Sound Affects

April 2011

Rocking Chair Blues: Howlin’ Wolf – “Wang Dang Doodle”

“Wang Dang Doodle”, one of the hardest-rocking tracks on Rocking Chair, celebrates extreme, even violent pleasure. Howlin' Wolf sings it with gusto, but he actually hated the song.


Counterbalance No. 27: Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’

With over 140 trillion copies sold, it’s no surprise that Michael Jackson’s 1982 album Thriller would wind up on Acclaimed Music’s Big List. Counterbalance’s Eric Klinger and Jason Mendelsohn would just as soon not be startin’ somethin’, but here we are.


20 Questions: 30 Seconds to Mars (Bamboozle Festival)

Having long destroyed the notion that they are a mere "actor band", 30 Seconds to Mars top off its year by headlining the Bamboozle festival, all while guitarist Tomo Milicevic reveals his powers of astral projection and a love for Ayn Rand . . .


March 2011

The Ugly and Unlistenable Death Spiral of Eddie Van Halen

Has there been anything else remotely akin to the waste of potential, time, and opportunity that we’ve had the last two decades with Eddie Van Halen?


“If You Think This Is Over, Then You’re Wrong”: Radiohead’s Exercise in Humility

The King of Limbs, while on the surface slighter than some of Radiohead's previous efforts, is still a vital, relevant addition to the group’s canon because of -- not despite -- its understated quality.


20 Questions: Ben + Vesper

Acclaimed indie-folk duo Ben + Vesper have collaborated with Sufjan Stevens, apprenticed as a midwife, and are currently building "a robot that gives you quarters when you're sad" . . .


Rocking Chair Blues: Howlin’ Wolf - “Who’s Been Talkin’”

The blues is full of songs about mean mistreater women, and Howlin' Wolf recorded more than a few. But in "Who's Been Talkin'", Wolf puts the blame for failed love affair on himself.


Counterbalance No. 26: Prince’s ‘Sign o’ the Times’

Prince’s 1987 Sign o' the Times was His Royal Badness’ second double LP, and it’s Number 26 on the Acclaimed Music list. Jason Mendelsohn and Eric Klinger discuss this critics’ darling over starfish and coffee.


Remembering Keith Relf, and the Yardbirds

The Yardbirds required only two years and change to create songs that changed music.


20 Questions: Marky Ramone (Bamboozle Festival)

Marky Ramone is a Grammy-winning, pasta sauce-making songwriter, DJ, and drummer for one of the most influential bands of all time. Appearing at this year's Bamboozle Festival, Marky Ramone sat down with PopMatters to reveal what he uses for stress management, which Fantastic Four character he most resembles, and how it’d be great if a certain world leader tried a certain brand of pasta sauce . . .


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