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November 2012

Five Songs That Would Make Great Bond Themes

With Skyfall hitting theaters in the United States tomorrow, Sound Affects spotlights five songs that in an ideal world would've played over the opening titles to the adventures of Britain's premier spy.


She Won’t Break: An Interview with Alice Smith

The seven-year intermission between Alice Smith's first and second album is nearly over. PopMatters joined her midway through the wait.


Death’s Head Lullabies: Tom Waits - “In the Colosseum”

“In the Colosseum” details the dog-eat-dog entropy that results when Earth dies screaming, how those left on the planet’s shell fight and clamor over the heaps of stacked bodies to survive just a while longer. It is the sound of anarchy rising.


Counterbalance No. 105: Oasis’ ‘Definitely Maybe’

In my mind my dreams are real. Are you concerned about the way I feel about the 105th most acclaimed album of all time? Too bad, because tonight I'm a rock 'n' roll star. Oasis’ 1994 debut is next.


October 2012

The 10 Spookiest Lou Reed Songs

From graphic depictions of violence and death to ominous and grating musical atmospheres, Reed has numerous frightening tunes that can comprise an alternative Halloween soundtrack for those seeking something different from the traditional holiday horror themes.


Casper for Cure Fans: ERAAS’ Ghost Music

ERAAS doesn’t so much sound like the score to a film never made, but rather it evokes the sense of a long-lost film, a celluloid soul trying to renter the world and regain relevancy -- the ghost of a film about ghosts.


Death’s Head Lullabies: Tom Waits - “A Little Rain”

"A Little Rain" serves as an oasis among Bone Machine's desert of dread and despair.


Counterbalance No. 104: Michael Jackson’s ‘Off the Wall’

Keep on with the force, don’t stop. Don’t stop until you get enough of the 104th most acclaimed album of all time. Michael Jackson returns to the Great List with his 1979 breakthrough.


The Ten Best Ted Leo and the Pharmacists Songs

Some six albums, five EPs, and 13 years in, we rank the best songs of Ted Leo's solo career.


Dissident Dissonance: The Rites of Springs Demos

The scrappy demos of Rites of Spring reveal the passion, fury, and profundity of an entire genre recasted and re-imagined.


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