Sound Affects

August 2009

Upfull Living Or, A Tale of Two Album Covers

Part One: Pharoah Sanders Maybe you have to be a jazz aficionado to get excited by an album cover, but come on: How can you


July 2009

One Hit Wonder: Paul Hardcastle

"In World War II, the average age of the combat soldier was 26. In Vietnam, he was 19."


Musical Genius & Its Discontents (ii): British-style

Part 2 of our video venture through lost musical geniuses discovers an unhappier tradition in The UK, where comebacks are not de rigeur! Exemplars include Joe Meek, Brian Jones, Syd Barrett, and Ian Curtis.


Gaga for Fame

Recently dubbed the new “princess of Pop”, Rolling Stone has said that Lady Gaga is on the verge of being the “defining Pop Star of


Fiona Apple: Tidal

The author grapples with his adolescent obsession with Fiona Apple's Tidal


One Hit Wonder: Mandy Moore

In the beginning, there was Britney Spears, dressed as a Catholic school girl with a bare midriff, short skirt and pouty lips, selling sex and


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.


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//Mixed media
//Blogs

Saul Williams Commands Attention at Summerstage (Photos + Video)

// Notes from the Road

"Saul Williams played a free, powerful Summerstage show ahead of his appearance at Afropunk this weekend.

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