Sound Affects

August 2010

20 Questions: Tokyo Police Club

The Ontario guitar-pop fireball known as Tokyo Police Club sits down with PopMatters to talk about its new album Champ, the movie that forever traumatized its drummer, and relishing the lost of art of a simple conversation with a stranger.


William Brittelle Takes on “Sheena Easton”

We’re always on the lookout for great new tracks to share with our readers, and William Brittelle’s “Sheena Easton” definitely falls under that


‘Blue Sky Mining’ and ‘Fear of a Black Planet’: Celebrating 20 Years of Righteous Anger

Twenty years ago, two albums addressed a man made environmental disaster and a racial divide that never seemed to close. You'd think these albums would sound dated today...


Enemies List: Home-Recording and Having a Nice Life

Enemies List record label founder Dan Barrett speaks with PopMatters on his band, Have a Nice Life, and his experience with home-recording, the resurgence vinyl records, and all-out war on the recording industry.


No Introduction Needed After “Let Go” by Everest

Everest cranks up a great rock groove in this catchy tune


Manic Street Preachers and “Mass Communication”

A turn towards the radio-friendly on the new Manic Street Preachers record may not be for everyone, but it's hardly new, either, and is a direction which has yielded great music before.


Paul McCartney - “Maybe I’m Amazed”

Every artist has a signature song, which becomes the symbol of their entire career. For better or worse, it sums up how the public views


July 2010

Prince’s ‘20Ten’ and the Cheapening Effect of the Newspaper Release

Using a newspaper promotion to get an album out to the masses might be a mutually beneficial arrangement for artist and publication, but what happens to the listener's perception of the music?


‘Crazy for You’: Best Coast’s Peculiar Charm

Bethany Cosentino's guileless lyrics tap into the kid in us.


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