Sound Affects

October 2012

The Top Tori Amos Covers

Tori Amos is as known for her soulful covers as she is her original material, tapping into the essence of another artist’s words with as much -- and sometimes even more -- respect and authority as its creator. PopMatters offers a small sampling of some of her most compelling reinterpretations.

Death’s Head Lullabies: Tom Waits - “All Stripped Down”

In "All Stripped Down", the visual comes to mind of a skin and bones Tom Waits in some tent show revival, his garment frayed and white collar stained yellow, conveying his message of salvation to a crowd of the undead at Armageddon’s zero hour.

September 2012

Counterbalance No. 100: Tom Waits’ ‘Swordfishtrombones’

Counterbalance rounds out the top 100 of Acclaimed Music's ranking of the most-acclaimed albums of all time by settling down in the Valley and hanging its wild years on a nail that it drove through its wife’s forehead. Tom Waits’ 1983 landmark is next. Never could stand that dog...

20 Questions: Youngblood Hawke

They had a huge hit in 2008 under an old band moniker, but after years of touring and playing the major label game, Sam Martin and Simon Katz reinvented themselves as maximalist pop maestros Youngblood Hawke, and Martin tells PopMatters about movies that make him cry, pipes with antlers, and why he feels best in "silk pants from the hills of China".

And the 2012 Polaris Prize Goes To…. Feist

Some will see Feist's win as a “safe” pick, a way for the Polaris Prize grand jury to “settle” on an agreeable winner. But her winning record is anything but “safe”.

20 Questions: Rah Rah

They're Canada's next big thing, a band with pop smarts and a live show that can't be missed, and here they tell us everything you need to know: why Bob Dylan is amazing, which Prime Minster they're not a fan of, and which band they'd like to eat vindaloo with.

Death’s Head Lullabies: Tom Waits - “Such a Scream”

Feral and clangy, "Such a Scream" is one of the finest examples of Tom Waits’ ability to hone his workspace and use it as an instrument for imbuing his tunes with atmosphere.

Counterbalance No. 99: Pink Floyd’s ‘Piper at the Gates of Dawn’

The 99th most acclaimed album of all time has got a bike. You can ride it if you like. It’s got a basket, a bell and things to make it look good. Syd Barrett & Co. 1967 debut is this week’s Counterbalance.

Burt Bacharach Meets the Brady Bunch… on Psilocybin

Celebrating the great lost (and never found) Love single from the Summer of 1967.

Nice Guys Finish Last: The Top 15 Green Day Songs

In honor of the impending arrival of Green Day's latest studio album ¡Uno! mere days from now, we have ranked the top 15 Green Day songs in as objective an order as we could muster.

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//Mixed media

Hozier + Death Cab for Cutie + Rock Radio 104.5's Birthday Show (Photo Gallery)

// Notes from the Road

"Radio 104.5's birthday show featured great bands and might have been the unofficial start of summer festival season in the Northeast.

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