Sound Affects

November 2012

Death’s Head Lullabies: Tom Waits - “Murder in the Red Barn”

With "Murder in the Red Barn", Tom Waits offers a tale of small town murder in the American Deep South that would do William Faulkner proud.


Counterbalance No. 107: Roxy Music’s ‘For Your Pleasure’

I bought you mail order, my plain wrapper baby. Your skin is like vinyl, the perfect companion. You're the 107th most acclaimed album of all time. Roxy Music's 1973 classic is this week's Counterbalance.


Five Dark Parallels Between NIN’s ‘The Downward Spiral’ and the Manics’ ‘The Holy Bible’

Nine Inch Nails' The Downward Spiral is one of the most grueling albums of the '90s and represents a creative high and personal low that Trent Reznor has never matched. In Manic Street Preachers' The Holy Bible, however, the album has a dark twin which matches its irresistible horror blow for blow.


Death’s Head Lullabies: Tom Waits - “Goin’ Out West”

"Goin' Out West", simply put, flat-out rawks harder than anything else on Bone Machine. From the moment the drums kick in at the 15-second mark, the tune throbs and pulsates without relent.


Counterbalance No. 106: ‘Elvis Presley’

The 106th most acclaimed album of all time saw us standing alone, without a dream in our hearts, without a love of our own. Go, cat, go read about the King’s 1956 debut album.


Masochist: An Interview with Devin

Devin Therriault opens up about rock 'n' roll, the Strokes, and the case for MySpace's continued relevance.


Five Songs That Would Make Great Bond Themes

With Skyfall hitting theaters in the United States tomorrow, Sound Affects spotlights five songs that in an ideal world would've played over the opening titles to the adventures of Britain's premier spy.


She Won’t Break: An Interview with Alice Smith

The seven-year intermission between Alice Smith's first and second album is nearly over. PopMatters joined her midway through the wait.


Death’s Head Lullabies: Tom Waits - “In the Colosseum”

“In the Colosseum” details the dog-eat-dog entropy that results when Earth dies screaming, how those left on the planet’s shell fight and clamor over the heaps of stacked bodies to survive just a while longer. It is the sound of anarchy rising.


Counterbalance No. 105: Oasis’ ‘Definitely Maybe’

In my mind my dreams are real. Are you concerned about the way I feel about the 105th most acclaimed album of all time? Too bad, because tonight I'm a rock 'n' roll star. Oasis’ 1994 debut is next.


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