Sound Affects

March 2013

20 Questions: On An On

Their band broke up three weeks before a recording session with super-producer Dave Newfeld, so this trio formed On An On out of their ashes and recorded with him anyways. The result? One of the best debuts of 2013 and a fascinating 20 Questions to boot (drunk bike riding highly encouraged).


Pain in a Hundred Ways: No-Man - “Together We’re Stranger”

In its newest Between the Grooves series, Sound Affects explores No-Man’s 2003 tome poem, Together We’re Stranger, one of the truest examinations of heartbreak and loss ever seen in music history. The album's stark, ambient opener depicts a person just having experienced ultimate loss.


Counterbalance No. 120: The Allman Brothers Band’s ‘At Fillmore East’

The 120th Most Acclaimed Album took all my money, wrecks my new car. Now it's with one of my good time buddies, they're drinkin' in some crosstown bar. A double live landmark is this week's Counterbalance.


Britpop Redux: The Top 10 Suede Singles

Here they come (again), the beautiful ones. As Suede returns with its first studio album in 11 years, PopMatters ranks the top a-sides by the influential yet seldom imitated band that kickstarted Britpop two decades ago.


20 Questions: Popstrangers

This New Zealand trio's debut album is considered one of the best of the year already, and in a revealing 20 Questions, tell us about a kinship with Peter Pan, a desire to revolutionize the hospitality industry, and how irritating it is to be emotionally manipulated by American Idol ...


Counterbalance No. 119: The Beastie Boys’ ‘Paul’s Boutique’

The 119th Most Acclaimed Album of All time always goes out dapper like the Harry S Truman, and it’s madder than Mad's Alfred E. Neuman. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego are the subject of this week’s Counterbalance.


Rakim’s Top 5 Rhythmic Effects in “Follow the Leader”

Rakim packs a lot into 50 couplets; get in the flow and you can picture like a photo.


20 Questions: Hey Ocean!

This Canadian trio has been slowly building up a following for their quirky indie-pop sound, and now with a Juno nomination, their first charting single, and a boatload of "bronies" in tow, Hey Ocean! are on the verge of blowing up big, and talk to PopMatters in doing so ...


Counterbalance No. 118: Simon & Garfunkel’s ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’

Like the 118th most acclaimed album of all time, Counterbalance will lay us down. Sail on, Silver Girl...


February 2013

More Than Mental Masturbation: Honoring Pretension

There are very few negative adjectives more brutally crippling than "pretentious". Very few can whittle away any pleasure from that description, and it’s often the kiss of death word when analyzing anyone’s artistic work.


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