Sound Affects

June 2009

Three More Memorable Albums from 1999

Sometimes it's tough to get a large group of people to agree on anything. Here are three more personal favorites from 1999 that didn't make the cut for PopMatters'' overall feature.


‘Thriller’ Was the Apex of Modern Pop

My mom only had two albums in her car when I was growing up—the Eagles’ Hotel California and Michael Jackson’s Thriller. And given


One Hit Wonder: DNA

DNA made "Tom's Diner" into an international sensation but barely profited from their work.


Tzadik: Making Me Invent Words Like “Jewtino”

File this under “Two more reasons John Zorn’s Tzadik is one of the coolest record labels around” and “can’t an hombre kvetch?” We’


New CDs This Week: Dinosaur Jr., The Mars Volta…

Where last week was a major drought, save for some stellar Americana from Ha Ha Tonka, this week is an embarrassment of riches. Even records


SXSW 2009: Interview with Marnie Stern

Master shredder Marnie Stern was lounging poolside with her sweet little dog when she spoke to PopMatters about her love of Hella, her current collaboration


One Hit Wonder: The Blow Monkeys

In 1981, five gay men in Los Angeles suffered from an unknown disease that the press labeled GRID (Gay-Related Immune Deficiency) and the Center for Disease


New CDs This Week: Major Lazer, Ha Ha Tonka…

Blame it on a Bonnarroo hangover perhaps or the weak economy, but this week is one of the lightest new music release weeks in recent


Erin McKeown’s House Parties

In the past couple of years musicians who have decided to free themselves from the corporate structure of the music industry have come up with


SXSW 2009: Interview with Lori Barbero (video)

In the Twin Cities, Lori Barbero is a legend.  She’s been a record label owner, a band manager, and, of course, the drummer


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Violin Virtuoso L. Subramaniam Mesmerizes in Rare New York Performance (Photos)

// Notes from the Road

"Co-presented by the World Music Institute, the 92Y hosted a rare and mesmerizing performance from India's violin virtuoso L. Subramaniam.

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