Sound Affects

July 2012

Predicting the 2012 Polaris Prize Short List

This is probably a dumb idea. But, here is what I expect to make the Polaris Prize's Short List.


Beyond “Popular”: An Interview with Nada Surf’s Ira Elliot

Often written off as a one-hit wonder, Nada Surf proves to be a band with depth, tenacity, and an enviable work ethic.


Girls, Girls, Girls, Etc.: Elvis Costello - “Pump It Up”

The most stylistically New Wave cut from This Year's Model, the somewhat dated and overplayed "Pump It Up" serves as an arch between the lyrically-effusive "The Beat" and melodramatic "Little Triggers", a transition that otherwise wouldn't be as fluid.


Dissent: American As Apple Pie: Top 20 Punk Protest Songs for July 4th

As punk music history verifies, American citizenry are not all shiny, happy people. These 20 songs reflect the other side of patriotism -- free speech brandished by the brave and uncouth.


Girls, Girls, Girls, Etc.: Elvis Costello - “The Beat”

Nearly all of "The Beat's" magic lies in its glorious, impressionistic lyrics; everything else seems like sort of an afterthought.


June 2012

Counterbalance No. 88: Miles Davis’ ‘Bitches Brew’

This week’s Counterbalance runs the voodoo down with Miles Davis’ electric masterpiece -- the 88th most acclaimed album of all time.


Steady As He Goes: An Interview with Brendan Benson

Brendan Benson is a musician a lot of history behind him and was more than willing to speak to PopMatters about his roots and his early influences, and how they progressed:


When I’m 64 (Plus Six): My Favorite Macca Beatles Songs

To commemorate Paul McCartney's 70th birthday this past week, here is a list of one writer's favorite songs from each proper Beatles album.


Girls, Girls, Girls, Etc.: Elvis Costello - “This Year’s Girl”

"This Year's Girl" is much-welcomed cool-down after This Year's Model's comparatively raucous opener, "No Action"


Counterbalance No. 87: Oasis’ ‘(What’s the Story) Morning Glory?’

Don't put your life in the hands of a rock 'n' roll band -- even if it did record the 87th Most Acclaimed Album of All Time. Oasis' Britpop colossus is next on Counterbalance.


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//Mixed media
//Blogs

Guster + Kishi Bashi Perform at Central Park Summerstage (Photos)

// Notes from the Road

"Guster's Summerstage performance was a showcase of their infectious and poppy music from the last 24 years.

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