Sound Affects

April 2013

Pain in a Hundred Ways: No-Man - “Back When You Were Beautiful”

The final two songs on Together We’re Stranger are the album’s most straightforward. The first of these, “Back When You Were Beautiful”, is a great example of Tim Bowness' literary eye, with some tragicomic instrumentation from Steven Wilson providing a unique and perplexing background to these mournful lyrics.


Counterbalance No. 125: The Rolling Stones’ ‘Aftermath’

"Albums just aren't the same today", I hear every mother say. Mother needs something today to calm her down. The 125th most acclaimed album of all time ought to do it. What a drag it is getting old.


10 Songs That Will Make You Love Rush

On the eve of the long-lived Canadian trio's induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Sound Affects attempts to coerce newbies into the vast, rewarding, fun, and often beautiful Rush back catalog with this selection of songs.


20 Questions: Meat Puppets

With over three decades of classics behind them and a new album (their 14th) out this year, Curt Kirkwood talks to PopMatters about The Wizard of Oz, the art on chili cans, and the eternal wisdom of Popeye...


Pain in a Hundred Ways: No-Man - “Photographs in Black and White”

"Photographs in Black and White", the longest song on the Together We're Stranger album, is one part introspective Americana and another part ominous drone. It's about how nostalgia so often gives way to darkness.


Counterbalance No. 124 Pavement’s ‘Slanted and Enchanted’

I saw your girlfriend and she was eating her fingers, just another meal. But she waits there in the levee wash, mixin' cocktails with a plastic tipped cigar and listening to the 124th most acclaimed album of all time.


Trap Music and Old-School Britney: The Use of Music in ‘Spring Breakers’

Harmony Korine’s film plays games with both the audience’s and the character’s perception of reality, fantasy, and familiarity. The various ways the music is employed throughout the film helps confuse, disorient, or ground us, and the play between diegetic and non-diegetic music brings us in and out of the characters’ perspective.


Someone like Adele: ZZ Ward

For listeners aching to hear more blues-inflected female pop à la Adele, look no further than this rising American singer-songwriter.


20 Questions: Bad Rabbits

How do you prove your salt when you're an energetic Jam & Lewis-referencing modern-day funk band? By going on the Vans Warped Tour, of course. Now the Bad Rabbits are touring with Kendrick Lamar, have a new album out, and a fresh set of 20 Questions answers in tow...


Pain in a Hundred Ways: No-Man - “Things I Want to Tell You/(bluecoda)”

Together We're Stranger's most heartbreaking moment, "Things I Want to Tell You", depicts pain in a way unlike any artist working in any medium ever has. Long after the aches have faded away and the forward-looking narration of "bluecoda" has ended, it's damn difficult to not sense this hurt lingering.


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The Moving Pixels Podcast Battles the 'Jotun'

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"This week we discuss Jotun's presentation of Norse mythology through scale and grandeur.

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