Sound Affects

October 2012

Death’s Head Lullabies: Tom Waits - “Jesus Gonna Be Here”

"Jesus Gonna Be Here" is at once Bone Machine's purest distillation of the blues, a veritable tribute to its traditions and motifs, and a conscious caricature of the form.

Counterbalance No. 103: Dusty Springfield’s ‘Dusty in Memphis’

Being good isn’t always easy, no matter how hard we try. When the 103rd Most Acclaimed Album of All Time started sweet talking to us, well... Can you get away again tonight for a little Dusty Springfield?

METZ Is Going to Be Huge! Jill Barber Saves Gilligan!

Neither of the statements in the headline is true, not really. But both have the air of truth about them, which, in rock ’n’ roll, is often enough.

Favorite Things: The Top 15 Replacements Songs

In the wake of a recently-announced limited-edition covers EP, the merest inkling of a full-fledged Replacements reunion is reason enough to re-explore the revered cult band's songbook. Here are 15 of best songs by one of America's finest rock groups with a full playlist at the end.

20 Questions: Taken by Trees

It was a tranquil cover of "Sweet Child o' Mine" that helped her break through, but her island-inspired dreampop is a sound all its own. Victoria Bergsman sits down with PopMatters to discuss animals, Harry Rabbit, and teach us some Swedish as well.

Death’s Head Lullabies: Tom Waits - “The Ocean Doesn’t Want Me”

In its depiction of a botched suicide, "The Ocean Doesn't Want Me" conjures goosebumps, accelerates heartbeats, and leaves a seasick queasiness in the listener.

Counterbalance No. 102: Eagles’ ‘Hotel California’

The 102nd most acclaimed album of all time knew all the right people, took all the right pills. Counterbalance gives it a listen to see if it was all just wasted time.

Noted and Notable: New GY!BE and More

Here be a few brief bits and pieces that, when you add them up, don’t really amount to much. Sorry, but whaddayagonnado?

Our 5 Picks for the Rock Hall Class of 2013

Last week, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced the 15 contenders vying to be inducted as part of its Class of 2013. By adhering to the Hall's broad definition of rock 'n' roll and by trying to objectively apply its induction criteria, Sound Affects has narrowed down the choices to five artists it would vote for if it could.

“I’m Just Ashamed to Sing About Love”: An Interview with Shonen Knife

Shonen Knife's Naoko Yamano dishes the goods on J-rock, the Ramones, and candy.

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Oz Is Not Down Under As Everyone Thinks It Is

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"Frank L. Baum's Oz isn't in the land of Aussies, as one might think, but in a far more magical setting.

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