Sound Affects

May 2012

The Best Canadian Records of the Year? The Fun Agony of Voting for the Polaris Prize Long List

It’s roughly one month now before the first ballot for Canada’s Polaris Prize produces its Long List of the 40 best records of the year. As of today, here are my picks for the top ten Canadian records of the past 12 months.


Top Ten Lost Midwest Punk Singles

From the basement dust bins come the sound and fury of the flatlands! Sounds Affects takes a look at ten outstanding obscure punk 45s from the American Midwest.


Prog’s Only Stupid Dream: Porcupine Tree - “Baby Dream in Cellophane”

Stupid Dream's eighth track, "Baby Dream in Cellophane", is a unique little experiment in that it merges Porcupine Tree's early psychedelic sonic with Steven Wilson's love of Beach Boys-styled vocal harmonies.


Counterbalance No. 81: Aretha Franklin’s ‘I Never Loved a Man…’

If you want a do right, all day woman, look no further than the 81st Most Acclaimed Album of All-Time, a landmark 1967 soul serenade from Aretha Franklin.


Slakah the Beatchild and his Slakadeliqs

Among Toronto's most exciting musical voices, this DJ, producer, singer, songwriter, arranger, you-name-it has made one of this year's best records.


15 Overlooked and Underrated Albums of the 1990s

With every "Best of the '90s" retrospective comes a predictable list of entries. Here we've compiled a list of 15 albums that are often times overlooked as worthy of placing in these lists, and are too often underrated as some of the best records from the decade.


20 Questions: Haroula Rose

With a highly personal sound that's both intimate and alluring, Haroula Rose sits down with PopMatters to talk about her psychic abilities, her terrifying first performance, and all her dinner guests whose name starts with "J".


Prog’s Only Stupid Dream: Porcupine Tree - “This Is No Rehearsal”

"This Is No Rehearsal", one of Stupid Dream's most radio-friendly moments, is a concise demonstration of the heavy/soft balance Porcupine Tree has come to master, as well as a retelling of a horrific tale.


Counterbalance No. 80: The Band’s ‘Music from Big Pink’

Take a load off Fannie, take a load for free, take a load off Annie and read Counterbalance's take on the Band's debut, Music from Big Pink.


The Top 10 Most Notable Career Suicide Albums

Career suicide albums fall into two camps: Those that were released ahead of their time, and those that set new standards in awful. The best thing that could be said about the later category is that these albums are oftentimes just as fascinating as an artist’s best work.


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The Specter of Multiplayer Hangs Over 'Door Kickers'

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"Door Kickers is not a multiplayer game, but for a while there, I couldn’t tell the difference.

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