Sound Affects

February 2009

New Gold Dream Fades - The Rise and Fall of Simple Minds

How a post-punk synth band became a poor man's U2.


20 Questions: Cyndi Lauper

2009 is shaping up to be busier than 2008 for Cyndi Lauper. Following her Grammy nomination for the acclaimed Bring Ya to the Brink (2008) album, the tireless


Spectacle: Elvis Costello with Diana Krall (Episode 12)

It’s about time that Elvis Costello’s wife, pianist and singer Diana Krall, appeared on Spectacle (airing Wednesdays at 9pm EST/PST on the


‘Sick and Tired’ of wife-beaters: Pop violence against women

The audience interested in seeing a black drug-dealing, rogue cop trumps any audience interested in seeing an entertaining film with plenty of black characters about the birth of America's most revolutionary and transformative civil conflict of the century, challenging white supremacy. Yet, with Negroes like Nellie neatly assimilated into the hegemonic beat, white racism really does not have to exist for blacks to perceive and profess oppression.


Not All Who Wander Are Lost: An Interview with Gavin Rossdale

Gavin Rossdale is accustomed to success. After all, he was catapulted to stardom in the mid-‘90s as the lead vocalist and guitarist of Bush,


‘Irreplaceable’ & more attacks on love

We live in a world were the love ethic is under attack from all sides, not lest of which is its commercialization and commodification, or even distillation down to the romanticized romantic view, providing plenty of excuses for acting unloved, satiated with material possession.


Radio Killer -  In Anticipation of The-Dream’s “Love vs. Money”

How The-Dream took me from a modern R&B hater and made me into an R&B believer. Revisiting The-Dream's debut, Love Hate, in anticipation of the March release of Love vs. Money.


20 Questions: Bettye LaVette

1. The latest book or movie that made you cry? I don’t like the latest books and movies, but I always cry when I see


Man, am I old (or the day new age music got game)

Recently, new age music got a major dose of street cred courtesy of an unlikely source. Though it wasn’t televised or even publicized all


Postcards from the edge: I was in a cell phone commercial

The cell phone company found the biggest, blackest group of loud bling-wearing, “wife-beater and jeans” thugs in American hip-hop to rock the crowd in order


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//Mixed media
//Blogs

'Wanted' Is a Spaghetti Western That Will Leave You Wanting

// Short Ends and Leader

"The charisma of Giuliano Gemma and some stellar action sequences can't save this sub-par spaghetti western.

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