s alt-rock primer.


Wednesday, July 16 2014

Metal Gods: The 15 Best Judas Priest Songs

Hot on the heels of the iconic metal group's new album Redeemer of Souls, Sound Affects combs through Priest's vast and astounding back catalog to round up its greatest tracks.


Wednesday, June 11 2014

List This! A Beginner’s Guide to Blue Note Records

Blue Note, one of the foremost jazz record labels, is celebrating its 75th anniversary with a vinyl initiative, releasing highlights from its massive catalog over the course of two years. Here are some picks to get you started.


Thursday, May 29 2014

Tally Ho! 15 Essential Tracks from the New Zealand Pop Underground

Recorded for $60 in an island country near the bottom of the globe, "Tally Ho", the debut single by New Zealand's the Clean, was an unlikely candidate to be an international game-changer and a defining moment for a pop movement.


Wednesday, May 21 2014

Still Making Noise: Top 15 Post-“Blue” Weezer Songs

In the two decades since the band's self-titled "Blue Album" was released, Weezer's output has been a grab bag. PopMatters looks into the top 15 songs that prove that there's more to Weezer than being "Blue".


Friday, May 16 2014

10 Culturally Iconic Moments in the Career of H.R. Giger (1940 - 2014)

From album covers to motion pictures, H.R. Giger offered up a singular, inspiring vision. Giger was also one of the most influential surrealists of all time.


Wednesday, May 14 2014

The Seer Guides Us to Be Kind: Ten Great Songs by Swans 2.0

Following their "reconstitution", Swans have put out three albums since 2010. PopMatters examines the best material the innovative rock band has put out during that time.


Wednesday, April 30 2014

SE&L’s Best and Worst Films of Spring 2014

January through April films are always a chore, since they represent the landfill where all studio cast-offs end up. Here's the best and worst of this sad season.


Thursday, April 24 2014

For Tomorrow: The 10 Best Songs from Blur’s “Life Trilogy”

Damon Albarn's got a new album arriving in a few days, and his band's most popular album commemorates its 20th birthday. What better time to pay tribute to the period when Blur put the "pop" in Britpop?


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Ranking the Greats: The Films of Terry Gilliam (Short Ends and Leader) [2.Jul.13]
The Top 20 Jay-Z Songs to Date (Sound Affects) [2.Jul.13]
Five Reasons to Mourn: RIP Cathedral (Sound Affects) [22.May.13]
The 10 Best Early Billy Bragg Songs (Sound Affects) [8.May.13]
10 Songs That Will Make You Love Rush (Sound Affects) [17.Apr.13]
Britpop Redux: The Top 10 Suede Singles (Sound Affects) [13.Mar.13]
The Top 10 Cure Love Songs (Sound Affects) [14.Feb.13]
10 Movies You Need to See in 2013 (Short Ends and Leader) [29.Jan.13]
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The Best and Worst Films of Summer 2012 (Short Ends and Leader) [5.Sep.12]
The Top 5 Definitive Summer Movie Years (Short Ends and Leader) [4.Sep.12]
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