Sound Affects

April 2012

Prog’s Only Stupid Dream: Porcupine Tree - “Don’t Hate Me”

Concluding the Unrequited Love Trilogy in a state of despair and hopelessness, "Don't Hate Me", the best song on Stupid Dream, is most memorable for the instrumental interplay that comprises the latter half of the track, featuring some of Porcupine Tree's best musicianship.


Counterbalance No. 79: Elvis Costello’s ‘This Year’s Model’

Counterbalance is on tenterhooks, ending in dirty looks, listening to the 79th most acclaimed album of all time, thinking about this and that. A 1978 classic from EC—pump it up, until you can’t feel it.


Let’s Talk About Jim Cuddy

Few music nerds and snobs and people just exactly like me will take a serious listen to Jim Cuddy's latest record Skyscraper Soul. And I get that. In the irony-drenched anti-sentimental scene that is "I'm-a-music-freak", his stuff is basically impossible. And yet . . .


The 10 Best Songs by the Band

We lost a true musical treasure last week with the passing of Levon Helm of the Band. As a tribute, here are 10 of his group's best songs.


Prog’s Only Stupid Dream: Porcupine Tree - “Slave Called Shiver”

With this second song in the Unrequited Love Trilogy, the realization of rejection has now fully hit our narrator. Listen as what hints of optimism were present in the track before this one bleed away into a dark, obsessive determination.


It Needed Doing: Levon Helm’s Life in Music

The Band's Levon Helm represented a kind of musician increasingly rare in today's world -- unpretentious, dedicated, and motivated only by love.


Counterbalance No. 78: Lou Reed’s ‘Transformer’

The 78th most acclaimed album of all time came and hit the streets, looking for soul food and a place to eat. It’s such a perfect day to discuss this 1972 glam rock spectacular.


20 Questions: Emperor X + “Raytracer” MP3 (PopMatters Premiere)

Remember back in high school when your science teacher was also an acclaimed avant-indie-folk artist who promoted his latest album by burying purple audio cassettes all across North America and leaving cryptic GPS coordinates online so that people could try and find them? Me too.


He’s Still the Boss: The 10 Best Springsteen Songs of the Last 10 Years

In the last 10 years, with and without the now-dwindling E Street Band, Springsteen has created some of his best music. No album as a whole approaches Born to Run’s cultural status, but select songs are equally memorable and musically vital.


Prog’s Only Stupid Dream: Porcupine Tree - “Stupid Dream/Pure Narcotic”

This installment of Between the Grooves looks at the beginning of Stupid Dream's "Unrequited Love Trilogy", the whimsical "Pure Narcotic". The unnamed narrator's first glimpse of unreturned love is the calm before the storm that inevitably follows.


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