Sound Affects

June 2012

Prog’s Only Stupid Dream: Porcupine Tree - “Stop Swimming”

As this Between the Grooves series concludes, we finish with “Stop Swimming”, one of Steven Wilson’s favorite Porcupine Tree songs. Stupid Dream's jazz-tinged closer is drenched in the mood of disillusionment and the apathy of being apathetic.


Looking Forward to North by Northeast, Not a Lot of Sleep

Canada's North by Northeast is the ostensible cousin to Austin, Texas' SXSW, and I for one am stoked about attending it this year.


Counterbalance No. 85: Primal Scream’s ‘Screamadelica’

Gonna dance to the music all night long, gettin' high, gettin' happy gettin' gone with the 85th most acclaimed album of all time. A 1991 rave-rock landmark is our next Counterbalance.


If You Choose Not to Decide: The 10 Best Rush Songs

Beloved by musicians and originally shunned by critics, Rush continues to win fans and even detractors well into their fourth decade of making music. With the Canadian trio's new album Clockwork Angels due for release in just a few days, Sound Affects counts down the ensemble's top ten songs.


20 Questions: Kool Keith

Few rappers have as many personas as Kool Keith does, and even fewer have the untouchable legacy that he carries with him. Now, with a brand-spakin' new album just out, Keith sat down to answer PopMatters' 20 Questions, here revealing why he'd build an even taller Empire State Building, have dinner with Queen Elizabeth, and why "other rappers talking crap is my brain food".


The Heavy Lure of Lungfish

Lungfish squeezes primordial urges out of post-hardcore song craft.


Prog’s Only Stupid Dream: Porcupine Tree - “Tinto Brass”

A groovy and at times thrashy jam whose roots date back to the title track of Porcupine Tree’s 1993 release Up the Downstair, “Tinto Brass” shows what happens when four brilliant musicians get together and just play. What this has to do with a Italian erotica director, however, I still don’t know.


Counterbalance No. 84: The Jesus and Mary Chain’s ‘Psychocandy’

Listen to the girl as she takes on half the world and listen to the 84th most acclaimed album of all time. A 1985 alt-rock staple is next in our ongoing series.


May 2012

Feel the Wattage!: The 10 Best Mike Watt Songs

To celebrate four decades of Mike Watts' musical journeyman jaunts, and his indelible and inchoate style and storytelling, PopMatters sheds light on ten zenith tracks by the underground rock hero.


20 Questions: Hannibal Buress

Hannibal Buress is blowing up: a new special on Comedy Central, a show on Adult Swim, and -- of course -- answering PopMatters' 20 Questions, revealing why he may wear the same pair of jeans for two weeks, wonders what a conversation with a drunken President Obama would be like, and how he'd love to see what cell phones would like like 50 years in the future . . .


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