Sound Affects

December 2013

Counterbalance No. 155: Sly and the Family Stone’s ‘Stand!’

There is a long hair who doesn’t like the short hair for being such a rich one that will not help the poor one—but they can all listen to the 155th most acclaimed album of all time. So should you.


Five Reasons Why the Pogues’ “Fairytale of New York” is a Modern Classic

"It was Christmas Eve, babe / In the drunk tank / An old man said to me / 'Won't see another one'" -- "Fairytale of New York" has become a modern holiday standard, and Sound Affects lists five reasons why it deserves that status.


Midas Touch: Succumbing to the Allure of Bruno Mars’ “Treasure”

As I consider the music of the past year, I find a newfound admiration and affection for an '80s throwback I had discounted months ago.


Gangster Glam and Voyeurism: Prince & the New Power Generation - “Money Don’t Matter 2 Night”

It’s the way Diamonds and Pearls works; a couple lightweight space-fillers sit in between two stone-cold classics, one of which is an example of Prince's quasi-message songs.


November 2013

20 Questions: Anoraak

From Kavinsky to the Chromatics to nearly everyone else, '80s synthpop is back in action, but no one does it quite like Anoraak, who also has a love for great things like moderately proportioned red wine and Anchorman.


Counterbalance No. 154: Smashing Pumpkins’ ‘Siamese Dream’

Freak out and give in. Doesn't matter what you believe in. Stay cool and be somebody's fool this year—possibly while listening to the 154th most acclaimed album of all time. I want a walk-in humidor!


The Best Mainstream Pop Singles of 2013

Many genres collided in the pop realm in 2013, and the result (mostly) sounded great.


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

It’s a party, it’s a party song, its purpose is to maintain the impression that Prince’s new band can put on one hell of a show.


Counterbalance No. 153: Flying Burrito Brothers’ ‘The Gilded Palace of Sin’

It's the same for any hippie, bum, or hillbilly out on the street. Just remember the 153 most acclaimed album of all time, and never carry more than you can eat. A 1969 country-rock classic is this week's Counterbalance.


20 Questions: Mansions

The '90s-loving alt-rock of Mansions is quite timely in 2013, what with the ongoing success of Popstrangers and Yuck. Yet Mansions have their own vibe, and in sitting down with PopMatters, they tell us about their academic approach to album listening and their open drink invite to Bill Clinton ...


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