Sound Affects

May 2013

In Praise of Built to Spill’s “The Weather”

“The Weather” is the dreamy and evocative final track on Built to Spill's 2001 release Ancient Melodies of the Future, and it's a song that's certainly no "dud".


The 10 Best Early Billy Bragg Songs

As a young man, Billy Bragg reinvented punk rock with songs as fiercely political as they were emotional. Three decades after he released his first album, PopMatters counts down his ten best outings from those early years.


Strange Loops: Liz Phair – “6’1””

“6’1””, the rollicking first chapter in the Exile in Guyville odyssey, thrums with cutting wit and palpable angst—the perfect introduction to Liz Phair’s unique brand of musical storytelling.


Strange Loops: Liz Phair’s ‘Exile in Guyville’

In commemoration of the 20th anniversary of Exile in Guyville, Sound Affects inaugurates a new Between the Grooves series that examines the indie rock landmark musically, as well as its author's own changing relationship with the album over the years.


Counterbalance No. 127: Radiohead’s ‘In Rainbows’

The infrastructure will collapse from voltage spikes. Throw your keys in the bowl, kiss your husband good night, and give a listen to the 127th most acclaimed album of all time.


The 10 Best Productions by… Guy Sigsworth

On the eve of his next major project release, Alison Moyet's the minutes, here's a countdown of this UK songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer's best productions.


April 2013

The 5 Best Moments on the New Paramore Album

For its fourth studio album and first without founding members Josh and Zac Farro, Paramore have made its most ambitious album to date. The self-titled album is more eclectic and more pop-centric than the first three, and it also might be the group's best.


Pain in a Hundred Ways: No-Man - “The Break-Up for Real”

For all the emotional lacerations and bruises Together We’re Stranger so artfully describes, “The Break-Up for Real” ends the album in a way that suggests Bowness and Wilson have arrived at something close to peace.


Counterbalance No. 126: Nirvana’s ‘In Utero’

Self-appointed judges judge more than they have sold. They agree though, that Nirvana's 1993 swan song is the 126th most acclaimed album of all time. All in all is all we are.


Bel Mondo: An Interview with Mondo Marcio

One of Italy's most esteemed and successful rappers, Mondo Marcio continues to broaden his musical horizons with his latest album, a stylistically-diverse effort that captures his freewheeling spirit.


March 2013

February 2013

January 2013

December 2012

November 2012

//Mixed media
//Blogs

Home Culinary Exploration Has Never Been More Fervent

// Re:Print

"Ever wondered what the difference between cinnamon and cassia is? The Encyclopedia of Spices and Herbs will teach you.

READ the article