Sound Affects

September 2010

20 Questions: Mice Parade

Taking a break from prepping for his world tour, Mice Parade's Adam Pierce answers PopMatters' 20 Questions, giving a healthy piece of advice for Barack Obama, revealing which 'Scooby Doo' character he most resembles, and why Stephen Hawking's descriptions of our future are downright terrifying...


His Dark Exotica: Ennio Morricone - “Regan’s Theme” (Floating Sound and Finale)

Ennio Morricone's score to the 1977 film 'The Exorcist II: The Heretic' is anything but predictable. The man responsible for that bravado-ridden whistle we all know from 'The Good, the Bad & the Ugly' does something on this soundtrack that might be truly hellish if not for its roots in exotica.


Lee “Scratch” Perry and the Golden Age of Roots: ‘Police and Thieves’

The international success of 'Police and Thieves' made it ubiquitous for fans of reggae and punk alike, but the album's roots are particular to the inner workings of vital, very-much-Jamaican studios like the Black Ark.


Heroes in the Age of None: The Clash Rock Out with “Tommy Gun”

Most of the Clash's music videos were no-frills performance clips. The reason was simple: the Clash owned the stage.


Beyond the Pale: Lady Gaga’s “Alejandro”

A long string of cribbed beats and run together pop references, "Alejandro" is a song truly made up of nothing, not even bothering to revel in its vacuity.


August 2010

Mike Reed’s People, Places, and Things: Crafting Creative Live Jazz with ‘Stories and Negotiations’

Mike Reed’s People, Places, and Things present a bold vision of not just what improvised music has been in the past, but what it can be in the future.


Paul & Linda McCartney - “Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey”

Sound Affects' Between the Grooves look at the solo career of Paul McCartney concludes for now with a peek at his second album Ram (1971), courtesy of that album's first single.


Lee “Scratch” Perry and the Golden Age of Roots: ‘Super Ape’

From the irresistible call of the opening drums to the indeterminate farewell of the last, fading chant, 'Super Ape' incarnates a sonic world, a microcosm of rhythm, mix, melody, and toasting that, whatever your personal tastes, stands replete and to itself.


Stevie Ray Vaughan: 20 Years After “The Day Music Died” Again

Stevie Ray Vaughan died just as 'In Step' was signaling a major musical departure for an artist who showed every intention of being around long enough to change the landscape of rock and blues several times over.


Raze It to the Ground: Arcade Fire’s Urban Bias

Throughout 'The Suburbs', Arcade Fire seems completely ill-equipped to understand both where it came from and, more pressingly, where it is now. That kind of tunnel vision is what leads the band to articulate such an uncritical urban bias.


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Anticipation and Expectation in Game Marketing: The Art of “Anti-Hype”

// Moving Pixels

"Watch the trailer for No Man's Sky and then for Frostpunk. There is a clear difference in the kind of expectations each creates in its audience.

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