Sound Affects

May 2014

20 Questions: Unicycle Loves You

Jim Carroll's band Unicycle Loves You changes styles every album, and now are smothering joyous pop hooks in fuzzed-out indie grit. This dynamic fuels ULY's sound, but as this 20 Questions reveals, Carroll is fueled by oh-so-much more.


When I Grow Up: The Beach Boys - “I’m So Young”

"I'm So Young" may not be a Brian Wilson original, but this elegant cover version is one of the high points of The Beach Boys Today!


Counterbalance: ‘The Velvet Underground’

Put jelly on your shoulder, lie down upon the carpet and dig into the Velvet Underground’s eponymous third album. A 1969 classic is this week’s Counterbalance.


Still Making Noise: Top 15 Post-“Blue” Weezer Songs

In the two decades since the band's self-titled "Blue Album" was released, Weezer's output has been a grab bag. PopMatters looks into the top 15 songs that prove that there's more to Weezer than being "Blue".


A Strange and Surreal World: The Dandy Warhols and ‘Thirteen Tales from Urban Bohemia’

After talking to the band, it’s impossible to see how Thirteen Tales from Urban Bohemia was created. But it’s probably best that way.


When I Grow Up: The Beach Boys - “Please Let Me Wonder”

Opening a side full of lush ballads, "Please Let Me Wonder" presents a multi-layered lyric about the difficulties of intimacy and pursuing creative fulfillment.


Counterbalance: St. Germain’s ‘Tourist’

I want you to get together. Put your hands together. It's a simple song so you can work it out -- a 2000 electronic landmark and the subject of this week's Counterbalance.


The Seer Guides Us to Be Kind: Ten Great Songs by Swans 2.0

Following their "reconstitution", Swans have put out three albums since 2010. PopMatters examines the best material the innovative rock band has put out during that time.


When I Grow Up: The Beach Boys - “Dance, Dance, Dance”

To close out Side A, the Beach Boys give us a seemingly straightforward dance song about hedonistic escapism, and, of course, dancing!


Counterbalance: Redd Kross’ ‘Third Eye’

Tube-top mama nearly six feet tall, she is the fox of the shopping mall. A buried treasure from 1990, drenched in irony (or is it?), is this week's Counterbalance.


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'Cube Escape' Is Free, Frustrating, and Weirdly Compelling

// Moving Pixels

"The Cube Escape games are awful puzzle games, but they're an addicting descent into madness.

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