Sound Affects

January 2013

Popular Songs: 15 (or So) Essential Yo La Tengo Tracks

To coincide with the release of Yo La Tengo's 13th LP Fade this week, Sound Affects compiles the essential tracks by the unlikely last band standing from indie rock's '90s golden era.


Mods and Mellotrons: The Zombies at Abbey Road

The Zombies had arrived at Abbey Road Studios in June of 1967. Fortunately, the Beatles had left some things behind.


The Album Remains the Same: Led Zeppelin - “The Rain Song”

Though you're rarely going to hear anyone place "The Rain Song" in a short list of Led Zeppelin's best songs, it might just be the most beautiful—if not the best—thing these Brits ever performed. No other song on Houses of the Holy matches how utterly captivating it is.


Counterbalance No. 112: Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Darkness on the Edge of Town’

The 112th most acclaimed album of all time has got a ’69 Chevy with a 396, fuelie heads and a Hurst on the floor. Springsteen’s 1978 opus is waiting for you down in the parking lot outside the 7-11 store.


The Technicolor Phase: An Interview with Owl City

The one man synth-pop maestro broke out of his comfort zone for his latest album, this time collaborating with some huge names in pop music. The result? A new Top 10 hit, a whole new batch of singalong wonders, and an interview with PopMatters, of course.


The 15 Best Tom Waits Songs

From apocalyptic blues boasts to backwoods chant-alongs, here are 15 songs that encapsulate Sir Tom's incredibly varied career.


Emotional Feedback on a Timeless Wavelength: Rush’s ‘Permanent Waves’

Permanent Waves is, on multiple levels, an unblinking stride toward the future, while it effectively shuts the door on the ‘70s.


The Album Remains the Same: Led Zeppelin - “The Song Remains the Same”

The latest Between the Grooves series celebrates the 40th anniversary of Led Zeppelin's Houses of the Holy by examining the many ways in which the band was at its best on the underrated post-Zoso masterwork. "The Song Remains the Same", the album's triumphant opener, introduces this overlooked classic with a joyous ode to music's universal language.


December 2012

Counterbalance No. 111: Stevie Wonder’s ‘Talking Book’

The many sounds that meet our ears the sights our eyes behold will open up our merging hearts, and feed our empty souls. I believe when I fall in love with the 111th most acclaimed album of all time it will be forever.


Death’s Head Lullabies: Tom Waits - “That Feel”

What better way is there to end a concept album about death than with a song that spits in Death’s face?


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