Sound Affects

October 2013

Gangster Glam and Voyeurism: Prince & the New Power Generation - “Diamonds and Pearls”

Prince might be verbally eschewing the excesses of capitalism and consumerism, yet musically he seems to be seeking a kind of excess that might recall the same, bringing to mind “the glamorous life”.


Counterbalance No. 146 Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young’s ‘Déjà Vu’

I'll light the fire. You put the flowers in the vase that you bought today. Staring at the fire for hours and hours while I listen to you play the 146th most acclaimed album of all time. A stone hippie groove from 1970 is this week’s Counterbalance.


The Transcendant Power of Extreme Music

Genres like metal can be experienced as a cleansing agent, removed of anger, sadness, pleasure, and bereft of space and origin. Momentarily, you are negated, a joyous flipside to nihilism.


Jeff Lynne: Armchair Theatre (Deluxe Re-Issue)

A true testament to his musicianship and longevity in the business, Jeff Lynne's forgotten classic, Armchair Theatre, returns -- and it sounds better than ever.


September 2013

Gangster Glam and Voyeurism: Prince & the New Power Generation - “Daddy Pop”

Bragging is the point of the song, as it should be for a song whose position on the album is about hyping up the imagined crowd, getting them excited for the momentous occasion that is the debut of Prince’s new band.


Counterbalance No. 145: Gang of Four’s ‘Entertainment!’

Remember Lot's wife. Renounce all sin and vice. Dream of the perfect life. And listen to Gang of Four’s 1979 debut album. It’s the 145th most acclaimed album of all time. This heaven gives me migraine.


Arctic Monkeys’ Predictable Renovation

With the release of Arctic Monkeys’ fifth album, AM, we can now definitely confirm that they are a brand new band. What happened to those teenagers that represented youth and were once the voice of a generation? Have they changed that much since then?


Gimme Indie Rock: 12 Essential Sebadoh Songs

To mark Sebadoh's return from a 14-year hiatus with Defend Yourself, PopMatters offers up a dozen of the defining lo-fi act's best songs.


This Ain’t No Place for Animals: An Interview with Trenton Woodley of Hands Like Houses

"We hope that everyone who loved what we did before will love what we’re doing now. It's just a logical step in the journey for us."


Gangster Glam and Voyeurism: Prince - “Thunder”

Prince's Diamonds and Pearls is a ridiculous album, in many extremely pleasurable ways, and "Thunder" is a suitably ridiculous way to begin it.


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'Wanted' Is a Spaghetti Western That Will Leave You Wanting

// Short Ends and Leader

"The charisma of Giuliano Gemma and some stellar action sequences can't save this sub-par spaghetti western.

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