Sound Affects

July 2009

Japandroids and the Great Northwest Two-Piece Tradition

For my money the most interesting new band going is the West Vancouver duo, Japandroids, who recently released their debut, Post-Nothing. I know it’s


The Legacy of Michael Jackson: “ma ma se, ma ma sa, ma ma koo sa!” Hand’s down!

Michael Jackson left us—all of us—the harmonies, melodies and complex beats to which he popped, dropped and locked it like a Dogon dancer


Grace Around the World

It is undeniable that Jeff Buckley’s posthumous legacy has turned the little-known avant-garde artist into something of a pop legend. Indeed, his record label’


Musical Genius & Its Discontents (i): American Style

F. Scott Fitzgerald was wrong. Artists as various as Roky Erickson, Brian Wilson and Shuggie Otis prove there are second acts in American popular music.


Monsoon Dance

Rain dancing in India's long awaited Monsoon to OthrSdeOf80's R&B tracks.


One Hit Wonder: Baltimora

Years before Milli Vanilli, Baltimora featured an actor playing the part of a singer.


Mapped Out on the Body: Michael Jackson’s Vision for Inclusiveness

With his brown skin, button nose, and chemically straightened hair, it significantly matter that Michael Jackson was black not white, male not female, from a poor family, not rich one. Unsurprisingly, he sought to re-map the globe.


Patti Smith: Peace and Noise

At a recent exhibition at the Gallery of Modern Art in Glasgow, Scotland, I was fortunate enough to catch a glimpse at Robert Mapplethorpe’s “


Disco’s Not Dead

In praise of disco on the anniversary of the notorious disco demolition day.


A Thriller in His Own Right: MJ and the Desegregation of Popular Music and Culture

Before the international frenzy that Barack Obama commanded following his historic presidential campaign and win, Michael Jackson was the global face of black exceptionalism and


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Counterbalance: The Avalanches' 'Since I Left You'

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"Get a drink, have a good time now. Welcome to paradise, and read all about the 305th most acclaimed album of all time. An Australian plunderphonics pioneer is this week’s Counterbalance.

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