Sound Affects

December 2012

Perfect Twenty Years On: Ranking the Built to Spill Records

This year marks the twentieth anniversary of these indie rock stalwarts out of Boise, Idaho. To commemorate the occasion, PopMatters presents this ranking of their albums, from worst to best.


Tell All Your Friends: An Interview with Chad Valley

Oxford-based electronic artist Chad Valley brings Balearic chillwave and elements of New Jack Swing into the modern electronic sounds of his debut Young Hunger. With the UK on board, he’s now set his sights on conquering America.


Death’s Head Lullabies: Tom Waits - “I Don’t Wanna Grow Up” / “Let Me Get Up on It”

Who is more suited for conveying honesty than a child, uncorrupted and unconcerned with politesse and decorum? It’s that notion Tom Waits runs with here, playing a child who for the first time is wrestling with the concept of aging, and the mortality that inevitably ends it.


Counterbalance No. 109: N.W.A’s ‘Straight Outta Compton’

This week's LP is expressin' with its full capabilities. It's not livin' in correctional facilities, though, it's the 109th most acclaimed album of all time. A West Coast masterpiece is this week's Counterbalance.


Ranking the Green Day Albums

With the last of three Green Day LPs due out this year arriving next week, Sound Affects takes a look back and ranks the long-lived California punk trio's previous studio efforts.


“Scream & Shout” and will.i.am’s Big Problem

"You're gonna turn this shit up," Britney Spears claims on will.i.am's umpteenth attempt at a solo hit, completely unaware that lot of people will actually be turning this shit off for one very simple reason...


Death’s Head Lullabies: Tom Waits - “Whistle Down the Wind”

For an album that is effectively a study on the different aspects of death, “Whistle Down the Wind” is probably the most honest and intimate depiction of an individual confronting his own mortality, of examining the life he led and not liking what he’s done.


November 2012

Counterbalance No. 108: ‘Led Zeppelin’

In the days of my youth, I was told what it means to be a man. Now that I’ve reached my age, I’m ready to talk about Led Zeppelin’s 1969 debut, the 108th most acclaimed album of all time.


Critical Watchdog: Handicapping the 2012 “Album of the Year” Lists

In the past few days, Uncut, Mojo, and Paste have released their Album of the Year lists, and AllMusic is dropping theirs throughout the week. Some quick analysis shows that it's pretty obvious what the #1 record of the year is going to be for a lot of publications...


15 Essential Scott Walker Songs

As preparation for Scott Walker's first studio album since 2006, we review the essential tracks from his long, strange career.


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'Solitaire' and the Ubiquity of the Single Player Game

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