Sound Affects

October 2010

The Top 100 Canadian Singles, by Bob Mersereau

Mersereau's likeable follow-up to The Top 100 Canadian Albums is another portrait of Canadian pop culture that's as eccentric as it is argument-instigating.


Counterbalance No. 4: ‘The Velvet Underground and Nico’

The Velvet Underground & Nico's self-titled debut album -- number four on the list -- started out as all hype thanks to Andy Warhol but somehow managed to become one of the most influential records of all time. Has this record outlasted its 15 minutes of fame? Peel slowly and see!


“Like a Rolling Stone” Revisited

“Like a Rolling Stone” perfectly embodies the heads-is-tails uncertainty of modern life, now and in long-ago 1965. More than just lyrically articulating the rock and roll mindset of liberation and risk, it contains the multitudes, distilling the collective experience of millions of lives caught, then and now, in the crossfire hurricane of modern life.


Steven Wilson: The Gentleman Doth Protest Too Much (Part One)

Steven Wilson speaks eloquently about the halcyon days of yesteryear, but would he (or anyone) want to step backward into the rigged game we've only recently escaped from?


His Dark Exotica: Ennio Morricone - “Rite of Magic”/ “Great Bird in the Sky”

Reedy and sustained, “Rite of Magic” and “Great Bird of the Sky” make for both of Ennio Morricone’s most focused coda-laden contributions to his soundtrack for the ill-received 1977 horror psychedelia sequel 'Exorcist II: The Heretic'.


Exploring Chicago: ‘Chicago Transit Authority’

In 1969, 'Chicago Transit Authority' was a cutting edge album and, in some ways, Chicago, the band, would never be so unpredictable, so vibrant, and so passionate than they are here.


September 2010

Come Back Again: Catherine Wheel’s ‘Ferment’ Reissued

Radiohead -- The Mightiest Band This Side of the Stone Roses -- got its start by ripping off Catherine Wheel.


Shoegaze Legends Chapterhouse Tour and Talk to PopMatters

They’ve fought a volcano to tour North America, so the very least you could do is turn out to hear first-wave British shoegaze legends Chapterhouse bend nature to its will with howling guitars. It may prove to be the group's final act. Andrew Sherriff and Stephen Patman speak to PopMatters.


Sudano 360: An Interview with Bruce Sudano

From Avenue I to Laurel Avenue, the future holds even more intrigue and excitement for Bruce Sudano than the past.


The Decline of Central Arizona: Jimmy Eat World’s Perpetual Downfall

If each subsequent release by a band is worse than the previous, but each record has its merits, do they cease to be a worthwhile band? I don't know. Can YOU still feel the butterflies?


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How a Song By Unknown Newcomer Adam Johnston Ended Up on Blondie's New Album

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"Adam Johnston of An Unkindness wrote a song at 17 years old and posted it online. Two years later, magic happened.

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