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Sound Affects

July 2012

Why the Blur 21 Box Set is Worth Your Time

Oh goodness yes, another box set from another highly-regarded band, but before you hit your cultural snooze alarm, take a look closer: this actually has everything fans could want, and more, especially when we hear it direct from the horse's mouth.


Girls, Girls, Girls, Etc.: Elvis Costello - “You Belong to Me”

On "You Belong to Me", the author's romantic possessiveness and sexual neuroses that are merely hinted at in previous selections from This Year's Model reach their volcanic acme here, where they stay for the impassioned remainder of the record.


Counterbalance No. 90: Iggy and the Stooges’ ‘Raw Power’

Look out honey, 'cause we're using technology. In this week's edition of Counterbalance, Klinger and Mendelsohn debate the advantages of having a heart full of napalm and the 90th Most Acclaimed Album of All Time.


Knight Music: The Top 10 Batman Music Tracks

As the World's Greatest Detective is set to triumph at the box office yet again this weekend with the release of The Dark Knight Rises, Sound Affects shines a Bat-Signal on one of the most essential components of any Batman film or TV series -- the music.


20 Questions: Dev

Success has been a long time coming for the former swimmer with a sassy mouth. Yet Dev has worked hard, and after making the phrase "gettin' slizzard" ubiquitous, she has now put up several solo hits of her own while taking time to answer PopMatters' 20 Questions, revealing affinity for Brand New, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and . . . her fiance's Mickey Mouse socks.


Girls, Girls, Girls, Etc.: Elvis Costello - “Little Triggers”

More than the simplistic doo-wop homage some seem to disregard it as, "Little Triggers" is Costello at his lovestruck summit.


Counterbalance No. 89: David Bowie’s ‘Low’

In this week's Counterbalance, David Bowie takes up a new career in a new town. The result is the gift of sound and vision... and the 89th Most Acclaimed Album of All Time.


20 of the Most Influential Artists in Underground Metal Today

PopMatters celebrates the polymaths who have devoted their life's work to a multitude of artistic endeavours and in turn, emphatically etched their own legend in the annuals of underground metal. This is a list of the genre's most influential bands/artists in existence today. Kneel in reverence; the Gods are amongst us...


Predicting the 2012 Polaris Prize Short List

This is probably a dumb idea. But, here is what I expect to make the Polaris Prize's Short List.


Beyond “Popular”: An Interview with Nada Surf’s Ira Elliot

Often written off as a one-hit wonder, Nada Surf proves to be a band with depth, tenacity, and an enviable work ethic.


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