Sound Affects

November 2015

20 Questions: !!!

Coming off of the best album of their career only two years ago, dance-rock kingpins !!! up their game with monkeys, Can concerts, and a PSA about drinking too much coffee.

Counterbalance: Johnny Cash - ‘At Folsom Prison’

This week, we're stuck in Folsom Prison, and time keeps draggin' on. Actually it went by pretty fast as we listened to the 157th most acclaimed album of all time. Do the roots of roots music start here?

20 Questions: Brothertiger

He may be one of the crown princes of chillwave, but Brotheriger's John Jagos keeps it casual, saying "I like wearing a baseball hat when I travel; I'm not sure why, but it just feels right."

20 Questions: The Most Serene Republic

It's been a long six years since the Canadian nerd-rockers' last album (and first major one on their own), which is why they spend our 20 Questions talking about everything from Stravinsky to Deep Space Nine, Kid A to Royal Canadian Navy Ship's Team Diver Coveralls.

Counterbalance: Courtney Barnett - ‘Sometime I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit’

Put me on a pedestal and I'll only disappoint you. The debut LP by a pop-rock wunderkind is this week's Counterbalance. She hasn't made the Great List of the most acclaimed albums of all time, but look for her next year.

Fave Five: Caspian

Massachusetts-bred Caspian's beautiful, melodic brand of post-rock has been around for some time, but with their latest opus, founding member Phil Jamieson helps trace back in his big influence across five significant records.

Counterbalance: John Cale - Paris 1919

Welcome back to Chipping Sodbury. You can have a second chance. Counterbalance is back. To mark their return, they're looking at the 356th most acclaimed album of all time -- avant-garde pop or the poppiest avant-garde?

October 2015

Country Fried Rock: Aaron Lee Tasjan Interview

Aaron Lee Tasjan tells stories that make Hayes Carll, Todd Snider, and Kevn Kinney jealous.

20 Questions: Wax Idols

Wax Idols' Hether Fortune is doing post-punk the way it should be, with heavy melodies and sweet emotion, and to celebrate her third album under the name, reveals to PopMatters the two pieces of advice she received from Jimmy Page directly.

Boil It Down: An Interview with Holy Sons

Emil Amos is known for his work in Grails and Lilacs & Champagne, but his Holy Sons project is not only his longest running, but in this interview coupled with an exclusive playlist from Amos, also his most fascinating.

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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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