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Sound Affects

April 2013

Pain in a Hundred Ways: No-Man - “The City in a Hundred Ways”

The brief ambient interlude "The City in a Hundred Ways" is, compared to the other four tracks in Together We're Stranger's opening five-track suite, mostly inconsequential. But what it manages to say in its two and a half minutes is quite resounding.


March 2013

Counterbalance No. 122: Gram Parsons’ ‘Grievous Angel’

A country-rock milestone is the 122nd most acclaimed album of all time. Come out on your porch or we’ll step into your parlor and we’ll tell you how it all went down.


Red Baraat’s Message of Pluralism: An Interview with Sunny Jain

Red Baraat founder Sunny Jain discusses Shruggy Ji and his band's Festival of Colors shows.


Pain in a Hundred Ways: No-Man - “All the Blue Changes””

With "All the Blue Changes", Tim Bowness and Steven Wilson ruminate on city life as it relates to loneliness. The city in a hundred ways both seeks to confine and expel the mourner, a paradox that makes the isolation all the harder to bear.


Counterbalance No. 121: Blondie’s ‘Parallel Lines’

The 121st most acclaimed album of all time is cold as ice cream but still as sweet. Dry your eyes, Sunday girl, and join us for another edition of Counterbalance.


Ten Songs From 1967 That Shaped Prog Rock

If 1967 characterizes a high point in rock music, it also initiated an explicit realignment of what was possible in the genre -- for better or worse.


20 Questions: On An On

Their band broke up three weeks before a recording session with super-producer Dave Newfeld, so this trio formed On An On out of their ashes and recorded with him anyways. The result? One of the best debuts of 2013 and a fascinating 20 Questions to boot (drunk bike riding highly encouraged).


Pain in a Hundred Ways: No-Man - “Together We’re Stranger”

In its newest Between the Grooves series, Sound Affects explores No-Man’s 2003 tome poem, Together We’re Stranger, one of the truest examinations of heartbreak and loss ever seen in music history. The album's stark, ambient opener depicts a person just having experienced ultimate loss.


Counterbalance No. 120: The Allman Brothers Band’s ‘At Fillmore East’

The 120th Most Acclaimed Album took all my money, wrecks my new car. Now it's with one of my good time buddies, they're drinkin' in some crosstown bar. A double live landmark is this week's Counterbalance.


Britpop Redux: The Top 10 Suede Singles

Here they come (again), the beautiful ones. As Suede returns with its first studio album in 11 years, PopMatters ranks the top a-sides by the influential yet seldom imitated band that kickstarted Britpop two decades ago.


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