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Sound Affects

September 2011

20 Questions: JD Souther

The man who helped create monster hits for the Eagles and Linda Ronstadt takes them back on his latest album, and along the way reveals why he wishes to live in multiple universes at once . . .


Evolution Calling: Tool – “Die Eier Von Satan” and “Pushit”

Tool prepares for Ænima's final act with a nine-minute epic--and a cookie recipe.


Counterbalance No. 50: Prince’s ‘Purple Rain’

“Wendy?” “Yes, Lisa.” “Are you ready to listen to Eric Klinger and Jason Mendelsohn talk about Prince's Purple Rain?” “Yes, Lisa, it’s the 50th most acclaimed album of all time.” “Shall we begin?” “Yes, Lisa.” Ow!


I’m Here to Take the Sky: An Interview with D.R.U.G.S.

An alt-metal supergroup with multimedia dominance has been rocking the Warped Tour all summer, and in sitting down with PopMatters, they get the record straight, try to take ego out of the occasion, and reveal the one band who they bow down to during Warped . . .


15 Landmark Dance Tracks from 1991

As a precursor to PopMatters' upcoming retrospective on music in 1991, Sound Affects takes at look at 15 pivotal tracks from the year where dance music's potential to amaze seemed boundless.


20 Questions: Parachute

When not co-writing songs with Lady Antebellum or conquering pop charts, Parachute also enjoys the simple things in life: nudity, Jesse McCartney, and stoking the fires of the eternal Star Wars/Star Trek debate ...


Evolution Calling: Tool – “Intermission” and “jimmy”

The lighthearted, aptly-named "Intermission" serves as the halfway marker on Tool's Ænima, while "jimmy" supplies a much-needed personal core to the landmark album.


Counterbalance: Year One

In this special one-year anniversary edition of Counterbalance, Eric Klinger and Jason Mendelsohn discuss their first year combing through the pop music canon (as determined by Acclaimed Music's calculations of every best-of list available), share a few favorites, and justify a couple items on their expense account.


20 Questions: Wax

Putting out raps and freestyles for the better part of the past decade, Wax is finally getting his due in the rap game, but not without a stop by PopMatters' 20 Questions first . . .


The 10 Best Wilco Songs of All Time

With the upcoming September 27th release of Wilco's The Whole Love, the band’s eighth studio record, it's worth going back and revisiting the group’s impressive discography.


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