Sound Affects

September 2010

Exploring Chicago: ‘Chicago VII’

Chicago VII is a crucial addition to Chicago's catalogue, despite its commercial overture. It was the sound of a band exploring their origins through the inclusion of jazz-like pieces, while simultaneously refining their pop sound to a polished sheen.


Counterbalance No. 2: The Beatles’ ‘Revolver’

In this installment of Jason Mendelsohn and Eric Klinger's tag-team series Counterbalance, the pair take on the Beatles’ 1966 bellwether 'Revolver'. Turn off your mind, relax and float downstream!


The Case for Lady Gaga

The reason I love Lady Gaga is she gives you so much more to like without the sour aftertaste of the explicitly sincere. With a bewildering assault of daring and reticence, she has buried herself completely until all that's left is aftershocks of passionate commentary and loaded imagery.


Definitely Maybe the Top 200 Tracks of the 1990s

Half the fun of lists like this is tearing them down immediately after they’ve been built up.


20 Questions: Lana Mir

The Ukraine-born singer/songwriter Lana Mir has had already made several sacrifices to get to where she is now. Here she unveils a love of Leo Tolstoy, her thoughts on the current US immigration debate, and how she wishes she could've made 'Mulholland Drive' herself ...


Out of the Shadows, Into the Light: An Interview with Jody Porter

'PopMatters' speaks with Fountains of Wayne guitarist Jody Porter about his debut solo album, 'Close to the Sun'.


His Dark Exotica: Ennio Morricone - “Magic and Ecstasy”

Somewhere on the downbeat in Ennio Morricone's soundtrack to 'The Heretic's' "Magic and Ecstasy" are the ghost notes that the film's teenage Regan must find alarming, like a Trashmen record played at the wrong speed.


Lee “Scratch” Perry and the Golden Age of Roots: ‘Heart of the Congos’

'Heart of the Congos' has seen many ups and downs, from the widespread acclaim of today to the creative ferment of late '70s Kingston and all the neglect, discovery, and possible theft that came in between. Through all that noise the album shines, a work of undeniable inspiration and enigmatic effect, and a lasting testament to Lee Perry and his studio.


Counterbalance No. 1: The Beach Boys’ ‘Pet Sounds’

Presenting the debut of a new regular feature on Sound Affects: Counterbalance, where Jason Mendelsohn and Eric Klinger debate the merits of some of the most critically-acclaimed albums of all time.


The Shape of Jazz That Came…

The awake, aware folks who make and receive these offerings celebrate an ever-evolving music that resists boundaries, the sort capable of communication that transcends language and explanation.


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Stone Dead: Murder and Myth in 'Medousa'

// Short Ends and Leader

"A wry tale which takes in Greek mythology, punk rock and influences of American suspense-drama, this is an effective and curious thriller about myth and obsession.

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