Sound Affects

November 2009

Masters of the Form: Rage Against the Machine (1992)

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.


Soundgarden’s Swan Song, One Album Too Early

In 1989, I was lucky enough to discover Soundgarden two years before the grunge revolution. I read a rave about Louder Than Love in what was


15 Years Later: Blur’s ‘Parklife’

Parklife is like a dream date -- it's smart, it's funny, it rocks, it's tender, it gets your blood pumping, and when it's over, you can't wait to do it all over again.


Verse-Chorus-Verse: An Interview with Jad Fair

Artist/producer PC Muñoz mines for gems and grills the greats.


October 2009

“Bela Lugosi’s Dead”: 30 Years of Goth, Gloom, and Post-Post-Punk

August marked the 30th anniversary of the release of “Bela Lugosi’s Dead”, the first single by goth pioneers Bauhaus.  I knew in the


One Hit Wonder: Yes Homo

While some rappers are terrified someone might think they're gay, many one hit wonders don't buy into that "no homo" crap.


Ultravox - “Vienna”

"The feeling is gone / Only you and I / It means nothing to me / This means nothing to me / Oh, Vienna"


Speechless in San Diego with Apes of Wrath

Why I can't tell you why this band rules.


Sonic’s Rendezvous Band - “City Slang”

Question: What happens when you put members of the Stooges and the MC5—two of the rawest, most powerful bands of their day—in a


Learn to Speak Music, by John Crossingham

I’ve long been an admirer of John Crossingham, who is best known for being part of the Broken Social Scene collective, but has put


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//Blogs

Is Black Widow Still a Hero? Dissecting the Misogynistic Outrage Against the Avengers

// Short Ends and Leader

"Black Widow may very well be the pinnacle of the modern action heroine, so why is there so much backlash about her role in the new Avengers film?

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