Sound Affects

June 2012

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 . . .


Prog’s Only Stupid Dream: Porcupine Tree - “A Smart Kid”

Nine years after "Radioactive Toy", doomsday has finally happened. And if "A Smart Kid" is any indication, the freedom to destroy probably wasn't such a good idea in the first place.


Counterbalance No. 83: The Stooges’ ‘Fun House’

This week's Counterbalance is out of its mind on Saturday night, 1970 rolling in sight. And just on the horizon is the Stooges' sophomore effort—will it feel all right? Find out.


Bat Out of Hell, Hell in a Handbasket: An Interview with Meat Loaf

Upon the release of Hell in a Handbasket, the classic rock icon opens up about fame, faith, and his fears about the world.


The Top 10 Overplayed Songs You Hate by Artists You Love

Individually, they've each amassed a musical legacy worthy of several daily spins. Yet according to radio, these terrific musicians are only worth one -- or on the outside chance, two -- songs each. As a result, they've become pigeonholed, and these 10 tracks have become (almost) insufferable.


Death Disco: The (Death) Cult’s Visit to “God’s Zoo”

Before the big riffs and the arena-sized swagger, the band now known as the Cult injected disco and funk into its gothic theater for one riveting dance-rock smash.


Prog’s Only Stupid Dream: Porcupine Tree - “Stranger by the Minute”

The second single off of Stupid Dream, "Stranger by the Minute" is one of the album's most endearing songs, a tongue-in-cheek mash of psychedelic lyrics and radio-friendly rock. It's also unusually chipper for these usually melancholy proggers.


Counterbalance No. 82: U2’s ‘Achtung Baby’

Did U2’s 1991 blockbuster disappoint you? Or leave a bad taste in your mouth? Either way, it’s still the 82nd Most Acclaimed Album of All Time. Counterbalance has a listen.


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//Blogs

Stone Dead: Murder and Myth in 'Medousa'

// Short Ends and Leader

"A wry tale which takes in Greek mythology, punk rock and influences of American suspense-drama, this is an effective and curious thriller about myth and obsession.

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