Sound Affects

October 2012

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.


Death’s Head Lullabies: Tom Waits - “Who Are You”

With “Who Are You”, Tom Waits scales back the world-reckoning themes of Bone Machine’s previous tracks, internalizing the despair to make one of the album’s most emotionally devastating songs.


Counterbalance No. 101: The White Stripes’ ‘Elephant’

Counterbalance leaves the Top 100 with an album that everyone knows about, from the Queen of England to the hounds of hell. The black math of the Great List gives us Jack and Meg's 2003 bellwether at #101.


This Year’s Rock Hall of Fame Ballot Aims to Right Some Wrongs

The newly-announced ballot for the next class of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees not only seeks to rectify long-standing slights but lets the public have a say for once. Here's hoping it doesn't go all pear-shaped.


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Virtual Reality and Storytelling: What Happens When Art and Technology Collide?

// Moving Pixels

"Virtual reality is changing the face of entertainment, and I can see a future when I will find myself inside VR listening to some psych-rock while meditating on an asteroid.

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