Sound Affects

June 2014

When I Grow Up: The Beach Boys - “In the Back of My Mind”

For the last proper song on The Beach Boys Today, Brian Wilson and the Beach Boys craft their most inventive and sublime track to date, "In the Back of My Mind".


Lana Del Rey Makes Good on the Broken Promise of “Video Games” with ‘Ultraviolence’

Ultraviolence benefits not only from stronger song craft, but also from tasteful production that sustains a mood befitting Lana Del Rey’s postmodern Nancy Sinatra shtick.


Counterbalance: The Tough and Lovely’s ‘Born of the Stars’

This week’s Counterbalance looks at a 2004 release from a relatively obscure Columbus band, hoping to gain an understanding of acclaim and success from a somewhat different perspective.


List This! A Beginner’s Guide to Blue Note Records

Blue Note, one of the foremost jazz record labels, is celebrating its 75th anniversary with a vinyl initiative, releasing highlights from its massive catalog over the course of two years. Here are some picks to get you started.


20 Questions: Glenn Tilbrook

Glenn Tilbrook is back with his latest, Happy Ending, and some quips for PopMatters 20 Questions.


When I Grow Up: The Beach Boys - “She Knows Me Too Well”

Likely the first song written for The Beach Boys Today!, "She Knows Me Too Well" is surprisingly sophisticated and unique.


Counterbalance: De La Soul’s ‘De La Soul Is Dead’

Hey, how you doing. Sorry you can't get through. Why don't you leave your name and number and I'll get back to you. In the meantime, a 1991 hip-hop milestone is the week's Counterbalance. You could read that.


12 Essential Performances from the Piano “Professors” of New Orleans

A dozen jams from great Crescent City keyboardists, past and present, and something extra.


K-Pop Roundup - May 2014

As the K-pop industry got back on its feet following the Sewol ferry tragedy last month, May proved to be an exciting month of comebacks and debuts.


When I Grow Up: The Beach Boys - “Kiss Me, Baby”

Brian Wilson and the Beach Boys continue side two of The Beach Boys Today! with a delicate and elegant ballad about coming to terms with lost love.


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'Steep' Loves Its Mountains

// Moving Pixels

"SSX wanted you to fight its mountains, Steep wants you to love its mountains.

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