Sound Affects

July 2013

Canadian Royal-ty: An Interview with Royal Wood

Canada's humbly suave songwriter has been hard at work on the fringes of commercial success, just narrowly missing the widespread attention he so clearly deserves. But his glowing pop albums are sure to set alight the hearts of those who take a moment to listen.

Strange Loops: Liz Phair - “Flower”

“Flower” is sarcastic, silly, salacious, and solidary -- a fine reminder of what Liz Phair and Exile in Guyville offers its female listeners: the permission, if even for just a hair over two minutes, to tap into and vocalize baser instincts without the threat of stigma and with the security that you’re never doing so alone.

Counterbalance No. 131a: Public Enemy’s ‘Fear of a Black Planet’

I got so much trouble on my mind, refuse to lose. Here's your ticket -- hear the drummer get wicked -- and dig into the 131st most acclaimed album of all time. Public Enemy’s 1990 statement of purpose is next. Welcome to the terrordome.

All Hail the Mountain Goats: 20 Essential Songs

The 2002 release All Hail West Texas marked a turning point for the Mountain Goats, as John Darnielle went from underground home recording cult hero to wider acclaim. With this week's reissue of All Hail West Texas, we review essential tracks from the Mountain Goats' back catalog.

From The Basement: An Interview With Unknown Mortal Orchestra

Bassist Jake Portrait of Unknown Mortal Orchestra has a unique take on this much-beloved band, and takes PopMatters through the band's love of music's past, UMO's future, and the challenge of covering Otis Redding.

Strange Loops: Liz Phair – “Shatter”

“Shatter”, the 13th song on Exile in Guyville, is its most cinematic in scope, providing the kind of tonal encompassment requisite of any great film score.

Counterbalance No. 130a: The Jimi Hendrix Experience’s ‘Axis: Bold as Love’

White collared conservative flashing down the street, pointing their plastic fingers at me. They're hoping soon my kind will drop and die, but I'm gonna wave my freak flag high, high—listening to the 130th acclaimed album of all time.

Who’s Experience – Burning Flames

How a rock opera from the '70s transformed what should have been another calm, neglectful Sunday in my life.

The Mysterious Legacy of Q Lazzarus’ “Goodbye Horses”

Some 25 years ago, Q Lazzarus' sole hit, the hypnotic dance-thump that is "Goodbye Horses", soundtracked a fairly popular Jonathan Demme movie. Amazingly, it wasn't Silence With the Lambs. With an anniversary vinyl release upon us, we dig up even more facts about this glorious pop anomaly ...

20 Questions: Sonen

Atlanta's great electro-pop hope, Sonen hits the ground running with their debut full-length Inside The Sun, finally capturing the excitement of their live shows. They also have plenty to say in our latest 20 Questions segment, which is best enjoyed with the premiere of their new music video to boot!

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Con Brio: The Best New Live Band in America?

// Notes from the Road

"There’s a preciousness to McCarter and the rest of the mostly young band. You want to freeze the moment, to make sure they are taking it all in too. Because it’s going to change.

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