Sound Affects

March 2011

Twenty Years Ago: My Bloody Valentine’s ‘Loveless’

1991 was the year My Bloody Valentine’s Loveless became the underground standard bearer for independent rock.


February 2011

A Long Drive: Modest Mouse - “Styrofoam Boots / It’s All Nice on Ice, Alright”

The Lonesome Crowded West ends on a note of comfortable abandon, with Isaac Brock momentarily shrugging off his existential questions for a well-deserved drink.


Counterbalance No. 22: Jimi Hendrix’s ‘Electric Ladyland’

Number 22 on the AcclaimedMusic.net list asks the musical question: “Have you ever been to Electric Ladyland?” Counterbalance’s Eric Klinger and Jason Mendelsohn have—they file this report.


An Interview with the Acorn’s Rolf Klausener

PopMatters chats with Rolf Klausener about the Acorn's superb and concise new record, No Ghost.


Waveform: New Highlights in the Electronic Underground

To pair Jamie XX’s interest in this territory with a musical figure like Gil Scott-Heron makes even more sense than perhaps the original conceit of I’m New Here.


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.


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