Sound Affects

July 2012

Girls, Girls, Girls, Etc.: Elvis Costello - “Hand in Hand”

"Hand in Hand" is overall reminiscent of Merseybeat, without a doubt one of Costello's major touchstones for This Year's Model and beyond. Yet the relatively tame vocal performance and buoyant melody offer a sharp contrast to the harsh lyrics.


Counterbalance No. 91: DJ Shadow’s ‘Endtroducing…’

Bob Wood, National Program Director at the Chum Group, worked with us in producing this edition of Counterbalance, in which the 91st most acclaimed album of all time puts a smile on your face like Ultra-Brite.


The 10 Best Oasis B-Sides

As a tribute to the release of Oasis 1997 release Be Here Now, widely regarded as the beginning of the Britpop group' downfall, PopMatters will examine the overlooked parts of the band's body of work. This first list examines Oasis’ B-sides, where some of their true gems can be found.


Why the Blur 21 Box Set is Worth Your Time

Oh goodness yes, another box set from another highly-regarded band, but before you hit your cultural snooze alarm, take a look closer: this actually has everything fans could want, and more, especially when we hear it direct from the horse's mouth.


Girls, Girls, Girls, Etc.: Elvis Costello - “You Belong to Me”

On "You Belong to Me", the author's romantic possessiveness and sexual neuroses that are merely hinted at in previous selections from This Year's Model reach their volcanic acme here, where they stay for the impassioned remainder of the record.


Counterbalance No. 90: Iggy and the Stooges’ ‘Raw Power’

Look out honey, 'cause we're using technology. In this week's edition of Counterbalance, Klinger and Mendelsohn debate the advantages of having a heart full of napalm and the 90th Most Acclaimed Album of All Time.


Knight Music: The Top 10 Batman Music Tracks

As the World's Greatest Detective is set to triumph at the box office yet again this weekend with the release of The Dark Knight Rises, Sound Affects shines a Bat-Signal on one of the most essential components of any Batman film or TV series -- the music.


20 Questions: Dev

Success has been a long time coming for the former swimmer with a sassy mouth. Yet Dev has worked hard, and after making the phrase "gettin' slizzard" ubiquitous, she has now put up several solo hits of her own while taking time to answer PopMatters' 20 Questions, revealing affinity for Brand New, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and . . . her fiance's Mickey Mouse socks.


Girls, Girls, Girls, Etc.: Elvis Costello - “Little Triggers”

More than the simplistic doo-wop homage some seem to disregard it as, "Little Triggers" is Costello at his lovestruck summit.


Counterbalance No. 89: David Bowie’s ‘Low’

In this week's Counterbalance, David Bowie takes up a new career in a new town. The result is the gift of sound and vision... and the 89th Most Acclaimed Album of All Time.


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