Sound Affects

August 2010

Here’s to You, Michael Been

Listen to the Call now and there is no denying some songs sound dated, thanks to an overabundance of keyboards. But singer Michael Been's songwriting remains a rarity


20 Questions: River City Extension

Storming the New Jersey scene with its unique brand of indie folk-pop, River City Extension sits down to answer PopMatters' 20 Questions, revealing a deep-seated love of Paul Simon's Graceland, the frustration over a stolen laptop filled with songs, and why life truly isn't complete until you have heated toilet seats ...


Paul & Linda McCartney - “Another Day” and “Oh Woman, Oh Why”

Bridging the gap between 'McCartney' and 'Ram', Jessy Krupa takes a look at the first single collaboration between Paul McCartney and his wife Linda.


Lee “Scratch” Perry and the Golden Age of Roots: ‘War Ina Babylon’

Max Romeo's 'War Ina Babylon' was just the beginning of a tremendously fertile period for producer Lee Perry. In less than two years he would produce an impressive batch of albums, several of which remain absolute classics. 'War Ina Babylon' can measure up to all of them in one way or another, and that is the main reason it is remembered as an essential piece of the roots reggae canon.


Hey Gibson, Let’s Talk Guitar Albums: An Alternative Top 10

When it comes to matters of taste and ranking (a particularly combustible combination), there is no pleasing everyone. In fact, there is no pleasing anyone, since the list makers themselves are invariably disappointed or frustrated. And yet...


It Don’t Mean a Thing, If It Ain’t Got That Mach Schau

Call it "mach schau", soul, or the “swing” without which Duke Ellington warns us “it don’t mean a thing”, the physically felt component of live performance is perhaps easiest defined, if not in its absence, then in its failed attempt.


DJs, Therapists, and Preachers: The Books and the Art of Sampling

The Books' samples, which include everything from bits and pieces of everyday noise to extended recordings of Hebrew stenography, are somehow more essential and more secondary at the same time -- used for their own sake to create something utterly unrelated.


Paul McCartney - “Kreen Akrore”

“Kreen Akrore” is the final track on the McCartney album. After watching a TV documentary about Brazil’s indigenous Kreen-Akrore tribe, McCartney was inspired to


“Ascension Chamber” by Scar Symmetry, or Why We Need More Videos IN SPACE!

People might not believe it, but very few metal music videos take place in the far reaches of space. Scar Symmetry dares to go there in a video with a thoughtful story and excellent execution.


Psych-Horror Flick as Music Video, or Vice Versa: Animal Collective’s ‘Oddsac’

Musically and visually, Animal Collective's new "visual album" 'Oddsac' is unmistakably in the group's wheelhouse: unapologetically and uncompromisingly weird, possessed of a singular vision, and all the more compelling for it.


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Hozier + Death Cab for Cutie + Rock Radio 104.5's Birthday Show (Photo Gallery)

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"Radio 104.5's birthday show featured great bands and might have been the unofficial start of summer festival season in the Northeast.

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