Sound Affects

October 2010

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?


Amazing Glow: A Review of the Discography of the Pernice Brothers

Stephen Rowland takes a look at every major release by the Pernice Brothers, ranging from the high points to the sleep-inducing lows.


Counterbalance No. 3: Nirvana’s ‘Nevermind’

Jason Mendelsohn and Eric Klinger continue to take on the Greatest Albums of All Time. This time it's the number three LP, Nirvana's 'Nevermind'. Dust off your flannel shirt—it's going to be a grungy good time!


The Lost Art of the Non-Album Single

The album is a phenomenal format, don’t get me wrong, but there was something truly magical about Motown, the Brill Building, and the British Invasion simultaneously giving you the best two minutes and 30 seconds they had.


Accentuate the Positive: Why Music Critics Write So Many Favorable Reviews

The author is expected to not only justify the album’s existence, but to justify the need to write about it in the first place. Is it any wonder then that such an intensely personal (and often defensive) writing tends to veer towards positivism?


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//Mixed media
//Blogs

Slowdive Sell Out Brooklyn and Release Bonus Song "30th June"

// Notes from the Road

"Although sound issues delayed their set on the second night, Slowdive put on an unforgettable show in Brooklyn, or rather two shows.

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