Sound Affects

January 2012

Dropping Names, Cutting Tapes: Beastie Boys - “To All the Girls” and more

The first Between the Grooves series of 2012 focuses on the new Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees Beastie Boys’ postmodern, sample-heavy masterpiece Paul’s Boutique (1989). First, Jacob Adams explores how “To All the Girls” establishes a deceptively mellow vibe only to have “Shake Your Rump” groove the listener into a funky reality.


Counterbalance No. 63: ‘Led Zeppelin II’

Counterbalance gives Led Zeppelin's 1969 sophomore effort a squeeze. There was no juice, just the 63rd most acclaimed album of all time.


Out in the Light: An Interview with WATERS

Van Pierszalowski, formerly of Port O'Brien, discusses his new work in WATERS, the hard winters of Norway, and the importance of staying on the move.


Southern Charm: An Interview with Maria Taylor

Maria Taylor (Azure Ray, Bright Eyes) speaks to PopMatters about her new solo record, Overlook, and why going home to the South can be good for the creative soul.


20 Questions: Pyyramids

What happens when you combine one member of He Say She Say and one of the pop masterminds behind OK Go? You get PYYRAMIDS, and a delightfully warm 20 Questions feature as well.


December 2011

Benediction: On Thurston Moore’s ‘Demolished Thoughts’

Although Demolished Thoughts was released before the announcement of the breakup of Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore and Kim Gordon, it is unavoidably a document of this personal and professional transition.


Counterbalance No. 62: David Bowie’s ‘Hunky Dory’

This week's Counterbalance is so swishy in its satin and tat, in its frock coat and bippity-boppety hat. Hunky Dory celebrates its 40th anniversary this week, and it's No. 62 on the Great List. Oh look out, you rock ’n’ rollers.


Lower Your Eyelids to Dream of the Frogs: M83’s ‘Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming’

With this year's Hurry Up, We're Dreaming, we have an M83 record that perfectly matches style with execution.


Chasing the Light: An Interview with Mat Kearney

His father ran a gambling ring outside the back of a cigar shop. His songs have been featured on just about every major TV show on the air right now. From what Mat Kearney tells PopMatters, however, it sounds like he's just getting started.


She’s a Wanderer: 10 Reasons Why Donna Summer Belongs in the RRHOF

Icon, music innovator, and trailblazing artist: Donna Summer epitomizes what rock and roll is all about, and that's why she belongs in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.


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