Sound Affects

February 2011

20 Questions: Ima Robot

Before fronting the unshod folk-rock collective Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, Alex Ebert lead the electro-rock group Ima Robot, who -- seven years after releasing its debut -- have finally put forth its third album, and, in answering PopMatters' 20 Questions, Ebert couldn't be happier (or more crypitc) . . .


A Long Drive: Modest Mouse - “Bankrupt on Selling”

“Bankrupt on Selling” manages its melancholy with an expert hand, making it one of the most moving tracks on an album full of full-steam heartwrenchers.


Counterbalance No. 21: Pink Floyd’s ‘Dark Side of the Moon’

Now for the 800-pound gorilla in the room -- Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon. It’s No. 21 on The Big List. Counterbalance explores the depths of the human condition on a trip that's out of this world.


20 Questions: Say Hi

With his seventh solo album, Say Hi is about to break wide open, no doubt thanks to an incredible Gossip Girl song placement. Now, Eric Elbogen sits down with PopMatters to talk about the Stones, terrible jokes, and becoming a badass drummer . . .


Waveform: New Highlights in the Electronic Underground - 2/16/11

Despite frequent outings for someone who’s barely 20, nothing could prepare Nicolas Jaar’s admirers or the general listening public for what he's done on Space Is Only Noise.


Track Review: Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way”

Part of what makes Lady Gaga's new single "Born This Way" work is the sheer sugar-rush of the whole thing: it breezes from intro to verse to chorus without even breaking a sweat. Expect imitators to follow (in that sense, Lady Gaga is the Apple of pop music).


A Long Drive: Modest Mouse - “Polar Opposites”

On "Polar Opposites", Isaac Brock and Modest Mouse turn frustration into energy, anthemizing listlessness in a way that only the best of rock ’n roll music can do.


Counterbalance No. 20: The Beatles’ ‘Abbey Road’

The Beatles once again make their way onto the Acclaimed Music aggregated ranking of the Greatest Albums of All Time with their 1969 tour de force Abbey Road. Halfway through this edition of Counterbalance, Klinger and Mendelsohn realize they can steal but they cannot rob.


Let Me Be Rocked: Judas Priest’s “Breaking the Law”

What does it mean to be rocked? Often, it's just best to let the music overtake you.


Trying to Be a Renaissance Woman: VV Brown Talks of Her Ambitions

VV Brown's energetic performances at last year's SXSW were the talk of the festival. She talks to PopMatters about her many ambitions.


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