Sound Affects

January 2015

Death Cab for Cutie’s “Black Sun” Is Promising (and Nothing More)

Following their creative low point in 2011's Codes & Keys and shedding a band member, Death Cab for Cutie's first new song in years is promising, but not a whole lot else.


Looking for the Girl That Meets Supply with Demand: ABC’s ‘The Lexicon of Love’

“Martin, maybe one day you’ll find true love." ABC's sumptuous critique of romance is a masterful blend of disco, New Wave pop, and golden age Hollywood glamor.


Country Fried Rock: Jim White vs. Packway Handle Band

Beginning today, PopMatters will be running the weekly interview series, Country Fried Rock, which features in-depth interviews with Americana artists. This time up is the Southern Gothic master Jim White and his foray into bluegrass.


Counterbalance: Weezer (Blue Album)

Oo-ee-oo I look just like Buddy Holly. Oh-oh, and you're Mary Tyler Moore. I don't care what they say about the 352nd most acclaimed album anyway. I don't care bout that.


11 Sufjan Stevens Songs to Get Ready For His Comeback

Sufjan Stevens recently announced his first solo album in five years, Carrie & Lowell. This list of 11 of the best songs in his eclectic catalog is sure to get you back in the Sufjan mood.


Counterbalance: The Beatles’ A Hard Day’s Night

If I fell in love with you, 223rd most acclaimed album of all time, would you promise to be true—and help me understand? The Beatles' all-Lennon/McCartney LP from 1964 is this week's Counterbalance.


The 10 Best Songs About New Beginnings

In honor of a new year, here is a list of songs that can help nudge even the idlest of souls off the couch in 2015.


Counterbalance: The Velvet Underground’s ‘Loaded’

Jenny said when she was just five years old there was nothing going down at all. Then one fine morning she heard the 220th most acclaimed album of all time. The Velvet's 1970 swan song is this week's Counterbalance.


Madonna’s ‘Rebel Heart’ Reinforces Her Relevance

Despite the detractors who insist that she gives it up, Madonna is determined to dominate the cultural conversation once again.


December 2014

Pop Unmuted Podcast: Feminism in 2014’s Pop Music

On Episode 7 of Pop Unmuted, we talk about women in pop music in 2014, covering Beyonce, Taylor Swift, and some of our personal favorite moments.


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Supernatural Sets the Stage for Season Finalé With “There's Something About Mary”

// Channel Surfing

"A busy episode in which at least one character dies, two become puppets, and three are trapped and left for dead in an unlikely place.

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