Sound Affects

April 2012

Prog’s Only Stupid Dream: Porcupine Tree - “Stupid Dream/Pure Narcotic”

This installment of Between the Grooves looks at the beginning of Stupid Dream's "Unrequited Love Trilogy", the whimsical "Pure Narcotic". The unnamed narrator's first glimpse of unreturned love is the calm before the storm that inevitably follows.


Counterbalance No. 77: De La Soul’s ‘3 Feet High and Rising’

The 77th Most Acclaimed Album of All Time is the buddy to my daisy tree and the Luden to my do-re-mi. A tricameral system is now set with a 1989 hip-hop classic.


Top 10 Culturally Significant Banjo Moments

In the shadow of Earl Scruggs’ death, it’s worth taking a look at the role the banjo has played in American popular culture.


The Great Big Pop Whatever: An Interview with Unicycle Loves You

When not visiting the Church of Bob Pollard, Unicycle Loves You's Jim Carroll takes pleasure in rewriting the garage-pop rulebook, conquering SXSW, and releasing his band's best album to date. Now, he tells PopMatters all about it.


Prog’s Only Stupid Dream: Porcupine Tree - “Piano Lessons”

"Piano Lessons" is a masterful satire of pop music, taking on a music industry obsessed with catchy, four-minute singles with the power of a catchy, four-minute single. It encapsulates an argument by the band that has since spanned over a decade, simultaneously demonstrating Porcupine Tree's original take on pop music while also remaining entirely progressive.


Counterbalance No. 76: Paul Simon’s ‘Graceland’

It’s a turnaround jump shot, it’s everybody jump start, it’s every generation throws a hero up the pop chart. In 1986 it was Paul Simon. Counterbalance has a listen.


A Savvy Soundtrack to Modern Decay

The Artcore fanzine produces another compilation LP that showcases the brutal beauty of punk in the present tense.


20 Questions: Martin Sexton

He sold 15,000 copies of his cassette-only debut, got signed to a major label, made his own independent, and then got his songs featured on the likes of Scrubs and Parenthood. He's never done anything the easy way, and when he sits down for PopMatters' 20 Questions, he winds up revealing so much more . . .


Prog’s Only Stupid Dream: Porcupine Tree - “Even Less”

PopMatters' newest Between the Grooves series explores the often overlooked 1999 masterpiece by progressive rock legends Porcupine Tree. The album's opening track, "Even Less", still stands as one of the band's finest epics, and signifies a shift away from the eccentric psychedelia and moody Krautrock of its early work.


March 2012

Counterbalance No. 75: Derek & the Dominos’ ‘Layla’

What’ll you do when you get lonely, with nobody waiting by your side? You could read the latest Counterbalance, discussing the 75th Most Acclaimed Album of All Time. This time around it’s Eric Clapton’s pseudonymous 1970 classic.


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Beyoncé and When Music Writing Becomes Activism

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"The overall response to Beyoncé's "Formation" has been startlingly positive, but mostly for reasons attached to political agendas. It's time to investigate this trend.

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