Sound Affects

July 2012

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.


20 of the Most Influential Artists in Underground Metal Today

PopMatters celebrates the polymaths who have devoted their life's work to a multitude of artistic endeavours and in turn, emphatically etched their own legend in the annuals of underground metal. This is a list of the genre's most influential bands/artists in existence today. Kneel in reverence; the Gods are amongst us...


Predicting the 2012 Polaris Prize Short List

This is probably a dumb idea. But, here is what I expect to make the Polaris Prize's Short List.


Beyond “Popular”: An Interview with Nada Surf’s Ira Elliot

Often written off as a one-hit wonder, Nada Surf proves to be a band with depth, tenacity, and an enviable work ethic.


Girls, Girls, Girls, Etc.: Elvis Costello - “Pump It Up”

The most stylistically New Wave cut from This Year's Model, the somewhat dated and overplayed "Pump It Up" serves as an arch between the lyrically-effusive "The Beat" and melodramatic "Little Triggers", a transition that otherwise wouldn't be as fluid.


Dissent: American As Apple Pie: Top 20 Punk Protest Songs for July 4th

As punk music history verifies, American citizenry are not all shiny, happy people. These 20 songs reflect the other side of patriotism -- free speech brandished by the brave and uncouth.


Girls, Girls, Girls, Etc.: Elvis Costello - “The Beat”

Nearly all of "The Beat's" magic lies in its glorious, impressionistic lyrics; everything else seems like sort of an afterthought.


June 2012

Counterbalance No. 88: Miles Davis’ ‘Bitches Brew’

This week’s Counterbalance runs the voodoo down with Miles Davis’ electric masterpiece -- the 88th most acclaimed album of all time.


Steady As He Goes: An Interview with Brendan Benson

Brendan Benson is a musician a lot of history behind him and was more than willing to speak to PopMatters about his roots and his early influences, and how they progressed:


When I’m 64 (Plus Six): My Favorite Macca Beatles Songs

To commemorate Paul McCartney's 70th birthday this past week, here is a list of one writer's favorite songs from each proper Beatles album.


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"No Dollars in Duende": On Making Uncompromising, Spirited Music

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"On the elusive yet clearly existential sadness that adds layers and textures to music.

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