Sound Affects

May 2010

The Rise of the Smoke Fairies

The Smoke Fairies stake their claim with a unique eclectic blend of blues and folk, laced with soulful harmonic shiverings of emotive lyrics.


20 Questions: Matt Pond PA

With a full-length album out and a new EP on the way, Matt Pond talks to PopMatters about how he doesn't discriminate against science fiction universes, how he has his power to talk animals out of eating him, and why he enjoys drinking with his good buddy Stress ...


Talking About Jazz & Appreciating Eric Dolphy

Let there be no doubt that Eric Dolphy warrants mention amongst jazz music’s all-time immortals.


Masters of the Form: The Cure, 1987 - Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me

Some artists are more than merely great. There are some artists that for a period of years, a period that is finite, consistently produced music that, it can be argued, far exceeded the work of their peers. For that brief period of time they were definitely Masters of the Form.


Lena Horne and the Power to Believe

Don't rely on Wikipedia or a pat obituary to grasp the impact Lena Horne had on stage, screen, civil rights, and social justice. Go to the best authority on the life of Lena Horne -- the Lady herself.


The Shield Around the K

Call it a childlike naiveté or a disregard for professional musicianship, but Beat Happening’s playful and whimsical approach whisked in a new era of change within the music industry.


The Whitsundays Go Major League Psychedelic on ‘Saul’

The Whitsundays sound ventures into psychedelic meanderings and away from tight-knit vintage song structures.


“Love Will Tear Us Apart”: The 30th Anniversary of Joy Division’s Most Enduring Anthem

The first in a multi-part series commemorating 30 years since the demise of cult legends Joy Division.


Verse-Chorus-Verse: Carole King - “Home Again”

An earlier version of this post appeared on pcmunoz.com on August 16, 2005 “Home Again”—Carole King Written by Carole King From Tapestry (Sony, 1971) Though “It’


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Ten Great Criterion Titles: What to Watch and Why

// Short Ends and Leader

"As the Criterion Collection's ever-growing roster shows, there are simply too many great pictures out on home video to know what to do with.

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