Sound Affects

March 2010

20 Questions: Pinback’s Zach Smith

Pinback? Three Mile Pilot? Systems Officer? All in a day's work for virtuoso guitarist Zach Smith, who presently answers PopMatters 20 Questions and reveals a love of slow-motion Obama, a hatred for stolen instruments, and a desire to move to Scotland.

Hey, Hey, etc… Why I Love the Monkees

I’m used to catching grief from friends for some of the quirky stuff I listen to, so whenever the Monkees come up in conversation,

20 Questions: Old 97’s Murry Hammond

Photo (partial) by Alex Myers Old 97’s co-founder and bassist Murry Hammond released a solo album in 2008 called I Don’t Know Where I’m

Verse-Chorus-Verse: Dan Fogelberg

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

The Lonesome Death of Sparklehorse’s Mark Linkous

When I found myself in the American Southeast for a few years after giving up on college, one of the ways of making myself feel

Eric Avery Leaves Jane’s Addiction – Reprise

On Monday, Eric Avery announced his second departure from Los Angeles alt-rock icons Jane’s Addiction on his Twitter account, a development that was confirmed

The Post-Punk Pendulum, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Labels

I hate labels. I’m not one of those elitist music nerds who believes music shouldn’t be diluted into genres, because I’ve actually

Jesper Strömblad Leaves In Flames. What Now?

With their rhythm guitarist and last founding member departing the band, what can fans expect from one of the Gothenburg scene's innovators on their next album?

Verse-Chorus-Verse: The Mutant Blues of Devo and James Blood Ulmer

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

February 2010

Green Day - All About ‘Dookie’: “F.O.D.” and “All by Myself”

Green Day has a knack for kicking off records in a riveting fashion, but the band often has a problem wrapping them up as strongly.

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//Mixed media

Because Blood Is Drama: Considering Carnage in Video Games and Other Media

// Moving Pixels

"It's easy to dismiss blood and violence as salacious without considering why it is there, what its context is, and what it might communicate.

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